With Halloween approaching, there’s never been a better time to stream some scary movies. To help plan a fiendish film festival, here are enough bewitching recommendations available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu to provide creepy thrills for the whole month. To make things easier, titles are organized in three distinct categories: Date night, extreme horror, and family friendly. Choose wisely … or suffer the consequences!
Here’s a sampling of the date night, extreme horror, and family friendly movies, respectively.
“The New Daughter” (2009)
Don’t let the generic title fool you. There are some unexpected terrors waiting to be unleashed in this eerie tale of a divorced novelist (nicely played by Kevin Costner) who moves his two children to an isolated farm in rural South Carolina. Fans of Stephen King and M. Night Shyamalan will find much to enjoy here, from the ancient Indian burial mounds to the misshapen figures lurking in the shadows.
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The makers of the popular “V/H/S” found-footage series reunited for this chilling anthology film about a group of disparate travelers who face their biggest fears on a lonely stretch of blacktop. Weaving five ghoulish tales together, “Southbound” delivers shock upon shock, each one nastier than the last. The result is a near-perfect example of modern indie horror.
Tim Burton’s gorgeous adaptation of Washington Irving’s 1820 short story stars Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane, a quirky police constable investigating a series of decapitations in a tiny rural village. Marvelously designed and oozing atmosphere, “Sleepy Hollow” is a treat for the eyes, and a fine introduction to the world of gothic horror for younger viewers.
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