Octoblur 2017: Annual Horror-ish Movie Nightmare-a-thon

Octoblur 2017: Annual Horror-ish Movie Nightmare-a-thon

Written by dorrk
01 October 2017

Yet another October horror movie marathon. This one isn't different, just better.

For the past four years, I've been trying to watch at least 31 horror movies per year during October. Because this is a stupid thing to do, and results in only a hazy memory of the lesser films, I call it "Octoblur."

This is the fourth year that I'll be covering my mania on this website and social media. This year, instead of trying to write a review of each movie — an activity which cuts significantly into my movie-watching — I'll be posting brief notes on social media and collecting them here, for all movies, on this one page.

In past years I've tried to devote ample time to the rich traditions of Italian and Japanese horror, but this year I may try to explore some less-celebrated niches of world horror cinema, or select more obscure titles from otherwise well-known horror movie cultures. As usual, however, I'll also be catching up on some of the more recent high profile and indie horror movies that I've been saving up all year for this month.

OCTOBLUR 2017'S MOVIE LOG (via Twitter)

45 - Maniac (1980)

DIR: WILLIAM LUSTIG
#Maniac gets 6/10, 50% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

44 - Maniac Cop (1988)

DIR: WILLIAM LUSTIG
#ManiacCop gets 4/10, 39% on Flickchart  & 2 Stars on Letterboxd

43 - The Devils (1971)

DIR: KEN RUSSELL
#TheDevils gets 6/10, 61% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

42 - Gerald's Game (2017)

DIR: MIKE FLANAGAN
#GeraldsGame gets 7/10, 73% on Flickchart & 3.5 Stars on Letterboxd

41 - The Manitou (1978)

DIR: WILLIAM GIRDLER
#TheManitou gets 5/10, 53% on Flickchart & 2.5 Stars on Letterboxd

40 - Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

DIR: TOBE HOOPER
#TexasChainSawMassacre gets 10/10, 100% on Flickchart & 5 Stars on Letterboxd

39 - Christine (1983)

DIR: JOHN CARPENTER
#Christine gets 4/10, 24% on Flickchart & 2 Stars on Letterboxd

38 - The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

DIR: RUPERT JULIAN
#ThePhantomOfTheOpera gets 8/10, 84% on Flickchart & 4 Stars on Letterboxd

37 - Better Watch Out (2016)

DIR: CHRIS PECKOVER
#BetterWatchOut gets 8/10, 74% on Flickchart & 3.5 Stars on Letterboxd

36 - Oculus (2013)

DIR: MIKE FLANAGAN
#Oculus gets 8/10, 77% on Flickchart & 4 Stars on Letterboxd

35 - Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

DIR: STEPHEN CHIODO
#KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace gets 6/10, 52% on Flickchart & *** on Letterboxd

34 - At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1964)

DIR: JOSE MOJICA MARINS
#AtMidnightIllTakeYourSoul gets 6/10, 64% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

33 - The Evil Dead (1981)

DIR: SAM RAIMI
#TheEvilDead gets 8/10, 94% on Flickchart & 4 Stars on Letterboxd

32 - City of the Living Dead (1980)

DIR: LUCIO FULCI
#CityOfTheLivingDead gets 5/10, 50% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

31 - Kill Baby Kill (1966)

DIR: MARIO BAVA
#KillBabyKill gets 5/10, 44% on Flickchart and 2.5 Stars on Letterboxd

30 - Phenomena (1985)

DIR: DARIO ARGENTO
#Phenomena gets 8/10, 80% on Flickchart & 4 Stars on Letterboxd

29 - Centipede Horror (1982)

DIR: KEITH LI
#CentipedeHorror gets 4/10, 37% on Flickchart & 2.5 Stars on Letterboxd

28 - The Grudge (2004)

DIR: TAKASHI SHIMIZU
#TheGrudge gets 5/10, 50% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

27 - The Wolf Man (1941)

