Horror of Horrors LOL

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I love horror movies. When I was small, I’d stay up late on weekends to watch “Tales from the Darkside” and “Friday the 13th: the Series” (omg this was the best. It was a Canadian series, unrelated to the movies of the same name, about a cursed antique shop). My bio-mom hated the entire genre, but my dad was, I realize as an adult, something of a kindred spirit. He didn’t like to watch horror but he was fascinated by cryptids and mysteries of the unexplained and things like that. He had a little collection of books on weird happenings and oddities that he’d pour over quietly. I suppose on that front at least, I come by it honestly. Lol.

I should note, this post has nothing to do with anything spiritual or religious. I just happen to be sitting here watching “In Search of Darkness,” a new (?) documentary about horror movies and it is really very good. It has me thinking about all the horror movies that I’ve watched and enjoyed over the years. I would frankly rather watch a good horror movie than an Oscar winner. Oh, I’ll get around to watching the Oscar winner too probably but I’ll actually enjoy the horror movie and watch it more than once if it’s decent. I think the very first horror movie I ever saw – I was seven—was either “Warlock Moon” (it is soooo bad, a really awful movie with an utterly insipid female lead, but as a very little kid it scared the bejesus out of me) or “Dracula Has Risen From the Grave,” a Christopher Lee movie that was classic Dracula. I was so little that I can’t now remember which I saw first. I watched them both about the same time anyway. Needless to say, these were movies I watched late at night after my parents were asleep. I was always an insomniac even at seven.

Now, I will admit as a spirit worker, I’ll critique horror that has to do with spirits or demons or such. I’ll yell at the tv things like, “it doesn’t work like that!” dissect the techniques used to defeat the bad thing du jour, and generally amuse or annoy my husband and housemate depending on how bad the movie is. Lol. Sometimes they’ll provoke good theological discussions (I mean think about the theology articulated in a movie like “The Omen.” It touches on human anthropology, and ideas of grace and free will, getting most of it wrong according to the Catholic framework in which he movies are written) and we usually enjoy tearing it apart. Or they’ll provoke spirit work discussions about technique where we’d ask the question, “as an occultist or spiritworker how would you handle this situation?” (I wouldn’t BE in that situation because I’m not an idiot. Lol).  I often like horror movies that show the viewer that the real monsters are the regular people, not the creatures that may look different (like in Clive Barker’s “Nightbreed.”). I also like animal horror like “Jaws” (the movie that guaranteed I will never swim in the ocean. Fuck no. Not ever). I have less sympathy the older I get for the college kids in movies doing stupid things and getting killed, and if there’s any desecration of cemeteries or dumb-fuckery with the dead, I tend to be like, ‘whelp, now y’all have to die. bye.” I find I have to have sympathy for someone in the movie to be at all invested. I asked my housemate Tatyana what her favorite horror movie was and she said “The Shining,” because of how it gets in your head. She likes psychological horror. I prefer “Dr. Sleep,” because of the psychic gift angle. I like supernatural horror provided its relatively accurate. I don’t like comedic horror at all, with very rare exceptions.

Sometimes, what others consider horror, I don’t. I remember a couple of years ago a friend of mine was taking a film class over the summer. I would chat with him and the teacher occasionally and the class was fascinating. They were studying four films: the original “Halloween,” (love it), “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” (never been a fan…the aesthetic is visually too ugly for me) – and ok, those are horror movies, I agree. But then, they also studied “Silence of the Lambs” and (I think, irrc) “Alien.” I remember having a very lively chat with the professor teaching the course (we knew each other through a different program that I’d done for which he’d been one of the three mentors) over whether or not the last two qualified as horror. I can see it with “Alien” but “Silence of the Lambs” stumped me. He asked if it wasn’t terrifying and I agreed it was, but it was human evil. We agreed that made it no less terrifying and while I still would class that particularly movie as “mystery” or “thriller,” I did expand my understanding of what “horror” could be.  

So, this is how I relax. LOL. School will be starting soon and with that an end to any opportunity I might have for wasting my time in front of what my parents used to call the ‘boob tube.’ Now I turn it over to you, my readers. What are your favorite horror movies and why? What do you watch to relax, whether it’s horror or otherwise?

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on August 3, 2020, in Misc., Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. The Exorcist and The Thing. Event Horizon gets an honorable mention.

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    • ganglerisgrove

      Even as an adult, Event Horizon is scary as shit. “Exorcist” is based on an actual incident with a young boy that happened in St. LOuis, I think. I always think that movie is more about the redemption of the priest, than the exorcism of the demon itself. that whole series is in a class by itself though. Did you see the television series ‘Exorcist’ last year? It was brilliant and had a great tie in to the movies. I was sorry to see it cancelled.

