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The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge: 2015

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Can you believe that this is the seventh year for the 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge? Why, I remember when this whole idea was just a glimmer in my eye. (The glimmer turned out to be a carnivorous guinea worm, which tunneled through my eye’s vitreous humor and lodged itself in my frontal lobe, where it then birthed a thousand maggoty offspring that swam through my bloodstream only to burst out of my chest in highly dramatic fashion.)

Anyhoo, if you’re still reading, then you’re probably the kind of sicko who’s just right for this kind of challenge. To get yourself up to speed, you can read the post-mortum reports from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Or, you know, you can just read the below FAQ (feverishly, as one reads the Necronomicon), superglue your stupid face to your TV, jam in your IV mix of apple cider and candy corn, and get spooky.


1. Do I need to watch a movie every night?

Do I sound like that kind of demented dictator? OK, bad question. But no, just 31 total. Easy, right?

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Can I pick ’em or what?

2. Can I watch a movie I have seen before?

Since I don’t have tiny micro-robot brain-probes to tell me what you’ve watched already (not yet, anyway), go ahead. But I urge against it. There is so much glorious crap out there if only you open your heart to it.

3. Do I have to finish every movie?

Yes. Did you see Captivity, the 2007 film where the psycho chopped up body parts in a blender and force-fed the flesh-smoothie to his victim? Yeah, this is sort of like that.

4. How do I play?

Use the Twitter hashtag #31HorrorFilms31Days and tweet each film along the way, complete with a brief, pithy description/review. Example:

1. STAGE FRIGHT. A dancer in an owl mask dismembers crabby cast members. Given that their play includes a lady playing a saxophone on a fire escape, I’m rooting for the owl.

5. How do I win?

You “win” as long as you manage 31 films before midnight on October 31. (But if you want to “really win,” you need to have the highest overall score.)

6. How is this helping the world?!

First of all, it’s keeping you off the streets. Second of all, our good f(r)iends over at The Blog Is Coming From the House are continuing to gather data about gender and race in horror films. In fact, our collective work with #31HorrorFilms31Days helped spawned this comic. So CLICK HERE to help the cause. Do something for someone else for once, you miserable ghoul!



About the Author:

Dan Kraus was Booklist's Editor of Books for Youth. He is also the producer and director of numerous feature films, most notably the documentary Work Series, and the author of several YA novels, including Rotters and Scowler, both of which won the Odyssey Award. Follow him on Twitter at @DanielDKraus.

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  1. Michelle says:

    I am getting a late start, but so pumped for this. Plus I have deemed my 13-year-old son ready to watch some of the classics, so there will be a few repeats for me. Still looking forward to new glorious crap though.

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