It's back...the 7th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge. I know we've all been waiting for it, and now the month is finally (almost) here. I'm sure most of you have been around for some of the previous incarnations, but just in case this is your first time these are the rules Mitty first posted with a few 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. Last year's turn-out wasn't as crazy as 2004, but it as still up there. I know that I personally didn't get to watch as much as I wanted (thanks to work), but hopefully 2006 will be even stronger. Here's the Ultimate Splattter-Head turnout from 2005: ULTIMATE SPLATTER-HEADS Michael Elliot (133) Martin_T (100) Russell G (61) Bill McA (55) Jason Roer (54) Peter M Fitzgerald (50) Joe Karlosi (45) Chucky P (45) Matt Stone (42) Christopher B (41) Rick Spruill (41) SteveGon (40) Marc Fedderman (37) Brook K (36) Jim_K (34) Bob Turnbull (34) We didn't have much of a race last year. Michael actually wasn't officially participating, but how could you not include such an impressive entry. Martin easily bested the rest of us. Regardless of the counts, the discussion is what we're really here for, and I'm sure this year will be as good or better than the previous years. Just around the corner, we've got the TCM prequel, so we've already got something to look forward to (well, some of us at least ). As always, I hope you stick around and have a great time. Good luck to all!