October is slowly shambling towards us, so it's time again to resurrect our annual 31 Days of Horror Movie Marathon!
Remember gremlins and ghouls, this thread is posted early to allow people time to begin hording movies if they wish to participate - please do not begin your marathon viewings until Oct 1st.
What is 31 Days of Horror?
31 Days of Horror is a torturous, self-inflected movie marathon in honor of Halloween. Attempted by only the most degenerate, the survivors always come back for more (and sometimes the non-survivors too).
The sickly intent of the marathon is to consume and share your thoughts on as many horror, monster or Halloween themed movies as you can throughout the month of October. Ideally, participants are to do 1 movie a day until reaching a full 31 movies by October 31st - however this is only accomplished by the most depraved of souls. You may participate no matter how many movies you plan to watch.
The MANDATORY Rules of the Slaughter
- Beginning October 1st, watch as many full-length horror movies as you can until October 31st. Please only include movies watched during this period.
- After each viewing, you must post which movie(s) you've watched and your thoughts/opinions on them. Be as brief or as detailed in your review as you'd like, but don't just list what you've watched - none wants to read a list. Please number your movies and keep a running tally of your progress. If you are cross posting your reviews elsewhere, do not only provide a link to the offsite review, post the full review here as well.
- Short films may be included, but should be 45 minutes in length or longer.
- TV series (The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Halloween themed episodes of sitcoms, etc) do not count - please do not include them in your numbered tally. You may discuss them as "extra credit" if you view them along with your full movies.
- TV series consisting of stand alone short films (such as Masters of Horror) are allowed as long as they meet the 45 minutes or longer time requirement for short films.
- Please use the SPOILER tag to hide any possible spoilers. Remember, a lot of people use these threads for recommendations so let's not ruin anything, regardless of the movie's age.
- The Curse of the Mandatory Movies has been lifted. There are no required viewings this year. If you would like to see them return next year, make your screams heard. Thanks again to Divius for providing us with Netflix picks in the previous years.
- No cheating, the Great Pumpkin will know.
The OPTIONAL Challenges to Keep the Flesh Fresh
- Do 1 movie every day, so you end up with a 31 films as your final total. As before, the full 31 films total is fully optional. Only attempt this if you have a lot of free time and/or are completely insane and self-abusive.
- As the purpose of this is to expose yourself to new horror films, attempt to watch as many movies you haven't seen as possible. This makes going for the full 31 movies a lot more interesting than slogging though the same movies every year.
- Adding poster images, screenshots, quotes, trailer links, etc to your opinion posts are not mandatory, but will help bring attention to your reviews of each film - especially useful if you feel it's a film worth recommending to other participants.
Streaming Resources for the Ravenous
Need help fleshing out your decaying collection of movies? Here's a few free, legal streaming resources that may be available in your earthly realm to assist in your depravity:
- Troma (YouTube) [NSFW]
- Kings of Horror (YouTube)
- Shudder (free trial) (Thanks to Ridley327 for pointing this out)
Thanks for the Scares
A particularly harsh year for genre fans, we lost both the father of modern zombies and the creator of Leatherface. This years marathon is dedicated to the memory of George A. Romero (19402017) and Tobe Hooper (19432017). Thanks for making us rethink our diets, Gentlemen.
Please don't resurrect old threads, these are listed for reference only.