In the Mood for a Scary Movie? Here Are 12 That Are Set in DC. – Washingtonian

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)Is there any trade more honest than hunting vampires? Probably not which is why Honest Abe picks up the sport in this fantasy (or was it?) thriller. Its audience reception was middling, but we say go for this film if youre ready to lean into the absurdity of it all.

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)Whats more Halloween than a classic alien-invasion movie? If youre charmed by quintessentially cheesy 1950s visual effects, this ones for you. The trailer features a scene of an animated UFO leveling the Washington Monument. Our first thought: how long did that shut the thing down for?

The Exorcist (1973)One of the most iconic horror movies of all time and the first one to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture is famously set in Georgetown. After watching, you can visit the long, narrow Exorcist steps, which are now a Historic Landmark. And although the house that inspired the events is actually in nearby Prince Georges County, were going to urge movie fans to leave its current residents be. DC also gets some recognition in films sequels, Exorcist II: The Heretic and The Exorcist III.

Hannibal (2001)Ridley Scotts sequel toThe Silence of the Lambs may not have Jodie Foster, but it does feature Anthony Hopkins returning to play the Chianti-swilling serial killer. The movie jumps around locations, but you can spot the Capitol building in the trailer, and a shot of Julianne Moore (the new Clarice Starling) outside Union Station.

Hollow Man (2000)Kevin Bacon stars as a scientist gone mad after becoming permanently invisibleas expected, chaos ensues. Much of the movie was shot in D.C., and this is one of the rare productions allowed to film in front of the Pentagon.

The Invasion (2007)Another alien invasion flick, this one starring Nicole Kidman. She plays a psychiatrist who battles the otherworldly creatures that are trying to take possession of the bodies of Earthly citizens. Its also proof that even fictional characters must pay their Metro fare.

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)This horror-mystery centers around aWashington Post reporter played by Richard Gere. The character finds himself wrapped in a series of events revolving around a supernatural moth-like being. Maybe he couldve bought some mothballs? Just an idea.

The Purge: Election Year (2016)A dystopian political horror movie dropping in 2016 likely felt a little too close to reality for some people (especially last year, when an ambulance blasted the films telltale siren through DC streets). Its the third film in The Purge franchise, and it follows a presidential candidate trying to resist assassination attempts on an annual holidaythe one night a year in which all crime is legal. There have been two more Purge movies since this entry;The Forever Purge dropped this past July.

Residential Evil: Retribution (2012)Although part of the fifth Resident Evil movie takes place in DC, it was actually primarily filmed in Canada. However, the shot of seasoned zombie fighter Milla Jovovich standing on top of a post-apocalyptic White House is still fairly cool.

Scary Movie 3 (2003)With a cast that includes Anna Faris, Regina Hall, and Queen Latifah, the third film in the infamous comedy/horror series features nods to DC. A crop circle reading Attack Here! is imposed upon a farm outside the District, and some presidential antics come courtesy of comedian Leslie Nielsen.

The Werewolf of Washington (1973)If youre looking for a scary movie doubling asanti-Nixon satire, press play. The movie might be terrible, but we appreciate the nod to the city in the title. And some say that the worst horror movies are actually the best, right?

Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)The all-star cast from the original 2009 Zombieland returns for round two of farcical zombie slaughtering. This time, it features a homebase in an abandoned White Housebecause, why not?

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The 31 Scariest Movie Scenes Ever – /Film

Apparently, once you become a parent, your perspective on fear changes. Your priorities shift, and the things that terrify you are less insular. They extend to your children, what may happen to them, or your inability to protect them. Such is the case with "Train to Busan."

After being told Daejeon station was safely secured by the military, the passengers disembark to find that they've all been infected. Seok-woo (Gong Yoo) left his little girl, Soo-an (Su-an Kim), in what he thought was a safe area. Meanwhile, Sang-hwa (Ma Dong-seok) thought he was escorting his pregnant wife, Seong-kyeong (Yu-mi Jung), to safety, only to realize they were walking directly into harm's way.

Ravenous, the wave of zombies moves like a brush fire, consuming everything in its path in the blink of an eye. It can't be contained, so they have to run. But Seok-woo doesn't make it in time, and he has to watch as Soo-an is nearly killed, only to be saved by Sang-hwa and Seong-kyeong as they ran for the door.

Seok-woo is nearly killed in the process, as he looks to the door where his daughter has just been ushered to safety. Will she be ok? If I die now, can I trust she'll be taken care of? If you're gone, who will protect your children?

The horror here is in part due to the tidal wave of undead carnage. But what makes the moment truly terrifying runs deeper, right to the core of what drives these characters. (Ariel Fisher)

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Halloween parades, scary movies, and other spooky activities happening this week – PennLive

Now that Halloween is almost here, its time to get down to business and dive into some spooky fun. Here is a list of events - some scary, some family-friendly - that you can check out this week in and around Harrisburg, Hershey and Lancaster.

Halloween Family Skate

6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 at Docs Family Fun Center, 1733 Harrisburg Pike, Middletown

This all-ages event includes skate rentals in the $12 admission fee. Attendees can compete in a costume contest, with prizes for the top three costumes. There will also be a Candy Scramble for ages 13 and under, rink games with goodie bags winners, and a chance to TP the rink at the end of the night with rolls of toilet paper available for $1. Get more info at the Facebook event page here.

