As the time roles around, sit down, turn OFF the lights, and enjoy a nice horror flick. We have a lot to honor in the grand specter of iconic cinema. In this new yearly tradition, I’m giving the readers the first ever and free Horror Film Calendar. In this calendar, I will provide a new film for each calendar day of October, in 2022 for your viewing pleasure. The list draws inspiration from personal favorites to films that you might need to watch for some catching up! Let’s get spooky…
October 1 – “Scream” (1996)
Ahh, THE Halloween classic. There is no perfect way to start the spooky season other than watching the film synonymous with the season itself. With an amazing cast performance leaded by Neve Campbell. And a truly genre defining script to bring you and good ole’ spooky time.
Streaming: Showtime, DirectTV
October 2 – “Barbarian” (2022)
While, one of the more recent horror flicks on this list, it sure is a goody! A film that should be seen with unknown knowledge and a massive soft spot for a film with Justin Long in another obscure horror film. But ultimately from great camera work and an amazing lead by Georgina Campbell.
October 3 – “Sinister” (2012)
One of my all time Halloween go to films as Scott Derrickson mixes old and new horror aspects with an expertise. One of the truly nightmare fueled film will bring a unique approach to the “Found Footage” genre and the boogeyman. An amazing leading performance by Ethan Hawke, leads to a good time!
October 4 – “The Strangers” (2008)
Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler co-lead as a married couple, who have their lives upholded as a group of strangers break into their remote house. The film does a fantastic job at building on an everyday situation that could literally and has happened to just some random people in the street. From chilling encounters to solid performances. You’d sure want to catch up on this before the new trilogy!
October 5 – “Dawn of The Dead” (2004)
Directed and Written by two big directors and writers in the Comic Book Film genre Zack Snyder and James Gunn. They bring an extremely tension, action packed, and Gory good zombie filled time in this remake of the original George A. Romero classic, that will please a zombie sub genre fans heart.
October 6 – “Final Destination” (2000)
A film franchise that will make any afraid of living your average day as if anything can kill you at any point. I’d be sure to keep up with the franchise as a sixth entry has been announced with Spider-Man’s Jon watts attached to it.
Streaming: Starz, DirectTV
October 7 – “Hellraiser” (2022)
A reboot of the Clive Barker classic. Jamie Clayton takes on the role of Pinhead from Doug Bradley as a reimagining of the horror classic. While, not out as of this article debut, I am curious to see the new take on Pinhead and the Cenobites and see if it can build upon what Clive had built.
October 8 – “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” (1987)
Arguably the best of the franchise since the original Wes Craven Classic. The third film in the franchise brings back original Writer and Director, Wes Craven. While keeping aspects of the original, Craven really decided to re-invent his own franchise is a new and thrilling way!
October 9 – “An American Werewolf In London” (1981)
Easily one of the best Werewolf films of all time. From a great story to one of the most truly horrifying Werewolf transition scene to this day, masterfully crafted by Rick Baker. If you’re a fan of the Original Universal ‘The Wolf Man’, then you will surely love this creature feature!
Streaming: Prime Video, AMC+
October 10 – “Hellraiser”(1987)
Created from the twisted mind of Clive Barker, who created a character straight from our nightmares. The antagonist of Pinhead was played hauntingly by Doug Bradley. The film offers some of the gnarliest and sickening practical effects that has you shaking and wonder “What the F**k?”.
Streaming: Prime Video, AMC+, Shudder
October 11 – “Halloween”(1978)
Considered one of the best and remarkable horror films made in history. Wonderfully written, directed, and scored by John Carpenter. This is certainly a film you need to see, if you’d not yet seen yet or to prepare for the upcoming legacy sequel. Offering a haunting atmosphere, along with a frightening score. John Carpenter delivers with his leading lady Jamie Lee Curtis on every level.
Streaming: AMC+, Redbox, DirectTV, Shudder
October 12 – “Halloween” (2018)
The reboot/legacy sequel to the classic Carpenter film. Written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, Also Directed by Green. This film ignores every film after the original and tells a new storyline where Laurie never died and has a whole new life, bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis in her iconic role as Laurie Strode. Bringing a good mix of the old and the new in this exciting re-quel!
October 13 – “Halloween Kills” (2021)
The sequel to the reboot of the original lives up to its name. The team that brought you ‘Halloween’ (2018) decided to take a different approach and have this be the blood fest that true die hard fans have been asking from the franchise for a while. While not offering much from the story, it sure is a rollercoaster of a killer time!
Streaming: HBOmax, DirectTV
October 14 – “Halloween Ends” (2022)
The ending to the Blumhouse ‘Halloween’ trilogy. Or the supposed ending, as this is the conclusion to David Gordon Greens trilogy and is supposed to wrap up the story between Michael and Laurie, Forever… this should be a nice climax to a four day ‘Halloween’ marathon as the series might take a rest for a few years.
October 15 – “Train To Busan” (2016)
Acclaimed as one of the best zombie films to hit our screen. Coming from North Korea, comes this heart wrenching horror drama of a soon to be broken relationship between a father and daughter as the world ends from the hungry undead. A massively impactful movie, that really finds the best balance of horror and drama that has you riding on the train with them the entire way!
