So Horrorfest started I couldn’t tell you exactly when. I’ve always been a fan of horror, thriller, suspense, mystery, film-noir, etc. I would watch them all the time, but every day in October.
When I went to college, I continued and my roommates were thrown into my 31 Days of Horror films celebration.
So when I started blogging in 2012 I decided to include it and officially create “Horrorfest”-blogging about a film every day. That way it would save my friends/roommates from something they weren’t as interested in.
Over the years I have established a set of rules and annual films categories. Every year I have enjoyed doing it although sometimes I have fallen behind because of life getting in the way. Usually I have the posts written, like this year I had all 31 done extremely early-the best I have ever been, it is just the editing that slowed me down. If you have someone willing to edit your work-give them a lot of love, because it takes a LOT of time to do.
So last year I received quite a few comments questioning Horrorfest as it has nothing to do with Jane Austen. They felt that there was no reason to do it and didn’t want me to continue.
Well, they are right it does have nothing to do with Jane Austen.
Even though Horrorfest doesn’t really have anything to do with Jane Austen, I have tried to input anything Jane Austen related-I’ve reviewed Death Comes to Pemberley, Death by Persuasion-or things with Austen actors in it like Ruby in the Smoke and Dead Again. I’ve even reviewed some films that while not Jane Austen-are films that Austen fans will love.
But even if I don’t review something Jane Austen, I think its okay to include Horrorfest as there is one character who would love this:
Yep the Regency spooky girl:
So for this year’s review: how I do Horrorfest VIII is that I watch whatever, and review it. I mean I usually plan the first and last film-and of course I planned The Planet of the Apes series review after someone donated the set to the library-yet it always amazes me how many match up themewise.
This year we had gothic films with the Horror of Dracula and Rebecca.
We also had a multicultural Horrorfest VIII as my Jane Austen profile pic was inspired from my Mexican culture, we had Horror of Dracula from England, High Seas AKA Alta Mar from Spain, Spirited Away from Japan, and Strong Woman Bong Soon from Korea.
We had dystopian futures with Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for Planet of the Apes, Logan’s Run, and The Running Man.
We had Non-Austen Films for Austen Fans with Alta Mar AKA High Seas, “Death By Persuasion” from Midsomer Murders, Rebecca, and Strong Woman Bong Soon.
We had superheroes with Batman, Strong Woman Bong Soon, and Unbreakable.
Ghosts with The Fog, R.I.P.D., Spirited Away, and 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.
And apes with the Planet of the Apes series and King Kong.
And of course our Annual films:
- A movie or TV episode from every decade of 1930s-2010s
- Doubledose of Alfred Hitchcock with Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Rebecca
- Animated Film with Spirited Away,
- Disney with Spirited Away,
- Doubledose of Lifetime with Death of a Cheerleader and Psycho Mother-in-Law,
- Stephen King with The Running Man
- Tim Burton with Batman
- Vincent Price with 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
The full list of films, TV episodes, and video game reviewed for Horrorfest VIII:
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
“Lamb to the Slaughter” from Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1958)
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Escape from Planet of the Apes (1971)
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
Battle for Planet of the Apes (1973)
“To All the Ghouls I’ve Loved Before” from 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985)
“The Puppet Show” from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
The Last Christmas: Shadow Island Mysteries (2010)
“Death By Persuasion” from Midsomer Murders (2017)