#100DaysOfHorror (2019) Complete Round-Up And Watchlist

November 4, 2019
Alix Turner 0
Features, Film

This is a round-up of our #100DaysOfHorror 2019 feature. You can find #100DaysOfHorror 2019 Part 1 by clicking these words and Part 2 by clicking these ones.

For the third year running, I have been giving a hundred horror films their first watch over the hundred days leading up to Halloween; but life hasn’t allowed me the time or head-space to write about them with the same regularity or depth as last year. So I thought I’d tell you about the gems I found, some interesting themes, a few you might want to avoid… and at the end, you’ll find the full list (including links to reviews in some cases) of films in my #100DaysOfHorror 2019.

Unsurprisingly, about half of the films I watched were made in the USA: not only are a huge number of films made there, but they are distributed more widely too. I do aim for variety and diversity in my film-watching, though, so pleased to say that many different countries were represented in the other half (with Canada and France cropping up a few times). Also on the subject of diversity, I managed to watch eighteen films by female directors for the first time this season, a lot more than last year… and it was eye-opening to see what range of genres (and indeed quality) they made: anthology, slasher, vampire, ghost; only a couple focusing on “female issues” such as motherhood and rape. There was only one film with a gender or sexual minority in the lead this year, unfortunately; though there were some with very minor LGBT roles (including one dreadful stereotype).

As for where I found them, seven of the hundred were new, wide-release cinema films (compared to just two last year), thus strengthening the hypothesis that this is “a good year for horror”. Eighteen films on the list were found via film festivals, and based on what I’ve seen of last year’s titles, a good deal of them will crop up in the foreseeable future on the popular streaming platforms. Nearly half of the films I watched were accessed via Amazon or one of its channels (most notably ten through Shudder). Sure, Netflix hosts horror too (and I watched sixteen that way), but for breadth and depth, Amazon is the way to go.

Interestingly, people with mental health issues crop up a good deal; some in the lead (such as in Dead Dicks and Daniel isn’t Real), and some on the periphery (such as in Nefarious); and the treatment of these is much better than they may have been in the past. Art is also a recurrent theme: The House that Jack Built presented murder as art, and in both M.F.A. (painting) and Daniel isn’t Real (photography), art was used as an outlet for difficult feelings… though only one film featured a dance school this time! In terms of horror subgenres, zombies and vampires make a strong appearance, of course, and indeed canibalism… but the most frequent to appear were ghosts films and “creature features”. Home invasion and slasher crop up here and there, where horror overlaps with thriller, and just a few sci-fi/cosmic horror films.

#100DaysOfHorror 2019 Favorites:

Gaspar Noé’s Climax had such an energetic and enjoyable soundtrack that I bought a copy as soon as I finished watching the film. Adam Egypt Mortimer’s Daniel Isn’t Real is the only one I’m certain I’ll be buying as soon as it is available for home release (there were three last year). Other favourites (in alphabetical order) include

  • A Bell from Hell
  • After Midnight
  • Head Count
  • Hausu
  • Kiss of the Damned
  • Little Monsters
  • Nosferatu the Vampyre
  • She Never Died

And the least favourite films… well, I wish I hadn’t bothered with Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire (they should have stopped after the first film), Hisss (only watched out of curiosity because of the director’s name) or Between Worlds (the sleaziest film I’ve seen Nicolas Cage in since Zandalee). But apart from those, I was fortunate to choose fairly wisely this year; maybe you’ll find a few in my list below to pique your interest, too.

#100DaysOfHorror 2019 Full Watchlist

#100      Escape Room (Adam Robitel, USA/South Africa, 2019)

#99        Two Thousand Maniacs! (Herschell Gordon Lewis, USA/South Africa, 1964)

#98         Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh (Bill Condon, USA/UK, 1995)

#97         The Intruder (Deon Taylor, USA, 2019)

#96         Nosferatu the Vamypre (Werner Herzog, West Germany/France, 1979)

#95         Hit and Run (Enda McCallion, USA, 2009)

#94         Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis, France/Germany/Japan, 2001)

#93         The Town that Dreaded Sundown (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, USA, 2014)

#92         Climax (Gaspar Noé, France/Belgium, 2018)

#91         Eerie (Mikhail Red, Philippines/Singapore, 2018)

#90         Squirm (Jeff Lieberman, USA, 1976)

#89         House (Steve Milner, USA, 1986)

#88         Halloween 2 (Rob Zombie, USA, 2009)

#87         The Velocipastor (Brendan Steere, USA, 2018)

#86         I Trapped the Devil (Josh Lobo, USA, 2019)

#85         Les Affames (Robin Aubert, Canada, 2017)

#84         Vampire’s Kiss (Robert Bierman, USA, 1989)

#83         Piranha 3D (Alexandre Aja, USA, 2010)

#82         Road Games (Abner Pastoll, UK/France, 2015)

#81         The Toxic Avenger (Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman, USA, 1984)

#80         It Comes at Night (Trey Edward Shults, USA, 2017)

#79         A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven, USA, 1984)

#78         A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (Jack Sholder, USA, 1985)

#77         A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (Chuck Russell, USA, 1987)

#76         Évolution (Lucile Hadzihalilovic, France/Belgium/Spain, 2015)

#75         #Horror (Tara Subkoff, USA, 2015)

#74         Cooties (Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion, USA, 2014)

#73         A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: the Dream Master (Renny Harlin, USA, 1988)

