There Are 17 Spooky New Movies Dropping Just In Time For Halloween
This year, Halloween may not look the way it usually does, but there's a silver lining: You get to eat all the Halloween candy you bought this year instead of giving it to trick-or-treaters. And the best way to enjoy all those treats? Plopping down on the couch for an evening of Halloween movies and horror flicks. No costume required for that — and you don't even have to wear a bra, so that's a win-win-win.
Studios and streaming services are on top of their Halloween movie games this year for our at-home needs. There are Spooky Season movies available for every kind of movie goer, from poop-your-pants scary zombie and serial killer films to psychological thrillers and more-funny-than-scary Halloween romps. Watch them with your eyes open, watch them while you're doing that thing where you're just peeking out behind your open fingers, watch them with the lights on and the blinds shut. Just watch them.
Me, personally? I'll be diving into some of the international films on this list, because it's interesting to see what global audiences think is spooky — generally, international movies are a lot darker, IMO. But flip through this list and see for yourself.
The Craft: Legacy
Available to rent on Amazon October 27
While you may have seen a few headlines calling this one a reboot, the appearance of one Fairuza Balk in the trailer makes it clear that this new picture has at least some connection to cult classic The Craft.
A remake of the camp classic starring Anjelica Huston, The Witches stars Anne Hathaway and Octavia Butler. While the film, based on the Roald Dahl book, was meant to debut in theaters, the film has moved to the streaming service so as not to miss its very important pre-Halloween date.
Adam Sandler's big Netflix deal is really working out for him. In his latest film for the streamer, he plays Hubie DuBois, "a well-intentioned but dopey and frequently-mocked community volunteer who spends each Halloween exhaustively ensuring his neighbors celebrate the holiday safely." There are a lot of big stars in this one, including Kevin James, Julie Bowen (a Happy Gilmore reunion!), Maya Rudolph, Kenan Thompson, Steve Buscemi, Michael Chiklis, Tim Meadows, and Stranger Things' Noah Schnapp.
Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams stars in this horror thriller that's based off a French graphic novel. She plays one of a group of thieving teens who think they hit jackpot with an empty house and a safe full of cash. But when the couple who owns the home comes back early, hoo boy, are the tables turned. Now who's the criminal and who's the victim?
Living up to your new beau's ex is never a walk in the park, but Mrs. De Winter (Lily James) has a hard time when she marries Maxim De Winter (Armie Hammer) and everything says "hey, let's not talk about my late dead wife!" Based on a book by Daphne Du Maurier and an adaptation from Alfred Hitchcock, this one is bound to be spooky. To bring the star quotient even higher, Kristin Scott Thomas stars as Maxim's stern housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. This whole story screams, "You in danger, girl."
In this film out of Spain, Ángel (Mario Casas) is fresh out of an accident that leaves him permanently in a wheelchair. He's unable to face his new reality, and so instead, he develops an unhealthy obsession with the woman who left him and anyone else he didn't think helped him in his life. Can you say "out for revenge"?
From the producers of Us and Get Out and starring Janelle Monáe, Antebellumis prime for spooky season. Let's start with the logline: "Successful author Veronica Henley (Monáe) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it’s too late.” While that's pretty vague, one look at the trailer shows Confederate soldiers, cotton fields, and horrifying slave conditions. Don't watch this one in the dark.
Clive Barker's Books Of Bloodgets the movie adaptation this fall on Hulu. Barker wrote wrote the iconic 1987 horror film Hellraiser, for those who don't know, and this movie is based on his six volumes of haunting short stories. Expect a myriad of spooks over the course of a few hours.
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This list has been low on serial killers, don't you think? Let's fix that. Director John Hyams' serial killer thriller (say that five times fast) follows a grieving widow fleeing the city where her husband died. Along the way, she's kidnapped and locked in a cabin, and spoiler alert — she has to escape with her life.
Available On Netflix
It's not Halloween without some sort of possession-type spectacle, and this Italian film by Domenico de Feudis fits the bill. In it, a young mother (Mia Maestro) visits her fiancé's family in Southern Italy, only to find that there's a malevolent... something intent on taking her daughter for itself.
The Day of the Lord
Available On Netflix October 30
Because you can't just have one possession movie, this one follows a retired priest, haunted by horrible nightmares, who gets an ask from an old friend — can you help his daughter get like, unpossessed by the devil? But it's hard to know if the girl is suffering from the supernatural or something else.
Death Of Me
Available On Demand
A tropical vacation might sound nice, but not this one. Here, Christine (Maggie Q) and Neil (Liam Hemsworth), vacationing in Thailand, can't remember what they did last night. But their camera shows footage of Neil murdering Christine. Say what? Oh, and there's a typhoon coming, too.
In this South Korean zombie film directed by Cho Il-hyung, Oh Joon-woo (Yoo Ah-in) wakes up to find that his family went on vacation without him. Then, he flips on the news to learn that there's an outbreak of an infection that turns people into cannibals, and he has to find a way to live through it. The premise is basically Home Alone with zombies.
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