DIR: GEORGE WAGGNER
#TheWolfMan gets 5/10, 54% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

26 - Strange Circus (2005)

DIR: SION SONO
#StrangeCircus gets 6/10, 65% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

25 - Shura (1971)

DIR: TOSHIO MATSUMOTO
#Shura aka #Demons gets 8/10, 81% on Flickchart & 4 Stars on Letterboxd

24 - Greatful Dead (2013)

DIR: EIJI UCHIDA
#GreatfulDead gets 8/10, 77% on Flickchart & 4 Stars on Letterboxd

23 - Hex (1980)

DIR: CHIH-HUNG KUEI
#Hex gets 5/10, 49% on Flickchart & 2.5 Stars on Letterboxd

22 - Gozu (2003)

DIR: TAKASHI MIIKE
#Gozu gets 6/10, 50% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

21 - Night of a Thousand Cats (1972)

DIR: RENÉ CARDONA JR.
#NightOfAThousandCats gets 4/10, 43% on Flickchart & 2 Stars on Letterboxd

20 - Happy Death Day (2017)

DIR: CHRISTOPHER LANDON
#HappyDeathDay gets 4/10, 36% on Flickchart & 2 Stars on Letterboxd

19 - Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)

DIR: JERZY KAWALEROWICZ
#MotherJoanOfTheAngels gets 8/10, 75% on Flickchart & 4 Stars on Letterboxd

18 - Island of Lost Souls (1933)

DIR: ERLE C. KENTON
#IslandOfLostSouls gets 6/10, 69% on Flickchart 3 Stars on Letterboxd

17 - The Hour of the Wolf (1968)

DIR: INGMAR BERGMAN
#TheHourOfTheWolf is 71% on Flickchart (7/9 Bergmans) & 3.5 Stars on Letterboxd

16 - The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

DIR: GUNTHER VON FRITSCH & ROBERT WISE
#TheCurseOfTheCatPeople gets 8/10, 75% on Flickchart and 4 Stars on Letterboxd

15 - Cementerio del terror (1985)

DIR: RUBÉN GALINDO JR.
#CementerioDelTerror gets 4/10 & 2 Stars on Letterboxd - Flickchart ranking TBD.

14 - The Isle (2000)

DIR: KIM KI-DUK
#TheIsle gets 5/10, 49% on Flickchart & 2.5 Stars on Letterboxd

13 - Wilczyca (1983)

DIR: MAREK PIESTRAK
#Wilczyca gets 4/10, 28% on Flickchart & 2 Stars on Letterboxd

12 - Eyes of My Mother (2016)

DIR: NICOLAS PESCE
#EyesOfMyMother gets 5/10, 48% on Flickchart and 2.5 Stars on Letterboxd

11 - Raw (2016)

DIR: JULIA DUCOURNAU
#Raw gets 5/10, 49% on Flickchart and 2.5 Stars on Letterboxd

10 - The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

DIR: ANDRÉ ØVREDAL
#TheAutopsyOfJaneDoe gets 6/10, 52% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

09 - Mark of the Vampire (1935)

DIR: TOD BROWNING
#MarkOfTheVampire gets 4/10, 25% on Flickchart 2 Stars on Letterboxd

08 - It Comes at Night (2017)

DIR: TREY EDWARD SHULTS
#ItComesAtNight gets 7/10, 65% on Flickchart & 3.5 Stars on Letterboxd

07 - Before I Wake (2016)

DIR: MIKE FLANAGAN
#BeforeIWake gets 6/10, 62% on Flickchart & 3.5 Stars on Letterboxd

06 - A Cure for Wellness (2017)

DIR: GORE VERBINSKI
#ACureForWellness gets 6/10, 59% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

05 - Just Before Dawn (1981)

DIR: JEFF LIEBERMAN
#JustBeforeDawn gets 6/10, 52% on Flickchart and 3 Stars on Letterboxd

04 - Absentia (2011)

DIR: MIKE FLANAGAN
#Absentia gets 8/10, 81% on Flickchart and 4 Stars on Letterboxd

