Nine thriller-horror movies to watch this Halloween

The Halloween season is upon us and that means a lot of things, trick or treating, parties, costumes and horror movies.

This year Halloween is going to feel a little different as social-distancing will mean a lot of very fun traditions may not be happening.

But there is one tradition that can still be enjoyed, binge-watching horror movies while eating the Halloween sweets you can’t hand out to trick or treaters.

We’ve chosen some of the best horror movies streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime have to offer so you can still have a spooky Halloween, even though you’re stuck inside.

1. Halloween (2018)

It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying reunion where she must protect her family at all costs.

Where to watch: Netflix

2. Child’s Play (2019)

After moving to a new city, young Andy Barclay receives a special present from his mother – a Buddi doll that becomes his best friend.

When the doll takes on a life of its own, Andy unites with other children from his apartment building to stop the sinister toy from wreaking bloody mayhem.

Reimagined from the original Child’s Play movies that saw the Chucky doll possessed by the spirt of a serial killer, the 2019 version sees what happens when technology takes a turn for the worst.

Where to watch: Netflix

3. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) a top student at the FBI’s training academy is sent to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a former psychiatrist and incarcerated cannibalistic serial killer, whose insight could prove useful in the pursuit of a psychopath serial killer nicknamed “Buffalo Bill”, who kills young women and then removes their skin.

The character, Buffalo Bill was inspired by real life serial killer, Edward Gein – who also inspired other movie killers such as Norman Bates (Psycho) and Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre).

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

4. The Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Teenagers Nancy, Quentin, Kris, Jesse and Dean are all neighborhood friends who begin having the same dream of a disfigured man wearing a tattered jumper with knives for hands.

The man, Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley), begins to kill them one-by-one in their dreams, and they soon realise that the only way to stay alive is to stay awake.

Where to watch: Netflix

5. Friday The 13th (2009)

Against the advice of locals and police, Clay (Jared Padalecki) searches the woods surrounding Crystal Lake for his missing sister.

Clay clashes heads with a group of college students who have travelled to the woods for a good time. But, it becomes a fight for survival when hockey-masked killer Jason Voorhees lies in wait for a chance to kill again.

Where to watch: Netflix

6. Orphan (2009)

Devastated by the loss of their unborn baby, Kate (Vera Farmiga) and John (Peter Sarsgaard) decide to adopt a child. The couple both feel drawn to a young girl named Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman).

When a dangerous series of events start to unfold, Kate begins to suspect that there may be something evil about the child they’ve welcomed into their home.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime and Netflix

7. The Purge (2013)

In an America ravaged by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government sanctions an annual 12-hour period during which all criminal activity – including murder – is legal.

James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) and his family face the ultimate test when an intruder brings the danger of The Purge into their home. James and his family struggle to survive the night as they strive not to turn into the monsters they’re hiding from.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

8. Annabelle (2014)

John Form (Ward Horton) thinks he’s found the perfect gift for his pregnant wife, Mia (Annabelle Wallis), a beautiful vintage doll.

One night, devil worshippers invade their home and launch a violent attack against the couple. When the cultists try to summon a demon, they smear a bloody rune on the nursery wall and drip blood on Mia’s doll, thereby turning the former object of beauty into a conduit for ultimate evil.

Where to watch: Netflix

9. The Babadook (2015)

A troubled widow (Essie Davis) discovers that her son is telling the truth about a monster that entered their home through the pages of a children’s book.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

Happy Halloween

Candice Farrow

Fashion and lifestyle blogger from North East, England.

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