It’s finally October! Naturally, that means that it is officially Halloween and time to get spooky and watch all of the spooky, creepy, morbid, and scary things. I do try to get into this mood as often as I can throughout the year but since I’m a creature of habit I end up devoting the entirety of October to being spooky.
If you’ve been around here for a while and know me reasonably well, you’ll know that I tend to go overboard when making up watchlists for themed months like this. This year I’ve tried to restrain myself so that I have time for reading and blogging, and also so that I can actually watch everything I said I would. Fingers crossed I do!
American Horror Story: Apocalypse – I’m a few weeks behind with this season of AHS because it only started in the UK last week and I wanted to start it properly in October now that I’m fully caught up with the series as a whole. Hopefully, I’ll enjoy this season more than Cult, but I have already been spoiled for it.
The Predator – I’m planning to see this in the cinema alone. The last time I went to see a horror movie in the cinema it actually wasn’t a horror movie (it was crimson peak, with is a gothic romance) so hopefully I can pull myself together and actually see a scary movie in the cinema.
Shin Godzilla – I am such a terrible Godzilla fan because I got this movie on DVD as soon as it came out and I haven’t seen any Japanese Godzilla movies other than the original one from the 50’s because I don’t think they get released to cinemas here and anytime they get put on DVD they’re dubbed over. And I don’t want that. Dubbing is fine for animation but not for live action.
Ghostbusters – Don’t laugh at me. No, I haven’t seen the original Ghostbusters. I’m 23 and I haven’t seen it. Stop laughing.
Carrie – I haven’t planned to read any Stephen King books this time around because I never do (they’re intimidating, shush) so I’m going to watch the movies based on them inside. Because I don’t believe in the “always read the book first” rule. That’s just silly. And I also have this saved on the TV.
The Shining – Speaking of Stephen King movies, I’ve tried to read the book of this movie many times for a long, long time but I never get to any scary goings-on because the beginning is just so slow. I do have the movie on DVD because I love Stanley Kubrick movies and I like Jack Nicholson. And I also love the Simpsons parody of this movie.
The Thing – Look at little me trying to be brave. This movie is supposed to be one of the scariest ever and one of the best so I have high expectations, but because I’m actually a wimp, I’ll be hiding under a blanket while watching it.
Interview with the Vampire – It’s kind of shocking that I haven’t seen this movie (or read the book oops) since I talk about being a huge vampire fan so much. I mean, I wrote two university dissertations on vampires but I haven’t seen one of the most iconic vampire movies? What kind of fake fan am I?
Devilman – I’ve kind of lumped both the Devilman OVAs from the 1980’s and the Crybaby series together because they’re kind of the same story but one is more modernised. I am planning to read the Devilman manga this month so at least I know that it’s nothing like the anime series from the 1970’s, which is kind of like Power Rangers, but if there was only one of them and that one Power Ranger was actually a demon who fights other demons. It’s a riot once you find a version with subtitles that aren’t terribly translated.
The Omen – I’m not a huge fan of religious-themed horror and antichrist stories seem really cliche to me these days, but I have had this movie in my Netflix queue for a while and I’m definitely one for classic movies.
Night of the Living Dead – Want to know something special about this movie? It’s in the public domain and you can watch it on YouTube. I don’t actually like zombies but I do like classic horror movies so I can’t pass on this one being on YouTube.
Troll 2 – I’ve seen a documentary about this movie so I’ve seen a few clips of it, but I want to see the whole thing in all its horrible glory. Thank you, Netflix.
Castlevania – I haven’t played any of the games that this series is based on but there are three things to consider 1) it’s an anime 2) it’s an anime about vampires 3) it’s short. Oh, and it’s Netflix exclusive. Swish.
King Kong (1933) – I think this exists on DVD?? It’s not public domain so I’m sure there’s a DVD out there somewhere.
Death Note (Netflix version) – This is meant to be pretty terrible but I haven’t considered reviews to be gospel for years now so I’d rather make my own mind up. Also, I think Willem Dafoe plays Ryuk in this and I’ve seen photos and he looks absolutely terrifying.
Psycho – Hello favourite classic horror movie.
Only Lovers Left Alive – If I don’t watch this movie is it really October? No.
Godzilla (1954) – I really wish more JP Godzilla movies were available in the UK (in japanese too) because I want to watch the sequels to this movie. Plus, this movie is so good.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Best Dracula adaptation ever. Fight me. And yes I’m aware that Keanu Reeves isn’t that good in this but I don’t care.
Dexter – I’ve got two seasons of this show left to watch before I’m finished with it, and I actually can’t wait to be done with this show because I’ve been watching it for years. And in the time I’ve been watching it, it’s been off the air. I’m just that bad.
Universal Monsters – There are a lot of movies in this series that spans from the 1920s to the 1960s, so obviously I won’t be watching every single one of them. I only have 4 of them on DVD and I’ve been looking around for more of them so we shall see how many of them I actually do watch. In between reading and watching other things.
American Psycho – I’ve read the book of this movie and in 100% complete honesty I would much rather watch the movie over and over again because I’m probably never going to read the book ever again. It’s just too much to handle. The book also doesn’t have Christian Bale in the shower. No, instead it’s got a huge detailed description of the main character’s apartment and every single brand name item in it.
Ed Wood – I’m not a fan of Johnny Depp anymore and I was never a big Tim Burton fan to begin with (because the amount of representation in his movies is piss poor) but I do love this movie. There aren’t any supernatural elements in it at all because this is a biopic, but it’s a biopic about a man who made really bad sci-fi and horror movies with an Old Hollywood horror legend so it counts as spooky to me. Also, Martin Landau totally deserved the Oscar he won for this movie.
Alien – Usually I would save this movie for Sci-Fi Month, but since it’s the only movie in the series that I would consider to be a true horror movie (well, apart from covenant but that one isn’t as good so nah) and it’s one of my favourite movies ever so, of course, I’ll watch it this month. And more than likely next month too.
Treehouse of Horror episodes – Any year that I don’t watch at least one Treehouse of Horror special at Halloween is not a good year for me. That’s how it’s been for around 20 years now and I’m unlikely to change that. I am kind of hoping that if The Simpsons does end in a few years time they’ll release a proper Treehouse collection because the only way to marathon them is to either watch them illegally or wait for there to be a marathon on TV.
Are you planning to watch anything spooky this month? What are some of your favourite spooky movies or TV shows to watch?