Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Toot Toot Goes the Mastodon


Are you on Twitter? If you are, you probably know it's a swirling dumpster fire of awful. It is a place where all of the nightmares of our world can endlessly scroll before your eyes like a portal into the darkest circles of hell.

The normal news cycle would be exhausting enough, but it's also overrun by white supremacists, Nazis, harassing bots, and worse, they're all treated as rational and deserving of space to say whatever they want because of freeze peach.

Enter Mastodon, the latest attempt to de-throne Twitter (and the rest of the social media juggernauts). On its surface, Mastodon is a Twitter clone with a higher word count allowance--500 instead of 280. When you log in, it even looks exactly like Tweetdeck, but with different skins. Underneath the hood, though, there's some really cool stuff both on a functionality level and a basic structure level that makes it at least a potential Twitter contender.

The Basics

The code that Mastodon is written in is open source, which means anyone can go out and make suggestions and start projects to make improvements to the platform. This is cool because it means, were you sufficiently talented and motivated enough, you could write up and introduce improvements to the platform. It's community based rather than answering to the board of directors at Twitter.

Functionality

Setup to Mastodon can be a tad complicated, and I want to talk more in depth of how it works and the pluses and minuses, but let's save that for later. Let's pretend you've already signed up and are ready to start using it.


  • Like I said, it's a Twitter clone in a lot of ways. It's laid out like Tweetdeck, and functions almost the same.
  • The tweets are called toots. TOOTS!
  • Because of elephants. Get it?
  • You can:
    •  toot something
      • a normal post
    • boost something
      • like a retweet or reblog
    • or favorite something
      • like most social media platforms
  • You can add media to your posts--images, videos, etc.--and the platform will generally format them so that they look nice and fit the layout.
    • The pictures aren't quite as sleek and functional as on Twitter--you can't just swipe from picture to picture--but it's not clunky either.
  • The little globe symbol at the bottom of the message area is your privacy settings. You can set toots to go out:
    •  publically
      • everyone can see it, including not your followers
    • followers only
      • so that it's only visible to your followers
    • or that it goes "unlisted" 
      • I'll explain that more in a sec
    • You can also choose "direct" as an option. 
      • This is how Mastodon direct messages--it looks just like a tweet in your feed, but it can ONLY be viewed by the person that you sent it to (and the admins that mess with the code, but that's obvious).
  • You can also tag your posts with a content warning--that's what the CW is for.
    • This creates a title on your post, basically, that lets you give a quick heads up of what will be buried below a "see more" option. This way, if you want to talk about something particularly traumatic, you can hide it so people can engage with it as they want. This is true for politics, nudity, and other potentially heavy topics. 
    • It's ALSO super useful for spoilers! One of the fights everyone always has on Twitter is how long do we wait to talk about something before it's out of the "spoiler zone." Well, now you don't have to worry! Tag it, "Thor Spoilers" and spoil to your heart's content!

Instances

The most complicated aspect of Mastodon is the concept of instances. This is because Mastodon isn't a  centralized thing, per se. With Twitter and Facebook, there is one centralized platform that has one board that oversees the enforcement of rules. Mastodon is a framework on which anyone can start their own mini-Twitter...or mini-Mastodon, if you will.

That already sounds weird, so let me back up a second.

If you've used Reddit, you know that there is Reddit, the overall application, and then there are subreddits--rooms that you can enter that have their own rules for what's acceptable. You can interact with the people of r/fantasy (a fantasy devoted subreddit) for years and never have to speak to anyone outside of there.

Mastadon is very much like that. The difference is, with Reddit you still only have one account and one group of official people that oversees the Official Reddit Rule Enforcement. Each Mastodon instance--each "room"--requires a separate account, however.

The really cool thing about Mastodon is you don't have to be part of an instance to follow someone from that instance. So, I joined tootplanet.space because it was queer friendly, had very straightforward rules, and I loved the space theme. A lot of the SFF authors I follow on Twitter, however, joined wandering.shop, which is intended to function kind of like an online science fiction/fantasy convention where you can talk about SFF books and TV shows and interact with authors and fans. I can still follow those authors and interact with them while being a member of my instance.

