In this post, I am rewinding the clock to revisit 60 Days of Halloween – a 60-day horror marathon I undertook back in 2018. I originally covered 60 Days of Halloween through a series of daily posts, but today I am re-publishing everything in one (long) post.

The following is all the content, as it originally appeared (from September 2018 – October 2018). Enjoy!

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60 Days of Halloween

I am a self-confessed Halloween nut. I really, really like Halloween.

Birthdays are OK, Christmas is fine, but Halloween is more my thing and as such, each year I get very excited in the run-up to October 31st. Yeah, I know it’s only the beginning of September, but as I’ve just stated, I get very excited in the run-up and as far as I’m concerned that’s now!

Each year, as the evenings begin to get shorter, the leaves start to fall and the temperature drops, I get in the autumnal/Halloween mindset. This means, I stock up on sweet treats, I contemplate this year’s Halloween costume and I kick-start a Halloween-themed marathon.

My Halloween marathons usually consist of a set number of days where I watch/read/partake in some kind of horror-themed activity. This can be anything from watching a scary movie to pumpkin carving and so on.

The Halloween marathons vary in length and usually begin when I’m feeling in the mood to throw myself into the season. In 2016, I undertook 52 days of Halloween; in 2017 it was a whooping 270 days!!

Yep, for 270 days of 2017 (beginning in February) I took part in a daily Halloween-themed activity. It was fun, it was intense, it’s something I won’t be repeating in a hurry. I love Halloween, but 270 days was far too long.

This year, I am kick-starting my Halloween marathon TODAY! As such, this year it will be 60 Days of Halloween – a far easier to manage celebration.

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Day 1

I started 60 Days of Halloween this morning with a viewing of the 1964 Japanese horror movie, Onibaba – a film I had never seen before. Very creepy, Onibaba gets the thumbs up from me!

If you’ve never watched Onibaba and you fancy giving it a go, then you should expect a small-scale affair which is low on scares, but big on atmosphere. It’s best viewed with the lights off.

Tomorrow I will continue the marathon with another horror-related offering and then so on up until Halloween 2018. There are no real rules to the marathon, just a self-imposed effort to try and incorporate as much new material into the event as possible.

This year, I’ve got a bunch of new films I want to watch and who knows, maybe a few new activities too. 60 Days of Halloween is officially underway.

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Day 2

Image: ©BBC

For those who have just walked in, yesterday morning I kick-started a 60 day Halloween marathon – a two-month run of horror themed activities.

Today, I continued 60 Days of Halloween with the viewing of the documentary Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema: Horror. And if you like documentaries, then it’s certainly worth a watch.

Presented by film critic and movie expert, Mark Kermode and co-written by author and film journalist, Kim Newman, Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema: Horror is an hour-long look at the horror genre. From iconic monsters to jump scares, the documentary focuses on all the key tropes that go into a frightening feature, with examples from some of the best movies in horror.

I like Mark Kermode and I love watching movie documentaries, so opting for Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema: Horror this morning was pretty much a no-brainer – and a great way to kick-start my day. More importantly, this documentary is part of a five-part series, which I’m currently working my way through, so today’s episode lined-up perfectly with my Halloween-a-thon.

Should you want to watch any of the episodes of Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema – including the horror episode – then head on over to the BBC iPlayer where all the episodes are currently available to stream.

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Day 3

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Good morning, it is day three of 60 Days of Halloween and for this morning’s movie choice – and yes, I did watch a movie ridiculously early this morning – I opted for Shrooms (2007). Directed by Paddy Breathnach and written by Pearse Elliott, Shrooms is a stalk-and-slash horror where a group of youths, out of their minds on mushrooms, are dispatched one-by-one on a weekend getaway.

Was Shrooms any good?

*Sigh* 

No – not really and rather annoyingly, this film has been sat in my Netflix list waiting for me to watch it for AGES, so I wanted it to be better than it was.

Shrooms is a low budget horror which relies heavily on stalk-and-slash clichés (stoner teens, hillbillies etc) and as such it doesn’t really offer anything original. The ending presents a bit of a twist, but the hour-and-25-minutes that come before is just an exercise in covering old ground.

I didn’t hate Shrooms – jeez, I’ve watched much, much worse – but I didn’t think much of it either. Overall, I was pretty indifferent about the whole film meaning this is a one-time-only watch and I will not be returning to it again.

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Day 4

Image: ©DC Comics

Good morning – and what a morning it is, for I’ve kick-started this Wednesday with a comic book classic from the archives – Action Comics Annual #1!

Why have I read this particular comic for 60 Days of Halloween? Why, because the story sees Batman and Superman take on a vampire of course!

Image: ©DC Comics

For today’s jaunt into horror I opted for a bit of reading with an old story that I’ve read a number of times before. In this tale, Batman investigates strange goings on in a small town and when things don’t quite add up, he calls Superman in for back-up.

I first encountered this story many, many years ago, when it appeared in a UK comic which reprinted US stories. I remember it very well as I was quite young at the time and Skeeter, the vampire girl at the heart of this story, really creeped me out.

She still creeps me out.

Every once in a while I like to dive back into this story, possibly to imagine a reality where Batman & Superman are vampire hunters. I also like to dive back into this comic as part of the fun of doing Halloween marathons is to reconnect with material that has brought me one or two scares previously – and this certainly has.

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Day 5

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It’s day five of 60 Days of Halloween and today’s horror-themed activity involved a trip to the local cinema to check out The Nun – the fifth entry in The Conjuring Universe. Directed by Corin Hardy, The Nun is a spin-off of The Conjuring 2 and is a movie I’ve been waiting patiently for, ever since the first trailer dropped a couple of months ago.

I’m a big fan of The Conjuring Universe and I’m really enjoying seeing the way in which this cinematic universe is being developed and expanded.

Do I like every entry? No – the first Annabelle (2014) movie is a bit ‘meh’, but overall I feel like the world that’s being created is interesting enough to hold my attention, even if some of the material is less than killer.

So, where does The Nun fall into all this?

Well, I’m sad to report that The Nun is also a bit ‘meh’ – failing to stir up any real feeling. Promoted as ‘The darkest entry in The Conjuring Universe‘, The Nun sure is dark, but it’s not really scary or all that interesting.

Why doesn’t it work?

Mostly because the film feels rather bland. Hardy creates the right atmosphere (a fog-filled cemetery, shadowy catacombs, blood etc), but he fails to inject any real oomph into proceedings, resulting in a by-the-numbers affair that meanders along for 90 minutes without raising the tempo.

