Looking to cue up some scares this Halloween season? We’ve pulled together a list of terrifying options and what streaming service you’ll be able to watch them on. Check out the decade by decade breakdown below.
Jaws (1975) – Amazon Prime
It’s a good thing summer doesn’t follow Halloween (well maybe in Alabama it does) because you won’t want to go anywhere near the ocean after revisiting this classic.
The Omen (1976) – HBO Now/Go
Bowl cuts and Satan’s son…doesn’t get any scarier than that.
Carrie (1976) – Amazon Prime
If you thought your high school prom was embarrassing well Carrie wants you to hold her beer. Who knew psychic rampages could be so fun?
The Town that Dreaded Sundown (1977) – Amazon Prime
“Based on True Story” is a staple of the horror genre. The story of the “Phantom Killer” freaked out the city of Texarkana, Ark. when this movie was released and still holds up as a creepy caper.
The Amityville Horror (1979) – Hulu
Before all the sequels and Ryan Reynolds remakes, there was the original freaky house flick. Catch it on Hulu in the comfort of your home now.
The Shining (1980) – Netflix
Stanley Kubrick’s terrifying masterpiece is a great way to put you in the Halloween spirit…and slowly drive you insane in the process. If you’ve never seen it then you’ve been missing out, and if you’ve seen it a dozen times, there is always something new to pick up from each viewing.
Sleepaway Camp (1983) – Amazon Prime
If you know nothing about this movie then good! Just kick back, relax, and prepare for a truly disturbing viewing experience.
Children of the Cord (1984) – Hulu/Netflix
Murderous kids in the land of starches. I had a few more sentences I wanted to use to sum up this movie…but I feel like that first one should be enough to sell this campy creeper.
Predator (1987) – HBO Now/Go
Do a few pushups to prepare yourself for this perfect blend of sci-fi and action. If you look up machismo in the dictionary you should find the plot summary of this classic, or you could just catch it on HBO.
Hellraiser (1987) – Hulu/Netflix
Clive Barker’s demonic flick isn’t for the faint of heart, but one hell of a treat to horror fans.
Child’s Play (1988) – Hulu/Amazon Prime
A doll possessed by a serial killer might be more of laugh riot now than a screamfest, but you’d be lying if you said Chucky didn’t give you nightmares as a kid. Now might be a good time to scare up some of that nostalgia.
Pet Semetary (89) – Amazon Prime
Yet another example of a murderous child…starting to sense a theme with horror movies.
Vampire’s Kiss (89) – Amazon Prime
So this technically isn’t a horror movie, but you can see the origin of one of the most popular Nicolas Cage memes!
Predator 2 (1990) – HBO Now/Go
If you treated yourself to Predator you can dive right into Predator 2 which is also on HBO. This time the hunter lands in L.A. (it’s a concrete jungle…get it?) and goes toe-to-toe with Danny Glover.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – HBO Now/Go
Debate all you want if this is more of a thriller than a horror movie. But there’s no debating how creepy this Academy Award-winning film is.
Interview with A Vampire (1994) – Netflix
Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise star in the gothic tale of immortality and journalism…what’s scarier than that?
The Sixth Sense (1999) – Netflix
See some dead people in the movie that made M. Night Shyamalan a household name and the plot twist a genre staple.
The Blair Witch Project (1999) – Hulu
If you’ve never seen the movie that spawned hundreds of “found footage” movies, now is your chance.
Rec (2006) – Hulu
A mysterious virus, shaky cameras, lots of screaming closeups. The 2000’s loved their found footage movies, but this is one of the better examples of it.
The Descent (2006) – HBO Now/Go
You’ll never want to go spelunking again after you watch this claustrophobic creeper.
The Strangers (2008) – Amazon Prime
“Because you were home.”
The motive of the titular strangers is just as horrifying as their masks.
Let the Right One In (2008) – Hulu
A peculiar tale of friendship and revenge through the eyes of young children. There is a lot to unpack with this flick, and it will stick with you long after the credits roll.
Paranormal Activity (2009) – Hulu
Home movies are bad enough but imagine seeing one where you child just stands over your bed watching you sleep. This was the apex of the found footage genre that guarantees a few jump scares.
The Conjuring (2013) – Netflix
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren fight off an evil presence in a farmhouse (yet another reason why you should avoid buying property in the middle of nowhere). The atmosphere is creepy, the chemistry is delightful, and the movie is perfect for Halloween.
It Follows (2014) – Netflix
The less you know about It Follows the better. Just know you are can watch one of the most inventive horror movies in years right now.
Creep (2014) – Netflix
When answering a Craigslist ad goes wrong…horribly horribly wrong.
The Witch (2016) – Netflix
Witchcraft, black magic, and old-world accents punctuate this freaky folktale that will leave you disturbed. Doesn’t that sound fun!
Hush (2016) – Netflix
If you liked The Strangers you’re sure to like Hush which follows a creepy home invader terrorizing a deaf woman.
Creep 2 (2017) – Netflix
In case the first Creep didn’t freak you out about ever answering an online ad, Creep 2 drives the point home even more.
Mother! (2017) – Amazon Prime
If the 70’s and 80’s loved their creepy kid killers the 2000’s really loved their uninvited guests. If you didn’t catch this polarizing mystery in theatres last year you can now see it streaming on Amazon Prime.
It (2017) HBO Now/Go
A group of kids faces a creepy clown in this terrifying remake of the Stephen King classic. Sure it isn’t as disturbing as Tim Curry’s Pennywise, but honestly what is?
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