31 Days of Halloween Horror Movies Marathon List 2018
Every horror fan knows that Halloween is more than a one day event. Halloween is a season. That is why I wanted to put together a complete list of horror movies for each day of October. The list is what I call “31 Days of Halloween Horror Movies Marathon List”. The movies included in this list are some of my favorite horror films ever. The horror movies range from classic horror to horror comedy to new releases. Watching the 31 Days of Halloween Horror Movies list will help get you in the mood for the Halloween season.
October 1, 2018:
Trick or Treat (2007)
Synopsis: What a great way to start the Halloween season than with Treat or Treat. The Halloween horror movie consists of five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.
October 2, 2018:
The Evil Dead (1981)
Synopsis: This Sam Raimi horror classic is sure to get you in the Halloween spirit. Even though I have watched this plenty of times I still jump. The Evil Dead tells the story of Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell), his girlfriend and three pals hike into the woods to a cabin for a fun night away. There they find an old book, the Necronomicon, whose text reawakens the dead when it’s read aloud. The friends inadvertently release a flood of evil and must fight for their lives or become one of the evil dead. Ash watches his friends become possessed, and must make a difficult decision before daybreak to save his own life in this, the first of Sam Raimi’s trilogy.
October 3, 2018:
Synopsis: You could watch Sinister or Sinister II. Or maybe binge watch both of them. My favorite out of the two is the first one. Sinister is about true-crime writer Ellison Oswald (Ethan Hake). He is in a slum and hasn’t had a best seller in more than 10 years. Ellison is becoming increasingly desperate for a hit. So, when he discovers the existence of a snuff film showing the deaths of a family, he vows to solve the mystery. He moves his own family into the victims’ home and gets to work. However, when old film footage and other clues hint at the presence of a supernatural force, Ellison learns that living in the house may be fatal.
October 4, 2018:
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Synopsis: Long before he was Daryl Dixon’s brother Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead, Michael Rooker played the role of Henry in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. The film was directed by John McNaughton and written by Richard Fire and John McNaughton.
The story is loosely based on two real life serial killers, Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole. The movie was filmed in 1985 but really didn’t receive widespread distribution because the MPAA rated the film X. Later on it was awarded an NC-17 rating. This is probably one of my favorite all time serial killer movie as Michael Rooker really did a great job with the character Henry. The movie is raw yet not over the top.
October 5, 2018:
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Synopsis: In 1970, paranormal investigators and demonologists Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren are summoned to the home of Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and Roger (Ron Livingston) Perron. The Perrons and their five daughters have recently moved into a secluded farmhouse, where a supernatural presence has made itself known. Though the manifestations are relatively benign at first, events soon escalate in horrifying fashion, especially after the Warrens discover the house’s macabre history.
October 6, 2018:
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Synopsis: It wouldn’t be the Halloween season if Freddy Krueger didn’t come out to play. Wes Craven’s 1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street is a must have on any 31 Days of Halloween Horror Movies List. This slasher film tells the story of a group of teens who are being murdered in their dreams. One, two, Freddy’s coming for you. Three, four, better lock your door, Five, six, grab a crucifix. Seven, eight, gonna stay up late. Nine, ten, never sleep again. And since you can’t sleep, than you might as well watch all of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies.
October 7, 2018:
Synopsis: The 2017 It film directed by Andy Muschietti is a solid remake of Stephen King’s novel. Bill Denbrough does an excellent job as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. The film is set in the summer of 1989 when a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shapeshifting monster which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of their small Maine town of Derry. But be careful when watching because they all float down here.
October 8, 2018:
The Last House on The Left (2009)
Synopsis: Mari and her friend look forward to a holiday at the remote Collingwood lake house, but instead an escaped convict and his crew kidnap them and later leave them for dead. Mari makes her way back home, where her parents, John and Emma, have unwittingly offered shelter to the thugs. When John and Emma find out what happened to their daughter, they decide to make the strangers rue the day they harmed Mari.
October 9, 2018:
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Synopsis: When Sally (Marilyn Burns) hears that her grandfather’s grave may have been vandalized, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin (Paul A. Partain), set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family’s old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), who wears a mask of human skin, the survivors must do everything they can to escape.
