The fall season is upon us, but even as the weather gets colder, the thrill of a good spooky movie might be equally likely to send shivers down spines this month.
The Halloween spirit has once again taken over both Hollywood and streaming services, offering stressed-out college students a chance to unwind with some fright-filled fun. Whether looking for a familiar trip down Elm Street or a taste of new blood, there's something sinister for everyone in theaters and online this fall.
Classic slasher fans are in luck because the “Halloween” series, which began in 1978, will enter its next chapter with “Halloween Kills,” directed by David Gordon Green and starring Jamie Lee Curtis. With serial killer Michael Myers on the loose yet again, Laurie Strode and her family must find a way to stop him once and for all. This will, of course, result in much bloodshed and many gruesome deaths, all of which fans can experience starting Oct. 15.
One might think that spending one’s nights as an up-and-coming singer in 1960s London would equate to living out a dream, but it will be more of a nightmare for Eloise in Edgar Wright’s “Last Night in Soho.” The acclaimed British director is dipping his feet into the horror genre for the first time, and for those looking for a dash of darkness in a world of beauty and color, this perfectly twisted adventure premieres Oct. 29.
A trifecta of trickery, demonic witches and teenage drama, set in a time period spanning 1666-1994, comes to life in the “Fear Street” film trilogy. Netflix originals that premiered in July, the films follow a group of teenagers who stumble upon a curse that has tormented their town for centuries. This journey through the ages has something that every horror fan, young or old, can enjoy.
The silence before a scare can be just as intense as the scare itself, so it is no surprise that the psychological horror film “It Comes At Night” leaves viewers watching through their fingers. After an unknown force leaves the world in ruins, a family must fight for survival, but when others arrive on their doorstep seeking help, it is not just the dark that poses a threat.
HBO Max has a hefty catalogue of titles that make up the horror genre's roots, but one classic stands out from the rest in blood-covered fashion: Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead.” This 1981 gore fest follows a group of friends that unleash a horde of killer demons in a remote cabin in the woods. Not only does this movie deliver on over-the-top, R-rated entertainment, it has also inspired countless additions to the genre it defined decades ago.
If you are looking for a bit of laughter in the bloody world of scary cinema, look no further than 2020’s “Freaky” starring the hilarious duo of Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn. When their character’s minds switch bodies, it is a race against time and a deranged serial killer to return themselves to normal. Who wouldn't want to watch Vaughn play a high school girl?
For family minded viewers or scaredy-cats, the lighter side of the spooky season is always full of more treats than tricks. Disney’s “Halloweentown” has been a go-to movie for comforting fall nights since its release in 1998. Featuring flying witches, grinning pumpkins and a friendly cab-driving skeleton, it is great for chuckles on a holiday normally devoted to screams.
Other Halloween favorites featured on the platform include “Hocus Pocus,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Twitches,” plus the three “Halloweentown” sequels.
With everything from classic slasher films to modern satirical takes on horror available at the click of a button, viewers will surely have no shortage of spooky satisfaction this holiday season.