my favourite things linkup

My Favourite Things is a monthly linkup hosted by Raisa and Eirene.

Despite being the best holiday ever invented, Halloween still isn’t that big of a deal where I live, and most people I know doesn’t really care about it. This year all the people who do care were busy with other things so I didn’t get to celebrate Halloween at all. *Insert sad panda face*

Since I had no party to go to, I ended up visiting my parents instead. Which isn’t a bad thing, it was nice. I’m at least 5 kg heavier now though, haha! What is it with parents and overfeeding? ;)

Anyway, there’s always next year.

And regardless of time of year, there are always horror movies and shows. :D I’m a big horror fan so for this month, in honour of Halloween, I’m naming some of my current favourites.

Movies: The Babadook

I stumbled upon this movie while browsing the “supernatural horror” section on Netflix. The title is more than a little silly, but the actual movie is not.

A woman is living alone with her son, but after reading a strange bedtime story they suddenly aren’t so alone anymore. A sinister entity seem to be moving in with them.

This movie is, to me, less about the actual monster/entity and more about the psychological effects of depression and grief. The mother’s sadness and exhaustion is so tangible I can feel it in my own heart.

The Babadook is incredibly creepy, smart, and well-made. It’s not a movie you lazily put on in the background while doing other things, it deserves your full attention.

I’m still getting goosebumps just thinking of the sound it made… *shudders*

Television: American Horror Story

The 4th season is FINALLY available on Netflix! :D
I know it’s on season 6 or something in more civilized parts of of the world, but I have only access to season 4 right now.

Every season of American Horror Story is a separate story from the others. The cast is more or less the same, but the characters and settings are always different.

First season takes place in a haunted house in modern day California.
Season 2 is about a mental institution in the 60’s.
Season 3 we’re back in the 2000’s but this time the focus is on a coven of witches.
The 4th season is called Freak Show and is about a, well, freak show located in Florida in the 50’s.

It’s an interesting format that I find really appealing. It works.

Overall the series is gory and disturbing, just as a good horror story should be. But it’s also very artistic, with creative and strangely beautiful settings and costumes. Come for the blood, stay for the decor, haha!

Television: Hemlock Grove

WARNING: the trailer is a bit gory. NSFW

I’ve blogged about this show before, and I still stand by everything I said then. Hemlock Grove is still as weird and haunting as it was in the beginning and I’m still in love with it.

The plot makes absolutely no sense, but that’s the beauty of it imo. I love that every single episode at least once makes me go “What the fuck is this? What the fuck am I watching?”

The 3d and final season is out on Netflix now and I’m about halfway through. While I’ll be sad when it’s over I respect that they have the decency to quit while it’s still good.

I watch a lot of horror, and my favourite sub-genre is supernatural horror. Of course. ;) I especially like ghost stories. For me it’s much more scary if the bad thing is an invisible, untouchable entity rather than if it’s a living monster or person.

How do you guys feel about horror movies/shows? Do you like them or is it not your thing? Do you have any favourites?