There are moments designed to make you jump, but they simply don’t do the trick. In fact, while the auditorium at my screening was packed, everyone was rather sedate throughout the whole thing – not something you expect from a movie that’s design to scare the heck out of people.

The saving grace of The Nun is the fact that it does create links back to other entries within The Conjuring Universe and as such it is good to see a few more dots being connected up. As mentioned above, I really do like the way in which this universe is building, so while The Nun isn’t great, it’s also not a complete disappointment.

Of course, despite my feelings on the movie, I’ve no doubt The Nun will do very well at the box office this weekend thanks to an excellent marketing campaign.

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Day 6

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Day six of 60 Days of Halloween and it’s time for a new TV show in the shape of The Purge – a small screen spin-off from the big screen horror series. The first episode – What is America? – landed on Amazon Prime Video earlier this week, so I thought it was about time to give it a whirl.

The Purge is a ten-part series set on Purge night – if you’ve watched any of the movies you’ll know exactly what this is. If you haven’t watched a Purge film, then basically it is one night a year where anything goes – and I mean anything.

Burglary.

Murder.

Stealing little pencils from Argos.

ANYTHING.

To date, I’ve watched three of the four Purge movies and I’m pretty much sold on the premise. As such, when I heard that The Purge was being turned into a TV series I figured it would only be a matter of time before I checked it out.

The verdict on this first episode?

A little slow in places, but it demonstrates a lot of potential. All-in-all, I liked it.

I’m aware the reviews have not been great, but for me What is America? was a strong season opener which makes me want to come back for more. I sometimes struggle to get invested in new shows (there’s far too many to choose from), but this one could be different and at only ten episodes long I’m confident I’ll stick with it over the coming weeks.

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Day 7

Onto day 7 of 60 Days of Halloween and because it’s Saturday, this morning I opted for a vampire-themed double-bill which included an episode of cartoon classic, Count Duckula and a viewing of the Gothic horror, Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992).

For my thoughts on Bram Stoker’s Dracula I will point you in the direction of today’s instalment of 90 from the ’90s, which serves up a blow-by-blow account of the movie. In short, I thought it wasn’t bad – it looked good even if it is bizarre at times.

I followed up Bram Stoker’s Dracula with a 1990 episode of Count Duckula, titled: The Return of the Curse of the Secret of the Mummy’s Tomb Meets Frankenduckula’s Monster and the Wolf-Man and the Intergalactic Cabbage…

As a kid, I used to watch Count Duckula A LOT, but I don’t recall this episode, so it made for great viewing this morning. It also acted as the perfect palate cleanser after watching Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Day 8

Day 8 of 60 Days of Halloween and it’s been another double-bill of horror today, with ‘monsters’ as the theme. The first subject focused on monsters of the more traditional variety, while the second looked at humans as monsters.

Monsters (2010)

First up, during the early hours of this morning I sat down to watch Gareth Edward’s Monsters (2010) – a film that I’d never watched before. I’d heard good things about the movie, so felt like today was the right day to finally give it a watch.

For those that have never seen Monsters, the film looks at what life would be like if alien lifeforms were on Earth and certain areas were designated as no-go zones. While the movie is light on monsters (very light), the premise is solid and it’s well directed so it’s a good film if you fancy it.

The Wicker Man – The Final Cut

Movie number two, which I watched this afternoon, was The Wicker Man – The Final Cut (1973). I recently upgraded my Wicker Man DVD to a digital HD copy, but until today I had not had the chance to watch it, so today’s viewing was about a month overdue.

I’ve watched The Wicker Man numerous times before, but it never fails to entertain me. The ending is horror in its purest form.

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Day 9

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Good morning boils and ghouls, it’s day nine of 60 Days of Halloween!

For this morning’s haunt… I mean, jaunt into horror I delved into that television classic of yesteryear, Tales From The Crypt. The gruesome anthology series is one of my go-to shows every Halloween, as it offers me some bite-sized horror when I’m pressed for time.

For those who have never watched a single episode of Tales From The Crypt, then know this: Tales From The Crypt is an iconic horror series which ran from 1989 until 1995. Each week, the show served up a macabre tale, usually with the help of some pretty big names from the world of TV and film.

Have I watched every episode? Nope – instead I watch a bunch of episodes every year, usually opting for stories I’ve yet to see. This ensures that the show remains a real treat during this time of the year and something I look forward to catching up with.

The episode I chose this morning was from the show’s sixth season and was called, You, Murderer (1995). The episode boasted a pretty impressive cast, which included John Lithgow, Isabella Rossellini and Humphrey Bogart – an actor who died 38 years prior to the episode being shot.

Utilising digital wizardry, You, Murderer recreated Bogart for the small screen so he could become the main character of the story. Nowadays this kind of thing isn’t uncommon, but back in 1995 this was pretty much unheard of.

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Day 10

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Day 10 of 60 Days of Halloween and today’s slice of horror arrived in the form of the Spanish language ghost story, The Orphanage (2007). Directed by J. A. Bayona, The Orphange is an atmospheric horror movie about a mother and her adopted son.

I’ve had The Orphanage in my possession since last Halloween, when I picked up the Blu-ray rather cheaply from Fopp. The plan was to watch the film as part of last year’s Halloween marathon, but alas, it didn’t happen.

For a year I’ve kept The Orphanage to one side, knowing that this year I’d make a point of watching it early into my Halloween-a-thon. I have to say, while I’m only ten days into 60 Days of Halloween, The Orphanage is easily the best movie I’ve watched so far and has set the bar very high.

Creepy, touching and beautifully directed, The Orphanage proved to be both a trick and a treat. Perfect viewing for Halloween 2018, The Orphanage is marvellous and highly recommended.

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Day 11

Day 11 of 60 Days of Halloween and tonight’s movie choice was Chopping Mall (1986)! Directed by Jim Wynorski, Chopping Mall follows a group of young adults, trapped in a mall and hunted by malfunctioning security robots.

Yep, you read that correctly, “hunted by malfunctioning security robots”. Three robots in total and they spend the majority of the movie trying to kill off the core cast of characters.

Prior to watching this movie, I knew nothing about Chopping Mall. I picked this film purely because of the title and if I’m being honest, I expected it to be awful. I can confirm that Chopping Mall is not awful – in fact, I loved it!

The premise is daft, the budget is low and the robots look a bit ropey, but man, this was a heck of a lot of fun to watch. Plus, Dick Miller makes a cameo!

Dick Miller!

The highlight of the movie?

Well, apart from the classic line – “it’s not you, Ferdy. I guess I’m just not used to being chased around a mall in the middle of the night by killer robots” – the highlight had to be a rather surprising (and shocking) death scene that took place around 33 minutes into the movie. I did not expect that!

