Autumn and Halloween has always been my favorite time of the year.
From the memories of trick or treating as a child, to the Halloween decorations that are available in shops everywhere this time of year, and of course binge watching horror movies whilst eating lots of sugary Halloween themed junk foods.
What’s not to love about Halloween and Autumn ?
Picture of my first Freddy Krueger costume many years back..(Ignore the retro 80s style couch in the background)
I have been obsessed with Halloween and the horror movie genre, ever since I first caught about 30 minutes of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street when I was about 5 years old.
Anyway here is my list of 31 horror movies that I will be watching this coming October 2017.
1. Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch(1982)
One of the most under-rated horror movies of all time in my opinion has to be Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch.
Many simply won’t even entertain giving it a shot because of the lack of Michael Myers in the entry.
However, these people are missing out on a glorious, dark movie which has an excellent soundtrack score.
I start every Halloween with a viewing of H3: Season Of The Witch and this year will be no different.
2. Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare(1991)
Other than the original A Nightmare On Elm Street, Freddy’s Dead probably remains my second favorite in the franchise.
Freddy’s Dead holds great nostalgic memories for me, I must have been about 8 years old when it was released to rent on VHS and I remember getting the free 3D glasses with the rental copy.
Fans of the franchise tend to either love or hate this entry. I’m not sure why Freddy’s Dead was so poorly received by fans of the ANOES movies to be honest.
Freddy’s Dead has lot’s of hilarious death scenes, a great soundtrack score once again with Goo Goo Dolls and is just an all-round fun horror movie and not to be taken too seriously.
3. Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan(1989)
Friday The 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan is probably my overall favorite installment in the Friday The 13th movie franchise.
It’s another movie I tend to watch year round, but always try to make sure I find time to watch it on Halloween.
I love films set in New York and Manhattan, so to have a late 80s horror movie set there and with Jason Voorhees, what more could you ask ?
Well more than 15 minutes actually set in New York would be a start, I guess lol. As much as I joke, the majority of the movie takes place on the S.S Lazarus boat, rather than in New York, but it’s still one of my favorite F13th movies.
4. Stephen King’s IT(1990)
With all the hype surrounding the new IT(2017) movie, I will be revisiting Stephen King’s 1990 classic.
Seven friends engage in a struggle with the demon they first encountered 30 years earlier in their Maine hometown.
Tim Curry is excellent in his role as Pennywise the killer clown, who has become one of the most iconic horror villains of all time.
We all float down here……
5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre(1974)
With Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Tobe Hooper sadly passing away recently at the age of 74, I will definitely be making sure I find time for a viewing of the original 1974 movie this Autumn.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre(1974) is a cult-classic and one of the more disturbing and eerie horror movies that is on the list this Halloween.
I’m a massive fan of all the entries in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise even the dreaded part 4: The Next Generation and also have many Leatherface replica masks in my collection.
However, none of the reboots or sequels compare to the original 1974 TCM movie for grittiness or scare factor.
Gunnar Hansen made an excellent disturbing “Leatherface”, coupled with a great supporting cast in Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neil, Jim Siedow, Teri McMinn and co.
Scream was probably the movie which revived my love of horror and the slasher genre.
Scream is actually one of the few horror movies that I found scary the first few times I watched it.
Walking home, alone at night was always slightly more difficult after a fresh viewing of Wes Craven’s Scream back in the day.
Plus Scream was the movie which introduced me to actress Neve Campbell. Scream ticks all the boxes and goes on the list of movies to watch this October.
7. Dawn Of The Dead(1978)
Unfortunately 2017 hasn’t been a kind year when it comes to horror royalty, with the sad passing of George A. Romero in July.
I will be commemorating George Romero’s memory by watching the original 1978 Dawn of The Dead this October.
The original Dawn Of The Dead is one of my favorite zombie films, after Night Of The Living Dead(1990).
Dawn Of The Dead goes on the list for day 7 of my 31 days of horror movies October marathon.
Day eight and we have the 1992 American horror movie Candyman, written and directed by Bernard Rose, starring Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen.
Candyman was produced by Clive Barker and Steve Golin, based on the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker.
I might aswell take this opportunity to give a shoutout and thanks to Candyman actor Tony Todd, who has been liking and re-tweeting our Horror Warehouse tweets on Twitter recently.
Clive Barker’s 1987 Hellraiser is another one of my all time favorite horror movies.
Hellraiser is another classic that offers something different to the rest of the films on the list, but still with plenty of gore and horror.
Hellraiser Trilogy Blu-ray is available to purchase from Amazon at: Hellraiser Trilogy Blu-ray
10. Cherry Falls(2000)
Day ten and we have the 2000 American slasher film Cherry Falls directed by Geoffrey Wright, and starring Brittany Murphy, Jay Mohr, and Michael Biehn.