Some people stressed about which instance to join, and one of the flaws of Mastodon is that there aren't obvious ways to find what's out there. A tool does exist, but if you don't know about it, you might miss it. You can go to https://instances.social, which has a tool that will ask you questions and help you narrow things down to some possible options based on what languages you speak, how many users you want in your instance, and what specific moderation rules you're either for or against.

But why instances? Why set it up that way?

Home, Local, and Federation

When you setup your account on your instance, your home timeline will probably have one or two accounts that you auto-followed--that's usually an admin account of some kind, kinda like Tom from MySpace. Beyond that, your timeline will be empty.

There are, however, two other timelines that you can look at: Local, which is a stream of everyone in your instance, and federation, which is a combination of everyone that you follow and everyone that the people you are following follow. (That's not 100% accurate, but it's close enough for these purposes.)

This is how I saw it explained on Mastodon that helped clarify things a little:
  • Home--this is my home and it's full of my friends whom I invited in.
    • If you post a toot "followers only," it will go to your followers feeds only.
  • Local--this is my neighborhood where I chose to live.
    • You won't follow everyone you see here, and not everyone you follow appears here. This is your local community.
    • When you post a toot "unlisted," it will not post here
  • Federation--this is the city I'm staying in. It's full of friends of friends
    • All of the people you follow will appear here, along with everyone that they follow
    • Posting toots unlisted means it won't show up here, either.
Dipping into the latter two feeds will give you suggestions on who to follow beyond searching for someone.

And? So what?

Recently on Twitter, I saw a white supremacist call someone the n-word. When the person responded by calling the white supremacist a "fucking racist," they were suspended for a week. The white supremacist wasn't disciplined by Twitter.

Twitter is driven by ads and media buzz. They have shareholders and a bottom line. It's a business, and it's trying to sell you things and sell you to advertisers so they can sell you things. Because of that, it means that, in spite of any rules they may have in place, they're not incentivised to kick off the Nazis unless they have to--in Germany, Nazism is illegal, so those accounts are blocked there. Just not here because of freeze peach.

Because Mastodon isn't centralized, as long as you join an instance with good moderation rules and an active admin, you don't have to deal with that nonsense. Abusers can be banned from the instance, but it's better than that. Your admin can ban entire instances from interacting with your instance. writers.blah can decide that they don't want to deal with nazis.shitheads and ban the entire instance. In fact, tootplanet.space had a list of banned instances and why they were banned. It's one of the reasons I decided to join them--they were very straightforward.

Each instance has its own set of rules, so some instances allow literally anything. Some are more restrictive. Some allow NSFW posts untagged. Some don't. Some allow swearing. Some don't. That's the beautiful flexibility of instances. AND you can still follow folks from other instances with different rules, too. So you can follow that puppet porn account all you want, even if your instance doesn't allow YOU to post puppet porn.

What's the downside?

Because each instance is a separate account with a separate password and separate settings, if you were to decide that the instance you're in doesn't fit, you have to create a new account elsewhere. There's some nice tools put in place to bring your mute, block, and following lists with you so you can keep what YOU see the same, but you can't bring your followers with you.

Some people really want there to be a single account that you create, and then you can check into different rooms as you wish. There were legitimate concerns raised of people being able to impersonate other people in other instances, and since there's no centralization, it'd be next to impossible to get rid of them all. There's no central authority, so there's no "verified" option like on Twitter. This is a legit concern.

Although Mastodon has been marketed as "Twitter without the Nazis" that's not accurate. As I said, Nazis can join an instance or create their own. It's up to the admins of whatever instance you join to block them and keep them out. It would be pretty easy for the Nazis to whip themselves into a frenzy, mob an instance, and bring it down from the inside, and everyone would have to just start new accounts elsewhere, which is a bummer.

There's also the possibility that you could run afoul of the mod and get booted for whatever reason. As Chuck Wendig pointed out, mod drama back in the BBS days was real and it would be easy for a mod to take a sudden disliking to you, and you'd just lose that account.

