What’s Halloween without the sound of screams? Heck, a Halloween without screams sounds about as much fun as a horror movie without screams. Screams tell you where all the spooky spots are in your moonlit neighborhood, or down the dark hallway of a local haunted house. Sure, it’s scary to walk around at night when all manner of ghouls and goblins could be hiding just out of sight but it’s all those quiet, creepy noises that really put you on edge. You may never see the face of the monster about to make you it’s next meal but you’ll definitely hear the fluttering of it’s wings just before you’re swooped up and sucked dry. You’ll never know just what is lurking in the woods behind your house, but the twigs snapping under it’s feet and the low rumble of it’s breath will surely be enough to have you running for safety.
A dark stormy night is nothing without the boom of thunder and all horror fans know that a Queen is nothing without her Scream. This month at Nightmare on Film Street we’re celebrating the screams that send chills down our spine, the film scores that chill us to the bone, and the squishy, icky sound effects that make us squirm. We might even find time to share our love for a certain horror musical that seems so perfect for the Halloween season that it must have been cooked up by a mad scientist! And, of course, we’ll be tailgating the only holiday worth a damn with 31 days of pumpkin-filled, scream-worthy Halloween favorites in our 31 Day Horror Challenge. Share what you’re watching, your spooky setup and snack pairings, and suggestions for each day using the hashtag #31DayHorrorChallenge on Twitter, Instagram, in our Facebook Group, and wherever you get your social media on!
Our editorial team has another incredible month of movie recommendations to keep you busy all October long, including lists curated to help fill out your #31DayHorrorChallenge watchlist. Trouble finding something to watch with the whole family? Julio Ibarra and Joshua Brooks Anderson have got you covered in the Kid-Friendly + Animation department (including my favorite subgenre: Claymation Halloween Horror!). Devaughn Taylor while we taking you on a stroll down memory lane to pay his respects to Bernard Rose’s Candyman (1992) on what would have been the release date of Nia DaCosta’s Candyman (2020). Oh, and be sure to keep an eye out for his new column Stoner’s Corner to help keep yourself high on horror…and weed!
Having trouble building the perfect Halloween playlist? Look no further than Rachel Reeves’ Terror on The Turntable highlighting horror’s most ground-breaking film scores, and Mac Jones horror-musical column Screaming in Harmony, revisiting Brian De Palma’s Phantom of The Paradise (which may or may not make an appearance on the Nightmare on Film Street podcast later this month). Stephanie Cole with also be saluting the Queen of Halloween as part of her Silver Screams series. That’s right, I’m talking about The Bride of Frankenstein! If that’s not enough, Hazem Fahmy will be diving deep into the history of the infamous Wilhelm Scream, and Kim Morrison will be breaking down the best uses of Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper” in horror. And that’s just a small preview of all the creepy content we have planned to help make your Halloween at home fun and freaky all month long!