Horror Movies (2015)

Octoblur 2015 - It's Over!

By dorrk, November 2nd 2015
Octoblur: If the quality doesn't scare you the quantity will.

I managed to watch 43 movies during Octoblur 2015 — just over 66 hours — a few shy of last year's total, but still enough horror to make the days blend into one giant swirl of perversion. Yet, even though Octoblur 2015 saturated me to the point of burn-out with ghoulish imagery, it still feels like I left out 20 (or more) movies I really wanted to get to. Some of them will have to wait until next year.

While this year I tried to focus mainly on horror movies I hadn't seen before — or so long ago my memories of them had faded — two of my favorites of the month were my Halloween night viewings of The Funhouse and Ringu. I became fond of several new titles over the last month, but this year just didn't have anything that matched last Octoblur's knockout discoveries of Hausu, A Tale of Two Sisters and Mo (The Boxer's Omen). I'll have to pick my selections more shrewdly next Octoblur!

Here's the run-down from Octoblur 2015, in order from best to worst:

The Funhouse (1981)

The Funhouse (1981)

Dir.: Tobe Hooper
Onibaba (1964)

Onibaba (1964)

Dir.: Kaneto Shindô
Ringu (1998)

Ringu (1998)

Dir.: Hideo Nakata
Goodnight Mommy (2014)

Goodnight Mommy (2014)

Dir.: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz
I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

Dir.: Jacques Tourneur
Ugetsu (1953)

Ugetsu (1953)

Dir.: Kenji Mizoguchi
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Dir.: Werner Herzog
The Loved Ones (2009)

The Loved Ones (2009)

Dir.: Sean Byrne
Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)

Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)

Dir.: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
Prince of Darkness (1987)

Prince of Darkness (1987)

Dir.: John Carpenter
Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

Dir.: Barbara Peeters & Jimmy T. Murakami
The Day of the Beast (1995)

The Day of the Beast (1995)

Dir.: Álex de la Iglesia
Nightmare City (1980)

Nightmare City (1980)

Dir.: Umberto Lenzi
The Prowler (1981)

The Prowler (1981)

Dir.: Joseph Zito
The City of the Dead (1961)

The City of the Dead (1961)

Dir.: John Llewellyn Moxey
Unfriended (2014)

Unfriended (2014)

Dir.: Levan Gabriadze
Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1972)

Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1972)

Dir.: Brian Clemens
Viy (1967)

Viy (1967)

Dir.: Georgi Kropachyov, Konstantin Yershov
The Cure (1997)

The Cure (1997)

Dir.: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

Dir.: John D. Hancock
Scanners (1981)

Scanners (1981)

Dir.: David Cronenberg
Suddenly in Dark Night (1981)

Suddenly in Dark Night (1981)

Dir.: Young Nam Ko
Mad Love (1935)

Mad Love (1935)

Dir.: Karl Freund
Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980)

Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980)

Dir.: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Black Magic (1975)

Black Magic (1975)

Dir.: Ho Meng-Hua
Bad Ronald (1974)

Bad Ronald (1974)

Dir.: Buzz Kulik
Stonehearst Asylum (2014)

Stonehearst Asylum (2014)

Dir.: Brad Anderson
Pumpkinhead (1988)

Pumpkinhead (1988)

Dir.: Stan Winston
Beyond the Darkness (1979)

Beyond the Darkness (1979)

Dir.: Joe D'Amato
The Burning (1981)

The Burning (1981)

Dir.: Tony Maylam
WNUF Halloween Special (2013)

WNUF Halloween Special (2013)

Dir.: Chris LaMartina
We Are Still Here (2015)

We Are Still Here (2015)

Dir.: Ted Geoghegan
Ticks (1993)

Ticks (1993)

Dir.: Tony Randel
The Seventh Victim (1943)

The Seventh Victim (1943)

Dir.: Mark Robson
The Mummy (1959)

The Mummy (1959)

