10 Spooky Films to Watch this Halloween

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If you’re putting together a party for your little ones or you’re an adult looking for a good scare, there’s a cinematic treat, or trick, for you. It’s time to get comfy, then get spooked and check out these incredible Halloween films.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG)

It’s a Halloween classic, and for good reason, the film is an artistic masterpiece combining dark fantasy, humor, romance, and a stellar soundtrack. It follows the Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington, as he sets out to bring Christmas to Halloween Town and the real world. Unsurprisingly, this makes for a rather spooky Christmas that may not be suitable for some children.

Available to watch on Disney+ and to rent/buy on most digital services.

The Shining (15)

A classic horror film that is well worth a re-watch, The Shining is famous for its suspense, gore, and shock value. It follows an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic, Jack, who decides to work as an off-season caretaker in a hotel with his family. Unfortunately for his family, he has supernatural abilities that drive him insane with nightmarish consequences.

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Available to watch on Amazon Prime Video and to rent/buy on most digital services.

Ghostbusters (12A)

A comedic family film, with enough ghosts to make it a Halloween hit, Ghostbusters is a fun movie that stands the test of time. It follows a group of scientists who establish an eponymous paranormal investigation and elimination service and encounter a threat like no other. Ghostbusters has a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and critics praise it for its special effects and deadpan humour.

Available to watch on Sky Cinema (7 day FREE trial) and to rent/buy on most digital services.

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The Cabin in the Woods (15)

The Cabin in the Woods is a horror-comedy for adults, that parodies the horror genre. It centers on a group of college students who head to a remote forest cabin where they are attacked by zombies, coordinated by a group of technicians in an underground facility. Critics describe The Cabin in the Woods as an astonishing meta-feat, that can be funny, strange, and scary simultaneously.

Available to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and to rent/buy on most digital services.

Beetlejuice (12A)

Beetlejuice is an award-winning fantasy comedy film with unforgettable characters. The plot revolves around a recently deceased couple who haunt their former home, and summon an entity named Betelgeuse to scare away the new occupants. It is noted for its creativity, strangeness and creepy yet amusing atmosphere. There’s nothing like Beetlejuice and it is an absolute must-watch this Halloween.

Available to watch on Sky Cinema (7 day FREE trial) and to rent/buy on some digital services.

Hereditary (15)

Hereditary is an award-winning horror film that follows a family who is haunted by a mysterious presence after the death of their reclusive grandmother. Critics describe the movie as harrowing and chilling with a lingering effect. If you’re looking for a horror film like no other, then this is it.

Available to watch on Netflix and to rent/buy on some digital services.

Coraline (PG)

Coraline is a dark animated fantasy film, about a girl called Coraline who discovers a parallel world behind a secret door at home. Naturally, the parallel world hides a sinister secret. The film is award-winning, critically acclaimed, and praised for its stellar animation. It’s a truly exceptional movie with a meaningful story so it’s perfect if you have more thoughtful children.

Available to watch on Sky Cinema (7 day FREE trial) and to rent/buy on some digital services.

Monster House (PG)

A brilliant supernatural comedy horror, Monster House is guaranteed to entertain the family. Monster House is about a group of children who set out to defeat a sentient haunted house after it terrorizes their neighbourhood. The film has positive reviews and is celebrated for its exciting story and originality.

Available to watch on Netflix, Sky Cinema (7 day FREE trial) and to rent/buy on some digital services.

The Evil Dead (18)

A classic film exalted for its contribution to graphic horror, The Evil Dead is famous for a reason. It focuses on five college students who head to a remote cabin in a wooded area for a vacation. They find and play a mysterious audiotape that unleashes demons and spirits. The Evil Dead was filmed in an unusually brutal fashion and oozes dread; if you love suspense and gore this is a must-watch movie.

Available to buy for just £3.99 from Amazon Video and Google Play

Under the Shadow (15)

If you love horror but can’t stomach the gore, then Under the Shadow is for you. Under the Shadow focuses on a mother and daughter, during the War of the Cities in 1980s Tehran, who are plagued by a mysterious evil. It’s a critically renowned film that combines eerie horror with a thought-provoking subtext that is bound to leave you both terrified and intrigued.

Available to watch on Netflix and to rent/buy on some digital services.

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