Halloween only comes once a year and instead of just celebrating the holiday on day, you can spread the spookiness and entertainment throughout the month of October. The easiest way to do this is by having a 31 movie marathon, one Halloween or horror-themed movie each and every day of October. Follow this guide and parts 2 through 5 to complete the “31 Days of Horror.”
October 1st – Freddy vs. Jason
Kick off the horror movie marathon with a battle between two of horror’s greatest icons, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees. Freddy Krueger has haunted nightmare for several years in his Elm Street films while Voorhees has been a terrorist to campers his wide collection of Friday the 13th films. Now you get the best of both worlds in this campy hit.
The acting is not best, but the highlights in this are when the two horror icons go face to face and there is plenty of that in both the nightmares and the real world. There are plenty of other victims and death scenes to boot, making this an enjoyable ride into horror film nostalgia. Hopefully a sequel will follow in the future.
October 2nd – Slither
Who knew slugs could be so deadly…and funny. Slither is an entertaining fast paced horror movie set in a small town where nothing usually happens. This all changes when a small meteor hits and all hell breaks loose on the town.
Slither is a horror movie filled with intentional laughs, great effects, and enough scares in-between that will keep you laughing and screaming at the same time. Nathan Fillion is perfectly cast as the sheriff in this movie that should have been a bigger hit than it was.
October 3rd – Phantasm
The Tall Man is not one of the more memorable horror icons, but for anyone who has seen Phantasm, he has probably haunted their dreams. This movie will make you think twice before entering a graveyard at night and some of the gore will send chills down your spine.
The highlight in this film is the large chrome balls that are controlled by the Tall Man and savagely attack their victims. First, the balls attaches to your skull using two metal claws. Then a drill comes out of the center of the ball and goes right into your brain causing an instance death. See the sequels for even more gore and action from the Tall Man’s deadly machines.
October 4th – Silence of the Lambs
Silence of the Lambs is one of the rare horror/thriller that has managed to win Oscars at the Academy Awards. All of this movie’s awards are well-deserved though because this is a top-notch movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.
Hopkins plays Hannibal Lector, a cannibal serial killer that Foster’s FBI Agent must interview to help in the case of Buffalo Bill. Lector steals the show with his creepy performance and the scene where he escapes his cell and confuses cops with the elevator shaft is one of the best in the movie.
October 5th – Monster House
Invite the children for this next selection because Monster House was actually made for children and is a CG movie. While this funny movie will not provide scares for yourself, your children may scream a couple of times during this great creation.
The animation is suburb and the setting of the 1980s, mixed with some great characters, and an interesting plot is what makes this movie a success. Some of the stuff is over the top, but that is why it is an animated movie, it is supposed to be like that. This has great re-play value and could be a Halloween tradition in your home every year.
October 6th-Pet Cemetery
Damien may have been creepy in both of the Omen movies, but the little boy in Pet Cemetery blows them out of the water. When he is accidentally killed, his father decides to bury him in haunted Pet Cemetery that actually brings whatever is buried there back to life.
When he is reborn, the boy first wrecks havoc on his neighbor, is a creepy way, which has to be seen so it is not spoiled. Stephen King’s book has been successfully brought to screen in this classic movie that also has a sequel.