Horrortober Movie List

Every time I look at the calendar lately, I get giddy. October – uh, I mean HORRORTOBER, is almost here! That means one month of complete horror immersion, from books to movies and things to do.

I’m looking forward to Horrortober more than ever this year because the slate of horror flicks that have come out in 2018 have left a lot to be desired. I feel as though I’ve been bombarded by duds like Unfriended : Dark Web, The Nun and Winchester. Yep, time in the local movie has has not been time well spent, although A Quiet Place and Hereditary are a couple of bright spots. Hell, Puppet Master : The Littles Reich is now in my top 10 for 2018! That’s all that needs to be said.

they live

For me, Horrortober means going back to revisit the movies that are the reason for the season. My goal, that I’ve been able to surpass most years, is to watch at least one horror movie a day. Every year, I rewatch Halloween (natch), It Follows, Motel Hell and The Funhouse and several other staplesBut each year, I also add a bunch I haven’t seen in a while. So, what’s on this year’s to-watch list?


2018 is the year of Fred Dekker for me. I’ve added House and The Monster Squad to the old queue. A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the top 10 rat movies to see. On that list is Of Unknown Origin, which is now on my Horrortober list. I’m a HUGE John Carpenter fan, but it’s been too long since I revisited They Live. I’m rectifying that this year. The Changeling was just restored in what I hear is a wonderful Blu Ray, which I may buy to give us nightmares in the Shea lair. Or I’ll just watch my old, grainy DVD. Oh, gotta have vampires, so Near Dark is in the rotation.

Now, I have two questions – are you here to chew bubblegum or kick ass? No, that’s not it. What movies do you think I should add to my list? We can watch them ‘together’ and discuss on Twitter. Also, what’s on your Horrortober list? Let’s make this a month long party and swap movie ideas. Those who comment here and share are in the drawing to win free ebooks of Rattus New Yorkus, Jurassic Florida and more. So come on you hellion horror hounds, let’s get pumped for Horrortober! 

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About Hunter Shea

Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. His novels, Forest of Shadows, Evil Eternal , Swamp Monster Massacre , Sinister Entity, Hell Hole, The Waiting and Island of the Forbidden are published through Samhain Publishing’s horror line. Hell Hole was named Horror Novel Reviews #1 horror novel of 2014. His first thriller novel, The Montauk Monster, was released June, 2014 as a Pinnacle paperback, and was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the best reads of the summer. His follow up Pinnacle novel, Tortures of the Damned, a post apocalyptic thriller, will be out July, 2015. That will be followed up by his latest cryptid tale, The Dover Demon, in the fall through Samhain. His horror short story collection, Asylum Scrawls, is available as an e-book, straightjacket not included. Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon and many new creatures to come. A copy of his book, The Montauk Monster, is currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME. He wrote his first novel with the express desire to work only with editor Don D’Auria at Dorchester (Leisure Horror). He submitted his novel to Don and only Don, unagented, placed on the slush pile. He is proof that dedicated writers can be rescued from no man’s land. He now works with Don, along with several other agents and publishers, having published over ten books in just four years. Hunter is proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, cryptid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.

19 responses to “Horrortober Movie List”

  1. Chris Anderson says :

    Trick R’ Treat

  2. Kimberly says :

    I haven’t seen MOTEL HELL in years! I’m going to have to grab a copy of that before October now! Just bought the HOUSE 1 and HOUSE 2 set, and IT FOLLOWS. THE CHANGELING, and OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN are Halloween staples of mine. Also PUMPKINHEAD, CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS, 2,000 MANIACs, NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, and more recently, HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES. (Love the Puppetmaster movies, but I’ve lost track of which ones I “haven’t” seen yet! THE MONSTER SQUAD I watched every year–on VHS–but need to upgrade that sometime!)

  3. Thomas Barragan says :

    Got to have Creepshow and House II.

  4. Kev Doe says :

    Is it horror, I’m not sure but recently watched I saw the devil which was a great film

  5. Dominic Paulo says :

    A movie that always creeped me out was “The Prophecy” with Christopher Walken as the avenging angel Gabriel-you cant beat Walken in any kind of avenging role-that’s for sure!!. Viggo Mortensen played Lucifer and stole every scene he was in!! Good Halloween season movie!!

  6. fuonlyknew says :

    both are great choices. I loved House. Actually have several copies of it. The second one wasn’t bad but after that , nah. I have Trick R Treat, Salem’s Lot, Demons I and II and several others I watch every year.

  7. fuonlyknew says :

    I forgot to mention Razorback and Rawhide Rex.

  8. Ziggy Nixon says :

    I don’t know how many true horror fans think the same, but for me, there’s no better horror movie than ‘Alien’. I will never ever forget that first watch in the theaters! Just done right! Also, probably not so horror-horror, but I can’t go more than a month or two without watching either ‘Zombieland’ or ‘Constantine’. Yeah, I know…

    • Ziggy Nixon says :

      Oh and ‘Silent Hill’ for sure! And knowing French cable, we’ll also get most of the ‘Resident Evil’ films. I think if you boil them all down, they’re worth almost one full good movie!

    • Hunter Shea says :

      I flip flop between Alien and The Thing as being my all time favorite horror movies. That xenomorph is freaking terrifying!

  9. Dominic Paulo says :

    What about some of those awesome 1970’s made for TV movies like Gargoyles, Duel, and Trilogy of Terror. Another good one is “Thing from another world”. The scene when they first discover the crashed spaceship is one of my all time favorite scenes in any movie!! How about Jacob’s ladder? That movie was pretty creepy at times!!!

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