As the nights grow colder and Halloween quickly approaches, I’ve compiled a handy list of my favourite things you can watch this Halloween. Whether you’re looking for something to fill you with terror, or simply something to give you a little seasonal chill there’s plenty of choice here.
For the Netflix Bingers
Stranger Things Season 2 (2017)
It can’t have escaped your attention that the new season of Stranger Things has just landed on Netflix, no doubt hoping to capitalise on the Halloween period. As a huge fan of the series myself, I won’t deny I’ve already binged my way through the new offering and it was hugely satisfying.
Currently streaming on Netflix.
For those who like their horror with a siding of oddball comedy
What We Do In The Shadows (2014)
What We Do In The Shadows is not only of the funniest horror films ever, it’s one of the funniest films ever. Presented as a mockumentary about the trials and tribulations of a vampire flat-share, the dry humour unearths consistent nuggets of gold in taking the piss out of vampire mythology. It’s from the team behind Flight of the Conchords which tells you all you need to know.
Currently streaming on BBC iPlayer
For those looking for a serious fright
The Descent (2005)
A group of female friends decide to explore an unexplored network of tunnels underground. What could possibly go wrong? If you’re in any way claustrophobic like me then this British horror-flick will hit you where it hurts in a truly bloodcurdling way.
Currently streaming on Netflix
For the horror fans up for something different
Prevenge – 2016
Director and writer Alice Lowe came up for the idea for this film while heavily pregnant. Therefore it’s about a woman whose unborn foetus talks to her and persuades her that killing people is a good idea. A dark and surprisingly entertaining horror-comedy for fans of the strange such as The Mighty Boosh.
Showing on Film 4 (Halloween night) October 31st at 10:40 pm
For those wanting something a little more classic
The Exorcist (1973)
The ultimate horror film. It caused a massive stir upon its original release, due to its horrific nature. Some of the special effects may appear a little dated to modern audiences, but the script is still just as powerful and chilling as it was.
Currently streaming on Amazon Prime
For the pressed for time
Inside No.9 Series 1 Episode 6 (The Harrowing) 2014
At only half an hour long, this episode from the terrific anthology series Inside No 9 is perfect for a small dose of spooky fun. Again on the more comedic side, the episode still has moments that will keep you awake at night. If you know the works of League of Gentlemen alumni Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith then you know to expect the unexpected.
Currently streaming on Netflix
For the zombie fanatics
Train to Busan (2016)
If you’re a zombie fan, and feel you may have exhausted the genre then I strongly recommend you check out the Korean smash-hit Train to Busan. Yes it may be subtitled, but the tight action scenes are some of the most tense and thrilling put to cinema. Setting the mayhem aboard a bullet train is a stroke of genius, with the script actually surprisingly moving at times.
Currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
For those into their Gothic horror
Crimson Peak (2015)
If super scary isn’t your thing, then this sumptuous gothic thriller from Guillermo Del Toro is perfect for dipping your toe into the world of Halloween. For fans of heavy Tim-Burton esque visuals and intrepid heroines exploring creepy mansions.
Currently Streaming on Netflix
For those who fancy a night at the cinema
Happy Death Day (2017)
This Groundhog Day inspired time loop slasher film is currently playing in cinemas, and is quite frankly a lot of fun. The scare factor isn’t too high, but the entertaining central conceit is engaging enough to ensure a thrilling ride. A high school girl must repeat the same day over and over, being murdered time and time again until she can solve the mystery of her killer. If that sounds like your thing, go along and enjoy yourself.
Currently playing in cinemas.