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31 DAYS OF HORROR

Celebrating spooky season by counting down 31 Horror Movies you've just got to see! From certified classics to overlooked gems, this list of Halloween Horrors will have something for everyone. 

Rabid: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 1

Counting down movies you may have missed to spark your spirit!

Kicking off our 31-day Halloween horror movie countdown with a Canadian Classic, David Cronenberg‘s 1977 film RABID! When experimental surgery leaves a Montreal motorcyclist (legendary porn-star Marilyn Chambers!) with a bloodsucking appendage in her armpit, she develops an insatiable thirst for human blood leaving a trail of zombie-like infections wherever she goes. Part vampire flick, part-zombie horror, this one came...

Demons: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 2

Counting down movies you may have missed to spark your spirit!

There’s a lot to love about Lamberto Bava’s 1985 classic Demons, from it’s tongue-in-cheek ‘movie within a movie’ plot or it’s classically cliched characters to it’s mountains of goofy gore and it’s cocaine fueled hair metal soundtrack. But what we love most about Demons is that it never stops being a total fucking blast from start to end. And that’s not...

Amsterdamned: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 3

Counting down movies you may have missed to spark your spirit!

Oozing with eurotrash 80s-ness from every pore, Dutch slasher flick Amsterdamned offers up an often hilarious but totally watchable b-grade romp through the canals of Amsterdam. Shot on location with Dutch actors, who oddly dub themselves in some hilariously accented English, a scuba-diving lunatic spends his time lurking about the polluted canals of the titular city dispatching his targets with a giant...
From Beyond - 1986

From Beyond: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 4

Counting down movies you may have missed to spark your spirit!

From Beyond serves up goopy, glorious body horror with a healthy dose of kink in Stuart Gordon & Brian Yuzna’s 2nd go at adapting the work of H.P. Lovecraft. Very loosely adapted from the seven-page short story of the same name, 1986’s From Beyond opens with Dr. Pretorius (a magnificently malovolent Ted Sorel) and his meek assistant Crawford Tillinghast (Gordon’s muse himself, the...

Nightbreed: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 5

Counting down movies you may have missed to spark your spirit!

An absolute oddity in the halls of horror cinema, Clive Barker’s Nightbreed was his passion project, coming hot off the heels of Hellraiser. Adapted from his own story Cabal, night breed is a wild, fractured mess that is not without a certain redeeming charm. From some bugged out gore and practical effects, a wacky and wonderful Danny Elfman score, and some amazing...
Bliss 2019

Bliss: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 6

Counting down movies you may have missed to spark your spirit!

BLISS (2019) Director & Writer: Joe Begos BLISS is a great PSA for avoiding any drugs sold in dive bars lit by Dario Argento and run by metal loving neckbeards. From production company Channel 83 founded by Joe Begos [THE MIND’S EYE, ALMOST HUMAN, GUTTER & BLISS] This blood and drug soaked indie horror, follows a brilliant painter facing a...
Sara Paxton - The Innkeepers 2011

The Innkeepers: 31 Days Of Horror: Day 7

Ti West's Hushed Haunted House tale is more meditation than mania.

Director Ti West made his mark in Horror cinema With 2009’s “House Of The Devil”  and proved himself capable of delivering a methodical, measured style that sets his films apart, serving his 2011 Haunted Hotel tale “The Innkeepers well. Since we love gallons of gore and boobs galore like any red-blooded B-Movie lovers, there’s a certain lack of … action in...

The House Of The Devil: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 8

Ti West's first feature is a worthy homage to early 80's horror.

After watching Ti West‘s breakout 2009 movie “The House Of The Devil” we ask ourselves: Has there ever been a movie where a teenage baby-sitter didn’t have LITERALLY the worst night of her life? A great watch for Halloween horror fans, The House Of The Devil (2009) doesn’t avoid these cliches, it dives into them headlong with reverence…. everything is...
Splinter - 2008

Splinter: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 9

Splinter serves up satisfying B-Movie body horror with a Sci-Fi feel

Director Toby Wilkins‘ feature debut “Splinter” hit theatres on Halloween 2008 after winning six ScreamFest Awards including Best Director and Best Picture, a 2009 Saturn Award nomination for Best Horror Film, and nominations for Best Horror Movie and Most Memorable Mutilation at the dearly departed 2009 Spike TV Scream Awards … and for good reason. A bold, B-Movie  blend of...
The Void 2016

The Void: 31 Days of Horror – Day 10

Lovecraftian creature feature has already earned its place as a Canadian cult classic.