03 - Angst (1983)

DIR: GERALD KARGL
#Angst gets 7/10, 69% on Flickchart and 3.5 Stars on Letterboxd

02 - Detention (2011)

DIR: JOSEPH KAHN
#Detention gets 7/10, 71% on Flickchart & 3.5 Stars on Letterboxd

01 - The Body Snatcher (1945)

DIR: ROBERT WISE
#TheBodySnatcher gets 72% on my Flickchart

45 - Maniac (1980)

DIR: WILLIAM LUSTIG
#Maniac gets 6/10, 50% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

44 - Maniac Cop (1988)

DIR: WILLIAM LUSTIG
#ManiacCop gets 4/10, 39% on Flickchart  & 2 Stars on Letterboxd

43 - The Devils (1971)

DIR: KEN RUSSELL
#TheDevils gets 6/10, 61% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

42 - Gerald's Game (2017)

DIR: MIKE FLANAGAN
#GeraldsGame gets 7/10, 73% on Flickchart & 3.5 Stars on Letterboxd

41 - The Manitou (1978)

DIR: WILLIAM GIRDLER
#TheManitou gets 5/10, 53% on Flickchart & 2.5 Stars on Letterboxd

40 - Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

DIR: TOBE HOOPER
#TexasChainSawMassacre gets 10/10, 100% on Flickchart & 5 Stars on Letterboxd

39 - Christine (1983)

DIR: JOHN CARPENTER
#Christine gets 4/10, 24% on Flickchart & 2 Stars on Letterboxd

38 - The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

DIR: RUPERT JULIAN
#ThePhantomOfTheOpera gets 8/10, 84% on Flickchart & 4 Stars on Letterboxd

37 - Better Watch Out (2016)

DIR: CHRIS PECKOVER
#BetterWatchOut gets 8/10, 74% on Flickchart & 3.5 Stars on Letterboxd

36 - Oculus (2013)

DIR: MIKE FLANAGAN
#Oculus gets 8/10, 77% on Flickchart & 4 Stars on Letterboxd

35 - Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

DIR: STEPHEN CHIODO
#KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace gets 6/10, 52% on Flickchart & *** on Letterboxd

34 - At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1964)

DIR: JOSE MOJICA MARINS
#AtMidnightIllTakeYourSoul gets 6/10, 64% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

33 - The Evil Dead (1981)

DIR: SAM RAIMI
#TheEvilDead gets 8/10, 94% on Flickchart & 4 Stars on Letterboxd

32 - City of the Living Dead (1980)

DIR: LUCIO FULCI
#CityOfTheLivingDead gets 5/10, 50% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

31 - Kill Baby Kill (1966)

DIR: MARIO BAVA
#KillBabyKill gets 5/10, 44% on Flickchart and 2.5 Stars on Letterboxd

30 - Phenomena (1985)

DIR: DARIO ARGENTO
#Phenomena gets 8/10, 80% on Flickchart & 4 Stars on Letterboxd

29 - Centipede Horror (1982)

DIR: KEITH LI
#CentipedeHorror gets 4/10, 37% on Flickchart & 2.5 Stars on Letterboxd

28 - The Grudge (2004)

DIR: TAKASHI SHIMIZU
#TheGrudge gets 5/10, 50% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

27 - The Wolf Man (1941)

DIR: GEORGE WAGGNER
#TheWolfMan gets 5/10, 54% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

26 - Strange Circus (2005)

DIR: SION SONO
#StrangeCircus gets 6/10, 65% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

25 - Shura (1971)

DIR: TOSHIO MATSUMOTO
#Shura aka #Demons gets 8/10, 81% on Flickchart & 4 Stars on Letterboxd

24 - Greatful Dead (2013)

DIR: EIJI UCHIDA
#GreatfulDead gets 8/10, 77% on Flickchart & 4 Stars on Letterboxd

23 - Hex (1980)

