Spooktacular streaming movies to watch this Halloween

Elisabeth Moss in The Invisible Man, now streaming on Amazon Prime.
Elisabeth Moss in The Invisible Man, now streaming on Amazon Prime.

There's no better time of year to grab some popcorn, dim the lights and pop on a scary movie.

We at the Advertiser have taken the guesswork out of the Halloween movie selection stakes and collated a list of some of the must-see scary films currently streaming.

Check out the below films from Netflix, Stan, Disney+ and Amazon Prime.

Get ready to scream...

NETFLIX

Happy Death Day 2 U - M

From the horror juggernaut Blumhouse Productions, Happy Death Day 2 U is the top-quality sequel to 2017's joyful Groundhog Day-esque comedy-thriller Happy Death Day. Having escaped her time loop in the first film, Tree (Jessica Rothe) is excited to experienced her first 'tomorrow' in weeks. But her new boyfriend's meddling roommate has messed with the fabric of time again, and she must figure out not only who's trying to kill her in this timeline, but also how to get back to the timeline she left. Happy Death Day 2 U rewards viewers of the first film with plenty of references, but it can just as easily be viewed by first-timers. One of the few horror sequels that lives up to its predecessor.

Doctor Sleep - MA15+

Following on from 1980's The Shining, Doctor Sleep is new horror maestro Mike Flanagan's second Steven King adaptation. Ewan McGregor plays a now grown-up Danny Torrance, the little kid from the first film. Struggling with his psychic abilities, Danny becomes an alcoholic like his father, but settles into a comfortable life after joining AA. The film - which is very long more than two and a half hours - also sees Danny connect with a young girl who has even more powerful abilities than him, and who has attracted the attention of 'Rose the Hat' (Rebecca Ferguson, who is fantastic) who wants to steal her power. There's plenty to like about this film, and you don't need to have any previous knowledge of The Shining to enjoy it - though the numerous callbacks at the end of the film will certainly make a bigger impact if you have.

Train to Busan - MA

Imagine being aboard a passenger train in the midst of a zombie virus outbreak - that claustrophobic, fear-inducing feeling is captured extremely well in Train to Busan. The Korean horror film will have you on the edge of your seat until the credits start to roll. It follows businessman Seok-woo as he attempts to please his young daughter with a train ride to see his estranged wife. Zombie movies tend to follow a familiar formula and Train to Busan is no exception, however from the moment the first zombie is spotted the stakes get higher and higher. Some horror fans might roll their eyes about watching a movie with subtitles, but trust me - this movie will stick with you long after you watch it.

The Platform - MA

Class structure is a running theme in this Spanish psychological horror. This film is set in a dark, dystopian future where prisoners, and everyday people, sign up to take part in an experiment where people locked in vertical cells are forced to watch those above them eat and those below them starve. Survival is based on the random floor chosen for you and just how far you are willing to go to stay alive. This movie has some truly stand-out moments and reflects deeply on how present day society operates. The Platform can be a little gory and hard to watch at times, but it's a movie all horror fans should see.

The Babysitter: Killer Queen - M

This movie picks up two years after its predecessor, The Babysitter. Our protagonist Cole is dealing with the emotional side affects of nearly being sacrificed by his murderous babysitter, Bee and her fellow satanic cult members. This one is a horror comedy so it doesn't take itself too seriously and has a lot of fun with the familiar horror movie tropes we all know and love. It has plenty of gory moments, sprinkled with just the right amount of humour. This one is an enjoyable watch with enough spooky themes to keep horror fans interested.

STAN

You're Next - MA15+

If you're into slashers, You're Next is one of the best of recent years. A largely estranged monied family gets together at a remote holiday house following a wedding anniversary celebration, but things soon take a turn when a group of masked invaders decide to make the family their victims. Little do the crims know, our heroine Erin (Aussie Sharni Vinson) is a force to be reckoned with and she is ready to give as good as the family gets. This snappy film is a joy for any horror fan and a perfect update to the traditional slasher.

Child's Play - M

If you've never seen the 80s classic Child's Play, there's no better day to give it a watch! The truly inventive and hilariously creepy film sees what should be an innocent children's toy, named Chuckie, turn into a murderous maniac thanks to some voodoo tampering. The animatronic work on the Chuckie doll is brilliant and Chris Sarandon is great as the cop tasked with investigating crimes committed by a doll. A reboot last year brilliantly updated the story, but you can't go past this one for originality.

DISNEY+

Hocus Pocus - PG

One for the kids, Hocus Pocus is everything you want for your introduction to ghoulish, Halloween movies. Set in the witchiest town in America, Salem (home of the Salem Witch Trials), Hocus Pocus sees a newbie to town - Max - unwittingly bring a trio of nefarious witches back to life for Halloween night. The Sanderson sisters (played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) are glorious fun, and set about trying to steal the souls of children so they can come back to life for good. Featuring a spellbinding rendition of I Put a Spell on You, Hocus Pocus is the pefect pre-teen Halloween movie, that can still be genuinely enjoyed by the whole family.

AMAZON PRIME

The Invisible Man - MA15+

One of the best all round movies, not just horrors, to come out in 2020, The Invisible Man updates the classic monster story for modern times. Instead of the titular invisible man being the hero of the story, Leigh Whannell's take sees the character become the villain. The film uses horror to speak to the real-life horrors of domestic violence, and it does so with aplomb. But the actual scares and tension in The Invisible Man are its real success. You'll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't see the quality in this one, which was filmed in Australia. Stars Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.

Overlord - R

Nazi's were known for conducting cruel and unusual experiments on Jewish people during WWII. Overlord delves deep into this idea. The film takes place on the day before D-Day with American troops heading behind enemy lines to destroy a Nazi stronghold. However the operation takes an unexpected and gory turn with the discovery that the townsfolk are being taken. This one could be called a 'zombie' movie but it's a little more nuanced than that. Fans and critics were divided on their opinion of Overlord when it was first released and it has continued to divide audiences. The story is interesting but it might be a little predictable for long-time horror fans.

Unsane - MA

Unsane was shot entirely on an iPhone 7 - which makes for some *interesting* filming at times but don't let that stop you from watching this psychological horror movie. This film follows Sawyer Valentini, who has an unquestionable feeling that she is being watched. She soon checks herself into a mental health facility to deal with her paranoia - and that's when things seem to get worse. If you enjoy a good cat-and-mouse, is-she-crazy-or-isn't-she style film, you'll get a real kick out of Claire Foy's performance in this one. Unsane isn't edge-of-your-seat thrilling but its an enjoyable enough watch.

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