Drive-In Movie: Casper

7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Shank Park, 781 Bullfrog Valley Road, Hummelstown

If you want your Halloween fun to have a more friendly vibe, you and the family can enjoy a free screening of the 1995 movie Casper, focusing on the friendly ghost as he gets to know a living family. Visitors are advised to bring a lawn chair or blanket. More info can be found at the Facebook event page.

Night of the Living Dead screening

9:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily Street, Harrisburg

George Romeros original zombie film will be screened at the movie theater, where there will also be a zombie-themed pre-show and undead-themed concessions. Details can be found at the events Facebook page.

Hersheypark in the Dark

5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, 2-9 p.m. Saturday Oct. 23 and Sunday Oct. 24 at Hersheypark, 100 Hersheypark Drive, Hershey

Attractions at the Hersheypark seasonal event include Treatville, a trick-or-treat trail with stops for candy open to guests ages 12 and under, as well as several Hersheypark rides. Five of the parks rollercoasters will be open, and special fall foods and Creatures of the Night programs can be found at ZooAmerica next door. Hersheypark in the Dark continues through Oct. 31. Read more about it here.

Pumpkin Glow

9 a.m.-5 p.m Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24 at Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road, Hershey

The Hershey Gardens Halloween celebration will feature more than 100 carved and painted pumpkins. Guests can also check out the Glow House, filled with jack-o-lanterns, black lights and other fun glowing attractions, or check out the food trucks, live music and other entertainment. All children will also receive a free bag of candy. The Pumpkin Glow continues through Oct. 31. For more info, visit the Hershey Gardens website.

Field of Screams

Various hours Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 21-Oct. 23 at 191 College Avenue, Mountville

The annual Halloween horror attraction is open for business through Nov. 13, with dates available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with a few additional Thursdays in October. Visitors can choose from the four Field of Screams attractions: the Haunted Hayride, the Den of Darkness, the Frightmare Asylum and the Nocturnal Wasteland, to customize their own spooky experience. Click here to check out more details on the hours and tickets, or read the PennLive story here.

Halloween parades

Several Halloween parades are happening this week, including in New Cumberland (Oct. 19), Newport, East Pennsboro and Mount Holly Springs (Oct. 20), Grantville and Lower Swatara (Oct. 21) and Halifax (Oct. 23). Click here to see more details about various townships and boroughs plans for Halloween parades this year.

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The 11 scariest movies on Netflix right now –

You can get lost in all the horror movie options on the big streamers out there, making it tough to find the truly scary diamonds in the rough. And horror fans know, if can get pretty rough.

So instead of sifting through the Halloween haystack, we found the best of the best to give you the frightening fix you need this weekend.

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Below are what we consider the 11 scariest movies you can stream on Netflix right now (in alphabetical order):

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. From Saw and Aquaman director James Wan, this became an instant horror classic for die-hard fans of the genre. Stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Lili Taylor.

A young videographer answers an online ad for a one-day job in a remote town to record the last messages of a dying man. When he notices the mans odd behavior, he starts to question his intentions. Patrick Brice (who also wrote and directed) and Mark Duplass star in this found footage flick that certainly puts the Creep in creepy.

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider in Guillermo del Toros gothic ghost romance starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston.

George C. Scott plays a police office who uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased Gemini serial killer and lead him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward. Contains what many consider one of the all-time best jump scares in horror history.

The Lamberts believe that they have defeated the spirits that have haunted their family, but they soon discover that evil is not beaten so easily in Saw and The Conjuring director James Wans sequel.

When an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, before a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge in their desolate home. From director Trey Edward Shults comes this psychological horror film starring Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott and Carmen Ejogo.

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach resort, its up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down in Steven Spielbergs classic blockbuster. Greatest movie of all time? Its up there. New movie created a greater sense of dread, especially back when it came out. When a movie scares people from even dipping a toe into the ocean, its pretty darn scary. The three sequels are also on Netflix if you want some cheaper thrills.

A young woman, studying to be a vet, develops a craving for human flesh in Julia Ducournaus acclaimed thriller starring Garance Marillier and Ella Rumpf.

A washed-up true crime writer (Ethan Hawke) finds a box of Super 8 home movies in his new home that suggest the murder that he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose legacy dates back to the 1960s. From Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson.

Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman play a young couple staying in an isolated vacation home that is soon terrorized by three unknown assailants. Disturbing but well-liked home invasion flick from directro Bryan Bertino.

A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend. This might sound dumber than dumb, but in the age of COVID, a video chat horror flick sounds more unsettling than ever. And critics kind of dug it.

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Disney’s ‘Dark Phase’ in the ’80s Resulted In These Surprisingly Scary Movies – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Disney wasnt always known for family-friendly and animated films. Theyve been known to release horror movies. In the 1980s, for example, the company dabbled in some seriously dark material. Here are three disturbing 80s Disney movies.

Its not often that a movie is classified as both horror and childrens film. However, look up Watcher in the Woods, and thats precisely what youll get. The Walt Disney Company was in a weird spot in 1980. Gone were the days of cutesy teen comedies like Hayley Mills The Parent Trap. And Walt and Roy Disney were dead by late 1971.

