By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Oct 30, 2021 at 5:09 PM

The weather's getting colder, orange and black are everywhere and everyone's debating whether candy corn is delicious or literal devil's food. It can only mean one thing: It's Halloween – and it just wouldn't be spooky season without watching a scary movie or seven. 

If none of the big screen scares are giving you goosebumps, you can find plenty of the chills, blood spills, ghouls, ghosts, slashers, jumps and bumps in the night you're looking for on the small screen, scaring you senseless from the comfort of your own couch. But which ones are good? And where can you find them across the 471 streaming services that now exist?

To help, here are 100 good spooky movies to watch this Halloween, gathering together some of the best horror movies currently available across the major streaming platforms – from gory greats to kid-friendly freakiness, creepy classics to today's finest terrors, horror comedies to terrors that'll rattle your soul. Some are funny. Some are freaky. Some are for the family. And some are "Cats." (*shivers*) But they're all outstanding excuses to lose sleep and quadruple check the door locks this Halloween season.

Here are 100 good spooky movies worth a scream stream this Halloween.

(Bonus tip: If you really want to binge on boos this holiday weekend, check out Shudder, a streaming service dedicated entirely to horror and suspense. I didn't include them here because, well, it'd probably take up the entire list since horror is all they do, but if you're really craving chills, there are few places better to peruse.)


"Cam": A camgirl (Madeline Brewer, "The Handmaid's Tale") makes an alarming discovery on her profile. No, not an especially creepy guy – a mysterious twin that's taken her place and wants to ruin her life. A perfectly creepy choice for these tech-dependent times.

"The Conjuring": Impeccably crafted old school haunts become a new hit in this 2013 horror blockbuster about two exorcists and ghost hunters who try to help a family menaced by a whole house filled with annoying and angry demons. And if that's not enough, there's also an evil doll playing mean tricks on innocent people. Man, when it rains, it pours.

"Deep Blue Sea": This goofy and good-time of a shark attack movie about some very dumb scientists making super-sharks (because ... something involving Alzheimer's?) is a must-watch simply for Samuel L. Jackson's iconic and inspirational speech scene.

"Gerald’s Game": A sexy escape turns scary when a woman (Carla Gugino) is stuck handcuffed to a bed after her husband suddenly dies of a heart attack, leaving her trapped and alone ... or maybe not THAT alone. Modern horror movie maestro Mike Flanagan teams up with the Stephen King novel for a Netflix original that's impressively creepy (and awfully cringe-inducing for those particularly attached to their hands).

"The Guest": Part "The Terminator," part slasher movie, all its own crazy original thing, this slick and stylish '80s-inspired thriller about a handsome stranger (Dan Stevens) who ruins a family's normal days is a guest you should definitely invite into your Halloween streaming rotation.

"The Haunting of Hill House": What's that you say? This is a horror mini-series, not a movie? You're right! Also: I don't care! Whether it's a movie or TV series, Mike Flanagan (this guy again!) and his eerie adaptation of the celebrated haunted house story certainly deserve a spot on your spooky streaming to-do list. 

"His House": Modestly one of the best movies of 2020, this small Netflix Original horror gem delivers an incredibly powerful and twisty story about a refugee couple trying to start a new life in Britain while coping with terrors of their journey as well as coping with the terrors living in the walls of their new flat.

"Hush": Guess who? It's Mike Flanagan again, with another nightmare-inducing horror tale, this time focused on a deaf and mute woman who finds herself menaced by a masked stranger while staying in the middle of the woods. 

"It Comes At Night": This indie horror story about a paranoid family living through some kind of apocalypse who comes upon another family in need of help is less about jumps and monsters than it is about a constant, soul-corrupting sense of dread and discomfort oozing through the screen from the first second. 

"Jaws": Not that anyone's planning on going to a beach at the end of October, but you'll DEFINITELY nix any plans for a swim after watching this iconic and still wildly entertaining horror blockbuster horror from Steven Spielberg. And for something truly terrifying – albeit for a very different reason – several of the sequels are on Netflix too. 

"Pan’s Labyrinth": Before he won Best Picture with "The Shape of Water," Guillermo del Toro scored audiences' attention with another batch of monsters – both human and fantastical – in this dark fairy tale about a young girl finding escape during wartime.

"ParaNorman": Probably the only zombie movie safe for kids, this stop-motion Laika movie is a macabre masterpiece, following a bunch of students trying to survive an undead attack that's both funny and freaky.

"Raw": In writer-director Julia Ducournau's outstanding attention-grabbing debut, a young vet student discovers amidst her studies that she's might just have a taste for human flesh. Because just in case freshman year wasn't hard enough, there's also cannibalism. 

"The Strangers": A low-key home invasion horror hit, this unbearably tense 2008 thriller follows a regular couple (Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman) whose quiet night at home gets interrupted by a trio of masked visitors with ominous intentions. Haunting and shiver-inducing without having to resort to cheap jumps, shocks or gore, "The Strangers" is a modern classic. 

"The Strangers: Prey at Night": This long-delayed sequel isn't quite as exceptional as its predecessor, mashing up the original's austere freakouts with glossy '90s pastiche style. But when it cooks – say, for instance, the swimming pool sequence, which is worth the price of admission alone – it really brings the horror heat. 

"Under the Shadow": This spooky Iranian horror/thriller is a truly hidden gem on the Big Red Streaming Monolith, but don't miss this scary story of a mother and daughter hiding in their apartment from the revolution and war ongoing outside only to discover a mysterious presence menacing them from the inside.

"Unfriended": I know you're probably tired of looking at video calls on computer screens, but make an exception for this lean, mean techno horror thriller about a bunch of teens who get picked off one by one during a Skype call gone supernaturally wrong.

"Zodiac": One of the best movies this side of the millennium is also one of its most spine-tingling as David Fincher chronicles the convoluted and unsolved case of the Zodiac serial killer, told through the perspectives of a newspaper cartoonist (Jake Gyllenhaal), a reporter (Robert Downey Jr., pre Iron Man) and a detective (Mark Ruffalo) all haunted by the case during and after. 


"Black Swan": Ballet isn't exactly known as a territory for terror, but that's not the case with this gorgeous and intense Oscar-winning psychological thriller about a ballerina (Natalie Portman in an award-claiming turn) losing her mind as she attempts to become a star. 

"Child’s Play": It's not as much of a classic as the original, but this remake – featuring Luke Skywalker himself as the voice of its Chucky stand-in, Buddi – is still a pretty clever and often gnarly take on its killer doll tale, skipping the supernatural angle for a horror story about our tech obsession. 

"Children of the Corn": Kids these days, always hiding in cornfields and murdering all of the adults in their town in the hopes of a good corn harvest. Not a fan, I tell you! (But I am a fan of this '80s Stephen King horror hit.)

"Crawl": French extreme horror master and shlock supreme Alexandre Aja ("Piranha 3-D") goes from tiny man-eating fish to anonther, slightly larger man-munching aquatic monster with this tight, tense thriller about a girl trapped in a crumbling house with a bunch of angry alligators. And in case that wasn't enough, there's a hurricane outside. Man, when it rains, it pours – literally.

"The Host": Did you love Bong Joon-ho's Best Picture winner "Parasite"? Then you should definitely check out his 2006 similarly thrilling, genre-smashing, tonal tightrope of a take on the monster movie with "The Host," following a father trying to find his daughter while a monster slithers its way through Seoul.

"Let the Right One In": This creepy Swedish import takes a new angle on the overdone vampire subgenre, telling the story of a lonely little boy who befriends a young blood-thirsty vampire who's moved in next door. It's an atmospheric dread-inducer with one killer finale.

"The Night": Vague name but an actually quite good horror movie from last year, about two parents bunkering down in a hotel after a night out – only for the hotel to transform into a house of terrors as the evening gets darker with no dawn in sight. Understated but some really strong shivers. 

