Man time files when the world is a dumpster fire and you’re wearing 10 masks and drinking Lysol to prevent the mutant hybrid of COVID, Monkey Pox and…Christ on Toast POLIO IS BACK?! When there’s this much horror in the world listening to extreme metal just isn’t enough, you know? That’s why we’re back, baby! And this time we’re…well we’re basically doing the same thing we do every year, but when that “thing” is checking out a ridiculous amount of horror films it’s okay, right?
That’s right: September 15th officially kicks off the 9th annual Hooptober horror marathon. This thing just gets bigger and bigger each year, and as one of the few Final Girls™ left who have participated every year since its inception I am once again pleased as poisoned punch to be sharing it with you, the discerning Nine Circles audience.
As always, 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. Step into the light, as Zelda Rubenstein once said in some obscure movie I’m sure no one has ever heard of before. And if you’ve been thinking about it and have been reluctant, let me throw a little inducement: this year horror streaming service Screambox is giving away a free trial for Hooptober folks, so it’s the perfect chance to check out some spooky stuff you might otherwise have missed (click here and use the code HOOPTOBER)!
Like last year, I’ll be linking my full reviews to Cinema Dual, the movie site and podcast (yeah, I know I no longer do the podcast here except, but you can hear me yammer away each month about movies over there…check it out) I host with my buddy and former 9C scribe Jon. C’mon…play along. Horror has only gotten more strong, more weird, and more relevant with each passing year. 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
- 2 insect-centered films
- 1 horror film set in space or the future (relative to when it was released)
- 2 animated films
- 1 bloodthirsty old person/people film
- 2 1970s regional US films
- 1 film that is the worst horror sequel from the 1990s that you haven’t seen and can access.
- 1 German Silent
- 5 Films from Cronenberg, Ti West, Bill Rebane, Charles B. Pierce, William Grefe and/or Joy N. Houck Jr.
- 2 Christopher Lee films
- 1 film with a musician or band in it
- 1 Stephen King adaptation that is not the first go around
- 1 Lon Chaney film
- 1 Tobe Hooper film (there must ALWAYS be a Tobe Hooper film)
***FOR THOSE THAT LIKE TO DO EXTRA WORK: watch The Last Circus, Silent Madness, and Pennywise: The Story of IT***
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.