With Halloween coming soon, I thought it would be fun to do a Horror Movie a Day on my blog (idea credit goes to Brian Collins of Birth.Movies.Death, who started out with the same concept years ago, and shames me with his consistency). It hasn't worked out, but these are most of the stack I set aside to watch this month.
  1. Halloween II (2009)
    I love Rob Zombie's Devil's Rejects. I think he's a really talented director who has had some tough breaks. In particular, his Halloween movies seemed like an attempt to transfer the good will from Devil's Rejects into major commercial success. But they just don't work for me. I watched Halloween II in the hopes that I would see something different this time, but no dice.
  2. Razorback (1981)
    This Australian Jaws riff about a killer boar was directed by Russell Mulcahy, who made Highlander and the first video to air on MTV. So either it's the most inappropriately-flashy killer boar movie, or has a feeling all its own. I flip on these, and enjoy it either way.
  3. Let's Scare Jessica To Death (1971)
    100% does not fuck around.
  4. Student Bodies (1981)
    I can't find my Blu-ray of this.
  5. The Innocents (1961)
    I've had this Criterion Blu for a year and haven't watched it yet. The black and white photography by Freddie Francis (he won an Oscar) is gorgeouslyforeboding.
  6. Spasmo (1974)
    I have a deep and abiding love for Eurocult horror. This goofball precursor to Memento and Mulholland Drive isn't scary, but it's still a fun watch, with a great Ennio Morricone score.
  7. The Hunger (1983)
    I love this movie. Sexiness was a key quality in 1980s films. The Hunger is pretty much the sexiest vampire movie. Tony Scott's debut feature after a career in commercials, he makes this into a commercial for vampirosity. I'm buying.
  8. The Fog (1980)
    A perennial. Messed up and suffers by comparison to Carpenter's Halloween, but there's just something about it.
  9. Shivers (1975)
    The most Canadian sexual viral outbreak movie. I.e., it's quite polite yet sophisticated. It's set in a luxury apartment building which has all the amenities, and becomes a closed society, then a hive of sex-crazed zombies. Or are they the next evolution of humanity? Cronenberg's first feature. He had obviously read Ballard's High-Rise.
  10. The Hand (1981)
    Horror movies used to be the best way to transition to directing from another filmmaking department. Thus Oliver Stone makes a movie about a killer hand after winning an Oscar for Midnight Express. Stone has owned up to freebasing cocaine through The Hand's production, so that may explain the perfunctory aura and poor FX (The Hand could have been called The Rubber Forearm). Still, Stone can spin a compelling yarn about driven, flawed protagonists, and it's Michael Caine's hand/forearm anyway.
  11. Manos, the Hands of Fate (1966)
    Actually getting on this one soon. I've never seen it!
  12. Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
    What used to be a snicker-enducing catalog of inadvertent homoeroticism now plays like an exploration on the anxieties of coming out. Underrated.
  13. Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
    The best in the series. I'm excited to get to this one.
  14. The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971)
    Either that or The Red Queen Kills Seven Times. They were both directed by Emilio Miraglia and came out in a double DVD back when I first discovered Euro horror.
  15. House of the Devil (2009)
    Ti West takes everything great about 70s horror and makes a slowly terrifying modern masterpiece. Jocelin Donahue is iconic in the lead.
  16. The Innkeepers (2011)
    Another Ti West banger. Here he updates the haunted house for our more jaded times. Ghosts don't care about cynicism and irony.
  17. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)
    But do watch this instead of the remake.
  18. Halloween II
    I saw this before the first Halloween way back when. It doesn't match the first movie, except in feeling - it just FEELS like a Halloween movie (that's the real reason for fandom of 80s horror sequels; we want that feeling, with a little juice from a slightly alternative setting, and honestly the downtic in quality is kind of fun). The shots of Michael Myers walking unnoticed down empty streets and hospital corridors get me.