Disney subsequently floundered, trying to find its new place in the American film landscape. Like a confused adolescent, the company stumbled into its own period of 80s Disney movies known as the Dark Phase.

Out of it emerged The Watcher in the Woods, an adaptation of Florence Engel Randalls 1976 novel. The movie was meant to appeal to teens and young adults. And they didnt shy away from making a truly scary 80s Disney movie.

According to Fandom, Producer Tom Leetch presented the potential horror movie to Disney exec Ron Miller. This could be our Exorcist, Leetch told him. And it was their Exorcist, in that it was memorably terrifying, especially to younger audiences. Similarly, a less interesting 2017 reboot starred Anjelica Huston years later.

Watcher in the Woods notably stars the late Bette Davis as the creepy old caretaker of an English gothic mansion, Mrs. Aylwood. Kyle Richards of Halloween Kills also appears in the movie as the sister of the movies star, Lynn-Holly Johnson.

Jan and Ellie find themselves unraveling a dark mystery about Mrs. Aylwoods daughter, who seems to haunt the house.

As a result, their world gets more and more chaotic and less and less safe. The Watcher in the Woods is an excellent 80s Disney movie for pure supernatural thrills.

In the same vein of scary 80s Disney movies that are as creepy as they are inexplicable, Something Wicked This Way Comes hit theaters in 1983.

The movie might be even more terrifying, and definitely more nightmarish, than Watcher in the Woods. If youve seen that spiders-on-the-bed scene, you know what were talking about. Its classic Ray Bradbury source material. Muted and hopeless.

A carnival owner named Mr. Dark grants the wishes of unsuspecting townspeople, including two twelve-year-old boys, for a terrifying price. Jonathan Pryce stars brilliantly as Mr. Dark.

This is, without a doubt, not just one of the scariest 80s Disney movies. Its terrifying by any standard, and the disturbingly adult premise and creepy cinematography are great for a Halloween movie night.

Back in 1985, promos for Return to Oz felt misleading. It was Disney, we told ourselves. Its The Wizard of Oz, we also told ourselves.

But Disney was now deeply entrenched in its subversive Dark Phase, and Return to Oz lived up to the challenge.

Appropriately starring goth/indie darling Fairuza Balk as the child Dorothy, Return to Oz came from L. Frank Baums The Marvelous Land of Oz. But the crumbled yellow brick road led somewhere entirely different.

Theres an unfortunate pumpkin head named Jack (go figure) and an army of screeching, wheeled terrorists called Wheelers. Moreover, theres a frightening witch queen, sprung from a mental hospital, who has a collection of severed heads.

This time around, Dorothys trip to Oz actually begins on Halloween, in a psychiatric facility, with a small carved pumpkin and a darkened hospital room. Its chilling and atmospheric in the extreme, and we love it.

And if that doesnt make you want to see this 80s Disney movie first on your Halloween movies list, we dont know what will.

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Night Teeth cast: Whos in the new Netflix movie? – Netflix Life

Night Teethpremieres on Netflix on Wednesday, Oct. 20, and were ready to see humans battling vampires. And no, this is notTwilight 2.0 Youre going to want to see this new release, not only because of the plot but because of the star-studded cast. So whos a part of the Night Teeth cast, you ask?

Night Teeth is an upcoming horror film about achauffeur who one night picks up two mysterious women. When he finds out that the women are vampires, he must fight to stay alive.

We think this Netflix movie will be very entertaining to watch, but we also believe it will be more thrilling than scary. Its the perfect scary movie to get you ready for Halloween 2021. Given Netflixs selection, theres no doubt Night Teeth is one of the best Halloween movies on Netflix. And, who knows, you might even get some Halloween costume inspiration from the film.

Thats enough about the movie. Lets discuss whos a part of theNight Teeth cast. Keep reading because we provide the cast members names and the characters they portray down below.

Jorge Lendeborg Jr. leads the cast as Benny, a college student who fills in as a chauffeur for the night and drives around Los Angeles with two interesting passengers. Debby Ryan, who you may know from the canceled Netflix original,Insatiable, plays a vampire named Blaire. Lastly, you have Lucy Fry playing a vampire named Zoe.

The three cast members listed above portray the main characters in the horror film. The full list of the main cast is provided down below:

There are many talented supporting actors involved in the horror movie as well. If you want the full cast list, check out IMDb. They provide every cast member in the film and the crew.

Night Teeth releases on Netflix on Oct. 20 at 12:01 a.m. PST/3:01 a.m. EST only on Netflix. Will you be watching this highly anticipated horror film when it drops?

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Scary films and TV shows new to Netflix in time for Halloween this year – Daily Record

What is better than a cosy night in watching a film or binging the latest popular series?

And even better for fans of horror as spooky season is upon us.

Netflix has some excellent options for Halloween lovers this year - from the much talked about, intensely dark series Squid Game to new scary movies.

Whether you're looking to sink your teeth (fangs) into a nail biting drama or a thrilling horror film, here are the must sees on Netflix this year, according to Wales Online.

Be warned, these shows and films are certainly not for the faint hearted. Read on, if you dare...

This sinister Korean-language series has proved hugely popular since its release last month and is already on course to become one of Netflix's most successful originals.

