As this year hides behind us, an array of New Years resolutions rise up from the depths of hesitance. Everyone pledges to eat healthier or to give up some bad habit. When admitting to their determinations for the year to come, people often finish with a sigh. Why is it that people are so unhappy with their plans? Shouldn’t this promised change be something they should look forward to? No wonder so many people give up after the first week or just don’t try at all.
Horror lovers have it a bit easier, so toss your taxing resolutions aside. These plans hold not a hint of bore.
Watch more foreign language horror
The genre has dug its roots deep into the globe, yet the movies most people seem to talk about come from English-speaking countries. This is the case for a lot of foreign films as well. I adore The Babadook, but other countries exist too, which is why I was excited about A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. There’s a beautiful array of culture out there in the world, and each of it brings its own folklore and shooting style to the mix. Open your doors to the world; you won’t be disappointed.
Check out the shorts
This is something I actually need to work on more. Other than catching a few shorts every so often, I hadn’t delved much into this side of things. That changed at Spooky Empire earlier this year when I attended one of the short film screenings. As expected, there were a few duds, but the rest were solid works of horror. There’s something intriguing about being able to frighten people or make them laugh at the macabre in only a matter of minutes.
Create your own pieces
Sometimes it’s not enough to just observe the evolution of horror around you; many movie lovers out there are host to a strong urge to create as well. What many people fail to realize, however, is that you don’t need to have access to film equipment worth thousands of dollars to satisfy this need. Although not a horror film, Tangerine was filmed on an iPhone, the high quality achieved through a reasonably-priced Moondog Labs anamorphic adapter. For a cast and crew? Use your friends. It’s all about the drive, so if you want to do it, go for it!
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