Presents: The Definitive Halloween Viewing Guide for 2018

We’re back for yet another October horror film festival. Similar to last year, I’ve decided to embark upon another October chalk full of horror films. Last year, I was able to get through all 31 films on my list. I made some amendments to that list that I failed to mention in my post; specifically the trilogy of Roman Polanski films which needed spots on the list. This year, I removed a few films and added some (including films from 2017). I used the same criteria as last year except I removed the films that I felt didn’t hold up. That said let’s talk about what’s new for 2018. 


  • The Birds (1963) – Doesn’t hold up; don’t @ me. 
  • Eraserhead (1977) – Although I enjoyed it, it didn’t meet the initial criteria and was removed in order to make room for a new wild card film.
  • Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) – Slow, hella boring; Next! 
  • Dead Alive (1992) – It’s possible I didn’t understand this one; but I wasn’t a fan at all.


  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – my wild card entry for 2018. 
  • An American Werewolf in London (1981) – I go through and ensure that I have the latest up to date ratings on these films, this year this film made the cut.
  • Under the Shadow (2016) – I somehow missed this in 2017; I added it this year.
  • Get Out (2017) – An obvious addition to the list from 2017. 

So again, here are the films I’ll be watching every day in October in the order I’ll be watching them: 

Film Year Genre Director
The cabinet of dr. Caligari 1920 German silent horror Robert Wiene
Psycho 1960 American psychological horror Alfred Hitchcock
Repulsion 1965 British Psychological Horror Roman Polanski
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 Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974 American Horror Tobe Hooper
The Tenant 1976 Psychological horror  Roman Polanski 
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
The Shining 1980 British-American psychological horror Stanley Kubrick 
The Evil Dead 1981 American supernatural horror  Sam Raimi
An American Werewolf In London 1981 British-American horror comedy John Landis
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 
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
Train to Busan 2016 zombie apocalypse action thriller Yeon Sang-ho
The Wailing 2016 South Korean horror Na Hong-jin
Under the Shadow 2016 Internationally co-Produced Horror Babak Anvari
Get Out 2017 American Horror Jordan Peele 

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