Monday, September 2, 2013


OK, the speed run will continue, but first, it's time for a little bit of an announcement...and this one benefits from user feedback, so please do pay attention.

Yes, this announcement applies to everyone in the office.

Well guys, it's September. For those of you who've been around this place for over a year, or at least done some archive diving, you know what that means. That's right, we're coming up on this year's October run.

For those of you new to this, here's the deal: each October, The Third Row gets into the Halloween spirit by
picking 31 horror movies, a review a day (naturally kept on the shorter side for brevity) posted in the form of a weekly write-up every Friday of the month.

This year, I'm trying a bit of a different spin on the formula: in the past, it's been a general combination of whatever I came up with for the year and user contributed suggestions.  In order to balance, this unfortunately meant some user suggestions got left out.

In the interest of fairness, and to cast a wider net, here's the new attempted plan:
I'm currently sitting on a...shall we say rather bulked up list culled from various other lists as well as just titles that have been on my 'to do' list for Halloween suggestions.

Naturally, however, this isn't a perfect spread - in fact, user suggestions have actually helped me find some great entries these last two years, which is why I value the feedback on this event so much.

What does this new setup mean for you guys? Simply put - go nuts. Rain down suggestions on me. Doesn't matter if they've already been on the pending list, I'll gladly take 'em anyway. Don't be shy, give me as many titles as you can hit me with! These suggestions, as well as the current list, will all be dumped into the randomizer - out of this heaping helping of horror (...did this suddenly turn into an old Tales From the Crypt comic?) the first 31 titles chosen by the randomizer will be offered up for this year. Everything else, by default, is officially included in the running for subsequent years, ensuring as wide a net as possible is cast. So really, no reason to get discouraged if it doesn't make it in this year - it's already in the running regardless for the future.

So again, feel free to send in your suggestions by whatever means you so choose: post replies here, post on the Twitter feed (it's @guyinthe3rdrow for the record) or email at

I can't make this clear enough - I want as many suggestions as you guys can find to hit me with. This is one of those times of year I really look forward to, in no small part for the variety it offers, and you guys are a big part of helping with that. Don't even worry if something you suggested might already be on the list - better to have it suggested and already be on here than to say nothing and have it stay off the radar entirely.

Hopefully we'll get a good list out of this year!

Also, fun as it would be to send you guys going through the old lists to generate extra hits, as a show of good faith, here's the 62 that have already been covered in previous years:

-The Tunnel
-Rosemary's Baby
-Eyes Without a Face
-Penny Dreadful
-The Omen
-I Spit On Your Grave
-Dementia 13
-The Other
-Night of the Living Dead (1968)
-The Wicker Man
-Lake Mungo
-Picnic at Hanging Rock
-Land of the Dead
-Werewolves on Wheels
-The Exorcist
-Kairo (Pulse)
-Hour of the Wolf
-The Others
-The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
-The Devil's Backbone
-Let's Scare Jessica to Death
-The Thing (1982)
-Cannibal Holocaust
-The Baby's Room
-Nosferatu the Vampyre
-Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens
-Don't Look Now
-Village of the Damned
-The Abominable Dr. Phibes
-Sleepaway Camp
-In the Mouth of Madness
-I Drink Your Blood
-Trick 'R Treat
-The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
-Perfect Blue
-A Tale of Two Sisters
-The Evil Dead
-Burnt Offerings
-Marble Hornets
-Return of the Living Dead
-The Serpent and the Rainbow
-28 Days Later
-At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul
-Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
-The Beyond
-Carnival of Souls
-The House of the Devil
-Jacob's Ladder
-Cabin in the Woods
-The Brood

As a general rule, the cut-off for suggestions is the 15th - simply so I have a decent buffer window to sort the list and hunt down this year's winners. So get 'em in early and get in a lot of 'em.

Will be keeping an eye out and looking forward to what you guys offer up!

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