31 Horror Movies for Horrortober

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Jack here with a little extra Halloween goodness for y’all. 

Let’s face it, October is the best month because it’s officiallymovies-6 Halloween season. We here at Monster Men like to call it Horrortober and that means it’s time to get serious about watching horror movies. Each year we try to watch as many we possibly can. We also invite our friends to join us in our Halloween horror marathon by tweeting about the movies they watch with the hashtag #Horrortober.

This year I was finally able to watch 31 movies for the 31 days of Horrortober… although I must confess I did not watch one movie a day. There were times where I had to double-up to keep pace. It’s harder than it sounds to watch that many movies. It takes commitment and a little creativity, like knowing when to watch the long movies and when to pop in a short one.

For you, I am happy to present the 31 tweets I posted this month from my @BackinJack Twitter account, with my comments on each film.

  1. The Mummy (1932) – My first horror movie for #Horrortober is the Boris Karloff classic, THE MUMMY. A very Mumorable tale.
  2. Vampyres (1974) – What’s #Horrortober without some sexy 70s vampires who resemble the ABBA chicks. Bloodlust? VAMPYRES has plenty of blood and even more lust.
  3. Night of the Living Deb (2016) – I kept #Horrortober light tonight. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB is a silly zombie comedy you can watch with your non-horror friends. Dumb fun.
  4. Don’t Breathe (2016) – Went to the theater today for my #Horrortober DON’T BREATHE will huff & puff & blow your house in. The final 20 minutes are a blast.
  5. Brides of Dracula (1960) – Hammer Time! BRIDES OF DRACULA has Cushing as Van Helsing but no actual Dracula. Still lots of fangs and bats. And a windmill. #Horrortober
  6. Count Dracula (1970) – Watched COUNT DRACULA, Christopher Lee, and his mustache, in his most faithful adaptation of the book. Slow but very amusing. #Horrortobermovies1
  7. Crush the Skull (2016) – CRUSH THE SKULL: A fun indie black comedy about a crew of thieves trapped in a serial killers home. Low budget, tries hard. #Horrortober
  8. House of Frankenstein (1944) – HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, a campy romp with a mad doctor, the monster, Dracula, Wolf Man and a Hunchback. Plus angry villagers! #Horrortober
  9. Ghostbusters (2016) – Watched the new GHOSTBUSTERS. Great cast, lots of charm but ultimately a bit flat. Not as funny or memorable as the original. #Horrortober
  10. The Black Cat (1934) – THE BLACK CAT: Béla Lugosi and Boris Karloff together & quite creepy in this weird movie set in weird house. Lots of fainting. #Horrortobermovies-2
  11. The Hallow (2015) – THE HALLOW: Horrific, mystical woodland creatures terrorize a couple and their baby. A terrific monster movie. Perfect for #Horrortober
  12. The Horde (2016) – THE HORDE is a cheesy action/horror mashup. A John Cena-like SEAL vs cannibal mutants. Plus Bennett from Commando! Dumb fun. #Horrortober
  13. The Wolf Man (1941) – It got hairy for #Horrortober today with THE WOLF MAN. If the wolfsbane is in bloom, I suggest you avoid the foggy woods. Just stay home.
  14. Vampire Circus (1972) – VAMPIRE CIRCUS. Classic 70s vampire goodness. Lots of very big fangs, puffy shirts, sexy ladies and a creepy dwarf clown. #Horrortober
  15. Scars of Dracula (1970) – Next up for #Horrortober was SCARS OF DRACULA. Christopher Lee is back as the red-eyed Count. Featuring awesome fake bats. Hammerrific!movies-3
  16. The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires (1974) – Van Helsing, 7 Kung Fu fighting brothers and 1 sister take on THE LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES. It’s vampire bat sh*t crazy! #Horrortober
  17. I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) – Here’s something different. I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER. A teen w/ sociopathic tendencies faces a real killer with a big secret. #Horrortober
  18. The Guest (2014) – Friend or foe? Think twice before you invite THE GUEST in. An entertaining action/horror/thriller with the girl from It Follows #Horrortober
  19. The Children (2008) – Little Kids = Big Trouble in THE CHILDREN. These murderous, infected tikes are not playing around. A nice surprise for #Horrortober
  20. Lights Out (2016) – Lighten up! LIGHTS OUT is an amusement park funhouse of a movie. Fun, quick and plenty of thrills. Dim the lights and enjoy. #Horrortober
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  21. They’re Watching (2016) – A TV crew vs. witch hunting villagers. THEY’RE WATCHING is a hokie found footage horror/comedy. More silly than funny or scary. #Horrortober
  22. The Caretaker (2016) – For a movie with a creepy, sickly grandmother, a girl prone to trances and a clown ghost, THE CARETAKER is pretty uneventful. #Horrortober
  23. Horror of Dracula (1958) – HORROR OF DRACULA: Lee & Cushing at their best. A most terrifying Count and a most heroic Van Helsing. An all-time favorite. #Horrortober
  24. Freaks of Nature (2015) – FREAKS OF NATURE: A human, vampire & zombie battle an alien invasion in this goofy, star-studded horror/comedy/teen drama. #Horrortober
  25. House of Dracula (1945) – HOUSE OF DRACULA: Drac and Wolfie happen to visit the same doctor. They happen to find Frankie in a cave. Not much else happens #Horrortober
  26. The Conjuring 2 (2016) – Nun shall pass! THE CONJURING 2. Over the top. Long. Love or hate these movies, you must admit they know how to set up a scare. #Horrortober
  27. Yoga Hosers (2016) – YOGA HOSERS: A ridiculous comedy/horror flick. Stoned Kevin Smith fans will love it. Featuring Canada jokes & sausage Nazis. #Horrortober
  28. The Devil Bat (1940) – Breaking Bat. THE DEVIL BAT. Bela Lugosi is a bat-sh*t crazy chemist killing people with giant trained bats and fancy cologne. #Horrortobermovies-4
  29. The Invisible Man (1933) – I saw THE INVISIBLE MAN. Well, you can’t see him, but you can see the movie. So entertaining and fun. It’s out of sight! #Horrortober
  30. The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) – THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS: A goofy comedy. 2 bumbling hunters crash a vampire’s ball. Too long, not too funny. Notable cast. #Horrortober
  31. Vampyres (2016) – #Horrortober concludes with the racy remake of VAMPYRES. Two sexy vampires lure folks to their house to shag and bite. Bloody Halloween fun.