As 31 Days Of Horror continues, we dive into 2016's THE VOID, a Lovecraftian creature feature that has already earned its place as a Canadian cult classic.

The Pact: 31 Days of Horror Day 11

The Pact skillfully blends serial killers, superstition and a potentially haunted house in Nicolas McCarthy's Debut Thriller.

The Pact (2012) skillfully blends serial killers, superstition and a potentially haunted house in Nicolas McCarthy's Debut Thriller.
Les Diaboliques 1955

LES DIABOLIQUES (1955): 31 Days Of Horror – Day 12

Hailed as the first film with a true climactic twist, you absolutely cannot sleep on this classic noir horror from Henri-George Clouzot.

Part-noir, part-neo-Gothic horror, Les Diaboliques is a perfectly balanced breed of suspense thriller, beginning innocently enough, but soon peeling back layer after layer of corruption, scheming and European transgression. Let’s not forget hysterical women a plenty, as seen in, oh, every French film ever. Fixed on the stagnant, waters of the school pool, the film’s opening shot in grimy black...

PHENOMENA: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 13

A young girl uses her psychic powers to track down a Swiss serial killer in Dario Argento's Phenomena

Phenomena (AKA Creepers in the US) is a 1985 Giallo film directed by none other than Dario Argento. Starring the iconic Jennifer Connelly as ‘Jennifer’, Dario Nicodi and the legendary Donald Pleasence, Phenomena focuses on a girl at a remote Swiss boarding school (what is Argento’s obsession with women at remote private schools? Maybe we’ll never know) who discovers she has psychic powers that...
Nightmare Cinema 2018

NIGHTMARE CINEMA: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 14

5 New Tales Of Terror Are Collected In Veteran Director Mick Garris' Newest Anthology.

Mick Garris, the driving force behind “Masters Of Horror” which cemented his status as a genre legend, returns to the anthology format with Nightmare Cinema. Five strangers converge at an ominous and clearly haunted movie theatre owned by ‘The Projectionist’, played by Hollywood icon Mickey Rourke. Once inside, audience members witness a series of screenings that show their deepest fears and secrets...
We Go On 2016 - Miles

We Go On: 31 Days Of Horror Day 15

A quiet but compellingly creepy ghost story burns slowly but surely

There are no real monsters in Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton’s contemplative, dreamy, Horror film, “We Go On” to fear or fight, there are no final girls to cheer on, no climatic twists or sequel setups. There is some blood, and there are some quiet scares, but “We Go On” has actually offended some Horror “comment section purists” in that...
thirteen-ghosts-2

Thirteen Ghosts: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 16

2001's Thirteen Ghosts is a gloriously gory, goofy and highly enjoyable B-Movie romp well worthy of it's cult classic status amongst Horror fans.

Let’s start by admitting the obvious: Thirteen Ghosts is not a “good” movie. It makes very little sense, it’s loud as hell, the amount of jump cuts is *literally* seizure inducing (there’s an actual seizure warning on the film, no joke)..but it might possibly be one of the most downright, unabashedly FUN Horror movies to watch, ever, and absolutely perfect...
frightening

Terrified: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 17

Demián Rugna’s constantly surprising and truly frightening horror film has one goal: to scare the shit out of you.

Director Demián Rugna delivers on the scares and shows why he's a Winner of Fantastic Fest’s Best Horror Film for this one. Terrified knows exactly what it is and what it has to do to make your skin crawl and look behind the closet door at night, with the primary focus on the horrific events on screen instead of world building or character backstory. While very original, it's stylistically still a clear love letter to its horror movie predecessors with some fun nods to classics like The Excoricist, Prince Of Darkness and The Grudge, which makes it even more endearing as a new addition to Horror's best films.
Possession-1981---Isabelle-Adjani

Possession (1981): 31 Days Of Horror – Day 18

Andrzej Zulawski's out-of-control horror masterpiece is a hallucinogenic, hysterical account of a marriage's implosion in East Berlin

Director Andrzej Żuławski‘s 1981 masterpiece “Possession“, was butchered upon its original American release and banished to the mists of video-nasty circulation, but this hallucinogenic, hysterical tale of a marriage ruined by otherworldly influences under the shadow of communism has rightfully earned it’s place as a masterpiece with a new generation of Horror cinephiles. Much more than a “Horror Movie”, “Possession”...
Pin 1988

Pin (1988): 31 Days Of Horror – Day 19

Pin Delivers a small, strange and uniquely creepy psychological Horror story about a boy and his doll that's become a Canadian cult classic.

