Looking for something to watch this October? Film writer Sarah G. Vincent, whose reviews appear in Cambridge Day, has some recommendations for horror fans looking for something old, something new, or a non-spooky moviegoing event.
If you're looking for a new take on an old thrill
Vincent suggested "It Lives Inside,” in which an Indian American teenager trying to fit in accidentally unleashes a flesh-eating demon called a pishacha onto her best friend.
“It was this big metaphor for assimilation and her own self-hatred,” Vincent said.
The film contains tropes that will be familiar to people who love demon-slaying movies, as well as characters recognizable to those familiar with Hindu and Buddhist mythologies. But regardless of your knowledge going in, Vincent said it’s a movie more people should watch.
“It was one of those things where I was really disappointed that no one was into it,” she said. “They all focused on the derivative elements instead of the original ones. I get that people weren't into it, but it was really strong, especially in comparison to ‘The Exorcist: Believer,’ which had a lot of potential, but was ultimately disappointing.”
If you're a horror fan who lives to relive the classics
Vincent said she tries to watch “Halloween” every October. The 1978 movie, in which convicted killer Michael Myers escapes a sanitarium to terrorize local teenagers, holds up well, she said.
“It's my favorite horror movie of all time,” she said.
And while the murderous adventures of Michael Myers have spawned sequel after sequel, there’s one that makes for a good double feature.
“Now I want to add a disclaimer: Not the entire movie. But I think ‘Halloween: 20 Years Later’ has been a satisfying follow-up,” Vincent said.
If you're not looking for scares (or you need some Halloween costume inspiration)
This October, movie theaters are full of thrillers. But there is still something for people who want to go to the movies and not get scared: Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour concert film.
Beyoncé, too, will be releasing a concert film for her Renaissance World Tour on Dec. 1.
“To go to a Beyoncé or a Taylor Swift concert is very expensive,” Vincent said. “I mean, you would have to be willing to spend more than mortgage money, like perhaps down payment money sometimes. So this is sometimes the only accessible way.”
Concert films have also become communal events, she said.
“Not only is it accessible, but now it's turning the venues into almost like a Rocky Horror Show moment, where they get to sing along and scream in the aisles and do what they want,” she said. “It's not just about you going with a bunch of strangers. It’s kind of a continuation of ‘Barbie,’ if you will.”