31 Days Of Horror: A Gift Guide

Gifting to the horror-movie-loving person in your life just got a whole lot easier!

We all know a person who dresses a little differently than most folks who fit into our built in perception of what’s mainstream. They have a heart of gold and you want them you understand you love them for who they are!

Perhaps you know a person who looks every bit the “all-american” stereotype yet they love horror movies and talk about their dream to drive cross-country in search of historic haunted houses.

If playing it safe by gifting a plastic card for an oversaturated coffee chain’s over priced coffee no longer appeals to you and you wish to give a gift as unique as your loved one is, please read on and enjoy Horror Revival’s 31 Days of Horror: A Gift Guide!

1. Dabbing Skeleton Tote

GRINDSTORE
$6.50

Pulling out the moves, this skeleton is far from lifeless as he dances like there’s no tomorrow. Perfect for spreading the dabbing joy when you’re out and about! 100% Cotton
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2. Per Aspera Ad Astra “Through Hardship To The Stars” Brass Coin Necklace

MARITIME SUPPLY CO.
$24

This motto recognizes the truth that the best things in life come from a great effort of will, and that some hardships are inevitable. No matter what the world throws at you, relish in the challenge because the stars wait beyond the struggle.
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3. Stovetop Gooseneck Kettle

DEATHWISH COFFEE
$40

Our first-ever custom-branded kettle, available now in limited quantities, includes our logo on the thermometer, the bottom, and the handle. The matte black finish on the entire kettle is as dark as your morning cup of coffee.
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4. Double Sided Wax Seal Necklace –
Memento Mori / Memento Vivere

MARITIME SUPPLY CO.
$62

MEMENTO MORI means “Remember your mortality.” Let this side of the pendant remind you to live every day to its fullest potential.
MEMENTO VIVERE means “Remember to live.” This side of the pendant is a reminder to take some risks, take some rest, and appreciate every piece of joy life has to offer.
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5. Death Cups Coffee Pods

DEATHWISH COFFEE
$15.99

Death Cups combine the strength and taste of the world’s strongest coffee with the convenience of single serve pods to make your morning routine easy. Each of our K-cup style coffee pods has double the strength of your average cup of coffee, with a smooth, bold taste to give you the morning boost you need.
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6. Choppy Seas Premium Cologne Roller

MARITIME SUPPLY CO.
$10

Scent notes: amber, teakwood, musk, cedar, and leather are mellowed with hints of lemon, bergamot, neroli, iris, and vetiver. For application, just roll a small amount of the pulse points. Carry in your pocket and apply as needed throughout the day.
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7. Man Cave – Enter At Your Own Risk Saw Shaped Tin Sign

GRINDSTORE
$13.00

Reserved for testosterone fuelled beings only, respect the privacy of the ‘Man Cave’ at all times and leave any snacks or provisions outside! Saw shaped tin sign features a crystal clear warning; ‘Enter At Your Own Risk’!
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8. Bat Ring, Trinket or Incense Dish

REDWOOD STONEWORKS
$18

Ready so ship in the faux grey stone shown here, matte white or gloss white.

(Please see other listing for any other finish requests.) Measures: 4″ x 3″
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9. Sterling Silver Memento Mori
Wax Seal Bracelet

MARITIME SUPPLY CO.
$72

Features the Latin words MEMENTO MORI with a skull on one side, and the Maritime hot stamp on the other.

MEMENTO MORI means “Remember your mortality.” Let this remind you to live every day to its fullest.
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10. “Whisked Away” Hollywood Monsters Apron

VINTAGE GALERIA
$29.95

Fun novelty apron with all of your favorite scary movie characters surrounded by polka dots. This apron features a variety of classic Hollywood monsters. Black and white polka dot trimming creates a nice little contrast against this Monster background. The adjustable straps are long and so more fitting to a variety of body types. One deep pocket comes in handy when juggling crafts and cooking.
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11. Spirit Tree “Crescent Meadow” Witch Ball

IRON ELEGANCE
$49

Spirit Tree Witch Balls are made from recycled soda bottle glass in the Carpathian Mountains; the land of superstition, old world mystery and storybook folklore. Let the magic of our Spirit Balls protect and bring fortune your home. Your tree will be absolutely unique!
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12. Carmilla – Crow Skull Pendant

JEWLR
$79

Take a page from Carmilla’s book of style with your very own Crow Skull Necklace! Worn by Carmilla in Season 3, the crow is symbolic of Carmilla’s mother. Made of oxidized sterling silver, this unique pendant is the perfect statement accessory for any true Carmilla fan.
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13. Bright Eyes – Skull Charm

JEWLR
$89

Charms are a delightfully playful way to commemorate an occasion, or to celebrate a person in your life. By continuously adding small mementos to a bracelet over the years, each charm serves as a reminder and marker of a major life event.
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14. Trick or Treater Room And Linen Mist

LITTLE GHOULS
$19

6 oz room and linen spray

A nostalgic escape reminiscent of Halloween candy, vintage costumes, and a rainy dawn in Salem. This scent will certainly take you to your happy place of gloom & graveland dreams~
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15. Beistle Cackling Jack Knit Sweater

CREEPY CO.
$74.99

When the Moon is Lit,
And the Sky is Black,
That laughter you hear,
Is Cackling Jack.

Slip on this knit sweater and cackle your way through fall. The vintage Beistle jack-o-lantern design is rendered in a shade of eye-catching orange. This sweater is a Halloween must-have, but will keep you cozy any time of year.
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16. Final Girl Enamel Pin

CREEPY CO.
$9.99

Join the ranks of some of the strongest women in horror and be one of the chosen, the elite: the Final Girl!

Get one for yourself, and/or several for your squad!
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17. Ghostie Mug

LIVELY GHOSTS
$19.50

Make your morning cup a little more Lively.

