Halloween is right around the corner, and some of us are looking forward to bundling up with our loved ones to experience fear and fright with a few of the most vile and creepy stories ever made!
Spend less time searching with our top choices—the best Halloween movie titles and the best ways to watch them so you can enjoy more!
The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2
The Conjuring series has been one of the most successful horror franchises of the last decade. With a great family of protagonists in the Warrens, to the ever-evolving challenges of seeking out what drives the paranormal, the series has so many anxiety-heightened moments that will leave watchers on the edge of their seats.
The Conjuring 2 is set in London, where the Warrens, a family of paranormal investigators, investigate what's causing a devilish spirit to haunt a local family. This installment is arguably one of the best movies from the entire franchise, but it is recommended that you watch the original Conjuring film first to get a feel for the characters and their personalities. Some of the most chilling scenes throughout the Conjuring series are fast paced jumps that feature deathly screams. If you don’t have one already, I highly suggest watching with a sound bar for the full paranormal experience!
The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 are both available to watch on Netflix.
Friday the 13th Series
Nothing makes the summer officially end without a visit to Camp Crystal Lake! Friday the 13th is one of our top choices this Halloween (and every Halloween…) because its story covers many generations. This film about Jason Vorhees terrorizing camp counselors is a classic horror slasher film that only seems to get better with age. Whether you are watching the movie again, or are looking to show it to someone for the first time, Friday the 13th is always a good choice–even for large parties and get togethers! The best way to watch with your family and friends is by taking advantage of darker picture settings on your TV. Having darker settings adds to the spooky vibe, almost as if you were watching it in theaters way back in the ‘80s!
Several Friday the 13th movies are available to watch on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.
Train to Busan
“Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.”
This quote from Bong Joon-ho, the director of the Academy Award-winning film Parasite was a pinnacle moment for Korean films, making them mainstream in American theaters and streaming services. While Parasite debuted in 2019, there was a Korean horror film that gained a mass audience for being terrifyingly good called Train to Busan.
More than likely, if you have watched zombie films before, you know that the worst place to be is in a crowded and cramped space. Now picture being in an overloaded train with your child right as a zombie outbreak is happening across the country (including the next train car over). Warning: there are some brutal zombie scenes here, so it is not for the faint of heart.
For all of the best moments, having a QLED TV allows you to see how truly horrific (and albeit, somewhat human) the zombies are in this film. You have been warned!
Train to Busan is available to watch on Hulu.
The Strangers is a movie that brings suspense to the next level. A young couple decides to escape to a secluded cabin for a getaway that turns into a night of terror thanks to three masked assailants looking to prey on unsuspecting victims.
What makes this film even more terrifying is that the idea behind the film is based on several real-life accounts of home invasions leading to gruesome murders, including the death of actress Sharon Tate. If you are planning on watching this film, we would offer two pieces of advice. First, do not watch this movie alone as it will make you feel as there are uninvited guests watching from every angle. And second, lock your doors and windows at night because you'll want the extra peace of mind that someone isn't coming after you.
For the full effect, you may want to turn up the warmth on your TV’s picture settings when you watch The Strangers. Adding to the yellow tinged lighting throughout the film will enhance the eerie feel, as well as enhance your anxiety! There is also a famous scene in the movie that you cannot miss, so having warmer colors allows you to see it unfold that much better!
The Strangers is available to watch on Netflix.
No matter what you are watching or how you're watching it, these films are meant to bring a little extra fright to your Halloween this year. Enjoy the scares while you can, before a new season that is more cheerful and filled with joy (and wrapping paper) arrives.