“The rules are simple, just pick your favorite horror film for each day! However, you can’t pick the same horror film more [than] once. So once you pick say THE EXORCIST for your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell, you can’t [pick] it again for any other day [whatsoever,] including favorite horror film.”
Source: Dollar Bin Horror
Only the second day, and I’ve already run into some trouble coming up with a film choice. It isn’t that I connect with the characters or the story of Scream 3, but rather that this film brings me back to a specific time and place in my life, and few movies from my middle school (junior high) days are able to do just that, so I feel a strong connection with it. When my dad took me to the theatres to see this when it came out back in 2000, I wasn’t a fan. My friend’s sister’s mother was a big horror movie fan, and she loved it, so we argued our opinion of the film for the weeks following its release. Since that first viewing, I have fallen in love with Scream 3 and Parker Posey, but I see why I didn’t enjoy it the first time as much as I thought I would: it was a comedic horror film when I wanted to be scared shitless. Spoiler: this isn’t the last time the Scream trilogy will show up during these 30-days.
Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn’t until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.