Following on from our Top Things To Do This Halloween feature, we have now turned our attention to our pick of some of the best movies and TV shows to watch this Halloween, for those of you wanting to either stay tucked up inside, hiding under a blanket, or maybe venture out to your local cinema, if you’re feeling brave enough!
In GUILLERMO DEL TORO’s CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, Academy Award-winning filmmaker and creator, executive producer and co-showrunner Guillermo del Toro has curated a collection of unprecedented and genre-defining stories meant to challenge our traditional notions of horror.
From macabre to magical, gothic to grotesque or classically creepy, these eight equally sophisticated and sinister tales (including two original stories by del Toro) are brought to life by a team of writers and directors personally chosen by del Toro.
GUILLERMO DEL TORO’s CABINET OF CURIOSITIES will debut on Tuesday 25th October, launching a special four day, double episode Netflix & Chills Halloween event. Two all-new CABINET OF CURIOSITIES tales will debut daily until Friday 28 October, when the entire collection of eight stories will be available on Netflix.
The terrifying new horror thriller, BARBARIAN, written and directed by Zach Cregger, will be released in cinemas across the UK on Friday 28th October 2022.
The film stars Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, Justin Long, Matthew Patrick Davis, Richard Brake, Jaymes Butler and Kurt Braunohler.
In BARBARIAN, a young woman traveling to Detroit for a job interview books a rental home. But when she arrives late at night, she discovers that the house is double booked, and a strange man is already staying there. Against her better judgement, she decides to spend the evening, but soon discovers that there’s a lot more to fear than just an unexpected house guest.
JEEPERS CREEPERS: REBORN, the brand-new horror reboot of one of the most iconic horror franchises of modern times, will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from 10 October 2022.
The Horror Hound festival is a big deal, and now, it’s coming to Louisiana for the very first time – the excitement is immense. The geeks, freaks and die-hard horror fans are coming from far and wide to experience the fear and the fun.
Chase (Imran Adams), a lovable geek, is one such fan. He can’t wait to go and has bagged tickets for him and his devoted girlfriend Laine (Sydney Craven), who has even more exciting news she’s waiting to share…
As the festival kicks off and blood-soaked entertainment builds to a frenzy, are Laine and Chase ready to face the legend of the Creeper, in a brand-new horror attraction? Or could Laine’s fears be about to come true – is one of the most wicked demons ever set to wreak havoc, death and devastation on the unsuspecting crowds?
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy make their long awaited return as the delightfully wicked Sanderson sisters in HOCUS POCUS 2, the haunting new sequel to the beloved Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus, available to stream now exclusively on Disney+.
It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters, and they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high-school students to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve.
Directed by Anne Fletcher, HOCUS POCUS 2 also stars Sam Richardson, Doug Jones, Hannah Waddingham, Whitney Peak, Belisa Escobedo, Lilia Buckingham, Froyan Gutierrez, and Tony Hale. The film is produced by Lynn Harris, with Ralph Winter, David Kirschner, and Adam Shankman serving as executive producers
Jordan Peele returns with his latest spine-tingling thriller, NOPE, a mysterious sci-fi/horror nightmare, which will be available to own for the first time on Digital Download on 28 October 2022.
NOPE is written, directed and produced by Jordan Peele and stars Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott and Brandon Perea.
Jordan Peele reimagines the summer movie with NOPE, an expansive epic of uncanny science fiction. Following their father’s shocking death, Hollywood animal wrangler OJ (Kaluuya) and his sister Emerald (Palmer) begin observing unexplained phenomena on their vast Southern California ranch that leads them down an obsessive rabbit hole as they plot attempts to capture the mystery on camera. Along with a former child star turned family theme park ringmaster (Yeun) who neighbors the siblings, the pair’s efforts to chase the spectacle soon bring terrifying consequences and unimaginable horror. The result is a complex social thriller that unpacks the seeds of violence, risk and opportunism that are inseparable from the romanticised history of the American West … and from show business itself.
Last October, Universal released Universal Classic Monsters: Icons of Horror Collection, the first volume in their Universal Classic Monsters series featuring the iconic horrors: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and The Wolf Man.
New for Halloween 2022, Universal have now released UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: ICONS OF HORROR COLLECTION VOLUME 2, showcasing four more legendary movie monsters from the Universal Classic Monsters series: The Mummy, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera, and Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Starring Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester and Claude Rains in the roles they made famous, these iconic films set new standards for horror with groundbreaking makeup, cinematography and special effects that have withstood the test of time.
A gripping and original take on the found-footage horror genre, the terrifying supernatural horror, HE’S WATCHING, directed by Jacob Estes, will be available on Digital Download from 17 October 2022 courtesy of Blue Finch Film Releasing.
Siblings Iris and Lucas are home alone while their parents recover from a mysterious illness. Fending for themselves the two kids start a video diary to document their time and the deserted world around them. However, when they start to notice unsettling footage appearing that they haven’t filmed, Lucas and Iris soon realise that they have become the victims of something far more sinister than a virus…
Starring director Jacob Estes’ own children, Iris Serena Estes and Lucas Steel Estes, HE’S WATCHING incorporates pandemic-induced fears to push the found-footage genre in a bold new direction with this surreal and supernatural isolation nightmare.
Nathalie Emmanuelle stars in the spine-tingling horror thriller, THE INVITATION, which will be available to Download & Keep on 18 October and to Rent on Digital from 31 October 2022, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
THE INVITATION tells the story of Evie (Nathalie Emmanuelle) – a young woman who, after the death of her mother and having no other known relatives, takes a DNA test…and discovers a long-lost cousin she never knew she had. Evie is invited by her newfound family to a lavish wedding in a magnificent castle in the English countryside. Whilst there, Evie finds herself seduced by the sexy aristocrat host, Walter (Thomas Doherty). Evie soon realises something more sinister is afoot and is thrust into a nightmare of survival, as she uncovers twisted secrets in her family’s history and the unsettling intentions behind their sinful generosity.
If you’re after more classic horror this Halloween then Eureka Entertainment’s new MANIACAL MAYHEM boxset, featuring three tales of terror from the vaults of Universal Picture, and all starring Boris Karloff, is definitely one to consider!
Released as part of the Eureka Classics range, the set includes the following films:
The Invisible Ray (dir. Lambert Hillyer, 1936)
Dr Janos Rukh (Karloff) is exposed to a mysterious element that turns him into a deadly luminescent maniac who devises a plot to bump off his personal and professional rivals. Bela Lugosi also stars.
Black Friday (dir. Arthur Lubin, 1940)
Karloff stars the amoral brain surgeon, Dr Sovac, who transplants part of a gangster’s brain into the body of his dying friend, creating a terrifying Jekyll-and-Hyde figure who starts murdering his former criminal associates (including, again, Béla Lugosi).
The Strange Door (dir. Joseph Pevney, 1951)
Finally, Charles Laughton plays the sadistic Sire Alain de Maletroit, who has kept his own brother locked in a dungeon for twenty years, and now wants to ruin the life of his niece by forcing her to marry a violent rogue. His plan is upset when the “rogue” is unexpectedly noble-hearted and attempts to rescue the girl, aided by an abused servant (Karloff).