Halloween 2020

Every October, I like to throw myself an impromptu Halloween film festival. One horror film a day, every day for thirty-one days. This year, I wanted to include a mix of old favourites and films I’ve never seen, but I also wanted to be spontaneous about it. That meant picking films at random, on the day, rather than watching films in some sort of prearranged order.

The only exception to this was today – October 31st. I have a long standing tradition of watching Halloween (1978) and Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) on Halloween itself, largely because both films take place on Halloween night.

I might do something different next year – I’m toying with the idea of one horror short story a day, rather than films – but I’ve long associated horror film marathons and Halloween. The two things just seem to go together in my mind.

I wound up watching about ten new films, with the rest being old favourites. Normally I binge-watch the old Universal monster films, plus a few other black and white favourites, but this year I wanted to be a bit more eclectic. There’s a few more modern films in the mix this time, as well as some films I hadn’t seen for quite some time, such as Maniac Cop (1988) and The Tingler (1959).

Here’s this year’s list, with the films I’d never seen before in bold:

  1. The Night Stalker (1972)
  2. The Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)
  3. Dracula’s Daughter (1936)
  4. Halloween (2018)
  5. The Creeping Flesh (1973)
  6. Maniac Cop (1988)
  7. Scream Blacula Scream (1973)
  8. Cold Ground (2017)
  9. The Fog (1980)
  10. Tremors (1990)
  11. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
  12. The Dark (2018)
  13. Pumpkinhead (1988)
  14. Them! (1954)
  15. Prince of Darkness (1987)
  16. The Tingler (1959)
  17. Son of Dracula (1943)
  18. Werewolf of London (1935)
  19. Nomads (1986)
  20. The Deadly Mantis (1957)
  21. Savageland (2017)
  22. The Beast Must Die (1974)
  23. Maggie (2015)
  24. The Mummy’s Curse (1944)
  25. The Reptile (1966)
  26. Nosferatu a Venezia (1988)
  27. The Church (1989)
  28. Night of the Eagle (1962)
  29. Dead of Night (1945)
  30. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
  31. Halloween (1978)/Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) double bill

A fun time all around. The highlights this year were Night of the Eagle and Dead of Night, both of which were new to me, and both of which I’ll be adding to my regular rotation.

Anyway, Happy Halloween, folks. Remember to check your candy for razorblades and your closets for masked killers.