This spooky enamel camp mug holds 12oz of coffee, tea, whiskey, blood (for all you vampires out there), or whatever your delicacy is.
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18. Small Desk Jawless Skull Decor
Candle And Plant Holder

REDWOOD STONEWORKS
$18

This skull is the perfect size and has so many uses; planter, ring dish, candle holder oil diffuser and more.

Comes with 1 air plant and care instructions. Shown here in faux stone grey finish.
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19. Friday the 13th Legacy Of The Lake
Turntable Slipmat

PIXEL ELIXIR
$9.99

This 12″ slipmat features our popular Friday the 13th-inspired “Legacy of the Lake” artwork on high-quality felt and will fit any standard 12″ turntable.

Comes sealed in a poly bag and ships in a weatherproof poly mailer.
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20. Grave Digger Skull Handbag

KILLSTAR
$79.99

Welcome the newest skull member, in lush velvet coating! The ‘Grave Digger’ handbag is yer creepy must-have – large human skull handbag – with intricate detailing, zip opening, long shoulder strap and detachable tassel detail. All Hail the Halloween Queen!
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21. ‘Lanterns of Hallow’s Harvest Candle

LIVELY GHOSTS
$25

‘Lanterns of Hallow’s Harvest emulates a cauldron brewing the spices of the season’s harvest, candy apples, pumpkin treats & fallen leaves. The candles are topped with star anise & cinnamon sticks, & the jar lids are carefully crafted with pumpkins and hand-picked twigs & pine cones from the deep woods of Oregon.
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22. Never Mess With A Girl Who Loves
Horror Movies T-Shirt

EDGE BY DESIGN
$22

This Bella + Canvas T shirt is a unisex fit which means its a longer length and relaxed fit, so it is perfect for rolling up the sleeves, tying it off or tucking it in. Bella + Canvas shirts feature 100% combed, ring spun cotton for a super soft feel.
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23.Creatures Series’ Tattoo Pack

LIVELY GHOSTS
$10

Creatures Series inspired by mythological hybrids, and many hours of observing animal footage.

  • Red Death Temporary Tattoo ($4 Value) 
  • Nocturnal Temporary Tattoo ($4 Value)
  • Unholy Trinity Temporary Tattoo ($4 Value)
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24. Kitties / Doggies Face Masks

VINTAGE GALERIA
$12.50

Reusable adult face masks are made in the USA and are 100% cotton. Select from the fabrics shown in listing. Masks have a pocket with a side opening that can fit a standard filter.
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25. Men’s “Big Muertos Skull” Socks

VINTAGE GALERIA
$12.50

RELEASED: 2015

Get ready for Day of the Dead. Save yourself the day after Halloween and slip on these muertos skull socks. Featuring beautiful skulls on a dark background, these socks are sure to compliment your Dia de los Muertos outfit.
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26. Day of the Dead Skull Cufflinks

JEWLR
$65

These decorative and traditional Day of the Dead Skull Cufflinks are rich in history and beauty. These plated and enamel cufflinks feature a bullet back closure and measure approximately 7/8″ x 1/2.”
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27. Moon And Coffin Shaped Shelf

CRYSTAL GEMSTONE SHOP
$67.50-$90

An intriguing decoration, the Coffin Shelf, Crescent Moon Shelf or Triple Moon Shelf is a perfect Halloween-style decoration to show off gems.  A welcome decoration for those with a macabre sense of style, or a conversation piece to standout, this shelf is an attention-grabber.

Each features 3 compartments for storage. Sold separately.
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28. The Shining, Overlook Hotel Face Mask

CYBEROPTIX TIE LAB
$30

The Shining inspired two layer cloth face cover, is hand made in Detroit, USA. Quarantine vibes be like…how’s that solitude treating you? All boredom and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
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Keychain $6 Well Done Goods

29. Beistle Simply Spooky Pajama Set

CREEPY CO.
$49.99

See spooky things wherever you go with this must-have pajama set, featuring icons from Beistle’s vintage artwork, like bats, skulls, and Scratch Cat — all beautifully rendered.  Sport these spooky PJ’s and spook up your bedtime, lazy time, or any time!
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30. Freddy Krueger Leather Wallet

UNIKE4ART
$40

Hand made wallets, journals and passport holders, crafted from genuine veg-tan leather. Extremely high 5-star seller of personalized gifts.
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31. Sterling Silver Skull Charm Bracelet

JEWLR
$94

Rock this fun and adorable skull charm bracelet any day of the week! Layer it with other bracelets or wear it solo for a simplistic touch. It features a 1 inch extender and is fastened with a spring ring closure. Customize in your choice of sterling silver or white, yellow, and rose gold.
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Scariest Horror Movies | Halloween 2020

31 Movies For The Month Of October

For many people October is their favorite month of the year. With it’s crisp air and colorfully changing leaves, dreams of treats and baking with loved ones; also comes the desire to snuggle up on the couch and scream into the night with the help of a scary movie.

While I prefer everyday to be like Halloween, I have compiled a list of my favorite scary movies for those of you looking to get into the spirit but may not know where to begin. All you have to do is gather your tribe, grab a few treats and follow this easy guide to 31 scary movies in 31 days.

If by chance you live with someone who is not completely onboard, now is the time to explain to them that they get 11 months out of the year to choose the movies that suit them best but for the month of October, they must compromise and join in on the autumn festivities.

For this list I did not include any of the big name titles that you likely have seen or if not seen, definitely have heard of. Therefore, you will not find movies like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday The 13th, Halloween, Hellraiser, Poltergeist, Jaws, Insidious, nor any of The Conjuring films on this list.

Under each film I gave a suggestion of where to stream it, however availability does change often so please check prior to watching.

Thursday • October 1

The Autopsy of Jane Doe
(2016) 6.8/10 IMDb
A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets.

Available on Amazon.

