Reely Bernie Horror Fest Begins!

It all starts with this leaf…

For me, this fallen leaf* represents the promise of the upcoming autumn season, which is undoubtedly my favorite season of the year. Radiant colors begin appearing on trees and end up on the ground to a crackling sound that brings you back to younger days. This is the time for that refreshing briskness in the air that comes with “colder smells,” football on the tv, cozy hoodies on the couch, pumpkins, and, yes – horror movies.

For me, the chills, the shadows, and the approaching holiday of Halloween creak open the old, decrepit door to horror flick escapism, nostalgia, and good-ole, manufactured fear.

It’s the type of fear that actually calms me.

You heard me right: The jump scares, creepy dolls in the corner, raging clowns, hockey-masked serial killers, scar-faced madmen with knives for fingers, and supernatural hauntings not only excite me, they calm me as well. 

In the elemental, Ashley Abramson writes, “Watching something that should be scary without the actual threat attached to it can be enjoyable — a refreshing break from the buzzkill people with anxiety are used to experiencing.”

I couldn’t agree more: Maybe because the fear produced in horror movies is designed to create anxiety, its transparent intention ends up reducing anxiety. I know non-horror fans just don’t get it, but I crave the frights at this time of year because they distract me from real anxieties and place me in different worlds for an average of 90 minutes. After hitting the inevitable first wall of exhaustion as a high school music teacher in September (this year especially, for obvious reasons), I welcome the ghost that burrows in the dark corner. At least he is harmless compared to the catastrophic effects of the pandemic and ongoing political disarray and social injustices that continue to haunt our world with an all too brutal reality.

Am I suggesting turning a blind eye to these realities? Hell no. Actually, I find myself proactively embracing these issues every day at home and in the classroom. For my own sanity and self-care, I take an occasional break to release the ghouls on the screen and turn up the shrieks on the remote.  

Today, I’m very excited to announce the official launching of my annual Reely Bernie Horror Fest!

Below is my list of titles I will be viewing through October 31st. Some are old, some are new. Some I’ve never seen before, while others are worthy of another look/spook.

Some are good. Some are really bad.

Some will actually scare, while others will conjure unintended laughs. For no reason at all, this year includes a lot of B-movie 70s and 80s flicks. I can’t wait…

28 Days Later (2002)

Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

Psychomania (1973)

Possum (2018)

The Strangers (2008)

FearDotCom (2002)

The Gate (1987)

Relic (2020)

Lake Mungo (2008)

Eyes Without a Face (1960)

Pyewacket (2017)

The Innkeepers (2011)

Tenebre (1982)

What Keeps You Alive (2018)

Pulse (2006)

Halloween (1978)

The Babadook (2014) – Oct. 30th (My annual “Horror Night” with friends and family at my place)

I look forward to providing capsule synopses of these horror flicks’ origin, plot, and my own lighthearted take.

For some, the super early openings of Halloween “Spirit” stores denote the beginning of Halloween festivities. For others, it might be the premature assembly of ceramic pumpkins in front of the grocery store.

For me, it all starts with this leaf.

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*Okay, I’ll admit, this leaf is totally fake. I am laughing out loud as I write this because I am so excited and so desperate to begin my “Horror Fest” that I planted a polyester leaf under my tire.

Let the Reely Bernie Horror Fest begin!

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  1. Well said. Halloween is also one of my favourite times 🎃
    During the pandemic lockdown earlier on in the year I de-stressed by catching up on a couple of earlier Walking Dead seasons I missed – I work in the healthcare sector, so seeing onscreen zombies was actually a relief after a 13 hour shift 🙂
    Looking forward to your movie reviews, as there are a few on your list I haven’t seen.

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    1. I’m so glad you share the same passion for this nostalgic time of year! Your healthcare story and its necessary reprieve in zombies is exactly what I’m talking about! Yeah, some of these movies will be fun reviews for me; some are completely new. Have you seen Psychomania? It’s so bad, it’s good. And, I want to visit all the places the movie was shot in England…haha!

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    2. I’m so glad you share the same passion for this nostalgic time of year! Your healthcare story and its necessary reprieve in zombies is exactly what I’m talking about! Yeah, some of these movies will be fun reviews for me; some are completely new. Have you seen Psychomania? It’s so bad, it’s good. And, I want to visit all the places the movie was shot in England…haha!

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  2. Can’t wait! What’s cool is that I’m also doing my own Halloween movie marathon all throughout October this year. I’ve been working on it on my spare time. It’s called “Octerror” . Stupid, I know, but it does match the tone of most exploitative B-movie schlock if I do say so myself.

    I’m launching the announcement post with all the information on September 27th, so stay tuned!

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  3. Love horror movies!!!
    You left my favorite one out but that is alright…these will be great. I’ve seen quite a few of them.

    2020…we are living in a horror movie now! lol

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            1. You know, I have to agree with you because of the believability factor. There are too many truths to this story, the behind the scenes of the filming, and the constant battle of human vs Satan. Plus, there are scenes that still creep the *blank* out of me. I’ve seen this too many times, so it was left off this year. Thanks, Max. Just talking about T.E. gives me the creeps!

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            2. I never thought about the making of it but yea…that is all part of it.

              The Texas Chainsaw Massacre…the way it looks…that is the reason I love it. The film and the way they filmed it adds an extra scare to it.

              They should use that setup on more movies.

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