Every fall hardcore horror fans prepare for the month of October in any number of ways but most importantly, they plan their October movie schedule! I always try and watch a horror movie every day in October, preferably one I’ve never seen before and I’ve discovered so many new films that way. In the past I’ve discovered Frozen, Satan’s Little Helper, Ginger Snaps, and the Wicker Man from my October marathons and now these are some of my favorite movies of all time. This year, I’ve decided a theme is in order and that theme is going to be anthologies. I wondered, exactly how many Leprechaun movies are there? Hellraiser? Have I actually seen them all? Would they be best viewed in order? This year I hope to find out.
Using Letterboxd, I made a list of the films decided upon by myself and @ZoltantheRaven. With 67 films and counting, we most likely won’t get to all of them. We do plan, however, to marathon collections whenever possible. Conquering multiple Hellraiser movies in one weekend? That’d be pretty hardcore and probably a slow decent into the madness that is sequels.
I’m most anxious for Pumpkinhead and Leprechaun because these are the two series I have absolutely NO experience with. Being a WWE fan though, I’m excited for the release of Leprechaun Origins so I’ve got some catching up to do! I’m also insanely looking forward to See No Evil 2, mostly because I loved American Mary, so I’ve added the first See No Evil to my list as well.
Did you know there are EIGHT Children of the Corn movies?? I finally read the story by Stephen King and had no idea it is a SHORT story. An incredibly short story, actually, especially for Stephen King. I would have loved to read an entire book by King about the small town in Nebraska but alas, we must settle for others’ interpretations in film. I’m looking forward to diving in – creepy children don’t scare me all that much but I’ll let you know how it goes!
Also on the list is all the Romero “of the dead” movies, as well as any sprung from that series (remakes, Return of the Living Dead, etc). Mimic is on there, plus all the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies because although I think I’ve seen them all, I don’t remember 3 or 4 at all. I’ve also included the original and remake of Maniac, both films I’ve been dying to see for a few months now. You won’t find Halloween on there, despite it being my favorite, because that was the center piece for last year’s list and I don’t feel I need to watch them all again this soon. I will, of course, be watching the original on October 31st!!
So what are YOU watching this year? What are your favorite anthologies? Least favorite? Oh and I don’t need to hear any lip about Hellraiser: Hellworld. I’ve seen it and I LOVE it. So there. Happy October 1st and Happy Haunts!