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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!

Posted in Everyday Life, Goth

Two Month Horror Movie Marathon!

220px-Vampire_lovers231We are creeping steadily toward September, less than a month away from the Autumnal Equinox. Several years ago, as a celebration of Halloween and Samhain, I started a fun little ritual of watching at least one horror movie a day for the month of October. Last year, it expanded into the middle of September. So this year, I decided to get a big head-start on October 31st, and am going to watch a movie every day from September 1 through Halloween/Samhain.

People really seemed to enjoy Twitter and blog posts about each movie I watched, so I thought I would do that again this year.

Many days, especially on weekends, I would watch several movies a day. Many of the campy cult horror movies are fairly short, so it was easy to fit in several films.

Speaking of the films themselves, I tend to enjoy classic horror films, cult horror movies, and atmospheric horror movies. I don’t really enjoy the slasher type films, that rely on gore. Classic films like HalloweenFriday the 13th, and Black Christmas are fine, but the terrible knock-offs with buckets and buckets of blood and gore just don’t appeal to me. Vampire films are some of my favorites, and yes, some like John Carpenter’s Vampires  are pretty gore-filled, but I still love my vampire films! I love the old Hammer films, and stuff like The Ring, House on Haunted Hill, 13 Ghosts, Sleepy Hollow, Black Sunday, The Vampire Lovers, Carrie, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Others, Psycho, The Conjuring, and many more.

Here are the top rated horror movies in a list from IMDB.

I would like to appeal to the people who read this or follow me on Twitter or Google+, or Flipboard to make some suggestions of their favorites. There are lots and lots of horror movies out there, and many I’ve never seen or even heard of before. Feel free to leave me a comment, or a post on Twitter or G+.

Sometimes my blogs can get so deep or serious, it’s nice to throw in something fun like this. I look forward to reading and watching your suggestions!

Thanks for reading, and as always,

Blessed Be!