By Megan-Josephine Reynolds

Although horror movies are entertaining any day of the year, there’s nothing like watching them whilst cosied up under a blanket on a dark October evening, with Hallowe’en just around the corner. From slight spooks suitable for kids to full-on goosebumps just for adults, we’ve rounded up some of the best horror movies to get you in the Hallowe’en spirit.
Slight spooks:

Coraline

Suitable for: 9+

11 year-old Coraline Jones is fed up with her boring new town. After stumbling across a secret door in her house, she finds a world that closely parallels her own – only much more interesting. However, a frightening sacrifice must be made in order for her to stay there.

We say: One of the best stop-motion movies of all time, Coraline is not just for kids. Equal parts charming and creepy, it’ll leave you humming, ‘it’s Coraline; she’s as sweet as a button in the eye…’.

Rent on YouTube or Amazon Video.

Corpse Bride

Suitable for: 11+

When shy Victor accidentally proposes to a living corpse, he’s whisked away to the underworld to be wed. Now, he must find a way to return to his real love, Victoria, in the land of the living.

We say: Based on a 19th-century Russian folktale, Corpse Bride is classic Tim Burton, with wonderfully strange visuals, tongue-in-cheek humour and a hauntingly beautiful score. 

Stream on Netflix.

Creepy chills:

Jennifer’s Body

Suitable for: 16+

When small-town cheerleader Jennifer gets possessed by a demon, she suddenly gains a liking for the killing of her male classmates.

We say: Victim to a bad marketing strategy, Jennifer’s Body has since garnered a huge cult following since it flopped in 2009 – for good reason. The film explores the sexualitazation of the female body and the themes of love and revenge, all to a brilliant pop-punk soundtrack. Furthermore, who can forget the iconic lines: “I will finish you if I have to.”  “Okay… you can barely finish gym class.”

Stream on Disney+.

The Woman in Black

Suitable for: 15+

After a client of his passes away, a lawyer travels to a remote village in order to assess her estate. Upon arriving, he discovers that the villagers are hiding a terrible secret that not even their children are safe from.

We say: A creepy sense of dread haunts every scene of A Woman in Black, culminating in a tense but brilliant film. We recommend grabbing a friend, or a blanket to hide behind, to watch this one.

Stream on Netflix.

Goosebumps:

Midsommar

Suitable for: 18+

A grieving woman accompanies her boyfriend and his grad-school friends on a visit to a remote Swedish village’s mid-summer festival. However, the once idyllic town reveals a disturbing dark world when unnerving festivities begin to take place.

We say: The film that skyrocketed Florence Pugh to attention, Midsommar is more psychological thriller than typical horror. However, this visual psychedelic ends up being far more unsettling than most Hollywood jumpscares.

Stream on Netflix.

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