A few years ago, I worked with a group of guys who were all really into horror movies. American, French, or Japanese, psychological thriller or slasher film – it didn’t matter, they loved them all!
While I’ve never been into really graphic, gory films, listening to their conversations reminded me that it had been a long time since I had seen a good scary flick. So, when the next Friday the 13th rolled around, I asked for some suggestions. I can’t even remember what I saw now – though I know it was French and it was good, if a little gruesome – but it started a new tradition that I celebrate every time the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday.
Personally, I stick with more psychological films like Paranormal Activity or Mama (those freak me out more than anything else), or classics like Halloween or the eponymous Friday the 13th, but I have learned that this is a subject everyone has an opinion on. For instance, I told my friend M today that I was thinking tonight’s choice would be Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods. Though I enjoy its use of stereotypical slasher film tropes, while also poking fun at them, she gave me a look that let me know she did not agree. But we never really got to discuss why she didn’t like it because a few other coworkers chimed in and made it clear that they didn’t like scary movies, period.
And admittedly, horror films aren’t for everyone. But instead of avoiding Friday the 13ths, I say it’s a good time to pop some popcorn and scare my pants off!