Earlier this month, I mentioned I was participating in the Letterboxd challenge “100 Horror Movies in 92 Days“, created by Sarah Stubbs. The premise is simple: watch 100 horror movies in the months of August, September and October that you’ve never seen before.
Now I am an outfit repeater. I’ll watch one or two new movies a week (if that), but I love rewatching old favourites more than anything. So watching 100 new-to-me movies is 100% a challenge for someone like me. So I’m pleased that I haven’t fallen at any hurdles yet! That being said, we’re only one month in…
So here is a list of the first films I’ve watched. We’ve hit the 33% mark, which I don’t think is too shabby. Though I have to admit a lot of these movies were shabby. But a small handful have become new favourites.
Are there any titles here that you’re surprised I’ve never seen before? I think most people would say #32 would be surprising. But shhhh… I’ve at least seen #4 multiple times over the last decade.
My goal is to watch more foreign films in September. I watched a small handful, but they were all European still. Let me know if you have any recommendations! Asian cinema (outside of the cornerstones) is always a blind spot for me.
1 Horror Hotel (The City of the Dead) (1960) dir. by John Llewellyn Moxey
2 Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006) dir. by Scott Glosserman
3 Freaky (2020) dir. by Christopher Landon
A hilarious and fun return to teen slashers. I love it and was so pleased that this finally got it’s UK release date!
4 Scare Me (2020) dir. by Josh Ruben
Easily one of my favourites. Was absolutely shocked how much I loved this one!
5 Llamageddon (2015) dir. by Howie Dewin
And this one… 0% shocked by how much I hated this one.
6 Attack the Block (2011) dir. by Joe Cornish
7 Four Flies on Grey Velvet (4 mosche di velluto grigio) (1971) dir. by Dario Argento
8 The Flesh and Blood Show (1972) dir. by Pete Walker
9 The Screaming Skull (1958) dir. by Alex Nicol
10 Macabre (1980) dir. by Lamberto Bava
Honestly, I hate myself for not having watched this batshit-crazy giallo earlier. A completely bonkers film worth going into blind.
11 Witchcraft II: The Temptress (1990) dir. by Mark Woods
12 C.H.U.D. (1984) dir. by Douglas Cheek
13 The Funhouse Massacre (2015) dir. by Andy Palmer
14 Fade to Black (1980) dir. by Vernon Zimmerman
15 X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) dir. by Roger Corman
16 Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005) dir. by Mary Lambert
17 Verónica (2017) dir. by Paco Plaza
18 Eaten Alive (1976) dir. by Tobe Hooper
Another Hooper movie that will be added to my favourites list.
19 Dark Water (2005) dir. by Walter Salles
20 Invisible Ghost (1941) dir. by Joseph H. Lewis
21 Piranha (1978) dir. by Joe Dante
22 The Haunted Palace (1963) dir. by Roger Corman
23 Bowery at Midnight (1942) dir. by Wallace Fox
24 The Dead Pit (1989) dir. by Brett Leonard
25 The Reef (2010) dir. by Andrew Traucki
26 Friday the 13th (2009) dir. by Marcus Nispel
This one took me by complete surprise. As someone who was never a major fan of the originals, I think this is a fun addition.
27 Nightmare Beach (1989) dir. by Umberto Lenzi, James Justice
28 Phantom of the Megaplex (2000) dir. by Blair Treu
29 Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire (2019) dir. by Stephen Cognetti
30 The Raven (1963) dir. by Roger Corman
31 The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) dir. by Roger Corman
32 Scream 3 (2000) dir. by Wes Craven
33 Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire (2000) dir. by Steve Boyum
34 The Found Footage Phenomenon (2021) dir. by Phillip Escott, Sarah Appleton
This was the only film I went to see at FrightFest in person this year. This documentary is a fairly in-depth look at the found footage subgenre, filled with the directors who created the iconic titles like Deodato, Øvredal, Sánchez among others.
There will be a wider release in the future, and I think anyone who is a fan of the subgenre will take something away from it.
35 Wishmaster (1997) dir. by Robert Kurtzman