Nothing screams fall more than the popping some corn, dimming the lights, and curling up in a blanket to have a scary movie marathon. Here are 5 of the top scariest flicks to scream – I mean, stream – for a Halloween movie marathon worth dying over:
- Halloween (1978) – full movie available on YouTube [Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995); and Halloween: Resurrection (2002) are available to steam on Netflix]
Creepy, expressionless mask aside – the number one most terrifying thing about Michael Myers is that he never chases his victims. Instead, his over resilient nature allows him to (a) Constantly bounce right back up after any sort of attack and (b) Stalk his victims with the most dedicated power walk ever. Plus, let’s not forget to mention his weapon of choice – the butcher knife. A common kitchen tool gone totally wrong when in the hands of Mr. Myers – especially as a 6-year-old boy who stabs his sister to death. Not a real spoiler alert there, since that’s the movie’s opening scene before fast forwarding 15 years to his mention hospital escape – and everyone should have seen this at least once already because it’s the MOST classic Halloween movie around.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 (1985)- on Netflix [ Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) is also available to stream on Netflix]
Let’s be honest, we all feel cranky after not getting a good night of z’s – but let’s imagine you’re being chased through your dreams by a killer in a red and black stripped sweater who has knives for fingers and an inkling for killing. Yes, Freddy Kruger is the type of killer that you literally can’t hide from because eventually the need for sleep will get the best of you. A Wes Craven classic, this scary movie is not short of gore or really bad one-liners from the 80’s but it will always keep me up at night!
- Stephen King’s Children of the Corn (1984) – on Netflix [Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995); Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (1996); Children of the Corn: Fields of Terror (1998); Children of the Corn 666: Isaacs (1999); Children of the Corn: Genesis (2011) are also all available to stream on Netflix]
What’s scarier than a bunch of children trying to kill all the adults? As an adult myself, the idea of not being able to escape the grasp of a small child who’s clearly possessed is really freaky – plus, little kids are always going to be in better shape – maybe not stronger – but small enough to hide in places and swift enough to not notice them crawl under the bed without someone noticing. As if crazy, possessed kids aren’t scary enough –let’s just throw in a creepy, towering field of corn where you can basically never guess what’s waiting around the corner.
- Scream (1996) – on Netflix [Scream 2 (1997); and Scream 3 (2000) are also available to stream on Netflix]
If this movie came out today – ‘ghost face’ would have had a hay-day with all the different ways he could have taunted and tortured his victims: text messages, Facebook, tweets, FaceTime…where would the digital madness have ended?! However, the age of prank calls, caller ID, and house lines is very much alive in Scream and the killer ‘ghost face’ takes a stab at all the victims through first tormenting them on the phone, threatening to be watching them, and asking them trick questions where their life is at stake. Luckily for us, this 90’s classic trilogy is available to binge watch on Netflix. There was a 4th rendition, starring FOX’s Scream Queens Emma Roberts that is available to rent on I-Tunes.
- Saw (2004) – on Netflix [Saw II (2005); Saw III (2006); Saw IV (2007); Saw V (2008) are also available to stream on Netflix]
If you think being abducted – usually in the middle of the night – by someone in a creepy mask that resembles either a forest animal or demented clown is the scary part? Then you are in for a rude awakening when it comes to the Saw collection. Victims are abducted to not only find themselves conscious in a room with a strangers whom they then need to figure out (a) how they are all connected and questions whether they (b) would kill someone in the room to survive? And people wonder why I check every closet and under every bed before I go to sleep each night – it’s a simple precaution!