Well there it is. What a great month. I hope you like my list and perhaps found a few picks that you might want to track down yourself.

This year I focused on a few things in my movie selection. I wanted to see or revisit some of the older Universal and Hammer films that I hadn’t seen in many years or perhaps had never seen at all. I also wanted to get in a decent number of 2016 horror movies in order to stay current, and I took advantage of the DVR and recorded a number of movies for my queue. Overall I was very happy with the selection and the mix of old and new, as well as the nice scary-to-funny balance I was able to strike.

Even more impressive is my partner, Hunter Shea, who watched an amazing 49 horror movies this year. He’s a machine. You can see his picks at @HunterShea1 on Twitter. (And perhaps we can get him to post his list here as well.)

Now it’s your turn. What did you watch this Horrortober?

The Monster Men Halloween Special

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It’s here! It’s here! The Monster Men Halloween episode 2015!

Monster Men 89: Halloween Show! Pumpkin Cinema, Horror Movies & Books, Pumpkin Ale

It’s the Halloween episode of the Monster Men. This show is packed with more Halloween goodness than is inhumanly possible.

During the show we enjoy a delicious Ichabod Pumpkin Ale while we discuss our plans for the 2015 Halloween season. First we explore the amazing Halloween book, PUMPKIN CINEMA, a comprehensive guide to Halloween movies and TV shows. It is a fun read and a must read for any Halloween enthusiast. We discuss movies like MONSTER SQUAD, DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW, HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and TERROR IN THE AISLES. Even Daffy Duck’s Quakbusters!

Then we move on to the #Horrortober Reading List, where we recommend a ton of great horror novels and scary books for the Halloween season. This includes books by Jason Brant, Brian Moreland, Cat Cavendish, Russell James, Kristopher Rufty and Glenn Rolfe.

Monster Men 88: We Are Still Here, The Dover Demon, Horror Movie Picks

On this episode of the Monster Men we review four very different horror movies. They include the ghostly WE ARE STILL HERE, the found footage alien flick, AREA 51, the hard-to-find found footage pioneer THE LAST BROADCAST and the absolutely crazy ALYCE KILLS.

Then we learn about the legend behind Hunter Shea’s new horror novel, THE DOVER DEMON, inspired by a real story out of Dover, Mass.

Funko Horror ReAction Figures and the Mount Rushmore of Horror

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Monster Men #87:
We are not just toying with you on this episode of the Monster Men video podcast. We are reviewing the amazing line of horror, sci-fi and movie themed action figures by FUNKO. The Funko ReAction Horror collection features the classic Universal Monsters like Dracula, Wolf Man and The Mummy as well as more modern favorites like Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers.

