My Saturday Halloween movie didn’t happen, so yesterday was a Day 24/Day 25 double-bill:
31 DAYS of HALLOWEEN - DAYS 24/25
Yesterday’s double-bill kicked off with Saturday’s intended movie: Frank Darabont’s modern classic The Mist (2007), in which the customers and staff at a small Maine supermarket are trapped in the shop as a strange thick mist full of pan-dimensional abominations engulfs them. Featuring future The Walking Dead alumni Melissa McBride, Laurie Holden and Jeffrey DeMunn (Frank Darabont ran The Walking Dead in its first season), my personal preference for watching The Mist is to watch the black & white version, and to watch it only up to the point at which the original short story by Stephen King ends. The movie’s final twist - added by Mr. Darabont but fully approved by Mr. King - is fantastic but I prefer the ambiguity of the short story. Anyway. I’m the father of a young boy and I don’t need to see that movie finale over and over.
Next up was yesterday’s scheduled pic: The House of the Devil (West, 2009), Ti West’s fantastically-observed retro-horror in which, typically of West, nothing much happens until it ALL happens. One of the most Halloween-flavoured movies of the bunch, this, evoking the feel of many of the satanic cult movies of the late 70’s/early 80’s such as The Devil Within Her (Assonitis/Barrett, 1974), All the Colors of the Dark (Martino, 1972), The Brotherhood of Satan (McEveety, 1971) and even the earlier Rosemary’s Baby (Polanski, 1968).
31 DAYS of HALLOWEEN - DAY 26
Tonight, following The Walking Dead, it’ll be… um, It Follows (Mitchell, 2014), in which a shapeshifting demon stalks its intended victim at walking pace, finding them wherever they are, until either a) the target has sex with someone, which passes the curse on to that person or b) until the demon kills the target, at which point the demon reverts back to the previous target and starts working back down the chain. Creepy premise, executed for the most part (a muddled sequence set in a swimming pool notwithstanding) by writer/director David Robert Mitchell in an interesting, stylized manner.