DAYS OF THE DEAD
The original Halloween inspired a calendar of carnage
FRIDAY THE 13TH The 1980 film which kickstarted the Jason Voorhees franchise takes place on 13 June 1979 – which, confusingly, wasn’t actually a Friday (it was a Wednesday). However, 13 June 1958, the date of the first murder at Camp Crystal Lake, was.
NEW YEAR’S EVIL In this 1980 slasher, the host of a new-wave show is phoned up by a switch blade wielding psycho who plans to commit a murder each time midnight strikes in a different US time zone. And you thought having to watch Hootenanny was bad.
MY BLOODY VALENTINE The indie rock band took their name from this Canadian film (1981). Twenty years ago, mine supervisors sloped off to the Valentine’s Day dance, causing a disaster. When a group of local teens revive the event, a gas mask-wearing miner poops the party with a pickaxe.
APRIL FOOL’S DAY College kids spending the weekend at an island mansion drop one by one in this 1986 horror. Prepare to howl with outrage at a twist ending where the joke is firmly on the audience…