If you are into horror collectables you can find fun and affordable dolls like Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and Alien. You can also find figures from a wide variety of movie favorites like JAWS, Escape From New York, The Goonies, Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction and Serenity.

We also tease the new book THE BORDER by Robert McCammon. It’s the return to horror by a true legend that has us so excited. We also take a few minutes to discuss one of our favorite horror icons, the TV horror movie host Svengoolie. He’s the best.

Monster Men #86:
What faces would you carve into a mountainside of the Mount Rushmore of horror? We debate our choices and we hope you’ll tell us your picks here in the comments.

Horror Movie Roundup

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Hunter here. As promised, I’ve been watching at least 1 horror flick a day all October long. I’m a little over 40 movies coming into the home stretch. Big shout out to James Herbert, Jason Brant, Anthony Rivas, Spence Dunnings, Ben C. Smith and so many others who have participated in the Horrortober madness!

With just a few days to go, I’m going to wrap myself around Halloween, The Funhouse, The Haunting and Friday the 13th. I thought I’d share some of the quick recaps and ratings (my bizarre 1 of 9 tana leaves, for you Mummy fans) of some of the movie’s I’ve watched so far. Maybe you’ll sneak one in before Halloween.

TRICK R TREAT. The gateway drug for horror nubies. Creepshow’s red headed stepchild. 7 of 9 tana leaves.

Got my monster on last night. CLOVERFIELD. Lovecraft devours NY. Love it. 8 of 9 tana leaves.

THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN – possession but on a WTF scale. 7 of 9 tana leaves.

MOTEL HELL – best damned smoked meats in the county! Love this flick. 8 of 9 tana leaves.

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Ah, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR – the real deal may have been phony, but the flick still scares. 8 of 9 tana leaves.

Well, finally saw ANNABELLE. Not as bad as some folks say. Had some genuine scares. Creepy ass demon!  7 of 9 tana leaves.

Ti West’s latest, THE SACRAMENT. There’s a new Jim Jones in town. Well done. 8 of 9 tana leaves.

Watched MAY..excellent flick by Lucky McKee. Watch it…now. 8 of 9 tana leaves.

Revisted CANDYMAN for . Sweets for the sweet. 8 of 9 tana leaves. V Madsen burned up the screen.

I finally got to watch CHEAP THRILLS last night. Worth the wait. 8 of 9 tana leaves!

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So, what have you all been watching?

Horrortober Movie Reviews By Real Horror Fans

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Jack here with some more Horrortober reviews for you.

@BackinJack
BLACK SUNDAY
(1960) A nice melodramatic Netflix #Horrortober pick for old school horror fans & students of the vampire genre.

My Review
I have not seen Black Sunday since I was a kid, a million years ago. It was fun to revisit it on Netfilx. One of the most striking visuals in horror is the wide-eyed, hauntingly beautiful image of Barbara Steele’s face as the vampire witch who returns from the grave for revenge. This movie is an atmospheric classic and a must see for vampire fans that want to discover the roots of the genre. Not the best movie in the world, but an important part of horror cinema history.

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@BackinJack
Just rewatched that freaking awesome season premiere of The Walking Dead. Perfect #Horrortober TV. What a kick ass episode.

terminus-map-the-walking-deadMy Review
If you are a fan of The Walking Dead, like me, you probably love the show but get frustrated at times at the pace of some of the stretches. Then an episode like the season premier comes along and reminds you just why you adore this program. This episode was one of the best ever.

This one had it all. Action packed. Dramatic and tense moments. Heart warming reunions. Blood and gore. Eugene’s mullet. Bad-ass Carol.

 Let me repeat that last one. Bad-ass Carol.

MORE #HORRORTOBER REVIEWS FROM THE MONSTER FAMILY

Here are some tweets from our Monster Friends who have joined in on the Horrortober Madness on Twitter. What a great variety of horror movies to choose from.

Please follow these guys on Twitter and check out their web sites and join in by using hashtag #Horrortober. And don’t forget to retweet and favorite as you go.