There also needs to be better muting in place. You can mute and block users, but muting keywords is restricted to a by-column basis. Just because my instance is good about not posting spoilers for Thor Ragnarok doesn't mean that everyone in the Federation timeline would be. Plus, if I absolutely never want to see the word rutabaga, I should be able to mute that universally. Unfortunately, that's not the case for right now. You can, like I said, mute keywords by column, though, which is nice.

Another functionality that I miss is making lists. I have a list on my Tweetdeck of my friends so that, even if I don't want to read through my whole feed, I can get an update on how they specifically are doing. That functionality isn't present at this time.

These are real issues, and if the platform continues to grow, these are things that they would either need to come up with answers to or figure out work arounds for.

Final thoughts

I really dig it. Like, a whole lot.

I think community policing is a really great way to deal with most harassment issues, including being able to just completely ban an instance so you don't have to deal with the shit gibbons at all. 

I also like the additional functionality of the content warnings letting you hide potentially sensitive information and letting users choose for themselves whether they want to engage. Politics, whether you agree with someone or not, has made Twitter into a nightmare where joy goes to die most of the time. It may be the front line for the resistance, but it's also front line of my sorrows.

And finally, Mastodon puts the social back in social media. There's an interesting sense of pride and identity, especially in the smaller instances. You feel like more of a tight knit community, and you all agree on what you consider acceptable. You don't have to follow everyone in your instance, but you'll likely still interact with a lot of them, and you can always drop into the Federation stream to get a sense of what Mastodon as a whole is talking about--at least within your circles of interest. And that's really cool.

I hope this sticks around. An awful lot of people moved over there, but I can see the instance confusion being a barrier to entry for a lot of folks, and the potential for impersonation in other instances is higher than I would like. For folks looking to use it as a marketing platform like Twitter, it doesn't function as well as Twitter does for that. But for everything else, it's so much more enjoyable.

Check it out. See what you like. Hit me up. Follow me. I'm @whirlingnerdish@tootplanet.space.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

The October Movie Challenge (with The Me!)

Photo by van Ort  Some rights reserved from Flickr
As I said last week, we did the 31 Days of October Challenge--which is to watch one horror movie every night in October. Because we're damned fools that should know better, we actually worked in quite a few extras.

Seriously, we have a serious movie problem. Especially me. I have it bad. What am I gonna do, though, NOT watch a movie?

Last week, my wife wrote up her thoughts on each movie we watched, and now it's my turn!

Please enjoy!