"The Nightingale": Ready for the feel-bad movie of the Halloween season?! Jennifer Kent's grim and gruesome revenge-themed follow-up to the indie horror gem "The Babadook" is far from light viewing, but it's a rough watch that's smart, thoughtful, tense and worth your while. Just maybe have a nice comedy lined up for afterwards. 

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show": If you somehow can't make it to the historic and hysterical traditional screening at Milwaukee's Oriental Theatre, binge this ultimate cult classic – about a couple who get stuck in a diabolical house filled with monsters and musical numbers – at home thanks to Hulu. At home on the couch, there's no excuse to not sing along!

"Signs": Before he fell off a creative cliff – and came back – M. Night Shyamalan made creepy, emotional horror sagas, including this alien abduction nightmare. Oh, and people like to make fun of the aliens for traveling to a planet made mostly of their poison, but I don't think America's in a position to judge others' intelligence or self-preservation skills these days.

"The Tenant": Moving sucks. It sucks even more when you suspect that your landlords are trying to drive you to kill yourself, as is the case in this underrated throwback French psychological thriller. 

"We Need to Talk About Kevin": A great movie that also works as excellent birth control, Lynne Ramsay's disturbing thriller follows a stressed-out mother (Tilda Swinton) who begins to suspect there's something wrong with her son – perhaps even lethally so.

"You're Next": A rich family gathering goes wrong when masked intruders start picking off people and forcing them to defend for themselves in this grimly funny horror comedy. 


"30 Days of Night": In case it didn't suck enough living in a small Alaskan town on the edge of nowhere that doesn't see the light of day for a month every year, in this stylish and gory horror thriller, a bunch of vampires have shown up, bringing up the level of suckage to lethal levels. But hey, the movie is tense and good – and the real estate there is hopefully cheap!

"An American Werewolf in London": Two friends run afoul a werewold and suffer the shape-shifting consequences in one of the great special effects displays in cinema history – and also a macabre good time of a horror comedy.

"Black Christmas": Already in the Christmas spirit? Well let's see what this horrifying holiday classic – amusingly directed by Bob Clark, who also directed "A Christmas Story" – can do about that, slaying a number of sorority girls just trying to celebrate the festive season and catching the eye of an unknown killer. 

"The Bride of Frankenstein": Peacock has the original "Frankenstein," and that's a flashback worth a freaky Friday night for sure – but I'll save this spot for the sequel, which adds an iconic lightning-haired leading lady to its mix of science-induced horrors. 

"The Cabin in the Woods": A trip to a cabin in the woods goes bad for an attractive batch of friends. Sounds like a story you've probably heard before – but never quite like this in this hilarious meta-deconstruction of horror tropes. 

"Dracula": Peacock actually offers quite the supply of classic monster movies, including the original "Invisible Man" and "The Mummy." But Dracula, featuring the timeless Bela Lugosi, might be the best of the bunch. 

"Frenzy": One of Alfred Hitchcock's final films is also one of his most underappreciated – and scuzziest for that matter, a grimy and grim thriller about a London man wrongly accused of being a serial strangler.

"Friday the 13th": One of the most iconic slasher flicks of all time, the original "Friday the 13th" follows a bunch of rowdy and raunchy summer campers having to battle a masked murderer (but not hockey-masked!) who disapproves of their youthful exuberance. What a party pooper. 

"Gremlins": It may technically be a Christmas movie – complete with a person dressed up as Santa dying in a chimney – but Joe Dante's kid-friendly horror comedy about adorable monsters that just become simply monsters is a perfect Halloween gift as well. (For bonus craziness, the sequel's available on Peacock as well.) 

"The House of the Devil": Ti West's slow-burn horror trip about a babysitter taking a job with a family that keeps getting stranger and stranger may look and feel like an old-school buried gem, but it's actually just over a decade old! West's throwback thriller looks and feels authentic to its influences while summoning its own fresh scares.

