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The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge: 2017

Booklist staff meeting.

Wow, 2017 has been A YEAR, am I right?

That’s why, even though this is the ninth year of the 31 Horror Films 31 Days challenge (200920102011201220132014, 20152016), I’m not dreading it at all. Not dreading the looks of neighbors kept awake by the nth night of bloodcurdling screams. Not dreading the noxious black smoke rising from the back of my tortured TV. Not dreading a moral state so exhausted that I have to leave post-it notes to remind myself to not start randomly stabbing. Not dreading the blood-pouring eyeballs caused by cramming the final 10 films into a single October 31.

This year, I am into it. Last year, I hit a personal best of 33 films, two more than necessary. Unfortunately, Associate Editor Julia Smith watched 37(!), proving that she is the Queen of the Damned. But not for long. This year I want the Crown of Souls back so that I might take my place back upon the Throne of Bones. OK, I have no idea what I’m taking about.

Sounds like a good time, eh? Join us, underling! Here’s how:


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

Unless you’re the kind of person who has a spreadsheet listing all of their socks, no. If you want cram all 31 movies into the last 48 hours, it’s your funeral.

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

You can. You can also eat the same food every meal. And listen to the same song on repeat every day. You garbage human.

3. Do I have to finish every movie?

Yes, my dearies, you must clean your plate.

4. How do I play?

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

1: THE DESCENT: Cannibal cave people and unstable, bone-lined paths. A pretty terrible vacation, all told. #31HorrorFilms31Days

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 rack up more than anyone else you know.) And if you fail to watch 31? Then you are honor-bound, as punishment, to spend November 1 watching Spooky Buddies (see below). WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS. Do not test us.


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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