31 Days Of Horror 2013

by OctoberOfDead | last updated - 09 Nov 2013 | Public

So, for the third year in a row i've participated in this event in which you watch 1 horror film per day throughout October. Last year i had days that i simply had no idea what to watch, so this year i thought i'd make a list. I'll be organizing the list and rating the films as i go.

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1. Eden Lake (2008)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

6.8
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65 Metascore

Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.

Director: James Watkins | Stars: Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Tara Ellis, Jack O'Connell

Votes: 64,246 | Gross: $0.01M

Watched 1st of October

Had a lot of classic "eye-roll" moments, nothing special, but at some points it was kinda kickass. 6½/10

2. Rovdyr (2008)

78 min | Horror

5.1
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The summer of 1974, four young people are all ambushed and left unconscious. They wake up deep in the woods with no one around but the sound of a hunting horn.

Director: Patrik Syversen | Stars: Henriette Bruusgaard, Jørn Bjørn Fuller Gee, Lasse Valdal, Nini Bull Robsahm

Votes: 3,567

Watched 2nd of October

Rather boring, though I wasn't expecting too much to begin with. Follows the exact pattern as all other films like it. 6/10

3. The Signal (2007)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.1
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63 Metascore

A horror film told in three parts, from three perspectives, in which a mysterious transmission that turns people into killers invades every cell phone, radio, and television.

Directors: David Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry | Stars: Anessa Ramsey, Justin Welborn, Scott Poythress, Sahr Ngaujah

Votes: 18,964 | Gross: $0.60M

Watched 3rd of October

Whoa! I went in not knowing or expecting anything, so I was really surprised to find that I absolutely loved this one. One of my new favourites, for sure. 10/10

4. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5.9
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33 Metascore

After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, and uncover a sinister history.

Director: Peter Cornwell | Stars: Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan, Elias Koteas, Kyle Gallner

Votes: 53,717 | Gross: $55.39M

Watched 4th of October

I've always hated ghost movies, but I really liked this one. A lot of nice jump-scares, though most of them predictable. A good watch. 8/10

5. Session 9 (2001)

R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery

6.5
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58 Metascore

Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: David Caruso, Stephen Gevedon, Paul Guilfoyle, Josh Lucas

Votes: 47,103 | Gross: $0.38M

Watched 5th of October

A tiny bit overrated, but as an idea, I really like it, I've always liked films like this. The execution could have been better, it was a bit slow to start with but in the end it got more interesting. Overall it was a great watch. 8/10

6. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)

R | 90 min | Horror

5.6
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44 Metascore

A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, an innocent, desirable girl, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop mysteriously.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Whitney Able, Michael Welch

Votes: 27,564

Watched 6th of October

Surprisingly, it was really good, it's been a long time since I last watched a slasher, and I gotta say it's good to be back. Loved the ending, which is something that happens rarely. 8½/10

7. [Rec] (2007)

R | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.5
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A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza | Stars: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Pablo Rosso

Votes: 142,830

Watched 7th of October

[Rec] will always be my favourite zombie-film. 10/10

8. [Rec] 2 (2009)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

6.6
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52 Metascore

In order to ascertain the current situation inside, a supposed medical officer and a GEO team step into the quarantined and ill-fated apartment building.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza | Stars: Jonathan D. Mellor, Manuela Velasco, Óscar Zafra, Ariel Casas

Votes: 59,936 | Gross: $0.03M

Watched 8th of October

Almost as good as the first one. 9½/10

9. April Fool's Day (1986)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery

6.2
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Nine college students staying at a friend's remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool's Day weekend.

Director: Fred Walton | Stars: Deborah Foreman, Griffin O'Neal, Clayton Rohner, Jay Baker

Votes: 11,600 | Gross: $12.95M

Watched 9th of October

Surprisingly I actually really liked it, I didn't expect much from an 80's slasher, so I really was surprised, I'd say it's a must-see. 8½/10

10. The Crazies (2010)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

6.5
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55 Metascore

About the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply.

Director: Breck Eisner | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Timothy Olyphant, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson

Votes: 99,023 | Gross: $39.12M

Watched 10th of October

I've always loved the idea of a ragevirus in a horror film, and I think it's a good remake, which is rare. 9/10

11. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

8.1
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A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Wesley Addy

Votes: 40,233

Watched 11th of October

Just an amazing classic about extreme sibling rivalry, and descending into madness. So intense it scared the living hell out of me. 9½/10

12. Silent Hill (2006)

R | 125 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

6.6
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31 Metascore

A woman, Rose, goes in search for her adopted daughter within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill.

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger

Votes: 191,048 | Gross: $46.98M

Watched 12th of October

The story was just.. well, bad. I liked the visuals, music and costume design though, I think that might have saved this film from me just entirely trashing it. I've never had the pleasure to play the games, but I'd really like to. 6½/10

13. A Horrible Way to Die (2010)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.2
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52 Metascore

An escaped murderer is in pursuit of his ex-girlfriend, who has fled to start a new life in a small town.

