In Preparation of 31 Days of Horror (2014)


In a week's time I will embark on a horror movie marathon wherein I will attempt to watch a different horror movie every day for the month of October. I call it 31 Days of Horror and I am far from the first person to use that title to this end. This is actually the third year in a row that I've attempted such a marathon. The last two years were great experiences that widened my horizon and increased my appreciation for the genre. If you too are a fan of horror films or are perhaps interested in seeing/learning more, I invite you to play and watch along (if not on all 31 then at least part of the marathon).

The full scheduled line-up can be viewed on a list I made over on Letterboxd (a personalized film record that all cinephiles should be using). The marathon begins with The Sacrament on October 1st and concludes with Ravenous on Halloween. These selections are not final, but I have no plans to alter them at this time.

Included in the 31 Days of Horror are actually a series of mini-marathons: four vampire films, the classic Universal monster movies, a week of Japanese bizarre-o including the When Horror Came to Shochiku series, and all seven of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. I've labeled on Letterboxd if and where the selections are available for streaming. If you're interested, there are three box sets that will get you most of the marathon (19 of the 31 Days of Horror to be exact):


Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku*

Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection

A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection

The other 12 films (which include a pair by David Cronenberg and not much else in terms of commonality) are available across Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.

Look for coverage of 31 Days of Horror beginning next Wednesday here on Cineflect. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the line-up or any horror film recommendations in the comments below!