Top 10 Films prepares for thirty-one sleepless nights as 31 Days of Horror begins October 1st. Thirty-one days, thirty-one horror films!
The month of October has arrived and the witching hour will slowly creep upon us. In the build up to Halloween this year Top 10 Films, along with a few brave assistants, embarks on a frightening thirty-one day journey into the world of the horror film. That’s thirty-one days, thirty-one different films, thirty-one sleepless nights!
We’re also running another competition. I know, I know, we’re far too generous. This time we are giving ONE lucky winner a copy of Piranha 3D on Blu-ray.
But it’s a little more tricky than our last prize giveaway. The task this time is to look at our 31 Days of Horror calendar here. Each day has an image from a film. Your task is to name each and every film from October 1st to October 31st. But, unfortunately, our calendar is a bit mixed up this year and the film’s don’t correspond with the films reviewed on the site each day. To offer a helping hand you’ll find the more obscure films will be reviewed at some point during the month, and there’ll also be clues periodically dotted around the site. So if you’re stuck, keep an eye on the films we review to help.
Those that do get every film correct will be entered into a hat and a winner will be chosen at random. Click here to see our 31 Days of Horror calendar and also details of how to enter.
31 Days of Horror on Top 10 Films:
Day 1: Paranormal Activity 2 (Review) – After the success of Paranormal Activity there was always going to be a sequel. As we go back into the haunted house with another found-footage film, how does the latest hold up?
Day 2: Jennifer’s Body (Review) – Megan’s…I mean Jennifer’s Body is Juno scribe Diablo Cody’s follow-up to her witty, intelligent comedy-drama about teen pregnancy.
Day 3: Dread (Review) – Three students decide to study fear as part of their university thesis in this horror film based on a Clive Barker short story. Anthony DiBlasi is the first-time director.
Day 4: Mimic (Review) – Guillermo Del Toro’s first full-English language film is released on blu-ray with an all-new director’s cut. But does it improve on the entertaining original?
Day 5: Burke and Hare (Review) – After twelve years on holiday John Landis returns to film-making with the darkly comic Burke and Hare.
Day 6: Deep Rising (Review) – Deep Rising has its flaws – it isn’t original and quite happily rips-off other films – but it is undeniably a lot of fun with its sense of self-mocking humour.
Day 7: Legion (Review) – Scott Stewart’s odd post-apocalypse film features Paul Bettany as a heavenly angel who thinks he’s the Terminator. | The eternal horror of the Maze (Article) Claire Packer joins Top 10 Films’ 31 Days of Horror with a look at the use of mazes in horror and fantasy cinema.
Day 8: – The Broken (Review) – This riff on Invasion of the Body Snatchers isn’t half as fun.
Day 9: Julia’s Eyes (review) – Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro producers Guillem Morales stylish thriller about a woman trying to find her sister’s murderer before her degenerative eye disease renders her blind.
Day 10: – Cherry Tree Lane (Review) – A tense home invasion thriller from the director of London To Brighton.
Day 11: – The Ring (2002) (Review) – The American remake of the scariest Japanese film ever made – how does it hold up in comparison? | Top 10 scariest films ever made
Day 12: – Let The Right One In (Review) – Tomas Alfredson’s Let The Right One In breathes new life into the vampire genre with a tale of survival and coming of age. If Twilight was the fast food of vampire films, then this is fine dining.
Day 13: – The Thing (1982) (Review) – One of the greatest remakes ever made, John Carpenter’s 1982 science-fiction horror is a tale of terror that sees Kurt Russell battle a shape-shifting alien.
Day 14: – The Wolfman (2010) (Review) – The Wolfman looks great thanks to some wonderful photography but Rick Baker’s great make-up effects fail to gloss over the film’s distinct lack of thrills.
Day 15: – Heartless (Review) – Philip Ridley’s brilliant Heartless sees scarred Londoner Jamie Morgan (Jim Sturgess) make a pact with the devil in this tragic tale of isolation and madness.
Day 16: – Once Bitten (Review) – Long before the Twilight saga Jim Carrey was turning into a bloodsucker while simultaneously looking for love. The year was 1985. The film was Once Bitten.
Day 17: – The Children (Review) – This is cinema’s version of contraception. Tom Shankland’s yuletide thriller pits some nasty, blood-thirsty pre-teens against their parents in an English countryside setting.
Day 18: – REC 2 (Review) – REC 2 continues the handheld camera thrills of the hugely entertaining original film as a group of well-armed policemen enter the building to try and contain the situation.
Day 19: – The Caller (Review) – Rachelle Lafevre starts receiving phone calls from a strange woman in the past. When she tells the stranger to stop calling, the mysterious caller threatens to kill her…while she is still a child.
Day 20: – My Bloody Valentine (Review) – Someone is out for revenge in the sleepy town of Valentine’ Bluff. But who could it be? And who will survive the carnage in director George Mihalka’s bleak but enjoyable slasher film?
Day 21: – The Ring 2 (Review) – The nasty videotape returns to cause havoc.
Day 22: – Below (Review) – Paranormal Activity at the bottom of the ocean.
Day 23: – Black Christmas (Review) – One of the best slasher films ever made.
Day 24: – Death Sentence (Review) – Kevin Bacon shaves his head and becomes a vigilante.
Day 25: – Body Parts (Review) – Jeff “Lawnmower Man” Fahey discovers he is now the proud owner of a serial killer’s arm after his own is amputated following a car accident. But now the killer wants his arm back.
Day 26: – Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer (Review) – John McNaughton challenges us to readdress our reaction to screen violence as Michael Rooker chillingly plays Henry, a man loosely based on multiple murderer Henry Lee Lucas.
Day 27: – Wake Wood (Review) – Hammer Horror makes a welcome return with David Keating’s Wake Wood. But does it live up to the great traditions of one of British cinema’s finest production studios?
Day 28: – Zombieland (Review) – Zombies. Gore. Woody Harrelson in search of Twinkies. A gun-toting Emma Stone. And a Ghostbuster. There aren’t many more things horror fans can ask for from a movie.
Day 29: – Shaun of the Dead (Review) – Zombies have taken over London in Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s brilliant horror-comedy Shaun of the Dead. Who will survive…let us all head to the pub to find out…
Day 30: – The attraction of horror cinema: Why I love scary films (Article) – Horror films scared the hell out of me as a kid. Some horror films still scare me today. So why do I enjoy watching them so much? | Death Proof (Review) – Death Proof feature lots of talking. Lots and lots and lots of talking. But once the conversations are over, and three badass chicks set out for revenge, there’s plenty of fun to be had.
Day 31: – The Candyman (Review) – Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman…say his name once more and he will appear before you, his bloody hook ready to do his murderous bidding.