Zuzu Zombie’s #Horrorthon365

For one of the first times since 2000 I was actually able to watch scary movies during the month of October. It took until 2023, but it finally happened. Praise trauma therapy and profound healing! As I’ve been enjoying my favorite genre during the month the gods intended, I’ve been writing microreviews of the films I’m catching — some for the first time, some films I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since I saw them, and other horror favorites I’ve not written about yet.

And because I had so much fun curating my October Halloweenathon, I decided to make it a year-round #Horrorthon365 project with seasonal watchlists. I hope you enjoy this growing collection as much as I do! Subscribe below to get these creepy quick reads straight to your inbox.

🎃Halloweenathon, October 2023🧟‍♀️

  1. Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
  2. Train to Busan (2016)
  3. Bones and All (2022)
  4. The Virgin Suicides (1999)
  5. Bitch Ass (2022)
  6. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad (1949)
  7. Pet Sematary (1989)
  8. Pet Sematary Two (1992)
  9. Pet Sematary: Bloodlines (2023)
  10. The Gift (2000)
  11. Chucky Season 3 (2023)
  12. Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon (2021)
  13. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
  14. The Neon Demon (2016)
  15. The Fall of the House of Usher (2023)
  16. Savior Complex (2023)
  17. The Houses October Built (2014)
  18. Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022)
  19. Lamb (2022)
  20. The Drop (2014)
  21. Titanic (1997)
  22. Pearl (2022)
  23. The Bad Batch (2016)
  24. The Shallows (2016) and 47 Meters Down (2017)
  25. Tragedy Girls (2017)
  26. Knock Knock (2015)
  27. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
  28. Rock’N’Roll High School (1979)
  29. The Gilded Age (2022-)
  30. River’s Edge (1986)
  31. Silent Tongue (1993)

🦃 Thankskilling Terrors, November 2023🍗

In North America, and the USA in particular, Thanksgiving is a holiday of mythmaking and whitewashing. The narrative goes that the British who fled religious persecution were welcomed by Indigenous peoples on the northeast coast of Turtle Island and they cohabitated peacefully. But this pilgrim fantasy of 1621 was anything but, as in reality it involved the genocide and the eventual theft of land by settler colonizers through the most grotesque means necessary.

But that supposed first Thanksgiving wasn’t even the initial or original contact between European colonizers and Indigenous peoples here. That would be 108 years earlier in 1513, in what is now St Augustine, after Ponce de Leon’s landing on Florida’s shores. What’s the same is the mass murder that wiped the Indigenous Timucuan people off the planet entirely. In the spirit of the massacres that built what is now the USA, here’s a small collection of Thankskillings and white devilry to suit the season. I had carpal tunnel surgery with unexpected and terrible consequences on November 6th, hence the short list.

  1. Sweet November (2001)
  2. Our Flag Means Death (2021-)
  3. Kristy (2014)
  4. Rubber (2010)
  5. Fellow Travelers (2023)
  6. Goosebumps (2023-)
  7. The Uninvited (2008)
  8. Maleficent (2014)
  9. The Humans (2021)
  10. The Ice Storm (1997)

🎄Grinchmas Nights of Frights, December 2023☃️

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, is not even the first in a niche but long history of Christmas horror stories. Snowmen who come to life, an old man who not-so-secretly surveills children all year, and a cloven footed creature who punishes naughty children. That’s before we get to the religious horror of a celestial being impregnating a teenage girl to bring the Baby Jesus into the world. Or the emotionally fraught family dynamics that either make the holiday season incredibly stressful, profoundly lonely, or both and much more.

In the creepy spirit of these dark tales of the season, I’ve put together a collection of Navidad nightmares to bring some extra spooky to the holiday season. Buckle in for what’s about to be a wild and bizarre ride through the snow, sadness, and the sinister.

  1. Love Actually (2003) (Not a microreview, a full breakdown from 2020 over at The List.)
  2. Silent Night (2021)
  3. Gremlins (1984) (Full review at Black Girl Nerds)
  4. Love Has Won: The Cult of Mother God (2023)
  5. 30 Monedas (2023)
  6. Fargo season 5 (2023)
  7. The Lodge (2019)
  8. Hold the Dark (2018)
  9. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) (Full review at Black Girl Nerds)
  10. Babes in Toyland (1986)
  11. I Trapped the Devil (2019)
  12. Last Holiday (2006)
  13. The Menu (2022)
  14. Scrooged (1988) (Full review at Black Girl Nerds)
  15. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
  16. Se7en (1995)
  17. The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997)
  18. The Night House (2020)
  19. Flowers in the Attic (1986/2014) and Petals on the Wind (2014)
  20. Prometheus (2012)
  21. Pottersville (2017)
  22. It’s a Wonderful Knife (2023)
  23. The Apology (2022)
  24. Midnight Mass (2021)
  25. Black Christmas (1974, 2006, and 2019)
  26. The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988)
  27. L.A. Confidential (1997)
  28. Dexter: New Blood (2021)
  29. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
  30. Climax (2018)
  31. The Girl With All the Gifts (2016)

🥶Frost Bites and Snow Slays❄️

Snow season is a challenge, and for many areas of the world the frozen landscape is a horror of its own. These frost bites are stories where the cold is as much a character — or even monster — as the people at its mercy. Tales where the snow itself slays, and where the deep winter chill enters hearts and souls, leading to extreme human cruelty.

  1. The Last Winter (2006)
  2. The Organ Trail (2023)
  3. Jamie Marks Is Dead (2014)
  4. Siberia (2018)
  5. La Chica de Nieve/The Snow Girl (2023)
  6. Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin (2021)
  7. The Grey (2011)

💘Valentine’s Daymares💔

  1. Coming sometime.

 🧌Monster Madness🧛🏽‍♀️

  1. Eventually, something will be here.

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