So this week I am going to start a new column, and like all my other columns, that will be far too random for anyone to figure out a determinable flight pattern to them, which I hope will be half its charm. How it will work is, someone will send me a short film (hopefully they either wrote or directed or starred in or helped create on some level) and I will show said short, as well as a quick reason why I think you need to watch it. I decided to start this column with the Ethan Shaftel short film Flesh Computer, because he sent it to me personally and I was floored when I watched it. I have gotten quite a few shorts, but had yet to get one I immediately wanted to write about. Flesh Computer changed that. It is like the early science fiction work of Ridley Scott meets the body horror subgenre David Cronenberg is so well-known for (with a sprinkle of the 1990 cult film, Hardware). But even deeper than just the surface veneer, which is very impressive, it deals with issues of consciousness, A.I, and some Eastern philosophies thrown in to balance it all. by “Eastern philosophies” I mean there is an awesome nunchaku scene. See, something for everybody.
With Halloween literally days away, seems everyone wants a good horror movie to watch. While I did a piece last week about the best horror movies to watch on Netflix, I thought it might be cool to do the same thing for Hulu. Just provide an overall more vast experience so that everyone out there can have access to something. Horror is subjective, so I tried to make it so there would be something for every kind of horror fan on the list, from the casual to the hardcore. My only request from you is that you don’t yell at me for just how good these selection were afterwards. I hate when that happens. So here goes, some of the best horror movies to watch on Hulu this Halloween. Or should I say HULUween? No. I shouldn’t say that. Not ever again.
My REMlins know I love horror. I love the escapism of it, I love the way it makes you feel better about your own life, and I like how it makes my heart hammer in my chest (thus reminding me I still have one). I went into this in-depth a few weeks ago, and I stand behind all that I said. So when Halloween time comes around, people always assume I love going to haunted attractions and local haunted houses and “extreme haunts”, and whatever else kids are calling it these days. But the reality is, I don’t. You see, I like a fine line drawn in the sand with my horror. I like that tiny twinkle of knowledge than whether I am reading it or watching it in a film or playing horror in a video game, it isn’t real. The horror is false. But there is some really creepy, weird fine-print when it comes to the new brand of horror houses and haunted attractions in the country. These places hire people they do not do background checks on. Reality is, most of these pop-up places would never have the time, as background checks can take weeks to get cleared, and they only usually are OPEN for a few weeks at a time every year. Now, do the basic math in your head. No background checks for people who will be hiding in the dark and leaping out anonymously at strangers. Does anyone see where I am going with this? Well, it’s true. This nightmarish stuff you are thinking right now has already happened, and it is exactly why I don’t fuck with these places.
So it is almost upon us, huh? Halloween. The one night a year most of us get to let our inner demons. It is also the one time a year a guy like me seems to get the most emails about “what should I watch on Halloween night?” That is a tough question to breach, though, because everyone likes different things, even when it comes to the horror genre. It is with that in mind, I decided to build you this “Halloween hit list” of 10 horror movies that I think people should check out because there is something on this list that will appeal to every kind of horror fan. Keep in mind, I have spoken in-depth about most of these movies before (click here) so these will be brief explanations or reminders why these movies would be perfect choices to watch on Halloween. Oh, and they are all on Netflix Instant (U.S) because you know Netflix is my homeboy. To my international REMlins, sorry about the U.S thing. This just happens to be where I’m planted right now.
The world is ending and we are all going to die. It may not be this exact moment, or even in a week or month, but it is happening slowly. Whether it is global warming or sexy new strains of Ebola, there is little we can do as humans to stop the bullet train of death from speeding at us. Well, there is one thing we can do. We can say “fuck it” bust out the bong and the bubbly, and just embrace the fact that we will soon just be a memory upon this planet, in the same way a shadow becomes a memory at the end of the day. I, for one, embrace the end. Not on a personal scale, but on a widespread scale. Imagine how, in that one moment, we would all be equal? We would all be scared and vulnerable, and for a moment, race and gender and class wouldn’t mean shit. For me, that is not a scary moment, but for many, it is. In thinking about the end of the world, I realized, holy shit, why have I not done an end of the world movies list for my REMlins. They have minds that are just as fucked as mine, they would love this shit! Well, here is that list. 5 amazing end of the world movies that range from sad to funny to scary. Oh, and yes, they are all on Netflix right now, as of 10/11/2014.