Updated on Halloween!
The Irish Post, October 31:
A MODERN horror movie classic with a distinctly Irish feel has been named the scariest film of all time in a new scientific poll.
Hereditary stars Dublin-born Hollywood star Gabriel Byrne as the patriarch of a family grieving after a tragic loss. Things take a turn for the strange when the family begin to experience a series of increasingly disturbing occurrences that build to a memorable denouement.
Boasting a standout turn from Toni Colette as Byrne’s traumatised wife, Hereditary earned writer/director Ari Aster rave reviews, with many proclaiming it one of the scariest films ever made.
Now a new study from GIGACalculator.com has confirmed that Hereditary is, scientifically speaking, the scariest film of all time. To do that, they asked 150 brave souls to watch a selection of noted horror films for the first time, while wearing a heart rate tracker to monitor their pulse. . .
I knew this film was going to be the scariest movie ever. And now, we have proof. Happy Halloween, everyone! Stay safe out there! heart
This is not your normal Halloween celebration. No. This is the Global Pandemic Edition of Halloween, 2020.
Unique. Special. Weird.
And that’s okay. We’ll get through it, with a little help from the unique, special, and occasionally weird Gabriel Byrne.
First, the rules. No parties. No friends. No trick-or-treating. No going out into the streets and wreaking havoc…wait! You don’t really do that, do you? No. Okay. So, lots of “No’s” this year.
Here is what we can do.
Create the appropriate environment at home. Carve that pumpkin. Find that skeleton in the closet and bring him/her/it out. Where is that collection of plastic spiders and bugs from last year? Go find it! And candles. Lots of candles. Make your safe place into a scary and spooky place. It’s Halloween!
Food and Wine Magazine has a wonderful slideshow of Halloween Cocktails for your imbibing pleasure, if you do that sort of thing.
I begin with the idea of spiked drinks because I’ve always thought this holiday went rather well with the disorientation that can come from a bit o’ the good stuff. Not that I drink. Anymore. Darn it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t! And, as the article above notes, there is nothing quite like drinking a cocktail with eyeballs. wink
Food-wise? Well, you know what you like! Some suggestions:
Now, to the good stuff! How will you while away the Halloween hours alone (or with a trusted significant other, if you are so fortunate), you ask?
By watching special, unique, and weird Gabriel Byrne Halloween movies, of course! There are a bunch from which to choose, but I’ve narrowed down my list to three this year: one reliable shiver-me-timbers gore extravaganza, one new hair-raising scare-fest that frightens me just thinking about it, and one gothic horror romance that I watch every year at this time. I’m referring to Ghost Ship, Hereditary, and Stigmata, in case you cannot yet read my mind.
Will I really watch all three on Halloween night? I might. wink
So, there you are. Halloween during the Time of the Pandemic, 2020 is a safe, secure, fun, and scary evening with Gabriel Byrne. What more could anyone want!?
Have a lovely time and here’s a Gabriel Halloween Wallpaper for your desktop. heart
Note: the amazing image of Gabriel in the header for this posting is © Akos Simon Photographs. It has become my “go to” Gabriel photo for Halloween, in case you have not noticed. wink