Here's a great suggestion for some winter leisure: nip down to your local video store and rent some classic videos.
I've got three here that are oh so stylish: Rosemary's Baby (1968), Tenebrae (1982) and Twin Peaks (1991). Let's do this in chronological order starting with Rosemary's Baby. This one deals with poor old Rosemary who has conceived in communion with the devil - where's the contraceptive pill when you need it?
Rosemary has quite a bad time with her hell-spawn. But the really scary thing is the attitude of the men in her life. Husbands, doctors, neighbours and friends conspire to bring her birth to fruition.
Truly terrifying and perhaps a comment on the abortion debate raging in America at the time? Also, of course, we get treated with the best fashion and design that humanity has to offer — I did always love the 60s.
Or maybe you prefer some stylish 1980s Italian horror? Try Tenebrae, masterpiece of director Dario Argento. This one deals with a terrible serial killer stalking Roma who is obsessed with crime writer Peter Neal. The best fun to be had with this film is viewing the amazing locations, and all of the gorgeous Alfa Romeos cruising the streets.
We learn some interesting techniques of how to react if you hear a suspicious sound outside your house too — which I will be applying in my own life. 1) Push your fringe back 2) Ignore the sound 3) remove either your skirt, or your blouse.
Finally, you can re-live the halcyon days of the early 90s with Twin Peaks. David Lynch's seminal television work is still fantastic. I especially love the character of Audrey, and her sexy little red cardigan. When asked why she smokes she replies "Because I am stressed out", when asked why she is so stressed she replies "Because I smoke".
Scarily though, the location of Twin Peaks reminds me of a few small towns in New Zealand which will go nameless.
All of these and more can be found at a good video rental store near you.
Or if you adore the ease of ordering online, you can have them to be couriered to your home from Aro Video at http://www.arovideo.co.nz/
Tenebrae - http://www.arovideo.co.nz/film.php?FilmID=8443
Rosemary's Baby - http://www.arovideo.co.nz/film.php?FilmID=2037
Twin Peaks - http://www.arovideo.co.nz/film.php?FilmID=6873