Almost entirely invisible on its release in 1988, Canadian Horror film “Pin” has slowly and surely built a reputation as the kind of film that gets under your skin and stays there, eschewing graphic gore for a tightening madness and cold, surgical style paralleling its medically themed subject matter. Dumped “direct to video” in the late 80’s, Director Sandor Stern...
The Church (La Chiesa) - 1989 Michele Soavi Film

The Church (1989): 31 Days Of Horror – Day 20

The Church is an often flawed, but always fun, take on the Satanic apocalypse trope through the eyes of an Italian genre legend

Like any of cult hero Michele Soavi‘s movies, 1989’s “The Church” (La Chiesa) is an energetic, unapologetically weird Italian horror film offering over-the-top set pieces, hyperkinetic camera work, paper-thin characters who exist only to be dispatched in numerous, gruesome ways, absurd dialogue dubbing, and a brooding, synth-soaked score from Goblin and Phillip Glass. Originally conceived as a third and final film...

In The Mouth Of Madness: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 21

John Carpenter's "In The Mouth Of Madness" (1994) is a weird, wonderful tribute to H.P Lovecraft and a fitting finale to his 'Apocalypse Trilogy'

John Carpenter‘s 1994 film ‘In The Mouth Of Madness’ is at once an homage to the creeping, cosmic horrors of H.P. Lovecraft and to the time-twisting, film noir world of David Lynch, combing these two seemingly disparate elements into one of the 90’s favourite Horror films. While the film has many champions (Director Ari Aster said ‘In The Mouth Of...
Cuber (1997)

Cube (1997): 31 Days Of Horror – Day 22

Vincenzo Natali's clockwork-driven debut "Cube" (1997) follows a group of strangers stuck in a surreal, ever-shifting sci-fi hell they can't escape

Famously shot on a single set with a student-film budget, Canadian director Vincenzo Natali's 1997 debut "Cube" blends a strong, "Twilight Zone" style sci-fi concept with surprising flashes of horror and proves once again that with a single, smart idea, strong script and a little filmmaking magic you can create a classic regardless of resources.

Jacob’s Ladder (1990): 31 Days Of Horror – Day 23

Often Overlooked, Adrian Lyne's Film Remains A Truly Terrifying Masterpiece Of Metaphysical Body Horror

With a cult-like legacy outliving it’s overlooked release, director Adrian Lyne‘s 1990 metaphysical arthouse horror film “Jacob’s Ladder” exists in a striking, surreal world all of its own as we follow a traumatized Vietnam War survivor Tim Robbins who experiences an ever escalating series of nightmarish visions. One of those movies which simply recouped its budget then disappeared, the influences...
Heartless (2010)

Heartless (2009): 31 Days Of Horror – Day 24

Director Philip Ridley delivers a darkly entertaining mortality tale set against the crime-ridden streets of East London in 2009's "Heartless"

UK Horror film “Heartless” was barely released in 2009, then dumped to video a year after an aborted theatrical run, which is a shame because director Philip Ridley delivers a small, but entertainingly atmospheric morality tale of dealing with the Devil against the backdrop of post-millennial gang violence in the inner cities of England. With youth gangs and knife-crime at...
Tales From The Darkside: The Movie (1990)

Tales From The Darkside: The Movie (1990): 31 Days of Horror – Day 25

If You Want To See Julianne Moore Murdered By A Mummy, 1990's "Tales From The Darkside" Anthology Is Your Movie

Based on the little known TV Series of the same name, "Tales From The Darkside: The Movie (1990)" is an anthology of three horror stories with a strange history and an impressive pedigree.

Tales from The Crypt: Demon Knight (1995): 31 Days Of Horror – Day 26

Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight gleefully grinds its cast of 90s b-listers to a bloody pulp

Releasing right before the tipping point of terrible CGI taking over in horror films, Demon Knight boasts some outstanding practical FX throughout from Todd Masters, on top of Billy Zane's scene-stealing, ridiculously perfect performance which really carries the entire film. Much in the same vein of Demons (from which it clearly draws a ton of style), if you want to enjoy 90 minutes of Demons getting dispatched in increasingly gruesome ways, this will get the job done... and then some.
The Visitor (1979)

