I pretty much never stick to weekly wrap ups for anything, but maybe I will this time, who knows.
If you don’t know what R.I.P. and Something Wicked Fall are, I covered the basics in my sign up post. The short version is that both events are for spookier/darker kinds of reading choices, but R.I.P. also has challenges for movies and reviews.
This has not been a great reading week, mostly because I haven’t felt well, but holy crap I watched a ton of horror and thriller movies. Every October, I do a 31 day horror (and other ~Halloween-y vibes~ movies) marathon, but this year, I’m not saving stuff for that. I do still intend to do my usual marathon, but I’ve been burned too many times when I’ve tried to save a movie until October.
Basically, I see that a horror movie I really want to watch is on Netflix or Amazon Prime, it’s usually not too far from October, and I decide to wait and watch it during my marathon. By the time October rolls around, the movie is gone, and very rarely do I ever find them again. It’s really annoying.
I’m not going to list everything I watched (partially because now that I’m looking at the list, I’m wondering how I did anything else all week, yikes), just the best and worst.
- The Blackcoat’s Daughter (This one is probably making my list of movies I wish I hadn’t watched because it was pretty freaking boring imo)
- St. Agatha (I barely finished this one because I kept almost nodding off. It was very predictable, but some of the acting was good.)
- A Dark Song (I wanted to like it, but one of the last scenes ruined it completely for me.)
- Train to Busan (I don’t think I’ve ever teared up during a horror movie before omg. If you like zombie movies at all and haven’t seen this, go watch it if it’s available on a streaming service you have!)
- The Last Exorcism (I did go into this with low expectations, but it was an entertaining twist on exorcism movies I think. Loved how it ended.)
- Shutter (I finally got to watch the original Thai version, and it was fantastic. If you’ve only seen the American remake, you should check this version out.)
Even though the first week was film-heavy, I did manage to read a tiny bit in the form of one short story and a novella.
I re-read The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether by Edgar Allan Poe, which was really good. (If you didn’t know, this story was also the inspiration for the movie Stonehearst Asylum, which I also recommend.) While this short story still deals with darker themes, it was probably one of Poe’s more humorous tales.
I also listened to Susan Hill’s Dolly, which works for both R.I.P. and Gothic September (Something Wicked Fall’s September theme). This novella was not spectacular, but it was nice and creepy, and I enjoyed not having answers to everything handed to us. I’m not always a fan of that in stories, but I think it can work quite well in Gothic tale and classic ghost stories, which is what this book is.
I meant to get this post up yesterday, but I was having a really bad day and it slipped my mind. I’m hoping week two will have more reading, even if it isn’t all stuff for R.I.P. and SWF