by Patrick Bromley
Here at F This Movie!, our calendar pretty much revolves around October. We have F This Movie Fest and we have Junesploitation, but #ScaryMovieMonth is really the high point of the year for most of us. That's funny, because many of us watch and talk about horror all year long. I know I do. It's a weird phenomenon with a lot of my friends and colleagues who cover horror movies for other sites: we look forward to this one month with an almost unreasonable level of excitement despite living most of the year like it's October. Why is that?
We're still about two months away from this holiest of months, but this weekend a little bit of cool weather and the smell of some candle have already got me jonesing for October. This happens every year; I get so anxious that I end up starting my October in September, sneaking some Monster cereal as soon as the stores get it on their shelves, putting up the decorations earlier and earlier, and definitely binging on horror movies (even more than usual) weeks before #ScaryMovieMonth officially kicks off. You might think that this somehow burns me out early and takes some of the specialness out of October, but you know me well enough to know that this is not true. The only thing that ever burns me out on horror movies is certain horror movies.
I think a big reason I'm crawling out of my skin this year, though, is the recent spate of home video announcements from boutique labels like Arrow and Kino and especially Scream Factory, because they've got me thinking about all the discs I can't wait to watch this #ScaryMovieMonth. We're getting new Blu-rays of The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler and Trilogy of Terror and Deep Rising from Kino and a new 4K restoration of City of the Living Dead and Schlock and the previously hard-to-find Edge of the Axe (which I have never seen but which comes highly recommended by filmmaker/friend of the site Jackson Stewart) from Arrow. Scream Factory is embarrassing us and murdering my bank account with their recent announcements: Creepshow and 1999's House on Haunted Hill and the totally bananas Scream for Help (another Jackson Stewart recommendation that is amazing) and fucking Candyman (!!!) and The Craft and Sleepwalkers (!!!) and Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 and all of the Critters movies and Starman and so many more. Adam, Rob, and I talk about how we're excited to own movies we don't even necessarily love -- titles like Brainscan or the Urban Legend films -- just because Scream Factory is putting them out. This is no way to live, but here we are.