Friday • October 2

The Witch
(2015) 6.9/10 IMDb
A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession.

Available on Amazon.

Saturday • October 3

Hell House LLC
(2015) 6.4/10 IMDb

Five years after an unexplained malfunction causes the death of 15 tour-goers and staff on the opening night of a Halloween haunted house tour, a documentary crew travels back to the scene of the tragedy to find out what really happened.

Available on Shudder.

Sunday • October 4

The Witch in the Window
(2018) 5.7/10 IMDb

When Simon brings his twelve year-old son, Finn, to rural Vermont to help flip an old farmhouse, they encounter the malicious spirit of Lydia, a previous owner. And now with every repair they make – she’s getting stronger.

Available on Shudder.

Monday • October 5

Terrified
(2017) 6.5/10 IMDb

When strange events occur in a neighborhood in Buenos Aires, a doctor specializing in the paranormal, her colleague, and an ex police officer decide to investigate further.

Available on Shudder.

Tuesday • October 6

Deadtectives
(2018) 6.2/10 IMDb

A team of hapless paranormal investigators go on a quest to Mexico’s most haunted house in the pursuit of better ratings for their fake reality show. When the true dark secrets of the mansion reveal themselves, the hapless presenters quickly discover that this house is no hoax. With zero ghost-hunting skills (or really any other applicable skills) the team has to figure out how to bust the ghosts and escape the house with their lives.

Available on Shudder.

Wednesday • October 7

Baskin
(2015) 5.8/10 IMDb

A squad of unsuspecting cops go through a trapdoor to Hell when they stumble upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building.

Available on Amazon IFC.

Thursday • October 8

The Hallow
(2015) 5.7/10 IMDb

A family who moved into a remote mill house in Ireland finds themselves in a fight for survival with demonic creatures living in the woods.

Available on Shudder.

Friday • October 9

Satan’s Slaves (Pengabdi Setan)
(2015) 6.6/10 IMDb

After dying from a strange illness that she suffered for 3 years, a mother returns home to pick up her children.

Available on Shudder.

Saturday • October 10

Haunt
(2019) 6.3/10 IMDb

On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real.

Available on Shudder and Amazon.

Sunday • October 11

The Void
(2016) 5.8/10 IMDb

Shortly after delivering a patient to an understaffed hospital, a police officer experiences strange and violent occurrences seemingly linked to a group of mysterious hooded figures.

Available on Shudder.

Monday • October 13

Carriers
(2009) 6.0/10 IMDb

As a lethal virus spreads globally, four friends seek a reputed plague-free haven. But while avoiding the infected, the travelers turn on one another.

Available on Amazon.

Tuesday • October 14

Verónica
(2017) 6.2/10 IMDb

Madrid, 1991. A teen girl finds herself besieged by an evil supernatural force after she played Ouija with two classmates.

Available on Netflix.

Wednesday • October 15

Ouija: Origin of Evil
(2016) 6.1/10 IMDb

In 1967 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business by inviting an evil presence into their home, not realizing how dangerous it is.

Available on Amazon.

Thursday • October 16

Oculus
(2013) 6.5/10 IMDb

A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.

Available on Hulu.

Friday • October 17

The Canal
(2014) 5.8/10 IMDb

A depressed and stressed film archivist finds his sanity crumbling after he is given an old 16mm film reel with footage from a horrific murder that occurred in the early 1900’s.

Available on Hulu.

Saturday • October 18

We Are Still Here
(2015) 5.7/10 IMDb

In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years – and demands a sacrifice.

Available on Amazon Prime.

Sunday • October 19

The Taking of Deborah Logan
(2014) 6.0/10 IMDb

An elderly woman battling Alzheimer’s disease agrees to let a film crew document her condition, but what they discover is something far more sinister going on.

Available on Shudder and Prime.

Monday • October 20

Incident In A Ghost Land
(2018) 6.4/10 IMDb

A mother of two who inherits a house is confronted with murderous intruders on the first night in their new home and fights for her daughters’ lives. Sixteen years later when the daughters reunite at the house, things get really strange.

Available on Shudder.

Tuesday • October 21

The Devil’s Candy
(2015) 6.4/10 IMDb

A struggling painter is possessed by satanic forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas, in this creepy haunted-house tale.

Available on Amazon.

Wednesday • October 22

Back Country
(2014) 6.0/10 IMDb

An urban couple go camping in the woods and find themselves lost in the territory of a predatory black bear.

Available on Amazon IFC.

Thursday • October 23

They’re Watching
(2016) 5.6/10 IMDb

The renovation of an old house in a village somewhere in Eastern Europe will bring the crew of an American home improvement TV show up against superstitions, misunderstandings and bloody violence.

Available on Amazon Prime.

Friday • October 24

Last Shift
(2014) 5.8/10 IMDb

A rookie cop’s 1st shift alone in the last night of a closing police station turns into a living nightmare.

Available on Amazon.

Saturday • October 25

Hush
(2016) 6.6/10 IMDb

A deaf and mute writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window.

Available on Netflix.

Sunday • October 26

The Invitation
(2015) 6.6/10 IMDb

A man accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife, an unsettling affair that reopens old wounds and creates new tensions.

Available on Netflix.

Monday • October 27

Night of the Living Dead
(1990) 6.9/10 IMDb

The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims. 

Available on Amazon.

Tuesday • October 28

The Wailing
(2016) 7.4/10 IMDb

Soon after a stranger arrives in a little village, a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman, drawn into the incident, is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.

Available on Shudder.

Wednesday • October 29

The Exorcism of Emily Rose
(2005) 6.7/10 IMDb

A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl.

Available on Amazon.

Thursday • October 30

The Final Girls
(2015) 6.6/10 IMDb

A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom’s most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film’s maniacal killer.

Available on Amazon.

