This Halloween will be one of the strangest we've ever experienced, but one thing doesn't have to change: scary movies.
Yes, while going to the actual theater may understandably still be too scary for some during a pandemic, you can find all the chills, blood spills, ghouls, ghosts, slashers, jumps and bumps in the night you're looking for this season safely 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 all 47 or so of the streaming services that've now popped up?
To help, here's a list of 100 good spooky movies to watch this Halloween, gathering up some of the best horror movies – from gory greats to kid-friendly freakiness, creepy classics to today's finest terrors, horror comedies to terrors that'll rattle your core – currently available across the major streaming platforms. Some on here are funny. Some are freaky. Some are for the family. And some (*shivers*) are "Cats." But they're all great excuses to lose sleep and quadruple check the door locks this Halloween season.
Here are 100 good spooky movies worth a
scream stream this October.
(Bonus tip: If you really want to binge on boos this holiday season, 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.)
"The Addams Family": They're creepy, and they're kooky – and in 1991, they became live action with a star-studded cast (Raul Julia! Anjelica Huston! Christopher Lloyd! Christina Ricci!) bringing the famed Halloween-themed cartoon to the big screen in fun, freaky style. And as an added bonus, "Addams Family Values" is on Amazon Prime Video!
"The Autopsy of Jane Doe": Brian Cox ("Succession") and Emile Hirsch star in this sly, creepy, slow burn of a horror thriller about two coroners who find there's something suspicious about their latest mysterious cadaver. I mean, any movie that takes place almost entirely in a morgue has to be at least a little creepy.
"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.
"Cape Fear": Martin Scorsese takes on the horror genre with this mean and scuzzy remake of the 1962 Gregory Peck/Robert Mitchum original (also worth watching, also on streaming thanks to Peacock) about a family stalked by a convict the father wronged.
"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 infamous lo-fi horror favorite.
"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).
"Green Room": My personal best movie of 2016, this outstanding thriller about punk rockers trying to survive neo-Nazis after they see too much at a gig doesn't feature any jump scares, but it is an unrelenting assault of absurd tension and shocking violence that'll sear its way into your brain.
"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.
"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.
"The Invitation": "A group of friends gather for a wine night" is practically already a premise for a horror movie when you're in the middle of a pandemic. But this outstanding 2016 psychological thriller takes the tension to another level when ... well, I don't want to spoil the surprises. Just watch this movie.
"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.
"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.
"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 otherwordly terror.
"Session 9": In case asbestos wasn't scary enough, the past may literally be coming back to haunt a team of cleaners trying to tidy up an abandoned insane asylum in this low-fi, high-tension thriller. I don't care how well it pays: I would've skipped this job.
"The Silence of the Lambs": Feast on all the Halloween candy you didn't hand out this year with everyone's favorite dinner guest in this delicious Oscar-winning serial killer saga. ("Red Dragon" is also on Netflix if you would like to see the not-particularly-good version.)
"Sleepy Hollow": An under-appreciated spooky scary tale from Tim Burton and Johnny Depp (back when that combination was exciting, not exhausting), "Sleepy Hollow" is a wildly gorgeous and gory take on the legendary Halloween tale of the headless horseman.
"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.
"The Witches": There's a new version of Roald Dahl's creepy fantastical story coming to HBO Max this Halloween 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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Goodnight Mommy": Two twins' idyllic lives are interrupted when a woman, her face covered in bandages, comes home claiming to be their mother. But is she really their mother? (She sure isn't acting normal.) Or are the boys violently paranoid? Lots of questions to be answered in this tense and twisty horror/thriller.
"Hellraiser": Imagine living with a bunch of pins stuck in your head. Sounds terrible. No wonder Pinhead rolls around with his demon cenobite buddies unleasing hell on earth in this classic Clive Barker horror tale.
"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 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.
"Oculus": OK, fine, this is the last Mike Flanagan movie, I swear! His breakout horror movie is a smartly crafted psychological creep-out as a brother and sister return to their childhood home to battle an evil mirror that they believe ruined their family and their lives. Yes, an evil mirror. It sounds silly – but it's actually supremely scary.