Overall, Chopping Mall turned out to be a great little horror movie. Plus, as it clocks in at just over 1hr 15 minutes, it doesn’t wear our its welcome!

Marvellous.

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Day 12

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Today I opted to watch an episode of classic ’90s sitcom, Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I picked this show for two reasons:

1.) I watch at least one episode of Sabrina every year around Halloween.

2.) The trailer for the new Sabrina show (from Netflix) will make it’s debut later today.

As a new era of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is just around the corner, it made sense that for this morning’s episode I should go all the way back to the very beginning of the series to watch the pilot episode. Dating back to 1996, Pilot introduced all of the key characters (Sabrina, Salem, Zelda, Hilda, Harvey etc) and explained the premise of the show.

And now for an interesting fact for you: The character of Mr. Pool – Sabrina’s biology teacher throughout the first season – was played by Paul Feig. Feig is perhaps best known as the director of comedies including Bridesmaids (2011), The Heat (2013) and Ghostbusters (2016)

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Day 13

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Day 13 of 60 Days of Halloween and it was back to comics this morning for a six-issue read through of the Dark Horse/Dynamite Entertainment comic, Aliens/Vampirella (2015-2016).

While I’m very familiar with Aliens (both in film and comics), I’m not so familiar with Vampirella. I’m aware of Vampirella as a character, but I’ve never read any stories featuring her. Well, that was until this morning when I dived into this book.

Any good?

I suppose that depends on how much you like the idea of seeing these two properties team-up. I’ve read many Aliens comics and I can’t say this one differed from the tried and tested formula: Space ship crash lands on a planet infested with Xenomorphs. The ship’s crew get picked off, only a few people survive.

The good thing about this book was that I learnt a couple of things about Vampirella. Plus, the artwork by Javier Garcia-Miranda was pretty neat too.

Aliens/Vampirella was OK – not bad, just not particularly memorable.

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Day 14

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Day 14 of 60 Days of Halloween continued today with a movie double-bill which required a rather long trip to the cinema. Today I watched THREE movies at the flicks, two of which slotted neatly into my Halloween-a-thon (the other movie was non-Halloween themed).

The two Halloween-themed movies today were The House With A Clock In Its Walls (2018) and The Predator (2018). One of these movies I really liked, the other not so much.

The House With A Clock In Its Walls 

The first movie of the day, which I watched at 9:15am (yes, I did go to the cinema that early) was The House With A Clock In Its Walls. The movie – directed by Eli Roth – stars Jack Black and Cate Blanchett and is based on the book of the same name by John Bellairs.

I really liked this movie as not only did it balance the right amount of laughs with scares, it also felt like a great family-friendly Halloween film, similar in tone to Goosebumps (2015), Casper (1995), The Addams Family (1991) etc. So there were creepy characters, but there was also a lot of fun to be had.

Eli Roth, known for his pretty gruesome horror movies such as The Green Inferno (2013) had to reduce the gore factor for this movie, but his mark was still stamped all over the picture. The result was a surprisingly effective film and one I’d recommend for the teen crowd looking for a bit of fun this Halloween.

The Predator

The second movie I watched today was The Predator, the latest entry in the long-running action/sci-fi/horror series. The movie – which was set on Halloween – saw a couple of Predators land on Earth (again) and go head-to-head with a shadowy government agency, as well as a rag-tag bunch of service men.

The reviews for The Predator have been so-so and I have to agree with the general consensus. While I didn’t hate The Predator, I didn’t particularly like it either and by the end of the movie I was pretty bored.

I’ll go into a few more details in a follow-up post, but in short I thought it was watchable but pretty ‘meh’ overall.

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Day 15

Another busy day today, but I still managed to fit in a movie for 60 Days of Halloween and that movie was Nightmare City (1980).

If you’ve never watched Nightmare City then do yourself a favour… and skip it. After 90 minutes of viewing, I’m not entirely sure what I just watched and I’m pretty certain it didn’t make any sense.

*Thinks about it for a moment*

Yeah, it didn’t make any sense at all.

Directed by Umberto Lenzi, Nightmare City focuses on a zombie outbreak that… ah heck, here’s the movie’s synopsis according to Wikipedia:

“The film stars Hugo Stiglitz as a television news reporter who witnesses the collapse of order in a city overrun by irradiated blood-drinking ghouls. Victims of the ghouls rise from the dead to join the host, adding to the chaos.”

Here’s what you really need to know:

The “irradiated blood-drinking ghouls” look shockingly bad; the film has some very bad dubbing; and the film isn’t scary in the slightest. There is a mildly cool scene during the first act which involves a plane filled with zombies, but beyond that it’s all pretty rubbish.

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Day 16 of 60 Days of Halloween and it’s an old favourite – Disney’s Trick or Treat.

Released in 1952, Trick or Treat is an eight-minute short set on Halloween. The cartoon stars Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey & Louie and Witch Hazel and is perhaps best remembered for a rather catchy jingle that plays throughout the short (Trick or Treat for Halloween).

I’ve watched Trick or Treat many times over the years because it offers a short burst of fun around this time of the year. The crux of the cartoon is that Donald Duck is being a jerk but he eventually gets his comeuppance – and who doesn’t want to see that?

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Day 17

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Every year, at some point during my Halloween marathon, I like to pick out a few ‘Halloween specials’ – i.e. TV shows/comics that aren’t scary or connected to the horror genre in any way, but are instead related to the Halloween theme. And this brings me onto today’s Halloween choice which doesn’t contain any monsters or ghouls, but instead involves a story set on Halloween.

For this morning’s entry in 60 Days of Halloween I opted to read the Marvel comic, The Amazing Spider-Man: The Short Halloween (2009). The comic is a comedic tale about a case of mistaken identity between Spider-Man and a (drunk) guy wearing a Spidey Halloween costume.

Written by Bill Hader and Seth Myers, The Short Halloween features art by Kevin Maguire.

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Day 18

60 Days of Halloween continued this morning with an old favourite – Tim Burton’s Vincent (1982).

Vincent is a stop-motion short, written and directed by Burton when he worked as a conceptual artist for Walt Disney Productions. The short focuses on a young boy called Vincent Malloy and features narration by horror legend, Vincent Price.

I watch Vincent pretty much every Halloween, as not only is it a beautifully haunting tale, it’s also a whole heap of fun. The short is one of a growing collection of Halloween treats that I just love revisiting time-and-time again.

Vincent has never received an official, standalone release, instead it has only ever been included as a bonus extra with the special edition of A Nightmare Before Christmas. However, should you want to watch it (and you don’t own A Nightmare Before Christmas) the short can usually be found on YouTube.

