I am a huge fan of a sense of occasion. I love when other people have that sense, and I love when I can employ it myself.
As I’ve mentioned before, after I moved back to the United States from Germany in 2005, I was often on my own. Each Friday a new horror movie would release, I’d go to a matinee by myself and have a terrific time, even if the movie was terrible.
If a new horror movie wasn’t releasing in the theatres, I would drive over to Blockbuster (back when that was a thing) and rent a couple of horror movies to watch at home (also solo).
At a time in my life when I didn’t have a lot to look forward to, horror movie Fridays were the high point of my week.
I did that for well over a year, and saw many sh*tty movies. I also saw some solid movies, and I revisited some gems that I’ve always loved.
But, as time passed, horror movie Fridays became a thing of the past. Recently, I’d been thinking I’d like to bring them back.
So, last week, I decided: I’m bringing horror movie Fridays back!
With a twist.
I may not make it to a matinee. That’s okay. Where I live, if you see a movie in the theatre, it’s often not a great experience. People are on their phones. People talk throughout the movie. There seems to be a general lack of respect for others in the theatre and I can’t abide it. I would far rather wait for a movie to release on DVD than to sit through those issues in a theatre.
Of course, not every movie experience is like that, but enough have been in the past chunk of years that I’d rather not chance it. Every once in a great while a movie will come out that I’m super excited for and I will go anyway (next up is Happy Death Day), rude people or no.
Back to amended horror movie Fridays.
If there isn’t a movie to catch at a matinee, I will watch a horror movie I haven’t seen at home. I have a stack of relatively new releases I haven’t seen yet, and I’ll start there. If I’m all caught up, I will look to the many horror movies available through Netflix or Amazon Prime, and if I don’t find anything there, I’m open to a digital rental of whatever catches my attention.
I’m going to start trying to play at least an hour or so of the many horror games I currently have in my backlog! Wheee!!
I don’t know what it is about horror movies (or games), but it’s a fun way for me to start the weekend. It definitely has been, historically, and I’m looking forward to that sense of occasion again. It’s nice to have a constant to both rely on as well as look forward to. Particularly when I’m still not getting out much.
This weekend, I hope to finish Ghost Recon: Wildlands (I’m having less and less fun with it), and to finally hurt Midir’s feelings for good in Dark Souls 3. I have unsuccessfully tried to get back into Wolfenstein: The New Order for the past several weekends, and I’d like to change that once and for all. I’d also like to play a couple of the shorter games released this year like What Remains of Edith Finch and Little Nightmares.
What are you hoping to play this weekend? Do you have any traditions like horror movie Fridays? If so, what are they? Do you also enjoy a sense of occasion?
Cheers, friends, and please be safe out there. Should you want to find me, I’ll be beefing up on the many horror options available.