What's on Your Halloween Movie Watch-List + What Netflix's Streaming Library Has to Offer...
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What's on Your Halloween Movie Watch-List + What Netflix's Streaming Library Has to Offer...

nullSo what’s on your Halloween movie watch list this weekend? 

For me, a childhood favorite – the "Omen" trilogy (although the 3rd one was quite dull). It’s not a franchise that holds up well 30 or so years later, but, I have fond memories, watching the movies (the second was the most thrilling for me) as a child, and being REALLY scared afterward, literally unable to sleep; the kind of "scared" that makes you want to watch the films repeatedly, which is a good thing.

I actually watched all 3 of them again recently (AMC has been running a scary movie marathon all week), and, as I said already, they just don’t have the same effect on me today as they did 30 or so years ago, when I was first introduced to them. But that should be expected I suppose. I’m much older, and not quite the same person I was as a kid. In fact, I can’t think of a horror film I watched in my childhood or even as a teen/young adult, that scared me back then, and still shakes me up today. Not one! Not even "The Exorcist."

Time tends to have that kind of effect on things.

What about you?

I also have contemporary takes like "The Conjuring" (a rare recent horror film that I actually liked), and "The Ring" on my playlist for the weekend (the American remake, not the Japanese original, which actually didn’t do as much for me as the Hollywood remake did – a very rare kind of thing for me to say. Typically I’m one of those championing the originals). Also, I’ll likely revisit classics like "The Shining," the aforementioned "The Exorcist," and others. 

Looking over other peoples’ lists of fave Horror movies, on other blogs, I see titles like "Jaws," "Aliens," "Psycho," and "Silence of the Lambs," and I’m a bit perplexed, because those aren’t films that I’d consider horror. Maybe more like thrillers than pure horror. I suppose some of the events that take place within each film can be considered "horrific," but these aren’t movies that I’d include on my horror film shopping list. 

I was going to put together a Halloween edition of my regular Netflix streaming titles list this week, but, looking over what Netflix has to offer, in terms of "black horror films" specifically, there just isn’t much at all! It’s quite pathetic actually. Then again, when you consider how many "black horror films" have been produced and released over the years, it makes sense, because there simply isn’t much to choose from. It’s not a genre that black filmmakers play in often – one that is still sadly under-explored seriously by black filmmakers, suggesting that there’s a "black horror movie" renaissance still to come, which is kind of exciting in a way, to think about, I suppose.

In Netflix’s library, I identified no more than 5 titles – horror movies in which black characters star, as a tidy description. And some of these I wouldn’t even consider horror, like "Gallowwalkers," which stars Wesley Snipes, and which was released by Lionsgate earlier this year, after it was shelved in limbo for a few years, while Snipes was imprisoned. Other titles include the 1992 classic "Candyman," starring Tony Todd as a hook-handed creature made flesh by other people’s belief in him; "Vampire in Brooklyn" (although, in my opinion, it’s more comedic than horrific) which stars Eddie Murphy as the lone survivor of a race of vampires who arrives in Brooklyn (Angela Bassett co-stars); and of course, the king of all zombie movies, George Romero’s "Night of the Living Dead," (another movie that I wouldn’t necessarily consider horror, but instead, more like a dramatic thriller, in the same way that I would not consider "The Walking Dead" horror). 

All of those movies are indeed streaming on Netflix right now, if you’re interested. 

I’m curious if any of you content creators reading this, have produced any horror web series that we should know about. If so, feel free to share in the comment section. 

What will you be settling in to watch after your Halloween parties are over? Maybe others will discover some worthwhile films that they’ve never heard of nor seen.

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