Your Ultimate Halloween Watchlist For A Scary Night In

Tis the season to be frightened! Happy Halloween! 🎃

Whether you want blood, guts and gore or to be chilled to the bone… we’ve got you covered with our ultimate Halloween list.

Spooky? You’ve got it.

Terrifying? You’ve got it.

Totally outlandish? Yup, we’ve got that too.

Check out our Screen Bunny favourites for your 2021 scare-fest…

1 | 28 Days Later (2002)

The plot: It doesn’t get more close to home than the UK being struck by an incurable virus which turns everyone into blood-thirsty zombies. 

Watch for: Cillian Murphy and a handful of survivors fighting their way through infested high-rise blocks and tunnels in this fast-paced and electric flick.

Find on: Disney+

2 | Alien (1979)

The plot: Final girl favourite Ripley faces off against a mysterious life form whilst stuck on a commercial spaceship.

Watch for: The still-shocking and gruesome iconic scene that is known as the chestburster. This moment tops it for one of the scariest in the franchise, and there’s enough blood, alien-gunk and fear to keep you from ever wanting to explore the unknown.

Find on: Prime Video (Available to rent or buy)

3 | Bird Box (2018)

The plot: In a world where most of society has been driven to suicide, a mother makes a desperate attempt to reach safety with her children.

Watch for: Keep your senses on your toes as darkness is the only thing keeping our protagonists alive here. Sandra Bullock takes us on a thrilling apocalyptic horror which takes away the idea of what we need most to survive an unimaginable force; our sight.

Find on: Netflix

4 | Evil Dead (2013)

The plot: In this grisly remake of the 1981 classic, five friends head to a remote cabin and unwittingly summon the demons that lurk in the nearby woods.

Watch for: You’ve seen the original so why not give the remake a try? This Evil Dead delivers with exaggerated displays of gross-out violence and enough slapstick to make it work as a vibrant and satirical piece. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and you’ll have fun reliving this familiar, gory story.

Find on: Prime Video (Available to rent or buy)

5 | Fear Street: Parts one, two, and three (2021)

The plot: Welcome to Shadyside and the home of our beloved horror trope; the picking off of terrified and outright hilarious high-school kids.

Watch for: This film trilogy may have been released this year, but it’s a brilliant throwback for lovers of the Goosebumps books. Based on R L Stine’s writings, Fear Street is a nostalgic, silly and entertaining take on the slasher-horror as a teen drama, infused with pop culture dominance. Surprisingly, like other shows of this nature, Fear Street didnt shy away from some fairly hardcore and repelling gore!

Find on: Netflix

6 | Goodnight Mommy (2015)

The plot: In this Austrian slow-burn mystery horror, twin boys Lukas and Elias move to a new house with their mother after she has face-changing cosmetic surgery. But, under the bandages is someone the boy’s don’t recognise.

Watch for: Is there anything more sinister than your mother coming home with her face covered in hellish bandages? Not in this life. Goodnight Mommy feels like an anxious home-invasion thriller, seen from the point of view of two young boys who make for some rather revolting and sadistic ways of saving themselves.

Find on: Prime Video

7 | Hush (2016)

The plot: If Bird Box didn’t tickle your senses enough, then this underrated horror puts you at the forefront of a deaf and mute writer who retreats to the woods for a solitary life, only to end up fighting for her life when a masked killer appears at her window.

Watch for: A claustrophobic and eerie cat and mouse thriller. Whilst the main madman has no fear in making himself visible to the audience, it’s the stress-inducing moments in which our vulnerable protagonist is caught being one step behind that keeps you on the edge of your seat. After all, what would you do if you couldn’t hear those things that go bump in the night?

Find on: Netflix

8 | Ju-On: The Grudge (2002)

The plot: No, not the US remake. The original Japanese horror film which sees a mysterious and vengeful spirit who terrorises anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.

Watch for: Genuinely haunting and pain-staking memorable imagery. Ju:On has a thing for frightening faces, invading the most personal of spaces, and playing on the use of bone-tingling sounds. It’s equal parts full of palpable dread, and equal parts spooky scare tactics. 

Find on: Prime Video (Available to rent or buy)

9 | Maniac (1980)

The plot: A serial killer goes on the hunt in New York City, murdering and removing the scalps of the young women he targets.

Watch for: This slasher classic has gained a notorious reputation over the years, but it’s guerilla style and use of exploitative violence secured itself a cult following and a place in the legendary slasher horror hall of fame… so to speak.

Find on: Prime Video (Available to rent or buy)

10 | Martyrs (2008)

The plot: A young woman, Lucie, embarks on a bloody quest for revenge after being abducted and subject to 15 years of prolonged torture. 

Watch for: Not for the faint-hearted. This brutal French flick will have you covering your eyes and wincing in disgust. We can’t say it’ll be fun to watch, but it will certainly linger in your mind for days to come. 

Find on: Prime Video (Available to rent or buy)

11 | Midsommar (2019)

The plot: A couples idyllic retreat in Scandinavia takes a sinister turn when the midsummer festival begins. 

Watch for: An engrossing and twisted fairy tale that puts Director Ari Aster’s unsettling ideas of mythology, grief, and breakups onto the big screen. It’s so bizarre and chaotic that it’s almost uncomfortable to watch, but by the end of it, you’ll be left both jittery and astounded by the almost psychedelic visuals. 

Find on: Netflix

12 | Scream (1996)

The plot: The sleepy town of Woodsboro is targeted by a masked killer called Ghostface, who begins picking off high school students.

