In case you can’t tell from some of my reviews, I was on a bit of a horror kick. Maybe being trapped inside my house made me want to feel even more uncomfortable? Or maybe it’s because I’d realized my newfound love for the genre, and not just in recent films.
I’m not sure if it would have made more sense for me to watch Hereditary before writer-director’s second [wide-release] film, Midsommar, released about a year apart. I did the opposite. And, if you’ve seen my review for Midsommar, you know that I appreciated Aster’s unique style and the strong performance from Florence Pugh, but I wasn’t too keen on the way things played out.
Misery is essentially the first movie I watched during my self-quarantine, and one that is basically perfect viewing for being trapped in your home (unless you’re too freaked out by what transpires in the film). I’d been wanting to catch up on Oscar-winning performances that I missed, including this one that features Kathy Bates in her Best Actress-winning role as the kooky, villainous Annie Wilkes.
I wasn’t always a fan of horror films. In fact, until recently-ish, I didn’t want to watch them, no matter how strong the reviews. I guess I just didn’t want to be scared.
Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse is a very difficult film to review because it is so unusual and bizarre and not everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, after it was over, I almost said aloud, “what the f*** did I just watch?”
The main reason I wanted to watch this film, which hadn’t piqued my interest upon its theatrical release, is because I loved Florence Pugh’s work in Little Women, and wanted to see another of her 2019 performances that critics had been praising. Pugh certainly did not disappoint in director Ari Aster’s follow-up to 2018’s excellent supernatural flick, Hereditary.
A Quiet Place is unlike every horror movie you’ve ever seen. I’ll admit that I haven’t always liked scary movies, and hated being forced to watch The Ring with some high school friends. But that was when I wouldn’t even watch movies with lots of blood and such.