Every year in October I challenge myself to watch 30 horror movies. My rules are:
- No more than 10 movies I’ve seen previously
- At least 5 of the movies must be foreign
- No two movies from the same series
I don’t always make it all the way though the list, but it’s fun trying! This year I must be in a trippy mood, because many of the selections have an otherworldly feel to them. Here’s the list, in no particular order:
|Brain Dead (1990)|
Bill Pulman and Bill Paxton in a deliciously messed up horror movie about a psychotic math genius.
Comedy horror in the workplace. We've all had soul sucking jobs, but the management at this company may take that phrase literally.
Terry Gilliam takes on an adaptation of Mitch Cullin's fantasy novel, complete with beheaded Barbie dolls.
|Santa Sangre (1989)|
This Mexican horror film is from acclaimed creator Alejandro Jodorowski and tells the story of a boy who grows up in a circus
|The Blood Beast Terror (1967)|
In this British horror film, young men are having their throats cut and their blood drained in a series of gruesome murders. But is the killer human?
|Lord of Illusions (1995)|
Clive Barker returns to the screen with a film based on his short story, The Last Illusion. Scott Bakula is an occult investigator in over his head.
A Japanese classic, Onibaba is ahistorical horror story about two women who kill soldiers to steal their possessions.
|A Cure for Wellness (2016)|
A psychological horror story from Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinsky. The film takes place in a reclusive health retreat where, surprise, strange things are happening.
A black comedy horror film set in the 1950s starring Randy Quaid and Mary Beth Hurt. Despite initial mixed reviews and poor box office sales, it's developed a cult following. Added to the list this year because I'm always up for Randy Quaid.
|The House by the Cemetery (1981)|
I admit it, I'm a sucker for Italian horror director Lucio Fulci. His movies are rarely great, but always fun. House by the Cemetery is a case study in why to avoid basements, I'm told. It's on the list this year because it is one of the few Italian horror movies of the period I've yet to see.
|Jeepers Creepers (2001)|
This movie is a surprisingly fun creature feature about an immortal monster that uses the flesh of its prey to stay alive. This one is a re-watch for me, and I'm re-listing it this year because I've seen a series of not so great monster movies lately and needed something to compensate.
|Lips of Blood (1975) French|
This film by French horror and fantasy director Jean Rollin is about a man who has visions of a woman locked away in a lonely chateau. I've not seen this film, but it made the list because Rollin's work is always an interesting experience if nothing else.
|House (1977) Japanese|
This is a Japanese horror/comedy film I saw once almost 20 years ago that I've always wanted to re-watch. It's equal parts gory, funny, insane, and scary, with wild visuals and a school girl eating house. It's directed by legendary creator Nobuhiko Obayashi. If you watch no other foreign horror film, watch this one.
It's a movie about a tattooed Ouija board. Other than that I know nothing about it, but isn't that enough? Okay, maybe not. It's received mixed reviews. The more positive ones tout the film's fresh takes on tired tropes so I thought I'd give it a shot.
|Into the Mirror (2003) Korean|
This supernatural horror film centers on one troubled detective looking into a series of horrific deaths, all of which involve mirrors. Another film with mixed ratings, but I wanted to get at least one Korean horror movie on the list this year and Into the Mirror's trailer looks promising.
|Of Unknown Origin (1983)|
This film stars a young Peter Weller as a man obsessed, Ahab-like, with a rodent in his basement. The New York Times hated it, the Paris Film Festival loved it. Basements creep me out, so I have to watch it.
|Raw Meat (1972)|
Also known as "Death Line" in the UK, is directed by Gary Sherman (Dead and Buried) and stars Donald Pleasence and Christopher Lee. Mostly solid reviews and the fairly recent release of the original cut by Blue Underground put it on the 2018 list.
|The House that Screamed (1970) Spanish|
A movie about a 19th century French boarding school where teen girls disappear under mysterious circumstances. Sounds like a trite set up, but critics love it, so I'm finally getting around to watching it.
|Vampire Journals (1997)|
A spin off of the Subspecies movies about a vampire with a conscience. Who knew? The Subspecies movies are fun so I thought I'd give this one a go.
|A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 Dream Warriors (1987)|
The third and second best of the Freddy movies. Haven't watched this in over a decade.
|Dark Waters (1993)|
Nuns practicing strange rituals in damp catacombs. That was all I needed to know to add it to the list
|Drag Me to Hell (2009)|
A Sam Raimi horror movie I haven't seen. 'Nuff said.
|Die, Monster, Die! (1965)|
Lovecraft inspired British horror from the 60's, released as a double feature with Planet of the Vampires. Also the inspiration for a great song by the Misfits.
|The Host (2006) Korean|
Multi-award winning Korean horror about a monster that kidnaps a young girl. Been in my Netflix queue forever, finally getting to it.
|She-Wolf of London (1946)|
Maybe not technically a horror movie, but I love the old Universal horror films and this one is frequently included in the Wolfman cannon.
|Cat People (1942)|
The classic horror movie about the dangers of sexually aroused women. If you haven't seen it, you really should.
|Goke Body Snatcher from Hell (1968) Japanese|
One of the trippiest of Japanese horror sci fi movies you can find. Decidedly mixed reviews, and it hasn't aged super well, but the opening sequence is worth the price of admission.
|The Birds (1963)|
The Hitchcock classic starring Tippi Hedron and Rod Taylor. I've got a pair of crows that have been annoying me lately, so...
|Little Shop of Horrors (1986)|
I'm not really a fan of musicals, unless it's either Rocky Horror Picture Show or Little Shop of Horrors. Still funny.
|The Blob (1988)|
The remake starring Kevin Dillon. As much as I loved the first Blob, I love this one more. An underrated gem of a horror movie with an awesome poster.