Well, it is Halloween Week and fall is in full swing. I love driving this time of year, especially in Oregon where the sky is blue and the trees are sobbing red leaves on to the sidewalks. Houses are decked out with plastic witches are carved pumpkins. People are walking around with pink cheeks and the sort of bright, brisk energy that comes from the chill in the air and the constant threat of rain.
In addition to the natural qualities the world takes on in the week around The Witching Hour, there is also some high quality television.
Every year I get oddly excited about all of the ‘fright weeks’ on TV before Halloween, and not because I’m a fan of the typical horror film. Actually, I’m pretty cowardly when it comes to scary movies. Especially zombie movies, hughghghghg. I don’t enjoy being scared. I spend the nights after I see a scary movie with the lights on, following Taylor from room to room and studiously not sleeping in case the goblins/murderers/inbred psychopaths/yetis come out.
But for all that, friends, there are many movies that profess to be scary, and simply are not. They live on the Syfy Channel, on AMC, on the ever-loathed ABC Family, and now is the perfect time to catch them. Movies like the original Alien (a chiller, sure, but not a horror flick per se) or Teen Wolf, or the endless Stephen King adaptations. There’s plenty of Halloween television fare that satisfies that innate craving for eeriness without being outright horrifying, and I love it all.
How about you? Do you have a favorite tame Halloween flick? Or are you the sort that demands unadulterated scares this time of year?