For many of us across the UK, Halloween will certainly feel a lot different this year. Fancy dress parties with our friends are largely prohibited, cinemas that once showcased our favourite slashers have closed their doors, and perhaps the most frightening of all, youngsters will not have the experience of trick or treating that we once did.
However, this doesn’t mean this spooky holiday can’t be celebrated. Beth has put together some classic Halloween films for those of us who are now swapping our Halloween night out for a night in. All of these films are available for free on popular streaming sites Netflix, Amazon Prime or Now TV, giving us an extra reason (if we needed one) to stock up on our favourite treats this Halloween. Sit back, relax and don’t be scared!
Available on Netflix
A struggling crime writer named Ellison, moves his family into a house where a horrific crime took place. Whilst searching the attic, Ellison discovers a box of home movies containing footage of various murders. He quickly becomes obsessed with the tapes and starts to realise that living in the house may be fatal.
This offbeat thriller is as comedic as it is disturbing. It tells the story of Aaron, a young videographer who answers an online ad for a job to record the last messages of a dying man (Josef). In the middle of nowhere with this oddball client, Aaron grows increasingly unsettled.
Annie is a miniature model maker with a family history of mental illness. After a family tragedy, Annie and her son, Peter, appear to be haunted by a dark presence which causes them both to have strange hallucinations.
Crimson Peak (2015)
An aspiring author named Edith Cushing, is haunted by the ghost of her deceased mother who warns her to “Beware of Crimson Peak”. Edith meets a mysterious stranger (Thomas Sharpe) who she becomes romantically involved with, much to the dismay of her father (Carter) and her childhood friend (Dr. Alan McMichael). As Edith has more ghostly encounters, she becomes progressively disturbed by the relationship between Thomas and his sister, Lucille.
Available on Now TV
Helen is a student who is writing about local legends and myths. She learns about the legend of the Candyman, a man with a hook for a hand who appears when you say his name five times, in front of a mirror. Helen does not believe in legends but the locals are terrified. As she goes deeper into her investigation, a series of gruesome murders begin.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
This gothic tale follows Ichabod Crane as he investigates the decapitation of three people in the town of Sleepy Hollow. The townspeople are petrified as they believe the culprit to be the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.
The Wilson’s beach vacation in Santa Cruz is turned upside down when four mysterious people break into their home. The family is shocked to find out that the intruders are their grotesque doppelgängers. The question is, what do they want?
Available on Amazon Prime
Suzy Bannion leaves behind her repressive upbringing and moves to Berlin to join a world renowned all-female dance company, led by the charismatic Madame Blanc. Suzy slowly realises that the senior members are hiding a dark secret, one that could empower her or destroy her.
The Woman in Black (2012)
A young solicitor travels to a remote village to review the personal papers of the deceased Mrs. Drablow. He soon discovers that the locals are being terrorised by a vengeful ghost.
The Babadook (2014)
A single mother and her young son begin reading a mysterious children’s book titled “Mister Babadook”. The pair become consumed by paranoia when the title character begins to manifest itself in their home.
What will you be watching this Halloween? We’d love to hear all about it! Feel free to comment below.