"The Prodigy": There's plenty of evil kid movies to choose from this spooky movie season, but this recent twist on the sub-genre is still a solid take thanks to its creepy craft and vicious mean streak.
"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.
"American Psycho": A blisteringly satirical tale of psychotic cutthroat greed in the '80s that turns literally cutthroat thanks to its cold-as-frostbite (and just as deadly) lead Patrick Bateman, played by a deranged, dead-eyed Christian Bale in one of his breakthrough performance.
"The Birds": You know you can't make a list of scary movie selections without the The Master of Suspense – and even though "The Birds" doesn't hold up quite as well as some of Alfred Hitchcock's other legendary work, it's still an eerie experience that makes the mundane menacing – and makes the most of its potentially ridiculous scenario.
"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.
"Dawn of the Dead": George A. Romero's mall-set zombie triumph remains king, but Zack Snyder's feature film debut is still a speedy, violent and scary sprint through the original concept – and (*whispers*) still Snyder's best movie.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Psycho": Oh hey, it's more Alfred Hitchcock – this time in the form of probably his most famous thriller, the movie that made showers terrifying and shocked audiences, then and still now. Watch the master with some of his best work – and then stock up on deodorant because you probably won't be showering much afterward.
"Rear Window": One final masterpiece of supreme suspense from Hitchcock – and one of his most impressive as well, harvesting terrific tension while stuck in a single room with Jimmy Stewart's injured photographer as he tries to solve a potential murder from his bed.
"Sinister": Before he went off into alternate dimensions with Marvel and "Doctor Strange," director Scott Derrickson created this solid modern creepout about a struggling writer (Ethan Hawke) who discovers some video footage hinting at a family's murder.
"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.
"Zombieland": Zombie apocalypses: not known for being a fun time. But that's not the case in this bloody and bawdy horror comedy about a nebbish guy (Jesse Eisenberg) teaming up with a redneck (Woody Harrelson) and two sisters (Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin) to survive the zombie apocalypse – and hopefully find a Twinkie.
"Alien": One of the greats of science fiction, Ridley Scott's "haunted house in space" thriller hasn't lost any of its eerily grandiose presence, impressively nightmarish design or coldly spine-chilling craft.
"Aliens": Sure, James Cameron's take on the franchise is more of an action movie than a sci-fi horror like the first film – but it's still a tense, gooey and creepy extravaganza. And plus, every season and every holiday is a good excuse to watch this terrifically watchable actioner.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Contagion": Need an escape from the horrors of living in a pandemic? Watch this Steven Soderbergh thriller about ... a pandemic that decimates the world and how society borders on crumbling as the outbreak sweeps the globe with no end in sight. Oh dear. Chilling and chillingly prescient.
"Death Becomes Her": Watch three iconic celebs – Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep – have an absolute ball in Robert Zemeckis' goofily ghoulish macabre-medy about a rivalry between two women that takes a shift into the supernatural.
"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.
"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.
"The Hitcher": Hitchhiking has fallen in populaity over the years, and I'm sure this famed '80s roadside slasher didn't help, featuring Rutger Hauer as a murderous stranger who C. Thomas Howell picks up – and quickly regrets.
"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 earlier this 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.
"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 – all three sequels are on HBO Max too.
"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.
"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.
"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!)
"Ready or Not": In this fierce and funny horror comedy, a happy bride (Samara Weaving) gets the worst wedding gift ever from her in-laws: attempted murder, as her husband's entire family tries to kill her to please the angry demon that brought them wealth. And you thought the Red Wedding was a bad time!
"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.
"Se7en": Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman chase down a serial killer punishing sins in elaborately grim and gruesome fashion in this still-thrilling '90s hit, courtesy of David Fincher. It's so good, we as a nation allowed the movie to replaced the letter V with a seven in the title.
"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.
"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.
"Us": What sophomore slump? "Get Out" genius Jordan Peele's follow-up – about a family attacked by their unknown twins – is just as much an impecccable combination of haunting horror imagery, masterful craft with both laughs and scares, and smart, incisive social commentary as his Oscar-winning debut.
