With Shocktober! approaching, thoughts turn to our beloved scary movies. Shoot the Projectionist will be hosting several special features throughout the scariest month of the year. Every day will see a profile on a different Ghoul, Ghost, Killer or Fiend of the Day, and, more importantly:
I hereby announce the 31 Greatest Horror Films , a survey to be compiled throughout Shocktober! and published on Halloween. I am inviting, inducing—hell, just plain cajoling—you to submit a list of the 31 Greatest Horror Films according to you. Whether that means your 31 favorite scary movies or the 31 films you feel are the most influential or original, well… that’s sort of up to you. I suppose when I do my list I’ll include the 31 horror films that I feel are the most worthy for discussion, because that’s usually the defining factor of whether I care about a film or not. And, of course, the entire reason I’m picking the number 31 instead of some other arbitrary number like 25, 50 or 100 is that there are 31 days in Shocktober!, so if you would like to think of your list as the perfect month-long horror movie marathon, I encourage you to do so. Think of it however you must, as long as you submit a list!
I was inspired to do this by Edward Copeland’s recent The Satyajit Ray Memorial Anything-But-Definitive List of Non-English Language Films, and in keeping with his methods there, I will compile a list of nominees from the original submissions which I’ll then ask everyone to vote on for the conclusive list.
Along with your list, if you would like to include a sentence or two about why you are including a film, please do so. Also, please don’t vote for a series: only votes for individual films will be counted. As for the definition of what makes a horror film, it’s entirely open to your own interpretation. Perhaps you think it’s a sense of creeping dread established by the tone. As far as I’m concerned, slashers, giallo, horror comedies/parodies, and any movie with a ghost, ghoul, zombie, vampire, or werewolf fit the bill. Even saying all that, I’m sure my own list will include a few left-field choices.
Let us come together and decide on the 31 Greatest Horror Films! To submit, just send me an e-mail at EdHardyJr@gmail.com. The list will be published on Halloween. The voting is now open. Other important dates to be announced.