Learning that today was already November 2nd shaved years off my life. Where did October go? It was possibly the busiest I have ever been around this time of the year. but there are no complaints from me! And yet, I managed to watch 110 new-to-me horror movies from August to October. It beats last year’s number, and I feel significantly better than I did at the end this time around.
One bit of guidance I had this year was Shudder’s latest show, The 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time. It was a solid list of new and classic films to watch. And I became determined to watch as many as I could from it, meaning I finally ticked off missed classics like Rosemary’s Baby and saw recent hits like The Night House.
There were a lot of new horror films released in October as well. Seriously, an excellent month for genre fans. I saw quite a few family-friend movies this month with Wendell & Wild being my favourite. Easily. Henry Selick and Jordan Peele are icons.
Overall, it was a much more positive experience this year. I made lists and set goals for myself as to what I wanted to accomplish. Only one film was left on my checklist, The Velvet Vampire, which I hope to get to in November.
79 Hocus Pocus 2 (2022) dir. by Anne Fletcher
80 I Walked With a Zombie (1943) dir. by Jacques Tourneur
81 Cujo (1983) dir. by Lewis Teague
82 Train to Busan (2016) dir. by Yeon Sang-ho
83 Hollows Grove (2014) dir. by Craig Efros
84 Nightmare Weekend (1984) dir. by Henri Sala
85 Rosemary’s Baby (1968) dir. by a rapist
This might be my biggest oversight when it comes to classic horror. The plot such a part of popular culture that I didn’t think any thing could surprise me about this film. But it really did. Mia Farrow is absolutely incredible here. She alone is the film.
86 Evil of Dracula (1974) dir. by Michio Yamamoto
87 Black Rock (2012) dir. by Katie Aselton
88 This House (2022) dir. by Emma de Swaef, Marc James Roels, Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Paloma Baeza
89 The Tell-Tale Heart (1960) dir. by Ernest Morris
90 Fiend (1980) dir. by Don Dohler
91 Killer Piñata (2017) dir. by Stephen Tramontana
92 Werewolf by Night (2022) dir. by Michael Giacchino
I don’t know what I was thinking…
93 Gerald’s Game (2017) dir. by Mike Flanagan
94 Stage Fright (2014) dir. by Jerome Sable
When I got the notification that Stage Fright was available for streaming, I was SO excited. I have been dying to see Michael Soavi’s film for years. But lo and behold it was this Stage Fright starring Meat Loaf. But I will call this a happy mix-up. A bananas movie that’s a lot of fun.
95 The Curse of Bridge Hollow (2022) dir. by Jeff Wadlow
96 The Night House (2020) dir. by David Bruckner
97 Halloween Ends (2022) dir. by David Gordon Green
I really enjoyed this. Sue me.
98 Rocktober Blood (1984) dir. by Beverly Sebastian
99 Frightmare (1974) dir. by Pete Walker
100 The Suspicious Death of a Minor (Morte sospetta di una minorenne) (1975) dir. by Sergio Martino
101 V/H/S/99 (2022) dir. by Johannes Roberts, Vanessa & Joseph Winter, Maggie Levin, Tyler MacIntyre, Flying Lotus
102 All Hallows’ Eve 2 (2015) dir. by Bryan Norton, Antonio Padovan, Jay Holben, James and Jon Kondelik, Andrés Borghi, Ryan Patch, Mark Roussel, Elias Benavidez, Mike Kochansky
103 Saloum (2021) dir. by Jean Luc Herbulot
A stunning horror tale from Senegal. The fact that I haven’t seen more people talking about this film is a HUGE shame.
104 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) dir. by Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney and James Algar
105 Significant Other (2022) dir. by Robert Olsen, Dan Berk
106 Blackenstein (1973) dir. by William A. Levey
107 Bad Hair (2020) dir. by Justin Simien
108 Cemetery of Terror (Cementerio del terror) dir. by Rubén Galindo Jr.
109 Saw (2004) dir. by James Wan
I put off watching this film for years and years. It was what gave birth to the modern “torture porn” subgenre. Nothing about it ever appealed to me, but I knew it was time to bite the bullet. You can always turns things off, right? But this was an entirely different film to what I was anticipating. Maybe I watched an edited version, but the gore was very light. The biggest shock? It had an interesting story.
110 Wendell & Wild (2022) dir. by Henry Selick