What a wonderful month. The first full month of autumn, and my favorite holiday anchoring the end of it: Halloween!
What a horrorful day and night that is.
As much as I love Halloween, over time I couldn’t help but wonder why one day in October should take all the glory.
With 30 other days available to scare the bejeezus out of me, I decided to fill each and every day of the month with screams.
I put together playlist of thirty-one terrifying movies, chock-filled with horror staples and underrated classics.
These are my personal favorites. My personal…horrors.
These aren’t the greatest horror movies of all time mind you, there may be a stinker or two in my list, but they are all memorable.
And it is my list after all.
My first selection is one no one in my family was willing to sit and watch with me. That’s how terrifying it remains 42 years after its initial release.
This horror classic holds a very special place in my heart. At the tender age of ten, and after a few long talks with Mom about how I understood that the movie scares are “make believe scares”, I convinced her to take me to see, “the scariest movie of all time”.
Released in 1973, and heavily anticipated, William Friedkin’s film was a phenomenon like no other. I could only appreciate the adult content of the movie many years later and after many viewings, sometimes with accompanying wine. But in 1974 when I first saw it at the Paris Theater in downtown NYC, I only remember the fear.
So with that great flick I launch into my Thirty One Nights of Horror. You can follow me on Facebook to see what films I’ve watched or check back here next week for the complete list of films with a mini-review of each.
As my favorite author Stephen King once said, “Come with me where it is dark.”