With fall upon us and Halloween just around the corner, the best thing any of us can do to cope with the cold weather is to cuddle up with a blanket and watch some of our favorite scary movies. Whether you’re into a little creepy fun or eerie and ominous thrillers, these films will tingle your movie craving spine. We’ve compiled a list of the best scary films available for streaming and on which streaming service you can find them.
The Addams Family (1991)
This 90’s classic is clean and fun enough for teens and adults who want to have a good laugh and get into the Halloween spirit but not recommended for young children. Anjelica Huston was nominated for a Golden Globe following her performance of Morticia Addams. The movie tells the story of the television favorite family, who search for their lost brother Fester and investigate his unexpected and mysterious return home. Fester seems different and the children, Wednesday and Pugsley are determined to find out why.
Corpse Bride (2005)
Featuring Tim Burton’s go-to stellar cast of Johnny Depp voicing Victor and Helena Bonham Carter who voices Emily, this delightful Victorian tale was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. While Victor is set to marry Victoria, her parents aren’t keen, and when he ruins the wedding rehearsal, he bumps into the corpse bride. Emily was murdered and still seeks true love, but Victor is unsure about the match and which bride he will choose.
Practical Magic (1998)
Based on the novel by Alice Hoffman, this tale about two sister witches hailing from a famous family in Massachusetts is both heartfelt and compelling. After their ancestor escapes a hanging to save her unborn child and is abandoned by her lover, she places a curse on herself and her kin to prevent them from falling in love, but it backfires and curses all the women in the family line. Sandra Bullock plays the more subdued of the two sisters who resents being a witch, while Nicole Kidman plays the troublemaker. When Kidman’s character Gillian gets into trouble with an abusive ex, her sister Sally has to embrace her powers to save her family.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
This film is considered one of the most graphic of Tim Burton’s masterpieces. Johnny Depp plays the iconic Ichabod Crane while Christina Ricci plays Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter of the family Crane is staying with as he conducts his mysterious investigation into the Headless Horseman. She shows him the Tree of the Dead, which is not only the Horseman’s grave but a portal into a magical world which Ichabod could never have imagined.
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
With the ever classic Vincent Price starring as an eccentric millionaire Mr. Loren, who lures five people over to a haunted house with the opportunity to earn $10,000 if they can endure an entire night of terrifying haunts and ghouls. The doors lock at midnight and the guests include a pilot, a journalist, a psychiatrist, one of Loren’s employees, and the owner, Mr. Pritchard. There is more to this story than ghosts, and someone in the house might be using it as the perfect cover for murder. Viewers will love watching old special effects and hilarious skeleton chase scenes.
Based on the first published novel of famous author Stephen King, the film Carrie received two Oscar nominations for Best Actress Sissy Spacek and the other for Best Supporting Actress Piper Laurie. Spacek plays Carrie, a girl who is bullied at school and whose religious mother locks her in a prayer closet when she steps out of line. When her classmate Sue arranges for Carrie to attend the prom with the most popular boy in school, another rival girl Chris makes plans to ruin the night. What ensues next is the stuff of nightmares.
The Others (2001)
Nicole Kidman was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in Drama for her role as a young mother named Grace, a devoutly religious woman who cares for her two young children in a remote estate house in England after WWII. Grace is adamant with new nanny Mrs. Mills that the children have photosensitivity disease and cannot go outside or be exposed to any sunlight. The kids start to hear voices and Grace suspects that something is afoot with Mrs. Mills and the other servants.
Interview With The Vampire (1994)
Based on the novel by author Anne Rice, this film focuses on the story of Louis played by Brad Pitt, a vampire in the present time, who divulges the fascinating details of his death and subsequent life as the undead to a local reporter played by Christian Slater. Louis is a wealthy plantation owner in New Orleans who is killed and transformed into a vampire by the powerful Lestat. Louis grows tired of his dark life and almost feeds on the body of a little girl before Lestat stops him and transforms her as well. Now Louis must navigate fatherhood and friendship in the dark underworld of pain and suffering. The film was nominated for two Oscars and a Golden Globe for Kirsten Dunst’s amazing performance.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Directed by Roman Polanski, this film chronicles the experience of young housewife Rosemary, played by Mia Farrow, and her journey through a rough pregnancy. Rosemary quickly realizes that her neighbors are not what they seem and that her husband may have ulterior motives. Viewers will be hanging in suspense as Rosemary tries to uncover the cryptic events unfolding around her and save herself and her baby from an unknown fate.
The Witch (2015)
With intensely beautiful scenery and exceptional acting, this film features the story of a devout Puritan family in early 1600’s New England, trying to cope with religious turmoil and what they perceive as supernatural forces all around them. Oldest daughter Thomasin is watching her baby brother Samual who inexplicably disappears into the woods. The family suspects that Thomasin might be in league with witches and begin to accuse her of the dark events unfolding in the forest where they live.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Introduced to viewers as a documentary about three student filmmakers who disappear on a hike in the Black Hills of Maryland, the film tells the legend of the Blair Witch. Local lore blames a local woman who resided in the area in 1785 for the disappearances of several children in the area. The three filmmakers set out to research and find out more about the signs and symbols that keep showing up outside their tent at night. One of the friends vanishes, leaving the last two to seek his whereabouts and avoid becoming another victim of the dreaded phantom witch.
The Amityville Horror (1979)
Supposedly based on the paranormal experiences of the Lutz family of Amityville, New York, the film focuses on a house where a family was massacred a year before. George and Kathy Lutz discover that the home has dark powers. George spends most of his time obsessing over the family fireplace in the basement and begins to hear voices. The toilets start to bubble; the walls start to ooze, and the family babysitter is locked in a closet and terrified. The family investigates to find that the home is built on a Shinnecock Indian burial ground and struggle with what to do next.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
In this psychological thriller starring Jodie Foster as FBI trainee Clarice Starling who is investigating a former psychiatrist and known cannibal killer named Hannibal Lecter, played by Anthony Hopkins. Hoping that Lecter might lead her to a serial killer who is skinning women after murdering them. Clarice soon finds that Lecter knows more than he lets on and senses that his manipulation is more than just a sick game.
If you’re familiar with campy director David Lynch, you know that his dreamlike nonsensical imagery is subtle and disturbing. Jack Nance plays young father Henry Spencer, who lives in an industrial city and is coping with the fact that his new child is a reptilian monster that never stops crying. When his wife leaves him alone to raise the baby, Henry’s senses start to elevate him to a state of madness. Audiences will be in suspense wondering how he will cope with the bizarre things that Henry begins to witness.
As with all of these spooky Halloween movies, everyone’s tastes may vary, and parents will want to choose wisely for young children. Frontier Communications provides quality entertainment to families in rural communities and brings the best of HD quality TV and Internet right to your door.
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