Friday • October 31 • Double Feature

The Houses October Built
(2014) 5.2/10 IMDb

Five friends are stalked by a group of mysterious and disturbed individuals while on a road trip looking for the ultimate haunted house attraction.

The Monster
(2016) 5.4/10 IMDb

A mother and daughter must confront a terrifying monster when they break down on a deserted road.

Both available on Amazon Prime.

What do you think of the list?


10 MOVIES THAT WILL SCARE YOU

A list of 10 of the scariest horror movies ever made

I love horror movies—my favorite are the kind that creep me out, make me feel uncomfortable or outright terrify me. For this list I’ve gathered movies I feel overall are most scary.

1.

Baskin

RELEASED: 2015

Baskin freaked me the hell out when I saw it for the first time. I’ve rewatched it several times since and still love it each and every time. ‘Baskin’ is a Turkish word meaning ‘police raid’ and the movie is savage. A police unit called to an abandoned building becomes trapped in a surreal nightmare. Today’s Hellraiser, must have made Clive Barker proud.

Available to watch on Amazon.




2.

Last Shift

RELEASED: 2015

This is the type of horror movie we need all the time, every time. Jessica Loren, a rookie police officer is asked to spend her first night on the job guarding a soon to be defunct precinct— will she make it though the Last Shift?

Available to watch on Amazon.




3.

Incident in a Ghostland

RELEASED: 2018

Got to be honest, Incident in a Ghostland is a tough one to watch. Director Pascal Lugiere, is known to have created the most disturbingly brutal film (Martyrs) and here he has done it again—only slightly less controversial. Not for everybody. It is very brutal but it is also terrifying.

Available to watch on Shudder.




4.

Veronica

RELEASED: 2017

Great horror movie lists are not complete without Veronica— the breakout, supernatural hit from Spain that left me sleeping with one eye open. Incredible.

Watch on Netflix.




5.

Terrified

RELEASED: 2017

Terrified (original name-Aterrados) is a Spanish language film out of Argentina that is currently being remade in English by none other than Guillermo del Toro—I don’t need to say much more to convince anyone.

Available to watch Shudder and Amazon.




6. & 7.

Hell House LLC

RELEASED: 2015

Hell House LLC is a perfectly, creepy, haunted house tale. Not since Poltergeist has a movie been able to pull off the old clown trick so successfully.

Hell House LLC II

RELEASED: 2019

How often is a sequel as scary as the original? Not very often. Oh, and remember when I mentioned the clown scene above? Wait until you see them in the sequel.

Watch both on Shudder.




8. & 9.

The Conjuring

RELEASED: 2013

James Wan perfected the ghost story so much so that The Conjuring has been called the scariest movie of the decade. I tend to agree, and then some.

The Conjuring 2

RELEASED: 2016

In The Conjuring 2 Ed and Lorraine Warren head across the pond to investigate a haunting in a small English town. Part 3 is coming soon and if it’s anything like the first and its sequel, you’d better bet it will make this list as well!

Watch both on Amazon.




10.

Insidious

RELEASED: 2011

Insidious, another James Wan film is grittier than The Conjuring. This movie reeks of pure fright. It is a fright trap from start to finish. The sequel and the 3rd installment are quite good as well. (Nothing like the original though.)

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Watch on Netflix.

How do you feel about this list? Agree/disagree? Let me know in the comments.

The New Mutants: Is This Time For Real?

Ⓐⓖⓐⓘⓝ,

………Disney’s The New Mutants has created a massive buzz of hysteria and speculation. As the ill-fated, long-awaited film makes its way onto the big screen this summer, Disney/Fox is taking a huge gamble as expectations have either soared or for some, dropped to non existent. There was a time I was clearly ecstatic at the prospect of a horror movie spin-off based on the X-Men Universe. In the 3 years since I first learned of The New Mutants, let’s just say my expectations have tempered.

New buzz as The New Mutants gets a new August 28 release

It was during the beginning of the height of the horror movie revival (yes that is exactly where the name of this blog comes from), when all the world decidedly got hooked on horror. It was a thrilling thing to witness–as it meant their were more horror movies to watch–and on that, it did deliver. But as time passed by and the hairs on my head grew long and we even survived a pandemic, no word arrived as to when The New Mutants movie would finally be released, until now.

Anya Taylor-Joy & Charlie Heaton

I still remember the YouTube search I did a few years back after hearing about the movie for the first time. Then, the movie was slated to be released on April 12, 2018. I was psyched because the trailer was quite dark. At the time there wasn’t much talk about the film and it definitely wasn’t being promoted heavily, if at all.

One time only, I see the movie promoted and that was during a commercial break while watching American Horror Story back in 2017. Watching weekly TV shows was still a thing on network cable stations (yup, with commercials and all that antiquated fun stuff). After that, I never saw it promoted again, nor had I hear anything other than the occasional hearsay.

When I saw the quick trailer I was immediately intrigued by the subject of the movie, but also the film boasted an ensemble cast consisting of Game of Thrones star, Maisie Williams, The Witch’s leading lady, Anya Taylor-Joy whom has an intoxicating way of charming with her fine acting chops, as well as everyone’s favorite brother Jonathan Byers (Charlie Heaton) from Stranger Things. This is exciting stuff for a movie nut.

The New Mutants, was originally slated to be released on April 13, 2018, before being pushed back to February 22, 2019, to avoid Deadpool 2, and then again to August 2, 2019, to avoid Dark Phoenix (which bombed btw). That was two years ago. Then it was one year ago. Then the buzz went silent.

But here we are. The New Mutants has its sixth release date and people are excited to see how a horror movie interpretation of a beloved action-superhero franchise will play out. I for one am not going to place a high bet on the film but I sure can’t wait to see it, finally.

One of the best comments I’ve seen on YouTube under the original trailer for The New Mutants reads:

“I quit smoking to live long enough to see this movie in 2060.”