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  1. Gerald's Game
    • Mike Flanagan can basically do no wrong for me at this point. I love horror, but my favorite horror is when creators tap into their characters and create very personal stories that aren't just scary, but display the heart of the story. It's why King's books work so well, and Flanagan does that perfectly in his movies. I've heard some complaints that it goes too long, but I thought the ending was very good thematically for the character. Don't @ me.
  2. Beware the Slenderman
    • My wife is obsessed with true crime documentaries, so this was her pick. I liked it, I thought it was an interesting look at a complicated case since mental illness is a complex issue. However, there were times where the documentary sauntered up to "people who like creepy things could be dangerous," and I'm just not here for that. The best part for me was exploring the history of the Slenderman mythos since, unlike traditional folklore, it has a discernible creation we can point to. And yet people still believe it. I get it was supposed to be a documentary about the crime, but I really want a documentary that just deep dives into internet folklore and creepypastas now.
  3. Ginger Snaps
    • I dug the hell out of this. Katherine Isabelle is great, and it's one of those beautiful movies that could have only come out in 2000 that has just enough late 90s trends to make it feel of the time but gives a fascinating peak to where cinema and horror could have gone if 9/11 hadn't happened. More practical creatures in horror movies!
  4. Wrong Turn
    • This movie sucked. It wasn't the worst thing, I suppose. Just a dumb slasher movie, but without the charm of the 80s or early 90s and without the silly cynicism and deconstructionism of the late 90s early 00s. It was just...there. Mutant rednecks murder folks. Yay...
  5. Cube
    • I really liked this movie. It's fascinating how similar it feels to Saw--traps, a mystery that has to be solved for why these people are here--while predating the entire Saw franchise. It's a lot of fun, a tad cheesy at times, but I actually have a soft spot for the "people locked in  room figuring out why they're all there" genre--which Saw dips into, not always, but frequently.
  6. It (2017)
    • I was surprised that my wife was so keen to watch this movie. She has been afraid of clowns since I met her. She watched the first trailer and called me at work freaking out--scared, but also excited? Turns out, this movie is fantastic. Probably my second favorite horror movie this year. The choice to just leave the adults stories to a sequel was the right one. This movie earns its R rating, and I didn't expect that since R rated horror movies are pretty rare these days. Very good, I'm stoked for the sequel.
  7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    • We all know this movie. I like it. It's cute. But the reason we saw it for Spooktober was because we had the chance to see it outside with a live orchestra performing the score. I literally got goosebumps repeatedly throughout the film. They're doing it again next year with Chamber of Secrets, and I will be there if I can.
  8. Blacula
    • I really really liked this movie. I didn't really know what to expect. I don't know that I've ever seen a proper blaxploitation movie. I've seen the parodies of those, so my understanding of the genre is filtered through style and parody. That said, this movie was great--a fascinating spin on Dracula. Using the slave trade as the backdrop for vampires was an excellent idea, and Blacula really came across like a tragic figure. The movie was surprisingly sad.
  9. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
    • This was actually my 3rd or 4th favorite Friday, I think. I don't have a lot of love for the Friday franchise--they're very repetitive and don't really get interesting until part six. That said, this one was silly, and I enjoyed the bounty hunter character.
  10. The Purge: Election Year
    • It was chilling watching this movie in a post-election world, especially since there's a subplot about Russians that was insanely prescient. The franchise has turned more action oriented than horror--if it'd been me, I wouldn't have followed up on Frank Grillo's character and instead pursued another character, but it was good.
  11. Flatliners  (2017)