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  2. Oh gosh, it’s been years since I’ve seen a decent horror. I like The Descent, not for it’s story but for it’s ability to really make me jump. I’ve been watching horror since Nightmare on Elm Street was released on VHS and few can make me jump these days. I have to say, I’m quite fond of horror comedy, particularly Shaun of the Dead. A lot of films that are considered “horror” I like for other reasons (usually vampire films). *strokes imaginary beard whilst thinking* I find I prefer horror games to horror films, like the Silent Hill franchise, Alan Wake, and Alien: Isolation.

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  3. Mother Wintermoon

    The Prophecy and The Prophecy II (Christopher Walken), Bram Stoker’s Dracula, From Beyond (HP Lovecraft), Carrie, Rosemary’s Baby, The Collector (1965 version), Wait Until Dark (Audrey Hepburn), See No Evil (Mia Farrow), The Ninth Gate, The Devil’s Advocate (Al Pacino). Phantasm scared the heck out me back in the day!

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    • ganglerisgrove

      you you are after my own heart. 🙂 I love all of those (except Wait until Dark and See No evil — haven’t seen those yet). We just watched Prophecy I and II (the first has a very underrated performance by Viggo Mortenson in it as the devil. He’s really creepy as hell no pun intended, in the role) and Devil’s Advocate this past weekend.

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  4. I loved “Friday the 13th: The Series”. Another interesting series from Canada was “Poltergeist: The Legacy”

    I enjoy Monster Movies…who are the real monsters? Not the Creature from the Black Lagoon .
    Have you seen “Pumpkinhead” with Lance Henriksen; another good film with Henriksen is “Near Dark”. “Jeepers Creepers” 1, 2, and 3. “Scarecrow” (2013).

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    • ganglerisgrove

      I’d watch poltergeist: the Legacy but it always pissedme off. if they’d trained their gifts, shielded their home and employed some basic conjure protections they wouldn’t have had half the problems they did lol. I couldn’t get past it.

      Pumkinhead is one of my absolute favorite movies. Did you ever watch the Millenium series with Henriksen?

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  5. DecemberFBryant

    I love horror! My earliest horror movie was IT (the mini series not the new one) which I watched when I was about 6 years old because my parents didn’t ever censor me. In fact my mom had a clown mask and there was incident where I was scared so bad I peed myself but that’s a different story.

    My favorites vary by sub genre lol. Wishmaster and Nightmare on Elm Street for nostalgia. The Ring scared the shit out of me in theaters. I don’t handle child death well so it pushed me off The Witch and Hereditary.
    I’ll watch anything and read anything Stephen King and Clive Barker. Doctor Sleep is my most recent favorite. Hell raiser series is another one for nostalgia.
    After Life and The Autopsy of Jane Doe are ones that keep me awake at night with thanatophobia though the latter made me cry more than scared me.
    Rosemary’s Baby, The Wicker Man (both versions), Midsommar I also love but never felt like horror…more like fairy tales.

    I also watch them and have spiritual and theological discussions. More recently The Curse of Sleeping Beauty which touches on land contracts and spirit work that binds you to a piece of land so you can’t leave it without feeling ill…I need to write a blog post

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  6. ganglerisgrove

    The original Wicker Man isn’t horror imo, but a good, wholesome, family tale. love that movie. it’s in my top five.

    Sannion likes the Hellraiser movies a lot. I used to but the more I get purification taboos th harder they are to watch which pisses me off immensely lol.

    I’m with you on Stephen King movies and books. Have you see the more recent IT?

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  7. Have you ever watched any Asian horror movies? Some good ones imo are Train to Busan, Ringu, and Ju-on. The last two have American versions as well, The Ring and The Grudge.

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    • ganglerisgrove

      I have, but it’s not my favorite type of horror. Ringu and Ju-on pissed me off as an ancestor worker. LOL. I kept thinking, “don’t take that from some uppity child spirit!”. Train to Busan was scary as shit though.

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  8. John Carpenter’s “The Thing” is by far my favorite horror movie. Well performed paranoia and a truly horrific monster. There is something about the body horror genre I find particularly disturbing/appealing. “The Void” is pretty good if you’re into Lovecraftian horror. That particular genre is so difficult to put on screen, but “The Void” made a good attempt. “Dagon” is another decent Lovecraft adaptation that mixes my love of cosmic and body horror, so I can’t help but like it even though I dislike the whole “oh no, an evil pagan cult doing cliche pagan cult things” theme. I’m not one for supernatural horror. Ghosts and demons and hauntings don’t really bother me in movies, because I would just call a spirit-worker to help deal with the problem and do as they advised.

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  9. Alien was the movie that turned me on to the genre, and I’ve been a cosmic horror phile ever since. The Thing and its predecessors all, Horror Express especially!!!

    Recently I have been adoring the resurgence of actual Lovecraftian cinema. The Void is a must see on Netflix, and I really enjoyed The Color Out of Space.

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