Scary movies might be the best part of Halloween. Scary movies and caramel apple lollipops. I’ve rounded up some of the best scary movies to stream this Halloween. I know that some people can’t handle anything scarier than Casper the friendly ghost, so I’ve provided a Spook-o-meter.
- One ghost: your 5-year-old cousin can watch this movie.
- Two ghosts: you might want to leave the lights on.
- Three ghosts: good luck falling asleep!
Cropsey is a Staten Island urban legend. It began as a way to keep the children out of the abandoned buildings of the Willowbrook Mental Institution. Cropsey was said to be a boogyman like figure. But in the 1980s, children began to disappear and now filmmakers Joshua and Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio are determined to find out the truth.
The OG haunted house movie. A newlywed couple and their three kids move into a huge old house. They got an amazing deal on the house because, of course, a mass murder just occurred there. But hey, who wouldn’t sleep in a room that JUST had brains splattered on the walls if it means saving a couple thousand dollars? Anyway, the house does NOT want them there and it’s scary AF.
I grew up in the PRIME of Disney Channel Movies (Smart House, The Even Stevens Movie, Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off, Zenon, etc etc etc). But I really loved Halloweentown. When I was little, my neighbors and I built a “Halloweentown” in the woods behind our house. I was kind of obsessed and was waiting desperately for my grandma to tell me that I was a witch. Halloweentown is about three kids who find out that their Halloween-hating mother is actually a really powerful witch in a different world. Their grandma comes to visit and they sneak onto the flying bus back to Halloweentown so they can use their powers as a family to save Halloweentown.
The Shining – what a classic. Jack Torrance is a writer who moves his wife and son to an isolated hotel for the winter. Bad idea Jack, isolation will drive you insane! But he thinks it’ll be good for his writing. His creepy little son talks through his finger as Tony (the last thing that kid needs is to spend 6 months alone in a hotel, am I right?) and he has some kind of psychic power, allowing him to see the past and the present. That poor wife.
The Sanderson sisters were three of the witches who were executed in Salem, Massachusetts for practicing witchcraft. Bummer. But lucky for them, the new kid Max lit the candle that brings them back to life – 300 years later. Now Max, Allison, and Dani have to save all the children of Salem from the Sanderson sisters!
Malachi Martin, an Irish priest, was the inspiration for the movie The Exorcist. Hostage to the Devil is a documentary about the Jesuit who performed exorcisms in modern America. His last exorcism was for a four-year-old girl in Connecticut. Father Martin’s friend, CIA agent Robert Marrow, drove him to this exorcism appointment. According to Marrow, the little girl approached Father Martin and an evil voice inside of her said, “So you’re Malachi Martin and you think you can help her?” A few days later, Father Martin fell in his apartment, leading to his death. Before he died, he claimed that an evil force attached to him at his last exorcism was the one who pushed him to his death.
There is a crazy serial killer on the loose who is skinning his victims. He goes by the name Buffalo Bill and he enjoys drowning slightly chubby girls then cutting off some of their skin. Gross. So anyway, Jodi Foster plays F.B.I. cadet Clarice Starling. She starts talking to Anthony Hopkins, who plays Hannibal Lecter, a former serial killer who would EAT his victims. Yeah, Hannibal the cannibal. She thinks that talking to a fellow psychopath will help understand the inner workings of Buffalo Bill. (Sounds a lot like Mindhunter – you already binge watched that on Netflix, yeah?)
Killer Legends is a documentary that investigates the origins of different urban legends. They look into The Hookman, The Candyman, The Killer Clown, and The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs. Maybe knowing where these urban legends come from will make you less afraid. Or maybe it will make you even more terrified…