You know, I was thinking about missing out on the A to Z Challenge again this year? I couldn’t think of a theme, which was a kind of fatal flaw right there, at least for me. I can’t imagine doing an A to Z Challenge without a theme—though I know that some brave souls do it!
But then I jokingly began to make an alphabetized list of all the horror movies that Alec and I have seen during lockdown. “I’m sure I don’t have an entry for every letter,” I said to Alec (he was sitting across the dinner table from me at the time, assembling a Warhammer miniature, because yes we are nerds like that), “but let’s just see how close I can get.”
I was amazed to find that I had about 5 entries for A. “But of course, A is easy.”
Alec grunted his agreement.
B and C flew by in a blur of titles. D was initially a stumper, but I came up with a couple of entries.
I began to get excited about telling you guys about some of the movies on my list, but I contained my joy. Pitfalls, I knew, lay ahead.
Or actually, did they?
“X is, of course, the stumper here. We surely haven’t watched any… oh wait Xtro. I liked Xtro.”
“Didn’t we also watch something called X-Ray?” Alec wanted to know.
“Yeah. That was no fun. People should be warned about X-Ray. Hospital horror ugh.” But as I spoke, I felt an inward elation.
Fellow A to Zers, there is a destiny about having an entry for X. When you have an entry for X, you’ve generally got pretty much a complete list.
When I finished my initial list, I was missing entries for but two letters, Q and Z. We have since filled those two gaps, Z with something wonderfully fun, and Q with a meh.
As of this moment, my list has 180 entries in it, and I keep remembering more. Plus, I mean, the pandemic is still pandemic-ing on out there, and we’re still watching movies. As almost all the movies we watch in this house are at least arguably horror movies, the list continues to grow.
I may therefore possibly have over 200 movies to tell you about by the time the A to Z actually begins. My idea is to list all of them, and tell you at least a little about each film. Sometimes, what I will be telling you is, “Yep. We definitely watched this. I remember nothing about it.” Sometimes, I may give you sort of tasting notes. “Sleazy. More or less porn in a horror suit. Oaky. Hint of lemon. Would not watch again.” I am not going to go into detail about every movie, because that would take too long (though when I have a lot to say about a particular film, I will say it).
And sometimes, my comments may end up being more about me and the pandemic and my year and stuff than about the movie I am nominally discussing. I’m really attempting to just give you my experiential notes here, to say what I remember thinking and feeling about each film. So there may end up being a lot of me in this. I don’t know.
How I Found Out About These Movies
Some of these movies I just sort of knew about. However, this list would not be the glorious, gigantic, subtly monstrous, dripping thing that it is without three YouTube channels and one book. The YouTube channels are:
And the book is Nightmare Movies by Kim Newman. The 1988 version. I have just learned that he put out several updates to his book, and the latest one came out in 2011. I am gonna read that one now, but, I mean, in terms of this list, the 1988 version is the critical one here.
Name That Movie
And now! A challenge for the reader! The image below is from one of the movies I will be talking about for “A.” Can you identify it? Name it in the Comments below, or tune in on April 1st for the answer!