31 Days of Horror and Supernatural in October

October is right around the corner, and like last year I am going to engage in 31 films. Well, this year 31, last year I only did 30 because one day I just could not bring myself to watch a film. Last year I picked up over 3 dozen films, only watching two-thirds of what I got. This year will turn out the same no doubt. The big difference is I actually scheduled my movies around. Putting the ones I’m most hyped for or most intrigued by high on the list. Left a few dates open to check out some new stuff if it pops up or to pick one at random. So whats on the schedule?

1st-Creature from the Black Lagoon from 1954 (Director: Jack Arnold, Writers: Harry Essex and Arthur A. Ross with Story by Maurice Zim,m Stars: Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, Runtime: 79 min): Starting off with one of the most famous monster movies ever made. Which I never seen. In fact, I never seen the other classic Universal monster movies. So yeah…

2nd-The Neon Demon from 2016 (Director: Nicolas Winding Refn, Writers: Mary Laws, Nicolas Winding Refn, Polly Stenham, Stars: Elle Fanning, Runtime: 117 min): The film had some interesting trailers and I did enjoy the directors film Drive. Very curious about this film.

3rd-I Drink Your Blood from 1970 (Writer/Director: David E. Durston, Stars: Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury and Lynn Lowry, Runtime: 90 min): Originally part of my list from last year, this cult horror film was originally rated X before being cut down to an R. Its supposed to be pretty demented, for its time, and a grindhouse classic.

5th-Carnival of Souls from 1962(Director: Herk Harvey, Writers: Herk Harvey and John Clifford Stars: Candace Hilligoss, Runtime: 84 min): I bought this film on Criterion for no reason other than it was coming out and the summary sounded interesting. Mainly that it was an obscure film that became a well regarded classic. Since then its just sat on a shelf of unviewed videos waiting for its time to shine. I think its time.

6th-The Little Shop of Horrors from 1960 (Director: Roger Corman, Writer: Charles B. Griffith, Stars: Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles with Jack Nicholsan, Runtime: 73 min): I love the musical! Absolutely love it! So I think its time to finally see the film that inspired the musical that film was based on.

7th-Hush from 2016 (Director: Mike Flanagan, Writers: Mike Flanagan and Kate Siegel, Stars: John Gallagher Jr., Michael Trucco, and Kate Siegel, Runtime: 81 min): I asked my friend who likes horror movies for some suggestions and this was one of two more recent horror movies. Decided I’d check it out and the premise sounds pretty good.

9th-Demon City Shinjuku from 1988 (Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Runtime: 80 min): Last year one of the better films I watched was Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. It was the only anime film in my line up. This year decided to hit up a few, specifically older ones. Demon City Shinjuku was one that was a cult fave when I was younger so I copped it. Its based on a novel by the same writer of the Vampire Hunter D novels, Hideyuki Kikuchi. Did not know that when I downloaded this and another film…

10th-Vampire Sensou from 1991 (Director: Kazuhisa Takenouchi, Writer: Hiroyuki Hoshiyama, Runtime: 50 min): The second anime film is a vampire one and I know little about it other than its less than an hour.

11th-Lily C.A.T. from 1987 (Director: Hisayuki Toriumi, Writer: Hisayuki Toriumi, Runtime: 67 min): When looking for anime horror films I checked this one out and remembered seeing previews for it on Streamline Video, which is a defunct anime company. So yeah, grabbed it.

12th-Wicked City from 1987 (Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Writer: Kisei Choo, Runtime: 80 min): Finishing out the anime films is another cult horror film which I heard about growing up. Its also based on a novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi. I imagine both these films are going to be wonderfully bad.

13th-The Devil Rides Out from 1968 (Director: Terence Fisher, Writer: Richard Matheson, Stars: Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Niké Arrighi and Leon Greene, Runtime: 95 min): Heard about this on a website, looked it up, grabbed it, haven’t watched it yet. Its apparently one of the great 60s horror films you probably never heard of. Plus it has Devil in the title so awesome.

