DAYS OF THE DEAD

The orig­i­nal Hal­loween in­spired a cal­en­dar of car­nage

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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…

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