The comment has over 2K likes and it definitely sums up this movie’s journey.

🆃🅷🅴 🅴🅽🅳

2020 trailer versus the teaser trailer from 2018

2020 Trailer

2018 Trailer

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Scream

We’re all Scream Face, as Neve Campbell hints at a Scream 5

In a recent interview, Christina Radish has us all screaming as Neve Campbell teases a potential return to the Scream franchise, Collider reports.

What’s your favorite scary movie? If it’s Scream, then you’re in luck – franchise star Neve Campbell recently offered an update on the status of Scream 5.

In an interview with Collider’s Christina Radish about Campbell’s upcoming movie Castle in the Ground, available digitally and on demand May 15th, Campbell offered some details about the potential fifth installment of the popular horror series, from Ready or Not directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillertt.

Image via Miramax

“Well, I’m not a hundred percent on it, but to be honest, the two directors ( Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett) have made some great work. I’ve watched their films, and they’re really talented. They wrote a letter to me, expressing what great fans of Wes’ work they are, and how honored they are that they’re getting the chance to make Scream 5 because the Scream franchise is the reason that they’re directors now. So, that was really sweet. They really wanna honor Wes’ style of work and honor the movies. That was a lovely thing to hear. So, we’ll see. Hopefully, we can all see eye to eye on everything and make something great, but it’s a process.”

scream-poster

Campbell also seemed to indicate that the next Scream film would in fact be a sequel and not a reboot by sharing some of her feelings about where her character, Sidney Prescott, would be in the 21st century.

“I think you can always tell them more with these stories, and they’re such fun films. There’s obviously a huge audience for them, and the audiences wants to see more of them. You can always go further with the journey. Certainly, with Sidney, she comes to some new shift in her life, at the time, and I don’t know. We’ll see.”

Scream was a breakout hit when it released in 1996, thanks to its subversive nature and macabre comedy. While the sequels never quite lived up to the original, the series has continued to be a mainstay in modern slasher films and has managed to redefine the genre at the same time as it skewers its many tropes. Ready or Not’s black comic tone is a perfect fit for Wes Craven’s ironically self-aware murder mystery, and as a fan of both movies, I’m beyond excited to see what these filmmakers do with the series.

Reporting by Christina Radish for Collider.

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The Buzz On Saw 9

Spiral: From the Book of Saw

Does anyone else find it odd that one of the biggest horror movie franchises of all time; which had an original release date for its ninth installment of the film on October 23, only to then bump it to the earlier date of May 15 as to not compete with Blumhouse’s Halloween Kills, does not have a whole lotta buzz? It seems to me like there may be a whole lotta confusion.

Chris Rock and Max Minghella

Firstly, what is the actual name of this movie? I have seen it referred to as multiple options, which had me initially guessing as to what the actual name this movie will be released under. Let’s take a look:

Spiral, Saw 9: Spiral, The Book of Saw, Saw 9: The Book of Saw, Spiral: The Book of Saw, Spiral: Saw 9: The Book of Saw, Spiral: Saw 9: The Book of Saw Starring Who Now?

The official name of the ninth installation Saw is, Spiral: From The Book of Saw (see Lionsgate official site).

Top billing goes to Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson, two names I never expected to see together, especially in one of the grizzliest horror movie franchises ever made. If I had to imagine one of the two names in this billing, I could picture Samuel L. Jackson as he already has crossed over to the creepy side of life being a M. Night Shamylan muse.

The two together though? That’s an exciting team-up.

Chris Rock
Samuel L. Jackson

The third cast member who was not given top billing, Max Minghella. Yes that Max Minghella of the very successful Hulu series, The Handmaid’s Tale. Minghella has had a robust career for years but manages to fly under the radar somewhat. Minghella is big name right now and rightfully so-he belongs up their with the best of the best-the man’s acting skills crush.

Spiral From The Book of Saw will be released possibly this month on Friday, May 15th or possibly on October 23. Due to the Covid Pandemic nothing is certain these days. But rest assured, this movie will make its way into our lives. Praise be.

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The Haunted Houses Of Long Island

By Jennifer Fauci

Hollywood has had a fun and profitable time benefiting from the haunted horrors of Long Island. But did you know that two of these spooky spots are right in your own backyard?

The Massapequa Hell House

Also known as “The Witch House” or “The Satan House” to some, the Massapequa Hell House is a unique Victorian home located at 214 Daniel Rd., in North Massapequa, just off of Hicksville Rd. But what’s the one, tiny detail that separates it from other homes in this quiet residential area, you ask? The house is said to be haunted.

While neighbors have noted that there are residents in the house, there is little activity throughout the course of a normal day. The surrounding homes on the block carry on with daily activities as if there wasn’t a large, brick mansion across the street; complete with turrets, a “bleeding” maroon sidewalk and a hearse parked in the driveway, barred behind an eight foot tall wrought iron fence that is perpetually chained. Several overgrown trees block some of the house from view.

The design of the house is architecturally symmetrical, down to the 25 plus windows that evoke a grinning devil face. The curtains are drawn at all times and are said to be coffin linings. Legend has it that candles suddenly illuminate in the upstairs window when cars drive by the house. Supposedly, the number of candles in the window corresponds to the number of people in the car, and it is said to be very bad luck for those who see the candles.

Some say that the residents belong to a Satanist cult who chant behind closed doors. Others claim to have seen people emerge from the house, dressed head to toe in Gothic black. In actuality, the owners are believed to be a normal Christian family.

While the house may or may not be haunted, it is definitely unlike anything you have seen, and worth a drive by, but onlookers must proceed with caution. The block is patrolled during the Halloween season, and police cars are stationed in front of the house the day of. Police will arrest those caught soliciting.

Although the residents are unhappy with the attention they have received from legends, they don’t help their desire for privacy by continued “improvements” to the eerie façade.

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The original Amityville Horror House as depicted in 1975.