"It Follows": Sex has always been a dangerous activity in horror movies, but never quite as literally as in this immensely intense hit indie horror winner about a teenage girl who suddenly finds herself on the run from a slow-moving, shape-shifting and contagious menace passed on by a bad date.

"The People Under the Stairs": Wes Craven's created some of the genre's most indeliable devils – but this one, about a young boy who discovers horrors hiding under his landlord's stairs, is one of most effective and most underrated efforts. 

"Predator": Is it an action franchise or a horror franchise? Considering it involves humans getting their spines and skulls ripped out of their body by an interstellar bounty hunter with a crab face, we're gonna confidently go with the latter. No matter if you're craving scares or 'splosions, "Predator" fits the bill.

"Prometheus": Sure, it doesn't make sense in some parts, and it can't compete with the first two pinacles of cinema that are the first two "Alien" film. But Ridley Scott's long-anticipated return to this horrific universe still has some gorgeous sci-fi design, intriguing performances and ideas, and some great horror sequences. The surgery scene! Not a fan! (Which is to say: a big fan!)

"The Sixth Sense": Even if you already know the twist – and if you don't, we have a lot to talk about, Recent 20-Year Coma Survivor – M. Night Shyamalan's star-making ghost story hit about a child who sees ghosts is still an austere masterpiece of suspense and creepy craft. 

"Slither": Before he made massive crowd-pleasing blockbusters, Troma-bred writer-director James Gunn made this gooey, gross and hilariously nasty horror comedy about a small town that gets invaded by hungry alien slugs. 

"Videodrome": Master of body horror David Cronenberg nastily plugs his audience into a TV nightmare with this shiver-inducing story about a TV exec who finds a television entertainment that's bizarre – and possibly murderous. Maybe a movie you don't want to watch streaming on your screen at home ... or maybe that just makes it freakier. 


"28 Days Later": A game-changer in the world of zombie movies, Danny Boyle's lo-fi nightmare fuel about an abandoned London overtaken by rage-powered zombie sprinters is still as breathtakingly scary and smartly assembled as it was when it first came out more than a decade ago. 

"A Nightmare on Elm Street": One of the most genius concepts for a horror movie ever imagined – a monster who kills you in your dreams, forcing his victims to stay awake or die – is still outstanding nightmare fuel in one of the most iconic slashers in film history. 

"Annabelle: Creation": Of all the "Conjuring" movie spin-offs and sequels, this 2017 entry – following the origins of the famous possessed doll – is the best of the bunch, a very entertaining haunted house thrill ride with plenty of spooks and scares. 

"The Brood": A series of gruesome slayings sends a man to visit his ex-wife under a psychologist's care, wondering if she knows more about the cases than one might imagine, in one of David Cronenberg's lesser known body horror gems.

"Carnival of Souls": An inspiration to uneasy movies ever since its release in the early '60s, "Carnival of Souls" – about a woman who starts a new life after a car accident but finds herself pulled toward a creepy carnival nevertheless – puts the audience in that horror movie dream state, where reality and nightmare blend into one and something's tickling your brain to tell you the world isn't right. You know: horror movie perfection!

"Cats": This is mostly on here as a joke ... but is it? Will you see anything more horrifying than Rebel Wilson as a humanoid cat singing a song with marching humanoid bugs, getting eaten by Wilson without a care? Or Dame Judy Dench as another humanoid pawser looking into the camera and talking to the audience? I think not.

"Cloverfield": Don't get it confused with the bad direct-to-Netflix spinoff "The Cloverfield Paradox" that got dumped on the streaming service after the Super Bowl. Watch the original "Cloverfield," one of the few good found footage movies and just a straight-up solidly thrilling monster movie.

"The Conjuring 2": The sequel to the original blockbuster boo-fest isn't quite as good its predecessor (though it's certainly longer), but it's still another old-fashioned fright fest worth checking out as our intrepid exorcists head to London to battle a new batch of pesky specters menacing an innocent family.

