Okay, big confession time: I’d never heard of Hooptober until this weekend. Sorry. I’m not on Letterboxd and I’d never heard anyone really talk about it before now. However, as I was getting ready to make an appearance on the Eye on Horror podcast, one of our hosts was talking about his list and the next thing I know I was reading up on a guy named Cinemonster and his annual Halloween watchlist/challenge.
It seems that back in 2014, Cinemonster moved into a new, spooky house with a backlog of unwatched Blu Rays and he decided to put together a challenge of sorts. He created various categories to encourage people to try some new things, expand their horror viewership, and celebrate one of his favorite horror directors, Tobe Hooper.
Thus was Hooptober born and it has continued each year since, with new viewing guidelines and challenges.
The more I read, the more I was intrigued and yes, I began putting together my own viewing list for this year. I’m not, personally, on Letterboxd, but why should that stop me, right?!
What I love most about 2021’s requirements is that they ask the viewer to step outside their comfort zones. I know so many horror fans who only watch 80s horror or certain subgenres. Cinemonster’s list asks more of the participants and that is undeniably a good thing!
If you’d like to participate in this year’s Hooptober event, take a look at the year’s rules. If you’re on Letterboxd, you can comment your list on Cinemonster’s main article and he will link your list to hundreds of others taking part in the challenge so you can compare and see what everyone’s watching.
Hooptober 2021 Challenge Rules Beginning Oct 1st (Or a little earlier if you like):
- 6 Countries
- 8 Decades
- 2 Folk Horror
- 4 films from 1981
- 2 films from your birth year
- 2 haunted house films
- The worst part 2 film that you haven’t seen before and can access
- 1 film set in the woods
- 1 Kaiju or Kong film (Not the new Godzilla vs. Kong)
- 2 Hammer films
- 3 films with a POC as director or lead actor (excluding Asian)
- 3 Asian Horror Films
- 1 film by Tobe Hooper, because there must always be a Tobe Hooper film
- EXTRA CREDIT: Watch JD’s Revenge, The Skull, and The Scooby Doo Project
Obviously you can have films that will fit multiple categories. How you choose to put those together is all up to you. And as a reminder, participants are asked to not only watch the films but also offer a review on Letterboxd if you’re a member.
Marvel Studios’ Special Presentation: Werewolf By Night
Marvel’s Werewolf By Night has just released its official trailer and release date of October 7th. It looks like a fun/creepy retro horror special that will be streaming directly to Disney +.
A page for the special on Disney+ also reveals it’s been rated TV-14 and has been filed under comedy as its genre. Furthermore, the synopsis on the page teases the death of one Ulysses Bloodstone.
“On a dark and somber night, a secret cabal of monster hunters emerge from the shadows and gather at the foreboding Bloodstone Temple following the death of their leader,” the synopsis reads. “In a strange and macabre memorial to the leader’s life, the attendees are thrust into a mysterious and deadly competition for a powerful relic—a hunt that will ultimately bring them face to face with a dangerous monster.”
With confirmation the special is involving the Bloodstone Temple, that stands to reason the reports of Donnelly playing Elsa Bloodstone would be accurate. In addition to the eponymous werewolf and Bloodstone, the trailer also confirmed the involvement of Man-Thing.
‘Scream’ Vibes Prevail In Kevin Willamson Co-Penned Story ‘Sick’ Movie Clip
Kevin Williamson hasn’t been too busy over the last few years. But it appears his ideas have. The new movie Sick which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was inspired by one of the stories he wrote.
Of course we know the Williamson brand. It was everywhere in 90’s horror. That slick storytelling mostly featured cat-and-mouse situations around final girls and unyielding slashers.
It looks like that sensation is back if we take anything away from the exclusive clip Collider proved today. According to the logline we are two getting young women holed up in a lake house during the pandemic. They think they’re alone, but it’s clear someone is out to get them.
Director John Hyams is behind the camera, and it seems he is sticking to that Craven/Williamson aesthetic where the camera moves seamlessly through the scene to focus on an object, dark colors are glossy and landscapes are uplit.
Sick is scheduled to release in Canada on Sept. 11, but that’s according to IMDb. As for the rest of the world, we’ll have to wait and see when it hits theaters.
New ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Trailer Fills Out Characters and Plot; Plus Billy’s Back!
It’s been several years since we saw the Sanderson Sisters in Hocus Pocus. Thankfully this year, the original cast has reunited for a fun sequel. This latest trailer paints these characters with a broader brush including what looks like an origin story.
The new trailer also leans heavily on the spooky along with its signature Midler as Wini wit. Plus the Lon Chaney of our time, Doug Jones, is back as Billy.
The film is a Disney+ exclusive and will be released on the streamer on September 30.
It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters, and they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high-school students to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve.