Halloween Advent Calendar day 11: ten castles that would make the perfect horror movie setting

  1. Hunyad Castle, Romania

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2. Malbork Castle, Poland

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3. Eltz Castle, Germany

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4. Lichtenstein Castle, Germany

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5. Warwick Castle, UK

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6. The Alcazar, Spain

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7. Tamworth Castle, UK

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8. Moosham Castle, Austria

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9. Orava Castle, Slovakia

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10. Predjamski Castle, Slovenia

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Halloween advent calendar day 10: ten terrible families

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You definitely wouldn’t want to be invited over for dinner by any of this lot. Here is a list of films featuring some of the worst families in horror.

  1. Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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R.I.P. Gunnar Hansen.

2. The People Under the Stairs

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3. House of 1000 Corpses/The Devil’s Rejects

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4. The Hills Have Eyes

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5. We Are What We Are

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6. Spider Baby

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7. Home (The X-Files)

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8. The Shining

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9. The Fall of the House of Usher

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10. Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly

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Halloween Advent Calendar Day 8: ten love stories

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Horror films aren’t known for being terribly romantic, but here are some notable exceptions.

  1. Spring

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A young American travels to Italy and falls in love with a beautiful woman who is hiding a horrifying secret. An unexpected gem of a film.

2. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

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In this charming horror comedy, the sweet natured Dale gets into all kinds of trouble when he rescues a pretty college student and the two begin to fall for each other.

3. Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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The first time the love story was added to Stoker’s tale, Mina is a reincarnation of Dracula’s beloved long dead wife.

4. Dellamorte Dellamore

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Francesco Dellamorte falls for various incarnations of the same mysterious woman.

5. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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Far from your typical vampire/human love story

6. Let the Right One In

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Oskar and Eli’s relationship is as disturbing as it is touching

7. Thirst

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Leaving aside the vampirism, it’s a beautiful story of two fucked up people falling in love.

8. The Mummy

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Another reincarnation love story

9. A Chinese Ghost Story

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Not really a horror, but a beautiful romantic ghost story

10. I Walked With a Zombie

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Essentially Jane Eyre with voodoo

Halloween advent calendar day 7: ten characters I would invite to a dinner party

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  1. The Vampire Lestat

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Lestat would add a touch of old-school sophistication to the soiree. Plus, he’s a notorious troublemaker so that should keep things interesting.

2. Frederick Loren

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He would be in charge of setting up the after-dinner games.

3. Ellen Ripley

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Because you can never go wrong with a BAMF cat lady

4. Lord Summerisle

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As long as the apple harvest has been good that year, he could serenade us with bawdy songs and encourage some good old fashioned debauchery.

5. Van Helsing

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Peter Cushing’s portrayal naturally. Just don’t sit him next to Lestat.

6. Dick Hallorann

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I have a soft spot for Hallorann. I feel like he would get along well with Ripley.

7. Sarah

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Day of the Dead‘s Sarah is another lady who won’t take any shit and can tell us all stories about her scientific discoveries.

8. Elise Rainier

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I would love to see her interacting with Hallorann. Besides, I bet she’d have some great stories about her demon hunting days.

9. Herbert West

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He would be the kooky guy in the corner. I predict he would get into a debate with Sarah about the nature of the undead.

10. Mary Shelley

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Mary would doubtlessly find ample inspiration for her next masterpiece, and could end the evening’s entertainments by telling us all some spooky stories.

Halloween Advent Calendar Day 6: 10 terrifying demons in world mythology

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  1. Jikininki (Japanese Buddhism)

These demons are very similar to wendigos in that they are the the spirits of humans who are punished for their evil acts in life by being cursed to hunt and consume human flesh in death. They can look like normal humans during the day but are forced to reveal their true horrifying appearance at night.

2. Lamashtu (Sumerian)

A female demon who menaces pregnant women and attempts to steal babies in order to eat them. She is seen as a patroness of deformity and was once allied with Pazuzu (Yes, the one made famous in the Exorcist franchise).

3. Abaddon (Christian)

Abaddon, whose name means ‘destruction’, is the ruler of the abyss and is in command of an army of locusts.

4. Balor (Celtic)

Balor is a cyclopean giant who can wreak destruction and blight with his gaze.

5. Baphomet (Christian)

Also known as the Sabbat demon, Baphomet is associated with witches and is often depicted as the goat-headed demon holding ceremony at their Sabbats. The demon’s iconic appearance was first depicted by 19th century occultist Eliphas Levi, but Baphomet can be traced back to Medieval Europe and the crusades, and was almost certainly created as an embodiment of the ‘evil’ of Islam. Now that really is scary.

6. Zozo Demon

This one has gained notoriety over the past few years, with many people claiming to have come into contact with it through the use of oiuja boards, though reports date back to the lte 19th century. The demon is said to attach itself to people in some cases, causing sickness, accidents and even possession.

