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Author: Chris Boniello, Jamie Lansdowne, and Cody Mason

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Move over Nick and Norah, 31 for 31 is a curated playlist of films to satiate your hunger for horror throughout the month of October. Each day, our three hosts will discuss their selections’ merits among similar films in the genre, how the picks match their definition of an ideal Halloween story, and, most importantly, how they fit into the flow of their curated movie mixtape. Join Chris, Jamie, and Cody as they present their mixtape of B-sides and classics in a countdown trying to capture that ineffable, creepy, gleeful Halloween feeling all October long.

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The list is complete! Join us as we look back on our daily drops in October, some favorite recording moments, and what almost made the list before shifting your focus to Turkey Day. Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Day 31: Halloween

Day 31: Halloween

2021-10-3101:27:05

The day has arrived! We’re all in for All Hallow’s Eve with a special double episode discussing the John Carpenter 1978 original, sequels, and most recent installment of the Halloween franchise. Whether or not evil dies tonight, we are living for our love of all things Michael Myers. Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Halloweekend rocks on! Andrew Stieglitz of The Lyric Boys Podcast is here to discuss the cult classic to end all cult classics: Richard O’Brien’s 1975 horror musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Make this episode a “Science Fiction/Double Feature” by checking out their pod, as well! Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kicking off Halloweekend with a banger! Punk may be dead, but it is here to stay in Dan O'Bannon’s 1985 zombie flick The Return of the Living Dead. We are dead and loving it discussing this absolute party of a living dead movie. Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Day 28: House

Day 28: House

2021-10-2843:15

The weirdest haunted house you’ll ever enter! Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 Japanese supernatural film House is a fever dream, or nightmare, of childlike imagination. We try to make since of this purposefully tangled, confusing, and bonkers ride while finding out what about its bizarre and often funny plot leaves such a lasting, discomforting impression. Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Back to your nightmares, but at least you aren’t paralyzed! Freddy strikes his best balance of camp and actual scares in Chuck Russell’s 1987 creeper A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. Hear our thoughts on how creative practicals elevates this pick–another third entry of a frightful franchise. Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
George C. Scott is back, and so is the devil. William Peter Blatty’s third entry in the Exorcist series from 1990 is an underrated, contemplative, and overwhelming horror experience. Check out our thoughts on the theological themes and standout scares of this possession threequel. Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Day 25: Sinister

Day 25: Sinister

2021-10-2549:43

We’ve seen some home movies on this list, but these have me feeling far less nostalgic. Open our box of tapes to see why Scott Derrickson’s 2012 film Sinister is a great example of Blumhouse horror done right. We spend some time even discussing the scares, performances, and plot after we finish our deep dive on Ethan Hawke’s sweater. Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Day 24: The Changeling

Day 24: The Changeling

2021-10-2446:36

A much more classic ghost story for you! Peter Medak’s The Changeling may have been released in 1980, but it carries the tradition of textured, character-driven, creaky floorboard horror of the 1970s. Check out our conversation of this elevated meat-and-potatoes dish of murder mystery, seances, and ghostly revelations. Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Day 23: Lake Mungo

Day 23: Lake Mungo

2021-10-2342:13

Our second pseudo-documentary! Joel Anderson’s 2008 dreadfest Lake Mungo will have you checking the back corners of your home videos. Check out our episode detailing the sadness, grief, and looming anxiety expressed so well in this unique ghost story. Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We’d love you to follow us…on Instagram! But anything like David Robert Mitchell’s 2015 supernatural thriller It Follows is a bit much for us and special guest Weston Auburn of Art School Athletics. Listen as we discuss the impact this film had on stylized horror throughout the rest of its decade. And how we would try to escape the Follower! Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Well, one thing leads to another on this list. We invite you to come on into Ti West’s 2009 homage film The House of the Devil to explore this satanic panic throwback. Hear us chat about its great ratcheting of tension, stellar performances, and disrespect for Greta Gerwig’s noggin. Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Day 20: Hellraiser

Day 20: Hellraiser

2021-10-2043:52

What’s in the [puzzle] box?! You’re in for a world of pleasure and maybe pain as we take a Ceno-bite out of Clive Barker’s 1987 original Hellraiser. With a remake on the way, let’s go back to our first time tearing our souls apart, shall we? Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Are we out of the woods yet? If you liked The Night House this year, try out David Bruckner’s 2017 underseen first feature The Ritual. Hear us chat about this folk horror must-watch that will having you turning down invites for hikes all fall long. Joining us off-trail is writer, director, producer Nick Payne Santos, whose directorial debut It Cuts Deep is streaming on Shudder and Showtime. Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Day 18: The Witch

Day 18: The Witch

2021-10-1844:13

Is it two Vs or a W? Either way, we’re adding the poor-luck puritans Robert Eggers’s 2015 The Witch to our book. Hope our delicious conversation will make you feel like you’re floating on air with our pal Black Phillip. Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We’re barking mad for John Landis’s 1981 werewolf classic An American Werewolf in London, and so is our special guest and exceptional movie trailer editor Pat Davet. Listen as we dive in as we make our pod trio a quarter…something we will do every once in a blue moon. Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Day 16: The Nightmare

Day 16: The Nightmare

2021-10-1647:11

Maybe don’t keep one eye open tonight. Listen as we hallucinate about Rodney Ascher’s terrifying 2015 documentary on sleep paralysis The Nightmare. Horror that can stay with you after the credits roll and you turn in? It’s like Room 237 in your own bedroom! Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Day 15: Mulholland Dr.

Day 15: Mulholland Dr.

2021-10-1540:11

Don’t look behind Winkie’s! David Lynch’s 2001 mindbender Mulholland Dr. is a masterclass in building dread and atmospheric horror beyond explanation. Whether we understand it fully or not, hear us discuss how the film is an unlikely but ideal pick for the middle of our list. Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Day 14: The Love Witch

Day 14: The Love Witch

2021-10-1453:15

If this is camp, then Bear Grylls is setting up the tent. Anna Biller’s meticulously crafted 2016 homage to ’70s genre film The Love Witch will certain cast a spell on you. Hear us chat about its beautiful production design, perfectly heightened performances, and piercing feminist dissections of genre conventions. Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Even groovier the second time! Sam Raimi’s classic 1987 cabin-in-the-woods rehash The Evil Dead II offers chainsaws, possessions, and a flood of blood. Hope you’re alive by dawn so you can listen in to our discussion of the first movie we got to watch together in-person this year! Be sure to follow @31for31podcast on Instagram for updates and the full list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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