My October 2018 Horror Movie Playlist

Every year, at various times of year, I put together horror movie playlists. October is a given, so, in keeping with tradition, here’s my 2018 October horror movie playlist.

A quick breakdown of the ten movies on my list:

Four I’ve already seen, but want to revisit.

Of the six I haven’t seen, one is in theatres now, and another releases in two weeks.

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Amusement

It’s been a ridiculously long time since I’ve seen this movie and I honestly don’t remember much about it. Something about the atmosphere stuck with me, so I’m hoping a revisit turns out to be a good time.

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Annabelle: Creation

I still haven’t seen this, and I’ve always meant to. I’m a sucker for movies with James Wan’s influence, even if he isn’t the director, proper.

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Don’t Hang Up

Another one I haven’t seen! I like any movie where the director has to get creative with using basically one space (in this case, a house) over the course of a film. I like when people get creative with their artistic endeavors; it seems to force their hand into unique and memorable situations.

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fear dot com

I’m more than willing to admit this is a “time and place” movie, but I’ve always liked the moist, oppressive, and almost desperate atmosphere it presents. Sure, it’s dated now, as I think most films that deal with technology often are, but I like it all the same.

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Halloween 2018

Oh man. I believe the Halloween series is my favorite horror series (I even have a fondness for the less than stellar entries), and when I heard they were coming together for another entry, I was awfully excited. I don’t often get to the theatre (I typically wait until a film releases on Blu ray), but for Halloween 2018, I’m not going to be able to wait. I’m going to need to get to the theatre to see it.

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Hell Fest

This movie is in theatres right now, and I really want to go see it. Not only am I a sucker for horror movies, but I’m a sucker for anything horror and amusement park related. If I manage to get to this film and Halloween 2018 in the same month, it would be unprecedented for me.

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The Houses October Built 2

Sure, this could be called Drone Shots: The Movie, but I honestly love it. I liked the first entry well enough, but this one, particularly in its last 30 minutes, shone far brighter than its predecessor. I think a lot of horror movies fall apart in the third act, but this one became stronger and stronger. I also think it potentially lends itself to a wicked third installment.

Fingers crossed.

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Jackals

I’m pretty sure the poster for this movie sold me on it. I’m a sucker for fog, unique masks, and an intriguing premise; this has all three.

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Trick ‘r Treat

A classic! I believe no other movie embodies the spirit of Halloween like Trick ‘r Treat. This year, we’re getting a collector’s edition and I’m so excited to see what the new features are. When I think of this movie, I think of everything through that beautifully saturated orange hue of the school bus flashback.

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Upgrade

Since I heard the premise, I’ve been all in: a man is implanted with an AI and things don’t quite go as planned.

Don’t underestimate machines, folks; lest we forget Maximum Overdrive?

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So there it is! There’s my list of gems to revisit and new movies to explore. I genuinely hope I can make it to the theatre to see Hell Fest and Halloween 2018 as I’m incredibly excited for both. Also! I found a Halloween 2018 fan art poster and holy crap it’s beautiful:

The artist was listed as The Mad Butcher (you can find his art page here) and holy goodness, I love this take. It’s as though Michael Myers is brought into existence from the autumn leaves, themselves.

I’m always happy to get recommendations from others on horror movies, whether I’ve seen them already or not, so please drop your suggestions in the comments if you’re so inclined. I always love finding a new favorite.

Which are your favorite horror movies? Do you revisit any horror movies at this time of year? If so, which one/s?

Spooky cheers, friends.

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    • I love that you do this, too! And holy crap, how could I forget that?! I am SO EXCITED for Suspiria. I know some Argento folks wouldn’t like me saying this, but it looks better than the original from what I’ve seen so far.

      Oh my goodness, I can’t wait for all three of those!

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  1. I too am super excited for Halloween (it is my favorite horror franchise and while I can admit that everything past 4 is pretty awful, I still like most of them – but not the Rob Zombie films). I saw Hell Fest this past weekend and… I’d maybe recommend waiting for it on BluRay but if you get out to see it, I do hope you enjoy it.

    I’d not heard of Amusment or Jackals and the poster you included for both certainly have my interest piqued. And while I’ve heard of The Houses October Built, I’ve not seen either of them so, I’ll be adding that to my watch list.

    For me, usually I do revisit old horror films during the season (I’m currently rewatching all the Halloween films) but this year I’ve decided I want to do something different and I’m going to try to fit in 31 horror films I haven’t seen yet along with playing some horror games I’ve yet to play (starting with The Evil Within).

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    • I was also not a huge fan of the Zombie Halloween movies, but I do have a fondness for the series’ proper entries, even after 4. What can I say? I even love Resurrection. :)

      Oh no! I’m sorry you weren’t super keen on Hell Fest, but I’m still going to go see it. I’ve been looking forward to it for quite some time now.

      I super recommend the second Houses October Built. Yes, there are a crap ton of drone shots, but that last third of the movie is GREAT to me. I also think it sets up a potentially wonderfully messed up third entry. I’d love to know what you think after you watch it.

      YEAHHH HALLOWEEN MARATHON!!! I like your style. I love the 31 films endeavor and I love adding horror games to it! We are doing the same things! :)

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  2. I enjoy Halloween. This is a great list. I like to revisit a lot of the classics and throw in some B-movies in there. But I am excited about Halloween 2018. That looks like it’s going to be great. Hell Fest is a concept I’ve talked about with some of my co-workers while I worked at Universal Halloween Horror Nights. The whole this would be the perfect setting for a crime, not knowing something like that actually happened in the 60’s. So would like to see that one as well. Trick r Treat, I walked trough the maze at UHHN this year and because I never saw the movie, I didn’t get the maze , so maybe I will make time to see it on Netflix. But my go to every year in October are Poltergeist, American Werewolf in London (the movie forever traumatized me with Werewolfs), and The Universal Monsters Collection.

    Enjoy your List!

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    • I think Halloween 2018 is also going to be great! I can’t believe it will be out in two days!

      I will tell you this: I love all kinds of horror movies, even crappy ones, but Hell Fest was not a good movie; it was bad. And not even “so bad it’s good” it was just bad. Very disappointing.

      I’ve always wanted to go to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights but I’ve never been! I’m jealous, especially of the Trick ‘R Treat maze!

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  3. I enjoy the horror themes of October but I can only do so much. However, I’ll definitely be watching a few scary movies. Currently, my wife and I are watching the end of the last The Walking Dead season in preparation for the new season beginning this weekend. I’m not sure what scary movies to watch, maybe I’ll crib a couple from your list! Oh, I bought A Quiet Place on Blu-ray but I haven’t watched it yet (I saw it originally in the theater). It’s fantastic and I highly recommend it!

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