The best time of the year, October 1st, is here! How will you spend it to celebrate the season? For many horror film fans, it's time to begin the October Horror Challenge (aka “31 Days of Horror/Halloween”), which is a personal, customized, month-long horror movie marathon!
The simple plan is to watch at least 31 horror films this month that you've *never seen before.* It's been called a challenge for two reasons: it can be tough fitting enough time in to watch 31 films in a month and it's not always easy to find films completely new to you. Luckily, the latter part is no longer all that true, thanks to the many different viewing platforms available today.
At the end of the month, there's nothing like the satisfying feeling of knowing you made a sincere effort to study the genre more and discover so many new-to-you films! For my challenge, it isn't so strict. Go for the horror, but if you want to explore subgenres like darker exploitation, creepy sci-fi flicks, Halloween-themed comedies, or that giallo your friends keep telling you to watch, go for it. The whole point is to educate yourself as a student of the genre, and it's fine to stretch the line since everyone has their own definition of what is disturbing.
This month, I'll be checking out The Endless, Mohawk, Hold the Dark, Jigsaw (what can I say? I'm a completist), Ratpocalypse, Coma, Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell, and The Last Wave (Guillermo del Toro's tweet review: “Skillful blend of myth, anthropology and apocalyptic horror. Idiosyncratic Australian film by a master.”).
I'll also be digging into Netflix quite a bit. Some recommendations for subscribers: The Transfiguration, The Ritual, A Dark Song, Raw, Train to Busan, The Wailing, The Invitation, The Witch, Murder Party, and The Devil's Candy.
If you have a library card, Kanopy is a good option. I tested it out and they've got a nice selection of titles, including Criterion, Kino Lorber, and Music Box Films! This is a FREE streaming service using your library card to connect to the site. Over 30,000 movies in the form of shorts, features, festival hits, documentaries, classics, and more.
Another interesting spot is archive.org. Here's the link to the sci-fi and horror features. I'm currently watching Dementia aka Daughter of Horror on there right now.
Remember, “It's not the destination, man... It's the journey!”
Have a great time exploring the world of horror!
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