    • This movie sucked. I thought maybe the hype was overly negative because people were nostalgic for the original, and since I'd never seen the original, I figured I'd enjoy it more. No. It was very stupid. Diego Luna's character has nothing to do, and the ultimate pay off for what's causing the haunt is so so so weak. Seriously the saddest, silliest movie. Also, the PG-13 rating felt like it was handcuffing the movie. Like, at times the movie felt like it wanted to go super dark, but back-pedaled instead to a softer, weaker place. Just don't. It's not worth it.
  12. Happy Death Day
    • Essentially, this is horror Groundhog Day. Unlike Flatliners, this movie didn't feel handcuffed by its PG-13 rating. The point of this movie wasn't gory deaths, but the inventive ways she dies and the mystery behind her repeating day. The main actress is really great in it. The movie was a great time--highly recommended.
  13. Freddy vs. Jason
    • This movie gets a lot of hate, but I actually like it. I thought the way the two franchises together was pretty seamless. Some people were apparently pissed they focused more on Nightmare's mythology than Jason's, but I ask you this: what Jason mythology? There isn't any. Nightmare, meanwhile, has tons. Not casting Kane Hodder was bullshit, though. And that homophobic line toward the end. Otherwise, pretty solid. I wish it had revitalized the two franchises rather than being a dying gasp for both of them.
  14. Halloween
    • This was the original, and it was great. I'd never seen it before, and I got to see it with a double feature of Friday the 13th on...well...October, Friday the 13th. Obviously, this movie is a classic. It is the best slasher I've seen of its era. And that score. Chills.
  15. Jason X
    • So stupid. So glorious. So many puns. So much late 90s early 00s future nonsense. A robot lady fights a nano-bot armored Jason in space. That is all you need to know to understand this movie. I love it. It is dumb, but I love it.
  16. Get Out
    • Amazing. Chilling. My favorite horror movie--and might be my favorite movie of this year. I look forward to Jordan Peele's future works. 
  17. Life
    • This movie was basically Alien. That said, it's really good. It has a few interesting twists and turns, the set work  to make the antigravity feel real was astounding. The creature was cleverly designed, and as it evolves throughout the movie, it still looks cool. A surprisingly big budget, all star cast that basically no one saw, and that is a shame.
  18. Little Evil
    • This was a very silly, fun little movie. Lots of references to horror classics packed into the movie without it devolving into the lazy reference humor of the Scary Movie franchise. Adam Scott is great in everything. 
  19. Final Destination
    • I really like this movie. It FUCKED ME UP as a kid. Death will come for you in a Rube Goldberg machine-esque fashion! The plane crash in the beginning was wild since this came out in, I think, '99. In just 2 years, this movie wouldn't have come out.
  20. Saw 2
    • I actually like most of the Saw movies. The mystery of them keeps you going into the next one, and the gore, to me, never really felt gratuitous. I mean, it is gratuitous, but there's always a point for it. John Kramer's story is fascinating, and while the first one was a great locked room mystery, this one is great to get a peak into the mind of the killer. Plus, it's a bit of a commentary on how toxic hypermasculinity hurts everyone, including yourself.
  21. Nightmare on Elm Street 1984
    • A classic. Amazing. I love this movie--although maybe not as much as the sequel? So good.
  22. Nightmare on Elm Street 2010
    • Jackie Earle Haley is amazing. He, seriously, did a great job making Freddy scary again. Unfortunately, the movie can't decide whether it wants to remake the old movie, or do something new, so it keeps waffling back and forth. The movie's opening scene is legitimately great--the red and green lighting of Freddy's world is a wonderful call back to the original series, there's surreal, spooky imagery. And then the rest of the movie is...bland to bad. The calls back to the original are bland. The pay off the mystery is bad bad bad.
  23. Saw 3
    • Again, I liked this movie. This is the movie in which--spoilers--Jigsaw dies. A doctor is tasked with keeping Jigsaw alive while another guy goes through a maze, confronting each person that was responsible for the death of his son as Jigsaw tries to teach him forgiveness. I feel like they perfect this hall of horrors premise in a later sequel, though. Tobin Bell is fascinating.
  24. You're Next
    • I love this movie. Adam Wingard's recent efforts have left me cold--Blair Witch was...fine...and Death Note was stupid. But this movie? This is just about perfection. A beautiful twist on the home invasion genre, and I've read their pitch for the sequel. It kills me we'll probably never see it.
  25. Saw 4
    • This one was my favorite for a long time because we learn the most about Jigsaw. And I do like some of the final twists. However, Riggs isn't quite as interesting a character to focus on as some of the others, and I feel like they waste some of the potential with Eric Matthews character. But still solid.
  26. Saw 5
    • This movie focuses on Luke, who has retired from his diner in Stars Hollow and become a cop in the city. Not really, but basically. And it's...okay. It's a bit of a pissing match between two cops, both of whom look similar enough that sometimes you have a hard time telling them apart. Still a decent mystery, but it feels less like a full movie in itself and more like an episode from a TV show.
  27. Saw 6
    • I don't like the story of the cop that survived the previous movie. I do like that this movie retcons the entire franchise into a commentary on the health care industry in America. This is the movie that perfects that hall of horrors things that Saw 3 did. I had a quibble with one person's inclusion that wasn't really clear enough in what they did to deserve Jigsaw's wrath, but otherwise I dug this one quite a bit.
  28. Saw 7
    • This poor movie. Oddly, the most expensive, it looks the cheapest, and that's sad because this features the return of Dr. Gordon from the first movie! I like the way this movie ties up a lot of the mysteries and feels like a decent final chapter...which...it is. They did good.
  29. Tucker and Dale vs Evil
    • Hilarious. One of my favorite horror comedies ever. Maybe it's because I'm from Arkansas, but this one really hits home.
  30. The Fog (1980)
    • Some people said this movie was slow, but I would call it atmospheric. It's all about setting up the characters and building the dread. The fog effect was a great way to make a scary movie monster for cheap. Not my favorite John Carpenter, but pretty good.
  31. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    • Love this movie. (Im)patiently waiting for the Criterion release. 
  32. Jackals
    • A decent movie with an interesting set up for a home invasion movie, but I feel like it fell just a little short of being really good. There were a few stumbles in the plot, but there were some really good performances. 
  33. Jigsaw
    • I really dug this movie. Somehow, this one feels more cinematic than the other ones. I don't know if they got a bigger budget or what, but the scope somehow feels bigger. Tobin Bell returning to the franchise was very welcome. There were some questions, some quibbles, I had with the ultimate twist that don't necessarily strike me as a problem...but I would love to see them addressed in a sequel.
  34. Gone Girl
    • This is my 2nd favorite Gillian Flynn book, and I love this movie. Creeping dread, disturbing, cerebral. It has a weird almost anti-feminist flavor to it that works for the movie, but also makes me tilt my head at Gillian Flynn a tad, but also this movie is great.
  35. Trick r' Treat
    • Fun. Silly. A wonderful Halloween movie. I forget this movie is an anthology sometimes because the films are woven together so carefully.
  36. Halloweentown
    • I love these goofy movies, especially the first two. Classica, and with Carrie Fisher's mom! And one of the great villains of a Disney movie: Kalibar!
  37. Hocus Pocus
    • Hilarious. Amazing. Gay as shit. I love it so much. Pretty much entirely carried on the three witches' performance. So so campy and great.
  38. The Nightmare Before Christmas
    • This movie made me who I am today. It is the first movie I can remember that really twisted my tiny heart and got me into horror. I've loved creepy, spooky stuff ever since. I love, love, love this movie from top to bottom. It's also a wonderful movie about cultural appropriation and how just because you like a thing doesn't mean you understand it or can take ownership of it.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Childhood Toy Nostalgia!