17th-The Company of Wolves from 1984 (Director: Neil Jordan, Writer: Angela Carter and Neil Jordan, Stars: Sarah Patterson, Angela Lansbury, Stephen Rea and David Warner, Runtime: 95 min): Read an article about horror and thriller re-imaginings of classic fables. Picked up a few and forgot to watch them. I horde videos. Anyway this is one of two and its based on Little Red Riding Hood or one of the various iterations.

18th-Snow White: A Tale of Terror from 1997 (Director: Michael Cohn, Writer: Tom Szollosi and Deborah Serra, Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Sam Neill and Monica Keena, Runtime: 100 min): The next fairy tale is based on Snow White and stars Sigourney Weaver as the Evil Queen. Weaver apparently got an Emmy nod for this.

20th-The House on Skull Mountain from 1974 (Director: Ron Honthaner, Writer: Mildred Pares, Stars: Victor French, Janee Michelle, Jean Durand, Mike Evans, Xernona Clayton and Mary J. Todd McKenzie, Runtime: 89 min): I liked the title, but reception almost turned me a way because I’ve been fooled by cool titles and posters last year. But keeping it in the game is that it is a blaxploitation. Support Black horror films.

22nd-Creepshow from 1982 (Director: George Romero, Writer: Stephen King, Runtime: 120 min): Another film I meant to check out last year for October, put it off because of length. This year going to catch this horror classic.

23rd-Deadly Blessing from 1981 (Director: Wes Craven, Writers: Glenn M. Benest, Matthew Barr and Wes Craven, Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Maren Jensen, Susan Buckner, and Sharon Stone, Runtime: 100 min): Some of my all time favorite horror films were directed by the late Wes Craven however I have been bad about seeing some of his pre-Nightmare on Elm Street era films. Last year I finally saw the Hills Have Eyes, hated it. This year its Deadly Blessing. Fingers crossed when I catch it on Amazon Prime.

26th-Last Shift from 2014 (Director: Anthony DiBlasi, Writer: Anthony DiBlasi and Scott Poiley, Stars: Juliana Harkavy, Runtime: 87 min): The second of the films suggested to me by my friend, sounds like a fun time.

27th-Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 from 1986 (Director: Tobe Hooper, Writer: L. M. Kit Carson, Stars: Dennis Hopper, Runtime: 101 min): I’ve been curious about this film for a while and had planned to watch it early this year, but after reacquainting with the first film kind of killed my enthusiasm. Now its finally time.

29th-The Town That Dreaded Sundown from 1976 (Director: Charles B. Pierce, Writer: Earl E. Smith, Stars: Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine and Dawn Wells, Runtime: 90 min): First heard about this film because of the remake, which I didn’t see. When putting together a list of films, I of course went overboard, but this was one that felt like I needed to check it out.

30th-Don’t Go In The House from 1980 (Director: Joseph Ellison, Writer: Ellen Hammill, Joe Masefield and Joseph Ellison, Stars: Dan Grimaldi, Runtime: 82 min): I used the poster for an 8tracks mix. So when I was souring Amazon Prime for possible films I ran into it and decided to make a note of it to see.

31st-Halloween from 1978 (Director: John Carpenter, Writers: John Carpenter and Debra Hill, Stars: Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis, Runtime: 91 min): I saw this on cable as a teenager a long time ago. Time to watch it again.

Alternatives and Films To Fill In Dates
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (Director: Robert Fuest, Writers: William Goldstein and James Whiton, Stars: Vincent Price and Joseph Cotten, Runtime: 94 min)

Blackula (Director: William Crain, Writers: Raymond Koenig and Joan Torres, Stars: William Marshall and Vonetta McGee, Runtime: 92 min)

Creepers aka Phenomena from 1985 (Director: Dario Argento, Writers: Dario Argento and Franco Ferrini, Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Daria Nicolodi, and Donald Pleasence, Runtime: 110 min original and 82 min edited)*

