Halloween is upon us once more. However, 2020 has been a year like no other so far and for some they won’t be able to go out Trick ‘n’ Treating. So for those who can’t and for those who want to stay in and hide behind their sofa, or just curl up and enjoy a good old fashioned horror movie.
We here at Screen One are here to help you out. We’ve scoured all the streaming services available to present you our picks for you to watch on All Hallows Eve and we think there is something here for everyone. So we present “12 Spooktacular Films To Watch This Halloween”.
Let’s start with some classic horror movies to scare you. You probably have seen these, if so why not watch them again? If you haven’t seen them, here’s your chance!
Alien (NOWTV) – In space no one can hear you scream! So the tag line goes, however in your front room it might be a different story… Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and the crew of the Nostromo battle a rather nasty extra terrestrial after answer a distress call on a distant planet. Needless to say, things don’t go well and the bodies mount up quickly. The film went on to spawn a fair few sequels and spin offs, but this outer space stalk and slash has been copied but never really bettered (Other than it’s own sequel Aliens).
The Omen (NOWTV) If your looking for gore, you won’t find it here. What you will find here in this classic British horror is one of best the horrors of the 70’s which is downright terrifying. A simple premise,what if the Antichrist himself was born and grew up in a powerful family. Part of a trilogy, this is the best of the three, with a Oscar winning score from Jerry Goldsmith.
Friday The 13th Part II (NOWTV) The best of the Jason Vorhees saga, follows on the from the first (Which *spoiler alert* doesn’t feature Jason) where another group of hapless camp counsellors descend on Crystal Lake only for Jason to turn up and take revenge on them all. Simple premise, brilliantly executed (Pun intended) if a bit dated now.
Here’s some spooky films the whole family can enjoy. Also considered here was Casper, Addams Family and Corraline, which while not making the final list are worth looking out for.
Ghostbusters (NOWTV) In Screen Ones humble opinion, one of the best films ever made. Featuring Bill Murray on top form, a cast to die for and a story, laughs and special effects which are still top class to this day. Who you gonna call?
Monster House (NOWTV) A animated feature that isn’t from Disney or Pixar that is absolutely amazing. A house comes to life after it’s owner dies and decides to devour the neighbourhoods children, but the children decide to fight back and destroy the heart of the house. Simply majestic.
Beetlejuice (NOWTV) A film on the edgy side of family friendly, Michael Keaton in a career defining performance as the ‘Ghost with the most’ bio exorcist beetleguese turns up to help the recently deceased Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis to get rid of the new family that has arrived at their beloved house. Weird, Wild and Wacky from Tim Burton and still brilliant.
In this section we take a look at the monsters that make things go bump in the night and also the day and not only bump, but snap crackle and pop too.
Species (Netflix) Another Alien causing havoc mainly by killing people, however this one is on earth after scientists recieve the DNA from our ET emails. It doesn’t go well and the alien escapes, but this one wants to mate with the best male it can find. However, when she doesn’t find the perfect mate, she simply kills the prospective parent, leaving a messy trail that the secret goverment dept. send a crack team out to track down the invader. Mayhem and mutilation follows.
The Babadook (Prime Video) More of a Ghost Story but then maybe not? A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. Creepy and unsettling.
Cabin In The Woods (Prime Video/Netflix) It’s best not knowing too much about this movie going in, which makes the experience all that much better. Featuring Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth in a very different role, this is a horror movie with a difference. Five college friends spend the weekend at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. And if you enjoy this, then it’s also worth seeking out Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil too.
In our final fearsome threesome we offer you a collection of movies that have you lloking behind you, under the bed or simply trying to escape the grasp of whatever it is chasing you.
Misery (Netflix) The only Stephen King adaptation in our list, here we have a superfan attempting to pursuade an author to change his mind about the plot of a upcoming novel. Featuring a scene so shocking if you don’t know it’s coming, it’ll have you limping for a week. Novelist Paul Sheldon crashes his car on a snowy Colorado road. He is found by Annie Wilkes, the “number one fan” of Paul’s heroine Misery Chastaine. Annie is also somewhat unstable, and Paul finds himself crippled, drugged and at her mercy. One of the better Stephen King novels that maybe hasn’t had such a wide audience.
Childs Play (Netflix) Not the original version of the killer doll ‘Chucky’ that created six sequels. But the recent re-imagining that works spectacularly well and possibly improves on the original. Chucky is voiced by Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, this is one toy that might make you think twice about A.I. based toys. Karen, a single mother, gifts her son Andy a Buddi doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.
Shaun Of The Dead (Prime Video) The first of the Cornetto Trilogy from Edgar Wright, starring Simon Pegg and a host of Zombies trying to ruin his day and prevent him from taking the car. Go to mum’s. Kill Phil, grab Liz, go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over.
So that’s our list. We hope you enjoy them no matter how many of them you watch. Let us know what you think and tell us your favourites! For more streaming features make sure you give screen-one.net a follow here and on social media for all the latest news, features and reviews.