Watch for: A very meta take on the stereotypical teen slasher movie, Scream picks up the well-known tropes of the genre and throws them out in a completely self-aware and clever way. This Wes Craven classic was hailed for revamping the slasher genre in the 90s, following the golden era of slashers in the 70s and 80s.

Find on: Amazon Prime

13 | Strangers from Hell (2019)

The plot: After landing an internship in Seoul, Yoon Jong Woo moves from the countryside to the capital city. With the price of rent looking out of budget, Jong Woo moves into a dingy apartment in a hostel called Eden. However, it’s not long before strange happenings and sinister neighbours have him fearing for his life.

Watch for: Despite K-drama veteran Lee Dong-Wook appearing in this series, Strangers from Hell is a far cry from the whimsical romances you may have previously seen him in. Based on a web toon by Kim Yongki, this series has a lingering sense of dread and slow burn psychological terror stitched together with an eerie soundtrack and characters that will send a chill down your spine.

Find on: Netflix (Korean language, English subtitles)

14 | The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

The plot: A group of students decide to take a break to a cabin in the woods, but of course, it doesn’t quite turn into the idyllic retreat they had imagined. With monsters surfacing with the intent to kill, the friends seem to be stuck in a zombie nightmare – but there’s more at play than meets the eye.

Watch for: The Cabin in the Woods reels off the slasher tropes, but instead of building to a stereotypical ending, it uses them to create a break-the-fourth-wall, unexpected finale. A clever take on the genre that has just the right amount of self-awareness, this movie is a one of a kind that takes the stereotypes and consciously reshapes them in ways you wouldn’t imagine.

Find on: Netflix

15 | The Invisible Man (2020)

The plot: Cecilia’s abusive optics engineer ex-boyfriend commits suicide after she leaves him, but it’s not long after his supposed death that she begins to experience strange and chilling events. Convinced her ex is using his optics technology to stalk and torment her whilst invisible, Cecilia’s pleas for help are met with frank disbelief. With no one but herself to rely on, Cecilia sets out to uncover the truth and end the terror she’s living with.

Watch for: Psychological suspense and fantastical science that’s just on the right side of believable combine to create a taut and chilling thriller that truly drops you into Cecilia’s head and makes you feel her terror. It taps into that fear of helplessness and capitalises on it with a villain you can’t even see to defend yourself from.

Find on: streaming services

16 | Train to Busan (2016)

The plot: Passengers on a train to Busan are trapped when a rapidly spreading zombie virus breaks out – and it turns out there’s an infected passenger on the train.

Watch for: Don’t be fooled into thinking this is just another gore-filled, flesh-munching zombie movie. With an ensemble cast led by Gong Yoo (who you may now know as the charming salesman at the start of Squid Game), each and every character has depth and a story, which makes this brutal tale one that truly sticks with you. Forget tugging at the heartstrings, this movie manages to latch on and yank hard. 

Find on: YouTube, Amazon Prime

17 | Us (2019)

The plot: Adelaide and her family’s holiday comes to an abrupt end when they are attacked by sinister intruders dressed in red jumpsuits. They become even more terrified when they realise the murderous attackers are a family of doppelgangers identical to them.

Watch for: A truly original horror that will truly send a shiver up your spine. Tapping into the same psychological horror as Get Out, director Jordan Peele masterfully builds a sense of impending doom that will have you holding your breath for the entire film.

Find on: Netflix

18 | Zombieland (2009)

The plot: A shy student, a straight-talker with a soft spot for guns and Twinkies, and a pair of sisters join up to trek across America in a zombie apocalypse.

Watch for: A fresh take on the zombie genre. We’re used to zombie flicks with plenty of gore, and thanks to shows like The Walking Dead, it’s not uncommon to see the more human, heartrending take on the genre these days. But how often do we see a zombie movie that combines the two and weaves it in with humour? You’ll be rooting for this unlikely bunch – a true found family that shows a 360 degree view of life in a zombie apocalypse.

Find on: Netflix

19 | The Descent (2005)

The plot: A bunch of friends go on a spelunking trip to rekindle a friendship that drifted when one of them suffered the loss of her family. However, it soon becomes clear that the cave they’re in is uncharted territory and they may not be alone. Situated miles down under the earth with no way to get out, there’s no one to rescue them as their worst nightmare comes to life.

Watch for: A claustrophobic and nail-biting thriller. The Descent is a film that spins tension in so many ways – between characters, through the situation, through the anticipation, and more. It also throws in a fair few twists which will keep you on your toes. Ultimately, it’s a harrowing watch that will keep you on the edge of your seat. 

Find on: Netflix

20 | The Call (2020)

The plot: Kim Seo-yeon moves to her childhood home when her mother becomes sick. After losing her mobile, she plugs in an old cordless phone and promptly begins receiving calls from a woman using the same phone, in the same house – but 20 years prior. Connected by their history with the house, the woman in the past realises she can change the future of the woman on the other end of the line – but will she change it for the better?

Watch for: A twisty and tense thriller like no other. Imagine the terror of knowing someone 20 years in the past could change one move and erase your existence, or that of your loved ones. Without saying too much, this film taps into that fear and also makes you think what you’d do in impossible moral situations that are stressful even just to think about. A well-executed story that’s almost impossible to predict.

Find on: Netflix (Korean language, with English subs and dubs available)

(This refers to the Korean movie The Call, directed by Chung-Hyun Lee, not the American film of the same name and year directed by Timothy Woodward Jr.)

Whatever you choose to watch, we wish you a scarily good Halloween 👻 !

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