I’ve been on a relaxing vacation for the last couple of weeks, and I figured a fun thing to do would be to go out camping and enjoy a little peace and quiet. So I reserved a cabin way downstate, near Springfield, in the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area.
And it was indeed a fun thing to do. I talked to nobody, I did a little fishing, I cooked over a fire, and had a couple of internet-free days to myself. Although, I think next time I’d probably prefer to do it the first week of October, rather than the first week of November. The weather is nicer, and the trees are still changing color.
31 new (to me) horror movies in 31 days. Here’s the last two, just in time.
Harry Potter can’t remember whether or not he killed what may well be the most beautiful girl in the world, and so he inexplicably grows horns that give him some kind of weird demonic powers. I liked this movie a lot; it’s the first film based on a Joe Hill book, and it’s well done, directed by Alexandre Aja. The story has a central metaphor that’s made concrete, and it’s an interesting approach and an original idea. I hope this movie does well, but I think a sequel would be a bad idea. Recommended.
The Houses October Built (2014)
A found-footage style movie about a group of five people who rent an RV and go on a tour of haunted houses the week of Halloween, culminating in a Halloween-night visit to the Blue Skeleton “extreme haunt”. This was a thinly veiled reference to the stuff like the Blackout haunts, which is a subject near and dear to my heart. I know people have strong feelings about found footage, but personally, I’m a fan of it and I think it worked here. Some people will strongly dislike the ending, but I thought it was just great. Honestly, I LOVED this movie, and it was the perfect one to end this project with.