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Horrorville Holidays

Halloween has come and gone, but, if you’re like us, that doesn’t mean we stop watching horror films. Put those costumes away (until next year) and join us for the first Horrorville Holidays!

Spooky Movies That Made Me, a story by Josh Ruben

I’ve signal boosted Stephen King’s CAT’S EYE (“Josh, I get it, you love the troll!”) and pedestalled ARACHNOPHOBIA (“I get it! Jeff Daniels plays terror for real! It makes the comedy work! Shush!”). But, when Brett at Letterboxd asked for an article comprised of horror flicks that inspired me, rather than barfing a list of the comic genre staples of my formative years, as Halloween approaches (and whilst not on the set of a secret thriller I’m in as the…

Brandon Christensen: Eight Films That Created A Horror Film Director

Growing up, everyone has ’that thing’ that they remember scaring them. The basement with the lights off, that painting in your father’s office that looks like it’s staring at you, that one thing that you give a wide berth when you’re alone because you just don’t trust it. For me, that thing was Pennywise the Clown. 

Jill Gevargizian's 31 Days of Halloween

This October, Jill Gevargizian, director, co-writer, and producer of The Stylist, took a seat in the stylist's chair and slices into her film recommendations for #31DaysOfHalloween with Letterboxd's Horrorville. You can check out the full list of her favorites here.

Shocktober 2021: Horrorville Edition

Last October, we launched Horrorville to share all things scare-related, with hopes that the pandemic would eventually fade and the world would return to normal. Almost two years after the onset of the pandemic, things still aren’t the same, but we did see horror both make a comeback and have an impact at the box office. With films such as Candyman, Don't Breathe 2, Spiral: From the Book of Saw and Malignant hitting the theaters and gaining some mild success,…

Horror with Heart, a list and story by Aaron B Koontz

Horror can be so many things to so many people, and I think that's part of what makes it so special. My first experiences in horror were sneaking around with friends to watch things like ALIEN or going to the drive-in with my family and sitting up on the moonroof of our car and turning around to the screen behind me to see A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. These were films that immediately threw me into this immersive, alternate world,…

Join the ‘100 Horror Movies In 92 Days’ Challenge

With Halloween a few months away, many in the Letterboxd community, especially Horrorville members, are now busy preparing for the holiday by creating and sharing their lists. Some are also counting down the days with various types of challenges, including the below:

Jonathan Cuartas: Influences and Inspirations behind My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell it To

It’s always interesting to pin down the influences and inspirations behind My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To. I was influenced by many films for many different reasons. Funny enough, a lot of them aren’t even horror films, but I would argue some of them are horror adjacent. Dogtooth is the first film that comes to mind. My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To is a vampire film, but it’s also about a family of three…

Stephen Scarlata’s Top 25 Horror/Suspense Films

Many years back, Brian Saur of The Pure Cinema Podcast introduced me to creating a Top 100 movies list. Every year I try to update that list here on Letterboxd to see how my tastes change. Sometimes The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is on my list, then the following years, it's bumped off, then it returns. But strangely, a movie like Superfights stays on the list, and The Road Warrior will exit.

Brea Grant's Favorite Indie Genre Films from Festivals

I love what’s happening in indie genre filmmaking. I love the creativity, the genre-cross-breeding and the attempts to try something new in a world where we’ve seen it all. My favorite types of movies take ideas we already know and turn them upside-down. No one is going to reinvent the wheel when it comes to filmmaking so I love when filmmakers come in with an awareness of their audience and build from there. This is what I thought about a…