This 1974 Tobe Hooper horror film still holds its own today. Leatherface remains a horror fan favorite. Some of the remakes have been pretty good. Check out the Horrornkill’s Guide to all The Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies in the franchise.
October 10, 2018:
High Tension (2003)
Synopsis: A beautiful young Frenchwoman, Alex (Maïwenn Le Besco), travels out to the country to visit her family and brings along her friend Marie (Cécile de France). Soon after they get settled in the secluded home, Alex’s parents are brutally attacked by a psychotic truck driver (Philippe Nahon), who proceeds to stalk the two women as well. When the killer kidnaps Alex in his truck, Marie hides in the back to try and rescue her, but the bloodshed is far from over.
October 11, 2018:
The Possession of Michael King (2014)
Synopsis: This found footage film tells the story of atheist Michael King. Following the sudden death of his wife, Michael decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural, making himself the center of the experiment – allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him – in the hopes that when they fail, he’ll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen.
October 12, 2018:
Child’s Play (1988)
Synopsis: Gunned down by Detective Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon), dying murderer Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) uses black magic to put his soul inside a doll named Chucky — which Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks) then buys for her young son, Andy (Alex Vincent). When Chucky kills Andy’s baby sitter, the boy realizes the doll is alive and tries to warn people, but he’s institutionalized. Now Karen must convince the detective of the murderous doll’s intentions, before Andy becomes Chucky’s next victim.
October 13, 2018:
Synopsis: Nothing says Halloween like this Wes Craven dark horror comedy slasher. Wes Craven re-invented and revitalized the slasher horror genre with this modern horror classic, which manages to be funny, clever and scary, as a fright masked knife maniac stalks high-school students in middle class suburbia. Scream provides both tension and self-parody as the body count mounts – but the victims aren’t always the ones you’d expect.
October 14, 2018:
The Funhouse Massacre (2015)
Synopsis: The Funhouse Massacre is a horror comedy directed by Andy Palmer. The film is about six of the world’s scariest psychopaths that escape from a local asylum. The psychopaths unleash terror on the unsuspecting crowd of a Halloween Funhouse whose themed mazes are inspired by their various reigns of terror. Check out the Horrornkill Review of The Funhouse Massacre here.
October 15, 2018:
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Synopsis: Two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers. I would suggest making this a double feature tonight and watching The Devil’s Rejects too.
October 16, 2018:
Synopsis: I am not going to lie. I have mixed feelings about putting this one on the list. The film is a lower budget indie horror movie which is what the horror genre was built on. Terrifier is based on a short film by the same name which was featured in the horror anthology All Hallow’s Eve. The movie follows Art the Clown as he terrorizes three young women and anyone else in his way on Halloween night. The film was picked up by Dread Central Presents and is currently streaming on Netflix.
October 17, 2018:
Synopsis: The residents of a small town have begun dying under strange circumstances, leading young Mike to investigate. After discovering that the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), the town’s mortician, is killing and reanimating the dead as misshapen zombies, Mike seeks help from his older brother, Jody and local ice cream man Reggie. Working together, they try to lure out and kill the Tall Man, all the while avoiding his minions and a deadly silver sphere.
October 18, 2018:
Happy Death Day (2017)
Synopsis: Think of this as a horror version of Groundhog Day. Tree Gelbman is a blissfully self-centered collegian who wakes up on her birthday in the bed of a student named Carter. As the morning goes on, Tree gets the eerie feeling that she’s experienced the events of this day before. When a masked killer suddenly takes her life in a brutal attack, she once again magically wakes up in Carter’s dorm room unharmed. Now, the frightened young woman must relive the same day over and over until she figures out who murdered her.
October 19, 2018:
Synopsis: Photographer Adam Stanheight (Leigh Whannell) and oncologist Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) regain consciousness while chained to pipes at either end of a filthy bathroom. As the two men realize they’ve been trapped by a sadistic serial killer nicknamed “Jigsaw” and must complete his perverse puzzle to live, flashbacks relate the fates of his previous victims. Meanwhile, Dr. Gordon’s wife and young daughter are forced to watch his torture via closed-circuit video.
