For those of us too old to go trick or treating, it’s a great excuse to watch some scary movies with our friends. We’ve teamed up with Netflix to choose eight of the most terrifying ones around – all of which are available to watch on a wide variety of devices with a Netflix subscription, including Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and Apple TV.
Sam Raimi’s name is a seal of quality when it comes to horror movies, guaranteeing you at least a few good scares. The Possession, produced by Raimi, features plenty of moments that will send your popcorn skyward. There’s a haunted box, a girl with a hand crawling up the inside her throat and some demon possession antics worthy of The Exorcist (think people being thrown across the room as if they’ve just been hit by an invisible 10 ton truck).
You’ll be possessed by an urge to dive behind the sofa once the exorcism starts
Ethan Hawke, on sabbatical from arthouse fare like Before Midnight, lends his acting chops to this entertaining scare-fest. He plays a true-crime writer who gets more than he bargained for when he moves his family into the former home of a murdered family, hoping to use their deaths as the basis of a new book. His discovery of a box of grisly Super 8 films in the attic kicks the plot into gear. Soon, an ancient demon called ‘Mr Boogie’ is terrorising the whole family.
Bad hairstyles aren’t the only horrifying things on display in Sinister’s home movies
It’s impossible to recreate the impact the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, given how well versed we all are in the tropes of the horror genre. Nevertheless, this latest outing for Leatherface is one of the better entries in the series. An inheritance from a long-lost grandmother is the bait that lures the unwitting Heather and her friends into Leatherface’s clutches. Before you know it, they’re being bumped off in a variety of gruesome ways.
Vrmm! Vrmm! The sound of revving chainsaws will haunt your dreams…
Silent Hill: Revelation
Listen up, Game of Thrones fans: this film features Ned Stark (Sean Bean) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington), as well as Michelle Williams look-a-like Adelaide Clemens. It’s the first sequel to the original Silent Hill film, and again features the terrifying Pyramid Head. As you’d expect the town of Silent Hill – more hellish than a wet weekend in Bognor Regis – is the other big star of the film. Sure, the plot is utter nonsense, but gamers will certainly enjoy playing ‘spot the monster’.
If you’re looking for gory action and disturbing monsters, head for Silent Hill
The Cabin in the Woods
If you like your horror with a slice of humour on the side, then The Cabin in the Woods is the Halloween movie for you. Written and produced by Joss Whedon, of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Avengers fame, the meta-infused narrative is as playful and scary as a demonic kitten. After what appears to be a fairly standard first act, Whedon starts subverting horror clichés. Things get weirder and wackier as the film continues, culminating in a truly epic monster mash-up.
If you go down to the woods today…you might encounter a horrifying bunch of monsters
Paranormal Activity 3
Paranormal Activity 2 was a bit of a letdown after the supernatural thrills of the original film, but the third in the series is a heart-pumping return to form. A prequel to Paranormal Activity, it focuses on the childhood of Katie and Kristi, which turns out to be the stuff of therapists’ nightmares. As before, the scares come mainly from watching static scenes while you wait for something to go bump in the night (or drag a screaming child from their bed.) It’s a trick the film milks for all its worth, but it’s an effective one nonetheless.
You’ll be afraid to go to bed after witnessing PA3’s demonic disturbances
House at the End of the Street
The main draw of this nerve-shredder is the performance of a pre-Hunger Games, pre-Oscar stardom Jennifer Lawrence. She brings a welcome degree of depth and believability to her ‘new girl in town’ role, while Max Thieriot manages to flit between creepy and misunderstood as the love interest and sole survivor of a family massacre. Steel yourself for a shocking twist in the third act.
Try not to scream the house down when this film reaches its nail-biting conclusion
The Woman in Black
Also known as ‘Harry Potter: Ghosthunter’, The Woman in Black stars Daniel Radcliffe as widowed lawyer Arthur Kipps. Sent to investigate the papers of the dead owner of a haunted house ‘up tut north’, he encounters cagey locals, mysterious deaths and a rather grumpy ghost. A classic example of the haunted house genre, the film offers plenty of shocks and scares, from things that go bump in the night to full-on spectral manifestations.
Switch the lights off, crank up the sound, and let the Woman in Black turn your hair white
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