We are well into my favourite month. Not only that, my favourite holiday fast approaches.


Spooky season.

Hallowe’en (it’s a lifestyle, not a holiday).

Whatever your preferred name for it is, this is the time of year where my beloved genre (horror) is front and centre. Until now, horror films have predominantly been relegated to the backseat in mainstream film criticism.

Filmotomy allowed me the opportunity to write about one my favourite films as part of their ‘Film Road to Halloween’ series. This alluring series contains entries from different film critics weighing in on essential spooky season cinema. I am honoured to be a part of this endlessly fascinating series.

For my addition to the ‘Film Road to Halloween’, I wrote about Ari Aster’s Hereditary (2018). Check out my review here. I also wrote about mainstream film criticism’s growing awareness of and appreciation for the horror genre in recent years and the films that have contributed to this sea change.

P.S. for those who have read my piece – my ‘personal note’ in my ‘Film Road to Halloween: Hereditary’ piece is 100% true. My friends (whom I deliriously messaged after the film ended) can attest to it.

Tell me what your go-to Halloween film is in the comments below! Here are some of mine:
  • Hereditary (obviously) (Ari Aster, 2018)
  • The Innocents (Jack Clayton, 1961)
  • The Uninvited (Lewis Allen, 1944)
  • Beetlejuice (Tim Burton, 1988)
  • When Good Ghouls Go Bad (Patrick Read Johnson, 2001)
  • Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931)
  • Dracula (Tod Browning, Karl Freund, 1931)
  • The Mummy (Karl Freund, 1932)
  • The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973)
  • Sleepy Hollow (Tim Burton, 1999)
  • Any of ‘The Addams Family’ movies
  • Any of the ‘Ghostbusters’ movies
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, 1949)


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