Here are all the horror movies watched during the month of October as part of my October Horror project of watching at least one horror movie every day of the month.
In total, I watched 38 movies and some select episodes of a television show. I was tempted to rate them all but decided against it. I will say that some new-to-me films really stuck with me and deserve admiration: Hush, It Follows, They Look Like People, and The Eyes of My Mother.
One of the most interesting things I’ve noticed about horror films, they are not masculine movies. By this I mean that the best horror films seem to always revolve around feminine fear and/or terror. When a horror film is male-centered, too often it’s merely a take on heterosexual insecurity or something riddled with misogyny. The quality horror films I’ve seen this month aren’t misandrist but are unconcerned with masculinity and more focused on what women do or, rather, undergo.
Also, the best horror films are less about the supernatural or the evil that humanity does and more concerned with how it’s possible to fit into the world or bring accord between one’s subjectivity and the other’s objectivity. Discord is at the heart of the horror film.
The Devil’s Advocate: There is nothing dangerous, foreboding, or sexy about this devil movie and as such it fails.
The Eyes of My Mother: One of the best horror films I’ve ever seen–intense, artful, terrifying, and moving.