Horror films are a curious business – perhaps there’s something primal or elemental (or just plain mental) about our love of stories that scare us half to death, then leave us with sleepless nights and peering petrified into the shadowy corners of our own homes.
Whatever the reason, if you’re looking for an instant fright night on October 31st (or any other night), here are a few screaming streaming suggestions.
Ring is just one of many Asian terror-mongers; Audition and Ju-On are really creepy too, as is the original Dark Water. And on the subject of originals, the atmosphere created in Ole Bornedal’s Nightwatch - about a security guard in a mortuary – is intense.
Trick ‘R Treat has obvious Halloween credentials going for it, but if you’re looking for the all-time classics how about The Exorcist (it’s a version you’ve never seen before, apparently), or Vincent Price in The House on Haunted Hill, James Whale’s Frankenstein, or even FW Murnau’s silent Dracula horror, Nosferatu, from 1922.
Or, you know, there’s always the attack of the giant ants in Them…
Darren Bignell, Senior Communications Manager