#72         The Fog (John Carpenter, USA, 1980)

#71         Let Her Out (Cody Calahan, Canada, 2016)

#70         Martyrs (Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz, USA, 2015)

#69         Scary Stories to tell in the Dark (André Øvredal, USA/Canada/China, 2019)

#68         Don’t Torture a Duckling (Lucio Fulci, Italy, 1972)

#67         Fair Game (Mario Andreacchio, Australia, 1986)

#66         Motel Hell (Kevin Connor, USA, 1980)

#65         Blacula (William Crain, USA, 1972)

#64         Apostle (Gareth Evans, UK/USA, 2018)

#63         The Being (Jackie Kong, USA, 1983)

#62         Audrey Rose (Robert Wise, USA, 1977)

#61         Sorority House Massacre (Carol Frank, USA, 1986)

#60         Ready or Not (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin/Tyler Gillett, Canada/USA, 2019)

#59         The Old, Dark House (James Whale, USA, 1932)

#58         The Rage: Carrie 2 (Katt Shea, Robert Mandel, USA, 1999)

#57         It Chapter Two (Andy Muschietti, Canada/USA, 2019)

#56         He Never Died (Jason Krawczyk, Canada, 2015)

#55         A Bay of Blood (Mario Bava, Italy, 1971)

#54         Happy Death Day 2U (Christopher Landon, USA/Japan, 2019)

#53         Dark Touch (Marina de Van, France/Ireland/Sweden, 2013)

#52         Leatherface (Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury, USA, 2017)

#51         Hisss (Jennifer Lynch, India/USA, 2010)

#50         Rabid (David Cronenberg, Canada, 1977)

#49         Nefarious (Richard Rowntree, UK, 2019)

#48         The Eyes of Laura Mars (Irvin Kershner, USA, 1978)

#47         Kiss of the Damned (Xan Cassavetes, USA, 2012)

#46         They Remain (Philip Gelatt, USA, 2018)

#45         The Killer Shrews (Ray Kellogg, USA, 1959)

#44         The House Next Door (Milind Rau, India, 2017)

#43         Little Monsters (Abe Forsythe, UK/Australia/USA, 2019)

#42         Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire (Stephen Cognetti, USA, 2019)

#41         Tigers are not Afraid (Issa López, Mexico, 2017)

#40         Sweatshop (Stacy Davidson, USA, 2009)

#39         Boys in the Trees (Nicholas Verso, Australia, 2016)

#38         The Happiness of the Katakuris (Takashi Miike, Japan, 2001)

#37         Between Worlds (Maria Pulera, Spain, 2018)

#36         Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Ever Told (Jack Hill, USA, 1967)

#35         House AKA Hausu (Nobuhiko Ôbayashi, Japan, 1977)

#34         The Cleaning Lady (Jon Knautz, USA, 2018)

#33         She Never Died (Audrey Cummings, Canada, 2019)

#32         Tales From The Lodge (Abigail Blackmore, UK, 2019)

#31         Quiet Comes the Dawn (Pavel Sidorov, Russia, 2019)

#30         Dead Dicks (Chris Bavota, Lee Paula Springer, Canada, 2019)

#29         Extra Ordinary (Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman, Ireland/Belgium, 2019)

#28         Harpoon (Rob Grant, Canada, 2019)

#27         Rabid (Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, Canada, 2019)

#26         Daniel Isn’t Real (Adam Egypt Mortimer, USA, 2019)

#25         VIY (Konstantin Ershov and Georgi Kropachyov, Soviet Union, 1967)

#24         Girl On The Third Floor (Travis Stevens, USA, 2019)

#23         Color out of Space (Richard Stanley, Portugal/USA, 2019)

#22         The Hidden (Jack Sholder, USA, 1987)

#21         The Pool (Ping Lumpraploeng, Thailand, 2019)

#20         After Midnight AKA Something Else (Jeremy Gardner and Christian Stella, USA, 2019)

#19         Bullets of Justice (Valeri Milev, Kazakhstan/Bulgaria, 2019)

#18         Do-eo-lak AKA Door Lock (Kwon Lee, South Korea, 2018)

#17         Vivarium (Lorcan Finnegan, USA, 2019)

#16         They Look Like People (Perry Blackshear, USA, 2015)

#15         La campana del infierno AKA A Bell from Hell (Claudio Guerin Hill, Spain, 1973)

#14         The Green Inferno (Eli Roth, USA/Spain/Chile/Peru, 2013)

#13         Zombieland: Double Tap (Ruben Fleischer, USA, 2019)

#12         Head Count (Elle Callahan, USA, 2019)

#11         Patrick (Richard Franklin, Australia, 1978)

#10         Splinter (Toby Wilkins, USA, 2008)

#9           Dead of Night (Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden and Robert Hamer, United Kingdom, 1945)

#8           Patchwork (Tyler MacIntyre, USA/Canada, 2015)

#7           Children of the Corn (Fritz Kiersch, USA, 1984)

#6           Countdown (Justin Dec, USA, 2019)

#5           The Addams Family (Conrad Vernon, Greg Tiernan, United Kingdom/Canada/USA, 2019)

#4           The Tag-Along (Cheng Wei-hao, Taiwan, 2015)

#3           Braid AKA Nobody Leaves (Mitzi Peirone, USA, 2018)

#2           The House that Jack Built (Lars von Trier, Denmark/France/Sweden/Germany/Belgium, 2018)

#1           M.F.A. (Natalia Leite, USA, 2017)

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