Spring is a Depressing Horror Rut.

Posted by Peter Hall - April 13th 2009 @ 11:05 pm

Am I the only one person who thinks Spring is a depressing time for horror?  I keep watching stuff with the intention of reviewing it, but purchase no muster to do so after the mediocrity ends.  The past few attempts have been THE TELLING, THE BROKEN and RULE NUMBER ONE; all three of which I assumed would be fun to write about.  I was wrong.

The same thing happened to me last year.  I wrote about the baneful Horror Rut on March 28th ’08.  Come to think of it, 2009’s rut must have begun around the same time.  I’m two weeks into it now and I just cannot get over the hump.  I’ve got a lot on my plate, what with the wedding six weeks away and then the move to Austin, but those are mere correlations, not causation.  After all, this is the second year.

Last year I asked for a list of classics to dig me out, but such a list won’t help much, I fear.  I just can’t focus this time of the year.  I’m not sure why.  Too many shiny things in the world.

I apologize.


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  1. April 14th, 2009 | 5:54 pm | #1

    Just because the movies you watched sucked, doesn’t mean you can’t write about them. Tell us how badly they sucked in scathing terms, like most critics do.

  2. April 14th, 2009 | 11:03 pm | #2

    Oh trust me, I know I should be writing about them. That’s just it, though, I can’t bring myself too. I’ve had writer’s block for weeks.

  3. April 14th, 2009 | 11:05 pm | #3

    This writing-full-time-for-a-living idea is foolproof I tell ya, foolproof!

  4. April 15th, 2009 | 7:57 am | #4

    I thought it was just me! I struggle with my horror writing and inspiration when the weather improves. Lucky for us here in Australia we are headed into Winter and I am rubbing my hands with glee. Good luck with your writers block I hope it clears soon it can be very demoralizing.

    http://www.musingcontinuum.wordpress.com

  5. John LaTour
    April 15th, 2009 | 9:29 am | #5

    You know what you should do, Peter? You should move to a warmer climate where it’s always (at least partially) sunny. It’ll improve your disposition and overall outlook, making watching and writing about horror films all the more appealing!

  6. April 21st, 2009 | 2:30 am | #6

    I completely empathize with you on this issue.

    Between the After Dark movies, The Telling, Death Factory Bloodletting, Ghosts of Goldfield, Virus Undead, Shuttle, Bad Bilology, Cthulhu… I’m in the same rut as you are.

    It’s hard to muster the motivation to sit a review a movie when they’re so poor, because as you said, the words just don’t come.

    I’m hoping things get better soon.

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