Halloween has recently become my favorite holiday. The 4th of July used to be my favorite holiday, but after a few years in a row of lackluster celebrations and complete letdowns, I let it go and decided to adopt a different favorite holiday. Halloween made the most sense to me, as I have always been a fan of horror movies, ghost stories, and everything that comes with it. Plus, who doesn’t love Halloween candy? If you go to the store the day after Halloween, everything is 50% off and that’s like the best day of the whole year!
Christmas gets all of the holiday hype, even when it comes to movies. The Hallmark Channel pretty much owns Christmas, and people go crazy for their movies. This year alone, Hallmark is releasing 13 different Christmas movies on DVD between the first week of October and the middle of November (all of which PPL will be getting)! The Hallmark Channel also does “Countdown to Christmas” from the day after Thanksgiving through December 25th, where they show nothing but Christmas movies!
This year I decided to “steal” that idea and tweak it for myself: I wanted to see if I could watch 31 horror movies in 31 days in October!
As of October 15th, I have watched 15 movies. I am right on track and at the halfway point! I have not been able to watch one a day as some days are busier than others for me, but I have had a few days where I have been able to watch more than one to compensate for the days that I watched none, ultimately giving me an average of one a day. So far, so good!
While I could review every single movie I watch…that would simply be too much. Nobody is going to read 31 individual movie reviews! However, I thought I would recap what I have watched so far (hence Part 1) followed later by Part 2, encompassing 31 in total. On top of providing titles, I thought I’d give a short review for each one, giving them at least a little bit of substance.
I list the day that I watched them, the title, and the year the movie is from. I will also give them a rating ( X out of 5 machetes)!
10/01/2019 – It Follows (2014) – One of my favorite recent horror movies that takes a simple concept and makes it super creepy and fun! Rating: 4.5 out of 5 machetes.
10/03/19 – Scream (1996) – My favorite “scary” movie of all time, and one that revived and completely changed an entire genre. 5 machetes!
10/05/19 – Scream 2 (1997) – A solid follow up to the massively successful and fun “Scream.” 4 machetes.
10/05/19 – Scream 3 (2000) – Bad, and a huge letdown compared to how good the first two were. 2 machetes.
10/06/19 – Scre4m (2011) – So bad it is an insult to the first three, which is really saying something considering how bad 3 was on its own. 1 machete.
10/06/19 – Joy Ride (2001) – A great thriller that takes Steven Spielberg’s classic “Duel” (about a psychotic semi-driver) and tweaks for a modern audience that still holds up very well. 4 machetes.
10/06/19 – You’re Next (2011) – Another recent favorite of mine that is hard to describe without giving away twists. Give it a shot! 4 machetes.
10/07/19 – The Mist (2007) – Adapted from one of Stephen King’s best short stories, it is also one of the best film adaptations from one of his stories period. They changed the end of the book for the movie and the movie ending not only blows the book ending away, it will stick with you long after the credits roll! 4 machetes.
10/08/19 – The Dead Don’t Die (2019) – A zombie comedy starring Bill Murray and Adam Driver that I really enjoyed due to its super-dry and sarcastic humor that a lot of people will admittedly not get. But I liked it! 3.5 machetes.
10/11/19 – Teen Wolf (1985) – A horror movie? No. But it is about werewolves and that equals Halloween for me! This is a childhood favorite that I still enjoy, and it’s a good basketball movie as well. 4 machetes.
10/11/19 – Shaun of the Dead (2004) – A modern zombie-comedy classic that I have seen so many times at this point I’ve lost count. It is just brilliant! 5 machetes.
10/11/19 – Zombieland (2009) – Another modern zombie-comedy classic that I have loved since my first viewing, and it needed to be re-watched given that a long-awaited sequel comes out this weekend (October 18th). 4.5 machetes.
10/13/19 – Child’s Play (2019 remake) – Not only awful as an unnecessary remake, it was one of the worst movies I’ve seen in recent memory. Period. Zero machetes!
10/13/19 – C.H.U.D. (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers) (1984) – A bad 80’s horror movie that I had always heard about but never seen until now…and yes, it was bad. Fun, for the most part…but still pretty bad. 2 machetes.
10/13/19 – C.H.U.D. 2: Bud the Chud (1989) – A ridiculous follow up to C.H.U.D. that goes against everything C.H.U.D. created…but it is so stupid and fun it has an understated brilliance to it that I couldn’t help but enjoy. I actually enjoyed it more than the first! 2.5 machetes.
10/13/19 – Chopping Mall (1986) – A movie about out-of-control killer robots patrolling a mall after dark and slaughtering teens that locked themselves inside to party all night long. Is it bad? Yes. Is it cheesy 80’s greatness? Also yes! 3.5 machetes.
See you soon with part 2!