As a horror movie fan that still needs to catch up on many great movies in the genre, I joined in on the tradition of watching horror movies in October. I’ve done it for a few years now and started a little early this time. For anyone with Vudu, they have a decent selection of free-to-watch horror movies with minimal ad interruptions. This weekend I watched Child’s play and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 version).
Child’s Play is a solid slasher but comes off kind of dated and silly at times. The voodoo stuff is particularly laughable, and also the overall aspect of a doll come to life in a world where the Toy Story franchise is so popular. However Chucky himself holds up really well visually: you look at the lifelike scenes with Chucky moving about, plus the kid trapped in his psych ward cell screaming bloody murder how the doll was coming to kill him and no adult believes him, and it makes perfect sense why this movie gave nightmares to so many kids back in the day.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers is terrific scifi horror. It runs pretty long but was worth it. I really liked the conspiratorial nature of the plot, and the mounting dread and hopelessness of the no-win situation the protagonists are stuck in. I think everyone needs to watch this at least once. I have the original 1954 film and plan to watch that soon to see how it compares to this one.
If anyone wants more horror viewing options (Netflix is pretty lackluster), there’s the Shudder streaming service. It has a 7 day trial, but if you go into your account settings and hit cancel, you’ll be offered a free month on the spot. Pretty good if you just wanna watch stuff for the month and cancel after. There’s also Screambox which I’m less familiar with but I read is better for smaller budget indie horror films.