@jason_brant
Frankenstein’s Army.
Cool creatures. That’s it. Shouldn’t have anything to do with Frankenstein. Shouldn’t be found footage. #horrortober

@jimherbert1
THE LAST WAVE
1977 – Atmospheric, understated, and enigmatic. A moody, PRE-Apocalyptic masterpiece. #horrortober

@jimherbert1
CASTLE OF BLOOD
1964 – even dubbed from the original Italian it still delivers. Plus BARBARA STEEL! #Horrortober

@RivasAnthony13
The Innkeepers
. Hotels are always the best setting for a ghost story. 8 out of 9 skeletons #horrortober #monstermen #horror #horrormovie

@spencedunnings
going to continue the #horrortober goodness with a Vincent Price classic, The House on Haunted Hill!

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going to watch the @hammerfilms classic, Horror of Dracula #horrortober

@spencedunnings
going to watch one of my favorite films ever, The Nightmare Before Christmas. A must watch during the Halloween season! #Horrortober

@spencedunnings
going to watch Birth of the Living Dead, a documentary on George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. The doc is on @netflix #horrortober

Take a Chilling Walk Down EXORCIST ROAD

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Whoa! I just finished reading Jonathan Janz’s latest book, a novella called EXORCIST ROAD. If you want a book that will scare the living daylights out of you this #Horrortober, this is the one to do it. A possessed boy may also be a maniac known as The Sweet Sixteen Killer. The addition of the serial killer mystery thrown into the wild mix of a night battling demonic forces makes this one of Janz’s best. Serioulsy, download this to your e-reader now. You can thank me later.

Hammer Time in #Horrortober

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Hammer Time!

Jack here with some more #Horrortober reviews. I’ve been on a bit of an old Hammer Horror kick, which has been a blast. Plus, I tracked down a movie I have been hearing about for a while, THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES. Hunter saw it too. Wow.

Here’s what I have been watching. I provide my tweet and then a quick comment on each movie.

Taste the Blood of Dracula

 @BackinJack Tweet Review
Taste the Blood of Dracula:
Schlocky Christopher Lee fun for #horrortober – one of the funniest climaxes to a #Dracula flick.

Taste the Blood of Dracula: This is one of those classic Christopher Lee Dracula movies where Dracula is not in it as much as you’d like, but when he is, he is one mean dude. It features the typical assortment of beautiful Hammer women and uptight Englishmen. This flick has some great moments and one of the funniest finales ever in a Dracula movie.

Note: I got a DVD with four Christopher Lee Dracula movies for about 8 bucks on Amazon. A great Horrortober investment, if you ask me.

Taste The Blood of Dracula

Taste this, Count!

Twins of Evil

@BackinJack Tweet Review
Two times the fun for #Horrortober w TWINS OF EVIL. Classic Hammer horror. Sexy twins, over the top vampires & crazy puritans.

Twins of Evil: This is one of those racy Hammer vampire flicks with lots of sexuality, cleavage and a little nudity. It’s also got a pack of crazy, witch burning puritan’s lead by Peter Cushing. It was fun to revisit this one after a very long time.

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May I see the Twins?

Dracula AD 1972

@BackinJack Tweet Review
Funky 70’s #Horrortober action w DRACULA A.D. 1972 – It’s got Cushing, Hammer horror hotties & Christopher Lee for 10 min.

Dracula AD 1972: This is one of the most maligned of the Christopher Lee Dracula movies, mostly because Lee only gets about 10 minutes of screen time. However, I get a kick out of this movie. It plays as a direct sequel to Horror of Dracula and ignores all the other Dracula movies in between. I think it does not drag like some of the other movies can in places. Once again we have Dracula resurrected, but this time it’s in modern times. It’s got Peter Cushing as Van Helsing’s descendent and more sexy Hammer hotties. Not a great movie, but a pretty good Dracula vs. Van Helsing showdown at the end.

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1972 and Drac is still scoring with the babes.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes

@BackinJack Tweet Review
Took the #horrortober advice of @huntershea1 and saw THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES. Now that is a horror movie. Whew. Not for the squeamish.

I have been hearing about this found footage movie, The Poughkeepsie Tapes for a few years now. Hunter Shea recently managed to find it and see it and I followed suit immediately. Now I see what all the fuss is about. This is a pretty edgy horror film in the vein of Megan is Missing and Maniac. Not for the squeamish, but a must see for true horror fans.

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The Strain

@BackinJack Tweet Review
Finished season 1 of The Strain. Started slow, got better. An ok to show to DVR. Silly fun. Unlikable characters. #Horrortober

I almost bailed on The Strain halfway through the first season. It’s kind of hokey and I did not like a single character on the show. But I stuck with it. I will say, it did get better in the second half. I am still not in love with the show, but I find it a good one to DVR and watch when there is nothing else on.