Kayla kicked off the thankful list first, so I wanted to chime in with some things I am grateful for this Thanksgiving season.
1: Wes Craven
As I get older, I appreciate Craven more and more. His features in the 1970s, The Last House on the Left, and The Hills Have Eyes, were very brutal entries into the genre. Even Swamp Thing from 1982 had something that I am not sure any other director could have capture. And, of course, 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street is brilliant, and now considered a modern classic. Craven wrote the story, so we have him to thank for Freddy Krueger. Even though some of his work after would be hit or miss (Deadly Friend, Shocker, The People Under the Stairs, New Nightmare, etc) he would return to form and solidified his legacy with Scream in 1996.
Craven brought an intelligence to his movies that elevated them above the typical horror and slasher films of the day. And a lot of them were filled with humor, too!
2: Television anthologies from the 80s-90s
We have mentioned this on the show a time or two, but I love the horror anthologies we were graced with in the 80s and 90s. Monsters, Freddy’s Nightmares, Friday the 13th the Series, Tales from the Darkside and Tales from the Crypt were all required viewing around my house. And while some of these were not great, they were horror or horror influenced, and introduced to us on a weekly basis. I also got my fill from USA’s Up All Night and Monstervision with Joe Bob Briggs on TNT. They played a lot of B movies but some mainstream and box office hits would find its way in the lineup from time to time. There was always a place to find horror it seems.
3: Haunted houses
I think haunted houses cemented my love for horror at a young age. Being in a live environment, sometimes at a place influenced by the movies themselves (who hasn’t seen Jason or Leatherface at a haunted house?) really broke the 4th wall and totally immersed me in that world. I remember going to one that was a temporary haunt. A nightclub in my area was being renovated and changing names. That Halloween they set up a haunted house that benefited charity inside the club. I remember having my guard down and feeling cool since I was “in” a nightclub at a young age, but that changed as soon as I entered the haunt. And looking back, it wasn’t even that scary, but for whatever reason, it struck a chord and I remember it to this day. From there, I went to more professional haunts every Halloween and try to do the same to this day.
So that is my list of things I am thankful for. Now, go eat your weight in turkey and get ready for Christmas related horror movies!Follow us on social media and subscribe to the show: