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Halloween is Upon Us

What to watch to celebrate the horror month

Photo: Netflix

The horror month of the year kicked off over a week ago, which is always an exciting time for cinephiles. I’m not as big of a horror consumer as I once was, but Halloween makes me feel more festive lately than Christmas. Revisiting Mike Myers, Ghostface or Samara became a tradition like watching Bad Santa in December.

So, I thought, in this newsletter, I will recommend some good horrors I’ve seen recently. I also like to welcome every newcomer who decided to follow Vulnerable Man. My little publication grows with each and every one of you, and I can’t be grateful enough for all of you being here, but I’ll try.

Let’s get into it!

Relic — Dementia is a Horror That Consumes Us

Natalie Erika James’ feature debut is one of the best horrors of the year so far. It’s not an easy one to digest, but it’s worth the effort because it depicts dementia from a unique perspective.

“Relic is an intriguing example of “elevated horrors.” It artistically depicts something ordinary that comprehends the terror and fear we experience while going through dementia. Ultimately, we need to learn how to accept and deal with it, either having or witnessing the illness that destroys everything we hold dear.”

‘The Babysitter: Killer Queen’ Wants You to Accept Your Past Trauma

It’s rare to see a bonkers horror-comedy advocating for mental health so effortlessly. Netflix’s recent sequel to The Babysitter, however, does exactly just that. It’s a ton of fun with creative killings, funny one-liners, and a few twists I didn’t see coming.

“McG’s feature isn’t great just because it mixes dark humor and pop culture in an entertaining combo, but it has something crucial to say to the young generation. No matter how messed up you end up being shaped by your past trauma if you learn to embrace your mistakes. Being yourself even when others judge you for it and look at you like a psycho is the first step towards maintaining your mental health.”

Alone — Surviving a Mountain Road Trip Against a Serial Killer

John Hyams thriller is the kind of film that asks you: What would you do in such a situation?

Jessica is going through a tough time in her life. She just lost her husband and trying to cope with overwhelming grief while she decides to move across the country by herself.

On the road, she meets a man with an alarming mustache that screams: “I’m a perverted psycho thirsty for young women’s blood.” After their first encounter, the film doesn’t take long escalating into a chase between a predator and his prey.

Hyams’s movie doesn’t reinvent the genre, but it stands out from other pieces and keeps the audience engaged until the very last moment.

American Murder: The Family Next Door — Every Murderer Lives Next to Someone

Netflix’s new documentary as shocking and evil as it gets. The film tightly focuses on the narrative of telling Shannan Watts and her family’s true story without being sensational. Through raw footage, we get to see how and why someone becomes a murderer.

“Murders often happen abruptly, out of anger, as a result of a heated argument. The American Murder documented that providing every crucial detail for one to be able to comprehend why all this happened. But is there a sane answer for something like this?”

The Lost Boys — The Real Test of Brotherhood Is Killing Vampires

Joel Schumacher’s classic horror-comedy from the 80s is still a treat for any fan. It’s a bloody and entertaining flick about a resort town where hippie vampires hunt their victims every night. However, underneath its premise, the film is actually about a supportive family, which made me explore and appreciate my relationship with my brother a little more.

“The Lost Boys isn’t more than a comedy with some bloody horror elements, but — beyond its typical humor and jumpscares — the depiction of brotherhood is what made it last for over three decades.”

There are more recommendations to come this month with personal anecdotes from me, so stay tuned. And also, feel free to suggest anything worthwhile watching and writing about.

Thank you for reading and supporting my tiny publication in the corner of Medium! If you can, tell your friends about it too, so we can save the world together.

Best,

Akos Peterbencze

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