Halloween Cult Classics
I came to my love of old horror movies fairly late, during college. It started as a goofy Halloween tradition with my friend, Greg. One afternoon, lost, we discovered an amazing video store in Charlotte that carried hard to find films. So, we each applied for a membership and started making weekly treks to pick out a new movie to watch. At Halloween, we would rent the cheesiest looking horror movie from the video store and laugh until our faces hurt. I think my favorite movie from those film festivals was an Albert Band film called I Bury the Living. I haven't seen it in almost a decade, but it was glorious. The story involves the overseer of a cemetary who believes that he possesses supernatural powers, causing the deaths of people in his town by changing the color of the pin on their burial plot. I won't spoil the movie, but it's a masterpiece of overwrought creepiness.
Movies like Birds or Psycho are masterpieces of playing with perception. It's not about what you see -- it's about what you don't see. I also love the social commentary of so many older horror films. Without the expectation and restraints that came with big name actors and actresses and huge budgets, certain filmmakers created brilliant films that deal with everything from xenophobia to gender roles.
Unfortunately, Greg and I couldn't continue the tradition once we moved to Columbia. But, we have plans to revive our movie festival this year. I'm already looking forward to whatever we end up watching.
If you're interested in having your own film festival, Richland Library has a great collection of classic horror films. (Including I Bury the Living!) Check them out below.