Brett Buckner, self-proclaimed connoisseur of horror, will watch 31 horror movies in 31 days. Follow along on Twitter @bbuckner32, hashtag #StarHorrorfest, or at AnnistonStar.com/Horrorfest.
SHE’S A WITCH!
Oct. 1: "The Witch." A thinking-man’s horror film in which the darkness and isolation of New England in 1630 is as much a character as the devout Christian family forced to carve out a living after being banished from their village.
Oct. 2: "Lords of Salem." Director Rob Zombie’s most under-the-radar movie. A DJ named Heidi receives a mysterious record by a band called The Lords.
Oct. 3: "The Blair Witch Project." What "Jaws" did for the ocean, the original "The Blair Witch Project" did for the woods.
Oct. 4: "The Conjuring." In a dreaded "based on true events," husband-and-wife paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren try to help a family being terrorized by a vengeful entity.
Oct. 5: "Drag Me to Hell." From "Evil Dead" director Sam Raimi, a loan officer turns down a gypsy and all of a sudden is stalked by a shadowy goat-demon.
LONG LIVE THE KING!
Oct. 6: "Cell." One of the few Stephen King books I refuse to read. C’mon, mobile phones turn people into zombies?
Oct. 7: "Salem’s Lot." The tale of a small town besieged by vampires and a writer who has to convince the community of the real danger. A 1979 made-for-TV movie, but still very creepy.
Oct. 8: "It." You wanna know why people are freaking out about clowns? Pennywise, Pennywise, Pennywise.
Oct. 9: "Dead Zone." Christopher Walken sitting on a stool reading "Eat, Pray, Love" would be unsettling, but as a schoolteacher who awakens from a coma with psychic abilities, he’s downright disturbing.
Oct. 10: "Firestarter." Drew Barrymore was adorable in "E.T.," but she’s downright dangerous as Charlie, a girl who can start fires with her mind.
NETFLIX AND KILL
Oct. 11: "ABC’s of Death." The first of five really obscure movies on Netflix that I picked because I liked the title or the movie art. "In this audacious anthology film, 26 masters of horror work their way down the alphabet with terrifying, humorous and poignant tales about death." Wonder what they do for "Q"?
Oct. 12: "All Cheerleaders Die." "When a high school outsider joins the pep squad to carry out a vendetta, supernatural forces intervene — and a ghoulish battle of the sexes ensues." They had me at "cheerleaders."
Oct. 13: "The Taking of Deborah Logan." "For her Ph.D. thesis, Mia decides to film a woman’s Alzheimer’s battle, but when symptoms turn strange, the family suspects something more sinister." Alzheimer’s isn’t scary enough?
Oct. 14: "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night." "Bad things are commonplace in Bad City, including prostitution, drugs and crime, and most recently a sequence of attacks by a vampire on the loose." When aren’t vampires on the loose?
Oct. 15: "Deathgasm." "While trying to escape their restrictive lives, two teens in a heavy metal band perform a piece of forbidden music that unlocks the gates of hell." So, pretty much every metal record I’ve ever heard.
Oct. 16: "Pan’s Labyrinth." The film that introduced the world to Guillermo del Toro. Set in Spain during World War II, a withdrawn young girl discovers a fantastical land in order to escape the attention of her sadistic stepfather.
Oct. 17: "The Mist." One of the rare times a Stephen King adaptation was better than the short story. A dense fog rolls over a small community, but there is something in the fog that exists only in nightmares.
Oct. 18: "Legend." Perhaps worried that dancing in his underwear in "Risky Business" would leave him typecast, Tom Cruise’s next project was this rather odd movie by "Alien" director Ridley Scott. With Tim Curry as Satan!!
Oct. 19: "Tale of Tales." A bloody take on fairy tales starring Salma Hayek and John C. Reilly.
Oct. 20: "The Cell." A strange movie that has something to do with a serial killer in a coma and a doctor going into his mind to find out where he’s stored a final victim.
TURNING THE TABLES
Oct. 21: "Hard Candy." A young girl is lured into the home of a pedophile … or is she luring him?
Oct. 22: "You’re Next." It’s like the worst dinner party ever. Though our heroes may be trapped, they aren’t going quietly into that good night.
Oct. 23: "Carrie." This movie is why I’m always nice to weird kids.
Oct 24: "High Tension." When a woman’s friend is abducted by a sadistic killer, she decides that going to the cops wouldn’t be nearly as cathartic as tracking the dude down and making him wish he’d broken into a different farmhouse.
Oct. 25: "Ms. 45." Basically, "Death Wish" with a woman instead of Charles Bronson.
Oct. 26: "Night of the Living Dead." Readers’ Digest tried to warn people away from George Romero’s 1968 zombie classic by claiming the movie would inspire cannibalism.
Oct. 27: "The Human Centipede."A mad scientist tries to create a centipede out of human beings sewn together mouth to … uh … anus.
Oct. 28: "Texas Chainsaw Massacre." An urban legend among pre-teen boys 20 years ago, and probably still is.
Oct. 29: "A Serbian Film." A retired porn star is hired for an "art film." This movie is banned in Singapore, where they cane people in the streets, yet this is too damaging to the populace.
Oct. 30: "Cannibal Holocaust." This was "The Blair Witch Project" of its time. Audiences thought the story of filmmakers shooting a documentary about a tribe in the Amazon rainforest was actually true.
Oct. 31: I’m not going to tell you what movie I’m going to watch on Halloween. You’ll just have to follow me on Twitter to find out.