Spooky (and scary fun) movies to watch this Halloween season

Jeremy Siegel: This is the morning edition of GBH. Halloween is just over a week away. And if you’re a movie buff like me, that means it’s horror time.

Ghostface [previously recorded]: Do you like scary movies?

Drew Barrymore [previously recorded]: Hmm right.

Ghostface [previously recorded]: What is your favorite scary movie?

Seagull: If you’re a music lover who also likes going to the movies, you also have reason to celebrate. With a new batch of hit concert films by Taylor Swift, and soon by Beyoncé, they also hit theaters. For the latest horror movies, concert flicks and all things film, we’re joined by Morning Edition regular film critic Sarah G. Vincent of Cambridge Day. Sarah, good morning. Thank you very much for coming.

Sarah Vincent: Good morning. How are you?

Seagull: I am great. Good to see you. So let’s start with the horror. What’s in your queue for Halloween and the fall season in general?

Vincent: The one I’m really sad everyone missed was ‘It Lives Inside’.

Megan Suri [previously recorded]: When Tamira and I were children, my mother used to tell us stories.

Vincent: It was a really good movie. Now, maybe it didn’t match the one we talked about before. That was incredible.

Seagull: “Talk to me”, “Talk to me”, right?

Vincent: to “Talk to me.” Thank you. But I thought it was really good. It was about this teenage girl who ends up accidentally releasing a demon.

Megan Suri [previously recorded]: There’s something here. You can’t see it, but it lives inside.

Vincent: And he has to figure out how to fight him. And it was this big metaphor for assimilation and her own self-hatred. So it was like really, it was a little derivative, but there was a new, fascinating mythology that was brought in by the Hindu culture. So it was one of those things where I was really disappointed that nobody cared. All of them focused on the derivative elements instead of the original ones. I understand people don’t like that, but it was really strong, especially compared to The Exorcist: Believer.

[Previously recorded]: Exorcism is a ritual. Every culture, every religion, they all use different methods. It will take them all.

kid [previously recorded]: Do not be afraid.

[Previously recorded]: We’ve met before.

Vincent: Which had a lot of potential, but was ultimately disappointing.

Seagull: Another movie that involves the accidental release of demons, which is a long-standing thing in horror movies. That sounds fantastic. I’ll add it to my queue for this week. And is there anything you dig up from the archives, like horror greats of yesteryear, that you love to jam with come spooky season?

Vincent: Well, every year I try to watch Halloween because it’s the classic, the John Carpenter original. This is my favorite horror movie of all time.

[Previously recorded]: I spent eight years trying to reach him and then seven more trying to keep them locked away because I realized that what lived behind this boy’s eyes was pure and simple evil.

Vincent: I think so too, and now I want to add a disclaimer: Not the whole movie. But I think Halloween: 20 Years Later was a satisfying sequel. This is a double feature that I try to have every year.

Seagull: Okay. Let’s move on to the other part of what’s going on in the film industry right now. In a way, it can be a horror for some people, but a cathartic, celebratory experience for others. Taylor Swift, her concert film Eras Tour is becoming the biggest box office contributor of the month right now, maybe of the year at the end of the day. What do you think is happening with this, with so many people flocking to movie theaters the same way they would go to a concert?

Vincent: So it actually makes perfect sense because if you can’t — going to a Beyoncé or Taylor Swift concert is very expensive. I mean, you have to be willing to spend more than just mortgage money, like maybe down payment money sometimes. So sometimes this is the only way available. Also for kids, not only is it accessible, but now it turns the venues into an almost Rocky Horror Show moment where they can sing along and scream in the aisles and do whatever they want. It’s more accessible in terms of like, going with your group of friends. It’s not just about going with a bunch of strangers. It’s about a whole, it’s sort of a sequel to Barbie, if you will.

Seagull: It was film critic Sarah G. Vincent of Cambridge Day. Sarah, thank you as always.

Vincent: Thank you.

Seagull: You are listening to GBH News.

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