in Shocktober

By a route obscure and lonely,
Haunted by ill angels only.
Where an Eidolon, named Night,
On a black throne reigns upright,
I have wandered home but newly
From this ultimate dim Thule.
Behold it but through darkened glass, it’s…. SHOCKTOBER!

Yes, we’re gettin’ classical with this year’s edition of Shocktober with 31 days of Criterion Collection Horror movies.

I love Criterion’s horror catalog. Not because they are the best films of the genre or even close to the scariest. I love them because most of them are films you’d otherwise be hard pressed to find. Lost and forgotten films, eclectic, bizarre, and always intriguing.

Along with my fellow Mildly Pleased contributors, Sean Lemme and Colin Wessman, we’ll dive into classics from Cronenberg, De Palma, explore Japanese ghost stories, Czechoslovakian surrealism and pay a little visit to our good friend the Blob with lots of other surprises in store.

So enjoy, and remember, all that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. Shout out to the OG spook master Mr. Edgar Allan Poe.