Happy Halloween! Jarad, Julie, and Morty all have some great horror recommendations to share with you today! Also, one of our more recent contributors, Mekayla Trout, decided to recommend a novel as well!
Cabin in the Woods
What is it? Five College friends rent a cabin in the woods that quickly turns into a horror story. Little do they know they’re just pawns in a cosmic game. Someone needs them to die.
Why watch it? It’s meta horror that brings in everything from Slasher movies to a little bit of Scooby Doo. The stakes are high, the horror is real, but so is the very dark comedy. It’s a little bit closer to Uncle Morty’s understanding of Metaphysics than he’s comfortable with…but it’s a great way to enjoy an evening in your pjs during Halloween week.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
What is it? A couple of friendly rednecks just want to spend some fishing, drink some beer, and fix up their ramshackle cabin. But when a group of college students renting a nearby cabin mistakes them for chainsaw massacre type killers, things get out of hand.
Why watch it? The delightful central characters, Tucker and Dale, remind us that you might want to rethink who you’re scared of from time to time. This hilarious movie turns the horror genre on its head while delivering laughs and scares.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
What is it? Based on the comics of the same name, this adaptation of Sabrina the is much darker than the television series, falling into the horror and occult genres. It tells the story of Sabrina wrestling with her dual nature- half witch and half human, and fighting the evil forces that stand against her.
Why watch it? This is probably my favorite show on Netflix right now. I loved every single aspect of the series: the horror, the dark magic, the aunts, it was all perfect for Halloween. its neither cheesy nor unoriginal. It's definitely worth watching, especially this time of year!
Mekayla recommends The Diviners by Libba Bray
What is it? The year is 1926 and something evil lurks in the dank allies of New York City. Libba Bray spins a gripping tale of demons, ghosts, and Diviners. Evie O’Neill is thrilled to be sent off to live with her uncle in New York, despite the fact that he’s weirdly obsessed with the occult. A young man named Memphis makes his rounds as a Harlem bookie while searching for meaning in his frighteningly prophetic dreams. Theta is a chorus girl running from a dark past, and Jericho, a student struggles to keep his secrets safe. Together they work to defeat the dark spirit murdering its way through their beloved New York
Why read it? The atmosphere of 1920s New York lends itself surprisingly well to this spine chilling supernatural murder mystery. The diverse cast of characters are all seemingly set on different paths, but end up coming together in a way that makes the reader root for the next moment they interact. Plus, the audiobook, narrated by January LaVoy, is a truly immersive experience. The Diviners is the perfect spooky read!