The Visitor (1979): 31 Days Of Horror – Day 27

1979's extraterrestrial exorcist oddity "The Visitor" is the mother of all Horror rip-offs

And now for something completely different: An absolutely bizarre and unstoppably watchable oddity, 1979’s “The Visitor” is Like The Exorcist, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Rosemary’s Baby, The Birds and 2001: A Space Odyssey all got wine-drunk at the Giallo drive-in and had a mutant baby. And it’s not like their influences on the film are subtle… the film’s...
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

31 DAYS OF HORROR: DAY 28 – The Bird With The Crystal Plumage

Dario Argento's high-style, blood-spattered Italian thriller is a landmark of giallo cinema

“The Bird with the Crystal Plumage” (L’uccello Dale Piume Di Cristallo) is the 1970 directorial debut from giallo master Dario Argento, credited with kicking off the popularity of Italian slashers / mysteries in the 1970s. It is the first installment in the Animal Trilogy and was followed by The Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971) and Four Flies on Grey Velvet...
Onibaba (1964)

ONIBABA 鬼婆: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 29

An odd mix of drama, pulp, exploitation and tension makes for one of the most well-rounded horror films in all genre history.

“Onibaba” (鬼婆 Demon Hag) is a 1964 Japanese historical horror film written and directed by Kaneto Shindô. Set during civil war in the 14th century, Nobuko Otowa and Jitsuko Yoshimura play two women who kill soldiers to steal their possessions, and Kei Satō plays a man who ultimately comes between them. The story takes place shortly after the Battle of...
Martin (1977)

Martin (1978): 31 Days Of Horror – Day 30

George A. Romero's Unique Spin On The Vampire Story Is Surreal, Stylish and Savage But Sadly Overlooked Too Often

Too grim and experimental to have been well received at the time of its release, legendary Director George A. Romero‘s “Martin” character study of a young man who may, or may not, be a vampire has slowly become a modern film classic. Beyond it’s inventive, original take on the Vampire story (considered the first “Everyday vampire” character) the film is...
The Exorcist (1973): 31 Days Of Horror - Day 31

The Exorcist (1973): 31 Days Of Horror – Day 31

Combining documentary realism, sexual radicalism, old style horror and religion made for the perfect recipe in this revered classic

Based on the 1971 novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, “The Exorcist“ was released in 1973 starring Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Jack MacGowran (in his final film role) and of course Linda Blair. To date 20th century fox has released 4 sequels to The Exorcist franchise, raking in over 661 million dollars –...

Rabid: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 1

Counting down movies you may have missed to spark your spirit!

Kicking off our 31-day Halloween horror movie countdown with a Canadian Classic,...

Demons: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 2

Counting down movies you may have missed to spark your spirit!

There’s a lot to love about Lamberto Bava’s 1985 classic Demons, from it’s...
Splinter - 2008

Splinter: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 9

Splinter serves up satisfying B-Movie body horror with a Sci-Fi feel

Director Toby Wilkins‘ feature debut “Splinter” hit theatres on Halloween 2008 after...
The Void 2016

The Void: 31 Days of Horror – Day 10

Lovecraftian creature feature has already earned its place as a Canadian cult classic.

As 31 Days Of Horror continues, we dive into 2016's THE VOID, a Lovecraftian creature feature that has already earned its place as a Canadian cult classic.

The Pact: 31 Days of Horror Day 11

The Pact skillfully blends serial killers, superstition and a potentially haunted house in Nicolas McCarthy's Debut Thriller.

The Pact (2012) skillfully blends serial killers, superstition and a potentially haunted house in Nicolas McCarthy's Debut Thriller.
Les Diaboliques 1955

LES DIABOLIQUES (1955): 31 Days Of Horror – Day 12

Hailed as the first film with a true climactic twist, you absolutely cannot sleep on this classic noir horror from Henri-George Clouzot.

Part-noir, part-neo-Gothic horror, Les Diaboliques is a perfectly balanced breed of suspense...

PHENOMENA: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 13

A young girl uses her psychic powers to track down a Swiss serial killer in Dario Argento's Phenomena

Phenomena (AKA Creepers in the US) is a 1985 Giallo film directed by...
We Go On 2016 - Miles

We Go On: 31 Days Of Horror Day 15

A quiet but compellingly creepy ghost story burns slowly but surely

There are no real monsters in Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton’s contemplative,...
thirteen-ghosts-2

Thirteen Ghosts: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 16

2001's Thirteen Ghosts is a gloriously gory, goofy and highly enjoyable B-Movie romp well worthy of it's cult classic status amongst Horror fans.

