Best Halloween Movies iMore 2021
It's October, which means it's the perfect time to catch up on some scary movies during the month leading up to Halloween. Below, we've assembled a collection of some of the best Halloween movies to watch during the month. Dive in if you dare!
- Unholy matrimony: The Lodge
- A children's classic: Roald Dahl's The Witches
- Time-bending thriller: Antebellum
- Old tale with a twist: Gretel & Hansel
- The dead walk: Blood Quantum
- Coming back to hunt you: La Llorona
- Family matters: Relic
- A midsummer night's death: Midsommar
- Doing It again: It Chapter Two
- Dance of death: Suspiria
- A growing obsession: Ma
- Through the looking glass: Us
Unholy matrimony: The Lodge
A young woman, Grace, finds herself alone and snowed in at a holiday lodge with her fiancé's two children when he is suddenly called away. As strange occurrences storage plaguing her, Grace wonders is she is having a nervous breakdown, or if something more sinister is at play.
A children's classic: Roald Dahl's The Witches
Based on the classic children's book by Roald Dahl, this film by Robert Zemeckis tells the story of an orphaned boy who goes to live with his grandmother in Alabama in 1967 and runs afoul of a group of powerful witches who plan to rid the world of children.
Time-bending thriller: Antebellum
A successful author, Veronica Henley must confront past, present, and future when she finds herself stuck in a terrible new reality in this thriller. Veronica must unravel the mystery at the center of her new circumstances before time runs out.
Old tale with a twist: Gretel & Hansel
This retelling of the classic tale sees Gretel and her younger brother, Hansel, thrown out of their mother's home, head through the woods in search of food. When a woman who lives in an isolated cottage deep in those woods offers food and shelter, the children jump at the offerings, not thinking about what it might cost them.
The dead walk: Blood Quantum
When the dead start animating and attacking the living, tribe members of the Mi'gmaq reserve of Red Crow find themselves immune to the infection. The tribal sheriff works with others in the tribe to establish a safe community and fend off the ravenous horde outside.
Coming back to hunt you: La Llorona
Isolated in his home, a retired general and his family must confront the crimes of his past when a supernatural force seems to seek retribution for his massacre of Mayan people.
Family matters: Relic
When Edna, an elderly woman living alone in the country, mysteriously vanishes, her daughter and granddaughter rush to the family's old home to try and find her. When she suddenly reappears with no explanation of where she's been, the family worries that a malevolent supernatural force might be at work.
A midsummer night's death: Midsommar
An American couple finds themselves trapped at an ancient Swedish midsummer festival that descends into a waking nightmare as the truth of the remote community holding it comes to light.
Doing It again: It Chapter Two
Now grown, the Losers Club returns to Derry, Maine, to fulfill the promise they made in their youths to kill the monster that terrorized them if It ever returned.
Dance of death: Suspiria
A young dancer, an artistic director, and a psychotherapist all find themselves caught up in mysterious darkness surrounding a renowned dance company.
A growing obsession: Ma
When Ma offers her basement to let some high school kids party, that generosity morphs into a dangerous obsession involving the teens and their families.
Through the looking glass: Us
A day at the beach turns into a night of horror as a family is forced to confront the dark mirror versions of themselves.
Dark Superman: Brightburn
This dark tale imagines what would happen if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth only to become a superpowered villain, rather than an inspiring hero.
Digital horror: Child's Play
A reimagining of the horror classic, this version sees Chucky come to life as a Buddi doll, an AI-powered smart toy that soon begins terrorizing a mother and her son.
Sometimes, dead is better: Pet Sematary
After tragedy strikes a family soon after they arrive at their new home in rural Maine, they come across an ancient burial ground, where a dark power soon sets events in motion that will unleash a terrible evil.
Family business: Hereditary
After the death of its troubled matriarch, a family finds themselves beset by dark and powerful supernatural forces as they uncover secrets about their family history.
Think before summoning: Pyewacket
After a fight, teenaged Leah makes the rash decision to summon a demon to kill her mother. Having a change of heart, Leah does everything in her power to try and stop the demon but worries that she might be too late.
After school special: Tragedy Girls
High schoolers McKayla and Sadie are two best friends who are obsessed with two things: true crime and raising their social media status. Writing online as the Tragedy Girls, the pair will resort to anything to boost their profile, including, as it turns out, murdering people.
Bloody revenge: Mandy
When a doomsday cult kidnaps his girlfriend, logger Red Miller arms himself with a customized battle-ax and sets out on a mission of bloody revenge filled with violence, hallucinations, and violent hallucinations.
Throwback horror: Summer of 84
In a town plagued by the same serial killer for over a decade, three teenagers band together to figure out who the killer is and stop them once and for all. Unfortunately, their investigation quickly takes a turn for the deadly.
Stay quiet: A Quiet Place
Following an invasion of the Earth by aliens that can't see but who hunt by sound, a family struggles to survive and stay quiet where even the smallest sound could mean the death of them all.
Parental advisory: Mom and Dad
After the broadcast of some mysterious static, parents around the world start trying to murder their kids in this pitch-black suburban horror-comedy.
Into the (mutated) woods: Annihilation
A team of scientists is sent in to investigate the origin point of a mysterious field that is continually expanding and transforming the area inside its borders, including plants, animals, and disturbingly for the team, people.
These are some of the best Halloween movies to watch this month for a little bit of a thrill or fright. While some of these films are more in the vein of outright horror than others, they're all in the spirit (poltergeist?) of the season and are great for getting into the Halloween mood. Blood Quantum has received high praise this year, so it's worth checking out.
Of course, if you really want something that'll scare your socks off, Hereditary is a truly horrifying film considered by many to be a modern classic of the horror genre.
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