There are no words to describe 2020. While the world struggled with the Coronavirus threat, many of us found ourselves stuck on the couch and consuming whatever content (and food) we can get our hands on. For some, it was binge-watching TV series such as LOST and The Office. Others learned a new skill (guitar, sewing, photography, cooking) to pass the time. It has become a great time for exploration and to feel comfortable with going outside your regular routine(s). Of course, there’s nothing wrong with participating in activities that you already enjoy.
It’s also interesting to see how people adapted to the new world we live in as well as how technology played a major role in it. Google Hangouts, Slack and Zoom have become a normal part of the day. So much so that I enabled them to autoload when firing up the laptop.
The horror genres continue to explore new venues on how to share their stories. Technology has had/made a big impact in many films. For example, Unfriended and its sequel, Unfriended: Dark Web, which appeared on my past 31 Days of Halloween list, used Facebook and Skype to tell their stories. Same goes for Searching and this year’s horror favorite Host, which was made/recorded on Zoom.
Horror films have always been my go-to downtime activity, if and when I have an hour or two to spare at the gym. There’s something about this genre that continues to reel me in (and has done so for more than 30 years). Whether it’s the story or the creativity behind the FX, horror and its multiple subgenres continue to innovate, and I believe it’ll continue to pave the way for how we will both engage and watch in the future.
Here’s my 31 Days of Halloween list for 2020. Like always, I choose films that can fit into the horror genre (mystery and thrillers, I feel, belong here in some sense). It’s not always about monsters, serial killers, and evil spirits, and that’s why horror is the best (at least to me).
(You can also follow this list on letterboxd)
10/01/2020: The Furies
10/03/2020: Gags the Clown
10/04/2020: The Rental
10/05/2020: Mr. Brooks
10/06/2020: The Final Girls
10/09/2020: It Follows
10/11/2020: House of Wax
10/12/2020: Incident in a Ghostland
10/13/2020: Victor Crowley
10/14/2020: The Beach House
10/15/2020: Body Cam
10/17/2020: The Vault
10/18/2020: The Clovehitch Killer
10/19/2020: The Cleaning Lady
10/20/2020: Maniac Cop
10/22/2020: The Human Race
10/23/2020: No Escape
10/25/2020: When A Stranger Calls
10/26/2020: Game of Death
10/28/2020: Beyond the Gates
10/31/2020: House of 9