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The 30 best Halloween horror movies you can stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu (and more) now

20. Event Horizon (1997)

Available on: NowTV (UK) SkyGO (UK), Amazon Prime (US), Starz (US) 

Haunted house in space. That's the premise of this sci-fi horror flick from Mortal Kombat director Paul Anderson. After the first ship to test an experimental warp drive suddenly re-appears years after going missing, it's an unfortunate rescue crew's job to check for survivors. Spoilers: it doesn't go well. 

The ending is definitely the weakest link in Event Horizon's chain – probably because it was re-written three times – but it's still not a bad conclusion, and everything that comes before it more than makes up for a few goofy subplots being thrown together at the last minute. Fun fact: some Warhammer 40K fans consider the film to be a prequel to their universe!

Gore level: High

Violence level: Medium

19. Three... Extremes (2004)

Available on: TubiTV (US), Amazon Video (US), Shudder (UK)

A collaboration between standout directors Fruit Chan, Park Chan-wook, and Takashi Miike, Three... Extremes is a collection of (you guessed it) three short horror films that approach fear from starkly different but equally terrifying angles. Cut tells the tale of a director kidnapped by a spurned extra, tormented with violent mind games that'll make your fingers curl in horror. 

Box follows a young woman who dreams of a crate locked deep in her subconscious, building to the horrible truth she'll find inside. And in Dumplings, a woman goes to gruesome lengths to regain her youthful beauty, and let's just say don't eat during that one. All brilliant glimpses of East Asian horror at its best, Three... Extremes has something for just about every taste. But seriously, no eating.

Gore level: Varies from low to high

Violence level: Medium

18. Scream (1996)

Available on: Amazon (UK), Netflix (US)

Also known as how horror got its groove back. When there are still Scary Movies parodying the same film, you know you’ve done something right, and scare maestro Wes Craven revitalised '90s horror with this post-modern slasher flick. 

Scream is the tale of Sidney Prescott – the wonderfully breathy Neve Campbell – who, still suffering from the murder of her mother, is stalked by a mask-wearing, knife-wielding psychopath. With clearly thirty-something teenagers, a script sharper than the masked killer’s weapon of choice, and plenty of endearing lambs to the slaughter, Scream is the epitome of pitch-perfect '90s horror. You do like scary movies. A lot.

Gore level: Medium

Violence level: Medium

17. The Babadook (2014)

Available on: Showtime (US), Amazon (UK) 

Simply one of the most powerful and emotionally affecting serious horror films of the last decade. The Babadook’s allegorical tale of a worn-down single mother juggling parenthood and grief is a delicate, intricate, masterfully unsettling film. Its invasive, creeping dread is as primally effective as its cold, dreamlike direction.

When an unknown (and disturbing) pop-up book appears in their fractured family home and plays havoc with her already-troubled young son, Amelia – already hanging on by a thread – is slowly plunged deeper and deeper into a relentlessly growing, unknowably ambiguous nightmare. One of the few horror films to make daylight hours as terrifying – if not more so – than night, The Babadook’s instinctive direction and painfully believable performances will see it slip insidiously under your skin and stay there for a very long time.

Gore level: Low

Violence level: Low to medium

16. Antiviral (2012)

Available on: Hulu (US), Shudder (UK) 

Remember when David Cronenberg was all about cold, disaffected, quietly disturbing body horror, before he got into (admittedly very good) character dramas? His son, Brandon, clearly does. Antiviral is the best modern revival of ‘80s Cronenberg you could imagine, at once cut from the same, blood-sopped cloth and entirely fresh as a work of its own.

A pitch-black satire of celebrity culture and those fans who prostrate themselves before their idols in the hope of reflected glory, its near-future tale of commodified celebrity illnesses and the business that thrives on them starts cleverly unpleasant, and then spirals and unravels in grossly extravagant, but deeply calculated fashion. Like very little else you’ve seen over recent years, if you can handle its underplayed, sickly detachment and are willing to intellectualise its escalating unpleasantness, you’re in for a very rewarding time.

