October 1st. Coralie Fargeat's 2017 REVENGE may seem like your run-of-the-mill rape/revenge story, but do not be fooled. This is a lesson in female power and badassery, and it takes no prisoners. It's gory. It's beautiful. And it has an amazing soundtrack. It is a must for your 2019 Halloween viewing list.
October 2nd: The original MARTYRS, 2008. Directed by Pascal Laugier, Robin calls this, "The best film ever made. Period." If you want to know why, just listen to any of our episodes, or message her directly. Be prepared to talk for a while. She did her university thesis on it and will literally talk about it until you're in your grave.
October 3rd: This 1993 classic still deserves a spot on your list, regardless of how old you are. Shot and filmed around Salem, Massachusetts, HOCUS POCUS is bound to bring back Halloween nostalgia from your childhood.
October 4th: 13 GHOSTS (Steve Beck). Who wasn't both amazed and terrified by this movie when it came out? I still have dreams about the Jackal and really want Netflix to come out with a show that delves into the backstory of all 13 ghosts. Hell, I'll even help.
Netflix? Call me.
October 5th: THE OTHERS(Alejandro Amenábar) seems like a simple ghost story on the surface but delves into perception and even class in story where Nicole Kidman is a mother in a remote manor house during WWII taking care of her children who affected by a rare disease that causes them to be extremely sensitive to light.
October 6th: A movie that is equal parts maddening/horrific, raw, and triumphant. THE SEASONING HOUSE (Paul Hyett) is about Angel, a deaf-mute orphan, who silently plots an ingenious and brutal revenge on the soldiers who prostitute girls at a Balkan brothel. Number three on Robin's "Favorite films of all-time" list.
SUSPIRIA (2018, by Luca Guadagnino) HEAR US OUT: Tilda Swinton playing 3 separate characters. GORGEOUS cinematography. Great acting. Sure, it may lack the dazzling color palette of the original, but this film stands on its own as a fresh take. Make it to the end for the gloriously gory climax. You're welcome.
October 8th: WITCHING AND BITCHING by Álex de la Iglesia is batshit insane. Full-throttle. Saggy-titty-hanging, ancestral witch killing, D-list mime actor insanity. If you aren't hooked by the Reservoir Dogs inspired first scene, why are you even watching movies?
October 9th: Oh, THE STRANGERS. My first time I watched this movie, a friend had baked me a batch of super strong edibles in cookie form. For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to down 2 mega weed cookies and watch this film. Not going to lie, it pretty much ruined my life and turned me into a paranoid basket case for that hour and a half. Bryan Bertino does a masterful job creating suspense and utter terror, with Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman playing the would-be newlyweds on the verge of splitting up on their wedding night. Don't even bother with the sequel. This one is a must-see!
October 10th: For the last couple of weeks, we have seen glowing reviews of HARPOON floating around online. Because we couldn't make it to a festival in order to see it, we reached out to director Rob Grant personally. He was kind enough to not only send us a screener, but also spend an hour and a half talking to us about everything from Fiji, to the nuances of the film, to chonky cat pictures. He is our new, collective love. HARPOON is a film that you must see. It's our favorite pick of 2019, because literally every aspect of this film is perfect. The writing is air-tight. The gore is insanely realistic and believable. The sound design will leave you gagging. Seriously. Three friends with a past go out onto a boat, secrets are spilled, and drama happens. We're not going to spoil it for you. You're going to spoil it for yourself because you're going to get off your ass and slam that VoD "RENT" button, because on October 8th, this is released to the public.
October 11th: It's already a modern classic. THE DESCENT is the claustrophobic, monsters in the cave movie that you need. Always fun to play at parties to create a mood. The sequel picks right up where the first leaves off, but it isn't nearly as strong.
October 12th: This South Korean "Detective vs Serial Killer" cat and mouse film is INTENSE. I SAW THE DEVIL is brutal, unrelenting, gory af and 100% a movie you need to see. I'm not a fan of detective-hunts-killer films. In fact, I almost passed this one by. Don't make that mistake. Directed by Kim Jee-woon, and clocking in at 142 minutes, clear an afternoon, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the ride.
October 13th: "This is a diary of our own molestation by the Serbian government […]. It’s about the monolithic power of leaders who hypnotise you to do things you don’t want to do. You have to feel the violence to know what it’s about […]."
These are the words of A SERBIAN FILM's director, Srdjan Spasojevic. Erase everything you have heard about this film. Attempt to ignore the inevitable bias you have due to that one, particularly infamous scene. This film is a heartbreaking allegory for the state of post-war Serbia. Remember our earlier pick for October 6th, The Seasoning House? A Serbian Film tackles the exact same war, but take it in a different direction. Google "the Balkan Wars" and quickly read about it. Then, watch A Serbian Film, The Seasoning House, and Life and Death of a Porno Gang. Horror isn't just about ghosts, goblins and masked killers. It's also about the human condition and suffering. These films translate the trauma and horror that these people endured and place it vividly on-screen.
October 14th: When you see the name JOE LYNCH attached to a film, you know it's going to be a fun ride. MAYHEM is no different. It's not a unique story, or a unique film...but goddamn. It's hilariously brutal. In a building owned by a large, evil corporation, an incurable virus that forces people to out out their deepest desires by destroying their id has been released. Meanwhile, Steven Yeun as a disgruntled, burned out attorney/employee was just fired and is walking to the exit. Samara Weaving is a pissed off woman who is losing her house to the bank and goes to said corporation to fight it. A quarantine is placed on the building and all hell breaks loose. Love the way it's shot. Gory and hilarious.
