Theme of the Month: The Terror
Star of the Month: Vincent Price
By October, most are already in a prison of their
craving for vacation, but since the University of Washington starts decently late in the year (the first day of classes wasn’t until September 28th), things are just getting started and I’m still pretending that my classes will be effortless in order to perpetuate the illusion that I can do it all. So let’s cross our fingers that the illusion becomes a reality of sorts — since this Resident Advisor job is in the honeymoon phases (though I really and truly do think that the undertaking of this quasi occupation is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made), knowing for sure if the school year is going to be overwhelming or if
it’s going to be a rewarding piece of richly made cake is still a relative unknown.
But for now I’m having a terrific time, and now that I’m back in a routine similar to last year’s, this website has become infinitely more fulfilling. During the summer does it turn into something of a chore, if only because vacation doesn’t entail much and there’s way too much time to indulge in a bath of endorphins. But after a long day of classes and studying and talking to residents (a new aspect of my educational experience I’m still getting used to), there’s nothing more gratifying than getting to let loose and satisfy the need to watch and write about something.
To match my particular high spirits, I’ve decided to make October a full-blown month dedicated to horror on the site. I attempted to do so last year, but because I unwisely (but slightly wisely because I adore him) picked Philip Seymour Hoffman to be my Star of the Month, there was a disconnect with what I was aesthetically wanting to do with Peterson Reviews for thirty-one days.
And so October’s theme is The Terror, a headline lifted from the Roger Corman directed 1963 film of the same name (that I haven’t seen and don’t plan to see because it’s so widely considered to be terrible). It’s perhaps too mundane a title for a film but an otherwise great describer of a feeling and an even better title to summarize this month’s mood. I figure that said terror to be that memorable sensation that overcomes your body when you’re watching a good horror movie, that rare stir that makes you feel as though you’re in as much danger as the characters you’re witnessing. Such a feeling has overpowered me when watching Suspiria, The Blair Witch Project, Halloween, The Descent, The Innocents, and many, many more horror movies, and I hope to inspire that same dread in others through some mightily fitting recommendations.
And because Seymour Hoffman wasn’t such a conclusive pick for a month with the macabre on the mind, looking in the direction of a genre specialist seemed to be much more appropriate. Since I recently basked in the glory of 1973 horror comedy Theatre of Blood and loved it, October’s Star of the Month will be Vincent Price, a horror legend whose zest for his profession never faded and whose choices in roles were always complementary toward his very unique personality.
How exciting it will be to take a break from the serious and delve deeper into the desperations of the gruesome. Here’s to 31 days dedicated to the horrific, the supernatural, the weird, and the darkly comedic. Happy watching and happy reading!