Thursday, April 21, 2011

30 Day Horror Challenge in One Post

Day 1 - A horror film that no one would expect you to love but you do
An American Haunting. Every else seems to hate it but I was so into this movie. Actually pretty creepy and very well done.

Day 2 - The horror film that you relate most to
Okay, this is going to sound weird but... Saw. It's not so much the movie itself, it's the story of the filmmakers that is so inspiring to me. How two unknowns from Australia wrote and directed their very first movie and it turned out to be one of the most popular and prolific franchises ever. I love that shit.

Day 3 - Your favorite slasher
Going against the grain here and picking The Stepfather. It was such a surprise when I first saw it. Spectacular movie! Maybe it's kind of more a serial killer movie but I don't care.

Day 4 - Your favorite werewolf film
Ginger Snaps. Werewolf movies are usually pretty iffy with me but this is by far the best one I've ever seen. Sequels are okay, but nobody fucks with the original. Honorable mention goes to Dog Soldiers.

Day 5 - Your favorite monster movie
I'm not so big into "monster" movies and I don't think I know of that many. The Korean film The Host is the most recent one I saw that I totally loved, so I'll go with that one. Also Tremors, but I don't want to keep repeating myself.

Day 6 - Your favorite vampire movie
From Dusk Till Dawn. The first half of the movie is typical fun and exciting Tarantino/Rodriguez and I love the gore and nastiness of the second half. It's really fantastic.

Day 7 - Your favorite supernatural horror film
Oh gosh, I used up my top two answers on other days. Shiiiiiit. And this is favorite sub-genre of horror. Okay, um... Stir of Echoes, What Lies Beneath, The Eye (original Chinese movie, that is), The Devil's Backbone, One Missed Call (again, the original and not the shitty remake), The Fog, The Others... how in the world do I choose??? Let's give some credit to a mostly unsung ghost movie with one of the best finales I've ever seen: The Eye.

Day 8 - Your favorite anthology
Oooh, tough one. Trick 'R' Treat probably, although Three...Extremes is a very close second.

Day 9 - Your favorite exploitation/grindhouse type film
Don't have much for this category, but you know, I actually really liked Run! Bitch Run!. It's a grindhouse throwback, it counts.

Day 10 - Your favorite psychological horror film
Repulsion. A psychological horror film if ever there was one!

Day 11 - Your favorite science fiction horror film
Event Horizon. No contest.

Day 12 - Your favorite horror film involving the occult
Dolls. Using magic to make people into dolls is awesome. And incredibly creepy.

Day 13 - Your favorite horror comedy
Shaun of the Dead. Cannot get enough of this movie and all the awesomeness that oozes out of it. Must show this to all my friends and get them hooked.

Day 14 - Your favorite zombie film
Resident Evil. Great action, great gore, great music, great actors... everything about this video game adaptation just fucking rules.

Day 15 - Your favorite horror film involving serial killers
Hmm, slashers can also be serial killers. And there are a lot of slasher/serial killer movies. I guess Jason is probably my favorite serial killer so let's say Friday the 13th, the one that started it all. And screw that forgettable remake to hell. It sucked.

Day 16 - Your favorite childhood themed horror film
The Monster Squad. It's a recent find and one that I wished I could have grown up watching.

Day 17 - Your favorite horror film remake
The Last House on the Left. So beautiful and hard-hitting - we need more movies like this.

Day 18 - Your favorite foreign horror film (outside your country of origin)
The Orphanage. Too awesome to put into words. Just see it and you'll understand.

Day 19 - Your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell or Satanism
I think it's a crime to say anything other than The Exorcist. But I'm also very in love with The Omen. Alright, alright, I'll say The Exorcist. It really is the big dog of all "powers of Hell" movies, you can't deny that.

Day 20 - Your favorite horror film involving a killer animal
Deep Blue Sea. Sam Jackson gets eatted up by a big, smart shark. That's all I need. I also love just about every other killer animal movie in the world so I could have put anything here and it would have been my favorite.

Day 21 - Your favorite medical horror film
Can I say Flatliners? Not really horror, but definitely medical. Another good one for you guys to look up is a movie called Pathology.

Day 22 - Your favorite horror themed TV show
Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. Buffy is pretty much my favorite ANYTHING.

Day 23 - Your favorite made for TV horror film
Stephen King's The Stand. My sister was obsessed with this miniseries for a long time and really got me into it too. A good cast, and a great representation of King's novel.

Day 24 - Horror film in which you prefer the edited version over the director's cut
I don't have one for this. But I do have one for the flipside of that - where I COMPLETELY prefer the director's cut over the theatrical version. The Descent.

Day 25 - A horror film that you used to hate, but now like
Rosemary's Baby. Saw it ten years ago and absolutely loathed it. Saw it again a few months ago and absolutely loved it. Wisdom comes with maturity, I guess.

Day 26 - Your favorite horror film to watch as a child
Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers. My friend and I used to rent this every single time she stayed at my house.

Day 27 - Your favorite guilty pleasure
The Shutter remake. I watch this way too much for it to be healthy. Also, The Skeleton Key. Can't help it, I think it's great.

Day 28 - Your favorite horror film that no one's ever heard of
7 Days. I think it's slowly making the rounds, but still mostly unheard of. Phenomenal movie.

Day 29 - Your least favorite horror film of all time
Lots of them. But the only one I got totally pissed at and shut off halfway through was Wrong Turn 2. Maybe I'll give it another go when I think I'll be able to appreciate it more.

Day 30 - Your favorite horror film of all time
Poltergeist. I've said it like 50 times around here already.

I know I keep picking the same movies over and over for these things and I feel bad about that. But they really are my favorites so I don't want to say something else just to sound cool.


  1. Amazing blog!REally!"The Monster Squad"!I watched it in Italy when ii was released in 1987 as"Scuola di Mostri".I love it and i love Tom Noonan!Come and see me on my blog "L'Osceno Desiderio"!It'll be a pleasure for me!Bye!

  2. WOW! Great post! Seriously. Who's idea was that? I'd love to do a post like this in my blog too, so who do I have to ask for permission? :)

  3. Nice list. Looking out for 7 Days, looks cool.

    For edited over Director cut, I'd DEFINITELY pick Army of Darkness. The S-Mart ending is just TOO good.

  4. @Belushi - Thanks a bunch, and thanks for stopping by!

    @Nebs - I think it was the peeps at Dollar Bin Horror who started this thing. Don't need no permission, just do it, man! You just have to come up with one movie for each day and the only rule is that you can't use the same movie for two different days. Get it on it, I want to see your list.

    @The Mike - Oh, yes, Army of Darkness! Never even thought of that, but yeah, I really love the S-Mart ending as well. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. Awesome list. The Host is my ultimate favorite monster-like movie too. Also The Stand, great stuff.

  6. Run Bitch Run and Ginger Snaps are great choices, but The Exorcist and Shaun of the Dead are highly overrated in my estimation. You can't please everyone though, especially with lists. Nice one.

  7. nice list
    What's your favorite for truth based horror, mine is.

    The Girl Next Door (2007)