31 DAYS of HALLOWEEN - DAY 27
Tuesday, I went with little-known horror/western gem Dead Birds (Turner, 2004), written by Simon Barrett who also wrote home invasion thriller You’re Next (Wingarde, 2011) and starring Henry Thomas. Yes, Henry Thomas! You know: “Elll-iiii-ootttt” from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Spielberg, 1982). Grisly and atmospheric tale of a group of former Confederate soldiers who desert the army, rob a bank and hole up in an abandoned plantation house, only to find themselves surrounded by supernatural evil.
31 DAYS of HALLOWEEN - DAY 28
“We’ve only just beguuuuuuuun…”
Yesterday’s offering was 1408 (Håfström, 2007), a nerve-ripping ghost story almost exclusively starring John Cusack (with a memorable supporting turn by Samuel L. Jackson) which expands upon the short story of the same name by Stephen King and tells of a cynical haunted house/ghost story debunker (Cusack) who finally falls upon a haunted hotel room which gives him everything he ever wanted. Which of course turns out to be everything he didn’t want. “It’s an evil f*cking room”, opines hotel manager Gerald Olin (Jackson), and he’s right.
31 DAYS of HALLOWEEN - DAY 29
Tonight, it’s a reprieve for a movie I abandoned earlier in the challenge: Insidious: Chapter 3 (Whannell, 2015). I was going to watch The Strangers (Bertino, 2008) but remembered late on that it didn’t fit my “Supernatural Shenanigans Only” criteria for a Halloween challenge and, well, Insidious 3 is still sitting here on the pc. So, let’s see.