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Day 19

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For tonight’s movie choice I opted for late ’90s sci-fi horror, The Faculty.

I’ve not watched this film for years – quite possibly since it was first released – so it was fun to revisit The Faculty. Sure the effects looked pretty bad, but if I remember correctly even back during 1998 the CGI looked terrible.

One thing I did note tonight was just how ’90s this film is – parts of it felt like an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Plus the film was written by Kevin Williamson – the go-to writer for ’90s horror – and it featured a cameo from Harry Knowles.

I forgot Harry Knowles was a thing. In fact, watching this film prompted me to Google Ain’t It Cool to see if the site was still around. It is.

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Day 20

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60 Days of Halloween continued tonight with a double-bill of Are You Afraid of the Dark? – the classic children’s horror show from the 1990s.

Yay!

I LOVE ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? – it is a show I revisit every year around this time. Usually I watch episodes I’ve not watched before, but tonight I really wanted to catch up with a couple of my favourite episodes: The Tale of Laughing in the Dark (1992) and The Tale of the Phone Police (1994).

For those that have never watched an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, the show revolves around a group of kids who meet up around a campfire to tell spooky stories. The show ran for seven seasons and while it is cheesy as heck, it was a great little show back in its day.

Should you want to watch episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark? you might like to know that every season is available to watch FOR FREE on YouTube, via the Are You Afraid of the Dark? channel.

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Day 21

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60 Days of Halloween continued today with yet another double-bill, but this time the theme revolved around Christmas!

Yes, I know that tomorrow is officially the first day of autumn and Christmas is a way off yet, but whilst out and about earlier today I noticed that Sainsbury’s was selling mince pies. This wasn’t an isolated incident – ASDA are selling them too.

So, I used the mince pies as inspiration for today’s movie choices, which resulted in a back-to-back film fest this afternoon of Black Christmas (1974) and The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). One was a family-friendly Disney movie… the other was not.

I’ve seen The Nightmare Before Christmas more times than I care to think about. What’s not to love about that movie?

As for Black Christmas this was a first-time watch and… er… it was OK.

I’m aware that Black Christmas is considered a cult classic and I can see why some people like it, but the film didn’t quite do it for me. Still, I always welcome new material, so I’m glad that I’ve finally watched it.

Hmm… what will tomorrow bring?

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Day 22

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Yesterday, for 60 Days of Halloween, I watched a Christmas-themed double-bill of Black Christmas (1974) and The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). Today, I’ve continued the Christmas theme with the 2015 festive horror, Krampus.

Directed by Michael Dougherty and filled with a healthy dose of black comedy, Krampus is a Christmas horror film based around the Krampus character from Austro-Bavarian folklore. Part Gremlins (1984), part Home Alone (1990), the film is a deliciously dark tale which serves up a fair few chills.

You know, people often forget that Christmas is a great time for horror stories, because everyone is all happy and excited for Christmas Day, but the truth is this is the perfect time for a few scares. Why? Because it’s a point in time when we all let our guard down and that’s when the ghosts and ghouls are given a prime opportunity to strike!

This is my second viewing of Krampus – the first time I watched it was back during Christmas 2015. I’d forgotten just how good this movie is and just how much it uses the festive season to develop the horror.

If you’ve never seen Krampus, give it a whirl. Or better yet, save it for December and watch it along with all of the other festive favourites.

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Day 23

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60 Days of Halloween continued this morning with an episode of the horror anthology show, Lore. For those unfamiliar with Lore, the series – based on the podcast of the same name – tells the origins of classic horror stories via documentary footage and reenactments.

Prior to this morning’s viewing, I had listened to an episode of the Lore podcast but I had not seen a single episode of the TV show. So, for my first flutter with Lore I opted to pick the sixth episode, Unboxed, which tells the story of Robert – a seemingly haunted doll.

I plumped for this episode for two reasons:

  • Stories about haunted/possessed dolls are always creepy to watch.
  • Whether I believe the story or not, Robert is a real doll (he’s on exhibit at the East Martello Museum in Key West, Florida) and as such, the story surrounding this subject fascinates me.

So, how did I find Lore?

I’d say it treated me very well.

I really enjoyed the episode and am now interested to watch the rest of the series. I doubt I will have time to slot any more in while I’m working my way through 60 Days of Halloween, but I will most certainly pick it back up in November.

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Day 24

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Day 24 of 60 Days of Halloween and tonight’s movie choice was M. Night Shyamalan’s, The Visit (2015).

I chose this film to watch today for two reasons:

1.) On the whole I like M. Night Shyamalan’s work and consider The Visit to be a true return to form for the director, following a few sub par movies (Lady in the Water etc). I’ve only watched this film once before, so I felt like revisiting it.

2.) Tonight’s movie was watched in the company of my husband, so I wanted to pick something that would make him think a little about what he was watching. As Shyamalan is known for his misdirection, I wanted to see whether or not he’d work out the twist in this tale.

If you’ve not watched The Visit, but you like some of Shyamalan’s other movies (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Split, etc) I recommend this one. Don’t Google it; don’t read up on it; just watch and see what you think.

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Day 25

60 Days of Halloween continued this morning with a sharp burst of horror in the form of a YouTube short. The short (which you can watch below) came via the CryptTV channel – a YouTube channel dedicated to horror – and was titled Troubled Youth (2018).

YouTube is filled with little slices of horror which is all free and readily available to creep you out. Some shorts are rubbish, but there’s a lot of promising content out there, so it’s worth taking a look.

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Day 26

Day 26 of 60 Days of Halloween and I kicked off the morning with the (very) low budget horror movie, Pool Party Massacre (2017).

The film – directed by Drew Marvick – is about… er… a pool party… and er… a massacre. Although, I’m not sure you can class it as a party when there’s only six people at the shindig.

Anyway, this film wasn’t great. There’s low budget and then there’s just no budget.

I can see what Marvick was going for, but the limitations of the budget were clear and as a result the material fell flat. It’s a shame, because there was some fun in the script, but it just didn’t translate on screen, mostly because the acting was appalling throughout and felt like it had been lifted from a bad porno (or so I’ve been led to believe).

There were a few attempts to give the film an ’80s-vibe (the music, an 8-bit-style intro, the title of the movie etc) but these things all felt like minor additions to make the film seem retro. Perhaps if the film had been set during the 1980s then it might have worked better.

The highlight? Towards the end, Marvick turned up and acted everyone else off the screen.

