I’m gonna be real honest with everyone. Given Georgia’s unexpected bye week this weekend, I’m planning to take a break from college football viewing. Not that there aren’t a handful of interesting games, but this weekend really does have a few things working against it...
First up, the team leading the SEC West, Alabama, looks to be completely running away with the division and are playing Tennessee. It’s likely to be a blood bath. And while I enjoy watching Tennessee suffer as much as the next guy, I already got to see that last weekend when they were taken behind the woodshed by Kentucky. And after last Saturday night, you’ll have to forgive me if I take a pass on watching the Tide for a bit.
Then you have the only two SEC East teams that look like they can take the division, Georgia and Florida. If we’re being truthful, they’re both conference championship underdogs at this point and both have demonstrated the ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Even so, watching them might be fun... but we can’t. They’re both on a bye. Primarily because Gainesville, Florida appears to be as riddled with disease as a Milledge Avenue frat house after 2 for 1 private dance night at Chelsea’s.
Beyond that, we have the premiere of Big 10 football! With marquee matchups like Ohio State/Nebraska, Wisconsin/Illinois, and Michigan/Minnesota, I’m reminded why I haven’t missed it thus far in the season. You know what I spoke too soon, you should definitely spend 3 hours of your life watching Maryland and Northwestern duke it out...
Finally, I’d mention the Big 12 games... but the whole conference is essentially aflame at this point. Heck, they have one team in the Top 15 and four of the Top 15 teams haven’t even played a game yet!
So anyway, I’ll be taking a break. But you don’t have to...
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Now, in lieu of game viewing suggestions, I present you with a much more pleasant way to spend your Saturday:
RedCrake’s Super Spooky Saturday Before Halloween Movie Marathon
(Note: These do not represent what I believe to be the scariest or best horror/horror adjacent movies, simply the one’s that I most enjoy watching each year.)
Dead Alive (1992, Dir. Peter Jackson)
Long before he was filming Frodo Baggins frolicking through the Shire, Peter Jackson was splattering more gallons of fake blood across the set than one could possibly keep track of. And that’s before the lawnmower gets involved. A disgustingly delightful experience from start to finish.
Army of Darkness (1992, Dir. Sam Raimi)
Yes, watch Evil Dead and Evil Dead II, but for the sheer joy of a director and his leading man just going ham, it has to be Army of Darkness. Gloriously unhinged and endlessly quotable. Hail to the King, baby!
Slither (2006, Dir. James Gunn)
When the Guardians of the Galaxy weren’t even a twinkle in his demented eye, James Gunn created this underappreciated gem. Alien slug body possession and Nathan Fillion? Yes, please. With homages and references to tons of 70s and 80s horror, I adore this movie and wish more people had seen it.
Drag Me to Hell (2009, Dir. Sam Raimi)
After years of living and breathing the Spiderman franchise, Raimi returned with his most recent (and, to date, last) foray into directing big-screen horror. Watching the world he creates torture poor Alison Lohman for an hour and a half is one of the more purely blissful experiences in the genre and it’s why this is my favorite of all of Sam Raimi’s movies.
The Cabin in the Woods (2011, Dir. Drew Goddard)
I somehow managed to miss this one and didn’t watch it for the first time until I guess 2017 or 2018. And I’d somehow managed not to be spoiled either... so I won’t do that here for anyone who hasn’t seen it. But it just so confidently and intentionally goes absolutely off the rails. There are few things in the world as enjoyable as an experience that gets progressively more bonkers and then still finds new ways to up the ante.
See y’all next week when, ostensibly, my interest in college football will be renewed. Until then...