Happy Halloween, everybody! We’re having a dreary, rainy day in Toronto today—I hope the rain lets up so everyone can have a great night trick-or-treating!
I spent most of last night sorting out Halloween loot bags (I got a roll of fruit Mentos for each bag! Man, I’d have loved trick-or-treating at my place when I was a kid.) and attaching a small toy to each bag. So today, I’m hurriedly writing out my Halloween post.
Tonight, after taking the kids out treating (well, Mr. Fivezero is handling that this year) and handing out the candy (that’s my job!), I hope to watch a scary movie, but more likely we’ll just watch an episode of The Good Place S3 or Babylon Berlin S1—neither of which is scary at all—and head to bed. It is, after all, a school night.
By the way, since I wrote that blog post about Horror Movies for Wimps, I’ve seen a couple more (not many; I’m not that brave!). Here are the 20 more of the best horror movies I’ve seen:
It: Chapter One (2017). This is not a Horror Movie for Wimps, by the way. It’s properly scary. But as someone who grew up with the Tim Curry miniseries, I loved this new adaptation and am too excited for the sequel, which has already started shooting in Toronto and will star James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, and Bill Hader. I’ll miss the kid actors from the first movie—they were beyond excellent! OK, the rest of the movies are definitely Horror Movies for Wimps. You’re good to go, now.
It Follows (2014). A really brilliantly executed indie horror movie. It really gets under your skin, but without loads of jump scares (there are a few) and too much gore (there is some). The sense of dread that builds up is incredible.
Train to Busan (2016). Awesome zombie movie from South Korea. Just have to get past a bit of melodrama in the beginning; the rest is totally worth it. Brings something new to the zombie genre.
A Quiet Place (2018). A lot more of a “fun” movie than I had anticipated, actually. It helps that real-life couple John Krasinski (who also co-wrote and directed) and Emily Blunt are eminently likable and you root for them from the start, even if they make some silly—but understandable given their situation—decisions. This is one I wish I’d seen in the cinema.
The Thing (1982). I actually saw the modern prequel first, The Thing (2011), and really enjoyed it. I love claustrophobic survival horror movies (Alien, The Descent, and so on) and this was done well, compared to many that are just paint-by-numbers. Anyway, I saw the original 1982 John Carpenter movie recently, and it’s funny that at the end, I thought, “Great movie! Not that original, though…” before immediately realizing that it’s because all those “similar” movies I’d seen had clearly been inspired by The Thing.
Green Room (2015). This is way more suspenseful than it is scary, though it’s also very realistically gory and you’ll have to be able to handle that. Brilliant fun. Stars the late Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, and Sir Patrick Stewart as a skinhead.
Crimson Peak (2015). A couple of jump scares but overall it’s just a fun period piece supernatural mystery romp. Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, and Jessica Chastain ham it up in Guillermo del Toro’s movie. I didn’t love Chastain in this; if ever there was a role that called for a dose of Eva Green, this was it. I guess it may have been too much of a giveaway for the character, though.
Split (2016). I won’t spoil you but this is M. Night Shyamalan’s best movie for a very long time. I loved some of his early movies, especially Unbreakable; this is a return to fine form. Great performances from James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy, as well.
The Mist (2007). Somehow I missed this movie when it came out over ten years ago; it’s based on the Stephen King novel and directed by The Shawshank Redemption‘s Frank Darabont. What was I thinking?! Anyway, I’d recently watched the entirety of Netflix’s The Mist S1 (2017) miniseries (why did I do that to myself?) and thought I should watch the good version. It is better, for sure. The ending is much talked about—it’s different from the book’s ending and King himself has said he wishes he’d thought of it!—and I still don’t know whether I like it or not.
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016). I saw all the Cloverfield movies in one go. They’re only very loosely related; 10 Cloverfield Lane is the second one, and it was not originally intended to be part of the Cloverfield series, and I actually like it the best. (Not hard; the first is inspired but low budget and feels it, and the third is just a waste of time.) John Goodman is great as always, and I am very much a fan of Mary-Elizabeth Winstead in horror movies: she’s a perfect heroine.