Detective Story from 2007 (Director: Takashi Miike, Writer: Tsutomu Shirado, Stars: Kai Atô, Tomoharu Hasegawa and Pâko Hayashiya, Runtime: 99 min)

DeathDream from 1974 (Director: Bob Clark, Writer: Alan Ormsby, Stars: Richard Backus, John Marley and Lynn Carlin, Runtime: 88 min)*

The Devil Bat from 1940 (Director: Jean Yarborough, Writer: John Thomas Neville, Stars: Bela Lugosi, Runtime: 69 min) on Amazon Prime

Freaks of Nature from 2015 (Director: Robbie Pickering, Writer: Oren Uziel, Stars: Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis and Josh Fadem, Runtime: 92 min)

Galaxy of Terror from 1981 (Director: Bruce D. Clark, Writer: Marc Siegler and Bruce D. Clark, Stars: Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston and Taaffe O’Connell, Runtime: 81 min)*

Horrible Dr. Hichcock from 1962 (Director: Riccardo Freda, Writer: Ernesto Gastaldi, Stars: Barbara Steele and Robert Flemyng, Runtime: 84 min) and the sequel The Ghost from 1963 (Director: Riccardo Freda, Writer: Oreste Biancol and Riccardo Freda, Stars: Barbara Steele and Peter Baldwin, Runtime: 100 min)

Haxan: Witchcraft through the Ages from 1922 (Director/Writer: Benjamin Christensen, Runtime: 122 min)

House of Mortal Sin from 1976 (Director: Pete Walker, Writer: David McGillivray, Stars: Anthony Sharp and Susan Penhaligon, Runtime: 104 min)*

The Majorettes from 1987 (Director: S. William Hinzman, Writer: John A. Russo, Runtime: 92 min)

Messiah Of Evil from 1973 (Directors/Writers: Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, Stars: Marianna Hill, Runtime: 85 min) on Amazon Prime*

Night of the Comet from 1984 (Director/Writer: Thom Eberhardt, Stars: Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Beltran and Kelli Maroney, Runtime: 95 min)*

Nightmare Castle from 1965 (Director: Mario Caiano, Writer: Mario Caiano and Fabio De Agostin, Stars: Paul Muller, Helga Liné and Barbara Steele, Runtime: 97 min) also on Amazon Prime

Madhouse from 1974 (Director: Jim Clark, Writers: Ken Levison and Greg Morrison, Stars: Vincent Price, Natasha Pyne, Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry, Adrienne Corri and Linda Hayden, Runtime: 91 min)

Profondo Rosso (aka Deep Red, 1975) (Director: Dario Argento, Writers: Dario Argento and Bernardino Zapponi, Stars: Macha Meril and David Hemmings, Runtime: 126 min)

Screaming Skull from 1958 (Director: Alex Nicol, Writer: John Kneubuhl, Stars: John Hudson, Peggy Webber and Russ Conway, Runtime: 68 min) also on Amazon Prime

Season of the Witch from 1973 (Director/Writer: George Romero, Stars: Jan White, Raymond Laine and Ann Muffly, Runtime: 130 min) also on Amazon Prime

Snake Girl and the Silver Haired Witch from 1968 (Director: Noriaki Yuasa, Writers: Kimiyuki Hasegawa and Kazuo Kozu Stars: Yuko Hamada, Sachiko Meguro and Yachie Matsui, Runtime: 82 min) on Amazon Prime

Sugar Hill from 1974 (Director: Paul Maslansky, Writer: Tim Kelly, Stars: Marki Bey, Runtime: 91 min)

Thirst from 1979 (Director: Rod Hardy, Writer: John Pinkney, Stars: Chantal Contouri, Max Phipps and David Hemmings, Runtime: 93 min)

The Wailing from 2016 (Director/Writer: Na Hong-jin, Runtime: 156 min)*

Films with asterisks are ones I’m highly considering. Picking them out depending on how I felt about the previous films and my enthusiasm level for what I have planned. Plus runtime which is why everything is listed. Also I might grab something else or something interesting is recommended.


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