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Day 27

60 Days of Halloween continued this morning with a YouTube documentary – Scream: Halloween Special (Ghost Documentary) – Real Stories. The documentary looked at a collection of supernatural stories from around the world and ran for just under 50 minutes in length (see below).

So, why did I pick this for today’s choice?

Well, I really like documentaries and I’m always interested in ghost stories – even if I don’t believe in ghosts.

Full disclosure: While I have an interest in horror and I do get scared at ghost stories, I don’t actually believe in ghosts. I want to believe, but until I have firm proof of such things then I view all ghost stories as just that – a story and nothing more.

So, if I don’t believe in ghosts, why do I get scared over ghost stories?

Well, it’s simple really – most ghost stories (film, TV, real life), play up certain tropes that we have all come to associate with ghosts (noises, lighting, situations etc). As such, when we see/hear these tropes we automatically feel scared, regardless of whether we believe or not.

And who doesn’t like to get scared?

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Day 28

Image: ©BBC

60 Days of Halloween continued this morning with a rather creepy episode of BBC comedy anthology series, Inside No. 9. The episode I opted for was the first story taken from the third season – The Devil of Christmas (2016).

For those who haven’t seen this episode (which included me, before this morning), The Devil of Christmas is a neat little story featuring the Krampus. The episode was shot in the style of a 1970s TV movie and includes a DVD-style commentary.

I won’t spoil anything, I’ll simply say its a very clever episode, very well executed.

I LOVE Inside No. 9 – it is such a good series – and I adored this episode.

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Day 29

I’m almost halfway through this year’s Halloween-a-thon and today I’ve made time for an episode of the 1972 supernatural anthology series, Ghost Story.

Last year, during my epic 270 Days of Halloween, I watched an episode of Ghost Story – the pilot episode, The New House. I didn’t get time to watch any additional episodes, so this year I thought I’d continue where I left off.

The episode I opted for this time around was House of Evil – a story about a young girl (played by Jodie Foster no less) and her evil grandfather. The episode was suitably creepy and provided the perfect viewing material for an early morning dose of the macabre.

Huzzah!

If I get time, I will come back to Ghost Story as I like the show. We’ll just have to see what the next 31 days brings and whether or not I can find the time.

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Day 30

I’ve reached Day 30 of 60 Days of Halloween and that means two things:

1.) It’s the 1st of October (the ACTUAL month of Halloween).

2.) I’m now at the midway point of this year’s Halloween-a-thon.

Hurrah!

As if I’ve done 30 days already!

Anyway, with 30 days now under my belt I thought it would be a good time to re-watch the original Halloween (1978) – one of my favourite horror movies! Sure, today is my wedding anniversary and my husband and I should probably be out at a fancy restaurant eating a delicious meal, but what screams love more than watching Michael Myers carve up a bunch of teens?

Don’t answer that question.

I won’t waffle on about Halloween, as I’ve discussed the movie before in a previous post, I shall simply say that watching Halloween really gets me into the spooky spirit. Plus, it preps me for Halloween (2018), which hits cinema screens in a couple of weeks.

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Day 31

Image: ©Netflix

Day 31 of 60 Days of Halloween and this morning I decided to take a look through Netflix in order to catch up on the many, many horror films I have on my ‘to watch’ list. After a bit of debating, I opted to watch the Australian zombie/survivalist movie, Cargo.

And what a great choice that was!

Directed by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke, Cargo is set in a world ravaged by a virus. The movie stars Martin Freeman as a father who is trying his best to keep his baby daughter safe, while the whole world around him is falling apart.

The zombie genre is getting a little tired and we’ve reached the point where everything has been done before (countless times before in fact), but that doesn’t stop Cargo from being a great movie. Low in budget, but high in characterisation, the film touches on various themes which are very relevant today and presents a portrait of love, loss and hope.

The zombie theme is subtly played and there are no big scares, so it’s even suitable for those who are not big on horror. Big thumbs up for this one and highly recommended.

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Day 32

Day 32 of 60 Days of Halloween and for this morning’s offering I decided to keep things very simple by revisiting a music AND Halloween classic – Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1983).

This one needs little explanation as Thriller is a track which is played constantly throughout October (at every Halloween party and disco) and is as good now as it was back in 1983. For my money, this is one of the best music videos of all time.

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Day 33 – 36

60 Days of Halloween continued over the weekend (Thursday to Sunday) with Grimmfest 2018 – a four-day horror film festival at the Odeon Manchester.

I had a weekend pass to the event, which provided me with access to everything on offer, so here are all of the movies/shorts/Q&As that I attended:

Thursday 4th October:

  • Re-Animator + Intro and Q&A with actress Barbra Crampton
  • Await Further Instructions + Q&A with cast/crew
  • Girls with Balls + Director introduction

Await Further Instructions was my top pick of Thursday. It proved to be a gripping, timely horror – certainly worth a watch.

Friday 5th October:

  • Lifechanger 
  • Office Uprising + Producer Q&A
  • Dead Night + Intro and Q&A with actress Barbra Crampton
  • Tigers Are Not Afraid
  • Summer of ’84
  • Seven shorts: Mystery Box; RFLKTR; Instinct; We Summoned a Demon; The Dollmaker; A Death Story Called Girl; and Dead Cool.

My two top picks from Friday were Office Uprising and Summer of ’84. Office Uprising was a fun comedy horror in the vein of The Belko Experiment, while Summer of ’84 was a fantastic throwback to ’80s suburban horror (The ‘Burbs, Fright Night etc) with a killer soundtrack and an excellent cast. I’ve since bought this film on Amazon Video (more about that tomorrow).

As for the shorts, We Summoned a Demon and The Dollmaker were fab, but the top pick has to go to Dead Cool which was simply superb. This is a short which needs to be seen and could have easily been developed into a longer story or incorporated into an anthology film.

Saturday 6th October:

  • Nightmare Cinema + Producer Intro and Q&A
  • The Witch in the Window + Director/cast Intro and Q&A
  • Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich + Intro and Q&A with actress Barbra Crampton

Nightmare Cinema was an anthology film that included two very strong chapters, but was let down by three not-so great segments. The Witch in the Window was the best of Saturday’s films and included a couple of moments which genuinely caused goosebumps – a rarity these days.

Sunday 7th October:

  • Pledge 
  • Short: Conductor

I only watched one film and one short on Sunday and I’m afraid I didn’t think much of either. 😦

During the course of the weekend I watched a total of 12 movies (out of 21) and eight shorts (out of 15). So, that’s roughly half of the weekend’s programme.

