Reflections on 61 Days of Horror Movies

the-vampire-lovers58For the past several years, I’ve continued my little tradition of watching at least one horror movie each day in the month of October. It’s just a way to find a bit of Halloween celebration every day. This year, I expanded the quest to September, and called it 61 Days of Horror Movies. I didn’t write about it here, but I put most of the selections each day on Twitter.

I didn’t keep an exact record of what I watched, or if I did indeed watch 61 films. I did miss a day here and there, however, I had days when I watched up to 3-4 movies. So I would hazard a guess that I watched at least 61 films.

I’m not much into gore laden horror movies. My favorites are classic films, cult classics, hauntings, atmospheric movies, and vampire films. I remember going to see the original “Halloween” movie at the theater and really loving it. Unfortunately, much of what sprang from that film were movies that featured exploding eyeballs, and ever more gory deaths. Not really my cup of tea. I’m more a fan of movies like “The Ring,” “Suspiria,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Innocents,” “The Others,” and stuff like that. Once in a while some gore is necessary for the movie, and that’s ok.

Reflecting on my choices this year, I leaned heavily on classic horror DVR’ed from Turner Classic Movies. I also mined some never before seen movies from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and all the pay channels. For some reason, I missed some of my favorites, like “Bram Stokers Dracula,” “The Innocents,” the original “Dracula,” and some of my other go-to horror movies.

I came to the realization that I’m just not that interested in Frankenstein movies. I watched both the Universal versions and a couple of the Hammer Film versions, and I found it hard to make it through them. Speaking of Hammer Films, I watched a lot of Christopher Lee‘s Dracula films, and I must say that a few go a long way. A couple of them are really good, but there are some stinkers. “Taste The Blood of Dracula” is not a particularly good film. Lee is in it for all of 20 minutes or so, not even wanting to be in the film at the time.

I completely missed Hitchcock films, Mario Bava’s films (I love “Black Sunday“), Tim Burton movies, and many other favorites.

I enjoy this horror movie celebration, and I think next year I will get more organized. Maybe a plan would help. I plan on making a list of what I really want to see, and lean more on renting them from Amazon if need be. I think I will largely stay away from the 1950’s outer space type films, most of the Hammer Films, and all of the Frankenstein films. There will be more contemporary vampire movies in the mix (I own a bunch I didn’t even watch this year), and more niche classics such as “Suspiria” and “The Vampire Lovers.”

At this point, I am leaning toward going back to the 31 days of October, but that may be burnout talking. I suspect that by next September, I’ll be raring to go.

Thanks for reading my horror movie ramblings! I you have some favorites I can add to my list, please leave a comment!

Peace out, and Blessed Be!



    • Funny you mention The Birds. I was talking to a millennial person the other day, and he was saying how he didn’t get that people thought that was a frightening film. Gods bless the younger generation, but I find that some of them don’t have any appreciation for pop culture before the date of their birth.

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  1. I really liked the first ‘conjuring’, I tried to watch the second one though, and it felt too, familiar. The first one actually scared me a little though, so kudos to them for their visual reworking of the original story!



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