Cherry Falls is just your regular run of the mill early 2000 slasher movie set in a small Virginia town, where a serial killer is targetting teenagers.
Cherry Falls is nothing overly special, but it does what it says on tin and is an enjoyable movie overall.
11. Maniac Cop(1988)
Day eleven and we have the 1988 American action horror film Maniac Cop, directed by William Lustig and written by Larry Cohen.
Maniac Cop stars Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell and Robert Z’Dar as the murderous ex-cop Matthew Cordell aka the “Maniac Cop”.
Whilst we are on the topic of Maniac Cop, it appears that the remake may not be going ahead after all, according the latest news.
The creator of Maniac Cop Larry Cohen stated recently that the movie is now very unlikely to happen.
12. Bride Of Chucky(1998)
I toyed with the idea of watching the original Child’s Play(1988), however in the end I have gone with Bride of Chucky(1998).
Bride of Chucky is probably the most fun entry in the Child’s Play movie franchise and is worth it’s place on the list at day twelve to offer some comedy value.
Bride of Chucky also has an excellent soundtrack score with the likes of White Zombie, Rob Zombie, Blondie, Coal Chamber, Static-X and others.
13. The Evil Dead(1981)
Day thirteen and we have the 1981 American supernatural horror film The Evil Dead, written and directed by Sam Raimi and executive produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who also stars alongside Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker.
The film focuses on five college students vacationing in an isolated cabin in a remote wooded area.
After they find an audiotape that releases a legion of demons and spirits, members of the group suffer from demonic possession, leading to increasingly gory mayhem.
14. Resident Evil: Apocalypse(2004)
The only Resident Evil movie to make it on the October horror list this year and here we have the 2004 second installement in the franchise, Resident Evil: Apocalypse.
I prefer Resident Evil: Apocalypse over the first 2002 movie, purely for the reason that Apocalypse features one of my favorite Resident Evil villains, which is Nemesis.
Massive fan of the Resident Evil video games and the movies aren’t too bad either.
15. The Birds II: Land’s End(1994)
The Birds II: Land’s End is a 1994 American made-for-television horror film and a sequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic The Birds starring Brad Johnson, Chelsea Field, James Naughton and Tippi Hedren in a minor role different from the one she played in the original Hitchcock film
Killer birds infest a seaside town where parents (Brad Johnson, Chelsea Field) take their children for vacation.
Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds is a classic, however I can remember absolutely nothing about the sequel The Birds II: Land’s End, so I will be giving it a watch on day fifteen.
With no other ghost movies on the list, Poltergeist is the perfect addition for day sixteen of my October horror marathon.
Poltergeist is a 1982 American supernatural horror film directed by Tobe Hooper and written/produced by Steven Spielberg.
I was going to give the 2015 remake a whirl, but decided to go with the dependable 1982 original in the end.
17. Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers(1995)
Another Halloween movie entry on the list, but I couldn’t help myself and here we have Halloween 6: The Curse Of Michael Myers on day seventeen.
Six years after Michael Myers last terrorized Haddonfield, he returns there in pursuit of his niece, Jamie Lloyd, who has escaped with her newborn child, for which Michael and a mysterious cult have sinister plans.
Halloween 6: The Curse Of Michael Myers is one of my favorite entries in the franchise and I prefer it over parts 4 and 5 if I am honest.
The mask from Curse Of Michael Myers is also one of my favorite looks to Michael Myers and you can purchase a replica mask by Trick or Treat Studios from Amazon at: Halloween 6: Curse Of Michael Myers Replica Mask
18. The Town That Dreaded Sundown(2014)
Day eighteen and we have the 2014 slasher film The Town That Dreaded Sundown.
The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a 2014 American slasher film, a meta-sequel to the 1976 film of the same name.
I’ve actually not seen the 2014 version of this movie, so I am looking forward to seeing how it compares to the original film.
65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called ‘moonlight murders’ begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister?
The only sci-fi horror film to make it on my list this year and here on day nineteen I will be watching the 1986 movie Aliens.
Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by Gale Anne Hurd and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, William Hope, and Bill Paxton.
Personally, Aliens just narrowly made it on the list over two other choices, which was Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie Alien and The Faculty(1998). I’m not the biggest science fiction movie fan, so Aliens ticks all the boxes for my sci-fi, horror and action film needs.
Day twenty and on the list to watch is the 2005 American horror film Hostel, directed by Eli Roth.
The film stars Jay Hernandez and follows three backpackers who head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.
Hostel is one of the few horror movies I’m aware of which features the city Amsterdam in Holland, which is one of my favorite places to travel.
Hostel is brutal, gorey and offers something different to the other movies on the list.
21. Night Of The Living Dead(1990)
Another zombie and Tony Todd movie, day twenty-one and we have Tom Savini’s 1990’s Night Of The Living Dead remake.
Personally, I prefer the 1990 remake over the 1968 classic, but both are great movies.