Set around a dystopian game show, Squid Game sees 456 participants from all walks of life compete to win 45.6 billion won (28m). Every challenge seems simple, but the consequence of losing is death.

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Episode count: 9

Release date: Available now

Based on Stephanie Perkins' novel of the same name, There's Someone Inside Your House sees a group of school students stalked by a killer intent on exposing their darkest secrets.

This teen slasher is made eerier still as the murderer hides their identity by wearing a 3D-printed copy of their latest victims face.

Watch the trailer here.

Runtime: 96 minutes

Release date: Available now

Midnight Mass is the latest horror series from The Haunting of Hill House and Bly Manor creator Mike Flanagan.

The arrival of a charismatic priest to a small island community coincides with unexplained and seemingly miraculous events but at what cost?

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Episode count: 7

Release date: Available now

If you're looking for a Scandinavian noir along the lines of The Killing, this Danish-language psychological thriller could be for you.

The Chestnut Man begins with the discovery of a woman who has been brutally murdered in a Copenhagen playground. The only clue: a small man made of chestnuts on the ground beside her.

Watch the trailer here.

Episode count: 6

Release date: Available now

No One Gets Out Alive sees the gripping action of Adam Nevill's novel of the same name transported from Perry Barr in Birmingham to Cleveland in Ohio.

When Ambar, an immigrant in search of the American dream, is forced to take a room in a crumbling boarding house, she soon finds herself in a nightmare she can't escape.

Watch the trailer here.

Runtime: 85 minutes

Release date: Available now

This Norwegian-language film blends horror and comedy as a dysfunctional couple head to a remote cabin to reconnect.

While this may seem like the premise of a romance, Lars and Lisa both have plans to kill the other.

Watch the trailer here.

Runtime: 113 minutes

Release date: Available now

Series three of You sees the return of Joe and Love, now married and raising their baby in balmy northern California.

But should we trust this picture-perfect marriage? Going by the past two hit series, probably not...

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Episode count: 10

Release date: Available now

As the title suggests, Night Teeth is a classic vampire thriller but these bloodthirsty beings aren't confined to a Transylvanian castle.

When two hitch a ride with Benny, an LA college student moonlighting as a chauffeur, his night soon spins out of control.

Watch the trailer here.

Runtime: 107 minutes

Release date: October 20

Hypnotic follows a young woman who enlists the help of a renowned hypnotist to help her overcome a series of traumatic events.

But what might be the unexpected consequences of opening her mind?

Watch the trailer here.

Runtime: 88 minutes

Release date: October 27

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Jamie Kennedy Says SCREAM Is the Perfect Gen-X Film – Nerdist

In 1996, Scream hit the horror scene, changing the game with a chilling yet humorous story about a teen girl who discovers the grisly truth behind recent murders. The film sparked a resurgence in mainstream scary movies starring a swath of teen leads. Scream both honored its predecessors within its narrative while simultaneously clowning the genres many tropes and unofficial rules.

And when it came to this films rules and expertise, Randy Meeks was the one with the knowledge. Despite his death in Scream 2, Randys legacy continues to resonate within this universe. A recent Scream (2022) trailershows Dewey and other characters discussing the rules of a horror situation, much like the video store employee did decades prior. Jamie Kennedys character is a staple in the franchise, the ultimate audience surrogate who spoke for us up until his shocking demise.

But, what if Randy had survived? What would he be doing right now? Kennedy thinks Randy would have taken his film love and knowledge to new heights. Hed probably have snuck off and become a professor, staying low-key and teaching film somewhere, maybe out in Berkeley, Kennedy tells Nerdist via Zoom. Then [the other characters] would call him and be like, We need you to guide ustheres been another round of murders. And hed be like, No, dont drag me back in. I think thats what hed be doing.

The prolific actor and comedian completely embraces the fandoms love for the character. In fact, if he could choose to be anyone in the franchise in real life, hed choose Randy because, well, he is like him in some ways. He may not have Randys mental Rolodex of horror knowledge, but he surely has his humor and strong opinions.

Kennedy also gets good laugh out of the conspiracies that Randy is somehow alive. However, if there were an alternate Scream universe, hed totally be on board with Randy faking his death. I think he would do that, affirms Kennedy. Because hes too smart. He knew that his time was gonna come, because he was getting too mouthy. He knew too much But, he could still secretly help Sidney along the way.

In retrospect, Kennedy marvels at Screams role in changing his life on a nuclear level as well as the trajectory of the horror genre. It led to him making serious money, as he says, and became the springboard for The Jamie Kennedy Experiment and other film opportunities like Malibus Most Wanted. (A film that is oft quoted in this millennial writers home. Dont be hatin.)

In terms of its cultural impact, Jamie Kennedy says Scream reflects a generation and shifts in entertainment in a brilliant way. Like many films of the 90s, its a snapshot of the world during that time, for better or worse.

Gen X was just like, To hell with everything, question everything. This is what you left us! So, it definitely has that mid-90s vibe of, You know, man, this is all BS. Whats going on here? Scream was the perfect Gen X thing. It came during the start of The Real World and reality TV and seeing the faades broken. Scream was really the first meta movie, in the sense that it was commenting on what was happening, in its very Gen X way, as it was happening to the characters. It did it smartly without breaking the fourth wall. Its exactly where we were in the zeitgeist of timeScream is such a unique property, its not just a horror movie and different than a typical slasher movie. Theres psychological-ness and comedy to it.

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Thankfully Jamie Kennedy got the best of both worlds from his Scream experience. He gets to be a horror film staple, going to conventions and being the subject of big love. But he didnt get typecast into the funny sidekick or the horror guy roles. He has returned back to the thriller and horror side of things throughout his career in Ghost Whisperer,Criminal Minds, and Trick. But, if he dives into the genre again, he wants a project with a villain who can become a horror icon like Ghostface, Michael Myers, or Candyman. And, he doesnt want to play a helper or victim like Randy. He wants to be the killer this time. Wed love to see it!

Until then, Jamie Kennedy will be impatiently waiting for Scream (2022) like the rest of us. Im definitely looking forward to the new film, he says with a smile. I dont really keep up with the franchise. I see the actors when we go to conventions, and sometimes well be there together signing, which is fun. But its been 10 years since [the last film] came out, so its nice Im just like you guys. Ill be there on Friday night with my ticket. Itll be great and I cant wait see how it reinvigorates [the franchise]. I know there are some really good actors, young actors in this new generation, and I think thats exciting.

We are excited too, Jamie! In fact, Scream fans can grab 4K Blu-ray copies of the film starting October 19 ahead of the films 25th anniversary on December 20. The anniversary set includes a new documentary featurette with behind-the-scenes looks and commentary from the late great Wes Craven. There are also cast and crew interviews and production footage to enjoy. Get back into Scream mode and experience how it all began with Sid, Dewey, Randy, and the rest of the original crew once again.

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Scream Therapy: The Mental Health Benefits of Horror Movies – Healthline

Watching frightening films can give you much more than a good scare, they can also help relieve stress and anxiety. (Yes, really.)

Monsters under the bed, zombies rising from the grave, and chainsaw-wielding maniacs arent exactly the first things that come to mind when one is trying to conjure soothing images.

Yet, for many horror movie aficionados, part of the draw of fright cinema is finding a certain degree of comfort nestled within the thrills and chills.

But, lest you raise an eyebrow at the notion of finding reprieve in the genre of blood-curdling screams, know that theres not only validity to the idea theres precedent.

In an interview for the documentary Fear in the Dark (1991), acclaimed director Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream) famously stated that horror films dont create fear, they release it.

Though succinct in delivery, Cravens message nonetheless spoke to a layered truth: Our engagement with the things that frighten us can be its own form of catharsis.

More than just the embodiment of the time-honored chestnut of facing your fears, the contained adrenaline of a horror movie might actually be good for some viewers frame of mind.

Indeed, the beneficial qualities of fright flicks has become such an engaged topic of late, even the Mistress of the Dark herself, Elvira, got in on the action with a recent Netflix promo that cast her as fright therapist offering to prescribe horror movies for what might ail you.

Of course, part of the fun of digging into the discussion of horrors beneficial nature is knowing that for a great number of years (and to many still), there were those in academia who saw no benefit to the genre at all.

In the 30s, there was a lot of anxiety about what people consumed and whether it transformed them especially children, said Andrew Scahill, PhD, an assistant professor in the English department at the University of Colorado Denver and the author of The Revolting Child in Horror Cinema.

There was a worry over what people get titillated by in the horror genre, Scahill said. Early criticism on film came from this place where horror cinema was seen as enabling sadism, essentially that it gave flesh and body to fantasies that should not be reinforced.

But as film continued to impact popular culture, scholars began to change their consideration over how it was received.

Initially thought of as a passive activity, critics and academics took note of the fact that the filmgoing audience instead operated as active receptors to the material presented to them. Thus, their engagement with darker material might actually speak to a deeper need beyond surface titillation.

Thinking about what [horror] offers us, how could that be in any way pleasurable? Why would we subject ourselves to negative affect? It seems counterintuitive to any evolutionary picture of humanity, Scahill said. Today, we have what we would call surrogacy theory, which essentially says horror films allow us, in a way, to control our fear of death by giving us a surrogate experience.

Our body is telling us were in danger, but we know that were safe in these cushy theater seats, Scahill added. Allowing yourself to be triggered in a safe environment can actually be a process of therapy.

According to Kurt Oaklee, MA, MFT, founder of Oaklee Psychotherapy in San Francisco, California, the audiences surrogate experience with horror films is akin to the practice of exposure therapy, wherein a patient is presented with stressors in a controlled environment to reduce their impact over time.

[Horror] can actually teach us how to handle real-world stress better, Oaklee said. During a stressful film, we are intentionally exposing ourselves to anxiety producing stimuli. We usually dont engage in the same unhealthy coping mechanisms that we utilize in real life. We learn how to manage the stress in the moment. This practice can translate to helping us manage everyday stressors and fears.

Admittedly, the concept of using horror films as a contained trigger to affect a form of release may just be one of the ways audiences are looking to horror films as a means of catharsis.

For marginalized individuals, horrors active engagement with the concept of otherness may serve as a message of empowerment.

For others, horrors ability to use metaphor and give tangible flesh and body to subconscious fears might allow those things to be conceptualized and compartmentalized.

Intrigued by horrors potential to empower, filmmaker Jonathan Barkan set out to explore the genres engagement with mental health in a forthcoming documentary on the subject, aptly titled Mental Health and Horror.

Barkan says he recognized the genres cathartic malleability early on while dealing with the real-life tragedy of his sisters battle with cancer.

I just knew that there was some faceless, invisible monster that was attacking her, Barkan said of the experience. Horror became a way to face that monster and, more importantly, to see that monster, that evil, vanquished.

Galvanized by the genres ability to promote empathy and face down the ineffable monsters of our daily lives, Barkans exploration of how others use horror to heal and grow speaks to the wider impact of our engagement with these movies that are so often dismissed as having little moral value.

Ive learned that so many people see and use horror in so many different, unique, and beautiful ways to help their mental health, Barkan said. The ways that we engage with horror are as diverse and amazing as the genre itself.

And, as it turns out, turning to horror movies for relief isnt just for the die-hards (pun intended).

According to Business Insider, in May of 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, horror sales on the digital movie app Movies Anywhere were up 194 percent from the previous May. At a time when the world was facing horrors of its own, audiences still looked to genre material for escape.

Global crisis notwithstanding, Oaklee believes this uptick in the hunger for horror cinema makes perfect sense.

Its not unusual for people to be drawn to thrillers or horror movies in times of high stress, he said. Horror movies force you to be hyper-focused. The ruminating, anxious mind is no longer spinning out on the stressors of the world. Instead, your body is in fight-or-flight mode, and nothing matters except the terrifying monster on the screen. During a global pandemic, that is very inviting.

In fact, Oaklee pointed to a 2020 study published in the journal NeuroImage, which found that scary movies can indeed trigger our bodys fear circuit, producing a fight or flight response just as a frightening event in real life can.

Because of this, Oaklee noted that horror movies can negatively affect some people, particularly those who are more sensitive to anxiety, as what theyre watching on screen can increase feelings of stress and panic.

But for others, he said the continual building and release of tension thats a core part of the horror-movie viewing experience, can help relieve stress from their everyday life, leaving them feeling more empowered and resilient when the credits roll.

So, if youve ever turned to Dracula, Freddy, or any other manner of phantom for a small measure of comfort after a long day, know that youre not alone.

Astute pop culture historians have long noted horrors ability to use the dark lens of the fantastic to confront contemporary issues (ex. Frankenstein tackling the God vs. science debate of the day, Godzilla being a direct response to the use of atomic weapons, etc.), and mercifully have also begun to recognize its propensity for healing.

Of course, beyond the allegory and psychology of fright, its also just plain fun.

Sometimes, the best thing that we can do for ourselves is to check out of the real world and check into something that brings a smile and possibly a scare or two along the way.

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The Best Halloween Movies to Watch on HBO Max, Hulu, Disney+, and More – TV Guide

Take a break from planning a last-minute Halloween costume to focus on what's really important: enjoying a spooky movie. If you're looking for the best Halloween movies to stream on HBO Max, Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and more, look no further. Whether you really want to scream or you just want to be nostalgic for the days of trick or treating, the streaming platforms have Halloween content for everyone, if you know where to look. That's where TV Guide comes in. We're here to help you find the best Halloween movies to watch right now.

In our list of the best Halloween movies to watch this year, you'll find a mix of old and modern classics, some newer releases, and others we just think you'll be on the hunt for. Check out the list below.

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Looking for Halloween recommendations on specific streaming services? We have lists for the Best Halloween movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, and Disney+. Want more recommendations of what to watch next?We have a ton of them!And if you're looking for more hand-picked recommendations based on shows you love,we have those too.

Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween

It's all right there in the title: Halloween movies don't get any more iconic than the originalHalloween. Jamie Lee Curtis, following in her mother Janet Leigh's scream queen footsteps, makes her film debut as Laurie Strode, a high school student whose babysitting gig goes to hell when she's stalked by an escaped killer who murdered his sister 15 years earlier. From director John Carpenter's chillingly minimalist score to Michael Myers' haunting, expressionless mask, Halloween takes a straightforward slasher premise and makes it art. -Kelly Connolly[TRAILER|WATCH ON SHUDDER]

Trick 'r Treat

The 2008 filmTrick 'r Treat, which has become a modern Halloween cult classic, is actually four short movies in one, all tied together by a creepy (and somewhat adorable) trick-or-treater who shambles through each of the tales of terror in a small town on Halloween night. It has the feel of a horror classic of the 1980s, mixing campy comedy, genuine scares, gore, and a tiny bit of gratuitous skin, making it a perfect Halloween pre-party date night flick before you generate your own mayhem on the streets. -Tim Surette[TRAILER |WATCH ON HBO MAX]


Much like many Halloween movies, Beetlejuice is most notable for its villain. This one is played by Michael Keaton, having an absolute blast as the titular Beetlejuice, a mischievous and malevolent spirit who agrees to help a deceased couple haunt the family trying to buy their home, quickly escalating the situation to scary and fun heights in the process. [TRAILER | WATCH ON PEACOCK]

Neve Campbell and Rose McGowan, Scream

The slasher movie to end all slasher movies, Wes Craven's self-aware '90s classic centers around a California high school being targeted by a masked killer. There are so many reasons this movie remains iconic -- that terrifying opening phone call scene, to name just one -- and if you enjoy it, there are three more movies in the series (some of questionable quality, to be fair). [TRAILER | WATCH ON HBO MAX]

Hocus Pocus

Yes, there's a plot here -- a group of kids have to stop a trio of evil, kooky witches from becoming immortal -- but it's barely worth noting, since the witches themselves (played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) are the best part of the whole movie. We aren't still talking about Hocus Pocus all these years after its release because of its riveting story, we're still talking about it because of the "I Put a Spell On You" scene! [TRAILER | WATCH ON DISNEY+]


After moving into a new home with her parents, Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a secret door that brings her to a seemingly idealized version of the world she lives in. Obviously, nothing is ever as it seems, and the people in the alternate universe begin to reveal that they're hiding their own spooky secrets. You will never look at buttons the same way. [TRAILER | WATCH ON AMAZON]

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Jordan Peele's horror film has become a modern classic, telling the story of a young Black photographer whose white girlfriend brings him home for a weekend to meet her family, only for him to quickly discover that there's something much more sinister going on underneath the wealthy, Obama-voting surface. [TRAILER | WATCH ON AMAZON]


A trio of disgraced scientists decide to try their hand at taking out the paranormal entities terrorizing New York City -- get it? They're busting the ghosts! -- which makes them the city's only line of defense when they happen upon a doorway to an evil dimension that could destroy everything. I can't imagine there are very many people out there who haven't at least heard the Ghostbusters theme, a song absolutely impossible to escape during the month of October, but I'm sure they exist! [TRAILER | WATCH ON AMAZON]

Jack Nicholson, The Shining

This adaptation of Stephen King's novel is a psychological trip, starring Jack Nicholson as a writer who accepts a job as a winter caretaker at a remote hotel, bringing along his wife and young son. As time passes, he slowly begins to unravel as the supernatural forces that exist on the property begin to make themselves known. [TRAILER | WATCH ON HBO MAX]


Disney adults, gather round. A teenage girl discovers she's descended from witches and bound to help protect the supernatural community of Halloweentown, where skeletons drive cabs and goblins walk among humans. It's charmingly low budget and co-stars Debbie Reynolds, what more could you want? [TRAILER | WATCH ON DISNEY+]

The Addams Family

This is admittedly not the best Addams Family film, but it should entertain any kids you have in your life. In this one, which is somehow the first time this source material has gotten the animation treatment, the dark, eccentric Addamses move to a bland suburb, quickly becoming the focus of the town's confusion and ire. [TRAILER | WATCH ON HULU]


One of the only sweet-hearted movies on this list, Casper is, of course, about the titular friendly ghost, who strikes up a friendship with the teen girl who's just moved into the house he haunts. [TRAILER | WATCH ON AMAZON]

Scary Movie

Remember the bygone era of parody movies? They definitely get worse as they go on -- there were five total Scary Movie films, fun fact -- but this one is still kind of stupidly funny, mocking Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, among other teen horror movies. [TRAILER | WATCH ON HBO MAX]


A group of young kids from a small town in Maine are terrorized by a demonic entity who takes on the form of the creepiest clown you've ever seen, which is saying something. Nothing says Halloween like a good old fashioned Stephen King adaptation. [TRAILER | WATCH ON HBO MAX]

Tim Curry, The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The best way to watch this cult classic musical about a young couple who get stranded at a mysterious mansion full of deranged characters during a storm is in a theater packed with other super fans, but you'll get plenty of enjoyment out of watching it at home too. [TRAILER | WATCH ON AMAZON]

Fear Street Part Three: 1666

R.L. Stine, the guy who wrote theGoosebumpsbooks, set his sights on a slightly older crowd with hisFear Streetnovel series, which are now the foundation for one of Netflix's biggest film experiments yet. The three teen-slasher horror films, which all tell the origin story of a cursed town, were each released over three consecutive Fridays in July 2021. Each film is set in a different year (1994, 1978, and 1666), culminating in a flashback to witch trials in the 1600s, and feature carryover cast members and plenty of gory deaths. Let's just say that after watching this you'll be extra careful around a bread slicer. -Tim Surette [TRAILER | WATCH ON NETFLIX]

Toni Collette, Hereditary

After the death of their secretive grandmother, a family begins to notice a series of disturbing incidents that leave them trying to escape the fate they've inherited. This is an excellent, truly horrifying movie, but the main reason to put it on is Toni Collette, who gives an absolute powerhouse performance as the mother of the family. [TRAILER | WATCH ON SHOWTIME]


Luca Guadagninodirects this remake of the 1977 Dario Argento horror classic.Dakota Johnsonstars as Susie, a seemingly fresh-faced dancer who travels from Ohio to Berlin to study at an elite dance academy and is quickly named head dancer. AsSuspiriaunfolds, and as more students and teachers are found dead or go missing entirely, it becomes increasingly clear that something very sinister and supernatural is going on underneath the surface. Also,Tilda Swintonplays three roles, and for one of them she gets to dress up as an old man. It's kooky, it's campy, and it's also very, very scary. [TRAILER | WATCH ON AMAZON]

