October is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time for Horror Bingo! This will be our 4th Annual Horror Bingo, which works like so:
Every year, Mekaela and I separately come up with a list of 15 horror movies we’d like to watch or rewatch. In years past, we’ve always managed to avoid picking the same films; this time around, however, we both chose Nope and The Black Phone. (Nope will go into the bingo bucket twice, while The Black Phone will be our free space movie.) Throughout October, Mekaela and I will randomly pick these movies out of the bingo bucket (in actuality, our favorite skull jar) and watch them until one of us eventually gets BINGO. I’ll also be reviewing said movies here, of course, and if you’re inclined, you’re more than welcome to play along. All you need to do is this:
1. Make or print yourself a bingo card. (I use an Excel spreadsheet, but you do you.)
2. Put The Black Phone in the free space.
3. Fill out the rest of your bingo card with any 24 of the following horror or horror-adjacent films:
One Cut of the Dead
The Call (2020, dir. by Lee Chung Hyun)
The Omen (1976)
The Night House
Hell House LLC
The Fly (1986)
The Abominable Dr. Phibes
Promising Young Woman
As the Gods Will
My Best Friend’s Exorcism
28 Days Later
Train to Busan: Peninsula
Bodies Bodies Bodies
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror
Rhymes for Young Ghouls
(Mekaela and I always draw our bingo cards randomly, but feel free to pick your favorites and/or be strategic, i.e., definitely put Nope somewhere on your card because the odds are obviously in your favor. We also have a few alternate movies in case one of the films above ends up becoming unavailable; for example, if The Abominable Dr. Phibes gets taken down from YouTube or if Bodies Bodies Bodies doesn’t end up streaming anywhere in October. The alternates won’t affect the game itself, just which movie I ended up watching and reviewing here.)
4. Cross out the appropriate spaces as I watch/review the movies. Watch the movies themselves if you’d like, and if you get bingo, feel free to gloat in the comments section! There are no prizes to be won, I’m afraid, but it is something easy and fun to do in the spooky season.
And that’s it! Let us all have a glorious October and pray that, finally, this is the year Pontypool and Lake Mungo actually get picked, for they have become the red-headed stepchildren of Horror Bingo and really deserve a bit of love.