Lately, I have been watching really bad movies, especially horror movies. I am not really sure what brought this on, as I have never liked horror movies before. I like watching good movies usually like Heat, Goodfellas, Fight Club, movies which feature impressive production, a talented cast, and legendary directors. Lately, I do not even recognize the actors or director, the production is poor, and story is pretty shoddy. If there’s a movie with a demon baby, ghosts, killer on the loose, curses, haunting, aliens, zombie viruses, I am all over it. I have pretty much seen every horror film on Netflix at this point, watching at least 200 or so movies in the last few months. Just today, I was scouring the selection of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, but couldn't find a new one to watch.
So why the sudden change? Why do I enjoy watching terrible horror movies? I have a few theories….
I have always been really into movies and cinema. I have seen pretty much everything, and a lot of the greats time and time again. And they don’t seem to make as many good movies anymore in my opinion. I think I been watching the worst possible ones so I could lower my expectations and standards, so that I can enjoy mediocre movies more that are coming out now. It didn’t work though. I really have not been enjoying many movies at all anymore, and just try to hunt for more bad ones. Which leads me to my second theory….
I have become busy with a lot of things in the last year..work, side jobs, running, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Steemit, crypto, sailing, reading, just to name the main ones as well as everyday stuff. Even if I found a good movie, I would probably be too busy with other things to really enjoy it with my undivided attention. I prefer these terrible movies because they are non-committal, silly, and just something to have on in the background.
Netflix, technology, and my current undertakings have drastically changed how I and I believe many others experience entertainment. 50 years ago, you had to go a theater to enjoy a film and it seemed like it was a special event where your undivided attention was honed in on what you were watching. Even when VHS and DVD came onto the scene, I would put a movie in when I had decided that it was time for a movie. Nowadays, we have movies “on tap” (sorry, I had to throw in at least one beer reference). There are movies and shows on the whole time I am home, but I just watch bits and pieces as I am moving about, on my phone, or reading and writing.
I am not complaining, but it’s weird how you never really sense a change until you have a moment of clarity after-the-fact. I have never liked these kind of movies and always strived to watch only the good ones, but now I find myself craving pure horror schlock! The cheesier and weirder the better!
Here are a few prime examples of what I have been watching:
It Follows: A movie about a sexually-transmitted curse. Once you get it, these ghosts follow you and kill you, unless you pass it onto someone else…
An outcast who feels slighted by the popular girl, gets inside of Facebook, and attacks her Facebook friends.
A classic. I watched all 5 of them. Premise of all of them is simple: Someone has a vision of a terrible accident, prevents the accident and saves people, but Death comes to collect all the survivors one-by-one with freak accidents.
This really is the tip of the iceberg, I have watched many more and much worse. These are just some of the top of my head.
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