"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 ...
"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!
"Alice, Sweet Alice": With one foot in slasher territory (helping create that horror subgenre in the process) and another foot in the bright, bloody and surreally unsettling domain of giallo, or stylish Italian murder mysteries, this '70s horror film about a young girl who may or may not have killed her younger sister, amongst others, is the best (and creepiest) of both worlds.
"Blood and Black Lace": One of the early forefathers of giallo cinema, Mario Bava's horror film is all about style over substance – it is, after all, about a murderer slaying fashion models. But what murderously mesmerizing style it is, utilizing beamingly bright color to heighten the atmosphere and paint with horror.
"Bone Tomahawk": An impressive cast (Kurt Russell, Richard Jenkins, Patrick Wilson and ... David Arquette?) joins together for this critically acclaimed adventure that's part Western and part exceptionally brutal horror film.
"The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari": One of the most influential works from the German expressionist film movement, "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" is still absolutely stunning to look at, a gorgeously gothic monster movie that's drenched in shadows and fear.
"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!
"Climax": A hypnotic mind-bender of a musical thriller, Gaspar Noe's latest brain-breaking provocation dives into a big dance rehearsal that goes sideways when the dancers chugged some drugged punch that brings all their nightmares to the surface. It starts off as a propuslive party and ends as a hallucination horror show.
"The Crazies": George A. Romero may be most famous for his zombie movie classics, but he also made this (zombie-tangental) grimy cult favorite about a military experiment that goes wrong in a small town, turning everyone into a bunch of violent ... well, you guessed it, crazies.
"Deep Red": "Suspiria" may get credit as Italian horror innovator Dario Argento's most famous horror film, but "Deep Red" is just as stylish and viciously sinister with its story of a journalist and a pianist trying to solve a series of brutal and bizarre slayings.
"Don’t Look Now": A married couple (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) heads to Venice to put the loss of their daughter behind them, but her memory – and death – follows them to Italy in this incredibly thoughtful but still tensely crafted psychological thriller about the horror of loss.
"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."
"Fright Night": A horror comedy movie that's just plain a good time as a horror fan suspects his new neighbor is a vampire and recruits – who else? – a TV horror actor to help him prove his diabolical nature and wipe him out. The remake, starring Colin Farrell, is good fun too, but unfortunately only on Showtime and DirecTV to stream.
"Hereditary": Director Ari Aster made quite an impression with his chilling, critically lauded hit indie horror film about a grieving mother (a great Toni Collette) who begins to notice strange things happening around her family. A tense melodrama mixes with eerie horror in this chill-inducing winner.
"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!
"Invasion of the Body Snatchers": Most horror remakes are a bad idea. This is one of the exceptions, taking the timeless premise of the 1950s original – aliens are taking over humans, invading their minds and emotions without leaving a trace – and all the fear i implies, and updating the ideas and craft for the late '70s.
"Ju-On: The Grudge": Skip the American remake, sequel, the OTHER sequel and the brand new presequelmake from earlier this year, 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 Mothman Prophecies": Hi, it's me, the only person on the planet who not only remembers the movie "The Mothman Prophecies," but likes it too. This 2002 psychological thriller tells the strange and icily spooky story of a small West Virginia town haunted by sightings of a mysterious figure called "The Mothman." His gnaws into the minds of the locals – and into viewers. Or at least this one.
"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!
"Nosferatu": Dracula may technically be the source material here, but when it comes to the father of big screen bloodsuckers, it starts with "Nosferatu," F.W. Murnau's spine-tingling silent movie pioneer with the unsettling and unforgettable vision of Count Orlok in the lead.
"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.
"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.
"Sweeney Todd": Broadway's most violent and gruesome musical (well, after "Annie," of course) makes a successful leap from the stage to the screen in this bloody – and often bloody good – tale of a vengeful barber cutting cool hairdos and carotid arteries in Victorian London. Plus, it's both Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's last good movie!
"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!
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.