LifeZugzwang.com Presents: The Definitive Halloween Viewing Guide for 2017

Greetings, yes I’m still around/alive. Today I’d like to share a little project I’ve been working on for a little while. I humbly present to you a list I’ve been compiling; “31 films to watch before Halloween”. My plan is to watch one of these movies everyday leading up to Halloween. I’ve done a bunch of research to compile this list; I checked with IMDB and rottentomatoes. Of the 31 movies on the list; you’ll notice that there aren’t any movies that came out within the last year. This list is going to be a living thing; and when a year has passed I’ll add the recent films to the list (should they meet my criteria).

I’ve gone to the liberty of including one wild card entry; which I’ll point out every year. This years wildcard was the cult-classic David Lynch film Eraserhead:

Without further ado; here is my list (in order of the year/day that I’ll be watching it): 

Film Year Genre Director
The cabinet of dr. Caligari 1920 German silent horror Robert Wiene
Psycho 1960 American psychological horror Alfred Hitchcock
The Birds 1963 American horror-thriller Alfred Hitchcock
Night of the Living dead 1968 American independent horror George A. Romero
Rosemary’s Baby 1968 American psychological horror Roman Polanski
The Exorcist 1973 American psychological horror William Friedkin
The Tenant 1976 psychological horror Roman Polanski
EraserHead 1977 American surrealist body horror David Lynch
Dawn of the Dead 1978 American independent zombie horror George A. Romero
Halloween 1978 American independent slasher John Carpenter
Alien 1979 British-American science fiction horror Ridley Scott
Nosferatu the Vampyre 1979 West German art house vampire horror Werner Herzog
The Shining 1980 British-American psychological horror Stanley Kubrick
An American Werewolf In London 1981 British-American horror comedy John Landis
The Evil Dead 1981 American supernatural horror Sam Raimi
The Thing 1982 American science-fiction horror John Carpenter
A Nightmare on elm street 1984 American supernatural slasher Wes Craven
Aliens 1986 American science fiction action horror James Cameron
Evil Dead II 1987 American comedy horror Sam Raimi
Misery 1990 American psychological thriller Rob Reiner
Silence of the Lambs 1991 American horror-thriller Jonathan Demme
Dead Alive 1992 New Zealand splatstick body horror zombie Peter Jackson
The Sixth Sense 1999 American supernatural horror-thriller M. Night Shyamalan
The Devil’s Backbone 2001 Spanish-Mexican gothic horror Guillermo del Toro
Shaun of the Dead 2004 British horror comedy Edgar Wright
Let the Right One In 2008 Swedish romantic horror Tomas Alfredson
Zombieland 2009 American zombie comedy Ruben Fleischer
Black Swan 2010 American psychological thriller-horror Darren Aronofsky
What We Do In the Shadows 2014 New Zealand mockumentary horror comedy Jemaine Clement
The Wailing 2016 South Korean horror Na Hong-jin
Train to Busan 2016 zombie apocalypse action thriller Yeon Sang-ho

Let me know in the comments below if you think I’ve missed any films; I’d be interested to see what you guys think of my list. Btw, if you’re curious; here is a link to my original list

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