Along with a love of horror films comes an enjoyment of everything scary that comes out for Halloween. Several years after first subscribing to Netflix DVDs, I decided to make a concerted effort to watch as many horror films as possible in October. Netflix offered all of my Vincent Price favorites (over 55 titles at this time), so I loaded up on them for the entire month. I enjoyed the impromptu film festival so much that I decided to repeat it the next year - watching as many Price movies as I could cram in between family and work. With a quick shuffle of my Netflix queue - they just kept coming. For over 10 years, I've been leaning heavily on Neflix (http://www.dvd.com/20years) for my horror film addiction.
The third year, I tried something different - finishing off the AFI top 100 Thrills, which included a lot of horror and drama. The fourth year, I went for films with weird titles, like "Cockneys vs. Zombies" and "Dead and Breakfast." Most of them were so bad they were really good. That level of "bad" quality did not extend to the fourth year, when I went for films that were sequels. As you may suspect - they were bad bad. "Friday the 13th: Jason Takes Manhattan" and "Poltergeist 3" were so bad that I ditched the theme in the middle of the month and just watched whatever horror film I wanted.
Over the years, I've really enjoyed most of the themes I chose, and I started sharing my October Horror Film Fest adventures with my social media friends, often posting reviews for each horror film. I was able to introduce young people to old black-and-white classics like Frankenstein and Nosferatu, later classics like "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Dunwich Horror," and a lot of my favorites like "King Kong" and "The Mummy" (the old and new versions of both).
Last year's theme was "...of the Dead." Sure, I had "Night of the Living Dead," "Dawn of the Dead," and "Sean of the Dead." If you're looking for new films to watch, though, don't miss "Juan of the Dead," "Night of the Living Bread," and "Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead."
One more aspect of the October Horror Fest: I'm working my way through all of the discs of the "Dark Shadows" soap opera of the sixties. My mother watched it all the time and I loved it. Netflix DVD has so many seasons that you'll never run out!
You don't have to do horror - but pick your favorite genre, pick a month, and queue up a bunch of DVDs!
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