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Welcome to Shocktober 2013

There are 31 days in October, and you might as well fill 'em with blood, gore, and monsters. Warning: lots of YouTube videos within!

It's that time again. October has arrived, and Shocktober has begun.

It blows my mind how many people haven't seen Trick 'r Treat. Please fix that! The best horror anthology since...Creepshow?
It blows my mind how many people haven't seen Trick 'r Treat. Please fix that! The best horror anthology since...Creepshow?

Shocktober isn't new in the Klepek family. My wife and I have been compiling lists of horror for the season of the witch for years, even holding off on watching some in hopes of making October's treats that much sweeter. We try to run the gamut--old, new, funny, scary.

The goal is to have a list of 31 horror movies but not feel constrained by the list. We have never actually watched 31 movies, and I don't expect that will change this year, either. Plus, horror is about mood. Some nights, you want ghosts. Other nights, you want unbridled revenge. Follow your cinematic bloodlust, friend, and it will keep you up at night.

Some things to remember about this list. This is my list, which means it's not a "best horror movies of all-time" list, and with the rare exception of Hellraiser and Trick 'r Treat, these are all movies I haven't seen yet. Most of these can be easily obtained by loading up Amazon, iTunes, or Netflix, and I'd recommend services like CanIStreamIt? to determine what's the best way to track them down on the devices you own. A few of the movies are theater-bound, and have been appropriately noted and listed on or after their theatrical date.

But this isn't a movie site, and there's plenty more planned for this month. Interviews, features, livestreams, and whatever madness pops into my head. I've wanted a reason to play Condemned: Criminal Origins again.

Please share your experiences in the comments! I'll probably file a few stories throughout the month, making notes and reacting to some of the movies. My wife will be gone for a good portion of the month, so I'm not sure how many we'll be getting in, but lord knows we'll try. And if you have any other suggestions? Have at me.

There's always next year.

  • Insidious: Chapter Two (2013)

  • Event Horizon (1997)

  • Trick 'R Treat (2007)

  • Bad Milo (2013)

  • All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)

  • We Are What We Are (2013)

  • Dark Touch (2013)

  • Noroi: The Curse (2005)

  • Hell Baby (2013)

  • John Dies at the End (2012)

  • Rosemary's Baby (1968)

  • Pet Sematary (1989)

  • Come Out and Play (2012)

  • Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

  • +1 (2013)

  • Maniac (2013)

  • I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013)

  • Would You Rather (2012)

  • Videodrome (1983)

  • Severance (2006)

  • American Mary (2012)

  • Screamers (1995)

  • Carrie (October 18)

  • Razorback (1984)

  • Shrooms (2007)

  • Dead End (2003)

  • The Dinosaur Project (2012)

  • Ghostwatch (1992)

  • Scenic Route (2013)

  • Hellraiser (1987)

  • The Last Days on Mars (2013)

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