The Amityville Horror House

In 1974, Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered six family members in their sleep, on a quiet block in Amityville. DeFeo eventually confessed to the crimes, claiming that voices inside his head told him to kill his family. He is currently at the Green Haven Correctional Facility in upstate New York.

A traditional Dutch colonial with a large center foyer and classic gambrel roof, the house was vacant for 13 months after the murders, until George and Kathleen Lutz bravely purchased it and moved in with their family.

After hearing strange voices and being woken up at 3:15 a.m. every morning—the time the murders occurred—the couple moved out less than a month later. A best-selling book (published in 1977 by Jay Anson) and two movies were met with much success, however, Lutz later admitted to embellishing his claims and story for Hollywood.

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The Amityville Horror House today is located at 108 Ocean Ave. after new owners changed the original address from 112 Ocean Ave. (Photo courtesy of uncrate.com)

Originally located at 112 Ocean Ave., in 1977, new owners James and Barbara Cromarty had it changed to 108 Ocean Ave. for more privacy after buying it at foreclosure from the Lutzes, who have since died.

After several renovations in design, the home was given a successful face-lift, so unless you know the story behind the house, you would never guess it held the dead bodies of the DeFeo family. The owners have also changed the look of the notorious side windows, which resembled a face. In 1987, The Cromarty family then sold the infamous home to its current resident, Brian Wilson, who bought the house for its sheer beauty.

Good luck sleeping soundly this Halloween…

Jennifer Fauci

Jennifer Fauci is the senior editor of Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group’s award-winning special sections and Anton’s local magazines. Her passion for literature, travel and the arts lend to the unique content in her publications. In her time at Anton, she has received first place in the Folio Awards, second place for the NYPA awards and is the recipient of six PCLI awards.

First published by Massapequa Observer in 2014

The Scariest Movies of Each Year

A comprehensive list of the 70 scariest horror movies from 1960 till today—the scariest film of each year plus honorable mentions.

1960—

Psycho

1960 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Eyes Without a Face
Black Sunday
Peeping Tom

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The Innocents

1961 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
The Curse of the Werewolf
The Pit and the Pendulum
Homicidal

—1962

Carnival of Souls

1962 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Night of the Eagle
Tales of Terror

1963

The Birds

1963 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
The Haunting
Black Sabbath
Blood Feast

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Two Thousand Maniacs!

1964 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte
The Masque of Red Death
Kwaidan

1965

Repulsion

1965 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Planet of the Vampires
The Skull
Fanatic

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Kill, Baby…Kill!

1966 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
War of the Gargantuas
The Third Eye
Seconds

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Wait Until Dark

1967 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Django Kill…If you Live, Shoot!
The Fearless Vampire Killers
VIY

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Night of the Living Dead

1968 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
The Boston Strangler
Rosemary’s Baby
Hour of the Wolf

—1969—

The Haunted House Of Horror

1969 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
The Illustrated Man
The House That Screamed
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

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Did PG-13 change horror films, or just change us?

‘Gremlins,’ ‘The Sixth Sense’ and horror’s ever-shifting relationship with mainstream culture
by Court Mann

SALT LAKE CITY — When Crazy Ralph told the teens of Camp Crystal Lake that they were, in his words, “all dooooooomed!,” it was an understatement.

He and his “Friday the 13th” counterparts leveraged the horror genre’s biggest trope — vulnerable teens — to great effect. If a teenager is in a horror flick, then a murderer, monster or other baddie probably wants them dead.

Thirteen, then, is an important number in horror — in fact, it’s arguably the genre’s most important number. And in 1984, when the PG-13 rating was instituted, its importance cemented itself. PG-13 changed the horror movie industry, and pop culture’s relationship with it, in some major ways.

Change No. 1: Horror became less restricted

After 1984, the MPAA rating system had three “unrestricted” ratings: G, PG and PG-13. People under age 17 could see these films in theaters without a parent or guardian. And for that, 1984’s “Gremlins” is partially to thank.

Produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Joe Dante, “Gremlins” was released a month before PG-13 went into effect. Though it got a PG rating and was marketed as family friendly, “Gremlins” was far more shocking. 

Dante’s resume included the R-rated horror films “Piranha” (1978) and “The Howling” (1981), and he brought the genre’s subversive ethos to “Gremlins.” Parents expected “Gremlins” to reinforce conservative family values, just like Spielberg’s “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” or 1982’s “Poltergeist,” which Spielberg produced. Instead, they got a film about murderous critters that also satirizes notions of innocence and “the American way.”

“This movie is not the same sort of heartwarming, cheerful fable that ‘E.T.’ was,” Roger Ebert said when he and Gene Siskel reviewed “Gremlins.” “It has a darker sense of humor. There are some scenes in this movie where it really gets kind of gruesome — especially when that gremlin explodes inside the microwave oven.”

“It’s like a Norman Rockwell painting,” Siskel added, “only there’s blood on the turkey.”

Despite the controversy, “Gremlins” still made $153 million domestically. After the PG-13 rating was introduced that year, a stream of tamer, horror-influenced PG-13 movies aimed at tweens were released, including “Critters” (1986), “The Gate” (1987) and “The Monster Squad” (1987). The “Gremlins” sequel, released in 1990, was also PG-13. While most horror films were still R-rated, PG-13 horror began to carve its own niche.

In a piece for the Journal of Film and Video titled “Rethinking PG-13: Ratings and the Boundaries of Childhood and Horror,” Filipa Antunes wrote, “Spielberg and Dante’s attempt to negotiate horror and family entertainment … also suggests an attempt to renegotiate the boundaries of the horror genre, bringing it below the R frontier.”

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Antunes continues: “The characteristics of horror which fans appreciated, and which had previously been taken for granted, such as its unsuitability for children, its violence and edginess, were being put to the test, and the question of where to draw the line became a concern of the genre, not to mention parents and critics.”

