Whatever you plan to hide behind, don’t spend most of the night looking for the perfect movies, as we have done that for you! Below are our top 20 picks for the perfect Halloween films to binge and where to stream them from.
The spooky season is upon us, and once all the tricks and treats are over what’s better than curling up on the sofa with a Halloween Movie Marathon. Luckily for us there is a whole host of Halloween based and scary movies out there for us to enjoy. Whether it be with the family, our friends, partners or alone from behind a pillow, a blanket or… the dog!
We have even arranged them in order from Halloween joy to absolute Halloween horror. So you can work out who to watch them with and what kind of eye covering you may need.
Get the corn popped and your candy corn ready. Start a fright-filled Halloween movie marathon full of ghosts, ghouls, blood, body parts and screams.
NOTE: These films are what are currently on the UK streaming sites and may vary from country to country.
1. Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Let’s start Halloween night off in a safe space with the Sony Pictures Animation ‘Hotel Transylvania’. Full of Vampires, mummies, werewolves and other creepy monsters, the 90-minute feature is all wrapped up in a charming coming of vampire-age story with a host of famous voices including Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Kevin James and Andy Samberg to name a few. This U Rated comedic and fun look at the dark side can be found on Netflix.
2. Frankenweenie (2012)
We all love dogs, but after an unfortunate accident, would you attempt to bring yours back from the grave? Well in this Tim Burton, Disney animated, black and white offering, that’s exactly what Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) decides to do. But will he be able to convince his family that the bolt-necked pooch is still his loyal friend after he wreaks havoc on the neighbourhood? Find this endearing yet creepy film on Disney Plus.
3. Hocus-pocus (1993)
Halloween just isn’t Halloween without the Sander Sisters! Whilst we wait for the long-anticipated return of Winifred, Mary and Sarah in Hocus Pocus 2. Why not indulge once again and head to Disney Plus where Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy will bewitch you with their spells and singing voices in the PG-rated, fantasy-filled, ‘Hocus Pocus’. This is defiantly one to watch with the lights off, so you can get fully immersed into the fantasy.
4. The Addams Family (1991)
Sticking with the family classics, thanks to Netflix we also have access to the creepiest family around. Join Morticia (Anjelica Huston), Gomez (Raul Julia), Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd), Wedensday (Christina Ricci) and the other members of the Family in this Oscar-Nominated PG-rated masterpiece. Plus if you fancy more of the Addams Family in your movie marathon you can also watch ‘Addams Family Values’ (1993) also on Netflix. Or the first animated movie for younger viewers.
5. The Haunted Mansion (2003)
The last of the PG-rated films on this list is brought to you by Disney Plus. ‘The Haunted Mansion’ offers a large helping of humour along with screams and jumpy moments, as the Evers Family. Led by co-realters, Jim (Eddie Murphy) and Sara (Marsha Thomason), as they explore a haunted mansion, that their client wants them to sell. Murphy is back to his old tricks hamming up all the comedy parts. But be warned with all its secret corridors and early 2000’s effects it may be a little scary for younger ghouls.
6. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)
Moving more into teen viewing with this 15-rated film on Netflix. ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ is based on the children’s book series of the same name and set in a small American town in the ’60s. Which let’s face it is the quintessential way to start a horror movie around a drifter and a sinister book of scary stories. This film isn’t completely terrifying as it is more for a younger audience, so you can keep the lights off. But, be warned there are still some suspense-filled moments that might get you.
7. Escape Room (2021)
Ramping up the scares and suspension along with the cast’s ages is ‘Escape Room’ rated 15 on Amazon Prime. Watch with a blanket close by as, six strangers find themselves a part of an immersive escape room game for the chance to win some cash. But things take a turn for the worse when they soon realise just how immersive this game really is.
8. 1922 (2017)
Now we all know who the King of Halloween is right? You guessed it, it’s the horror conjurer himself, Stephen King. So, naturally, we must include a few of his stories within this list. The first that we recommend you watch is the Netflix backed film 1922. This suspense-filled drama about a farmer conspiring to murder his wife and involving his teenage son will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. This film may only be a certificate 15 but it’s defiantly on the darker, sinister side…. You have been warned!
9. The Conjuring (2013)
Nothing is scarier than realising that the horror movie you are about to watch is based on a true story! ‘The Conjuring’ is just that! Set in the Early ’70s, the Perron family move into their idyllic new farmhouse only to realise it is plagued with paranormal activity which starts to follow them wherever they go! More of a phycological thriller, when watching this movie on Netflix you might want to leave a lamp on.