The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims.
22. The Shining(1980)
Stanley Kubrick’s cult-classic 1980 movie The Shining goes on the list at day twenty-two.
The Shining is a 1980 horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick and co-written with novelist Diane Johnson. The film is based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel The Shining.
Jack Nicholson’s performance in The Shining is one of his best in my opinion, as he stars as Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer who loses his sanity whilst working as the off-season caretaker of the isolated historic overlook hotel in the Colorado rocky mountains.
23. Scary Movie(2000)
The first Scary Movie(2000) is one of my favorite horror comedy movies and it goes on the list at day twenty-three.
Another light-hearted entry on the list to offer some contrast to the more gorier movies and the typical slashers.
The first two movies in the Scary Movie franchise were excellent I thought, but unfortunately it went slightly downhill with every entry afterwards.
24. Black Christmas(1974)
Another classic slasher movie, here we have the original 1974 Black Christmas.
During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.
Black Christmas is a perfect horror movie for anytime of the year, not just Christmas.
It goes on the horror movie marathon list at day twenty-four.
25. Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday(1993)
Another entry from the Friday The 13th movie franchise, day twenty-five and I will be watching Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday(1993).
It’s actually been a fair while since I last watched Jason Goes To Hell, so I’m really looking forward to this one.
Jason Goes To Hell has a different feel to it, compared to the other entries in the F13th franchise. It has that New Line Cinema feel to it, but it’s a decent entry in the franchise none the less.
You play a good game, boy, but the game is finished. Now you die. – The Tall Man
Day twenty six and we have Don Coscarelli’s 70’s cult-classic Phantasm, starring Angus Scrimm as The Tall Man.
A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man.
Phantasm 1-5 Limited Edition Blu-ray Collection is available to purchase from Amazon at: Phantasm 1-5 Limited Edition Blu-ray Collection
27. A Nightmare On Elm Street(1984)
The original A Nightmare On Elm Street(1984) was my very first introduction to horror movies and I loved every moment of Wes Craven’s classic.
From the iconic theme composed by Charles Bernstein to Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, it’s not difficult to see how fans love the original A Nightmare On Elm Street.
The original ANOES goes on my list at day 27 of my October horror movie marathon.
One two….Freddy’s coming for you…
28. When A Stranger Calls Back(1993)
When a Stranger Calls Back is a 1993 American made-for-television psychological horror film and a sequel to the 1979 classic When a Stranger Calls which reunites stars Carol Kane and Charles Durning (reprising their roles as Jill Johnson and John Clifford, respectively).
This movie has a really creepy vibe to it with the ventriloquist killer, who torments the babysitter Julia and tracks her down years later, to stalk and mess with her life again.
Carol Kane is also excellent as Jill Johnson once again, who was in the original movie.
29. Just Before Dawn(1981)
Just Before Dawn was actually the second horror movie that I had the pleasure of watching growing up and I still count it as the film which cemented my love of the slasher genre.
Just Before Dawn is your typical early 1980s backwoods slasher movie, which involves a group of teen hikers up looking to camp up in isolated mountains of Oregon, which just happen to also be the residence of machete wielding, killer inbred twins.
The movie has a very eerie feel to it with the chilling 80s sound effects, which really gives the feeling of the campers being isolated up in the mountains, other than with the help of local forest ranger played by George Kennedy.
Arrow Video recently just released Just Before Dawn(1981) on Blu-ray, which can be purchased from Amazon at: Just Before Dawn(1981) Blu-ray
30. I Know What You Did Last Summer(1997)
I will probably take some flack for this entry, but I actually really enjoy I Know What You Did Last Summer and the sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.
I Know What You Did Last Summer is your typical 90s teen slasher flick with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar and co.
I find the late 90s horror movies such as Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Cherry Falls, Urban Legend, Halloween H20 etc, to have a very similar tone to the movies. But I really enjoy this time period in horror, just as much as the 80s slashers movies if I’m honest.
The third entry in the franchise was abit of a let down compared to the first two, but I can just about grit my teeth and enjoy it also.
The past few Halloween’s, I Know What You Did Last Summer has actually been shown on regular TV. I won’t be surprised if it is being shown this year once again. Although I have the DVD for all three movies anyway.
No Halloween is ever complete without a viewing of the original 1978 movie by John Carpenter.
Halloween(1978) is an absolute classic and one of my favorite horror movies of all time.
I’m a massive fan of the Halloween movie franchise in general and Michael Myers. I’ve watched all entries in the Halloween franchise more time’s that I’m willing to admit, I tend to binge watch these movies all-year round, so this Halloween 2017 will most likely be no different.
I still remember how happy I was when I received my very first Don Post replica Halloween Michael Myers mask in the post, in the days of mail-order, back when there was no Internet to buy your horror related merchandise from. Although the mask did take about half a year to arrive from the United States.