Halloween streaming, 2019

Authors note
This post was written last year during October and was never released. If I’m going to be late, better to wait until Halloween 2020, right?

Well, it’s that time again: time to watch an obscene number of scary movies and shows in celebration of the month of Halloween.

The Blackcoat’s Daughter

Wow, this was the clear standout.  A super eerie mood throughout of creeping dread. Something is clearly off with everyone. It’s one of those rare movies where the sudden ending left me bewildered and I had to do more reading elsewhere to decode it [1]Read here for more info after you’ve watched the movie! It will go into great detail as to the character’s true identities.. Once I did.

Eli

Part ghost story (Sinister), part Satanist exorcism (Rosmary’s Baby), part medical thriller (the great Spanish The Last Days).

Desolation

A promising, micro-budget indie horror movie.  The premise is sparse, which can be a good thing. A woman and her teen son go hiking with her best friend.  A stranger in the woods is tracking them.  Unfortunately, even with a bit of a good ending, the movie didn’t captivate as much as the protagonists were.

Lifechanger

Another strange, indie horror film. It’s about a shape-shifting human who doesn’t know how he/she/they became what they are. They are purely in survival mode like a frightened animal. It was fun, but not as fun as the excellent  80s The Hidden.  There are the obvious undertones of The Body Snatchers, but it never rises much higher.

In the Tall Grass

Continuing Netflix’ trend of bringing Stephen King’s smaller stories to the “big” screen, we have In the Tall Grass.  Last year was the excellent 1922 and the year before that the equally great Gerald’s Game.  This one has a similar setup; a simple premise: what’s so scary about a field of tall grass?  Everything, apparently.  It helps that here’s also a giant space rock causing some crazy timeline warpage.

References

1 Read here for more info after you’ve watched the movie! It will go into great detail as to the character’s true identities.

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