10. Insidious (2010)
As you can tell we are getting stuck into the phycological horror movies at this point and non get more in your head than Insidious. Tiptoe through the window and head to Netflix, where for some reason they have Insidious and Insidious chapter three, but not the second chapter. But, you can make a movie marathon from all three yet! That is if you accept the Shudder 7-day free trial on Amazon Prime as this is where you will find Chapter 2.
11. Halloween 1,2,3,4 & 5 (1978 – 1988)
If you fancy just keeping it to one franchise with your Movie marathon, Netflix has you covered with all five of the original Halloween movies. The first batch of the blood-filled instalments gives you all the classic slasher horror you need for the Halloween season. It must be said though, nothing beats the first Michael Myers outing which funnily enough is only certificated a 15. The other four, but are rated 18 as the scenes get more gruesome and bloodier as they go along.
12. US (2019)
The last of our 15 rated films is ‘Us’, found on Amazon Prime this horror/thriller from the writers of ‘Get Out’ (2017), is both creepy and terrifying. Just wanting a chilled family vacation with their friends, the Wilson Family take off to Santa Cruz only to be threatened by intruders that turn out to look extremely familiar. This multi-award-winning movie brings a new chilling meaning to doppelganger.
13. There’s someone inside the house (2021)
Heading into the certificate 18 films, we start off with another teen slasher movie. ‘There’s someone inside the house is a new Netflix original Halloween offering for 2021. Although it follows the classic slasher formula it does bring some added quirks and nuances that transports the genera to the twenty-first century.
14. Fear Street, Part 1,2 & 3
Another 2021 Netflix original slasher style story comes in the form of a collection. The ‘Fear Street’ trilogy could be a movie marathon on its own with each instalment coming in at just under two hours each. The jumpy, twisting, gruesome storyline, based in the fictional town of Shadyside, the murder capital of the United States, has lent itself perfectly to the small screen streaming service.
15. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
The remake of one of the most classic 80’s slasher/ supernatural horror films is free for your viewing horror on Amazon Prime. Arguably not as good as the original, this Samuel Bayer directed adaptation of the classic dream invading monster, is still worth a watch as you follow a group of teens who are stalked, terrorised and murdered in their dreams by the infamous Freddy Krueger.
16. The Omen (1976) & Damien: Omen 2 (1978)
The last five films in this list are top-level terrifying! The first two sets of films, that you can watch back-to-back, come from the most unusual of steaming sites for this genre of movie… Disney Plus!
If you’ve never watched ‘The Oman’ and ‘Damien: Omen 2’ you are in for a real phycological horror treat. When a father realises his newborn child died at birth, he swaps him with an orphan child. But the seemingly perfect family starts to waver as the child gets olds and it seems like their son Damien could in fact be the Antichrist. The 70’s style of filming of this feature really adds to the suspense and phycological style of horror, making it hard to watch in places… in a good scary way.
17. The Hills Have Eyes (2006) & The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007)
Another double-trouble offering from Disney Plus is ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ & ‘The Hills Have Eyes 2’. These blood-filled, thrillers are remakes of the 70’s Wes Craven films about a group of mutated cannibals set on running a family vacation. Once again there is a huge amount of psychological horror in this film which will also take a hold of you and drag you into the narrative, making it even scarier. You may want the lights on for this movie.
18. The Clovehitch Killer (2018)
Sometimes all you need for a perfect Halloween movie night is a well written and performed phycological, crime, thriller with a sprinkling of blood and guts, that sends chills down your spine. ‘The Cloverhitch Killer’ also makes you take a look at your own surroundings and causes you to think ‘Just how well do you know the people around you? ‘. You can watch this suspense-filled film on Amazon Prime.
Remember everyone has secrets, it’s just, some people’s secrets are darker than others.
19. IT: Chapter Two (2019)
The most recent of the Stephen King-inspired films, about the creepiest clown in history is ‘IT: Chapter Two’ which you can also watch on Amazon Prime. Pennywise is once again played superbly by Bill Skarsgard in the modern remake sequel. It’s now 27 years later and it’s time for Pennywise to terrorise the Losers Club once again. Unfortunately, you can’t seem to stream the original films or chapter one from 2017 for free from any of the platforms, but this offering is just as good and just as scary.
20. The Hostel (2005) & The Hostel part 2 (2011)
Blood: Check. Sawn-off body parts: Check. Suspense: Check. Unable to keep the lights off: Check. Never going backpacking on my own again… ever… Check, Check and Check!
If you really want to get yourself freaked out this Halloween, head to Netflix where you will find ‘The Hostel’ and ‘The Hostel part 2’ both films are filled with Halloween gore and jumpy moments, scary enough to finish off anyone’s horror-filled Movie Marathons. We dare to you try and watch these films in the dark… without watching a Disney film after to help you sleep! We couldn’t.
So, there you have it 20 perfectly scary films for a spooky Halloween weekend. Did we miss any? If you think we did put your suggestions and where to find them in the comments below.