Gore level: Medium to high

Violence level: Medium

15. Drag Me to Hell (2009)

Available on: Starz (UK), Redbox (US)

If you feared that Sam Raimi had lost it and been swallowed up by the decadent puff of Hollywood after the confused bloat of Spider-Man 3, you need to watch Drag Me To Hell immediately. Gleefully mean-spirited, deliriously kinetic, with slapstick delivery equaled only by the delicious unpleasantness of its ideas and images, this is every bit the modern companion piece to the original Evil Dead trilogy. 

Taking likeable leads and then beating the hell out of them for non-stop shits and giggles, it’s an endearingly malicious little bastard of a film that, should you have warm feelings toward the hilariously horrible, will leave you giddy. Oh, and wait for that ending – oof!

Gore level: Medium to high

Violence level: Medium to high

14. The Evil Dead (1981)

(Image credit: New Line Cinema)

Available on: Hulu (US), Amazon (UK)

One of the original video nasties snatched from video store shelves in the early 80s, The Evil Dead is the classic ‘cabin in the woods’ horror. Led by Bruce Campbell's dunderheaded Ash, a group of friends to an isolated spot for a weekend away. This bunch of college kids unwisely hit play on an old recording in the cellar and awaken an evil force that emerges from the dark woods, and begins to possess them. Cue demonic giggling and plenty of gore. 

Shot on a shoestring budget with an inexperienced cast and crew, The Evil Dead has loads of energy and enthusiasm towards making you utterly terrified of trees. Its early fans include the likes of Stephen King, whose first viewing of the movie put it on the map, making it a must-see for genre fans. While its sequels embraced the comedic side of Ash, this first entry remains a breathtaking and daring dive into splatter horror. 

Gore level: Medium

Violence level: Medium

13. The House of the Devil (2009)

Available on: Shudder (UK/US)

If you’re an old-school horror stalwart in need of a shot of the bleak old days of the ‘70s and early ‘80s, Ti West’s House of the Devil has you covered. Made in 2009, West’s direction is a visual Wikipedia of historical horror techniques, taking in the glacial pacing, claustrophobic lighting and framing, and even discordant title sequences that typified horror three decades ago. More importantly, this is no mere pastiche or tribute band, utilising the tools of vintage American horror, but using them well to become a legitimate late entry into the canon itself.

Jocelin Donahue stars as a babysitter who has more than unruly kids to contend with. No, her plan to squirrel away cash so she can escape her rank dorm room turns into a hellish night of survival. That's what happens when you accept work from devil-worshipping strangers. West's keen sense of the genre's highpoints pushes this from flat-out rip-off into careful, considered homage. It knows what it's riffing and wants to do exactly the same as its predecessors: scare the bejeezus out of you.

Gore level: Medium

Violence level: Medium

12. Kill List (2011)

Available on:  Amazon Prime (UK), Amazon (US), YouTube (US)

One of the best horror films to come out of the UK this century, Ben Wheatley’s slow-burning, increasingly unsettling tale of two contract killers on a mysterious, multi-part job is a masterpiece of pacing, claustrophobia, and gradually unravelling, mystery storytelling. Blunt and brutal in its tone, Kill List’s increasingly choking, ambiguous threat and all-pervading sense of menace are amplified immeasurably by its naturalistic direction and affectingly real performances across the board. 

It hooks you in with believably grim, kitchen-sink drama, and escalates to a nightmarish climax that’s truly dizzying. Watch it once for the affecting, visceral journey, then watch it again with the pause button on stand-by to make sense of its dark, briefly glimpsed secrets.

Gore level: High

Violence level: High

11. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Available on: Starz Amazon Channel (UK), Hulu (US), Epix (US)

True classics never go out of style, and John Landis' deliciously gory and downright hilarious werewolf movie is one such case. David Naughton and Griffin Dunne play two Americans, David and Jack, backpacking through the English countryside. One night the pair are attacked by a wolf on the moors, leaving Jack a shredded corpse, and David with a series of conflicting visions foreshadowing his fate.

It received acclaim for Rick Baker's effects work, in particular for the creation of prosthetics donned by Naughton during the film's climactic transformation sequence. That year Baker nabbed the Oscar for Best Makeup.

Gore level: High

Violence level: Medium

Gem is GR+'s west coast entertainment news reporter. She’s a bit obsessed with all things Aliens and Terminator.