11 thoughts on “Song of the Day #5,330: ‘You Made it Feel Like Home’ – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    This recent embrace of horror movies feels much like your embrace of country music not so long ago — in that, in both cases, this is a rabbit hole your most loyal frequent commenter is not going to follow you down.

    Of the movies you listed, I did see and like The Menu, but I really don’t view that as a horror film. I was mildly curious to see Bodies, Bodies, Bodies, but that’s about where my curiosity ends.

    • Clay says:

      How is The Menu not a horror film? It’s about a man who kidnaps a group of people, then systematically tortures and kills them. It even has a “final girl” character.

  2. Peg says:

    I’m not a fan of this genre but I did like the Menu and Watcher because they were clever and in the Menu’s case the actors. I’m excited we have reached my favorite time for your blog—the movies!

  3. Amy says:

    This reminds me of our age old discussions/debates. Does a movie have to be “comedy +” to be worthy of deep admiration? If Dana likes a song others would consider country, would he characterize it as blues or folk?

    In other words, we all have our preconceptions of certain genres and most of us suffer from sort of confirmation bias. For instance, I do not like horror films. Jaws is my favorite film. Therefore, Jaws is NOT a horror film. Or, if I recognize that it has certain undeniably horrific elements (jump scares, blood, a body count), I will argue (effectively!) that what makes it a great film – and my favorite film – are not those elements but everything else… the writing, actors, direction. It’s the wit and heart of Jaws that pulls me in. So… it’s horror +.

    I’m willing to guess your loyal readers, many who consider them film buffs if not cinephiles, will agree that we’re likely to see almost any type of film that is exceptional in multiple ways, regardless of whether we’ll ultimately like it.

    For me, horror became synonymous with “torture porn,” where the plot and inventiveness was tied to how many clever ways the filmmakers could find to kill off the characters, and I have no patience for those films nor any desire to see them. I also don’t like to be scared. That said, I love a good thriller the way I love a good rollercoaster and would argue that thrillers are yet another, though related, genre.

    Of the films you mentioned today, I saw and loved The Menu, which I would not have characterized as a horror film once I saw it but initially avoided for fear it would be the type I dread.I’m interested in seeing Bodies and Fresh for the humor/satire but likely won’t actually see either of them.

    Now back to season 3 of The Sopranos, horror ++++

    • Clay says:

      I have been guilty of putting horror in a box labeled “not for me” while loving certain horror movies that I convinced myself weren’t really horror. Get Out and Silence of the Lambs come immediately to mind.

      The things we love about Jaws are the things we love about any great movie. The presence of great acting, direction, writing, etc. doesn’t make it any less a horror movie.

      There are certainly many different kinds of horror, and some movies are more “pure” horror than others. Just as some comedies are more purely comic. And I think there are examples of true greatness all along that spectrum (which I’ll get to later this year).

      • Dana Gallup says:

        Jaws is not a horror movie, and it is not classified as such (adventure/thriller). Silence of the Lambs is more of a psychological thriller, though it does have horror elements. And the Menu, in my opinion, is not a horror film, at least not in any traditional sense of the genre.

        • Clay says:

          Jaws is certainly horror. It’s about a monster killing people in a small town until a band of heroes come together to try to stop it. It even has one of the most famous jump scares in movie history with the floating severed head.

          A crucial aspect of any horror movie is that it invokes fear or dread in the viewer, and Jaws definitely works on that level as well. It had a whole generation afraid to go in the water.

          All of these genres blend together. A movie can be a horror/thriller, a horror/adventure, a horror/comedy, etc. If a film has prevalent “horror elements,” as all three of the ones you mentioned do, it’s at least partly a horror movie.

  4. Maddie says:

    I also found myself watching quite a bit more horror this year. Off of this list, only Bodies bodies bodies – though I know we have some of your higher ranking horror films in common.

    I would also recommend Bodies to everyone – it certainly is “horror +” which in this case just means it leans even further into comedy than most horror does.

    In the case of The Menu – one of my very favorites of last year – I certainly believe it was marketed as a horror film and has some of the tropes that might allow people to consider it as one. That being said, I believe it falls more into thriller/satire as a primary genre with horror as one of the “+”

    Excited for this series of musical moments in movies 🥰

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