Check out why we think The Exorcist is still the scariest film ever made HERE.
9 Bands You Forgot Played Themselves In Movies
There are more bands than you think that played themselves on the big screen. Here are nine bands you might’ve forgotten appeared in movies.
1. Alice Cooper – Wayne’s World (1992)
Being a teenager in the nineties was great for many reasons. Two of those being the release of the Wayne’s World movies. The genius that is Mike Myers created one of the best music-based films of all time. Plus, he convinced one of the greatest rock musicians of all time to be in it. If you’re not a geek like me, you may have forgotten that Alice Cooper was featured in the film. It had the iconic scene of Wayne and Garth meeting, Alice, backstage on bent knees. We’re not worthy, indeed. Alice himself pulls off the diva Rockstar brilliantly, even though he’s a genuine, down-to-earth guy who plays a lot of golf.
2. Primus – Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
Let’s try and erase the recent Bill & Ted movie from our memory and head back to 1991 for their bogus journey. They come from the future to kill the non-robot versions of themselves and ruin their performance at a Battle of the Bands competition. What’s cool is the band who are playing before them. Californian alt-metal kings Primus. Although the clip is only short, they play themselves and sound as you would expect. Epic.
3. Fall Out Boy – Sex Drive (2008)
You’d be forgiven for forgetting about this one. The teen sex comedy from 2008 is forgettable and won’t really appeal to anyone apart from its teen target audience. If you can sit through all the cringe-inducing moments, you will spot pop-rockers Fall Out Boy. They are performing in a barn in front of some drunk Amish teenagers. There’s a reason for that, but I won’t bore you with it here. What is good, is the soundtrack of the film. As well as Fall Out Boy, it features Airbourne, AC/DC and weirdly, Kenny Loggins.
4. Twisted Sister – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Paul Reuben’s character Pee Wee Herman made his big-screen outing in 1985. The children’s show star had a scene where he is being chased through a studio parking lot. Unbeknown to him, glam rockers Twisted Sister are recording a music video on a car. Lead singer Dee Snider is always up for a laugh, so it’s no surprise they’re featured. The clip is brilliant. Pee Wee’s prop-laden bike is just about to crash into Twisted Sister and the look on Dee’s face is genius. Go check out the clip.
5. David Bowie – Zoolander (2001)
Who can forget the brilliant Zoolander? Starring Ben Stiller as the dippy model, it’s one of the funniest comedies ever made. One of the best scenes of the film is the walk-off. This involved Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson’s characters doing a catwalk-off. Of sorts. Can you remember who refereed it? The legend himself, David Bowie. It’s not the first time Bowie was in a movie – remember Labyrinth? But this time, he plays himself. And does it with all the cool swagger you would expect.
6. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Clueless (1995)
I can’t say that I was a massive fan of this teen comedy at the time. The plot revolves around Alicia Silverstone’s character giving her friend a makeover. The premise doesn’t sound like it lends itself to a cool band cameo. You’d be wrong, though. There’s a scene where the lead characters go watch a gig. The band that are playing are The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The Boston ska-punk legends are only on stage for a moment, but it’s a slick clip. It certainly brings the film up a level on the cool stakes.
7. Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy (2010)
This sequel to the original sci-fi classic is a cracking movie. The visuals and effects are stunning, as is the atmosphere of the film. The music to the film is also rather special. A futuristic and dystopian movie could only have one act doing the score, and that’s Daft Punk. It works a treat. The music is intertwined into the movie and becomes a part of it. The delicious electronica is the perfect complement to the visuals. The French electronic masters also have a cameo at the end of the movie. They’re spinning the decks in a blink-and-you-miss-it scene.
8. Aerosmith – Wayne’s World (1993)
We’ve already had an appearance from the first film further up our list, and the second doesn’t disappoint either. The plot revolves around Wayne and Garth putting on their own music festival. Book them and they will come, is the advice given. And they certainly did. The headline band for the festival were none other than Aerosmith themselves. They do a sterling effort on stage as performers. And Steven Tyler also shows that he can handle his own on the acting front too.
9. Reel Big Fish – BASEketball (1998)
Trey Parker and Matt Stone star in this bizarre and hilarious sports comedy. Written by the king of spoof David Zucker, it’s become a cult classic. The soundtrack heavily features ska-punkers Reel Big Fish. They do a brilliant rendition of A-HA’s Take on Me, which they also perform in the movie. The band are the entertainment at the stadium where Parker and Stone are competing. You can tell by the footage that the band are clearly enjoying themselves. They add a touch more fun to an already hugely funny film.
That’s our list of nine bands who played themselves in movies. Did we miss any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out our list of actors in bands HERE.
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