For the most part, horror retrenched itself in its R-rated roots. Of the U.S.’s 20 highest-grossing horror movies during the 1990s, only four were rated PG-13. This trend began changing in 1999, though, with “The Sixth Sense.”

Change No. 3: Horror turned into a cash cow

The Sixth Sense” made $293 million at the U.S. box office, and $379 million internationally. The following year, the Harrison Ford/Michelle Pfeiffer film “What Lies Beneath” brought in $155 million stateside and almost $136 million internationally. These two were films weren’t strictly horror, weaving in fantasy and thriller elements, but they signaled a major shift in mainstream attitudes toward horror content. As mentioned, only four PG-13 horror movies cracked the genre’s top 20 during the ’90s. From 2000-2009, this number stayed at four, but these four made considerably more money than those from the previous decade, even when adjusted for inflation.

Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) saw dead people in the 1999 chiller “The Sixth Sense,” from M. Night Shyamalan.
Haley Joel Osment in a scene from the film “The Sixth Sense.”

This has continued in the current decade. Once again, four PG-13 films have made the top 20, with their earnings exceeding those PG-13 films from the previous decade. This means that in the 2000s, eight of the 20 most successful horror films were PG-13. 

It’s tough for any horror movie — be it PG-13 or R — to make the kind of money that a “Star Wars” or “Avengers” film would. But horror films are produced at a fraction of the cost, making their return on investment a pretty safe bet. Studios have learned how to work the margins with small-budget horror films, and occasionally hit a home run with a “Sixth Sense,” a “Get Out” or an “IT.” R-rated horror is still popular, but not nearly to the same degree it once was.

Change No. 4: Horror went mainstream

When “Get Out” was nominated for the best picture Oscar in 2018 — and won best original screenplay — it felt like a watershed moment for horror. The genre has migrated from pop culture’s periphery, and now occupies a more central spot among both audiences and critics. 

PG-13 horror flicks have increased, and in recent years, so have R-rated ones. Blumhouse Productions, which released the R-rated “Get Out,” has become the genre’s biggest champion this decade, releasing R-rated horror hits like the numerous “Paranormal Activity” and “Purge” films. Blumhouse has also produced PG-13 horror content such as the “Insidious” sequels and the “Happy Death Day” series. On the whole, audiences are turning to horror films a bit more than they used to.

“While it seems like going to a scary movie would be the exact opposite of what someone would want to do in times like this, there is also a cathartic release of fear that can be accomplished in a movie theater that is not possible in real life,” said Andrew Selepak, a professor in the University of Florida’s department of telecommunication, during a 2017 interview with CNBC.

It’s hard to determine if PG-13 actually changed the content of horror movies themselves. After all, pre-1984 horror films haven’t had their ratings retroactively changed: “Friday the 13th” was rated R in 1980, so it’s still rated R in 2019. What has definitely changed, though, is mainstream culture’s relationship to the genre. Once PG-13 became a thing, teens weren’t just the subject of horror films anymore, they also became a larger portion of the horror audience. And in the process, horror became way more mainstream. Both critically and commercially, the genre is far from doomed. 

Patrick Wilson, left, and Ty Simpkins in a scene from “Insidious: Chapter 2.”
Matt Kennedy, Film District

For the Love of Horror

Florida resident Mark DeWolfe’s home is a museum of horror-movie memorabilia, which he’s been collecting for 20 years.

By Katie Kustura

DELAND — Mark DeWolfe gets one of two reactions from people who step into his home for the first time — “This is awesome” or “Oh my God, what’s wrong with you?”

“It’s a lot of fun,” DeWolfe said of collecting and decorating his house with horror-movie memorabilia. “But it’s not for everybody.”

For anyone who doesn’t personally know the former Utah corrections sergeant, it would be easy, maybe even natural, to assume DeWolfe is someone who goes overboard and fully redecorates the inside of his home for Halloween.

While it is his favorite holiday, the props, costumes, posters and other memorabilia from horror films such as “Hannibal,” “Poltergeist II: The Other Side” and “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” are permanent fixtures in DeWolfe’s home.

“I like the magic of Hollywood and the illusion,” DeWolfe said during an interview at his home. “This is like an escape for me.”

His killer collection started about 20 years ago after he came across an eBay auction for a costume from “Jason X.”

After that first purchase, he couldn’t help but fall in love with the unique, but often pricey, hobby.

“I think I would have been less stressed and less financially strained if I just got into collecting stamps,” DeWolfe said with a laugh.

SCARY STUFF

It’s hard to know where to look first upon walking through DeWolfe’s front door.

Dead ahead is the living room, and, like most living rooms, it includes a couch, a coffee table and a flat-screen TV.

Directly under the flat-screen is what looks like an old TV set, but inside is the bust of Carol Anne Freeling, the young girl who is sucked into a portal after paranormal activity starts occurring in her family’s home in “Poltergeist.” The bust that DeWolfe owns was used in “Poltergeist II.”

DeWolfe built a box, which he made to look like a vintage TV set, around the prop from the 1986 film. He even added strobe lights to recreate the spooky scenes.

In an area to the right of the entryway, there’s a Christmas tree decorated with lights that never comes down. While the tree wasn’t used in a movie, DeWolfe says it fits with the costumes displayed in the 2006 remake of “Black Christmas.”

Hanging on the wall in that same area is one of DeWolfe’s favorite pieces of memorabilia: a case displaying the mechanical head of Paul Krendler, Ray Liotta’s character in “Hannibal.”

“So many people know that scene,” DeWolfe said, referring to the gruesome part of the 2001 film in which Dr. Hannibal Lecter, played by Anthony Hopkins, lifts the top of Krendler’s skull, removes some of his brain and then sautés the piece of prefrontal cortex and feeds it to a drugged and confused Krendler.

