Somehow Halloween is now less than two months away.
For those who are gearing up to being thrilled and chilled this spooky season, there are already loads of new and old horror films and series on your favourite screaming, er streaming platforms that are available to watch right now. And from Dario Argento’s 1975 Deep Red to Austrian psycho-horror Goodnight Mommy, there really are so many good ones to choose from.
Here’s our selection of which to watch, and where. Prepare to be petrified.
In this American remake of the 2014 Austrian horror, Naomi Watts stars as a mother who has moved into a new house with her twin boys. She’s had some sort of cosmetic facial procedure which means that her entire face is covered in bandages. Everything gets horribly creepy when the boys start to suspect that she is no longer the same person underneath.
Amazon Prime, available now
Halloween II (2009)
Director Rob Zombie’s sequel to his remake of the 1978 classic horror is actually the 10th instalment of the Halloween franchise, and in it super-villain Michael Myers is back again. He tracks down survivor Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) to the hospital she’s been admitted to, slashing his way through unsuspecting victims as he tries to find her. Gory stuff, with lots of blood, screaming, jumpscares, and Myers looming in doorways.
Netflix, available now
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
A supernatural horror directed by Tim Burton about a series of murders in a little village by the Headless Horseman? Yes, please. It’s 1799, and Inspector Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is sent from New York to investigate. The film also stars Michael Gambon, Miranda Richardson, Christopher Walken and Christina Ricci and has become a Halloween classic.
Channel 4, available now
The Final Destination (2009)
The Final Destination franchise always follows the same formula: a group eludes a grisly death, but only for a while. The ensemble starts to get bumped off one by one, meeting increasingly bloody endings. You either love the premise or you don’t, but if you do enjoy it, the fourth instalment brings more gore and gruesome goodbyes.
Netflix, available now
Deep Red (1975)
Italian director Dario Argento gained legendary status producing some of the world’s most beloved horror films in the Seventies and Eighties, including Suspiria (1977), Inferno (1980) and Phenomena (1985).
In his 1975 horror, Deep Red which MUBI describes the film as being “home to some of the greatest set pieces Dario Argento ever put on film”, a journalist and an English pianist work together to try and find out who murdered the musician’s medium neighbour. It sounds like a whodunnit, which in a way it is, but in true Argento style there is a truly copious amount of blood and violence as the investigative duo employ unusual methods to catch the killer.