Welcome to The Obsessive Viewer’s first Shocktober. This month on the blog, I (with some help from my friends) will put a large emphasis on the horror genre. This is a tradition that has been a big part of my life since 2006, when I started dedicating the month to horror.
Since then, each year the month has grown to a 31-day event where my friends and I dive into a genre that is near and dear to our hearts. Now, for the first time ever, I have a platform to share this sacred tradition with the world. As such, this month you will see an influx in horror-related reviews and posts written by yours truly as well as my podcast co-hosts and blog contributors Mike and Tiny.
The horror genre was integral to my relationship with movies in general. I simply wouldn’t be The Obsessive Viewer if it weren’t for horror movies capturing my attention and reeling me in. Oddly enough, I credit the Scream franchise (and the resulting avalanche of 90s slasher movies) with igniting my love of movies.
When I first saw Scream, I was in 5th grade and far too young to watch it. I was instantly in awe of the characters’ knowledge and appreciation for movies. I knew while watching it that this was the kind of person I would become. The love of movies on the screen rubbed off on me.
It wasn’t until Scream 2 was in production that I truly began to realize how much I would be consumed by a love of movies. With the emergence of the internet, I had a front row seat to the production of the sequel to the all-time greatest movie that had ever been created or ever will be (come on, I was in elementary school).
It seemed like every day after school I would ride my bike to the library and use their internet since we didn’t have it yet at home. I would go to the Dimension Films website and check the latest news on Scream 2 and browse message boards all around the web. I became obsessed over a movie for the first time while looking up Scream 2.
The fire was ignited inside me and even now, as an adult, it has never flickered out. Every movie I watch, every review I write, every discussion I have, they all help fuel the undying flame that is my love of movies. And it all started with a horror movie.
Shocktober is a sacred month-long holiday for me. I’m extremely excited to share every aspect of it with any and every person who visits the site or listens to the podcast. What I hope to accomplish this month is to inspire feedback and discussion of the horror genre. So I encourage everyone reading to help me and my friends celebrate all things horror!
Comment with your thoughts, fears and recommendations. Join the discussion on Twitter (@ObsessiveViewer, @IAmMikeWhite, @ObsessiveTIny), subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and listen to us discuss horror this month!
That’s it for now. I thought a simple introduction was due. Stay tuned for much more! Tiny will be bunching together some reviews and releasing them in groups here and there while Mike will be keeping a Journal throughout the month.