XXX8 Recap

I started this list in July 2018, and in those 6 months I watched 104 movies from the list. It was definitely a proof of concept for me—I exposed myself to a lot of foreign horror and movies forgotten by the mainstream, and I really enjoyed watching them.

There were two unexpected benefits of using the list: 1) It helped get me past the choice paralysis that often eats up a lot of my time; and 2) Because I’m watching these from a mindset of curiosity, I’m not bothered by “bad” movies—what I came to call the List Immunity. I’m happy to say I never once felt like I’d wasted my time, which otherwise happens when I’m emotionally invested in the expectation of a movie to entertain me.

For now I’ll just post what I watched from 2018’s list; if I want to highlight movies later I’ll do that in separate posts.

2018

  • A Quiet Place
  • Annihilation
  • Apostle
  • Cam
  • Hereditary
  • Mandy
  • Summer of 84
  • Suspiria
  • The Cloverfield Paradox
  • The Night Eats the World
  • Unsane

2008

  • Alien Raiders
  • Cloverfield
  • Coming Soon
  • Deadgirl
  • Doomsday
  • Eden Lake
  • I Sell the Dead
  • Lake Mungo
  • Left Bank
  • Let the Right One In
  • Long Weekend
  • Martyrs
  • Mirrors
  • One Missed Call
  • Pontypool
  • Quarantine
  • Sauna
  • Splinter
  • Surveillance
  • The Midnight Meat Train
  • The Ruins
  • The Strangers
  • Untraceable

1998

  • Blade
  • Bride of Chucky
  • Deep Rising
  • Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
  • Phantasm IV: Oblivion
  • Phantoms
  • Ringu
  • Serial Experiments Lain
  • Sombre
  • Sphere
  • The Faculty
  • The Quiet Family
  • Tomie
  • Urban Ghost Story
  • Urban Legend
  • Vampires
  • Whispering Corridors

1988

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
  • Child’s Play
  • Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters
  • Dead Ringers
  • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
  • Hellbound: Hellraiser II
  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space
  • Monkey Shines
  • Night of the Demons
  • Phantasm II
  • Pumpkinhead
  • Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama
  • Tales from the Gimli Hospital
  • The Blob
  • The Brain
  • The Serpent and the Rainbow
  • The Vanishing
  • They Live
  • Vampire’s Kiss

1978

  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Empire of Passion
  • Eyes of Laura Mars
  • Halloween
  • I Spit on Your Grave
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Jaws 2
  • Long Weekend
  • Magic
  • Martin
  • Piranha
  • The Fury

1968

  • Destroy All Monsters
  • Dracula Has Risen from the Grave
  • Genocide
  • Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell
  • Hour of the Wolf
  • Kuroneko
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Spirits of the Dead
  • The Devil Rides Out
  • The Green Slime
  • Witchfinder General

1958

  • Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
  • Fiend Without a Face
  • Horror of Dracula
  • I Married a Monster from Outer Space
  • The Blob
  • The Fly
  • The Haunted Strangler
  • The Revenge of Frankenstein

1948

  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

About the List

What is the list?

Decades of Horror is my list of horror movies that were released in years ending with the last digit of the current year—for example 2009, 1999, 1989, and so on. See the list for yourself here.

What are my goals for the list?

I want to explore lesser known horror movies and to discover hidden gems that I wouldn’t otherwise know about. I also want to get a bird’s-eye view of trends and landmarks through the decades.

How do I decide what goes on the list?

I start with IMDB’s advanced search tools, which allow me to filter movies by release year, genre, and other criteria that are useful for the list (here’s an example). Afterward I add anything that doesn’t meet the IMDB search criteria but I feel belongs on the list. There are a lot more gray areas than I expected, so it was necessary to pick some rules for the list to follow.

Genre: What counts as horror? I want to cast a wide net here, so here’s the definition I use: Any movie with the “horror” tag on IMDB, or any movie that anyone has made a case for being or celebrating horror. Super vague, but it serves the list.

Year: How do I determine release dates? They can be tricky, with different resources listing different years for the same movie. Often horror movies have limited festival releases in the fall and aren’t widely released until the following spring. So here’s where I just had to pick a rule and stick with it: I go by what IMDB says.

Popularity/Rating: Do I include every movie that meets the criteria? There would be way too many, so I use IMDB’s filters for number of votes and IMDB rating. I set a minimum number of votes, depending on how many total movies there are for that year. Then I do a second search that includes movies with a 5.5 or higher rating below the minimum number of votes, down to a smaller minimum.

What are my rules for watching?

I have none. I watch what I want, and I don’t have to watch anything I don’t want to.

How do I watch?

Many movies are available streaming for free through sites like Kanopy, Hoopla, Tubi, and Vudu. I also have subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu, and most importantly, Shudder. I am also blessed to live in Seattle and have access to Scarecrow Video, which has their impressive Psychotronic Room. Finally, JustWatch is an indispensable tool for finding movies across streaming services; I take the time to add every movie on the list to my JustWatch watchlist, which I can filter to show only movies available on my streaming services.

What’s my purpose for this blog?

First, to present and explain the list. Second, to archive and comment on what I’ve watched, as much for myself as for whatever audience I may have.