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The best Halloween movies for a horror streaming binge
An Oscar winner, a couple of all-time classics and some killer jeans. Literally. Here are the best movies for your Halloween fright night.
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It's the scariest time of year once again. When you're not trick or treating, you need to clear you schedule so you can hit the couch, grab your favourite pillow to hide behind and scare yourself silly!
Here are a few of the horror highlights available on some of Australia’s streaming services right now. Proceed with caution. Don't say we didn't warn you.
- Year: 2021
- Cast: Charlotte Vega, Adain Bradley, Emma Dumont, Dylan McTee, Daisy Head
A reboot of the popular film series, the 2021 Wrong Turn doesn't disappoint. The action follows a group of hipster hikers confronted by a community of people who have lived in the mountains for hundreds of years. Turns out, they enjoy their seclusion. There's gore, social commentary and enough thrills to give you nightmares.
Fear Street Part 1: 1994
- Year: 2021
- Cast: Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Julia Rehwald
The first movie in the Fear Street trilogy, 1994 centres on a group of teens who take on an evil force that's plagued their town for centuries. There are 2 sequels, set in 1978 and 1666. We highly recommend you settle in for a marathon. This frightening trilogy is definitely worth your time.
- Year: 2020
- Cast: Romane Denis, Brett Donahue, Sehar Bhojani, Kenny Wong
When a possessed pair of jeans begins to terrorise people at a trendy clothing store, chaos ensues. No, you've read that right. Slaxx is about killer pants on a rampage. How could you possibly not want to watch? The movie is fun and gory, a combination that will never go out of style.
A Quiet Place
- Year: 2018
- Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe
A Quiet Place is set in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by dangerous creatures who hunt by sound. As a result, you have to be as quiet as possible if you want to maximise your chances of survival. Too bad that life is noisy – and for a family struggling to keep a low profile, things are about to get even more challenging. Buckle up for a mesmerising movie experience.
- Year: 2017
- Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones
When a young Black man visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, their behaviour leaves him uneasy. Soon, that discomfort will reach a boiling point as he makes a startling discovery. Written and directed by Jordan Peele, Get Out is smart, creepy and thought-provoking. Believe the hype.
The Invisible Man
- Year: 2020
- Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer
Elisabeth Moss offers a memorable performance in The Invisible Man, a terrifying movie about a woman who believes she's being stalked by her ex. The twist? Said ex has found a way to become invisible, making the whole thing even more horrifying.
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Ready or Not
- Year: 2019
- Cast: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O'Brien, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell
Grace marries the man of her dreams at his family's luxurious estate and couldn't be happier. Until she learns that she must hide from midnight until dawn while her new in-laws hunt her down with guns, crossbows and other deadly weapons. Some wedding traditions are just weird, but the movie is bloody good fun.
- Year: 2014
- Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall
A single mother plagued by the violent death of her husband battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house. Soon though, she discovers a sinister presence that gives her the creeps. A shiver-inducing tale, The Babadook isn't recommended for the faint of heart. You'll sleep with the lights on for weeks to come.
- Year: 2014
- Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Daniel Zovatto
Sometimes STDs are scarier than you can imagine. Case in point: It Follows, where a young woman learns that she is the latest recipient of a fatal curse that is passed from victim to victim via sexual intercourse. She keeps being followed by an unknown entity and the only way to escape it is to sleep with somebody else. Yikes!
- Year: 1996
- Cast: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard
A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is tormented by a killer who targets her and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game. Turns out, nobody is safe, which makes Scream an unnerving delight. Teen slashers will never lose their appeal – and Scream remains one of the best.
- Year: 2016
- Cast: John Gallagher Jr., Kate Siegel, Michael Trucco
Hush centres on a deaf and mute writer who lives alone in the woods and must fight for her life when a masked killer suddenly appears in her window. Full of twists and riveting, this top-notch home invasion thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.
- Year: 1978
- Cast: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Kyle Richards
15 years after murdering his sister on Halloween night, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again. The rest, as they say, is history.
Undeniably one of the most influential slasher movies of all time, Halloween inspired plenty of follow-ups and imitations. Yet, the original remains one of the most frightening things you'll ever see.
Train to Busan
- Year: 2016
- Cast: Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok
While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan, where they're travelling to look for salvation. The movie excels on all counts, from providing excellent social commentary to offering exciting action scenes. It's one of the best zombie flicks of all time.
- Year: 1960
- Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin
A secretary embezzles a big sum of money from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel. Too bad that motel is run by a troubled young man who has a difficult relationship with his mother. One of Alfred Hitchcock's finest achievements, Psycho brilliantly stands the test of time. It's just as spooky today at it was when it first hit the big screen.
- Year: 2013
- Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor
A nightmarish affair, The Conjuring revolves around paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine, who work to help a family terrorised by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Events escalate, especially after the investigators discover the house's macabre history. If you think the trailer is scary, wait until you see the whole thing.
- Year: 2018
- Cast: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Elena Fokina, Chloë Grace Moretz
Inspired by the 1977 Italian film of the same name, Suspiria revolves around a world-renowned dance company run by a coven of witches. Hypnotic and sinister, the movie manages to craft its own identity, one that is likely to resonate with lovers of all things suspenseful, feminist and just the right amount of pretentious.
The Cabin in the Woods
- Year: 2012
- Cast: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams
The Cabin in the Woods starts as your typical slasher flick only to grow into something surprising, strange and meta. When 5 college friends arrive at a remote forest cabin for a little vacation, they fall victim to backwoods zombies. Don't be fooled, as there’s more to the story than meets the eye. If you haven’t seen this cult classic yet, buckle up for an epic ride.
- Year: 2014
- Cast: Mark Duplass, Patrick Brice, Katie Aselton
Mark Duplass exists on the indie fringe, quietly making some wildly inventive films across a variety of genres. Duplass co-wrote and co-stars with director Patrick Brice in this found-footage film about a personal ad gone horribly wrong. Brice’s Aaron is a budding filmmaker who answers an ad placed by an eccentric Duplass, who wants a day of his life documented. The seemingly easy job turns more and more uncomfortable and dangerous, as Duplass’s Josef proves to be hiding his true motives.
- Year: 2014
- Cast: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown
Newly married couple Bea and Paul take a trip to a remote cabin, only to find some of the locals behaving very oddly. Soon, the weird behaviour spreads to Bea, which leaves Paul wondering what’s become of his bride and whether he really knew her in the first place.
- Year: 2015
- Cast: Siegfried Peters, Steven Yvette, Yatoya Toy
It’s not often that a documentary can unnerve you as thoroughly as The Nightmare. While director Rodney Ascher’s previous outing, Room 237, took on various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, The Nightmare tackles the phenomenon of sleep paralysis and manages to frame it in a way as shocking and tense as any horror film.
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