Forgoing a Halloween party in favour of a cosy night in this year? The perfect excuse to grab a +1 and stream a scary flick on Netflix then. Prepare for a heavy dose of ‘90s and early ‘00s nostalgia...
We still can’t quite get over the fact this 2005 movie received a mere ‘12+’ age rating. Nicole Kidman earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role as a widow of two children living in a haunted house. Plenty of jump-out-of-your-seat moments and probably one of the best endings in a horror film ever.
The Addams Family
Who doesn’t love this film? The 1991 fantasy flick - starring Angelica Huston as the gothic matriarch (#MumGoals) and an 11-year-old Christina Ricci – is the reason most of us will be doing a Kate Moss circa 2012 and dressing as Morticia Addams on Halloween. The coolest family there ever was.
The four teenage witches from The Craft are your go-to poster girls for nailing the ‘90s goth look, season after season. The 1996 cult classic launched Neve Campbell’s big-screen career and its popularity shows no signs of waning anytime soon, with a reported remake in the works. Bonus points if you watch it wearing a plaid skirt, mesh top and silver crucifix necklace.
The Amityville Horror
Remember when Ryan Reynolds moved away from the rom-com genre to star in a gruesome horror remake? No? Then stick The Amityville Horror on your watch-list this Halloween. One for fans of The Shining. And Ryan Reynolds, obvs.
The ultimate slasher movie, with one of the most famous (and mimicked) openers of all time with Drew Barrymore that will make you never want to answer a phone again... Or make popcorn...Or live alone. Wes Craven’s classic trilogy set the bar high for the horror genre, with his signature blend of OTT gore and comedy.
Warning: the eerily joyous ‘Jeepers Creepers’ song will stay in your head for days after watching the 2001 teen thriller, which stars a young Justin Long and Francis Ford Coppola executive produced. It’s a tense affair, as two siblings have a road trip from hell,when they come across a flesh-eating demon. Yep, no plot is too far-fetched...
If Ghost Hunters is your guilty pleasure, it’s time to revisit this 2007 indie flick about a young couple who move into their new house in California, only to be followed by ‘something’. The low-fi ‘found footage’-styled movie, was originally made on a minuscule budget - well, by Hollywood standards anyway - with $15 million and made over $193million at the box office.
House at the End of the street
Jennifer Lawrence plays 17-year-old Elissa who – you’ve guessed it – finds that something horrific has happened at the end of the street. A house full of dark secrets, plus JLaw? Sold.
The Woman in Black
In his first film after playing Harry Potter for ten years, Daniel Radcliffe didn’t stray too far from the supernatural. Radcliffe takes on the role of lawyer, Arthur Kipps, still grieving from the loss of his wife. After moving to a remote village, he finds a dark spirit is terrorising the locals. Chilling.
And just for LOLs – the ‘00s spoof that parodies pretty much every famous horror film - from Carrie to I Know What You Did Last Summer. Enough to watch for the James Van Der Beek ‘Dawson Leery’ cameo alone.