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Day 37

Image: ©Gunpowder & Sky

I’m publishing today’s 60 Days of Halloween post BEFORE I’ve undertaken today’s activity. I’m doing this because the movie I plan to (re)watch this evening is one I watched only two days ago.

Let me explain.

Over the course of the weekend, during Grimmfest, I had the opportunity to check out new suburban horror, Summer of ’84 – a movie I LOVED. After watching the film I subsequently bought a digital copy on Amazon Prime Video.

The plan for tonight is to re-watch Summer of ’84, but this time in the company of my husband. I’m not sure if he’s going to love the movie in the same way that I do, but I want to share this one with him.

For those who are unfamiliar with Summer of ’84, the film is a Canadian horror directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissel – the directing team behind 2015’s Turbo Kid. The movie focuses on the Cape May Slayer – a mysterious figure responsible for the disappearance of 13 teenage boys – and a group of friends looking to unravel the mystery.

Summer of ’84 is a great period film which blends together the best bits of The ‘Burbs (1989), The Goonies (1985) and various Stephen King stories, before topping things off with a sumptuous synth soundtrack. It is a callback to yesteryear, perfect for those obsessed with everything ’80s and is devilishly wicked.

My husband is not obsessed with the ’80s in the way that I am (he wasn’t even born in the ’80s) so he may not been as transfixed by Summer of ’84 as I was, but I’m hoping he’ll enjoy it just the same. This film was my favourite feature from Grimmfest and in my opinion a future classic.

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Day 38

Image: ©Hollywood Pictures/The Walt Disney Company

Day 38 and today’s choice was the horror comedy, Arachnophobia. Released in 1990, the movie stars Jeff Daniels, John Goodman and Julian Sands and focuses on a small American town overrun by deadly spiders.

I was fairly young when Arachnophobia was released in cinemas and don’t think I saw the movie until it popped up on TV screens a couple of years later. I recall being creeped out by the film on the first watch (not necessarily scared by it) and genuinely loved it.

Over the years, I’ve revisited Arachnophobia numerous times and on every occasion I enjoy it a little bit more – especially when it comes to John Goodman’s performance. Goodman acts as if he’s in a completely different film to everyone else and his character (an exterminator) brings a light touch to the more darker elements of the story.

Arachnophobia is such a fun movie and one that gets overlooked far too often.

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Day 39

Image: ©Dimension Films

60 Days of Halloween continued this evening with Scream – arguably the most iconic horror movie of the 1990s.

I picked Scream as today’s movie of choice because not only do I enjoy watching it (I’ve seen Scream far too many times to count), but it is also one of a handful of movies which got me interested in the horror genre in the first place. Back during the late ’90s, when I first stumbled across the likes of Halloween (1978), Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and Psycho (1960), Scream was there to show me what modern horror could be like and I loved it!

When I first watched Scream, the movie captured my imagination with its slick approach to horror and its ability to balance mystery, comedy and scares in one neat package. Watching the film again today, I believe it still stands up as a great little movie which knows exactly what it wants to do!

In addition to watching Scream, earlier today while walking through Manchester I noticed more Halloween decorations have been installed in the city centre. I thought I’d share a shot on the blog, so those who don’t live in Manchester can see how the city celebrates Halloween!

How cool is this?

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Day 40

Image: ©Dark Horse Comics

60 Days of Halloween continued this morning with the comic book series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8. The comic is a continuation of the Buffy TV show and picks up shortly after the events of the Season 7 TV finale, Chosen.

I class myself as a big fan of Buffy, yet until today I’d never read any of the comics set after the show finished airing. I’d always planned to, but as the series was an ongoing publication (Season 9, 10 etc), I figured I’d get to it eventually – possibly when the book reached its definitive conclusion.

Last month, Dark Horse Comics’ run on Buffy comics reached its end with the four-part Buffy Season 12 – the final set of comics to be published by Dark Horse. It was at this point that I decided as part of this year’s Halloween marathon I would begin Season 8 and work my way through all the stories published since 2007.

Obviously I can’t read Buffy Seasons 8 – 12 in one day, so over the coming weeks I will continue reading the comic until I complete my journey. From what I’ve read so far, I’m absolutely LOVING this comic!

Season 8 is written very much in the style of the TV show – the same type of humour, the same approach to storytelling and the same sense of arc building. Reading this comic is as good as watching the show – a rarity for a comic book tie-in.

Image: ©Dark Horse Comics

Back during the late ’90s/early ’00s, when Buffy originally aired, I read the comics which Dark Horse Comics published to accompany the show. These comics were published as the show aired and were very hit and miss, mostly because the content couldn’t match what was being shown on screen.

As a TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was ever evolving with characters coming and going and story lines constantly taking the programme off in new directions. As such, the comics struggled to keep up with events and often fell flat.

Earlier this year I re-read those early comics and while some of the stories are fun and the comic DID eventually find its groove, the majority are fairly poor. The old comics struggled to fit comfortably within the time period of the show and as such are now only recommended for completists and the curious only.

As Season 8 is set after the show, the comic has the freedom to explore new territory without having to compete with the series. It can build upon existing continuity and highlight some of the more fantastical elements of the property, without the fear of budget restrictions and that makes for a more enjoyable read.

If, like me, you’re a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer but you’ve never read Buffy Season 8 then I implore you to give this series a go – you won’t regret it. Yes, even if you’re not a big comic book reader.

Buffy Season 8 is the perfect example of how to respect and elevate a property. While some may dismiss the comics as less important than the show that spawned them, I’d argue that from what I’ve read so far this couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Day 41

Image: ©20th Century Fox

Every year, pretty much since the show began, The Simpsons has aired a Halloween-themed episode under the banner of Treehouse of Horror. To date, 28 of these episodes have aired across the previous 29 seasons, with the 29th episode set to hit screens on October 21st as part of Season 30.

The Treehouse of Horror episodes of The Simpsons rank amongst some of my favourites and are now the only new episodes of the show that I watch. They are also the episodes that I regularly revisit each year as part of my Halloween marathons.

This morning I went back to one of my favourites – Treehouse of Horror V (1994). The episode is the one that includes a parody of The Shining (The Shinning), along with the tales Time and Punishment and Nightmare Cafeteria.

Had I had more time this morning then I would have watched a few more episodes, but alas that was not to be. Maybe next year.

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Day 42 & 43

60 Days of Halloween continues this weekend with Extreme Weekend – a weekend mini marathon of Extreme Ghostbusters episodes! All 40 episodes of the animated show are currently on Amazon Prime Video, so between today and tomorrow I plan to watch every single minute of this highly underrated ’90s ‘toon!

