One of the less pleasant side effects of my new and really demanding (but also hopefully
really helpful) dynamic therapy is the sudden onset of new and exciting symptoms.
During the last few weeks my anxiety levels have gone through the roof.
This didn't use to be a big problem for me, since I was always more of an "evenly"
and constantly depressed person. But lately things have been tricky, more unpredictable.
So yesterday afternoon when I came home from work, I told Cinnamon man
that I needed an evening of distraction and escapism, to take my mind off things.
And there are very few things that distract me as much as horror movies do.
Said and done, we started off with the new release, The Conjuring, from this year.
We both liked it a lot. It had good flow, a retro 70's setting and some nice scares.
The haunted house story has certainly been told before, but this one was entertaining.
After the movie, Cinnamon man even found himself inspired to make our own horror movie.
The director, James Wan, clearly did something right, which I thought meant that
he must have made other great movies. And he has; Saw and Insidious for instance.
But on Imdb.com a horror movie I hadn't seen before caught my eye; Dead Silence from 2007.
Encouraged by The Conjuring, we put it on and immediately my curiosity came back
to bite me in the ass. Is it a parody? Is it meant to be campy and shitty? Who knows.
Cinnamon man bailed out half way through to play video games and towards the end,
when The Midnight Meat Train from 2008 came on the TV I was relieved
to avert my eyes from Dead Silence, even though I have seen T.M.M.T. before.
Compared to the two previous horror movies Midnight Meat Train is a gore fest.
But it's nicely and darkly shot, and Bradley Cooper is good in almost everything he does.
Last but not least; When midnight rolled around, and Cinnamon man was engaged
in an on-line battle, there was nothing else for this insomniac to do than to change
the channel and watch Fallen from 1998. It's such a blast from a past when I was 21,
when watching Denzel doing Denzel was still interesting. And the movie still holds up!
Not so much a horror movie as a supernatural thriller, it is full of chills and mystery.
Honestly I often prefer a solid thriller, since the acting is usually several levels above
that of most horror movies. But can someone tell me what the hell happened
to the thriller genre? It seems like forever since I saw a decent one.
Nowadays everything is action packed, or teeny angsty, or truly boring.
So, how did you guys spend your weekend?