In the mood for a spooking? Here are six scary movies to watch from behind your hands — if you dare…
We’ve officially reached the halfway point of October, so you have no earthly excuse to avoid dipping your toe into the ever-expanding pool of Halloween horrors.
We’ve already gone through some of the best Halloween classics to get you in the spooky spirit, so today we’re going down the spine tingling, you’re-not-sleeping-tonight route with a roundup of some of the absolute scariest movies available to stream right now.
Get your pyjamas on, a takeaway ordered, and the popcorn in because this weekend is made for a Halloween movie marathon…
In 1970, two paranormal investigators and demonologists are summoned to the home of the Perrons; a secluded farmhouse a couple recently moved into with their five daughters where a supernatural presence has made itself known. Though the manifestations are relatively benign at first, events soon escalate in horrifying fashion, especially after the Warrens discover the house’s macabre history. But wait, there’s more — The Conjuring just so happens to be based on a true story.
According to a Science of Scare Project conducted by broadbandchoices, Sinister is statistically the scariest movie ever made. This year marks the tenth anniversary of its release, so if you haven’t seen it, there’s no time like the present. To movie follows a true-crime writer played by Ethan Hawke has he discovers the existence of a snuff film showing the deaths of a family and sets about solving the mystery. He moves his own family into the victims’ home and gets to work. However, when old film footage and other clues hint at the presence of a supernatural force, he learns that living in the house may be fatal.
IT: Chapter One
Amazon Prime Video
All horror fans will know that it’s not really Halloween until you’ve dived into some Stephen King, and this 2017 adaptation of his 1986 novel is a great place to start any marathon. IT: Chapter One centres around seven kids as they come face to face with their worst nightmare. An ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children, the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise won’t go down without a fight.
The Black Phone
A new release this year, The Black Phone is actually based on a 2004 short story by Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill. When a shy but clever 13-year-old boy is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement, a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, and the young boy soon learns that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. Naturally, they’re dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to him.
After their wedding, the honeymoon period for this young couple ends much more abruptly than one would hope after they receive a rather ominous warning from a psychic in the Dominican Republic. When they wake up the next morning, they remember none of the previous night’s events, but soon realise that they are now dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. However, strange physical and mental changes lead her to the realisation that the pregnancy has a sinister origin.
Friday the 13th (2009)
The Friday the 13th movie franchise spans 12 films and four decades, the 2009 reboot continues in the same vein as the 1980 original. Against the advice of locals and police, one young man scours the eerie woods surrounding Crystal Lake for his missing sister, and — spoiler alert — the rotting cabins of an abandoned summer camp are not the only things he finds. Hockey-masked killer Jason Voorhees is ready and waiting for a chance to use his razor-sharp machete.