7. Odokuro/Gashadokuro (Japanese)

These demons are giant skeletons made from the bones of people who have starved to death. They attack travelers in order to drink their blood.

8. Yenaldooshi (Navajo)

These are skinwalkers who wear the skins of coyotes and prey on humans by night. They were once humans who gained their diabolical power through killing someone close to them.

9. Lamia (Greek)

In Greek mythology Lamia was a beautiful woman who was one of Zeus’s mistresses. Hera found out about her and killed her children. Driven mad with grief, Lamia set about stealing and eating other people’s children until her evil acts caused her to become a flesh-eating demon. Seems like all the problems in Greek mythology stem from Zeus not being able to stop putting his dick in places it shouldn’t be.

10. Eurynome (Christian)

A prince of Hell who feeds on carrion and has a dark complexion and huge teeth. Weirdly, he evolved from Greek mythology where Euronome was a beautiful woman. Not entirely sure how that jump was made!

Halloween Advent Calendar Day 5:

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Well I managed to screw that up pretty quickly! Apologies for completely falling off the wagon when it came to keeping up with my Halloween advent calendar. The internet at my new house is really crappy and work has been kind of time consuming as well. But enough excuses. I intend to post the remaining lists I had set up over the next couple of days and then hopefully get back into the swing of things a bit more.

So without further ado, here are ten pets in horror films that really made their mark.

  1. Jonesy (Alien, Aliens)

Jonesy is one hell of a ballsy cat. The sole survivor along with Ripley of the doomed Nostromo, Jones faces down the Xenomorphs and even survives the sequel, where Ripley has the good sense to leave the cat at home.

2. Beast (The Hills Have Eyes)

While his sister Beauty departs fairly early in Wes Craven’s classic, Beast the German Shepherd plays a pivotal role in defending his family from the cannibalistic clan.

3. Jezebel (The Sentinel)

I don’t care if it’s actually a demon, I want to go to this cat’s fabulous birthday party!

4. Snowball (Hausu)

The fluffiest, sweetest, friendliest demon cat you will ever meet. I don’t think I’ll ever understand what the hell is going on in this film but I do know that Snowball is badass.

5. Inga (Phenomenon)

Donald Pleasace plays a wheelchair-bound entomologist in Argento’s bizarre horror, and he lives with his chimp companion who cares for him and is also pretty handy with a straight razor.

6. E-Buzz (Poltergeist)

This dog is a rebel. He steals food from sleeping family members, does tricks for the ghostly presence plaguing the Freeling household and then skips town with Robbie. E-Buzz has zero fucks to give.

7. Spider (The Woman in Black)

Spider the terrier is a faithful companion to Arthur Kipps at Eel Marsh House, and is incredibly ballsy for such a small dog.

8. Nanook (The Lost Boys)

Nanook loyally protects Sam throughout the film, being able to identify vampires. He even helps to kill Paul during the mass vampire culling at the end of the film.

9. Ella (Monkey Shines)

The second simian nurse in this post, Ella definitely falls on the psychotic side, growing pathologically jealous of her charge with whom she has developed a psychic bond, and killing off anyone she sees as a threat to their relationship.

10. Chips (Dawn of the Dead, 2004)

Chips the dog is pretty much the hero of this film, bravely facing down zombies in order to take food to a man trapped in another building. While this mission doesn’t exactly go to plan, Chips manages to survive.

Halloween Advent Calendar Day 4: Ten silent horror films

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Going back to where it all began… And then a couple of more recent ones

  1. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1920)

Quite possibly my personal favourite adaptation of R. L. Stevenson’s classic.

2. Nosferatu (1922)

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Count Orlock is one of the most iconic renditions of the Count Dracula character

3. The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1920)

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4. Faust (1926)

5. Frankenstein (1910)

Film makers have been drawn to Mary Shelley’s tale from the earliest days of cinema

6. Haxan (1922)

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7. Phantom of the Opera (1925)

8. The Haunted Castle (1896)

9. Begotten (1991)

Notoriously disturbing modern silent film

10. The Call of Cthulhu

Halloween Advent Calendar Day 3: Ten moments of artistic gore

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Because sometimes blood and guts can be beautiful. Admit it, you agree.

  1. Suspiria

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In fact, pretty much any early Argento film would fit the bill

2. Livide

This French film about vampire ballerinas has lots of beautiful blood

3. Silence of the Lambs

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No one can put together an artistic crime scene quite like Hannibal

4. The Cell

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This one is full of macabre dreamscapes

5. Excision

Specifically Pauline’s crazy daydreams

6. Stoker

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Though to be fair, every shot of this film is like a painting

7. Living Dead Girl

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8. Deep Red

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I couldn’t resist another Argento entry

9. The Shining

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Just for this scene alone

10. Hannibal (TV series)

The TV series has some of the most aesthetically pleasing gruesome murders ever seen.