Another of DeWolfe’s favorite pieces is located just steps from his bed. It’s the miner’s costume from the 2009 remake of “My Bloody Valentine,” a movie about a serial killer who terrorizes a small mining town on Valentine’s Day.

One of the main reasons DeWolfe bought the home in DeLand was because of a room off the kitchen, which he felt was perfect for a Freddy Krueger-themed bar.

The walls are painted with big dark green and burgundy stripes just like the sweater Krueger wears in “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” There are flickering lights throughout and the actual bar looks like a furnace from the slasher film’s boiler room scene.

ORIGIN OF OBSESSION

DeWolfe, 48, has loved movies, especially the scary kind, for as long as he can remember. As the youngest of five children, he often had to be sneaky about watching them since his parents didn’t approve.

When he was a teen, he would turn his parents’ basement into a haunted house every Halloween, his mother, Ceil DeWolfe, said.

Kelly Lindsey, one his siblings, said she remembers taking her little brother to see “Jaws” — DeWolfe says it’s his favorite scary movie to this day — when they were children.

“He was petrified,” said Lindsey, who lives in Atlanta.

“I don’t think he wanted to get back into the water until this past year,” Lindsey said with a laugh.

DeWolfe retired to the area nearly three years ago after working at a Utah prison for 20 years, several of which were in the mental health unit.

In that type of job, DeWolfe said it’s important to have an outlet and the ability to separate oneself from work at the end of the day.

“That environment can take its toll,” he said.

HAUNTING HOPES

It took DeWolfe about a year to get his DeLand home fully decorated, but the single-story house isn’t his final destination.

On an acre of land in Lake Helen, close to Cassadaga, DeWolfe dreams of recreating, and living in, Norman Bates’ mansion in “Psycho.”

The haunting home is property of Universal Studios, which declined DeWolfe’s request to take measurements of the house.

DeWolfe eventually developed his plans and a miniature model of the movie home based off of the measurements of the front door which was once listed for sale in a catalog of props.

The custom-home build is on the back burner because of costs, but he’s got other goals he can work on in the meantime.

DeWolfe said he wants to make a documentary about horror movies that would include interviews with people like him, who collect such memorabilia, and actors, crew members and fans of such films. He also hopes to have his dream home built by the time he starts working on the documentary.

“I’ve been obsessed with that house since I saw ‘Psycho’ when I was 12 years old,” DeWolfe said. “I think it’d be so fun, just a dream come true.”

This story originally published to news-journalonline.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the GateHouse Media network via the Florida Wire. The Florida Wire, which runs across digital, print and video platforms, curates and distributes Florida-focused stories. For more Florida stories, visit here, and to support local media throughout the state of Florida, consider subscribing to your local paper.

About Horror Revival

During the late 80’s and into the 90’s while everybody else was outside playing with friends at the schoolyard and obnoxiously loitering malls and grocery store parking lots, I was at home celebrating my teendom by watching horror movies and collecting horror movie memorabilia.

I had already been intrigued by horror and the macabre when I hit double digits as I was busy renting horror movies on VHS long before Blockbuster was a household name. In 1992 I accepted my freedom as a 14 year old by escaping to manhattan all on my own and spending the entire weekend meeting the masters of horror of the time (Clive Barker, Tom Savini, Kane Hodder, Robert Englund, Dario Argento, Angus Scrimm, John Russo amongst many more) at the FantaCo and Fangoria presents; Weekend of Horrors. It was tremendous!

Content and HR Creator, Frank Giugliano

It may be slightly hyperbole to say but I also lived for the ride-through haunted house at our local amusement park Adventureland and rejoiced when Halloween approached as it was and still is my favorite holiday. I never cared much about dressing up in scary costume but more so, I remember being intoxicated by the smell of damp and decaying, orange-toned fallen leaves and the feeling of the crisp autumn coolness against my skin.

The ultimate feeling of anticipation was for Halloween because I knew I’d soon have a pillowcase full of candy.

If I look back even further, during the mid 80’s, my parents gave me and my older sister the freedom to rent any horror movie we wished to see, regardless of rating. Very rarely did we have to put the large VHS, cardboard box back on the shelf, and when it did happen it was most likely that Rose, the manager (or owner) of the mom and pop video store we frequented, secretly mouthed “no” to my mom, which indicated gratuitous nudity or a particularly inappropriate scene. I can count the amount of times this happened and even to this day, I prefer to steer clear of movies that exploit people with gratuitous nudity and sexual violence.

While I have never pursued a career in horror, writing, journalism or anything I have ever really been good at, I now find myself at a perfect place and time to begin this journey. With my extensive knowledge of the genre and unparalleled passion which guides me, it has never been easier to create this community for like-minded, horror enthusiasts like me.

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We Celebrate the Movies October Brings

October is the incredible month that gives us horror-obsessed folk all the terror we crave. Shudder, Netflix, Hulu, On Demand, Movie Theaters, Attractions, Escape Rooms and Amusement Parks all reap the benefit by extending their season as they embrace the cool, crisp autumnal changes and monetize on what comes natural to some of us freakier types, everyday no matter what the season.

This year for Halloween I’ve decided to focus on the movies I believe you should see now. These movies don’t necessarily define Halloween of yesteryear (think Halloween, The Exorcist and Friday the 13th) but they do make for a super creepy, new addition to your tradition this Halloween, and for years to come. The following are our overall, top ranked films for creepiness factor, according to me aka Horror Revival. These movies are tight and for the honor to be called our very first Horror Revival 2019: Scariest Halloween Horror Movies.

So, this Halloween do yourself a favor, carve a pumpkin, make homemade caramel and candy dipped apples, invite your close friends over and enjoy a get together–yesteryear style. And above all else be sure to have these fine films on hand, but only if you think you can handle The Horror Revival Horror Fanatic’s most terrifying picks of 2019.

And don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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