Every year at this time, I remind you about all of the great horror movies Gabriel Byrne has made over the years and try to entice you to watch one. He’s made horror/action, horror/suspense, even horror/comedy, so there is plenty from which to choose! Sometimes Gabriel as Satan in End of Days is the perfect scary/sexy way to spend Halloween. Other times, there is something NEW and terrifying as heck–Hereditary, anyone?–that I can almost recommend highly (except I can’t bring myself to watch the danged thing yet). And then there’s Vampire Academy (LOL!).
THIS year, I’m telling you what I watch on Halloween. And then you can tell me what YOU watch. How does that sound? Is it a deal? Good. Okay. Here goes.
Every year at Halloween, even when I don’t really want to (because busy or tired or too much sugar consumed or distracted or whatever), I watch Stigmata.
And every year, I am glad.
Stigmata reminds me that, even when everything is going up in flames, you needn’t be afraid. Even when unexplained stuff is happening all around you–spontaneous wounds appearing on arms, a woman writing in strange languages on walls, that same woman throwing you through the air as though you are a piece of paper–you needn’t be afraid. There is an answer. There is a solution. There is a reason.
That is a very comforting and consoling bit of theater to appreciate.
Stigmata also reminds me that, though a woman might appear to be a victim, she need not be. Though it would seem she has lost control of her life and her destiny, that need not be true. And, even though it might be true, it is no reason to collapse in fear, slide into madness, or throw oneself from the window. There is strength. There is courage. There is faith in oneself.
Again, a very comforting and consoling–and heartening–bit of theater to appreciate.
So, I watch Stigmata every year to be scared and to be strong. To be frightened by the unknown and to stand steadfastly before it. To dance to the music, to treasure life, and to hope for love and redemption.
It’s a great movie. For Halloween. For anytime.
Now. What is YOUR favorite Halloween Byrne!?
Stigmata fan video
This very imaginative and beautifully-made fan video by xXWhisperOfDreamsXx uses the music of Hozier to lovely effect.
Dress up your desktop for Halloween
Many thanks to Josh for the fantastic header image! heart