Horror plans for October

I know it’s nearly half a year away, but I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to do for October this year, when this blog shifts its focus to horror. Last October, I only managed sixteen posts.

That’s not good enough.

This October there’ll be at least 31 posts. I’m currently calling it 31 Days of Gore (because I’m creatively bankrupt) and each day I’ll review a (hopefully) gore-filled movie. It’s kind of an effort to drag my sorry ass back into the realm of horror, which is what got me fanatical about genre fiction in the first place. Film School Rejects did an October review-a-day for a few years, too, as well as the Watercooler Films channel on YouTube.

picture from Severed Cinema, via this post on io9

This isn’t to say there won’t be horror posts scattered throughout the year as usual. My rule is this: in order to become a subject for 31 Days of Gore, a movie can’t be a brand new release—I want to talk about new releases while they’re still fresh. And because I’m trying to limit myself to horror movies I personally haven’t seen yet (and I’ve seen at least a billion of them) expect some relatively obscure stuff. I saw Umberto Lenzi’s Ghosthouse and some other Italian knock-off earlier this year, but not recently enough to write about them in depth, unfortunately. I can almost guarantee Lenzi will show up on the list somewhere.

There are, however, some more well-known films (like Hatchet) that any self-respecting horror fan should have seen by now. The thing is, I hated horror from 2000-2010 so much I pretty much ignored the new releases in that era entirely. I’ll be going back to catch some of the ones I should have seen. Luckily, horror is coming out of its decade-long slump so there are a lot more modern films to choose from, but I’m guessing most of my picks will be from the VHS days and I’ve got my eye on a couple of Scream Factory editions for sure.

I don’t know why, but I enjoy watching horror films more in the summer than I do in October. It’s kind of a yearly-recurring theme in my life: summers I get the itch for buckets o’ gore. Right now I’m reading Clive Barker’s The Scarlet Gospels, which certainly doesn’t skimp on the body horror, so I’ll probably post something about that soon. As I’ve said before, I can’t wait until the video game Summer Camp comes out, so expect me to write about that sooner or later, too.

Damn it, I’m excited for October this year.

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