It’s just starting to get chilly and decorative gourds are popping up everywhere: That’s right, it’s already Halloween Month.
Before October 31 rolls around, get the spooky vibe going by curling up with a bowl of popcorn and a scary movie to watch after dark.
Below, see 11 classic and hidden gems you can stream right now.
“The Babadook” (2014) might be one of the best horror films of all time, and it will chill you to the bone.
If you’re itching for a thrill but want something with more substance than your run-of-the-mill slasher movie, director Jennifer Kent’s “The Babadook” is a must-see.
In the film, a traumatized child’s behaviour crosses the line from troubling to frightening just as a strange book appears in the house.
“The Babadook” has all the jump scares and dark imagery you want out of a horror movie, but it’s based around a disturbing, psychological plot.
It’s available to stream on Netflix.
For disturbing gore, watch “Raw” (2016) on Netflix.
Director Julia Ducournau’s film about a vegetarian-turned-cannibal was one of the most talked-about films of 2017 – in part because some audience members reportedly vomited or passed out when it screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Those with strong stomachs can find it now on Netflix.
“The Presence” (2014) might be up your alley if you’re a fan of “The Blair Witch Project.”
This German found-footage thriller by director Daniele Grieco follows three young people who camp out in a supposedly haunted, abandoned castle, hoping to catch paranormal activity on camera.
Much like “Blair Witch” – which is available on Amazon Prime, by the way – there are many long expanses of time where nothing happens (or so it seems), punctuated by alarming moments that keep you on your toes until the very end.
“It Follows” (2015) plays with genre tropes, but it will still freak you out.
Directed by David Robert Mitchell, this film is another favourite among contemporary horror fans because it plays with the “Don’t have sex” slasher-movie trope in a new and unconventional way.
The “it” in “It Follows” is a sort of sexually-transmitted haunting, wherein the only way to get rid of it is to pass it on to someone else via a sexual encounter.
You can watch this one on Netflix.
No list of horror movies is complete without “The Shining” (1980).
With a storyline by Stephen King, masterful direction by Stanley Kubrick, and an iconic lead performance by Jack Nicholson, “The Shining” holds up nearly 40 years later.
So many creepy elements of this film have been replayed over and over in the horror canon, from the eerie twins to the haunting line, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
If you’ve never seen it, catch it on Netflix. And if you have, it’s certainly worth revisiting.
“Teeth” (2007) delivers campy horror in an unconventional way.
Directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein, “Teeth” follows a teenage girl who, upon being sexually assaulted, discovers that she has a toothed vagina at her defence.
If you’re bored of the typical slasher or monster movie, this one might be just what you need – and it’s available to stream on Netflix.
Get in touch with your inner horror geek with a “Nosferatu” (1922) and “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920) double feature on Amazon Prime.
Amazon Prime happens to be a treasure trove for films that laid the foundation for the horror genre. It’s here you’ll find a double feature of these two German Expressionist silent classics, “Nosferatu” and “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” – ideal picks if you’re looking for something a bit different.
While less gory than contemporary horror movies, these two films are far from dull. If nothing else, German Expressionism is known for its dramatic flair.
Finally see “Night of the Living Dead” (1968), the zombie film that birthed the genre.
This zombie classic by director George A. Romero is among the first, if not the very first, films to bring human-hungry re-enlivened corpses to the screen.
“Zombie” (1978) is a lesser-known, but unforgettable, Italian classic from the ’70s.
Directed by Lucio Fulci, this Italian horror flick has been called the “maestro of gore” and is another one of the earlier imaginings of the living dead in film.
There’s some serious bloodshed in the movie, and one scene, which involves an eyeball and some splintered wood, cannot be unseen.
You’ve been warned. Find it on Amazon Prime if you dare.
“Carrie” (1976) is a must-watch for new horror fans.
Adapted from Stephen King’s 1974 novel by the same name, this popular film by director Brian De Palma is one of the most iconic horror movies of the last century.
Head to Amazon Prime to watch Carrie – shy, bullied, unpopular – harness her telekinetic powers to get revenge on those around her.
“Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” (1986) is the gory classic you’ve never heard of.
This low-budget indie horror movie, which is loosely based on real serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, had trouble finding an audience upon its release 30 years ago, partially due to its controversial amount of violence.
Initially, the movie’s producers even rejected an X rating from the Motion Picture Association of America.
You can watch it now on Amazon Prime.
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