Our 366-Day #YearOfDread Challenge Continues with a Month of Horror/Sci-fi Movies

COVID-19 get you itching to get out of the house? How about a month of horror movies that are out of this world?

Daily horror movie challenges are a staple of the Halloween season, but would you dare attempt a 366-day challenge? Why, you’d have to be insane to attempt such a feat, right? Well, that’s exactly what we’re doing! On January 1st, we launched our “Year of Dread 2020” and things are just starting to heat up!


Dread Central liberated the 31-day horror challenge from October with monthly, themed horror movie challenges back in the Summer of 2018. Our ongoing mission: To create unique and inspiring curriculums for the truly devoted. You can check out our previous “Months of Dread” by following the links below.

July 2018: Horror Heatwave
August 2018: Aquatic Terrors
September 2018: Back to School
October 2018: Every Day is Halloween
November 2018: November of the Living Dead
December 2018: The End is Nigh

January 2019: Winter HorrorLand
February 2019: Horror is for Lovers
March 2019: Monster Madness
April 2019: Asian Cinema April
May 2019: MAYhem
June 2019: Summer of Blood
July 2019:
 Camps and Cabins
August 2019:
 Haunted August
September 2019:
 Sequel September
October 2019:
November 2019: Stephen King

January 2020: Best of 2019
February 2020: Women in Horror
March 2020: 21st Century Monster Movies
April 2020: Horror Comedies

For May 2020, we’re focusing on films that take place (at least in part) in outer space and/or those that feature interplanetary aliens!

Ask yourself: Are you a horror fan who lives every day like it’s Halloween? Do you have the gumption and the stamina to consume a new horror movie every day for an entire year? If so, feast your eyes on May’s 31-day horror challenge below. Let us know you’re participating by using the hashtag #YearOfDread2020 on Social Media!

Did your favorite horror/sci-fi movie make the list? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.

*Right click images (separated by week) to save and print; you can also see a complete list of films in May’s 31-Day horror challenge at the bottom of the article. Enjoy!

May 1st, 2020: Annihilation
May 2nd, 2020: Life
May 3rd, 2020: Dark Skies
May 4th, 2020: Under the Skin
May 5th, 2020: Pandorum
May 6th, 2020: Apollo 18
May 7th, 2020: Event Horizon
May 8th, 2020: Fire in the Sky
May 9th, 2020: Operation Avalanche
May 10th, 2020: Extraterrestrial
May 11th, 2020: Alien
May 12th, 2020: Aliens
May 13th, 2020: Alien 3
May 14th, 2020: Alien: Resurrection
May 15th, 2020: Prometheus
May 16th, 2020: Alien: Covenant
May 17th, 2020: Europa Report
May 18th, 2020: Color Out of Space
May 19th, 2020: The Thing (1982)
May 20th, 2020: The Thing (2011)
May 21st, 2020: Area 51

May 22nd, 2020: Phoenix Forgotten
May 23rd, 2020: Pitch Black
May 24th, 2020: Ghosts of Mars
May 25th, 2020: Total Recall (1990)
May 26th, 2020: Attack the Block
May 27th, 2020: Starship Troopers
May 28th, 2020: The Faculty
May 29th, 2020: Almost Human
May 30th, 2020: Jason X
May 31st, 2020: Sunshine



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