Salem, Massachusetts– also commonly referred to as “Witch City”– is the notorious grounds for a lot of awful American history, including the infamous Salem Witch trials in the 1600s. Thankfully, this now quaint town has turned its painful past into America’s ultimate Halloween town, while simultaneously honoring the victims from its historical events that left many dead and/or imprisoned. I recently traveled again to this lovely New England town for some early October fun, and have come up with a list of recommend activities and locations for those who are making their way there during this Halloween season.
Two years ago when frequent collaborators Danny McBride and David Gordon Green announced that they were joining forces again for a Halloween franchise sequel, I squealed. With Green’s indie-film roots combined with McBride’s dark sense of harsh humor, I felt pretty confident that their vision for a modern-day Halloween sequel would fill a void in the hearts of the franchise’s fans everywhere that craved a worthy sequel, after the countless corny and painful-to-watch ones that have notoriously tainted the Halloween franchise over the years (I’m looking especially at you, “Halloween: Resurrection”.) However…after months and months of numerous media clickbait articles about the production of the upcoming film, with headlines that contained quotes from McBride and Jamie Lee Curtis proclaiming that this movie was “legitimately scary,” a lackluster trailer release in June, and just the annoyance of straight-up over-saturation of the film’s highly anticipated release, I grew worried. After all, when the people who are behind a film can not stop talking about it to the press, that typically leads to disappointment and disaster. I thought, Who actually says that their own movie is ‘scary’?! Just let the damn movie speak for itself! But now that I’ve caught one of the upcoming film’s earliest screenings at Salem Horror Fest, I can thankfully say that I was wrong for worrying so much. Aside from a few nitpicky flaws, David Gordon Green’s Halloween is solid.
2017 was truly incredible for our favorite red-headed stepchild genre, aka horror, as we witnessed some masterpieces like Get Out receive not only great numbers at the box office and critical acclaim, but even Golden Globe nominations…so 2018 has some huge shoes to fill. From the looks of things as of now, 2018 will have its share of things that I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT WAIT for…as well as a couple that look laughable, that I will likely skip, but others may enjoy. Here are some of the horror pieces to look forward to (and a few to probably not waste your money on) coming out this year, in order of their releases.