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Enter The Uncanny Valley with a New #MonthOfDread Dedicated to Dolls!

Enter the Uncanny Valley with a #MonthOfDread dedicated to dolls, puppets, animatronics, and more!

Daily horror movie challenges are a staple of the Halloween season. But would you dare attempt a 365-day challenge? Why, you’d have to be insane to attempt such a feat, right? Well, that’s exactly what we’re doing! It’s May 1st, the fifth #MonthOfDread of our “Year of Dread 2021”! Enter the Uncanny Valley with a #MonthOfDread dedicated to dolls, puppets, animatronics, and more!

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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

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:
 GOTH-tober
November 2019: Stephen King

January 2020: Best of 2019
February 2020: Women in Horror
March 2020: 21st Century Monster Movies
April 2020: Horror Comedies
May 2020: Horror/Sc-Fi
June 2020: Vacations from Hell
July 2020: Clown/Circus Horror
August 2020: Creepy Kids
September 2020: Vampires
October 2020: Witches
November 2020: Foreign-Language Horror Movies
December 2020: Christmas/Holiday Horror Movies

January 2021: Best of 2020
February 2021: Cults
March 2021: Giant Monsters and Robots
April 2021: Home Invasions

RELATED: Join Us for a #MonthOfDread Highlighting Horror Movies About Cults!

In celebration of DREAD’s upcoming release, Benny Loves You, we’ve crafted a #MonthOfDread that’s all about The Uncanny Valley! We’re talking dolls, puppets, ventriloquist dummys, animatronics, jack-in-the-boxes, and the like.

Look for Benny Loves You in select theaters beginning May 7th and also on VOD beginning May 11th. A Blu-ray release will also follow on June 8th. We’re really excited to unleash Benny on the world!

So what exactly is “The Uncanny Valley”? Basically, it means things that look almost human but not quite (like dolls, puppets, etc.) have a tendency to really freak us out! For a deeper dive into the term, its origins and, more examples check out the video below.

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 #YearOfDread2021 on Social Media!

RELATED: Our “Year of Dread 2020” Horror Challenge Continues with Fierce Female Filmmakers!

Did your favorite horror movies featuring dolls and puppets make this #MonthOfDread list? Are you excited to see Benny Loves You beginning May 7th? 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 30-Day horror challenge at the bottom of the article. Enjoy!

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  • Dead Silence: May 1st, 2021
  • Annabelle: May 2nd, 2021
  • Child’s Play: May 3rd, 2021
  • Dolls: May 4th, 2021
  • Dolly Dearest: May 5th, 2021
  • Puppet Master: May 6th, 2021
  • Trilogy of Terror: May 7th, 2021
  • Magic: May 8th, 2021
  • Pin: May 9th, 2021
  • Poltergeist: May 10th, 2021
  • Benny Loves You: May 11th, 2021
  • The Boy: May 12th, 2021
  • Robert: May 13th, 2021
  • Saw: May 14th, 2021
  • Demonic Toys: May 15th, 2021
  • Small Soldiers: May 16th, 2021
  • Making Contact aka Joey: May 17th, 2021
  • Goosebumps (2015): May 18th, 2021
  • Pinocchio’s Revenge: May 19th, 2021
  • May: May 20th, 2021
  • Tales from the Hood: May 21st, 2021
  • Heidi (2014): May 22nd, 2021
  • Tourist Trap: May 23rd, 2021
  • Willy’s Wonderland: May 24th, 2021
  • Amityville Dollhouse: May 25th, 2021
  • Krampus: May 26th, 2021
  • Blade: The Iron Cross: May 27th, 2021
  • Toys of Terror: May 28th, 2021
  • Devil Doll: May 29th, 2021
  • ClownDoll: May 30th, 2021
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: May 31st, 2021