Blogtober Viewing Part 2: The I know I forgot some edition

While I’m sure this list and its predecessor aren’t exhaustive — the insomnia is real — they represent a hefty level of October-appropriate programming. Part two of the Blogtoberfest Viewing list includes:

*Mom and Dad – A Nic Cage joint that started as my favorite horror film of the year and ended with me angry.

*My Bloody Valentine – Delightful early eighties romp through paper hearts and carnage.

*Leatherface – A new origin story for Leatherface starring the inimitable Lili Taylor and her right hook.

*DeadCon – A terrible take on modern social media culture.

*Truth or Dare – points for inventive ways to die, a la Final Destination.

*Black Mirror: Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too – A good story with good acting, if not a little too cute; starring Miley Cyrus.

It Follows – Tried this again to see what I missed. Still don’t see the appeal; snore.

*They Come Knocking – One of the better Into the Dark films on Hulu, each representing a different holiday. This one is Mother’s Day.

Beetlejuice – Still holds up. Still holds up. Still holds up.

*Amityville: The Awakening – Surprisingly good continuation of the Amityville canon. Bella Thorne is a solid final girl.

*The Purge (TV; season one) – An infectious expansion of the Purge universe, if not one in which nights are 32 hours long. Interesting cameos include Fiona Dourif as a cult-leader and poor, typecast Dominic Fumusa as a bartender again.

*The Executioners – Torture porn that tries to become revenge porn but doesn’t really succeed.

28 Days Later – One of my favorite movies of all time.

*The Strangers – Hadn’t seen it before for some reason; thought it was meh.

*The Strangers 2 – Enjoyed it more than the original for some reason; probably Christina Hendricks.

The Blair Witch Project – Getting ready to play Hunt A Killer: Horror Edition.

* Denotes a first-time watch.

Film Noir: Five photos given the Horror-movie treatment

It hasn’t been a good year for photo field trips for myriad reasons, but I was able to explore (as much as my broken limb would allow) an empty campground this weekend — a prime spot to capture a few images of desolation and edit in a horror-movie cue or two.

Here are five favorites, captioned with film dialogue for good measure.

Marty: It was the pioneer days. People had to make their own interrogation rooms. ~ The Cabin in the Woods, 2011
“There’s a legend around here. A killer buried, but not dead. A curse on Crystal Lake; a death curse.” ~ Friday the 13th, part VII, 1988
Noah: I can’t imagine being stuck down a well all alone like that. How long could you survive?
Rachel: Seven days. ~ The Ring, 2002
Amelia: Well, I’m not scared.
Samuel: You will be when it creeps into your room at night. ~ The Babadook, 2014
Louis: That morning I was not yet a vampire, and I saw my last sunrise. I remember it completely, and yet I can’t recall any sunrise before it. I watched the whole magnificence of the dawn for the last time as if it were the first. And then I said farewell to sunlight, and set out to become what I became. ~ Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, 1994

Photos taken at Camp Bonnie Brae, the nation’s longest continuously operating Girl Scout Camp, in East Otis, Mass.

Finding Happiness in the Apocalypse

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