"Constantine": Sure, it's a comic book movie and maybe not jump scary, but this wildly underrated and under-appreciated comic book thriller about Keanu Reeves battling incognito demons with holy relics is very much worth a watch and worth the nightmares concocted by its ominous hellspawn and imagery. It's clever, creative, creepy, cool AND it has Tilda Swinton and Peter Stormare as the Angel Gabriel and Satan, respectively.

"Deliverance": A grimy and rough vacation movie that'll make you happy you're stuck inside these days, director John Boorman's backwoods thriller sends several friends (Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox) into the woods – and into the territory of some depraved locals. 

"Diabolique": Two women have the ultimate plan to get rid of the awful headmaster controlling their lives: murder. There's just one problem: His dead body has disappeared. This influential French horror favorite is well over half a century old, but still holds up as a solid mystery shocker. 

"Eraserhead": Idiosyncratic writer-director David Lynch made an unforgettable splash with his debut surreal nightmare about a man trying to make his way through a terrifyingly Kafka-esque world of horrors. 

"The Evil Dead": People hang out at a cabin in the woods, and things go totally fine; everybody goes back home afterwards with fond memories that'll last a lifetime. Nah, just kidding; it goes absolutely bloody awful – literally – as they run afoul some demons and an evil tree in Sam Raimi's infamously plasma-soaked, lo-fi horror favorite. 

"Eyes Without a Face": You may not have heard of this French horror icon, but you've almost certainly seen its title character's face – or lack thereof – since it's one of the more quietly unsettling images on screen. The rest of the film is just as unnerving, as the lead discovers the disturbing behavior her doctor father has done trying to fix the disfigurement he caused. 

"House": How crazy could a haunted house movie simply called "House" be, you ask? The most crazy. Bugnuts. Bizonkers. This 1977 cult favorite has earned a reputation as one of the giddiestly strange horror comedies ever made – and it does disappoint in the brain-breaking lunacy department. Case in point: A character turns into a pile of bananas. But actually.

"The Invisible Man": The classic horror story villain got a remarkably tense and immaculately crafted refresh just last year, starring Elisabeth Moss as a young woman trying to escape her abusive and controlling boyfriend who also may or may not be able to turn invisible. 

"It": Forget the mess of a sequel and stick with the smash hit first movie, following a band of misfit kids as they fend off a fear-eating (not to mention kid-eating) clown. 

"Jurassic Park": Dinosaurs! They're awesome. But they're much more awesome now that they're all extinct and not able to violently hunt and murder us for sustenance. And if you need convincing on that point, here's the shriek-inducing iconic Spielberg blockbuster "Jurassic Park."

"Mama": Before he stepped in to direct "It" and create one of the most successful horror movies of all time (we don't speak of the sequel), Andy Muschietti made his name with this solid gothic-infused spook-fest starring Jessica Chastain as a mom trying to keep her kids away from a possessive spirit. 

"Marathon Man": In case you didn't hate going to the dentist enough, there's this iconic, and still tremendously intense, paranoid thriller about a lowly grad student (Dustin Hoffman) who stumbles into the path of a cold, cruel former Nazi doctor (Laurence Olivier) who thinks he holds the clue to his missed diamonds.

"Misery": Another Stephen King horror movie classic, starring James Caan as a famous author who becomes the prisoner of his biggest fan, who has some, um, critiques for his latest works. Good movie, bad ankle surgery how-to.

"Night of the Living Dead": George A. Romero's black-and-white socially conscious zombie classic, about disparate people attempting to fight off the undead while also fighting each other, is as essential as it was when it first came out and shocked audiences back in 1968. 

"Ouija: Origin of Evil": Here's potentially the biggest shock of all the entries on this list: The sequel to the miserable "Ouija" movie is actually really astonishingly good, a creepy origin tale that's got plenty of terror as well as plenty of character and feeling. Who could've pulled off this miracle – oh, Mike Flanagan, of course. 

