It's October. My favorite month of the year. And every year I try to do something to celebrate. I'm in the midst of a novel deadline this year. So, I can't go too enthusiastic. Therefore, I'm going to talk about some my favorite Halloween/Spooky/Dark films on Fridays--films I'd be watching if it weren't for work, family stuff (my Dad is very ill)... you know, the usual life things. So, let's get to it. Shall we?
My first favorite for this time of year: Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Something Wicked This Way Comes (both the novel and the film) has some problems, of course. Published in 1962, it holds deeply problematic ideas regarding disability. But, as you can see above, it has some amazing moments. The cast is fabulous. Alas, Disney screwed up the ending. Read the novel first then watch the film.
Next, The Addams Family and Addams Family Values.
If you've never read/seen Charles Addams's work drop everything right now and read. I'm a long time fan and this film version was spot-on. I was fully in from the moment they mocked the tendency for Americans to start Christmas advertising in fucking October. (A side benefit. It's based on an actual Addams cartoon.) The second installment, Addams Family Values is equally fun.
The next one is new and more serious. It's called Get Out. If you haven't seen it, you absolutely should.
Lastly, (for today) I'll go with Cabin in the Woods.
 Wednesday's post wasn't possible due to having to take off for Bryan/College Station for a sudden family thing. There are going to be more of those blank spots over the next few months. It can't be helped.
 One of the biggest problems with stories featuring old style carnivals has to do with the Freak Show. Freak Shows are deeply disturbing and wrong.
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