Comfort Horror

I haven’t done this in a while, let me brush the dust off!

I came up with this idea on the fly yesterday (this is being written 5/9/22) after essentially a month of no updating, writing (except poetry), reading comics, working on myself and taking a very interesting and long break but I think this is something we all do. We’re still in a pandemic (if you don’t think so, I’m praying for you) and staying indoors as much as possible. And we’re watching comforting media to help cope with our situations and I thought what horror movies do I do that with? Even outside of a pandemic, there are movies or tv shows that we just keep going back to over and over.

Sometimes we find new things and details, other times, we just want to have something on in the background while we are being active.

So what movies/shows would I gravitate towards over and over? Let’s talk about it!

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Phantasm (1979) – I mean, this is a huge favorite of mine, a popular go-to. It’s such a mind fuck.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1983) – I feel this way towards the entire franchise, it’s re-watchable to me, compared to other big franchises. Also the first film is just great film making and writing.

Rose Red (2002) – Perhaps it’s nostalgia and seeing this on air but I really like this miniseries, especially part 2 when shit goes down. I love a good haunted house event.

Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) – Do you wanna know why I watch this one often? I try to see all the connections towards the ending because I still think Alice did something. hellraiser_6

Hellraiser (1987) – It’s fun, this movie’s fun… covered in blood, experiencing pleasure and pain kind of fun. I love the music, the costumes, the cenobites, Frank and Julia are great villains, Kirsty is awesome and capable.

Scream 2 (1997) – I love the Scream franchise but the sequel has a little soft spot in my heart. I think the worst part is when the boyfriend starts singing in the cafe, I don’t like that!

Creepshow (1982) and Creepshow 2 (1987) – This is a double feature, like you gotta watch both back to back. Don’t you want to see Stephen King in overalls as a country bumpkin? I do!

John Carpenter’s The Fog (1980) – It has ghost pirates. Ruthless ghost pirates. I want to see a ghost pirate (ok let me not wish that on myself).

John Carpenter’s Christine (1983) – One of my favorite Stephen King adaptations. And the effects with the car still holds up, it’s amazing at what they accomplished with a killer car.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – This is an all year around kind of movie. Is it Christmas? Yes. Is it Halloween? Yes. But it can also be Easter, Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day, any holiday! nightofthedemons_5

Night of the Demons (1988) – I fell in love with this movie after one watch. Fell in love harder the second time. The dance sequence, the look of the demons, the ending with razor blades.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – I watch this for a multitude of reasons but the number one is the costume design of Eiko Ishioka. It’s so *chef’s kiss*. Set design is beautiful as well, and reading the novel lately, I see as much of the novel in this film and it might be one of the better interpretations of the novel so far.

It (1990) – The miniseries is fun, Tim Curry carries this as well as the younger actors playing our younger cast. Part 2 is more meh at times but still enjoyable to watch.

The Blair Witch Project (1999) – I’ve only owned this movie on vhs and I got it from CVS around my early high school years and there’s something nostalgic about this movie and how we all thought this was real! You can’t take away those experiences as a movie goer in the late 90s. evildead2_8

The Evil Dead (1981) and Evil Dead 2 (1987) – Notice Army of Darkness is not present. It’s my least favorite (I know, I know!) of the 3, though there are elements of it I do enjoy. The first is good ole fashioned horror with the gore and craziness and the second one gives me the same but more campy vibes thrown in. I miss the horror elements in the 3rd but if I wanna do a marathon, I’d watch all 3.

Tales From The Crypt (1989-1996)
Are You Afraid of the Dark (1990-1996, 1999-2000, 2019+)
Tales from the Darkside (1983-1988)
The Twilight Zone (1959-1964)
Goosebumps (1995-1998)

However, here are some movies that have the potential to become NEW comfort horrors.
belial-basket-caseCarnival of Souls (1962)
Re-Animator (1985)
Hell House LLC (2015)
Crawl (2019)
Tales of Halloween (2015)
The Wicker Man (1973)
Cat People (1942)
Sleepaway Camp (1983)
Basket Case (1982)  – I’ve seen this twice already!

What are some of your favorite comfort horror movies? Or tv shows? Or even just episodes? Leave a comment below, let’s share recs!

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