Well, it’s almost finally here once again. We’re just about to hit October, which means that one of my favourite times of year is upon us: the Halloween season. Just like Halloween last year, I’ll be spending the entire month at home since my city of Melbourne is currently in lockdown due rising cases of the Covid Delta variant. However though, it doesn’t worry me at all that I have to stay at home because at least that’ll give some extra time to watch a lot of horror in my spare time. Besides even if Melbourne wasn’t in a lockdown, I most likely still be doing that anyway regardless. Now if you have been following me over the pass few years here on the site, you know that I always do something a little different with my 31 Days Of Horror list when compared to everyone else’s. For those out there who don’t know, I’ll explain. While most horror fans usually watch at least one film per day for their 31 Days Of Horror viewing lists, I double the amount of films I’ll be watching by raising it to 62 instead. Yep, that is correct: 62 horror films. Which means I’ll be checking out two horror films every day throughout the month of October. Having done this theme at least eight times now in the pass 10 years (one year I had to change it up due to other commitments in 2014), I always love doing it because it gives me more a reason to check out a lot more variety of horror films, both old and new, that I still hadn’t seen yet. However when it comes to mine, I do have some rules that I follow in regards to which 62 horror films I put on my 31 Days Of Horror viewing list:
1: All the horror films have to be ones that I have never seen before.
2: 31 of the films have to be older ones made before the year 2010 while other 31 films must be more recent ones released after 2010.
3: Sequels are not allowed to be included, only stand alone films instead.
Those are the three rules that I’ve been going by over the pass couple years, which I feel definitely does makes things easier when it comes to putting together my list every year. This year’s one is another great mixture of many different types of horror films: vampires, zombies, giallos, supernatural, demon possession films, slashers, psychological, comedies, anthologies, monsters, sci-fi horror, serial killers, cults, silent horror, werewolves, animated films, Italian horror, witchcraft, found footage, folk horror etc.. However I will make some exceptions when it comes to certain days though. Other than the 62 horror films that I picked, I’ll also be adding a couple of bonus films on certain days of films making their official premieres on streaming services (since cinemas are shut down here in my city of Melbourne until November, this is how I will checking out any brand new ones that will be released throughout October).
Now the question remains: will I be able to watch them all? Even though the official 62 films I picked will be my main priority to watch during the month (the bonus films aren’t hugely essential since they’re there as more of a extra film to check out if I have the time) but that being said, I’m going to attempt to check out all of them. It will be challenge for sure but since I’ve somehow managed to successfully do it over the pass few years, I’m certain that this year will be no different. So without further ado, here’s my complete final viewing list of every horror film I’ll be seeing in October…
Here’s my list:
Day 1: CEMETERY OF TERROR and #ALIVE
Day 2: THE BELIEVERS and THE EMPTY MAN (Bonus Film: BLACK AS NIGHT)
Day 3:THE WASP WOMAN (1959) and CASTLE FREAK (2020)
Day 4: THE CHURCH and THE VIGIL
Day 5: DEATH SHIP and MARY (Bonus Film: ESCAPE THE UNDERTAKER)
Day 6: THE STENDHAL SYNDROME and THE STYLIST (Bonus Film: THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE)
Day 7: MOTHER’S DAY (1980) and WRONG TURN (2021) (Bonus Film: V/H/S/94)
Day 8: THE FIRST POWER and ANYTHING FOR JACKSON
Day 9: HIGHWAY TO HELL and PSYCHO GOREMAN (Bonus Film: BINGO HELL)
Day 10: THE BRAIN and SPUTNIK
Day 11: DEF BY TEMPTATION and ANTEBELLUM
Day 12: CUTTING CLASS and SKULL: THE MASK
Day 13: MONSTER DOG and THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW (Bonus Film: FEVER DREAM)
Day 14: SATAN’S SLAVE and ZOMBIE FOR SALE
Day 15: MANHATTAN BABY and A CLASSIC HORROR STORY
Day 16: SCARECROWS and THE DARK AND THE WICKED (Bonus Film: MADRES)
Day 17: THE NIGHT STALKER and BLOOD RED SKY
Day 18: VAMPIRE HUNTER D and ATTACK OF THE DEMONS (Bonus Film: NIGHT OF THE ANIMATED DEAD)
Day 19: KILLER CROCODILE and THE POOL
Day 20: BLACK ROSES and WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS (Bonus Film: NIGHT TEETH)
Day 21: HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS and THE BEACH HOUSE (Bonus Film: MY CHERRY PIE)
Day 22: THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS and MONSTRUM (Bonus Film: THE MEDIUM)
Day 23: FAUST and THE RECKONING (Bonus Film: THE MANOR)
Day 24: THE VAULT OF HORROR and DARK WHISPERS VOL. 1
Day 25: SUMMER OF FEAR and THE WITCH IN THE WINDOW
Day 26: COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE and CARMILLA
Day 27: A BAY OF BLOOD and THE RENTAL (Bonus Film: HYPNOTIC)
Day 28: THE UNTOLD STORY and THE GOLDEN GLOVE (Bonus Film: NOBODY SLEEPS IN THE WOODS TONIGHT: PART 2)
Day 29: FRANKENHOOKER and PORNO (Bonus Film: HORROR NOIRE)
Day 30: TO THE DEVIL… A DAUGHTER and THE SEVENTH DAY (Bonus Film: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: NEXT OF KIN)
Day 31: HACK-O-LANTERN and ALL HALLOWS’ EVE
Well, there you have it. These are the films I’ll be seeing this year for Halloween. Keep a look out for my daily thoughts/mini-reviews for all of these films every day during October at www.twitter.com/BedeJermyn or on the Super Network Facebook page.
Article written by Bede Jermyn