Hooptober 9: A Halloween Challenge

Hooray! Halloween season is upon us!!

If you’re a horror lover who spends way too much time on Letterboxd then you’ve come across Hooptober. It’s a horror movie challenge by Cinemonster to watch 31 horror movies from September 15th to October 31st. The challenge is named after the late great Tobe Hooper.

Last year was my first Hooptober and I really had a great time. The only lesson I would take away is to take advantage of the time in September. October is a super busy and by the last week I was having a hard time fitting movies in.

Below are the prompts for this year and my choices for each one. Since the prompts add up to 35 movies there are four movie doing double duty (noted with an asterisk). To follow my progress you can go to my Letterboxd list here.

Films from six different countries:

  1. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)* – Germany
  2. The Devil’s Backbone (2001) – Spain/Mexico
  3. Four Flies on Gray Velvet (1997) – Italy
  4. Ju-On: The Grudge (2002) – Japan
  5. Laddaland (2011) – Thai
  6. Satan’s Slaves (2017) – Indonesia

Films from eight different decades:

  1. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)*
  2. The Innocents (1961)
  3. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  4. Day of the Dead (1985)
  5. Cape Fear (1991)
  6. The Others (2001)
  7. The Babysitter (2017)
  8. The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020)

Two insect centered films:

  1. Arachnophobia (1990)
  2. The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)*

One horror film set in space or the future (relative to when it was released):

  1. Daybreakers (2009)

Two animated films:

  1. Mad God (2022)
  2. Perfect Blue (1997)

One bloodthirsty old person/people film:

  1. The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)

Two 1970s regional US films:

  1. Ganja & Hess (1973)
  2. The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)*

The worst horror sequel from the 1990s that you haven’t seen: 

  1. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

One German silent film:

  1. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)*

Five Films from David Cronenberg, Ti West, Bill Rebane, Charles B. Pierce, William Grefe and/or Joy N. Houck Jr:

  1. Crimes of the Future (2022) – Cronenberg
  2. The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)* – Rebane
  3. The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)* – Pierce
  4. Pearl (2022) – West
  5. String of Death (1966) – Grefe

Two Christopher Lee films:

  1. Dracula (1958)
  2. The Wicker Man (1973)

One film with a musician or band in it:

  1. Deathgasm (2015)

One Stephen King adaptation that is not the first go around:

  1. Carrie (2013)

One Lon Chaney film:

  1. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)*

One Tobe Hooper Film:

  1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

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