You know, it’s amazing how inspiring traditions can be for others. Looking back at my blog posts over the past year, I learned that my followers and casual readers have adopted several of my so-called habits as part of their own lifestyles and routines. That would include: playing Christmas music as a playlist each holiday, Blackout Sundays to focus on family time and prayer, bringing children into the master bedroom during thunderstorm (on their own mattress), Soul Train line dancing for family gatherings, one-on-one weekly restaurant outings with children to bond…
Yeah, I’ve got quite a few things I do with my family & friends and I’m really glad to know it’s working for others.
One of my more popular activities requires little-to-no effort beyond time and attention. That would be the 31-day marathon of horror movies that I introduced back in Shocktober of 2019.
As always, “if you’ve been following me long enough, you know that” every October, I sit and watch one horror movie a day for each of the 31 days.
I was surprised to know that quite a few people copied my movie list, almost to the letter, last year:
Halloween (2018), Storm Of The Century (1999), Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight (1995), Prophecy (1979), The Descent (2005), The Descent: Part 2 (2009), The Thing (1982), House Of 1,000 Corpses (2003), The Devil’s Rejects (2005), 3 From Hell (2019), The Mist (2007), It (2017), It Chapter Two (2019), A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), Son Of Dracula (1943), Poltergeist (1982), Return Of The Living Dead (1985), Vampires (1993), Vampires: Los Muertos (2002), The Final Conflict (1981), It’s Alive (1974), Motel Hell (1980), Trilogy Of Terror (1975), Trilogy Of Terror II (1996), Carrie (1976), Hell Night (1981), The Crazies (2010), Halloween III: Season Of the Witch (1982), The Wolfman (1941), The Fog (1980), Halloween (1978)
Well, this year should be interesting because I’ll be focusing on “The Conjuring” / “Annabelle” universe. Some of you may not know that they are all connected. Well now you do! If you’re interested, my first 8 days are comprised of all of their movies, by order of theatrical release.
The other change is the repositioning of my finale, which is usually the 1978 classic, “Halloween” starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasance. With the release of “Halloween Kills” on October 15, I thought it better to move them in sequential order before the new one. News flash: the makers have denounced everything after the original and officially attached 2018’s “Halloween” as the sequel to the first one. So you need to forget everything you’ve seen. It’s 1978, 2018 and then 2021. I’m only including “Halloween 2” because I like it so much…
So here is this year’s list, beginning tonight!
- The Conjuring (2013)
- Annabelle (2014)
- The Conjuring 2 (2016)
- Annabelle: Creation (2017)
- The Nun (2018)
- The Curse Of La Llorona (2019)
- Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
- The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)
- No One Gets Out Alive (2021)
- 30 Days Of Night (2007)
- 30 Days Of Night: Dark Days (2010)
- Halloween (1978)
- Halloween 2 (1981)
- Halloween (2018)
- Halloween Kills (2021)
- The Hunt (2020)
- Prom Night (2021)
- A Classic Horror Story (2021)
- Little Monsters (2019)
- The Happening (2008)
- Ghost Stories (2017)
- No Escape Room (2018)
- Malignant (2021)
- Thriller (2018)
- Death Note (2017)
- Black Christmas (2019)
- Ouija: Origin Of Evil (2016)
- Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)
- Child’s Play (2019)
- The Orphanage (2007)
- The Fog (1980)
And that about does it. The line-up that begins in a matter of hours. As you can tell, the majority are newer movies, mainly because, well, I ain’t seen ’em! Hopefully some of them are reminders of movies that you intended to watch and forgot about. In that case, hit your local library or search your Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max and any other streaming services to see what’s available.
That being said, Happy Howling!
Even though “The Howling” was three years ago.
Got movies you intend to see? Share them in the Comments section below. If I don’t squeeze them in within the next 30 days, I just might add them in 2022. And be sure to sign up at the bottom for email notification of future posts at Kenny’s Camera, Cooking & Crazy Confessions!
Awesome list – I’m inspired to change my wake-up alarm to the “Halloween Theme” I pledge to watch as many from this year’s list as possible! – blast from the past – last year’s list included “Motel Hell (1980)” “By day they run a motel…by night, they run amok!” – KPA
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Haven’t seen The Conjuring in a few years…. I appreciated Lili Taylor (from 6 Feet Under) and Ron Livingston from Office Space! Also loved the Late ’60’s Dodge Monaco Station Wagon –
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Dude, “Motel Hell” was classic horror! Fright nights were so much more fun (and original) back then. Good luck completing the list and thanks for reading!
“OFFICE SPACE”! That’s what I’ve been trying to remember. I was watching “The Conjuring” like I’d never seen it before last night. Unfortunately, I was laughing more than anything. My God – how have I become so desensitized to horror?
One cool thing is that many streaming services (like HBO Max) include “Extras” for special features. I got to watch the interviews with the real life family, as well as the demonologists. It was only 6 minutes long, but very enjoyable.
Great list! I’m a big fan of everything John Carpenter does, but the fog is one of his movies I’ve probably watched the least, even though it’s awesome.
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“The Fog” has a different appeal to me because it hits me where I’m the most uncomfortable (I ain’t sayin’!). Funny, that’s why it’s one of only two movies to actually “scare” me.
I’m glad you had a chance to check out my list and hope you got some Shocktober viewing in of your own.
Thanks so much for reading!