'Paranormal Activity' (Paramount Pictures)October certainly brings spooks and scares to movie theaters nationwide. The month began with a bang, as Zombieland proved an unexpected hit, even as Paranormal Activity began making waves that are still cresting. The Stepfather was more a pallid thriller than any kind of horror flick. This weekend, Saw VI joined the fray at the hardcore edge of the horror spectrum, while Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant appealed to the softer, fantasy-loving set. Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3-D also claimed a limited number of eyeballs, as did Lars von Trier's Antichrist, described as horror. The Final Destination, Halloween II, and Sorority Row are still hanging on in theaters.

Yesterday, Erik Davis asked which big horror release you're watching this weekend. (You still have time to vote in that poll.) But I'm wondering, with all the horror-related releases available to watch in theaters -- not to mention all the DVDs that have been pouring out this month, and the horror-themed programming awash on television -- has your Halloween-month viewing peaked already? Are you counting the days until the month is over?

I count myself as a horror buff, and read our great sister blog Horror Squad religiously (so to speak), but after a triple feature on Friday night that steadily diminished in quality (Paranormal Activity, The Final Destination, Halloween II), I wimped out on a potentially very good Asian horror double feature that the Asian Film Festival of Dallas presented locally: I fell asleep too early! But I'll probably catch up with one or two DVDs tonight.

What about you? If you're a horror fan, what are your personal picks from the month's viewing? If you're not into horror, what have you been watching lately?

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