A horror movie that my Mom recommended to me when I was a teenager was The Bad Seed. She recalled how scary it was when it came out, which would have been probably scarier since she was just a little girl herself when it did. Recently, I came across the novel that the movie was based on. When I read on its back cover that the book was an instant bestseller and National Book Award finalist, I knew that I had to give it a try.
Granted, I haven’t seen the movie in over 20 years myself, but I liked the book better. I remember that the movie wasn’t as suspenseful as I had hoped, especially since I was used to watching Hitchcock films at the time. In contrast, the novel was both suspenseful and frightening. The slow build of the main character’s discovery of her daughter’s crimes followed by the deeper discovery of her own identity was gripping. The author, William March, created a cast of interesting and believable characters, making the book a delight to read.
It wasn’t a perfect narrative—but being a horror genre novel, I could forgive its clumsiness, and it was an overall memorable read, which is something I like when I find one.
March, William. The Bad Seed. W.E. Campbell LLC, 1954; Vintage Books Edition, 2015.
LeRoy, Mervin. The Bad Seed, Warner Bros., 1956.
As a New Year’s gift to myself, I picked up some new-t0-me horror movies from a secondhand dvd store. One of them was Hatchet II, which I chose because I liked the first Hatchet. I was impressed again by the sequel. The gore was brutal, senseless and violent, making this a perfectly great horror movie for my tastes!
Green, Adam. Hatchet II, Dark Sky Films, 2010.
I watched John Carpenter’s The Thing for the first time yesterday. My friend thought it was an appropriate movie for a winter’s night, and I was glad to have someone to watch it with. Oh man, what a captivating film! I’m mostly speechless about it, which means you have to see it for yourself if you haven’t seen it already.
Carpenter, John. The Thing, Universal Pictures, 1982.
I watched Husk today with some friends. I had never heard of it before. It was cheesy, weird and a bit confusing, but its gore and spook moments were satisfying. I particularly liked the raven motif throughout the film, and the make-up and effects were great.
Simmons, Brett. Husk, After Dark Films, 2011.