Octoblur 2015 - It's Over!

Octoblur 2015 - It's Over!

Written by dorrk
02 November 2015

Octoblur: If the quality doesn't scare you the quantity will.

I managed to watch 43 movies during Octoblur 2015 — just over 66 hours — a few shy of last year's total, but still enough horror to make the days blend into one giant swirl of perversion. Yet, even though Octoblur 2015 saturated me to the point of burn-out with ghoulish imagery, it still feels like I left out 20 (or more) movies I really wanted to get to. Some of them will have to wait until next year.

While this year I tried to focus mainly on horror movies I hadn't seen before — or so long ago my memories of them had faded — two of my favorites of the month were my Halloween night viewings of The Funhouse and Ringu. I became fond of several new titles over the last month, but this year just didn't have anything that matched last Octoblur's knockout discoveries of Hausu, A Tale of Two Sisters, and Mo (The Boxer's Omen). I'll have to pick my selections more shrewdly next Octoblur!

Here's the run-down from Octoblur 2015, in order from best to worst:

  1. The Funhouse (1981)
    Dir.: Tobe Hooper
  2. Onibaba (1964)
    Dir.: Kaneto Shindô
  3. Ringu (1998)
    Dir.: Hideo Nakata
  4. Goodnight Mommy (2014)
    Dir.: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz
  5. I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
    Dir.: Jacques Tourneur
  6. Ugetsu (1953)
    Dir.: Kenji Mizoguchi
  7. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
    Dir.: Werner Herzog
  8. The Loved Ones (2009)
    Dir.: Sean Byrne
  9. Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)
    Dir.: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
  10. Prince of Darkness (1987)
    Dir.: John Carpenter
  11. Humanoids from the Deep (1980)
    Dir.: Barbara Peeters & Jimmy T. Murakami
  12. The Day of the Beast (1995)
    Dir.: Álex de la Iglesia
  13. Nightmare City (1980)
    Dir.: Umberto Lenzi
  14. The Prowler (1981)
    Dir.: Joseph Zito
  15. The City of the Dead (1961)
    Dir.: John Llewellyn Moxey
  16. Unfriended (2014)
    Dir.: Levan Gabriadze
  17. Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1972)
    Dir.: Brian Clemens
  18. Viy (1967)
    Dir.: Georgi Kropachyov, Konstantin Yershov
  19. The Cure (1997)
    Dir.: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  20. Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)
    Dir.: John D. Hancock
  21. Scanners (1981)
    Dir.: David Cronenberg
  22. Suddenly in Dark Night (1981)
    Dir.: Young Nam Ko
  23. Mad Love (1935)
    Dir.: Karl Freund
  24. Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980)
    Dir.: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
  25. Black Magic (1975)
    Dir.: Ho Meng-Hua
  26. Bad Ronald (1974)
    Dir.: Buzz Kulik
  27. Stonehearst Asylum (2014)
    Dir.: Brad Anderson
  28. Pumpkinhead (1988)
    Dir.: Stan Winston
  29. Beyond the Darkness (1979)
    Dir.: Joe D'Amato
  30. The Burning (1981)
    Dir.: Tony Maylam
  31. WNUF Halloween Special (2013)
    Dir.: Chris LaMartina
  32. We Are Still Here (2015)
    Dir.: Ted Geoghegan
  33. Ticks (1993)
    Dir.: Tony Randel
  34. The Seventh Victim (1943)
    Dir.: Mark Robson
  35. The Mummy (1959)
    Dir.: Terence Fisher
  36. The Visitor (1979)
    Dir.: Giulio Paradisi
  37. Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)
    Dir.: Takashi Miike
  38. Burn, Witch, Burn (1962)
    Dir.: Sidney Hayers
  39. Annabelle (2014)
    Dir.: John R. Leonetti
  40. Spookies (1986)
    Dir.: Eugenie Joseph
  41. The Gate II: Trespassers (1990)
    Dir.: Tibor Takács
  42. Deep Red (1975)
    Dir.: Dario Argento
  43. The Final Girls (2015)
    Dir.: Todd Strauss-Schulson