Halloween on screen: five horror movies to give you nightmares
By Elyse Johnson
It’s a monster puree! Here are five Halloween classics and beginners to have viewers celebrate on a weird night.
Whether it’s a classic slasher or a psychological thriller, there is something for every horror fanatic when it comes to horror movies.
Now, thanks to the streaming service, viewers can choose whatever horror movie they want.
But being spoiled for choice comes with its own problems. It can be hard to know where to start when it comes to the best Halloween movies to watch this holiday season.
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Don’t worry, however, we’ve got you covered!
Here are the five best new and old scary movies to binge on this Halloween weekend.
Go back to where it all began and observe the chilling origin of the “invincible” Michael Myers.
The story follows iconic character Laurie Strode, wonderfully portrayed by Jamie Lee Curtis, who is hunted down on Halloween by the masked killer.
John Carpenter’s classic film was an unexpected success when it premiered in 1978.
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Since then, Halloween has not only spawned one of the oldest horror franchises, but it has also spawned a new generation of horror fans.
Who would have thought that a man walking at high speed through neighborhoods with a creepy mask would terrorize the world.
In addition, it is called Halloween, so it is not more topical!
Halloween is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Night teeth (2021)
What is Halloween without vampires?
When a freelance driver, played by Jorge Lendeborg Jr., picks up two gorgeous women who happen to be vampires, it’s clear that disaster is waiting to happen.
The Netflix movie might not offer a lot of scares like other vampire movies have in the past.
However, if fans don’t want to stay up all night, this movie is the perfect mix of comedy and a few ghosts here and there.
Megan Fox is also making a cameo in the all-new movie, if anyone needs more incentive to give her a watch.
Netflix’s Night Teeth are now streaming on the app.
Army of the Dead (2021)
Zack Synder is an ambitious director.
For viewers looking to get zombified this Halloween, look no further than its epic 2021 Army of the Dead.
It’s one of the best zombie movies to date – which does mean something, given how crowded the field is.
Dave Bautista leads the set of mercenaries who plan a daring heist in an abandoned Las Vegas casino.
However, the group must overcome very intelligent zombies known as “Alphas”, unreliable humans and zombified tigers.
The film was the most watched Netflix movie when it debuted and will aptly quench the appetite of zombie fans who want violence but also a good story.
Army of the Dead and its prequel Army of Thieves is still streaming on Netflix.
M. Night Shyamalan is known for its curvy and shocking endings.
Which makes his latest film, Old, an incredibly tense and frightening experience.
The thriller follows a group of vacationers who visit a breathtaking resort on a remote island.
The seemingly dreamy vacation turns into a nightmare with the beach dwellers starting to age, quickly.
For horror fans looking for something less violent and more thoughtful, this is the perfect fit for them.
While the film is a good slow motion, it does contain a lot of shocking moments and a surprising ending that even Internet sleuths wouldn’t see coming.
Old is available for rent on Amazon Prime Video.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
One, two, Freddy’s coming for you.
This supernatural slasher may not be for the faint of heart. But Halloween isn’t complete without the nightmare villain that kills teens while they sleep.
A Nightmare on Elm Street has also spawned hit sequels and less successful remakes.
Still, nothing will ever compare to the original 1984 film, which was also the debut film of young and up-and-coming Johnny Depp.
The film is more than teenagers mercilessly haunted and hacked by the ever-terrifying Freddy Kruger.
He also plays with the realities of the audience – asking the question of what is real and what is not.
Overall, viewers who have chosen to watch this classic movie should know that sleep won’t come easily afterwards!
A Nightmare on Elm Street is now airing on HBO Max.
Celebrate Halloween the right way with these ghoulish tales, even if you have to keep the lights on!
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