In October 2020, I took part in #31DaysOfHorror. If you don’t know it, it’s a challenge where you watch a horror film every day in October, culminating in Halloween.
- Werewolves Within (2021), dir. Josh Ruben.
- Jakob’s Wife (2021), dir. Travis Stevens.
- The Addiction (1995), dir. Abel Ferrara.
- Lisa and the Devil (1973), dir. Mario Bava.
- Shadow in the Cloud (2020), dir. Roseanne Liang.
- The Thing From Another World (1951), dir. Christian Nyby.
- The Thing (1982), dir. John Carpenter.
- The War of the Worlds (1953), dir. Byron Haskin.
- A Quiet Place (2018), dir. John Krasinski.
- Nightmare Beach (1989), dir. Umberto Lenzi, Harry Kirkpatrick.
- Salem’s Lot (1979), dir. Tobe Hooper.
- Nosferatu (1922), dir. F.W. Murnau.
- The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail (1971), dir. Sergio Martino.
- My Bloody Valentine (1981), dir. George Mihalka.
- The Crazies (1973), dir. George A. Romero.
- Triangle (2009), dir. Christopher Smith.
I took a couple of extra weeks to fit these films in, so it was more like forty-five days of horror, but I posted a film a day on Twitter, with a link to these short blog posts:
1 Oct 2021, 07:01
To kick off this year’s #31DaysofHorror I chose Werewolves Within, a comedy-whodunnit-horror based on a Ubisoft video game. I heard screenwriter Mishna Wolff (perfect name) and director Josh Ruben talk about making it, and it sounded like ...
2 Oct 2021, 07:08
The irrepressible Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden star in this story of a woman’s mid-life crisis being super-charged by an encounter with a vampire. Anne lives a quiet life as the wife of minister Jakob, who is a pillar of ...
3 Oct 2021, 07:28
After two quite light films, Abel Ferrara’s The Addiction is a hard turn downwards into the circles of hell. Kathleen is studying for a doctorate in philosophy in a grungy, black-and-white New York, where the streets are lined with ...
4 Oct 2021, 06:42
Lisa and the Devil lives in one of the lesser-known corners of the Mario Bava-verse. Telly Savalas as the possible devil Leandro is an amusing presence, and if he is not particularly devilish, the dream-like plot definitely is. Lost ...
5 Oct 2021, 06:50
Horror stretches across many genres, and you can’t always know in advance how horror-y a film is, so with Shadow in the Cloud we are in war-action-horror territory, in that order. Maude Garrett arrives at an about-to-takeoff B-17 in ...
6 Oct 2021, 06:51
After Shadow in the Cloud, I wanted a calmer, less frenetic experience, but to also feel like the next film flowed from it naturally, so I chose The Thing From Another World. It’s set not long after the end ...
7 Oct 2021, 06:49
I’m breaking one of my #31DaysofHorror rules with The Thing, because I saw it almost exactly five years ago. It was a key film in getting me into horror movies again after a fifteen year hiatus. The chance ...
8 Oct 2021, 06:52
I recently watched the Spielberg/Cruise War of the Worlds, which I found surprisingly bleak, so I thought I’d go back to the original 1953 adaptation, The War of the Worlds, to see what that was like. That was also ...
9 Oct 2021, 07:25
My brain combined The Thing and The War of the Worlds to suggest to me A Quiet Place, one of many recent horror blockbusters I hadn’t seen. A family are trapped in their valley by blind alien creatures with ...
10 Oct 2021, 07:39
It’s the late eighties, and it’s Spring break, somewhere near Miami, Florida. Thousands of young people are in bars and cars all along the seafront, drinking, sunbathing and having sex. A biker gang has a vendetta against local police chief ...
11 Oct 2021, 06:30
Salem’s Lot has a special place in my heart. It was the first scary book I ever read. The film is the two part miniseries I remember from the eighties stitched together. It smartly does away with the ...
12 Oct 2021, 07:09
I wanted to see the original Master, so I put on the oldest unseen film in my collection, Nosferatu. I appreciated the original Dracula and Frankenstein, but they were pretty dry in places. Nosferatu is ten years ...
13 Oct 2021, 06:57
The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail involves Lisa Baumer, whose husband is killed in a mid-air plane explosion, and her inheriting from him a million dollars. They had an open marriage and lived in separate countries, and soon people ...
14 Oct 2021, 07:02
My Bloody Valentine is one of those films that is talked about with reverence in horror circles, but until I got back into horror in 2017, I’d never heard of. In Valentine Bluffs, Canada, twenty years previously, the mining ...
15 Oct 2021, 07:04
It’s hard to know what to make of this period of George A. Romero’s career. He was experimenting, I guess, because how else does an artist follow up a debut like the seminal Night of the Living Dead? He made ...
16 Oct 2021, 07:21