Day 18: Alien (1979)

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It’s Day 18 today, and I’m extremely excited to be talking about the 1979 Sci-fi/Horror classic Alien with you guys. Alien is directed by Ridley Scott, and stars a young Sigourney Weaver as the Supreme Badass of the Final Frontier: Ellen Ripley. I have no idea how this is possible, but up until now, I’d managed to go my entire life without ever having seen this movie. It’s not that I purposely avoided it, but I’m not a huge extraterrestrial/space movie person–I suppose I just never got around to it. Suffice it to say that I’m glad I finally did. Y’all, Alien has 8.5 stars on IMDb, and it earns every single one of …

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Day 16: Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1972)

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Well, we are officially past the halfway mark in our 31 Days of Horror series, which puts us in the 1970s! Today we’re talking about another film that belongs to one of my favorite sub-genres: Hag Horror. The movie in question is 1972’s Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?, and it’s quite the humdinger. It’s a modern-day take on the tale of Hansel and Gretel, and Shelley Winters stars as the titular Auntie Roo. Man, poor Shelley Winters. Despite a colorful, decades-long career and numerous Oscar nominations/wins, she never seems to get to play somebody whom you actually like. To me, Winters will forever be the frumpy sad-sack, Alice Tripp, getting kinda-sorta-deservingly drowned by Montgomery Clift in A …

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Day 15: Repulsion (1965)

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Welcome back for Day 15 of this year’s 31 Days of Horror series! Today we’ll be talking about Roman Polanski’s 1965 thriller, Repulsion. First of all, this is a weird, weird movie. There is so much symbolism, and so much psychological commentary, that it leaves the viewer unsure how to separate the real from the imagined. Even after watching, I still don’t know which aspects were exclusively happening inside the main character’s mind, and which aspects legitimately occurred. I’m certain that this is intentional on the part of Mr. Polanski, but it is a bit of a negative as well as a positive for me, personally. The film mainly revolves around …

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