DIR: CHIH-HUNG KUEI
#Hex gets 5/10, 49% on Flickchart & 2.5 Stars on Letterboxd

22 - Gozu (2003)

DIR: TAKASHI MIIKE
#Gozu gets 6/10, 50% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

21 - Night of a Thousand Cats (1972)

DIR: RENÉ CARDONA JR.
#NightOfAThousandCats gets 4/10, 43% on Flickchart & 2 Stars on Letterboxd

20 - Happy Death Day (2017)

DIR: CHRISTOPHER LANDON
#HappyDeathDay gets 4/10, 36% on Flickchart & 2 Stars on Letterboxd

19 - Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)

DIR: JERZY KAWALEROWICZ
#MotherJoanOfTheAngels gets 8/10, 75% on Flickchart & 4 Stars on Letterboxd

18 - Island of Lost Souls (1933)

DIR: ERLE C. KENTON
#IslandOfLostSouls gets 6/10, 69% on Flickchart 3 Stars on Letterboxd

17 - The Hour of the Wolf (1968)

DIR: INGMAR BERGMAN
#TheHourOfTheWolf is 71% on Flickchart (7/9 Bergmans) & 3.5 Stars on Letterboxd

16 - The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

DIR: GUNTHER VON FRITSCH & ROBERT WISE
#TheCurseOfTheCatPeople gets 8/10, 75% on Flickchart and 4 Stars on Letterboxd

15 - Cementerio del terror (1985)

DIR: RUBÉN GALINDO JR.
#CementerioDelTerror gets 4/10 & 2 Stars on Letterboxd - Flickchart ranking TBD.

14 - The Isle (2000)

DIR: KIM KI-DUK
#TheIsle gets 5/10, 49% on Flickchart & 2.5 Stars on Letterboxd

13 - Wilczyca (1983)

DIR: MAREK PIESTRAK
#Wilczyca gets 4/10, 28% on Flickchart & 2 Stars on Letterboxd

12 - Eyes of My Mother (2016)

DIR: NICOLAS PESCE
#EyesOfMyMother gets 5/10, 48% on Flickchart and 2.5 Stars on Letterboxd

11 - Raw (2016)

DIR: JULIA DUCOURNAU
#Raw gets 5/10, 49% on Flickchart and 2.5 Stars on Letterboxd

10 - The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

DIR: ANDRÉ ØVREDAL
#TheAutopsyOfJaneDoe gets 6/10, 52% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

09 - Mark of the Vampire (1935)

DIR: TOD BROWNING
#MarkOfTheVampire gets 4/10, 25% on Flickchart 2 Stars on Letterboxd

08 - It Comes at Night (2017)

DIR: TREY EDWARD SHULTS
#ItComesAtNight gets 7/10, 65% on Flickchart & 3.5 Stars on Letterboxd

07 - Before I Wake (2016)

DIR: MIKE FLANAGAN
#BeforeIWake gets 6/10, 62% on Flickchart & 3.5 Stars on Letterboxd

06 - A Cure for Wellness (2017)

DIR: GORE VERBINSKI
#ACureForWellness gets 6/10, 59% on Flickchart & 3 Stars on Letterboxd

05 - Just Before Dawn (1981)

DIR: JEFF LIEBERMAN
#JustBeforeDawn gets 6/10, 52% on Flickchart and 3 Stars on Letterboxd

04 - Absentia (2011)

DIR: MIKE FLANAGAN
#Absentia gets 8/10, 81% on Flickchart and 4 Stars on Letterboxd

03 - Angst (1983)

DIR: GERALD KARGL
#Angst gets 7/10, 69% on Flickchart and 3.5 Stars on Letterboxd

02 - Detention (2011)

DIR: JOSEPH KAHN
#Detention gets 7/10, 71% on Flickchart & 3.5 Stars on Letterboxd

01 - The Body Snatcher (1945)

DIR: ROBERT WISE
#TheBodySnatcher gets 72% on my Flickchart

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