Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the message boards ...it's back: The 6th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge. Now, now...I know it's a couple of days early, but it's never too early to start discussing this year's crop of horror films. Those of you who have participated before know the rules, and for those of you who haven't, it ain't that complicated. These are the rules that Mitty first posted with small revisions from myself. 1. Watch 13 Scary/Horror/Halloween-Themed films before midnight on October 31, 2005 (use your own timezone to set the ending time). 2. Two of the above 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. I recommend more than 2, but 2 is the minimum to pat yourself on the head and say you completed the challenge. Please specify new discoveries in your film list by making them bold, adding asterisks, different colors, etc. 3. If you were part of the challenge last year, no more than two of the same films can be RE-watched. I'll grant a couple since some movies (ie. Halloween, Rocky Horror) are simply tradition and I'm willing to give credit for these. (Revision: This only applies to those going for the 13 movie challenge) 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. 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. There has been discussion over the past two years as to what movies qualify. Is Silence of the Lambs a horror movie? Does The Nightmare Before Christmas count? From now on, if you wanna include it, go for it. There will be no hairsplitting. If The Wizard of Oz send you to the dresser for a fresh pair of boxer shorts, all the power. We had an AMAZING turnout last year. In 2003, we only had 4 participants who watched over 31 films. Last year there were 4 people who watched over 100 (yes, two zeros) flicks and a total of 13 who watched 31 films. To get a better idea of what went on last year, here is a list of the Splatterific HTFers: ULTIMATE SPLATTER-HEADS Jim K (174) Michael Elliot (166) Matt Stone (120) Justin S (118) Scott Weinberg (90) Joe Karlosi (59) Rick Spruill (56) Bill McA (45) Brook K (36) Angel Pagan (35) Chucky P (35) Bob Turnbull (34) DanielM (31) Greg Black (31) Last October we had a hell of a race between Jim K and Michael Elliot. I didn't have a job at the time, and I had just graduated college, so I had copious amounts of free time. Unfortunately (for me) I'm strapped down with a busy job and won't have nearly as much time to watch horror films. Hopefully we can improve on last years great numbers with this challenge. As always, please stop buy and discuss your favorite (and least favorite) horror films as fervently as you did last year. Like last October, the ultimate respect is paid to those members who are willing to suffer through a few bed sores in order to clock in over 100 movies. There's no way I'm topping that number this year, but that doesn't mean I won't be busting my ass trying. Good luck!