With all of us home because of COVID during Halloween what better way to get into the spooky spirit than with horror movies and television shows? While some enjoy a quick fright with an hour and a half long movie, others enjoy the more intricate plots that horror television shows offer. Here is a list of ten great horror movies and television shows to watch during Halloween:
American Horror Story: The television series American Horror Story is a nine-season horror anthology. It covers terrifying situations in each season, including an insane asylum, serial killers, mass murderers, and the occult. Although each season is a separate plotline, they manage to interweave, specifically in the eighth season, Apocalypse. Many of the actors and actresses are recast as different roles, showcasing their impeccable range.
Black Swan: Black Swan is a horror movie focusing on New York City Ballet’s production of Swan Lake. Nina, a dancer who is overly sheltered by her mother, sees an opportunity to rise the ranks of her ballet company by earning the dual role of Odette and Odile. Her artistic director, however, feels that she does not have the dark side necessary for portraying Odile, the black swan. Nina is challenged when she meets her new rival, Lily, who shows promise for filling the principle role. Nina begins to suffer from a mental breakdown as her implied schizophrenia manifests, making her believe that she is turning into a swan.
The Haunting of Hill House: A Netflix Original horror series, The Haunting of Hill House focuses on a family that flips houses for a living. They move into the Hill House and notice strange occurrences on the property. The house seems to be a living, breathing entity with plans of its own, affecting all of the family members that lived there.
The Haunting of Bly Manor: From the writers of The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor is a television series that focuses on the inhabitants of Bly Manor. Two children are sent to live at their aristocratic uncle’s estate after the sudden passing of their parents. A new au pair is hired, also haunted by her own loss, and comes to discover the fate of the previous au pair, who seems to have never truly left.
Winchester – Based on the true story of the Winchester house, Winchester is a movie following Dr. Eric Price, an employee of Winchester Repeating Arms Company. He is sent to evaluate Sarah Winchester’s mental capability to continue running the company. Sarah Winchester believes that the souls of those killed by Winchester rifles are haunting her. Dr. Price is under the impression that these are just delusions until he experiences time in the Winchester house for himself.
The Silence of the Lambs: Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee, is tasked to pull information from cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lector in order to track down a serial killer under the alias of “Buffalo Bill”. Buffalo Bill is for killing and skinning female victims. Hannibal’s knowledge of the serial killer’s psyche becomes even more important when a U.S. senator’s daughter, Catherine Martin, goes missing.
The Bye Bye Man: The Bye Bye Man is a supernatural horror movie based on a chapter from the novel The President’s Vampire by Robert Damon Schneck. Three college students move into a cursed house off-campus. They begin to find strange occurrences in the house, such as continuously appearing coins and the repeated phrase “don’t think it, don’t say it” written around the house. The three students become aware of the curse when they accidentally summon the Bye Bye Man.
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House: A nurse is hired to look after the retired horror novelist, Iris Blum, who has been suffering from dementia. Iris confuses Lily to be the protagonist from her most successful novel, refusing to call her anything but “Polly”. As Lily spends more time in the remote estate, she learns that Polly is more real than any protagonist.
Coraline: The 2009 film, although family friendly, is unnerving and disturbing. It follows a young girl named Coraline, who stumbles upon a secret door in her new home while being left alone by her busy parents. It leads to a button-eyed alternate universe parallel to her own life. Coraline is delighted by her new, more affectionate parents until they try to keep her there forever.
The Twilight Zone: The Twilight Zone is a macabre anthology television series hosted by Rod Serling. Each episode has a different plotline, ending with the protagonist entering the Twilight Zone, a surreal fifth dimension that blends fantasy and reality, leaving the protagonist feeling completely alone. Some of the more frightening episodes are Living Doll, The Hitchhiker, The Dummy, and And When The Sky Was Opened.