7 Frightful Films to Stream This Halloween
October 29, 2020 | Niyati Parikh
Illustration by Dina Kuanysheva
1. Hush (2016)
Hush is a slasher film that had its world premiere at South by Southwest and was distributed by Netflix. Maddie Young (Kate Siegel) is a deaf woman who lost the ability to hear after an infection coupled with a botched surgery. Living isolated alone in the woods with nothing but her cat and a distant neighbor to keep her company, a masked killer sets his eyes on her after realizing she is deaf. Take it from horror master Stephen King, who tweeted that Hush is one of the best horror movies of our time up there with Halloween.
Hush is available to stream on Netflix.
2. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
Pan’s Labyrinth or El Laberinto del Fauno is a Spanish-Mexican produced film written and directed by Guillermo del Toro. The movie is set in Spain, after the Spanish civil war, where the reality of young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) intertwines with a mythical world inhabited by strange creatures. Pan’s Labyrinth won many awards worldwide including Best Makeup at the Academy Awards, Best Film Not in the English Language at the British Academy Film Awards, and many more.
Pan’s Labyrinth is available to stream on Netflix
3. Twitches (2005)
Based on the book of the same name, Twitches is a Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) starring notable twins of the era, Tia and Tamera Mowry. Two tween witches are recently reunited on their 21st birthday to fight off the evil spirit that split them up in the first place. Originally named Apolla and Artemis, adoptively named Alex and Camryn, they must find their missing biological father and fight off the evil spirits of their magical home dimension of Coventry.
Twitches is available to stream on Disney+.
4. The Evil Dead (1981)
In this first installment of Sam Raimi’s twisted series, five Michigan State University students venture to an isolated cabin for a fun weekend getaway. There, they find an old book whose text reawakens the dead if spoken out loud. By reading it, the friends release the undead and must fight for their lives, or lose them in the process. This movie is one of the biggest low-budget box office hits of all time by only having a total budget of $90,000 at the time and an inflated budget of $400,000, grossing over $2 million.
The Evil Dead is available to stream on Netflix.
Illustration by Dina Kuanysheva
5. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult-classic musical film based on the stage show by screenwriter Jim O’Brien. Sweethearts Brad (Bary Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) are stuck with a flat tire and stumble upon the mysterious mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry). The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been a cultural icon being featured or mentioned in several different shows and films including Glee, The Simpsons, That 70’s Show!, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower to name a few.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is available to stream on Hulu.
6. The Boy (2016)
American nanny Greta Evans (Lauren Cohan) travels to England after being hired by the elderly Heelshires. Much to her surprise, the child she was tasked to take care of is a life-size doll, who they have seen to replace the child they lost 20 years ago. When Greta doesn’t follow the list of strict rules given to her, a series of disturbing and unexplainable events arise leading her to believe that the doll might be alive…
The Boy is available to stream on Netflix.
7. Clue (1985)
Based on the popular board game, this film centers around six guests who are anonymously invited to a strange mansion for a dinner party The murder of the host sets off a hunt to find the killer before it’s too late. The film initially received poor reviews at the box office but has developed a cult following in recent years. With the nature of the board game itself, theaters were given one of the three possible endings that were shot for the movie so that it was a surprise for everyone who watched.
Clue is available to stream on Amazon Prime.