It’s officially September, which means that we horror fans can now dive into Shudder’s annual 61-day Halloween event. To whet your appetites and give viewers a little taste of horror action, a must-add for both newbs and veterans to the horror genre based on its first episode is the brand new series, THE 101 SCARIEST HORROR MOVIE MOMENTS OF ALL TIME. While the countdown portion of the list may potentially inspire some fisticuffs online (as these lists tend to do, unfortunately), the amount of information breaking down each segment is enough to perhaps make you reconsider your own list order.

Interviewees include Tony Todd (Candyman), Greg Nicotero (Day of the Dead), Keith David (The Thing), Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes), Ernest Dickerson (Bones), Brea Grant (Lucky), Tananarive Due (“My Soul to Keep”), Rebekah McKendry (Glorious), Joe Dante (Gremlins), and David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man).

Also interviewed were Kate Siegel (“Haunting of Bly Manor”), Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe), Mike Flanagan (“Midnight Mass”), Axelle Carolyn (The Manor), Lydia Hearst (Slayers), Dana Gould (“Stan Against Evil”), Tom Savini (Night of the Living Dead), Jonah Ray (“Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return”) and more.

Due to wanting to keep spoilers under wraps, I’m going to skip the nitty-gritty details of what is actually listed. The first episode counts down starting from 101 and ending at 89. This provides enough of an estimate in terms of how much time is spent per movie moment. It’s not too short per segment. It also doesn’t drag either due to some careful editing. This creates a steady pace that will make the time breeze on by.

Countdown lists are fine and dandy. We’ve seen many of them online in either text or video format. What is the major draw and highlight of this particular series in their approach to the countdown is the interviews. Having multiple perspectives analyze the selected moments adds more heft to the choices and, in particular, for those who love learning things, you’ll gain more knowledge along the way.

The first episode of  THE 101 SCARIEST HORROR MOVIE MOMENTS OF ALL TIME sets the stage from the get-go with its format and structure. Wasting no time, it launches viewers into the countdown. With just eight episodes to cover 101 movie moments, there’s a lot of ground to cover. If there is one gripe to be had, the end of episode one does feel a bit abrupt. But this may be a matter of preference. As of now, definitely would recommend it for both casual and hardcore fans of horror, if anything just to get yourself back into prime-time Halloween horror viewing mode.

THE 101 SCARIEST HORROR MOVIE MOMENTS OF ALL TIME will premiere Wednesday, September 7, on Shudder.

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