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.
Vomit Bags Handed Out in Theaters as ‘Saw X’ is Called Worse Than ‘Terrifier 2’
Remember all the puking folks were doing when Terrifier 2 was released in theaters? It was an incredible amount of social media showing folks tossing their cookies in theaters at the time. For good reason too. If you have seen the film and know what Art the Clown does to a girl in a yellow room, you know that Terrifier 2 wasn’t messing around. But it appears that Saw X is being seen a challenger.
One of the scenes that is apparently bothering folks this time is the one in which a guy has to perform brain surgery on himself in order to hack out a chunk of grey matter that weighs enough for the challenge. The scene is pretty brutal.
The synopsis for Saw X goes like this:
Hoping for a miraculous cure, John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer uses deranged and ingenious traps to turn the tables on the con artists.
For me personally, I still think that Terrifier 2 owns this crown though. It is gnarly throughout and Art is brutal and doesn’t have a code or anything. He just loves killin’. While Jigsaw deals in revenge or in ethics. Also, we see the vomit bags, but I haven’t seen anyone using em just yet. So, I’ll remain skeptical.
All in all, I gotta say I like both films since both are sticking with practical effects instead of going the cheapy computer graphics way.
Have you seen Saw X yet? Do you think that it rivals Terrifier 2? Let us know in the comments section.
Billy Gives a Tour of His Home in ‘SAW X’ MTV Parody
While SAW X dominates in theaters, we here at iHorror are enjoying the promos. One of the best SAW promos that we have seen is hands down the one that features Billy giving us a tour of his home in a MTV parody approach.
The latest SAW film brings back Jigsaw by taking us back into the past and an all-out revenge plan on his Cancer doctors. A group that counts on making money off of sick people messes with the wrong guy and undergoes a whole lot of torture.
“Hoping for a miraculous cure, John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer uses deranged and ingenious traps to turn the tables on the con artists.“
SAW X is now playing in theaters. Have you already seen it? Let us know what you thought.
‘The Last Drive-In’ Changes to Single Movie Approach Over Double Features
Well, while I always enjoy more Joe Bob Briggs in my life I am not sure about AMC’s latest decision for Joe Bob Briggs and The Last Drive-In. The news going around is that the team would be getting a “super-sized” season. While it does go on a little longer than we are used to, it comes with a huge bummer as well.
The “super-sized” season will also include the upcoming John Carpenter Halloween special and the Daryl Dixon Walking Dead series’ first episodes. It also includes a Christmas Episode and a Valentine’s Day episode. When the true season begins next year it will give us one episode every other week in place of the much-loved double-feature.
This will stretch out the season further but not by giving fans extra films. Instead, it will skip a week and skip out on the late-night fun of the double feature.
This is a decision made by AMC Sudder and not by the team at The Last Drive-In.
I’m hoping that a well-placed petition may assist in getting the double features back. But only time will tell.
What do you think about the new line-up for The Last Drive-In? Will you miss the double features and the string of consistent episodes? Let us know in the comments section.