"Poltergeist": Whether it was Tobe Hooper or Steven Spielberg who directed it, whoever did the job did some great iconic work in this classic '80s chill ride about a family who discovers their new home is a ghastly haven for ghosts. An iconic haunted house tale that mixes supernatural wonder with otherworldly terror.

"Scanners": You know that GIF with the guy on TV with the violently exploding head? This one right here? Turns out there's a whole movie around it – and it's really, really good, as you'd expect with body-horror master David Cronenberg telling a story of battling psychics.

"The Shining": No big deal, it's only the best horror movie ever made, a hauntingly crafted and chillingly alien descent into madness starring one of the most frightening performances put on a screen as well as one of the most authentically frightened. It's just so freaking good, even all these decades later. 

"Sisters": Brian De Palma loved Alfred Hitchcock so it's no wonder he pays his such homage through his career – including one of his earliest thrillers, a stylish and scary murder mystery about a woman trying to solve the murder she believes she saw across the way and the formerly conjoined sisters who may have done it.

"Trick 'r Treat": Buried upon its release but uncovered by scare fans, this cult favorite horror anthology – featuring four creepy Halloween-set tales – is definitely more treat than trick for those looking for streaming frights this weekend.

"The Witches": There's a new version of Roald Dahl's creepy fantastical story on HBO Max starring Anne Hathaway – but you're probably better off sticking with Nicolas Roeg's truly twisted 1990 adaptation, featuring several scenes that ruined many a childhood (in the best way possible).


"Hocus Pocus": Remeber when Disney made weird original movies? This kid-friendly cult favorite, about some teens having to fight off three goofy resurrected witches, has exploded in popularity over the past decade, so get ready for a remake any year now.

"The Nightmare Before Christmas": The movie that lanuched a thousand Hot Topic hoodies, Henry Selick's (no, not Tim Burton's) stop-motion animation cult phenomenon is both a Halloween favorite and a Christmas favorite, telling the tale of holiday creatures learning – and maybe trying to invade – each other's worlds. 

"Return to Oz": Kids movies don't come much creepier than this "Wizard of Oz" sequel about Dorothy escaping a mental health asylum and electroshock therapy by heading back to the world of Oz, which has been invaded by menacing monsters called wheelers and a princess who steals people's heads. And you thought the Wicked Witch was scary ... 

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"Arachnophobia": I hate spiders – I don't care how many mosquitos they eat; launch them all into the sun – so I'll just have to take other people's word that this '90s horror comedy from Frank Marshall about a menace of eight-legged monsters taking over a small town is a good, creepy, crawly time. I will never know!

"The Descent": Are you scared of the dark? "The Descent" is the movie for you. Are you claustrophobic and afraid of tight spaces? "The Descent" is the movie for you. Are you afraid of creepy, drippy, unpredictable caves? "The Descent" is the movie for you. Are you afraid of evil people-eating monsters? "The Descent" is the movie for you. Are you afraid of blood? "The Descent" is the movie for you. In general, if you want to be scared, "The Descent" is for you.

"The Fog": Never has a mild weather phenomenon been so frightening as a gloomy mist invades a small coastal town, hiding a band of angry ghosts within in this underrated entry in John Carpenter's legendary horror maestro career. (Please, dear god, avoid the remake, or you may wish for a deathly fog yourself.)

"Frailty": The late great Bill Paxton wasn't just a wonderful, one-of-a-kind actor; he was also a pretty good director! At least in the case of "Frailty," an underrated tense psychological horror thriller about a son (Matthew McConaughey) confessing his father's murderous sins in the name of "killing demons."

"Hellraiser": It may have a ton of very bad, no good sequels, but horror icon Clive Barker's original "Hellraiser" is still a surreal, unsettling and bloody thrill about some people who accidentally resurrect a pin-covered demon monster and his equally nasty buddies from the underworld with the help of a Pandora's box. You'd be a mean supernatural hellbeast too if your skull was covered in pins!

"House on Haunted Hill": Director William Castle was one of the great horror hucksters of cinema, a man excellent at selling scares as he was capturing them on screen – and he never did the latter better than in this '50s creepout about a couple (led by the unforgettable Vincent Price) paying guests $10,000 to stay in their haunted mansion. Pro tip: $10,000 isn't worth much if you don't get out alive!

"Ju-On: The Grudge": Skip the American remake, the sequel, the OTHER sequel and the presequelmake, and just go with the original Japanese shocker about a house haunted by an angry spirit. 

"Midsommar": After "Hereditary," Ari Aster made an even freakier, stranger follow-up, a gorgeously shot and dreamily nightmarish experience following a batch of friends (led by rising star Florence Pugh) who take a vacation with the wrong Swedish commune. 

"The Neon Demon": A most slick and fashionable thriller about a young model (Elle Fanning) who becomes a star in Los Angeles only to be devoured by the industry and her rivals. Do I mean that literally? Watch the movie and find out!

"Peeping Tom": Michael Powell directed some of the most revered movies of all time, from "Black Narcissus" to "The Red Shoes" and, yes, this lurid horror flick – about a killer recording his victims' final faces on camera – which ruined the director's career in the '60s but is now considered a icon of the genre and one of the movies that started the slasher. Pay your respects this Halloween season.

"Phantasm": On its face, "Phantasm" doesn't sound all that strange – a young boy discovers a strange evil lurking his small town – but Don Coscarelli's cult favorite freakout is actually one of the more odd horror films that have made their way into canon. There's a flying silver knife ball! It's otherworldly and great!

"Train to Busan": Getting into South Korean cinema after "Parasite"? Thankfully, we've got your next favorite foreign hit right here with "Train to Busan," a horror-thriller about a bunch of train passengers trying to fend off zombies on their trip. And you thought YOUR commute sucks!

"The Wicker Man": No, not the Nicolas Cage version with the yelling and the bear-punching and THE BEES – the original British version that's profoundly surreal and unsettling on a spine-tingling level. 


"A Quiet Place": Shhhhhhh! The sequel may finally be here, but you can enjoy the original tiptoeingly tense hit, about a family trying to survive monsters that are attracted to sound, on Paramount+ as we speak. Or, uh, whisper. Who knew Jim from "The Office" had such a dark streak?

"Gretel & Hansel": A spooky and gorgeously crafted take on the famous fairy tale, Osgood Perkins' (yes, the son of Norman Bates himself, Anthony Perkins) mesmerizingly framed take on the story follows a young girl trying to find herself while also taking care of her little brother alone in an ominous woods. 

"Mother!": One of the more unusual horror movies on this list, this metaphorical thriller follows a woman (Jennifer Lawrence, maybe one of her best performances) trying to live a comfortable life out in the woods with her writer husband, only for a bunch of mysterious strangers to slowly invade. A great movie that plays on the ultimate fear: hosting bad guests. 

"The Phantom of the Opera": No, not the 2004 update (though Gerard Butler's singing voice is definintely a type of terrifying) – the classic 1925 version starring the iconic Lon Chaney in the lead role and some haunting early makeup work and magical filmmaking that brings this beloved tale to cinematic life.

"The Ring": We may not use video tapes anymore, but Gore Verbinski's horror remake hit sure still is crawl-under-your-skin scary. It's definitely worth a revisit – and then be sure to pass along the recommendation within seven days. Just to be safe.

"Saint Maud": Unfortunately buried in the release confusion of the past year, this creepy and chilling indie horror gem – following a young nurse who falls into a religious madness trying to save her ward – can now be comfortably found on Paramount+. 

"Spontaneous": A wholly unique blend of teen rom-com and bloody horror, this underseen favorite from last year follows a young high school couple trying to cope with a world where their friends and fellow classmates keep exploding to gruesome death. An amazingly effective blend of blood and heart.  

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.