Happy Kalends of October!

As a Dionysian one of my favorite devotional practices is watching movies, so to get in the mood for Halloween this year I have decided to view a film a day. Although not all of these technically qualify as “horror” they hit all the right notes as far as I’m concerned.

1. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) dir. by Francis Ford Coppola
2. The Devil’s Advocate (1997) dir. by Taylor Hackford
3. Videodrome (1983) dir. by David Cronenberg
4. Sleepwalkers (1992) dir. by Mick Garris
5. Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) dir. by Tony Randel
6. Uzumaki (2000) dir. by Higuchinsky
7. The Lair of the White Worm (1988) dir. by Ken Russell
8. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) dir. by Chuck Russell
9. In the Mouth of Madness (1994) dir. by John Carpenter
10. Nightbreed (1990) dir. by Clive Barker
11. Baskin (2015) dir. by Can Evrenol
12. Martyrs (2008) dir. by Pascal Laugier
13. The Last Circus (2011) dir. by Álex de la Iglesia
14. Candyman (1986) dir. by Bernard Rose
15. The Cell (2000) dir. by Tarsem Singh
16. Poltergeist (1982) dir. by Tobe Hooper
17. Meridian: Kiss of the Beast (1990) dir. by Charles Band
18. Night of the Demons 2 (1994) dir. by Brian Trenchard-Smith
19. Gothic (1986) dir. by Ken Russell
20. Mandy (2018) dir. by Panos Cosmatos
21. Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) dir. by Danny Steinmann
22. The Exorcist (1973) dir. by William Friedkin
23. Halloween (2007) dir. by Rob Zombie
24. Carrie (1976) dir. by Brian De Palma
25. The Passion of the Christ (2004) dir. by Mel Gibson
26. The Green Inferno (2013) dir. by Eli Roth
27. The Wicker Man (2006) dir. by Neil LaBute
28. Midsommar (2019) dir. by Ari Aster
29. Night Terrors (1993) dir. by Tobe Hooper
30. The Lords of Salem (2012) dir. by Rob Zombie
31. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) dir. by Henry Selick

11 thoughts on “Happy Kalends of October!

    1. There’s a mystery component to it, bad as the movie may be. He’s dressed as a bear before being sacrificed for the island’s fertility, especially its honey. Who does that remind you of?


          1. Oh I know you don’t do anything randomly. I’m just surprised you picked the inferior version of the movie. But as you point out, the inferior version contains a key symbol. Every dog truly does have their day…


    2. SAnnion, there is only ONE Wickerman and that is the original version with Edward Woodward.


  1. Interesting list! I haven’t heard of most of them.

    I also liked The Changeling (1980) dir. by Peter Medak, The Sixth Sense (1999) dir. by M. Night Shyamalan, and Split (2016) dir by M. Night Shyamalan (this one really shows James McAvoy’s acting chops!!)


  2. I’ve never been big on horror as a genre (with a few exceptions) but I’d argue the HBO Chernobyl miniseries is horror at its finest- even more so because of their diligent regard for what history is known.


    1. I am less interested in horror than I used to be. It kinda loses the escapism element when you’re living it.

      I kept meaning to see the Chernobyl miniseries; that incident really affected me as a kid.

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      1. Yeah. I hear that.

        As far as the miniseries, I found it a lot less depressing than I expected to. It was scary and there were certainly asshats making things worse, but there were also a lot of people who understood the danger and chose to put themselves on the line anyway so others wouldn’t have to. So while I say it’s horror, it’s not the shallow kind- it’s a very good example of the morality play sort.


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