[Lana] Daunting we know but to make it even more difficult, we intended on watching these movies together – and with John’s work schedule that is not an easy accomplishment!
[John] Yes, I am definitely the hiccup in these types of commitments. My work days are long and when I arrive home, I tend to keep going to accomplish more tasks. Add to that the fact that I am not nearly as invested in pop culture and social media as Lana, getting me to sit through one movie a night (or more than one in a night to make up for nights lost)…
[Lana] is a challenge to say the least!!
[John] Yup. Sorry about that. By the way… if we do this next year… could we please work harder to avoid the blood and guts and violence? Thanks!
[Lana] What’s Hallowe’en without blood and guts and violence?
[John] A happy one.
So… we began sketching out our list for the month – and I have to say that if Lana had not advertised our “31 for 31” plan, I would not have stuck to it and I probably would have had a bit more sleep in October.
[Lana] But it was so well worth it. Was it not?
[John] Yes and I never thought I would say this – but I might be horrored out for a while and I think I need to stick to the ghosties in my real life without adding the ghosties on screen for the next while. Shiny happy people are my goal for the next few weeks – (enter Christmas anyone?).
[Lana] Blasphemy! If the light hits Michael Myers’ mask the right way, it’s shiny!
I really am a huge horror fan (minus the blood and guts and violence) but after 31+ movies within 31 days (in addition to regularly following The Walking Dead – which I watch while peeking out between my fingers over my eyes), my brain has had it. My nervous system feels perpetually in “flight” mode and I would like to aim for an earlier bed time now. (HA!)
[Lana] But that is not all that we did. We had to include John’s speciality of a musical variety so we also chose 31 songs for 31 days.
[John] The entire musical list was not my doing – you had a hand in a good chunk of those selections too! I also wouldn’t call music my speciality but it is close to my heart – more so than movies and television.
While some of our song choices were paired with the daily movie selection, some were random, giving us some room to play.
I think one of the most exciting and entirely unexpected parts of this month-long expedition was the audience participation as so many of you followed along with us on social media. We had no idea anyone would really pay attention but as you commented and made suggestions and asked questions and even added some of our pickings to your own Hallowe’en watch lists, we realized we were deeper in this than we had originally thought.
Can anyone say “pressure”?
As October 31st neared and we realized how far behind we were on movies, my own hope of reaching our goal was dwindling. How could I possibly sit through so many more movies in so much less time?!?
[Lana] Just to give you an idea – with two days remaining, we had seven films left to watch.
[John] *Audible gulp and moan*
Not one to back away from a challenge (I really need to learn how to say ‘no’) I decided we would meet our target and settled in with a nice hot chocolate (and by ‘nice’ I mean ‘spiked’).
Our original plan for All Hallow’s Eve was to attend the Psycho screening in Toronto but life had some alternate plans for us and so we decided instead to ensure that Norman Bates would be our finale in the comfort of our own home.
So… we are now here on November 1st with an extra hour of sleep under our belts (which is really only a mental excuse for not needing to sleep in as much as I’d really like to because who needs a full six hours of sleep when you gain an extra hour in the five you were kind of planning that sort of becomes six but then you wake up because your brain says it’s later than it is and your clock says it’s earlier than you think it is and your insanity level increases when you try to do the math at 4:00 in the morning because that’s when your brain usually starts waking up but you know you don’t have to today because it’s Sunday but you think you need to get up because the clock says you should get up soon but you want to sleep in but you realize you are getting an extra hour anyway and so why sleep late but then that kind of defeats the purpose and…)
[Lana] I think you’ve started a run-on sentence. It’s cute when you talk that way but I don’t know what our readers are going to think.
[John] They will appreciate the honest look at the internal ramblings of John Lilies… it’s entertaining isn’t it?
Okay, it’s sad really. I know. Did I mention that I might be a bit tired?
Moving on… Thank you everyone for being a part of this crazy endeavour and thank you for your suggestions too! If we make this happen again next year we hope you will stick it out with us again!
[Lana] Next year??? What about Christmas?
[John] I love you. I really do. Please don’t ever doubt that.
[Lana] 25 for the 25th? That gives us a week for New Year’s!
[John] Deep breaths. Slow, deep breaths.
[Lana] Too soon?
[John] I love you. I do. I’m breathing. Let’s maybe chat later about this, maybe…
We thought we should recap, so… Here’s our list of…
31 MOVIES AND 31 SONGS FOR 31 DAYS OF HALLOWE’EN!!
1. The Conjuring (2013) – Based on the true case files of the Warrens.
2. Annabelle (2014) – Before The Conjuring, There was Annabelle.
3. Carnival of Souls (1962) – She escaped death. Now it wants her back.
4. Lost Boys (1987) – Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. It’s fun to be a vampire.
5. Frankenweenie (2012) – The electrifying dog is back from beyond the grave.
6. 13 Ghosts (2001) – Terror has multiplied.
7. Ginger Snaps (2000) – She’s got the curse.
8. Poltergeist (1982) – From a dimension beyond the living, a terror to scare you to death.
9. Poltergeist 2: The Other Side (1986) – They’re Back.
10. Poltergeist 3 (1988) – He’s found her.
11. The Changeling (1980) – …an experience beyond total fear.
12. The Exorcist (1973) – Something beyond comprehension is happening to a little girl on this street, in this house. A man has been called for as a last resort to try to save her. That man is the exorcist.
13. Halloween (1978) – The trick was to stay alive.
14. Wishmaster (1997) – Careful what you wish for.
15. Flatliners (1990) – Some lines shouldn’t be crossed.
16. Beetlejuice (1988) – Say it once… say it twice… but we dare you to say it three times.
17. Silver Bullet (1985) – It started in May in a small town and every month after that whenever the moon is full…It came back.
18. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – She is the only one who can stop it…if she fails, no one survives.
19. The Amityville Horror (1979) – Houses don’t have memories.
20. Ghostbusters (1984) – They’re here to save the world.
21. The Uninvited (1944) – From the most popular mystery romance since “Rebecca”.
22. The Crow (1994) – It can’t rain all the time.
23. Jeepers Creepers (2001) – What’s eating you?
24. The Shining (1980) – Heeere’s Johnny!
25. Carrie (1976) – You were warned never to push Carrie to the limits. Now you must face the evil consequences.
26. Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – Pray for Rosemary’s baby.
27. Witchboard (1986) – Never play it alone.
28. House on Haunted Hill (1959) – The doors are locked at midnight.
29. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) – Peanuts, pumpkins and pleasure for the whole family.
30. As Above So Below (2014) – The only way out is down.
31. Psycho (1960) – A boy’s best friend is his mother.