Must-See Movies to watch this Halloween
In this blog, we will break down the top ten Horrors to watch this Halloween followed by ten Family Favourite Halloween Movies to enjoy with your home cinema set-up.
Top 10 Horrors to watch this Halloween
October. The month of Halloween, means the month of horrors. Fancy a scary evening in front of your big screen? Here, we will recommend ten must-see horror movies to watch in the comfort of your home cinema this Halloween.
Psycho (1960) (15)
It would only be right to start with a must-see horror classic, Psycho. After Marion steals money from work, she disappears. Her loved ones search for her before ending up at Bates Motel, where they regrettably meets Norman Bates.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96% based on 104 Reviews
Insidious (2010) (15)
With enough jump scares to keep you on edge throughout October, Insidious, released 10 years ago, is a horror film not to forget. A couple, Josh and Renai along with their son Dalton move into a new house, where he mysteriously falls into a coma. The parents soon begin to experience paranormal activity and evil spirits in their home.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66% based on 177 Reviews
The Conjuring (2013) (15)
A horror many may have heard of or even already seen, based on a true story of the renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Conjuring witnesses the investigators helping a family terrorised by a dark, demonic presence in their farmhouse. The Conjuring is unmissable at Halloween, available to stream on BBC iplayer and Netflix.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86% based on 223 reviews
The Conjuring 2 (15)
The much anticipated sequel of The Conjuring features the infamous Warren paranormal investigators again, this time helping a single mother of four children victimised by demonic spirits and paranormal events in the house. Based in North London, this paranormal movie is set to keep you up all night.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80% based on 255 reviews
Sinister (2012) (15)
Perhaps the most harrowing of horrors, Sinister is based on a true-crime writer’s struggle to find a best seller. Ellison Oswald discovers the existence of a series of tapes possessing footage of families being murdered. Despite the fatality of the previous owners, he moves into the house where the deaths occured and soon finds out that he may face a similar fate.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63% based on 154 reviews
Halloween (1978) (18)
New to Netflix, this literal 'Halloween' classic is the perfect scary movie to watch on October 31st. Surrounding the escape of Micheal Myers, who was locked away for brutally murdering his sister 15 years ago, he returns back to his static hometown in search of more victims.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96% based on 74 reviews
Hereditary (2018) (15)
Possibly the most psychologically disturbing horror on the list, Hereditary follows the storyline of the Graham family. After the death of the family matriarch, they begin to discover and experience terrifying secrets about their ancestry in which they must try to escape before it's too late.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89% based on 382 reviews
The Babadook (2014) (15)
Available to watch on BBC iplayer or Amazon Prime, many have described the Babadook as the ultimate horror hit. With the director of the Exorcist, William Friedkin, claiming it to be ‘the most terrifying film to ever be seen’. The story of a single mom who is grieving the loss of her husband, when her son becomes fearful of a monster in his book. The widow later discovers that the monster is no longer in her son's book.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98% based on 241 reviews
Get out (2017) (15)
This horror-thriller has proven to be much more than another scary film. An African-American man, Chris, attends what seems to be a fairly normal weekend getaway to his Caucasian girlfriend’s parents' house. With a suspenseful build up, we find out the trip wasn’t as innocent as it seemed.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98% based on 397 reviews
IT (2017) (15)
Another horror hit from 2017 starring seven children who are forced to face their worst fears by a murderous, tormenting and bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise, who preys on a small town’s children every 27 years.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86% based on 386 reviews
Top 10 Family Favourites to watch this Halloween
Not everyone is looking for a terrifying horror at Halloween, as such we have created a list of Family Favourite Halloween Movies. Share and enjoy these ten lighter-hearted Halloween movies with the family.
Hubie Halloween (2020) (12)
A movie that will definitely keep the family amused, a Netflix Original Comedy-Mystery starring Adam Sandler who plays a devoted community volunteer of a small town, finds himself victim to cruel pranks and mockery. Only to become the necessity to save Halloween.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52% based on 82 reviews
Coraline (2009) PG
Despite it’s PG rating, this may be more suitable for older children. An 11 year old girl bored in her new gloomy home adventures into a hole which takes her to an idealized version of her life. She soon finds out her idealised life isn't what it seems. With aesthtically pleasing animation and a suspenseful soundtrack, this movie will have the whole family captivated.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90% based on 270 Reviews
The Addams Family (1991) PG
One to make the family chuckle, available to stream now on Netflix, the Addams Family is an iconic dark comedy released in 1991. It follows the storyline of a con artist and her son trying to steal the fortune of an eccentric family.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%- 48 Reviews
Monster House (2006) PG
A computer-animated comedy-horror follows three teenagers who discover that their neighbour's house, owned by an elderly man who hates children, is actually a monster. This movie is ideal to get the whole family in the mood for halloween.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75% based on 163 reviews
E.T the Extra Terrestrial (1982) PG
Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece is based on an alien, known as E.T. who is left stranded on Earth but is saved by a young boy, Elliot, who decides to hide him. The movie witnesses the creation of an incredible friendship as Elliot and friends try to help E.T. find his way back home. This miraculous Sci-Fi movie is available to watch on Netflix now.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98% based on 133 reviews
The Nightmare before Christmas (1993) PG
The King of Halloween Town must be added to the family favourite halloween list, Jack Skellington discovers the enchanted Christmas Town and decides he wants to take Christmas back to Halloween Town, causing quite a bit of confusion. The Halloween musical is available to enjoy this October on Disney+.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95% based on 97 reviews
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) PG
The first of the Harry Potter Series explores the orphan Harry Potter who discovers he is a wizard. We accompany Harry to a school of magic known as Hogwarts, where he soon realises magic can mean trouble. There is no better binge this Halloween than the Harry Potter eight film series.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81% based on 200 reviews
Hotel Transylvania (2012) PG
Now available on Netflix, Hotel Transylvania is a family comedy set in a resort for monsters which is run by Count Dracula and his daughter, Mavis. The movie follows Dracula’s feelings of protection over his daughter as a new, human guest enters the hotel. Hotel Transylvania is definitely an easy watch and won't fail to provide entertainment for every family member.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45% based on 145 reviews
Edward Scissorhands (1990) PG
A Tim Burton Classic which features Johnny Depp as Edward, an unusual man with scissor hands. An Avon Lady in a suburban town, Peg, takes in Edward and nurtures him. Faced with mockery and seen as an outcast, Edward is soon left in a mess as he falls for Peg’s teenage daughter. This must-see movie is avaialble now on Disney+.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90% based on 60 reviews
Halloweentown (1998) TV-PG
It would only be right to finish with the infamous Halloweentown. A young girl living with her Grandmother discovers that she too is a witch. With the help of her granddaughter, Halloweentown must be saved from evil.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80% based on 5 reviews