I told myself, “Never again.” Never again would I challenge myself to watch 100 movies in three months. That’s a lot of movies. Do I even like movies that much? What is a movie?
Here we are again. I am nothing but a weak, competitive soul.
But this year, I’m going full metal. We’re following all the rules, baby! This Letterboxd challenge, created by user Sarah Stubbs, asks horror fans to watch 100 new-to-them horror films in the three months leading up to Halloween. Sarah has a list of all the rules on her website. And unlike last year, I’m trying to abide by them all! This means no short films (at least 45 minutes) and must be tagged as “horror” in either IMDB or Letterboxd unless considering gateway horror. And yeah, that ruined all my giallo options!
Jokes aside. I do enjoy this. And it’s a great way of forcing myself to watch some films I’ve put off for ages.
At the point of writing, I’m about halfway there. But here is everything I watched in September. Check out my Letterboxd if you care to check out more, including seeing my ratings!
1 Prey (2022) dir. by Dan Trachtenberg
2 You Won’t Be Alone (2022) dir. by Goran Stolevski
3 The Crazies (1973) dir. by George A. Romero
4 The Curse of Kazuo Umezu (1990) dir. by Naoko Omi
My first cheat, okay? It’s only 43 minutes. Cut me some slack.
5 Just Before Dawn (1981) dir. by Jeff Lieberman
A surprsingly good slasher with one hell of an ending!
6 America’s Most Haunted (2013) dir. by Chris Randall
7 V/H/S (2012) dir. by Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Radio Silence
8 Howl (2015) dir. by Paul Hyett
9 Zombie Flesh Eaters/Zombi 2 (1979) dir. by Lucio Fulci
10 Scared to Death (1946) dir. by Christy Cabanne
11 Damien: Omen II (1978) dir. by Don Taylor
12 Creepshow 2 (1987) dir. by Michael Gornick
13 Color Me Blood Red (1965) dir. by Herschell Gordon Lewis
14 Big Top Scooby-Doo! (2012) dir. by Ben Jones
15 A Creepshow Animated Special (2020) dir. by Gregory Nicotero
16 Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) dir. by Dominique Othenin-Girard
17 Sting of Death (1966) dir. by William Grefe
18 Noroi: The Curse (2005) dir. by Koji Shiraishi
19 The Night Walker (1963) dir. by William Castle
20 Xtro (1982) dir. by Harry Bromley Davenport
21 Blood Feast (1963) dir. by Herschell Gordon Lewis
22 Dream No Evil (1970) dir. by John Hayes
23 Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster (2021) dir. by Thomas Hamilton
24 So Vam (2021) dir. by Alice Maio Mackay
25 Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) dir. by Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
26 Viy (Вий) (1967) dir. by Georgiy Kropachyov, Konstantin Ershov
27 The Seventh Curse (1986) dir. by Lam Ngai Kai
28 Savage Intruder/Hollywood Horror House (1970) dir. by Donald Wolfe
29 The Curse of Halloween Jack (2019) dir. by Andrew Jones
30 The Gorgon (1964) dir. by Terence Fisher
31 Cult of VHS (2022) dir. by Rob Preciado
32 Torn Hearts (2022) dir. by Brea Grant
33 V/H/S 2 (2013) dir. by Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Timo Tjahjanto, Eduardo Sánchez, Gregg Hale, Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard
If anything, just watch Timo Tjahjanto and Gareth Evans’s segment “Safe Haven”. A brilliant bit of found footage terror!
34 Beyond the Door (Chi sei?) (1974) dir. by Ovidio G. Assonitis, Robert Barrett
35 Barbarian (2022) dir. by Zach Cregger
Going to call it now: this is going to be my favourite horror film of the year. Utterly bananas and terrifying. I LOVE THIS MOVIE. I would give anything to watch it for the first time again.
36 Tremors (1990) dir. by Ron Underwood
37 V/H/S: Viral (2014) dir. by Nacho Vigalondo, Marcel Sarmiento, Gregg Bishop, Justin Benson, Aaron Scott Moorhead