As we head further into the fall season – with days getting shorter, the breeze becoming cooler, greenery gradually wilting away, and the nights becoming longer, now forms the perfect atmosphere to cozy up in front of the TV and bring out fresh screams. For we are also entering the season of spook and scare of Halloween!
Whether you have a penchant for horror movies or are trying to decide what movies to stream at the next Halloween party, you need movie picks that bring the fright factor out the right way. That’s why we curated a wonderful list of all the movies that you can watch at your upcoming Halloween party. Don’t worry, the assorted list of Halloween movies are perfect for the season and will not let your expectations down in any way!
Considered a classic in the history of horror movies, The Exorcist is based on a novel of the same name. The book is inspired by the true story of the real-life exorcism that was performed by Jesuit priests in 1949 on a fourteen-year-old boy in Maryland.
In the movie, Regan, the young daughter of the film actress Chris, starts acting odd. This deeply troubles Chris, who decides to seek all sorts of medical help for her daughter only to find zero solutions to her issue as she hits a dead end. But when one of the doctors mentions exorcism as a possible option that might also have a simultaneous psychological benefit, Chris decides to go for it.
With unusual horrifying things happening around the house, Chris summons the local priest who is sure that the girl is under demonic influence. To perform an exorcism, the priests have to collect evidence to show to the Vatican and allow the exorcism to be performed. However, the job is difficult and so many lives have already been taken. To watch what happens next, stream the movie now!
A remake of the 1998 Japanese horror movie that’s based on Koji Suzuki's 1991 self-titled novel, this American supernatural-horror movie paved way for English-language filmmakers to re-create horror genre from Asian cinema, like The Grudge, for instance. The ideal movie picks to watch at your upcoming Halloween party!
With an interesting storyline, horror atmosphere, and bone-chilling visuals, this remake shows a journalist who is bent on investigating a videotape ― apparently a cursed one that seemingly exterminates its viewer ― after seven days of watching the movie tape. Watch this cinematic remake if you like the occasional dipping of your toe in the murky waters of horror and scare. Bring on the chills!
The Addams Family checks off all the boxes and gets the spooks right! Creepy and macabre, the Addams Family is about the mysterious aristocratic family that lives at the corner of the street. Based on the cartoons by Charles Addams, this movie is a terrific adaptation of the 1964 TV series of the same name.
What makes this family kooky are the eccentric names like Wednesday, Morticia Gomez, or the Thing that will amuse you. Not your usual horror movie but watch it if you like freaks and oddballs enlivening your TV screen with their bizarreness.
Are you in search of family-friendly Halloween movies that are safe for viewing by the younger ones? Well, you don’t have to look too hard, for The Haunted Mansion is a Disney feature film so it is going to be a gentle ride in the park, especially when the spooks and the scares are out!
The movie stars Eddie Murphy, who is a successful real estate agent. But because he is a workaholic he is not able to spend more time with his family. Neither is he able to fulfill his promise to take the entire family on a special vacation to make up for all the important days he has missed in the past. Unfortunately, the family trip turns out to be something more when they end up at a haunted mission, where things start to go awry. A great addition to movies to watch at this year’s Halloween party!
Wes Craven’s six-film slasher series revolutionized the horror genre when it came out in 1996, making it a cult of its own. And it all started with the movie Scream, released back in 1996, which is a Halloween staple to date!
Known for all its scary clichés, the movie delivers a modern twist to the slasher horror genus, adding gore, cleverness, and even funny to the mix as well. A fright-masked killer with a knife stalks the high school students in the fictitious town of Woodsboro, CA, who become his targets one by one, eventually falling to their death mercilessly.
What made Scream unique when it was released was the fact that all characters of the movie were quite alert of the clichés in horror movies that this film openly wanted to subvert.
What makes a good spooky movie? Well, for starters, it gets your heart pumping and thumping while nail-biting galore. Hocus Pocus is a conventional ghost story that turns into a real-life adventure when a bunch of teenagers break the spell of the three Sanderson Sisters, bringing them back from the bad. The Sanderson sisters are comical yet creepy as they keep the spooks alive. Well, expect that and a lot more with Hocus Pocus, the 1993 version that’s arguably one of the best Halloween movies to watch right now! A kid-friendly movie that you should stream now.
Not fond of horror movies? No worries, you can start small and slow. Why not start with Jaws, the 1975 version? A gem among horror movies, this popular flick by Universal Pictures is highly recommended if you want to explore the inimitable genre of horror. Though its suspense quotient is higher than actual horror it has small scares scattered enough to appease any moviegoer. This a nice entry in this list if you are not used to digesting popular horror content.
Get ready to bring the creeps and the goosebumps out. Based on the notorious psychological experiment of 1971 that was conducted on college students, who volunteered to role-play either a guard or a prisoner, ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’ was conducted by Philip Zimbardo, Professor at Stanford.
Rated R for its highly sensitive content which is more disturbing than spooky, it presents the eerie, shadowy side of human nature that doesn’t come out under normal circumstances. What happens when humans get a taste of power, dominance, and control? Watch and find out if you are okay with watching humanity deteriorate as they bring their hidden caustic version out in the open.
The Conjuring is part of a seven-movie franchise that has all the elements of a truly scary movie, which brings out the spooks and raises goosebumps to no end. Frightening to no end, it is set in the 70s. Demonologists/paranormal investigators, a husband-wife duo, Ed and Lorraine Warren are called to the house of the Perrons, who have recently moved to a farmhouse with their five little girls.
The farmhouse has a bizarre paranormal presence, which makes itself felt and known, first benignly and later escalating, particularly once the demonologists duo finds out the ghastly history of the farmhouse. Interestingly, the movie is loosely based on the happenings of the real-life paranormal investigators, Lorraine and Ed Warren. A must-watch!
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
If you know someone who would rather prefer to chomp on gravel with their bare teeth rather than watch horror movies, then you could bet on the Blair Witch Project for it is a point-blank creepy movie.
The movie narrates a visual account of three film students who travel to a remote town to collect documented evidence and footage about the local murderer, known as the legendary Blair Witch. They collect data, interviewing the local townsfolk to gather information and clues that support the veracity of the story. However, the project takes a frightening turn when the three get lost in the woods and begin hearing horrifying noises that chill them to the core.
What’s perfect about this movie is that it can happen anywhere and to anybody. One of those Halloween movies that redefined ‘scary’. Worth a watch!
To put it all together, Halloween is incomplete without the scare factor which is enhanced by movies! Though one doesn’t have to have an appetite for all things horror, some movies are downright memorable for their intricate characterization and storyline. The movies mentioned in the list above all have realistic imagery, which makes one spooked right away. That’s because these are the Halloween movies that have stood the test of time.
Catch all the goosebumps by watching these films and more on cable TV movie channels!
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