Dir.: Terence Fisher
The Visitor (1979)

The Visitor (1979)

Dir.: Giulio Paradisi
Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)

Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)

Dir.: Takashi Miike
Burn, Witch, Burn (1962)

Burn, Witch, Burn (1962)

Dir.: Sidney Hayers
Annabelle (2014)

Annabelle (2014)

Dir.: John R. Leonetti
Spookies  (1986)

Spookies (1986)

Dir.: Eugenie Joseph
The Gate II: Trespassers (1990)

The Gate II: Trespassers (1990)

Dir.: Tibor Takács
Deep Red (1975)

Deep Red (1975)

Dir.: Dario Argento
The Final Girls (2015)

The Final Girls (2015)

Dir.: Todd Strauss-Schulson

Great lesser-known horror movies

Fun, weird & dark corners worth exploring.
A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

Demon Seed (1977)

Demon Seed (1977)

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)

Friday The 13th Part 2 (1981)

Friday The 13th Part 2 (1981)

The Funhouse (1981)

The Funhouse (1981)

The Guest (2014)

The Guest (2014)

The House Of The Devil (2009)

The House Of The Devil (2009)

Housebound (2014)

Housebound (2014)

The Johnsons (1992)

The Johnsons (1992)

Kill List (2011)

Kill List (2011)

Little Otik (2001)

Little Otik (2001)

Motel Hell (1980)

Motel Hell (1980)

Orphan (2009)

Orphan (2009)

Seed Of Chucky (2004)

Seed Of Chucky (2004)

Silent Night Deadly Night (1984)

Silent Night Deadly Night (1984)

Spider Baby... (1968)

Spider Baby... (1968)

Starry Eyes (2014)

Starry Eyes (2014)

The Stepfather (1987)

The Stepfather (1987)

Suicide Club (2001)

Suicide Club (2001)

A Tale Of Two Sisters (2003)

A Tale Of Two Sisters (2003)

Dorrk's Top 20 horror movies

The boring list of horror essentials. If you haven't seen these yet, what are you doing?
The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist (1973)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

The Shining (1980)

The Shining (1980)

Jaws (1975)

Jaws (1975)

The Thing (1982)

The Thing (1982)

The Fly (1986)

The Fly (1986)

An American Werewolf In London (1981)

An American Werewolf In London (1981)

Psycho (1960)

Psycho (1960)

Poltergeist (1982)

Poltergeist (1982)

Alien (1979)

Alien (1979)

The Omen (1976)

The Omen (1976)

Rosemarys Baby (1968)

Rosemarys Baby (1968)

Halloween (1978)

Halloween (1978)

Nosferatu (1922)

Nosferatu (1922)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (1986)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (1986)

Frankenstein (1931)

Frankenstein (1931)

The Return Of The Living Dead (1985)

The Return Of The Living Dead (1985)

Suicide Club (2001)

Suicide Club (2001)

Repulsion (1965)

Repulsion (1965)

Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)

Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)



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#2: The Godfather (1972)

#2: The Godfather (1972)

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#3: West Side Story (1961)

#3: West Side Story (1961)

Dir: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
#4: Manhattan (1979)

#4: Manhattan (1979)

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#5: The Graduate (1967)

#5: The Graduate (1967)

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#6: Tootsie (1982)

#6: Tootsie (1982)

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#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

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#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Dir: Irvin Kershner
#9: Star Wars (1977)

#9: Star Wars (1977)

Dir: George Lucas
#10: The Exorcist (1973)

#10: The Exorcist (1973)

Dir: William Friedkin
#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

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#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

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#13: Annie Hall (1977)

#13: Annie Hall (1977)

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#14: Vertigo (1958)

#14: Vertigo (1958)

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#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Dir: Tobe Hooper
#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

Dir: Frank Capra
#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Dir: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
#20: Zodiac (2007)

#20: Zodiac (2007)

Dir: David Fincher