October 15th:THE CONJURING. I know what you're thinking. It's still a fun time with plenty of paranormal jump scares! The cast is great and seriously, this movie is incredibly suspenseful. Anything starring Lili Taylor is grade A in our book. Fun fact, she's the reason Veruca Salt (the band) got together! Clap! Clap!
October 16th: One of Amanda's favorite movies. 2005's THE SKELETON KEY stars Kate Hudson as a nurse working at a spooky plantation as a caregiver. As Southern Gothic as it gets, with a nice dash of voodoo thrown in.
October 17th: Speaking of Gothic... Want something lighter with a bit more humor? SUBURBAN GOTHIC may be for you. Kat Dennings, Matthew Grey Gubler, and ghosts. Need we say more?
October 18th: Not going to lie. We've been on a huge Samara Weaving kick lately, and were TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY by THE BABYSITTER. When Cole stays up past his bedtime, he discovers that his hot baby sitter belongs to a satanic cult that will stop at nothing to keep him quiet. A Netflix Original, and let me tell you. They did NOT skimp on the gore in any way. We were left completely shocked. This has comedy, gore, and air-tight writing that, from a lesser director, would be really cheesy. Directed by McG
October 19th: Did you hate HEREDITARY? Did you skip MIDSOMMAR because you know how A24 operates and were scared of a repeat experience? I feel you, I really do. However, do NOT MISS THIS FILM. For Robin, this is officially her number one film of all time. That's right. It finally unseated MARTYRS. Midsommar is a masterpiece in every single aspect of cinema. You will 100% be pleasantly surprised.
October 20th: Yes, it's controversial, divisive, even. If you're looking for a suspensful period piece, THE WITCH may be for you. Masterfully shot, acted and researched by Robert Eggers. Watch out for Black Phillip!
October 21st: 2007's A l'intérieur (INSIDE) is a French gem. Directed by Julien Maury, it's about a scissor-wielding psychopath (Béatrice Dalle) who terrorizes a pregnant widow (Alysson Paradis) on Christmas Eve. That's it. Full-stop. This is a genuine slasher film that pulls no punches. It's also perhaps the goriest of the French Extremeties. A fun, suspensful film. One for the holidays!
October 22nd: We've been raving about Chelsea Stardust's SATANIC PANIC, and you can read our official review here. A satanic cult must catch and sacrifice a virgin. Full of off-kilter comedy, weird monsters, and kick-ass female leads. Bonus Chelsea Wolfe in the soundtrack. Seriously. Read our spoiler-free review and then go rent that shit on VoD.
October 23rd: 2009's CORALINE, directed by Henry Selick, the stop-motion animation master behind THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. and based on the Neil Gaiman book. Yes, it's a kid's movie, but this is intense. It's dark beyond words and the created netherworld is a thing of pure beauty. Also, see if you can grab the 3D version. It's incredible fun. Manic Panic has even released a limited edition Coraline Blue shade at Hot Topic this Halloween!
October 24th: BEETLEJUICE, for me, is one of those films that I've seen a thousand times, but haven't re-visited in years. It's one that I say I should watch again, but always forget to pull out. This year, let's just all watch it. It's Showtime!
October 25th: HAUSU (House): 1977's HOUSE sends a group of Japanese school girls on a trip to visit one's aunt in the country. With cheaply painted PBS-like sets and terrible acting from random girls picked from the street, what ensues is BATSHIT INSANITY. Did that severed head literally just bite a chunk out of that girl's ass? Did that weird cat just vomit? The answer is a resounding: YES. This is a psychedelic trip like no other. There's a reason why it's in the CRITERION COLLECTION.
October 26th: 1982's THE ENTITY is a polarizing film. Starring Barbara Hershey, it tells the story of a single mother who is the victim of unexplicable happenings. Self-harm. Sexual assault. Her therapist believes it's her traumatic past coming back to haunt her, but two local university students with an interest in the paranormal believe that something far more sinister is at play. Like the novel, the film is based on the 1974 case of Doris Bither, a woman who claimed to have been repeatedly sexually assaulted by an invisible entity, and who was observed by doctoral students at the University of California, Los Angeles. I saw this movie as a child. Way to go, parents.
October 27th: You've undoubtedly seen the original and the first remake. I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2 isn't one to sleep on. Yes, I know how sequels usually are. This one somehow breaks the mold and becomes something fresh and new. Katie, an aspiring model, responds to an ad for a free photography session where she meets 3 Bulgarian brothers. She winds up abducted and taken to BULGARIA. That's right. This shit just got international. The acting is actually tremendously good, and the kills and setups are a lot of fun. This film has more depth than its predecessor. Definitely worth checking out, but skip every one that's come out since.
October 28th: In what is possibly the most French hazing possible, vegetarian student Justine is peer pressured to eat raw meat for the first time ever during her first week of veterinary school. Terrible consequences ensue. RAW (2016) is another French gem that is 100% worth a watch. A fresh take on the genre.
October 29th: Any Stephen King movie. Need we say more?
October 30th: When I mention movies that left me with my mouth literally gaping onto the floor, TERRIFIER is always mentioned. Is the acting good? HELL NO. Well, at least not the supporting cast. Art the Clown is a new cult icon for a reason. Turn it on, shut your brain off, and enjoy the carnage.
October 31st: Noticeably missing from this list has been zombie films. In fact, we largely hate them here at AllHorror (Lizz-Ayn begs to differ). HOWEVER. 2016's TRAIN TO BUSAN is a damn masterpiece of storytelling. The acting is incredible, the suspense will leave you white-knuckling in your arm chair. Gorgeously shot. Superbly acted. And if you're not a sobbing mess by the end of it, I don't even think you're human.