Director: Adam Wingard | Stars: AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, Brandon Carroll

Votes: 2,906

Watched 13th of October

An OK one, not bad, just boring. Pretty forgettable, wouldn't watch again. 5/10

14. Martyrs (2008)

R | 99 min | Horror

7.1
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A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

Director: Pascal Laugier | Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin

Votes: 66,813

Watched 14th of October

People aren't lying, when they say it's a masterpiece, I gotta say I really liked it. I went in saying "Nothing about this film is going to get to me." Well, something did. 9½/10

15. 28 Days Later... (2002)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.6
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73 Metascore

Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Alex Palmer

Votes: 323,267 | Gross: $45.06M

Watched 15th of October

Well, it's still one of my favourite zombie-films. 9/10

16. The Old Dark House (1932)

TV-G | 72 min | Comedy, Horror

7.3
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Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

Votes: 6,249 | Gross: $0.03M

Watched 16th of October

Oh, the time when horror had style, I just love watching old horrors, even when they're completely ridiculous, they're still better than most modern horror films. A classic, will definitely watch again. 9/10

17. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Unrated | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

8.0
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71 Metascore

Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross

Votes: 97,129 | Gross: $5.10M

Watched 17th of October

Ok, here goes; I know I'm going to get hated on by some people for this.. Yeah, it's a classic, but come on; it sucks, everything about it sucks and it's WAY overrated. It's so bad it's not even funny, it's not even camp. 3/10

18. Severance (2006)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

6.5
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62 Metascore

During a team-building retreat in the mountains a group of sales representatives are hunted down one by one.

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Danny Dyer, Laura Harris, Tim McInnerny, Toby Stephens

Votes: 33,403 | Gross: $0.14M

Watched 18th of October

A great horror comedy without trying too hard. Totally loved it. 9½/10

19. Eraserhead (1977)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

7.4
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Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 80,497 | Gross: $7.00M

Watched 19th of October

Fantastic! I loved it so much, Lynch is a freaking genius. 10/10

20. Absentia (I) (2011)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5.8
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A woman and her sister begin to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances, including that of her own husband.

Director: Mike Flanagan | Stars: Catherine Parker, Courtney Bell, Dave Levine, Justin Gordon

Votes: 14,461

Watched 20th of October

I liked the story, really loved the fact that the jumpscares were unpredictable and no sound effects were used with them, not many movies can make the scares scary without them. 9/10

21. Deep Red (1975)

Not Rated | 126 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.7
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After witnessing the murder of a famous psychic, a musician teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen assailant bent on keeping a dark secret buried.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Méril

Votes: 23,709

Watched 21st of October

For me, the music saved this one, absolutely loved the music. 6½/10

22. The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)

R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.1
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In an abandoned house in Poughkeepsie, New York murder investigators uncover hundreds of tapes showing decades of a serial killer's work.

Director: John Erick Dowdle | Stars: Stacy Chbosky, Ben Messmer, Samantha Robson, Ivar Brogger

Votes: 10,988

Watched 22nd of October

Since I've always liked found-footage horror and documentary horror, I also liked this one. 8/10

23. Wind Chill (2007)

R | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.9
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52 Metascore

Two college students share a ride home for the holidays, but when they break down on a deserted stretch of road, they are preyed upon by the ghosts of people who have died there.

Director: Gregory Jacobs | Stars: Emily Blunt, Ashton Holmes, Martin Donovan, Ned Bellamy

Votes: 19,052 | Gross: $0.02M

Watched 23rd of October

Boring, boring, boring. 2/10

24. Cloverfield (2008)

PG-13 | 85 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.0
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64 Metascore

A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan, T.J. Miller

Votes: 322,499 | Gross: $80.05M

Watched 24th of October

Surprisingly enough, I absolutely loved it, me being not a big fan of scifi, didn't expect much, and i was pleasently surprised. 9½/10

25. The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery

6.1
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58 Metascore

A photographer's obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer who stalks late night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Vinnie Jones, Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields

Votes: 51,984 | Gross: $0.08M

Watched 25th of October

A boring movie to begin with, the "twists" at the end were predictable and lame. 3/10

26. Botched (I) (2007)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Horror

5.8
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During a heist in Russia, a professional thief finds himself dealing with serial killers, insane hostages, double-crossing psycho Russian hardmen and the real possibility of a horrible death.

Director: Kit Ryan | Stars: David Heap, Alan Smyth, Stephen Dorff, Sean Pertwee

Votes: 5,829

27. Fire in the Sky (1993)

PG-13 | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy

6.5
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An Arizona logger mysteriously disappears for five days in an alleged encounter with a flying saucer in 1975.

Director: Robert Lieberman | Stars: D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer, Peter Berg

Votes: 17,712 | Gross: $20.10M

28. Pathology (2008)

R | 95 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

6.0
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55 Metascore

A group of medical students devise a deadly game: to see which one of them can commit the perfect murder.

Director: Marc Schölermann | Stars: Alyssa Milano, Milo Ventimiglia, Keir O'Donnell, Michael Weston

Votes: 28,258 | Gross: $0.11M

29. The Bay (II) (2012)

R | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.6
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65 Metascore

Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Kether Donohue, Frank Deal

Votes: 21,824 | Gross: $0.03M

30. V/H/S/2 (2013)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

6.1
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49 Metascore

Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student's disappearance.

Directors: Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sánchez, Timo Tjahjanto, Adam Wingard | Stars: Lawrence Michael Levine, Kelsy Abbott, Adam Wingard, Hannah Hughes

Votes: 30,601 | Gross: $0.02M

31. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical

7.4
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58 Metascore

A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Director: Jim Sharman | Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien

Votes: 113,801 | Gross: $139.88M

Watched 31st of October

As a tradition I watch it every Halloween, and it never seizes to amaze me. 10/10