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Today I am bringing you all things horror and spookiness from any fictional medium (e.g. books and television and movies). Because I can. I’ll try to stay as recent as I can with this list.
For your reference, when I think of “Spooky” I think of supernatural elements and more darkly atmospheric vibes than truly scary; “Horror” is all about scare tactics and unsettling scenes.
A Monster Calls (Ness)
Feels Spooky. This is the Ness book I recommend everyone. The Monster will be your best friend full stop.
The Dead House (Kurtagich)
Unreliable Narrator Horror. If you’re scared of a person breathing on the other line of the phone, this is probably a hard pass for you. But this book really does
Vassa in the Night (Porter)
Confusing writing Spooky. A retelling of Vassalisa the Beautiful. The writing is a really big hit or miss though.
Bird Box (Malerman)
Can’t see the Horror, Horror. As much as I would like to say this book is more spooky than true horror, there’s this growing tension that looms in the shadows that makes this frightening — see: people have to wear blindfolds or else they’ll catch it.
All the death Spooky. If you’re familiar with Soul Eater, it’s kind of like that. If not, it’s about grim reapers-in-training and the moral ambiguity in taking lives.
Warm Bodies (Marion)
Ridiculously Spooky. You can probably defer to the film instead.
People are cray cray Spooky/Horror. This really depends on which episode you watch. Some criminals are tame as a unicorn; others are terribly wtf-worthy.
Poor decision making Spooky. The film is probably better but this show can eat hours off your day.
Retro Spooky. Eggs benedict.
Hilariously spooky. Zombie satire is great fun.
Cabin in the Woods / The Final Girls
Satire Spooky. Both films deconstruct horror tropes and openly makes fun of archetypes and narrative plot points.
Thriller spooky. This film is unsettling and a clusterfuck of claustrophobia. Basic premise: hooligans attempt to rob home of blind man who is also retired army vet. Craziness ensues.
Horror-lite. It’s the overall packaging of this film that works wonders.
Babadook gives zero fucks Spooky. I think if you’re a fan of A Monster Calls, this film is a must-watch for you. It tackles grief in a different light. Plus the child actor in this was amazing.
Can’t trust children Horror. This film is another example as to why children should not be trusted.
Lights On Horror. Notwithstanding the child actor in this film being annoying as fuck, this was okay.
PETA Horror. I hate home invasions. You will too.
Selfie Horror. If you ever wanted to be surprised by a film, this might very well be it.
So I don’t know about you but I have this love/hate relationship with horror/spooky things. I’m fascinated by most concepts but I can get unsettled quite easily (especially if its gore and blood-heavy). Yikes.