Monday, October 4, 2021

31 Nights of Horror - First Update!

What's the best thing to do during October, other than having a convenient way to get rid of the bodies? Horror movies of course! As I talked about before, watching a crap ton of horror movies during October is one of our very favorite things to do here, and this year is no exception to that. 

One of the things I love most is to introduce people to horror films that they've never gotten to experience, or even heard of, or wish they never had. It's something that I grew up with, and love 'em or hate 'em, there's something magical about doing such for me. Lately, I've gotten to do it a lot and that would warm my gay little goth heart...if I had one. 

You'll also likely notice that the numbering may seem off. This is because of the strange schedule we have here, being nocturnal and all, so we tend to count "after midnight" as the next day. Which doesn't count for Halloween night, as that night lasts until dawn. It's weird, try not to question it too much or you could lose what little sanity you have left.

So, while it's still very early on in the month I figured that a small update was in order so you could see just what's been watched here over the first full weekend of this marathon of horror!

First up...

#1 - Hocus Pocus 

Okay, I know what you're going to say "Kit, it's not a horror movie!". You're right, it's not a horror movie since it's a kid's movie, but there's something about starting off each season with it that just feels right. There's plenty of blood, guts, and dismemberment to come, so why not just get in the spooky season mood with something a little more chill? At least that's my theory on the matter. 

Unsurprisingly, a few things don't necessarily hold up these days with it, but it manages to pull at nostalgia string just enough that it keeps it's traditional "First of the 31" spot for now, and likely years to come. They're making a sequel too, which should be interesting to see...

#2 - Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

Yes, I know that it was on just a week before as part as Elvira's 40thAnniversary special, but I just had to show this one to my partner this year. Why? She had never seen it and that's just not allowed. Everyone has to experience it in my world, and I'm happy to report that it went over swimmingly! 

It's campy, uneven, sometimes a little forced, and it takes a while to build up, but that's just how Elvira rolls. Definitely falls into the category of you'll either love it, or hate it.

It's not an every year thing during the 31 (I do watch it outside of that, though!), but it's definitely a fun ride to include every once in a while.

#3 - Attack the Block

I know what you're thinking, "what's this movie doing on the list?", and "how is that horror?" If being chased by giant werewolf bear aliens with glowing teeth doesn't qualify as a monster flick, then I dunno what does and there's no way that monster films don't have a place in horror. Zero. 

I've loved this film since it came out. Not only because of the horror element, but the cast is also great throughout and you really do wind up rooting for them as they try and protect their own. That says nothing about the social commentary that's at play, or the comedy either, both of which are stellar. 

If you haven't seen it, definitely should fix that.

#4 - Leprechaun 

After 5 years off the list, it finally makes a return! The terrors of the wee folk are back, and there's just no stopping Warwick Davis' performance. Without him, this one definitely falls into the dumpster bin of forgettable cheeseball horror from the '80s...cept it was made in the '90s. 

It's irreverent, campy,  and full of enough plot holes that you could bury Kansas twice over, but it still manages to stay true to its weird self and sticks to it's guns where it counts. The best parts are when Warwick Davis is on screen, but that's as it should be. 

If you're looking for the absurd, you've found it! 

And there you have it, the first films of this year's list. There's a whole lot of month to go and even some theater going horror movies that I'll be catching this year as well. Yes, that's shocking, horror movies releasing in October again vs January or February. What's come of this world?! 

Stay tuned for the next update later in the week!

Until then, 

Sweet screams and pleasant nightmares!

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