This weekend will mark the first time I’ve watched all the episodes as there are a few I’ve never seen before. As a big The Real Ghostbusters/Extreme Ghostbusters fan this excites me greatly!

In addition to Extreme Ghostbusters, today I also found time to squeeze in a new movie – Goosebumps 2 (2018)! Goosebumps 2 goes on general release next week, but as it was previewing this weekend in the UK I felt like it was a must-see.

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Day 44

60 Days of Halloween continued this morning with a short burst of spook-tastic fun in the shape of a classic Casper cartoon.

The short of choice was the 1949 Famous Studios ‘toon, A Haunting We Will Go.

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Day 45

Image: ©Universal Pictures

60 Days of Halloween continued this evening with Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982). The movie – the only Halloween film not to focus on Michael Myers – is a particular favourite of mine and one I like to wheel out every once in a while for a repeat viewing.

Tonight, I convinced my husband to watch Halloween III for the first time. Last week I made him watch Halloween (1978) – in preparation for the new Halloween movie – so tonight I thought it might be fun for him to watch Halloween III too.

I think I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that he really didn’t like Halloween III and thought it was rubbish. Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion… even if they are wrong.

He’s now sat munching away on Halloween candy. I will talk to him, later. For now I think there needs to be silence and he needs to rethink his feelings on Halloween III.

Right, I’m now three quarters of the way through 60 Days of Halloween. I’ve still got a heap of things left to watch before October 31st, but only 15 days left!

Oh, and more importantly I really need to get my Halloween costume sorted!

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Day 46

Image: ©Netflix

60 Days of Halloween continued this morning with The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell – a wickedly bizarre show which recently landed on Netflix. The series is a horror-themed home crafts show, with puppets!

No, seriously.

The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell is effectively a Nigella Lawson or Kirsty Allsopp-style show, via the Muppets Avenue Q. You’ll tune in for the handmade crafts, but you’ll stay for the puppets, specifically Rankle, the sassy mummified cat.

Image: ©Netflix

If you’ve not watched an episode of The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell then give it a whirl. There are six episodes in total, with each running around the 20-25 minute mark.

I’ve watched two episodes so far and I plan to watch the remaining four tonight, while I get to work on my Halloween costume. I’m hoping the crafting element of the show will motivate me to get the sewing kit out and get this costume sorted.

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Day 47

60 Days of Halloween continued today with three classic Looney Tunes shorts, all featuring Bugs Bunny.

The first short was Bewitched Bunny (1954) – a tale featuring Bugs and Witch Hazel. The next was Hair-Raising Hare (1946), a classic short which saw Bugs cross paths with the monstrous, Gossamer.

The final short was Transylvania 6-5000 (1963) – one of the final shorts to be directed by Chuck Jones before he left Warner Bros. and moved to MGM.

I picked shorts today because a.) I was pressed for time and b.) I adore anything to do with the Looney Tunes, so shoehorning them into my Halloween-a-thon was a must!

And for those that checked in with 60 Days of Halloween yesterday, you might like to know I did find time to work on my Halloween costume last night and now it’s all done and dusted – bar a few last minute items (face paint, hair spray).

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Day 48

Image: ©Disney

60 Days of Halloween continued this evening with a devilish duo – a viewing of Hocus Pocus (1993) AND a spot of pumpkin carving!

Whoop!

Watching Hocus Pocus has become somewhat of an annual tradition, as it is THE PERFECT movie for Halloween. Over the last few years, I’ve also combined Hocus Pocus with pumpkin carving because it is THE PERFECT thing to do around Halloween.

Yeah, I know it’s a little early for pumpkin carving, but we always do it early in our house.

Here are tonight’s results of the carving session…

On the left is my pumpkin, which is inspired by the Jack O’Lantern from the intro to Halloween (1978). On the right is my husband’s pumpkin inspired by the game, Dark Souls.

We now have lots of pumpkin innards all over the floor. Guess it’s time to get the vacuum cleaner out.

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Day 49 & 50

Last night myself, my husband and one of my best friends went to the local cinema to check out the new movie, Halloween. During the early hours of this morning I published a post detailing my thoughts, which you should check out, but in short I LOVED it!

Image: ©Universal Pictures

Our local cinema charges a bargain price of £4.99 per ticket at present, which is pretty decent compared to the inflated prices at some cinemas. However, last night, because Halloween was such a big deal for us, we upgraded our tickets to a ‘Scene’ screening, which provided us with access to a VIP section of the cinema.

For £15, we were able to sit upstairs on the balcony (on leather seats no less), with access to refillable soft drinks, popcorn and nachos all included in the price. In addition, we also had access to the Scene Bar – a private bar that we were able to relax in prior to the screening.

It’s rare that we upgrade, but on this occasion it seemed like a great option as it made going to watch Halloween more of an event. Plus, who doesn’t want refillable nachos?!

Anyway, we loved the experience, loved the film and judging from the reaction of the audience, Halloween was a big hit all round!

So that was Saturday. For today’s excursion into realm of horror, we’re off to watch John Carpenter in concert at the Manchester Albert Hall!

I saw John Carpenter in concert back in 2016, when he did a similar set in Manchester. I’m very excited about tonight’s performance.

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Day 51

Image: ©Image Comics

60 Days of Halloween continued this morning with issue #1 of Gideon Falls. Described as an ‘urban horror’ the comic is from Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino, the creative team behind Old Man Logan and Green Arrow.

I opted to read Gideon Falls issue #1 this morning, because the first issue is currently available FREE on Comixology. I also picked this comic as today’s choice simply because I’ve had another VERY BUSY weekend and I needed something to dip into that wouldn’t be too taxing on my poor brain.

My understanding is that the comic is currently up to its 7th issue and it has been optioned for TV, so there is plenty more Gideon Falls content out there should I want to follow up this first issue. But I’ll leave that for another time.

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Day 52

Image: ©Netflix

60 Days of Halloween continued this morning with the new Netflix show, The Haunting of Hill House. I had heard good things about this series, so decided to give it a go as part of my Halloween marathon.

Three episodes in and…

…I’m struggling. I really can’t get into this series.

I’ve been told it really gets going from the third episode on, but I’m simply not feeling it.

Will I carry on?

I honestly don’t know.

I have a general rule, which is if something doesn’t click within two episodes then I move on. I’ve given this three and while it’s not bad, it’s simply not grabbing me and I’m not sure I want to spend any more time on it.

I may give it another go after 60 Days of Halloween concludes, but for now I think I’ll move on.

