the list – 2019

Halloween is my favorite holiday and October is my favorite month.

There is never a better time of year for horror movies, books, podcasts, and stories than the fall. Autumn is the slow death of the summer. It signals the coming winter and the inevitable harshness of the cold. God, it’s a great time of year.

In order to make the best use of my time during fall, I create lists. There have been activity lists, food/beverage lists, and festival lists. Most have waxed and waned. The one thing that I commit myself to year-to-year is my fall horror movie list.

I love horror movies more than any other genre. There is no other type of movie that I can put on at any time and feel good. I anticipate new films, follow news updates, write about horror films, and continue to watch classics whenever I get a chance. Suffice it to say that Halloween is my Super Bowl.

The horror movie list began a few years ago and I have consistently tried new things throughout the years. For awhile, I thought that Halloween (1978) was a yearly must-watch. I’ve since changed my mind (not that it isn’t great, I just want variety). I’ve done years with specific themes and other years where it was completely random. In all these different approaches, I’ve never had a bad experience.

The 2019 list is dictated by a few factors. First and foremost, my partner demands that I include more family-friendly content. Not my first inclination, but there’s value in mixing up tone with still-creepy films like Coraline. This year also has a larger focus on Slasher films than previous years. I sour on the Slasher quickly. It gets very predictable, very fast. However, I wanted to re-explore some the sub-genre to try to forget about the unsuccessful deviations. Finally, I wanted a era-spanning collection. I tend to get bogged down in 70s and 80s horror, which is fine. But there is a lot more content out there to be proud of.

Without further ado, here it is:

  1. Black Christmas (1974)
  2. The Wicker Man (1973)
  3. Friday the 13th (1980)
  4. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  5. Misery (1990)
  6. Scream (1996)
  7. Midsommar (2019)
  8. The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
  9. Coraline (2009)
  10. Halloweentown (1998)
  11. Monster Squad (1987)
  12. Child’s Play (1988)
  13. Trick R Treat (2007)

Watch in any order and enjoy them. Good luck.


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