Since all of the stores have their Halloween stuff for sale it seems the OK time to get everything in order for the 12th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge. Mark your placeholders now. Get yourself psyched. Hopefully those who participated last year are in for it again and some new people will join us. The following are the rules/guidelines that have been used in previous years, although I rearranged things a bit in hopes of making things very clear. 1. Watch 13 Scary/Horror/Halloween-Themed films, etc. before midnight on October 31, 2011 (use your own timezone to set the ending time). 2. Theatrically released films and short features count as 1 point each. Running times are irrelevant. TV specials (e.g. "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!") and individual episodes of anthology TV series (e.g. "The Twilight Zone") also count as 1 point each. For episodic TV series, 2 hour-long episodes (e.g. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") count as 1 point and 3 episodes of 30 minute-long episodes (e.g. "The Munsters") count as 1 point. 3. Two of the 13 films, et.al. must be new discoveries, movies you've never seen before. The point of this is to see those few movies you've always meant to see, but never got around to. Please specify new discoveries in your film list by making them bold, adding asterisks, different colors, etc. 4. Come here and talk about 'em. 5. There is an uber-category, the Ultimate Splatter Challenge for those who wish to put all of the rest of us to shame. This is the heavyweight division. These people, if they choose to accept the challenge, must view 31 horror/scary/Halloween themed movies before dawn on Nov. 1st. Ten new discoveries are recommended for this one. The rest of us will bow down in awed reverence to these truly "Splatterific" HTF members. The bragging rights will be awesome and long lived. 6. What movies qualify? If you wanna include it, go for it. There will be no hairsplitting. If The Wizard of Oz sends you to the dresser for a fresh pair of boxer shorts, all the power. At the end of the challenge, the totals will be added up based on the point system outlined in number 2 above. 2010 Tallies John Stell - 195 Pete Battista - 149 Dana Martin - 125 Radioman970 - 118.3 TravisR - 108 Kevin M - 108 Jason Roer - 84.5 PatW - 67 Ockeghem - 67 Sandro - 37 Joe Karlosi - 35 Bob McLaughlin - 35 Malcom R - 32 Chucky P - 31 Brook K - 24 Mario Gauci - 22 Official start time is October 1st in your time zone.