From here, I’m just adding movies I’d seen pre-2015, but they didn’t make it onto my last list:
Jeepers Creepers (2001). Probably the creepiest of the lot, but it’s worth it. So weird, hilarious, and fun-scary.
The Wicker Man (2006). This is not a good movie. It’s not intended to be a comedy, but it’s goddamn hilarious. Thank you, Nicolas Cage.
And now, onto the review!
Halloween is a long-running series of perfumes by J. del Pozo, a Spanish fashion designer. The original Halloween perfume was launched in 1997, and it has since spawned many flankers. I’ve never tried any of them, since I’ve never actually seen any in stores, so I recently thought to buy a mini of the original online, just to review it on Halloween!
For me, the best thing about the holidays is all time we get to spend with family! Often, we end up catching up on movies missed over the previous year, so I have a longer-than-usual list of movies watched this month.
We’ll probably slow down in January, though I am extremely psyched to see the TV-adaptation of The Alienist (which I’ve basically been waiting for since the early 1990s), which is out at the end of this month. Less anticipated but I’ll still watch: The X-Files (Season 11), which premiered on Wednesday.
What I Saw
Flight of the Conchords (Season 1) 
Psych: The Movie 
Mr. Robot (Season 3) 
Power Rangers 
The Foreigner 
The Hitman’s Bodyguard 
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 
Spider-Man: Homecoming 
Valerian & the City of a Thousand Planets  (unfinished)
I apologize for being AWOL this week—a stomach bug hit our household again, and while Peanut and I have gotten off fairly scot-free, Mr. Fivezero and baby Olive were not so lucky. On the plus side, everyone’s on the mend, and having a fairly braindead week meant the husband and I were able to bingewatch the first season of The Blacklist.
Honestly, there is just so much on my current watchlist! Newer things like Alias Grace, Blue Planet II, The Punisher, and Valerian & the City of a Thousand Planets hang out with stuff from the last few years I never got around to seeing, like Hidden Figures, Sicario, and Intruders S1. And, of course, there’s always stuff I totally missed a while back that have come back onto my radar: About Time, Flight of the Conchords, and MacGruber.
There’s never enough time to see everything I want to! Here’s the piddly amount that I managed in November (with many thanks to my MIL for babysitting so we could get out and watch our most highly anticipated movies of the fall, It and Thor: Ragnarok):
This month, I have a shorter list than usual, mostly because I’m in the middle of watching a bunch of shows, some of which I’m actually following week-to-week. Blargh! Who has the patience for that anymore? Just dump it all online! Do you know how painful it is waiting for each episode of Mr. Robot?!
I started watching last fall’s hit comedy, The Good Place, which has got me quite hooked. Here’s a cute beauty-related snippet from the third episode:
Finally, I saw the original Blade Runner back in university (it’s a little before my time) and I don’t remember thinking all that much of it, apart from digging Sean Young’s outfit. Now that the new Blade Runner is out, I thought I should give it a rewatch. (All of this goes for Mr. Fivezero, as well, except the Sean Young part.) Mr. Fivezero finished it, said it was better than he initially thought, but it’s not love. I fell asleep. So I need to rewatch it…again.
But whatever. Hooray! Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back!
What I Saw
What We Do In the Shadows 
The IT Crowd (Series 1–2) 
Mindhunter (Season 1) 
Stranger Things (Season 2) 
What I Started Watching
Blade Runner 
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 5) 
Mr. Robot (Season 3) 
The Blacklist (Season 1) 
Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father (Series 1) 
Once again, in September I saw mostly a mix of thriller/horror films and kid-friendly movies. There’s a surprising amount of Stephen King adaptations out recently: The Dark Tower, which I saw in August, and The Mist TV series, which I saw this month, and of course, It.
I’m dying to see It in the cinema, but we’ll have to wait for November. It should still be in cinemas, now that it has become the highest grossing horror movie of all time, after just four weeks. Maybe I’ll have more nail polish swatches up, then, since I probably won’t be able to sleep for a week after watching it.
What I Saw
The Wave (Bølgen) 
Blue Ruin 
Black Mirror: San Junipero (Series 3, Ep. 4)