October 20, 2018:
Synopsis: When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry, trying to outrun the sinister fate they have inherited.
October 21, 2018
Synopsis: Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns. I really enjoy Richard Brake’s character Doom Head in this film. Check out some of his most entertaining quotes of the movie.
October 22, 2018:
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
Synopsis: Wes Craven’s cult classic about cannibalistic mountain folk on the trail of stranded vacationers in the arid Southwest.
October 23, 2017:
Haunters: The Art of The Scare (2017)
Synopsis: It’s almost Halloween which means it is that time of year to visit some great haunted houses. This horror documentary which is now on Netflix is a highly entertaining look at some of the haunted attractions around the United States. The film explores how family-friendly haunted houses for Halloween have spawned a growing subculture of extreme horror simulations. Explore the rise of terror as entertainment by going behind-the scenes and into the lives of Shar Mayer, legendary scare actor, Donald Julson, a traditional boo-scare maze designer, and the infamous Russ McKamey, as he creates his controversial full-contact haunt in his own backyard. What kind of person dedicates their life to turning other people’s nightmares into reality, and how far is too far?
October 24, 2018:
Synopsis: A compendium of five short but terrifying tales contained within a single full-length feature, this film conjures scares from traditional bogeymen and portents of doom. In one story, a monster escapes from its holding cell. Another focuses on a husband (Leslie Nielsen) with a creative way of getting back at his cheating wife. Other stories concern a rural man (Stephen King) and a visitor from outer space, and a homeowner (E.G. Marshall) with huge bug problems and a boozing corpse.
October 25, 2018:
The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)
Synopsis: The Poughkeepsie Tapes is a documentary style horror film that follows the discovery of hundreds of video tapes of torture, murder and dismemberment. These tape documents a killer’s decadelong reign of terror. The movie has an interesting history. The film was picked up by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 2008 but was shelfed until 2017. It’s not clear why MGM would sit on the project for so long. A lot of fans think it is due to the graphic and disturbing nature of the movie which makes it perfect for Halloween season.
October 26, 2018:
Wolf Creek (2005)
Synopsis: Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are befriended by a local who turns out to be a sadistic psychopath and will plunge them into a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture.
October 27, 2018:
Don’t Breath (2016)
Synopsis: Rocky, Alex, and Money are three Detroit thieves who get their kicks by breaking into the houses of wealthy people. Money gets word about a blind Veteran who won a major cash settlement following the death of his only child. Figuring he’s an easy target, the trio invades the man’s secluded home in an abandoned neighborhood. Finding themselves trapped inside, the young intruders must fight for their lives after making a shocking discovery about their supposedly helpless victim.
October 28, 2018:
Amityville II: The Possession (1982)
Synopsis: Soon after the Montelli family buys a house in the Long Island suburb of Amityville, unsettling events begin to occur. Mysterious demons seem to infest the house, preying on abusive father Anthony (Burt Young) and ferociously religious mother Dolores (Rutanya Alda), who calls on family priest Father Adamsky (James Olson) for an exorcism. Teenage Sonny (Jack Magner) is drawn furthest into madness, abusing his younger sister, Patricia (Diane Franklin), and eventually exploding in a horrific fury.
October 29, 2018:
The Exorcist (1973)
Synopsis: When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
October 30, 2018:
Friday the 13th
Synopsis: Crystal Lake’s history of murder doesn’t deter counselors from setting up a summer camp in the woodsy area. Superstitious locals warn against it, but the fresh-faced young people — Jack (Kevin Bacon), Alice (Adrienne King), Bill (Harry Crosby), Marcie (Jeannine Taylor) and Ned (Mark Nelson) — pay little heed to the old-timers. Then they find themselves stalked by a brutal killer. As they’re slashed, shot and stabbed, the counselors struggle to stay alive against a merciless opponent.
October 31, 2018:
Synopsis: Happy Halloween! I know they are remaking this one again but nothing like the original Michael Myers on Halloween. On Halloween night of 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death. After sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill.