10 of the Best Horror Movies To Watch This Halloween
It’s almost the best time of the year! The wonders of seeing the unknown has always been the luring temptation of movies, and so horror feels especially close to this medium, a genre that exposes audiences to beyond normal, and into death. Halloween has always been an inspiration for some of the scariest films of all time.
As the temperatures drop, settle in with hot chocolate and a blanket and get ready for films that both frighten and provoke. Exposing everything from family ills to the terrifying depths of the human psyche, as well as the dangerous pitfalls of ambition, these movies are as scary and entertaining as they are thoughtful.
But how to choose between them all? Here are ten great options that can help you choose.
10. The Lodge
The Lodge is a psychological horror film, released in 2019, directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. A soon-to-be stepmother is snowed in with her fiancé’s two children at a remote holiday village. Just when her relationship with the kids begin to get better, they experience a number of unexplained events that seem to be connected to her past in a suicide cult. Th e Lodge is an utterly terrifying film that also leaves you looking at each of the characters a little sideways by its macabre conclusion.
Relic is a horror drama film directed by Natalie Erika James and it’s released in 2020. A daughter with her mother and grandmother are haunted by a manifestation of dementia that consumes their family’s home. Edna , an elderly woman struggling with her grip on reality when her worried daughter and niece pay her a visit. They are consumed by the frightening deterioration of the house, as well as everyone and everything in it. The beauty of this film, like Hereditary or The Babadook, which are also scary movies that explore parents and children, is that you feel it first, and think about it later.
Metamorphosis is a 2019 South Korean horror, directed by Hong-seon Kim.
A family move into a new bizarre home, but terrifying things start happening to them. An evil spirit that changes faces infiltrates one family placing one brother in danger while the other tries to save him. Oldest child calls her uncle, which is a Catholic priest, for help and he performs exorcisms.
This movie will definitely have you looking at your siblings, and especially your parents, sideways.
Alive is a Netflix zombie movie that’s all about trying to survive the zombie apocalypse while being all alone. Well, for a while anyway, since our main protagonist is trapped (and mostly safe) inside his own apartment. T he horrifying circumstances force him to be resourceful and consider his life and the people in it in ways he’s never done before and fight for an uncertain future.
6. The Grudge
The Grudge, written and directed by Nicolas Pesce – is a 2020 American supernatural horror film. A curse born in Japan is simultaneously unleashed in the U.S. Those who encounter it are consumed by its fury and met with a violent fate. A detective investigates a murder scene that has a connection to a case that her new partner handled in the past. The killings occurred in a haunted house that passes on a ghostly curse to those who dare enter it. Soon, the curse spreads to a terminally ill woman and her husband, and another unsuspecting couple who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Here comes another lonely single man with mommy issues and a diminishing grasp on reality.
Set in 1990, a lonely bachelor named David (Brian Landis Folkins) searches for an escape from the day-to-day drudgery of caring for his aging mother (Kathleen Brady). While seeking a partner through a video dating service, he discovers a strange VHS tape called Rent-A-Pal. Hosted by the charming and charismatic Andy (Wil Wheaton), the tape offers him much-needed company, compassion, and friendship. But, Andy’s friendship comes at a cost, and David desperately struggles to afford the price of admission.
Host is a 2020 British found footage horror film directed by Rob Savage
It takes place during a Christmas dinner. The film starts out with a loving couple who are celebrating Christmas Eve then quickly pivots into a bloodbath when they attend their neighbors’ nice family gathering. It is an utterly batshit movie you need to experience for yourself.
3. Warning: Do Not Play movie
If you are looking for something scary, Warning: Do Not Play is a heart-pounding horror movie.
Mi-Jung (Seo Ye-Ji ) is a rookie film director and she has been preparing a horror film for the past 8 years. One day, Mi-Jung hears about a movie which was banned. Mi-Jung wants to know about the film. She begins to search for the movie. Her search takes her to meet Jae-Hyun (Jin Seon-Kyu), who is the director of the film. Jae-Hyun warns Mi-Jung to forget about his film, but she ignores his warning. Mi-Jung’s obsession with the movie leads her to bizarre and horrible cases.
A family find themselves terrorized by their eight-year-old son’s imaginary friend.
Parents Kevin and Beth Parsons notice their eight-year-old son, Josh, has begun to play with a mysterious imaginary friend he calls Z. What at first seems like a childish phase quickly becomes destructive and dangerous. As Z causes chaos in Josh’s life and those of his friends and family, we learn that Z may have more sinister origins and desires. But the film has another turn in its final act, leading to a pitch-black ending. Z will be haunting the dreams of many viewers and encouraging second checks of many closets before bedtime.
Spiral is a Canadian horror thriller film, directed by Kurtis David Harder and released in 2019. A same-sex couple move to a small town to enjoy a better quality of life and raise their daughter with strong social values. But when neighbors throw a very strange party, nothing is as it seems in their picturesque neighborhood. Spiral is a surprising film that keeps the mystery on level 10 the entire time watching.