Let’s start by admitting the obvious: Thirteen Ghosts is not a “good”...
frightening

Terrified: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 17

Demián Rugna’s constantly surprising and truly frightening horror film has one goal: to scare the shit out of you.

Director Demián Rugna delivers on the scares and shows why he's a Winner of Fantastic Fest’s Best Horror Film for this one. Terrified knows exactly what it is and what it has to do to make your skin crawl and look behind the closet door at night, with the primary focus on the horrific events on screen instead of world building or character backstory. While very original, it's stylistically still a clear love letter to its horror movie predecessors with some fun nods to classics like The Excoricist, Prince Of Darkness and The Grudge, which makes it even more endearing as a new addition to Horror's best films.
Possession-1981---Isabelle-Adjani

Possession (1981): 31 Days Of Horror – Day 18

Andrzej Zulawski's out-of-control horror masterpiece is a hallucinogenic, hysterical account of a marriage's implosion in East Berlin

Director Andrzej Żuławski‘s 1981 masterpiece “Possession“, was butchered upon its original American...
Pin 1988

Pin (1988): 31 Days Of Horror – Day 19

Pin Delivers a small, strange and uniquely creepy psychological Horror story about a boy and his doll that's become a Canadian cult classic.

Almost entirely invisible on its release in 1988, Canadian Horror film “Pin”...
The Church (La Chiesa) - 1989 Michele Soavi Film

The Church (1989): 31 Days Of Horror – Day 20

The Church is an often flawed, but always fun, take on the Satanic apocalypse trope through the eyes of an Italian genre legend

Like any of cult hero Michele Soavi‘s movies, 1989’s “The Church” (La Chiesa)...

In The Mouth Of Madness: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 21

John Carpenter's "In The Mouth Of Madness" (1994) is a weird, wonderful tribute to H.P Lovecraft and a fitting finale to his 'Apocalypse Trilogy'

John Carpenter‘s 1994 film ‘In The Mouth Of Madness’ is at once...
Cuber (1997)

Cube (1997): 31 Days Of Horror – Day 22

Vincenzo Natali's clockwork-driven debut "Cube" (1997) follows a group of strangers stuck in a surreal, ever-shifting sci-fi hell they can't escape

Famously shot on a single set with a student-film budget, Canadian director Vincenzo Natali's 1997 debut "Cube" blends a strong, "Twilight Zone" style sci-fi concept with surprising flashes of horror and proves once again that with a single, smart idea, strong script and a little filmmaking magic you can create a classic regardless of resources.
Heartless (2010)

Heartless (2009): 31 Days Of Horror – Day 24

Director Philip Ridley delivers a darkly entertaining mortality tale set against the crime-ridden streets of East London in 2009's "Heartless"

UK Horror film “Heartless” was barely released in 2009, then dumped to...
Tales From The Darkside: The Movie (1990)

Tales From The Darkside: The Movie (1990): 31 Days of Horror – Day 25

If You Want To See Julianne Moore Murdered By A Mummy, 1990's "Tales From The Darkside" Anthology Is Your Movie

Based on the little known TV Series of the same name, "Tales From The Darkside: The Movie (1990)" is an anthology of three horror stories with a strange history and an impressive pedigree.

Tales from The Crypt: Demon Knight (1995): 31 Days Of Horror – Day 26

Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight gleefully grinds its cast of 90s b-listers to a bloody pulp

Releasing right before the tipping point of terrible CGI taking over in horror films, Demon Knight boasts some outstanding practical FX throughout from Todd Masters, on top of Billy Zane's scene-stealing, ridiculously perfect performance which really carries the entire film. Much in the same vein of Demons (from which it clearly draws a ton of style), if you want to enjoy 90 minutes of Demons getting dispatched in increasingly gruesome ways, this will get the job done... and then some.
Onibaba (1964)

ONIBABA 鬼婆: 31 Days Of Horror – Day 29

An odd mix of drama, pulp, exploitation and tension makes for one of the most well-rounded horror films in all genre history.

“Onibaba” (鬼婆 Demon Hag) is a 1964 Japanese historical horror film written...
Martin (1977)

Martin (1978): 31 Days Of Horror – Day 30

George A. Romero's Unique Spin On The Vampire Story Is Surreal, Stylish and Savage But Sadly Overlooked Too Often

Too grim and experimental to have been well received at the time...
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