Best Halloween movies streaming now
Every service gets into the Halloween spirit this time of year.
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Halloween is here! You may have had your fun on the weekend donning your costumes and heading out. Now it’s time to settle down, stay in and watch some Halloween horrors.
All streaming services have many great selections for you to choose from, so we’re helping you choose by selecting some of the best Halloween movies to watch now across Netflix, Disney+, Prime Video and Sky Cinema.
Best Halloween movies on Netflix
Halloween (1978), Halloween (2007) & Halloween Kills (2021)
You can’t go a Halloween without watching the film series named after the holiday!
Michael Myers is a classic Halloween character, and the original film spawned a series that continues to this day.
The franchise has multiple entries to it but unfortunately, not all are in one place. Thankfully, you can watch the original, as well as the 2007 remake/reboot and 2021s Halloween Kills.
Insidious (2011), Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)
The Insidious series is widely known as one of the greatest modern horrors, with the first considered simply one of the best horror films of all time.
If you enjoy jumpscares then this is the series for you. The first film alone contains 24 jump scares, and the series as a whole is sure to have your heart racing throughout their runtimes.
Evil Dead Rise (2023)
Evil Dead Rise is the newest film on this list, having come out earlier this year, and adds to Sami Raimi’s popular Evil Dead series brilliantly.
This latest chapter brought a new setting, going from a cabin in the woods-type to the big city, but still managed to bring the series-defining slapstick horror elements
Best Halloween movies on Disney+
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Many have argued for and against calling The Sixth Sense a horror film. While it isn’t a conventional horror, its blend of the genre with action and thriller is what makes it a perfect suspenseful watch.
It’s M. Night Shyamalan at his finest, while Bruce Willis and a young Haley Joel Osment connect brilliantly to tell a stellar story with one of the greatest twist endings in cinema.
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
One of the rare cases where the remake is potentially better than the original, 2006’s The Hills Have Eyes makes it its own without disrespecting its predecessor.
The original 1977 version remains a cult classic, but with the 2006 version available to watch on Disney+, we highly recommend it.
What Lies Beneath (2000)
Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer star in this horror thriller that plays on plot twists and a good bitter-sweet ending.
It contains jumpscares and has a genuinely creepy feel to it at times. It may not be the first movie on your list to watch, maybe not even the top 10, but it deserves one watch.
Best Halloween movies on Sky
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
A classic in British horror comedy, Shaun of the Dead is a superb watch and a great parody of 1970s zombie movies.
Part of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s Cornetto Trilogy (with Hot Fuzz and The Worlds End), it’s a more light-hearted option for those who aren’t all in on horrors this Halloween.
The Conjuring (2013)
Essentially take Insidious and juice it up a bit and you get The Conjuring. Both are made by the same people and feature some of the same actors.
None of that is to say The Conjuring is less scary than Insidious. In fact, it's quite the opposite, and many believe it is the more frightening out of the two, especially putting all the films and their subsequent sequels in The Conjuring franchise together (Anabelle and The Nun).
Train to Busan (2016)
Train to Busan is widely regarded as one of the best zombie films ever made. It is a South Korean film that will need to be watched with subtitles, but honestly, you will be glad to have that slight distraction for this film is fear-inducing.
It is more the stress-fear element that will get you, as much of the film takes place on a high-speed train with a zombie outbreak going on inside (as well as throughout the country, but it's the focus of the character struggling to survive on the train).
Best Halloween movies on Prime Video
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The best example of realism in a found footage film, The Blair Witch Project is an incredibly impressive film considering its low budget.
It’s unsettling throughout, features a disorientating filming style and just overall has this element of realness to it that will have you questioning at the end if what you’ve just seen is a movie or a real-life event.
The Babadook (2014)
Rather than featuring monsters or zombies and jump scares, The Babadook instils fear through the truly terrifying things in life.
It’s all about playing with the mind, toying with emotions such as grief, loneliness and despair to bring a constant sense of dread.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Another classic of the genre, Dawn of the Dead to this day inspires many zombie horrors due to its status as a horror masterpiece.
It is a sequel to 1968s Night of the Living Dead, which unfortunately is not available on any of these streaming platforms. But Dawn of the Dead is better anyway…
Best family Halloween movies
Hocus Pocus (1993)
We can’t focus fully on proper horrors, there are Halloween movies for children too. And a big favourite these days is Hocus Pocus.
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy play off each other wonderfully as three witches from the 1600s brought to the present day (well, the then-present day) and cause mayhem.
It’s probably best for pre-teens so you wouldn’t want it for your young one, but also not for the seen-it-all teenager.
Muppets Haunted Mansion (2021)
There are multiple variations of the movie adaptation of the iconic Disney ride, but none are better than the Muppets’ take.
It was silently released in 2021 and can easily be loved by all. Kermit the Frog, Missy Piggy and their companions bring that no other variation of the story has been able to, showing once again Muppets do it best.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
A Tim Burton classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas may sound like a Christmas film, but it is a Halloween film - it’s literally based in a Halloween Town!
In fairness, it shouldn’t matter whether it is a Halloween or Christmas film. The two holidays are fairly close to each other, so you could use this one as a reasonable segway from the spooky season to the holiday season.