Note: Inspired by similar shenanigans happening over at Reddit and the Final Girl horror blog, I've decided to attempt my own month long horror viewing spree. Half of the list is set but the other half is still germinating (you'd never guess that this was an 11th hour decision right?). Some of the posts will be linked to discussions occurring on the same day at the one of the aforementioned websites and the rest will be my own personal choices. To get the ball rolling, I've decided to start with one of my all time favourite movies, regardless of genre, Don Coscarelli's cult classic, Phantasm.
Like many of my favourite horror films, this film has (among other things) two particular qualities which I'm always on the look out for. Firstly, it's suffused with a richly atmospheric, dreamlike feeling, reminiscent of your strangest nightmares. Put another way, it's the kind of movie where, if you came home drunk or stoned late one Saturday night and started watching it in a borderline-catatonic daze before falling asleep, you'd probably be hard pressed upon waking the next day to remember whether it was a film or a dream.