Every October, I broaden my cinematic horizons by putting together a big schedule of horror movies I haven’t seen yet. Alas, this year’s plans have been upended by my abduction, and for some reason, my mysterious captors aren’t interested in money. Instead, their ransom demand is that people watch the movies I’ve scheduled. These dudes seem like they mean business, so if you can help me out, I’d really appreciate it. But if you’re too busy, I get it. No pressure!

The Blob poster

The Blob

Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., Russell S. Doughten Jr., USA, 1958

An alien life form consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

Pumpkinhead poster


Stan Winston, USA, 1988

After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers.

Jack-O poster


Steve Latshaw, USA, 1995

On Halloween, three friends visit an ancient cemetery and unwittingly unleash an evil creature, who seeks the descendants of the farmer who killed him.

Barbarian poster


Zach Cregger, USA, 2022

A woman staying at an Airbnb discovers that the house she has rented is not what it seems.

Vampire’s Kiss poster

Vampires Kiss

Robert Bierman, USA, 1988

After an encounter with a neck-biter, a publishing executive thinks he’s turning into a vampire.

Neon Maniacs poster

Neon Maniacs

Joseph Mangine, USA, 1986

A group of teenagers in San Francisco discover a nest of homicidal monsters living in a tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, but when they try to tell authorities, no one believes them.

Psycho Goreman poster

Psycho Goreman

Steven Kostanski, Canada, 2020

After unearthing a gem that controls an evil monster looking to destroy the Universe, a young girl and her brother use it to make him do their bidding.

The Fan poster

The Fan

Ed Bianchi, USA, 1981

Douglas, a record salesman, is an obsessive fan of actress Sally Ross. When his letters are rejected, he strikes out at her and her loved ones.

Der Fan poster

Der Fan

Eckhart Schmidt, Germany, 1982

The hero worship that Simone has for a pop singer is built to a crescendo until she passes out when she finally sees him up close in a crowd of fans. She is later shocked when he lets her know that he does not love her.

The Last Broadcast poster

The Last Broadcast

Stefan Avalos, Lance Weiler, USA, 1998

A film crew ventures into the forest in search of the mythical “Jersey Devil.”

Saloum poster


Jean Luc Herbulot, Senegal, 2021

In 2003, a trio of mercenaries escaping a coup in Guinea-Bissau take refuge in a hidden region on the Saloum river of Senegal. But something from beyond the grave awaits them there.

Roadgames poster


Richard Franklin, Australia, 1981

A laid-back American truck driver in south Australia starts to suspect a man driving a green van of killing young women along his route, and proceeds to play a cat-and-mouse game in order to catch him red-handed.

Ichi the Killer poster

Ichi the Killer

Takashi Miike, Japan, 2001

As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of achieving.

Watcher poster


Chloe Okuno, United Arab Emirates, 2022

A young American woman moves with her husband to Bucharest, and begins to suspect that a stranger who watches her from the apartment building across the street may be a local serial killer decapitating women.

Speak No Evil poster

Speak No Evil

Christian Tafdrup, Denmark, Netherlands, 2022

A Danish family visits a Dutch family they met on a holiday. What was supposed to be an idyllic weekend slowly starts unraveling as the Danes try to stay polite in the face of unpleasantness.

Nosferatu the Vampyre poster

Nosferatu the Vampyre

Werner Herzog, West Germany, France, 1979

Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror.

Cat People poster

Cat People

Paul Schrader, USA, 1982

A young woman's sexual awakening brings horror when she discovers her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard.

Tetsuo: The Iron Man poster

Tetsuo: The Iron Man

Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Japan, 1989

A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal.

Q poster


Larry Cohen, USA, 1982

NYPD detectives Shepard and Powell are working on a bizarre case of a ritualistic Aztec murder. Meanwhile, something big is attacking people of New York and only greedy small time crook Jimmy Quinn knows where its lair is.

Frankenhooker poster


Frank Henenlotter, USA, 1990

A medical student sets out to recreate his decapitated fiancée by building her a new body made of Manhattan street prostitutes.

Anthropophagus poster


Joe D’Amato, Italy, 1980

A group of friends and a hitchhiker become stranded on a tourist island where they are stalked by a disfigured cannibalistic killer who is prowling the island after killing its residents.

Inferno poster


Dario Argento, Italy, 1980

An American college student in Rome and his sister in New York investigate a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches.

Ghostwatch poster


Leslie Manning, UK, 1992

For Halloween 1992, the BBC decides to broadcast an investigation into the supernatural, but this ground-breaking live television experiment does not go as planned.

Lair of the White Worm poster

Lair of the White Worm

Ken Russell, UK, 1988

When an archaeologist uncovers a strange skull in a foreign land, the residents of a nearby town begin to disappear, leading to further inexplicable occurrences.

If you watch any of these movies, and if you ever see me again, let me know how they are! Crap, I better sign off now. I hear them com