Hey, we all thought we’d be in a better place after the shitbucket year that was 2020, amiright? Well, looks like delta variants and Taliban takeovers and our previous president spending 9/11 doing PPV boxing commentary, 2021 ain’t shaping up to be much better. Good thing we have another year of mayhem and carnage in the shape of horror movies to slack your thirst for blood, vengeance, ghouls and goblins.
That’s right: tomorrow, September 15th, officially kicks off the 8th Hooptober horror marathon. The number of folks participating have increased exponentially, though the number of folks who have stuck with it each year have shrunk like the living teens in a slasher film. I count myself among one of the few remaining Final Girls™ left, and am delighted to once again for what —holy shit — is the FIFTH year sharing a bevy of horror films with you, the discerning and objectively beautiful Nine Circles community.
You can see my full list on Letterboxd here, and if you’re not a member of the Letterboxd community now is a perfect time to join. All are welcome, as Zelda Rubenstein once said in some obscure movie I’m sure no one has ever heard of before. One small difference this year is I’ll be linking my full reviews to Cinema Dual, the movie podcast and now site my buddy Jon (who sometimes even writes for Nine Circles) and I started a few years ago. I strongly encourage you to join in the mayhem and play along: it’s great chance to not only watch some ridiculously fun stuff, but the way the rules are constructed allow you to really broaden your horizons when it comes to the genre., The list of rules for those curious and intrepid are below:
- 31 films watched and reviewed
- 6 films from different countries
- 8 films from different decades
- 4 films from 1981
- 2 “folk” horror films
- 2 films from the year of your birth
- 2 haunted house films
- The worst rated Part 2 horror film you can access and haven’t seen
- 1 film set in the woods
- 1 Kaiju or Kong film (cannot be Kong vs Godzilla)
- 2 Hammer Films
- 3 films with POC as the director or lead (excluding Asian)
- 3 Asian horror films
- 1 Tobe Hooper film (there must ALWAYS be a Tobe Hooper film)
***FOR THOSE THAT LIKE TO DO EXTRA WORK: watch JD’s Revenge, The Skull, and The Scooby-Doo Project short film!***
As always, I present to you my list:
Like last year and pretty much every year before it, check back every Sunday for recaps, thoughts, and more as we dive into some big anticipated films, some classics, and some serious trash. And again like last year, if there’s anything you’d like to see covered, let me know: as long as I can adhere to the rules, the films themselves are flexible.
Until then, keep it Blood Red.