Yesterday my wife and I were wandering around the store goofing off because we'd just gotten out of a movie and didn't want to go home yet, and I stumbled across an amazing discovery. Dr. Dreadful's was a toy that I remember seeing commercials for all the time growing up. I'd always wanted them, but never got one.

Turns out they're back and almost exactly the same.

I also remembered another commercial because my brain is flypaper for stupid, useless information. Anyway, enjoy this geek out while I'm neck deep in NaNoNonsense.

Friday, November 3, 2017

The October Movie Challenge (with The Wife!)

Photo by van Ort  Some rights reserved from Flickr
So we did the 31 Days of October Challenge--the idea being watch one horror movie every night in October. We actually worked in quite a few extras because we just love movies that much. There's actually even more that aren't on this list because they weren't horror movies--you can see those on the Movies I Watched List page.

Anyway, my wife had a lot of fun with this and decided to give her thoughts on each movie. Please enjoy my darling wife's debut here on the blog. I'll write up my thoughts in a separate post that'll go up later--I'm in the thick of NaNoWriMo at the moment, so I haven't had the chance yet.

Please enjoy!

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  1. Gerald's Game
    • I really enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I had a vague idea of what it was just because my life partner is a bit of a King fanatic ;) It was feminist AF and I super dug it.
  2. Beware the Slenderman
    • This was my pick, and probably my third time watching it. As a sufferer of mental illness, I think it does a service to show that their actions weren’t just pure acts of evil, but complicated by their situation. On another note, that county in Wisconsin needs to get its shit together (it’s the same county as the Making a Murderer show’s location).
  3. Ginger Snaps
    • Speaking of feminist AF, this rocked. Since my partner is writing a werewolf novel, I loved seeing this and feeling like I got a peek into his mind. It’s cheesy, brilliant, gory, and I recommend it to everyone I know.
  4. Wrong Turn
    • Jesus Christ. Where to start with this movie. This was the first horror movie I ever bought, and I got it at age 11(?) Being from the boondocks, this movie creeped me the fuck out as a kid, and it holds a special spot in my heart. Every time I go to our hometown I think of this movie and the redneck inbred cannibals that are so like the patrons of the Dollar Tree down home, haha.
  5. Cube
    • Hilarious. Terrible. Preposterous. Such a gem of a time capsule3.
  6. It (2017)
    • I LOVE THIS MOVIE. We saw it three times, and I could watch it a hundred times more. Turns out, the cure to a phobia of clowns is actually wanting to fuck one.  I was the only person in the theatre all three times who was laughing and cheering on Pennywise, which probably speaks more to my general fucked up-edness than anything else.
  7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    • We saw this at an outdoor screening with a live orchestra preforming the score. Pardon the pun, but it was *magical*.
  8. Blacula
    • This was my first experience in Blacksplotation (sp?). I enjoyed it for what it was. Not really super memorable, but a stand up movie. Not the worst thing we watched, but not the best.
  9. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
    • Was this the one where Jason body hopped? Bleh.
  10. The Purge: Election Year
    • Arguably the best entry in the Purge series to date. I don’t think it pretended to be anything it wasn’t and just leaned into the absurdity that is the crux of the premise. Fun times.
  11. Flatliners  (2017)
    • FUCKING. AWFUL.
  12. Happy Death Day
    • I loved this one, too! My only complaints wer that it was a little predictable for me since I’ve seen eleventy thousand slasher movies and that it didn’t actually feature any 50 Cent music.
  13. Freddy vs. Jason
    • This movie is ridiculous, and anyone who says otherwise is kidding themselves. It’s bullshit that it didn’t feature Kane Hodder as Jason, but whatevs.
  14. Halloween
    • I actually prefer Rob Zombie’s interpretation more. But it’s easy to see why this is a foundational horror movie.
  15. Jason X
    • Jason goes to space…I think. Literally just so dumb that I can’t even articulate anything about it.
  16. Get Out
    • Fucking masterpiece. 
  17. Life
    • Interesting flick. I'm not one much for space movies- I didn't like Gravity or The Martian, and I wasn't a huge fan of this. The creature itself was more compelling than any of the astronauts (apart from you know which one but I'm not gonna spoil it). Predictable ending. Meh.
  18. Little Evil
    • As a fan of both The Omen and of Adam Scott, I wasn't surprised that this movie was great. A fun little satire that wasn't actually super predictable and did something that made it it's OWN THING. Highly recommend. 
  19. Final Destination
    • 90’s gold. That’s about it.
  20. Saw 2
    • Not enough Cary Elwes.
  21. Nightmare on Elm Street 1984
    • Has my favorite scene in any movie ever. Johnny Depp turning into an upward stream of blood. I love it so much.
  22. Nightmare on Elm Street 2010
    • It had so much potential! The micro naps could have been so much, but it’s just a  mess of a movie. It can’t decide if it wants to be a direct remake or a new spin, and it tries to do both and just fails, which is no fault of Jackie Earle Haley’s.
  23. Saw 3
    • Not enough Cary Elwes. And not enough Tobin Bell, for that matter.
  24. You're Next
    • Another feminist AF movie. I love everything about this, every line of dialogue, every scene transition, the score, everything.
  25. Saw 4
    • Not enough Cary Elwes.
  26. Saw 5
    • Not enough Cary Elwes.
  27. Saw 6
    • Not enough Cary Elwes.
  28. Saw 7
    • Some Cary Elwes, but still not enough.
  29. Tucker and Dale vs Evil
    • Such a fun little flick.
  30. The Fog (1980)
    • This was my first time seeing it, and it was pretty good, but not as good as The Mist.
  31. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    • Also my first time seeing this one. I really liked it, but hated most of the characters. 
  32. Jackals
    • So close to being a good movie, but so frustrating that it didn’t quite get there. 
  33. Jigsaw
    • I had goosebumps at the theatre when it was over. I super dug it, and recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the Saw Franchise. I really hope they continue after it to follow up on some stuff they hinted to with the main character.
  34. Gone Girl
    • They did such a good job translating the book to the screen with this. Super fucked up and awesome.
  35. Trick r' Treat
    • Second time watching this. I don’t hate it anymore, but I don’t like it really, either. I just hate movies that do that whole schtick with the multiple stories happening at the same time, like Love Actually. Blurg.
  36. Halloweentown
    • Classic DCOM.
  37. Hocus Pocus
    • It’s an iconic Halloween flick for a reason, folks.
  38. The Nightmare Before Christmas
    • Same.