I really haven't watched the original Friday the 13th "triology" in years. It's been on screens in houses that I've attended Halloween parties pretty ofter, so I've seen a scene here and a scene there, but it has been a long while since I really watched them. So, for the next three days, I'll be working my way through Friday the 13th parts 1 through 3. Of course, I'm going to watch part 3 in 3d just as I did when it was orginally released. I expect to get the same headache, also. The Friday the 13th films aren't great, but they are so influential that I feel the need to refresh my memory of what they did well.
I was considering Ti West's Sacrament as my film for today, but after reading a bit about it, I decided to go with the film that put him on the map. House of the Devil is a 70s style horror film that gets everything right. The performances are spot on, the cinematography is wonderfully retro, and the plot is straight-forward and brutal. If you haven't seen the film and you have any interest in horror, I recommend moving it to the top of your to-watch list. It certainly won't appeal to everyone as the nostalgia for the films it emmulates is so central to appreciating the film, but it is a fun horror ride regardless.
On our most recent Body Count podcast we settled on this classic as maybe the perfect film to try to get our non-horror-watching friends to start appreciating the genre. The truth is, however, it has been a decade, at least, since I watched the movie from start to finish, so I thought I would make it the film to end the first full week of horror films.
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Horns is based on a novel by Joe Hill, one of Stephen King's horror-writing sons. As I have mentioned already this month, I'm a huge fan of Hill's comic series Locke & Key. I've been a little more lukewarm on his novels. However, I really liked Horns from start to finish. This is the story of a young man who is a suspect in the murder and rape of his girlfriend. His life is spiralling out of control until one morning when he wakes up with horns budding from the top of his head. He figures out pretty quickly that people he is in contact with suddenly can't lie to him, and they all reveal their baser nature. It is a bit like when Young Goodman Brown is walking in the would to the ritual and runs into all the supposedly upstanding citizens who are actually in league with the devil. Of course, he uses his new powers to attempt to solve his girlfriends murder. Things grow progressively darker as the novel goes on, and I found it compelling throughout. The movie adaptation stars Daniel Radcliffe as the protagonist. I really like him as an actor, so I have high hopes for this one.