If the wind's just right, you can smell it. Faint, a touch of smoke edged with ice...just enough to bite the insides of your throat and nose. It's trapped in the minutes between sunsets, a thousand leaves that catch the light just so, and with that light captured, burn into an eternal night...
Or, more simply put, October's coming, baby! Which means that once again I will endeavor to fulfill the promise made to my ancestors by watching as many horror films as I possibly can, and stunningly fail to review even half of them! And that's okay, because I've made my peace with that. The limited window I have to actually watch horror films (only when the Missus and the Boy are not within earshot) coupled with the time it takes to screen capture all the shots I want to talk about and write the actual review has to balance out against everything else I have to do in the month (be a father, husband, employee...you know "life stuff") and still be enjoyable in the process.
And that's the real kicker: I LOVE HORROR MOVIES. But the deadlines and hurdles/goals I set for myself made doing the reviews more of a chore and less of a joy. Once I knew I wasn't going to meet my goal, things became much more free and fun.
But all that's just Dust in the October Wind, my friends. What I REALLY want to say is that I cannot wait for this batch of movies! I've been collecting and stashing films I want to cover left and right, so there's going to be a real cross-section of films to talk about. We'll be looking at old classics, new classics, Italian giallo, slashers and supernatural spectres. We'll compare a revered silent classic to a masterful remake. And I guarantee there'll be a couple duds in the mix to boot.
And if you have any requests, let me know! I'm always on the lookout for things people recommend. Like last year, two guidelines:
- It can't be a movie I've already reviewed on the site
- It has to be readily available - either at the local theater, rental house, or on Netflix. I'm not afraid to spend a few bucks to see, rent, or purchase a film, but I'm not going to shell out $39.99 for some Danish import with no subtitles.
PHANTASM / [REC] / THE WOODS / DIARY OF THE DEAD / THE MONSTER SQUAD / FROM BEYOND / PLANET TERROR / THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) / MAD LOVE / 28 WEEKS LATER / SUBLIME / DEATH PROOF / NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990) / DEAD SILENCE / SEVERANCE / RESIDENT EVIL 3: EXTINCTION / THE DESCENT / GRINDHOUSE / THE EVIL DEAD / BROKEN LIZARD'S CLUB DREAD / THE MASK OF FU MANCHU / RINGU / FEAST / HALLOWEEN (1978) / HELLRAISER / A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET / DEAD AND BREAKFAST / FRIDAY THE 13TH / THE HILLS HAVE EYES (2005) / DAY OF THE DEAD / CAT PEOPLE (1942) / HOUSE OF WAX