This week, YA Highway’s Road Trip Wednesday asks: What’s your favorite scary book or movie?
Horror books have never really been my thing, but when I was in high school, I was really into horror movies. Most of the parties I attended typically had a TV somewhere playing Evil Dead, and my hippie boyfriend and I would spend entire weekends holed up watching slashers. The horror genre is inextricably entwined with my high school years. Even now, when I watch certain movies, I can smell nag champa incense and cheap liquor.
Over time, I’ve become less enthusiastic about watching horror, but because I made so many memories to a soundtrack of bloodcurdling screams and over-the-top death scenes, I still have a soft spot for horror movies that are meta and self-referential. Scream, for instance. Cabin in the Woods. But my current favorite is Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. It exists somewhere between slasher and slapstick, in this perfect sweet spot of awesome. I went into it with very little foreknowledge and an abiding love for Alan Tudyk. Obviously, I was not disappointed.
Best part? It’s totally on Netflix right now. If you like slashers and laughing, you need to watch it.
So, what’s your favorite scary movie? (Or book?)