To Binge or not to Binge

May 23, 2020 at 11:08 pm (horror, writing) (, , , , , )

It’s tempting while stuck at home, when I’m not working, to sit and binge hours of TV and movies. It feels almost like a way of waiting it out, until things get back to normal. While I do cook, garden and go on walks, I miss swimming, jugger, shopping and my usual routines, so I need things to distract me.  Binging shows does that for me

I was chatting with someone the other day about how I like to access the shows I watch and what I enjoy watching most.  Like many out there, my household binges Netflix, and Youtube is always a source of entertainment.  I’m waiting with great anticipation for the second season of Umbrella Academy and was happy to have a chance to finally see Deadpool 2.  But I’ve turned to some newer options this year that have been my go to for something different when I feel like I’ve run through all I’ve wanted to see on my usual sources for shows.

So what am I trying out this year?  Well, as a horror fan, I decided to use some of my Christmas money to get myself a subscription to Shudder.  When I first scrolled through the available selections, it seemed a little overwhelming.  I thought the movies listed would keep me busy for a long time, but I soon realized while there were several I wanted to see, or re-watch, there were many older movies from Italian directors that really did not appeal to me (hate me for it if you like, but I’m not a fan of the original Suspiria).  I still can’t believe how many champion “The Beyond” as some sort of great classic.  I watched it when I was much younger, under the title of “Seven Doors of Death”, during one of our Bad Movie Nights, and it won as the worst movie that night.  It included such notable events as a blind woman running through her house (without running into anything) calling out for her dog, Dick and a man fighting zombies who reloaded his pistol by shoving a bullet up the barrel.  We also counted only 3 doors in the movie, not 7. 

A large portion of the movies on Shudder are foreign movies with subtitles.  I like to do other things while I watch (drawing, folding laundry, chopping veggies, needlework, etc.) so I have to be in the right mood and static mode for subtitles, since you can’t really do anything else while you watch.  Granted, most of their foreign films are high quality, but it just doesn’t suit my viewing preferences.

That’s not to say I’m regretting my Shudder subscription, because what they do offer are great series, documentaries and podcasts.  I’ve enjoyed Creepshow, NOS4A2, Channel Zero, Wolf Creek and some non-horrors like Lucky Man and A Discovery of Witches.  I’d subscribe to Shudder just to watch the Dead Lands, my favourite thing on the streaming service.  They aren’t all winners, but it does have a lot of good things to offer.

If I’m looking for movies though, I’ve taken to sludging through the many, many options on Tubi.  My car pool drive introduced me to this free streaming service.  They have more English language horror movies than you can shake a stick at and the majority of them are terrible.  But there are a few hidden gems and classics in the mix.  I got a kick out of an indy horror comedy called “Gravy” and a thriller called “Landmine Goes Click”.  I also found a great sci-fi/fantasy mini-series called “The Lost Room”.  And I was happy to re-watch a horror favourite of mine, “Splinter”.   

If you aren’t into horror, they may still have something you’ll enjoy.  They have so much variety – if you do decide to check it out be prepared to invest some time digging before you find something worth watching.

Do you have a preferred streaming service I haven’t mentioned?  If you have suggestions, let me know in the comments.


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