Sometimes you want to wallow in the dark times, and sometimes you want to fight against it. This year has presented many challenges on a global and societal level. While we have contended with worldly issues, we also have had our own personal struggles to manage.
Most people I know have sought refuge in television. The Tiger King reigned supreme on Twitter trends for far too long. True crime docuseries proved to be a valuable source for diversion. Many caught up on shows they were always meaning to watch.
I personally, watched The Sopranos for the first time and I am now in love with it. If it wasn’t for streaming services and the technology to reach out and watch almost anything you have ever wanted to, society may have entirely collapsed.
For me, it was horror movies. I recently wrote an article where I discussed how horror films can be a source of comfort. While I mentioned a few by name, there were many I left out. Here’s a short list of just some of the few films which have provided solace during trying times.
The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020)
The newest addition to my go to comfort films is The Wolf of Snow Hollow. We first meet John Marshall as he is delivering a stirring monologue delivered in the form of his intro at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. John’s no nonsense attitude mixed with the flurry of his emotions make him a sympathetic character as he tries to catch a serial killer.
Set in a small town, everyone knows each other and shares a collective sense of terror. Robert Forrester’s performance is wonderful and needs to be seen. The clever dialogue, the humorous scenes, and the human interactions make this a film to watch when you want some blood and humanity in your life.
This classic horror staple will make you feel like a kid. The score is memorable and there’s a silliness to it that add to the campiness of it. The neon green serum illuminating Herbert West’s lenses on the VHS cover will take you back to the days of scanning video store aisles. Plus, it’s such an over the top film, it will summon up your lost innocence as you cringe at the use of nudity and gore. It is one of the first films I watched with friends, remote in hand, ready to hit pause in case any adults walked in.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
What’s more comforting than a classic coming of age story? If you’re having difficulty navigating the bottomless pit of adulthood, you’re not alone. Shaun is a very relatable character who trudges his way through his daily routine. e wants to be successful and he wants a loving relationship. He is just not sure how to accomplish these goals so it’s best to not try. Join Shaun and Ed as they try to follow Pete’s advice to sort their effing lives out while they fight zombies and drink beer.
Life could be so much worse. Your estranged brother could be made invincible by his will to kill you. Taking place on Halloween day, the holiday already invokes the kind of nostalgia you get when reading Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree.
Halloween in Haddonfield is full of autumn leaves, Jack-o-lanterns, and children in costumes. Laurie Strode just wants to watch monster movies and babysit Tommy Doyle, but of course, fate has other plans for her. Disrupt your moping, call Ben Tramer, and watch John Carpenter’s Halloween.
The Dead Zone (1983)
Johnny Smith is an English teacher whose life is trashed after he falls into a coma and wakes up five years later. He suffered many losses, but gained psychic abilities. Johnny attempts to live his life as an outsider and sometimes hero. He has a strong bond with his father and seems to adjust the best way he can to his new life.
There is a scene where he recalls a line from Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. It encapsulates his isolation and good nature making Johnny a truly human character. We want Johnny to be happy and we want him to be a hero.
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