It’s been nearly 11 years since Lars Von Trier started off his Depression Trilogy, and since then, Antichrist has made waves, but mostly for a few moments in the film, rather than the film itself. Which is an utter shame. It has turned into a film that people use to dare one another; it’s part of the culture trying to one-up each other in terms of “gross-out” films. Other films in the genre may include A Serbian Film but I would argue that Antichrist is a different beast entirely. Lars wanted to tackle his own depression.

Of all things that came out of this year and COVID, it made me realize how strange time can be – how something some time ago can still feel fresh and new. I still remember going to the theatre I worked at with friends to go watch Oculus knowing nothing except Karen Gillan was in it. I didn’t know it would be my introduction to one of my favourite filmmakers.

Anyone who knows me can attest that I’ve said “this is one of my favorite movies ever” or “this is in my top 10 of all time” about many many different films. When I say many I mean at least a hundred give or take. But the truth is, there’s been one film that has consistently remained my absolute all time favorite since I was eight; and that’s the 1997 slasher I Know What You Did Last Summer. Believe me when I say I talk about this movie at least a few times a month year round, and almost every day over the course of spooky month. Considering some of the other movies that fill out my top 10 list are Moonlight (2016), Call Me By Your Name (2017), and Comet (2014), this may seem like a sort of off brand pick. But it actually may be the most on brand choice for a favorite movie of all time when it comes to me. For anyone who has ever doubted my true love for this film, or questions why on earth this is someone’s absolute most treasured pick, please take some time out of your day to read this article. 

When I think of horror films I usually think of a fairly simple structure, a couple jump scares, maybe some cool creature effects, that sort of thing. What I don’t think of is old school hollywood musicals and mugging to the camera while at the same time still shocking you with an uncomfortable atmosphere. This is exactly how the Japanese 1977 film Hausu (House) made me feel and more. For those horror fans who have never had the pleasure of viewing this wacky masterpiece I am about to describe the indescribable and there is no way I will be able to do this film justice. My honest advice is to get some friends together and experience Hausu for yourselves but for now you’ve made it this far and you’re stuck with me. 

When it comes to October and spooky month watchlists, it’s always good to have at least a few slashers in there; or if you’re like Alex and Ryan, almost your entire list will entail serial killers, chase scenes, gore and an unnecessary amount of nudity in the woods. Many of their nights this month have consisted of cracking open a couple of beers and doing double features, and although they came up with some good ones (The Guest / You’re Next, Insidious / Sinister, Wrong Turn / The Hills Have Eyes), the most fun came from a double feature of Friday The 13th Part 2 and The Burning. Not only were they both released in 1981, but one of the biggest things they share is how underrated they remain to this day. For this double feature recommendation, Ryan writes about the iconic slasher series second installment while Alex writes about how that series in particular tainted the success of a criminally underrated camp slasher.

In 1989 Compton, L.A  Anna Bludso (Elle Lorraine) is a young Black Woman working as a production assistant with hopes of becoming a VJ for her music network. When her new boss, Zora (Vanessa Williams) arrives, Anna figures she has a chance to advocate for the role she wants. Yet after constant comments about her image, particularly her hair, are made a focal point as to why she is not T.V appropriate. After Zora suggests a weave to amplify her look, Anna visits Virgie (Laverne Cox) and ends up with hair with a mind of its own.

I didn’t grow up reading Roald Dahl, my first introduction to him and his work was through the film, Matilda, one of my favourite film of all time (one that I rewatch multiple times a year). It’s later in my teenage years after I learned English that I went and read his books, devouring them one by one. That’s how I stumbled upon The Witches for the first time, after finishing the book, I discovered that a film adaptation existed. That is when I ran to the closest Blockbuster to went to rent it. The truth is, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Me a girl who got scared at The Scorpion King (yes, I know, you can judge me, God knows Andres does), I was simply not ready. But the truth is, the original The Witches is still to this day one of my favourite book adaptation, a scary and suspenseful film that to this day stand out. The truth is, nothing could come close to the original adaptation and Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forest Gump) remake doesn’t even come an inch close to being a worthy adaptation of Dahl’s book.

I didn’t want to write this but here we are. When I started Equal I wanted to love it, I really tried to love it even. It seemed like an important series, a history lesson that too often gets ignored. How many of us can talk about our history and how we got the rights we have today? No enough and that is the truth. But the thing is Equal simply not as good as it thinks it is. Is it educational? Sure. But what does that mean when it is so boring that you are simply looking away and wishing to be watching something else. I wish I liked this docuseries, it has a good idea of what it should be but just fails to execute it. Part footage and part dramatic recreation, Equal tries to navigate the two the best way it can but the truth is that it just doesn’t work. Narrated by Pose’s Billy Porter, Equal tries to educate and entertain at the same time but is only successful with one of those things, and that is educating the public.