20th - Didn’t do a creature-feature, but had a paranormal double-bill with Paranormal Activity 3 (Joost/Schulman, 2011) and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (Landon, 2014), my personal favourites from that franchise.
21st - Watched Creature From the Black Lagoon (Arnold, 1954) for my creature-feature but I haven’t watched a creature-feature since. I think I’ve abandoned that facet of my October/Halloween experience; it’s just not working for me over a whole month. Still, the double-bills are working and on Saturday I had me some anthology action in the form of the fantastic V/H/S/2 (Barrett/Wingard/Sánchez/Hale/Tjahjanto/Huw Evans/Eisener, 2013) and the uneven but still quite fun Southbound (Radio Silence/Benjamin/Bruckner/Horvath, 2016).
22nd - Not strictly part of my October/Halloween challenge but still pretty f*cking horrific in its way, I watched Irréversible (Noé, 2002). For me, it’s kind-of like Michael Haneke’s Funny Games (either version) in that it’s undoubtedly interesting and well made but I can’t see myself watching it again anytime soon, if ever. I’m never going to be hopping through the TV channels looking for some entertainment and suddenly exclaim to myself: "Hey! I fancy getting into some Irréversible right now! Yeah, bwooooy!" You know?
Anyway, my double-bill for the evening had a hotel vibe going on: The Shining (Kubrick, 1980) and The Innkeepers (West, 2011).
23rd - Looked east on Monday, as I tucked into Ju-on: The Grudge (Shimizu, 2002) and Ju-on: White Ghost and Ju-on: Black Ghost (Miyake/Asoto, 2009). Now, I know many find the Ju-on pics to be played-out, derivative nonsense. I get that. Nevertheless, as a concept it still hits ALL my buttons. Brr! (that said, Black Ghost isn’t very good. Might even be the weakest entry in the entire franchise)
24th - Went for some found-footage shenanigans with the decent As Above, So Below (Dowdle, 2014) and the underrated Grave Encounters (Minihan/Ortiz, 2011). I LOVE that picture (the sequel was crap, though).
Yesterday - my LE Arrow blu-ray of The Thing (Carpenter, 1982) arrived so I had to give that a look (as well as the new extra features) even though I’d already watched The Thing this month. Still, fck it. Any excuse to watch The Thing again is a good excuse in my book. My double-bill was the almost Lovecraftian Brit-horror The Borderlands (Goldner, 2013) and the simply fcking weird (in the good way) YellowBrickRoad (Holland/Mitton, 2010), although thanks to the evening’s addition of The Thing and its sundry features, my double-bill ran bloody late and I fell asleep barely twenty minutes into the latter of the two pictures. Bugger.
Tonight - “What went we into this wilderness to find?” I’ve just finished watching arguably my favourite double-bill of the entire month: The Witch (Eggers, 2016) and The Blackcoat’s Daughter (Perkins, 2017). Without a doubt, these movies are where my “horror” head is at right now, and they complement one another fantastically, I think. “Hail Satan.”