It’s been a while since we went alphabetical here at Roobla, so to get you even more in the mood for October 31, here’s a Halloween special. There’s the odd tenuous link here and there, but we hope you find it fun and perhaps even a little useful…

A is for Alien. Ridley Scott‘s 1979 groundbreaking sci-fi horror remains just that.

B is for Bram Stoker. Okay, obviously the Dracula author never had a hand in any screenplays, but imagine how much poorer cinema in general would be if that book had never been written.

C is for castles, They’ve been the setting for many a horror movie, and with good reason: does it get more spine-tingling?

D is for disappointing. When was the last time you went to the cinema to see a new release and were genuinely scared?

E is for Elm Street. You wouldn’t want to be here in your wildest dreams. One, two, Freddy’s coming for you….

F is for Frankenstein. It would be fair to say that Marys Shelley‘s gothic masterpiece has produced something of a mixed bag on the big screen.

G is for gore. The blood, the guts, etc.

H is for Hammer. The studio that gave us more classics than you can shake a stick at.

I is for It. A new era of clowning around in a most sinister fashion was unleashed with devastating effect this year.

J is for John Carpenter. The man who gave us Halloween, The Thing and Vampires is one of the most influential filmmakers of our time.

K is for killers. Jason Vorhees, Mike Myers, Jigsaw – all very bad dudes.

L is for lights off. When you’re sitting down to watch some horror, it’s the law.

M is for murder. At least several people have to die during the course of the movie, unfortunately/fortunately.

N is for night-time. Well, it wouldn’t be much of a spook-fest if everything took place during the day, now would it.

O is for Occult. A hugely-underrated sub-genre.

P is for Peter Cushing. Along with Christopher Lee, he was the main man of early British horror movies.

Q is for Queens, specifically Scream Queens. Once considered the stuff of B-movies, they’re now an integral part of many a chiller.

R is for repel. Garlic, crucifixes and holy water work well on vampires; silver bullets are good for werewolves. Failing that, you’re pretty screwed.

S is for shower scene. From the Hitchcock classic Psycho, it’s the first and last word on edge-of-your-seat stuff.

T is for terrible. Despite all the greats, horror has produced more turkeys than arguably any other genre. Leprechaun, anyone?

U is for undead. Mythical, supernatural beings that can take many forms, including mummies, vampires and zombies.

V is for vampires. From Nosferatu to Fright Night, Lost Boys to Underworld, they’re off the scale in terms of movies made.

W is for why. As in why does everyone think that From Dusk Till Dawn is so bloody good?

X is for X-Rated. Naturally.

Y is for your comments. Feel free to leave them below if you agree of disagree with anything I’ve written here.

Z is for zombies. The Walking Dead might be taking all the plaudits on TV these days, but it wouldn’t even exist without the likes of Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Day of the Dead (1985).

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