Streaming: Prime Video, Peacock, AMC+, Roku, Kanopy, Redbox, Shudder
October 16 – “The Faculty” (1998)
A classic late 90’s teen horror film that really shakes it up on a body invasion film. Stacked with an absolute killer cast from Josh Hartnett to Elijah Wood and that’s just the teen cast. With the Adult cast being rounded by Robert Patrick, Jon Stewart, and even Famke Jensen. Besides the cast, it hooks you in with a really enticing town mystery and figuring out who had dunnit!
Streaming: HBOmax, DirectTV, Cinemax
October 17 – “Maniac Cop” (1988)
Time to bring it back to a true 80’s horror film. Starring Bruce Campbell, Tom Atkins, and Laurene Landon as they are hunted down by a murderous, yet mysterious cop around New York City. While not the best sets, effects, and editing. This film sure is a good time and really changes things up with the way the story unfolds with really fun performances by well known actors. It’s a good ninety minute run.
Streaming: Vudu, Plex
October 18 – “Doctor Sleep” Directors Cut (2019)
A follow up to the Kubrick classic, ‘The Shinning’. Brought by Mike Flanagan as an adaptation of the titular book itself, also written by King. Flanagan finds a great way to mix both aspects of Kubricks original film and Stephen Kings book to make an absolutely thrillingly entertaining from start to finish!
October 19 – “Wrong Turn 2” (2007)
A follow up to the 2005 original ‘Wrong Turn’, this film follows a group of realty television actors who get picked off in the woods one by one by the family in the forest. While campy, it offers a lot of fun moments, great and super Corey kills that will delight any horror fan!
October 20 – “The Evil Dead” (1981)
The all time classic in the horror genre. The Sam Raimi cult classic that is still terrifying till this day, even will its minuscule budget. This film not only offers great and intrusive camera work, to the stunning practical effects. it’s pretty groovy. Oh, did I mention the one liners too?!
October 21 – “Evil Dead 2” (1987)
A follow up legacy sequel that is also a remake? While named ‘Evil Dead 2′ it isn’t totally a sequel to the 81’ original. This time ramie decided to bring back Bruce Campbell and remade the original and made it more Comedy, then Horror. I find this film to quite interesting and a high recommend as Raimi found a way to make it funny, but still keep the Horror aspects that made the original such a class!
October 22 – “Army of Darkness” (1992)
The last in the Sam Raimi Evil Dead trilogy. This one brings Ash back in time as he faces the deadites in 1300 A.D.. This film totally goes balls to the wall and drops a lot of the Horror elements for in favor of the slap-stick comedy. This film continues the Ash story and brings great practical effects.
October 23 – “Evil Dead” (2013)
The reboot of the franchise brought to us by Fede Alvarez. The film sticks pretty close to the original, but Alvarez really brings it up a notch on the gore and effects, to really solid acting and a more focused story with a brother and sister dynamic that was in the original, but was not as fleshed out. This makes for a sinister good time!
October 24 – “Ash vs. Evil Dead” (S1, 2015)
While not a movie, this shows first season picks up in Ash Williams life later on post ‘Evil Dead’ trilogy to bring us a weird and wacky good time. 3o minute episodes, with 10 episodes. Makes it the perfect run time for any fan wanting an Evil Dead television show. With Bruce Campbell also returns as the Developer of the show with his brother Ivan.
Streaming: Netflix, Starz
October 25 – “Trick ‘r Treat” (2007)
Arguably one of the most Halloween films outside of ‘Halloween’. A story set over the course of Halloween night as multiple separate storylines each have their own horrifying tale. This is one of the films I turn on yearly because of how terrifying it still has me feeling all these years later.
October 26 – “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)
Easily my favorite Anthony Hopkins performance of all time as he plays the notorious Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Leaded by Jodie Foster as an FBI agent who must work with Lecter to find the killer Buffalo Bill. Easily one of the most suspenseful films to date, you’ll be hanging on the edge of your seat throughout the entire time. If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you doing?
Streaming: Prime Video
October 27 – “You’re Next” (2011)
One of the more “WTF” films. ‘You’re Next’ throws a bunch of turns and curves into what is arguably the worst family reunion of all time? The film finds a way to build suspense really well by trapping our characters in this secluded and large mansion, where it leaves you feeling anyone can be around that corner.
October 28 – “Shaun of The Dead” (2004)
One of the earliest films by Edgar Wright. Wright finds the perfect balance of comedy and horror in this zombie comedy. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are the perfect zombie apocalypse defining duo. And the film packs an emotional punch that you usually can’t find to often in the zombie sub-genre.
October 29 – “Friday The 13th” (2009)
The last Friday film we received is the best Friday film in the franchise. Birthed out of the early 2000’s horror reboot saga, this is one I found to come out on top. Jason is the most threatening we have seen him (Minus Jason X) and while still holds those wacky kill concepts, the film get really grim and dirty to make them more realistic and less slapstick. Brutal and terrifying, this is the perfect date night halloween film!
October 30 – “Hocus Pocus” (1993)
The all time classics of classics. This Disney family film has been a household staple since its release as its a film made for the whole family, while offering everything you would want from a family friendly Halloween film. Its creepy, but won’t give the kiddos nightmares! Wonderfully casted with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters!
Streaming: Disney +
October 31 – “Hocus Pocus 2” (2022)
29 years later the sequel to the cult family Disney classic film returns with it’s sequel. Releasing on September 30, 2022. This is the perfect film to wrap up your halloween season as Midler, Parker, and Najimy return as the Sanderson Sisters for their second outing! This is one that was sure in the making.