Megan Fox, Jennifer's Body

Despite being utterly panned when it was first released, time has been kind toJennifer's Body.Karyn Kusama's 2009 teen horror film earned cult classic status a few years ago, largely thanks to its voracious internet fandom, who rightfully pointed out all the ways this movie was not only very good but also very ahead of its time.Megan Foxstars as Jennifer, a high school girl who gets (spoiler) possessed and has to feed on boys in order to stay alive, with her best friend Needy (Amanda Seyfried) the only one able to stop her. It's infinitely quotable, incredibly funny, and so, so smart. [TRAILER | WATCH ON AMAZON]


Even if you haven't seenMidsommar, you've probably at leastseen the memesor heard someone quote one of its mosticonic lines: "Do you feel held by him?" This is the break-up movie to end all break-up movies, starringFlorence Pughas a girl who, while emotionally recovering from a devastating family tragedy, tags along on a trip to Sweden with her terrible boyfriend and his terrible friends to attend a festival that only occurs once every 90 years. And because this was directed byAri Aster, the guy whose twisted mind brought usHereditary, it naturally devolves into a story about a neopagan cult, flower crowns, and unspeakable horrors occurring in broad daylight. If that's not enough to hook you, it's also one ofAriana Grande's favorite films. [TRAILER | WATCH ON AMAZON]

Joel Edgerton, It Comes at Night

While an unidentified illness ravages the world's population, a man holes up inside his secluded home in the woods with his wife and son. Their tenuous peace is disturbed by the arrival of another family, also looking for a place to stay safe from the disease. If this one seems a little, um, on the nose for you right now, we understand. [TRAILER | WATCH ON NETFLIX]

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Is it a Halloween movie? Is it a Christmas movie? Why not both? Jack Skellington (Danny Elfman), the unhappy pumpkin king of Halloweentown who's become bored with his repetitively spooky life, discovers a new passion when he accidentally learns of the existence of Christmastown. He decides to kidnap Santa Claus and take over his role, but as you can imagine, things don't go exactly as planned. [TRAILER | WATCH ON DISNEY+]

Child's Play

A kid discovers his new doll has been possessed by the spirit of a serial killer named Chucky. While I've always found this to be one of the dumber horror franchises, it sure has endured through the years, hasn't it? [TRAILER | WATCH ON HULU]

Pet Sematary

Stephen King's supernatural horror novel about a family that discovers an ancient burial ground behind their house was adapted once before in the '80s, but this most recent one is worth checking out if you want a cheap scare. [TRAILER | WATCH ON AMAZON]

The Omen

The Omen was famously remade in 2006, but have you seen the original film it was based on? Gregory Peck stars as a politician who begins to suspect his adopted son might just be the Antichrist. [TRAILER | WATCH ON HULU]

The Craft

The new girl at a Catholic high school befriends three outcasts who regularly practice witchcraft. When their spells appear to be working, the four begin to go mad with power. [TRAILER | WATCH ON HBO MAX]

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Two paranormal investigators (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are called on to investigate a haunted house, quickly discovering the malevolent presence lurking around them. The weirdest part of this whole movie is that it claims to be based on a true story. [TRAILER | WATCH ON HBO MAX, NETFLIX]

Friday the 13th

The character of Jason Voorhees has been through many, many iterations throughout the decades, but this film, about a summer camp being targeted by a killer disguised behind a hockey mask, gives us his origin story. [TRAILER | WATCH ON HBO MAX]

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Much like Jason, Freddy Kreuger (Robert Englund) is at this point such a legendary film character that it's almost difficult to imagine a time when he wasn't around. This film, though, takes us back to the beginning, revolving around four teenagers who are attacked and killed by Kreuger in their dreamsand in real life.[TRAILER | WATCH ON HBO MAX]

What We Do in the Shadows

In this horror-comedy, three vampire roommates are the subjects of a mockumentary about the hardships and daily pitfalls of modern-day life as a member of the undead community. This is one of those "Halloween movies for people who are scared of Halloween movies" movies, and once you finish it, you can go check out the excellent FX comedy series based on the film, which is just as much fun (if not even more) as the source material. [TRAILER | WATCH ON AMAZON]

Adam Sandler, Hubie Halloween

Adam Sandler threatened that if he wasn't nominated for an Oscar for Uncut Gems, he'd make the "worst movie ever." While this was his direct follow up to Gems, it's not the worst movie ever! It's actually goofily charming, starring Sandler as Hubie, the bumblingly earnest resident punching bag in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts, who somehow finds himself involved in a very real murder case on Halloween. [TRAILER | WATCH ON NETFLIX]

Wunmi Mosaku and Sope Drs, His House

A refugee couple from South Sudan find their new housing in England is not what it seems in this chilling and stylish horror movie from writer-directorRemi Weekes. If you love ghosts and grief but are ready for a little more intensity,His Houseis a must-watch; it's a haunted house story that blends serious scares with thoughtful commentary on immigration and trauma. Plus, it's anchored by unmissable performances from starsWunmi Mosakuandp Drs. -Kelly Connolly [TRAILER | WATCH ON NETFLIX]


This inventive animated movie follows Norman, a kid with the ability to communicate with the dead, as the only person who can save his town from a centuries-old curse. [TRAILER | WATCH ON NETFLIX]

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