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Day 53

Image: ©Marvel Comics

60 Days of Halloween continued this morning with a comic book story, Doorway to Darkness, which was originally published in Marvel Comics Presents issues #101 – #106 (1992). The story sees Doctor Strange and Ghost Rider team up to protect a young boy from the clutches of the demon, Gorn.

For those unfamiliar with Marvel Comics Presents, the book was an ongoing anthology series focusing on various characters from the Marvel Universe. For the majority of its run, the book was a portmanteau, containing multiple stories which allowed for a real mix of tales.

During the ’00s, Marvel Comics attempted to revive Marvel Comics Presents but it never really took off.

Personally, I feel that Marvel Comics Presents would be ideal for a television adaptation, especially if it focused on the darker tales of the Marvel Universe. Perhaps this could be a way for the MCU to broaden into horror.

Anyway, I’m now into the final week of 60 Days of Halloween. I still have a few things to check off my list, it’s just finding the time to fit it all in.

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Day 54

Image: ©Paramount Pictures

60 Days of Halloween continued this morning with a movie – Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) – the fifth entry in the Friday the 13th series.

The reason for today’s choice?

Well, having watched a couple of Halloween movies recently, I was in the mood to watch an entry from the Friday the 13th series too. Scouting around on Netflix I discovered that currently only one of the 12 entries is available to stream – Part V.

For those who have never seen Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, the movie is set a number of years after the events of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984). With mass murderer, Jason Voorhees seemingly killed off in the previous movie, the central mystery of this entry is the question: Who is the killer currently dispatching teens under the guise of Jason?

What?

I’m not going to tell you. You’ll have to watch it for yourself!

Anyway, I’m now in the tail-end of this year’s Halloween-a-thon and that means I’ve already eaten far too many sweets and I’ve seen a lot of horror movies in a very short space of time. Am I getting burn out?

Nah!

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Day 55 & 56

Image: ©Disney

60 Days of Halloween continued over Friday and into today with a number of treats.

On Friday we held a small Halloween gathering for friends. Nothing major, just a chance for a few people to get together, and have a catch-up.

Oh and of course, a spot of dressing up.

This year, myself and the husband opted for a connected costume.

I say “opted” – I told him what we were dressing up as and he went along with it. 😉

Anyway, here are a few shots of us as…

Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers

There may have been a few drinks involved in last night’s gathering, which is why I’m currently feeling a little worse for wear. The cure? More Halloween fun, of course!

As this is the big Halloween weekend (i.e. the last weekend before Halloween) this morning I’ve watched horror double-bill – The Green Inferno (2013) and Halloween II (1981).

Image: ©Universal Pictures

60 Days of Halloween continues tomorrow and I already know what’s in store. I’m very excited as I will be watching one of my all-time favourite shows.

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Day 57

60 Days of Halloween continued today with a heck of a lot of TV.

First up, I kick-started the day with one of my all-time favourite cartoon shows – and a regular within my Halloween-a-thons – The Real Ghostbusters. 

This morning I watched a bunch of episodes of the show, including fan-favourites such as Citizen Ghost, Mrs Roger’s Neighbourhood and When Halloween Was Forever. I plan to watch a few more episodes this evening and will no doubt continue with random episodes of the show from now until Halloween.

In between all these episodes of The Real Ghostbusters, I’ve also been playing catching up on the latest season of Doctor Who. I’ve worked my way through the first three episodes of the season, to get me up-to-date, and so far so good.

And if that wasn’t enough, I’ve just watched the first episode of Netflix’s new horror series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The show is VERY different from the ’90s Sabrina, but based on this first episode alone it is off to a good start.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is very stylised, but it’s good. I just need to find the time to watch the remaining nine episodes of the series.

So yeah, it’s been a pretty busy day today.

Oh and before I forget, over the past couple of days, when I’ve been out and about, I’ve spotted a few monsters lurking around Manchester city centre.

Manchester has been invaded by monsters. They randomly appear around the city and look pretty awesome, right?

60 Days of Halloween continues tomorrow. Things are starting to wind down a little now in my Halloween-a-thon, but there’s still three more days of tricks & treats to come.

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Day 58

Image: ©Netflix

Directed by McG, The Babysitter is a teen horror comedy which arrived on Netflix late last year. I watched it in 2017 as part of my Halloween-a-thon and enjoyed it so much I thought I’d give it a re-watch this year.

If you’ve not watched The Babysitter and you’re looking for something to watch, then you should consider adding this one to your list for Halloween. Partnering it up with Summer of ’84 would be a good choice too.

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Day 59

Image: ©Australian Children’s Television Foundation

It’s almost Halloween, which means this year’s Halloween-a-thon is coming to an end.

So, what did I pick as one of my final choices?

An episode of Round the Twist, of course!

For those unfamiliar with the show, Round the Twist was a quirky, Australian children’s TV programme about a young family and their encounters with strange and often spooky situations. The show was initially based around the books by children’s author, Paul Jennings and ran for four seasons between 1989 and 2001.

Yeah, between 1989 and 2001 – that’s not a typo! Round the Twist clocked up 52 episodes throughout its four season run, but those four seasons were spread out across 11 years!

Madness!

In the UK, Round the Twist was extremely popular and received a number of repeat broadcasts on the BBC throughout the early 1990s. The show popped up on Nickelodeon during the late ’90s and the theme tune was recently used on Sainsbury’s Halloween advert too.

Anyway, the episode I opted for this morning was the very first episode of Round the Twist – Skeleton on the Dunny (1989).

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Day 60

Image: ©BBC

And so, I’ve reached the end of 60 Days of Halloween.

This morning, to finish off this year’s Halloween-a-thon, I started the day with the most recent episode of Inside No. 9Dead Line (2018). For those unfamiliar with this episode, it is the Halloween special which aired live on BBC 2 earlier this week.

I watched the episode on BBC iPlayer (so, not live) and it captivated and scared me in equal measures. It’s such a good episode!

I don’t want to give too much away, as it is really worth 30 minutes of your time (without spoilers), but if you are old enough to remember Ghostwatch then this is something you really must watch.

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Right that’s pretty much it for this year’s Halloween-a-thon – and what a Halloween-a-thon it’s been!

From Onibaba to Inside No.9; from Grimmfest to John Carpenter; and from fancy dress to bucket loads of candy, I’m pretty much Halloweened out. But before I sign off, here’s a quick blast of (almost) everything I did for Halloween 2018.

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I think I need a lie down.

*Wipes sweat from brow*

Whatever you’re doing for Halloween, have a good one and maybe we’ll do this all again next year.

Happy Halloween.

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Thank you for taking the time to read this (exhaustive) post on It’s A Stampede!. I hope you enjoyed a run-through of 60 Days of Halloween!

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