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After much deliberation, second-guessing and more than a little trepidation, I believe that I’ve finally selected this year’s October viewing. Since the order will depend, on some extent, to things that are rather out of my control (my experiences with our illustrious postal service are, shall we say, less than satisfactory), there will be a certain element of spontaneity to some of these choices. That being said, I can still pinpoint the very first and very last screenings: in order to shake things up, this Halloween-season will begin with a screening of Carpenter’s seasonal classic and end with a Halloween-night viewing of the neo-classic Trick r Treat. In no particular order, then, I present to you the 65 films that I plan to screen next month:

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) / The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 2 (1986) — TCM franchise

Blood Glacier (2014) / The Thing (1982) — frozen terror

Land of the Dead (2005) / Diary of the Dead (2008) — George Romero

The Descent (2005) / Dog Soldiers (2002) — Neil Marshall

Dead Alive (1992) / Undead (2003) — the laughing undead

House of 1000 Corpses (2003) / The Devil’s Rejects (2005) — Rob Zombie

The World’s End (2013) / Alien (1979) — aliens

Halloween (1978) / Halloween II (1981) — Halloween franchise

The Last Winter (2006) / The Burrowers (2008) — indie horror

Trick r Treat (2008) / All Hallows Eve (2013) — the reason for the season

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) / Kiss of the Damned (2012) — vampire lovers

Invaders From Mars (1986) / Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) — alien invasions

Thale (2012) / I’m Not Scared (2003) — foreign horror

Splice (2009) / Cube (1997) / Haunter (2013) — Vincenzo Natali

Doc of the Dead (2014) / World War Z (2013) — zombie films

Alien Abduction (2014) / Unidentified (2013) — indie aliens

Mr. Jones (2013) / Static (2012) — couples in crisis

Torment (2013) / The Snowtown Murders (2011) / Simon Killer (2012) — serial killers

Poultrygeist (2006) / Tromeo & Juliet (1995) / The Toxic Avenger IV (2002) — Troma films

Visitors (2003) / Dead Birds (2005)

The Vampire Lovers (1970) / Argento’s Dracula (2012) — Euro vampires

The Happy House (2013) / Dead Silence (2007) — haunted houses

Inbred (2012) / Botched (2007) — bloody hilarious

Kill Zombie! (2011) / The Returned (2013) — foreign zombies

Stage Fright (2014) / Chillerama (2011) — horror-comedies

Some Guy Who Kills People (2011) / Hellbenders (2012) — gallows humor

Omnivores (2013) / Ravenous (1999) — cannibals

Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) / Dark Space (2013) — sci-fi horror

Stoker (2013) / Under the Skin (2014) — arthouse horror

The Den (2013) / Antisocial (2013) — low-budget

House of Whipcord (1972) / Ichi the Killer (2011) — the pleasure and the pain

As you can see, I’m planning at least a double-feature for every day, although I’ll try to cram in a few extras on the weekends (one of the greatest unmitigated joys in this world is rising early on a Saturday morning and watching one film after the other until the sun goes down). I’m pretty sure that some old favorites like Night of the Living Dead and Nightmare on Elm Street 3 will sneak into the list, as well, but we’ll have to cross that bridge when we come to it. As always, there’s every likelihood that the list will change a bit, as new films become available, but this should be pretty solid.

And there we have it, folks: 65 films, 37 of which will be brand new to my jaded little eyes. I present to you the upcoming 31 Days of Halloween. Get ready: the evil approaches.

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