With the nights drawing in, now is the time to make the most of our favourite movie genre – horrors! Jump into your pyjamas and check out this year’s Halloween releases.
Nail Your Halloween Night In With These Netflix Horrors
October 26, 2020
Keep the kids entertained with these PG13 flicks.
Ideal for teenagers and adults alike, Hubie Halloween sees Adam Sandler returning to what he does best – playing losers turned heroes. Jobsworth Hubie Dubois, played by Sandler, makes a habit of annoying the local police force by ensuring the town’s residents ‘stay safe’ every Halloween. But this year, when mysterious disappearances curse the town of Salem, it’s up to Hubie to prove that the monsters aren’t fake.
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting
Keeping up with the fantasy theme, A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting brings the spooks as a beleaguered babysitter gets into a spot of bother. When a standard babysitting job goes horribly wrong and a child is kidnapped by his ‘nightmares’, Keely Ferguson is at a loose end. Lucky for her, an ancient underground faction of monster hunters is here to get the kid back…all before mum gets home.
For teens and adults with a soft spot for Stranger Things, Eleven is back – this time playing Enola Holmes, the younger sister of the famed detective. When Enola becomes separated from her mother, she calls upon her brothers Sherlock and Mycroft, only to outwit them and become a true detective. With hilarious consequences, Enola Holmes is a lesson in doing something yourself if you want to do it right.
Jump out of your skin with these adult-friendly new titles.
Lily James takes a break from her traditional romantic comedy genre and adds a twist of thriller instead with Rebecca. Following a whirlwind romance, Mr and Mrs Winter (played by Arnie Hammer and Lily James) tie the knot – but when Mrs Winter moves into the family estate, she realises all is not what it seems…and Mr Winter’s late wife may indeed still be roaming the halls.
You’ll need the whole weekend to enjoy this marathon thriller series. Created by Ryan Murphy, the name behind such frights as American Horror Story, Ratched is a prequel series, telling the story of the villainous Nurse Ratched. Before she took centre stage in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Nurse Ratched (played by Sarah Paulson) had a rather more tumultuous life. This 8-part series tells the tale of Ratched conning her way into a role at a mental health institution, where she’s more involved than she originally makes out. Expect gore, shocks, and an all-star cast including Cynthia Nixon and Sharon Stone.
The old classics
If you didn’t catch these hits the first time around, there’s still time to heat up the popcorn and tuck into these classics on Netflix.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Most of us are used to seeing Johnny Depp embodying Captain Jack Sparrow, but his breakthrough role dates back to 1984 when he played a teen heartthrob in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Main antagonist and iconic Halloween costume Freddie Kreuger crawls into people’s dreams in this teen slasher. As more and more teenagers perish, we learn that the town parents are holding onto a dark secret…but can the kids stay awake?
Forty years after Jamie Lee Curtis was running away from the notorious masked killer, Michael Myers, Laurie Strode is back. Having grown up from the would-be victim she was, Laurie (Lee Curtis) has not forgotten the 1978 killing spree that took the lives of those around her. Myers, who has been institutionalised since the attack, managers to make an escape during a prison transfer…and this time he’s coming back for Laurie.
Friday the 13th
It’s hard to believe this franchise has an astonishing 12 films! Go back to the 1980 original with Jason Voorhees, who rises from the dead after a shocking summer camp accident. As a series of murders begins to grip the town where the camp is located, residents begin to believe that the lake is ‘cursed’.
Live the horror in your own home cinema
Combine the thrills of crystal-clear surround sound and the ability to hide behind your sofa. With your own home cinema or media room, you can dim the lights and watch in terror to your heart’s content. We’re unlikely to see trick or treaters this year, so get comfortable and prepare to scream.
If you need help with a home cinema installation, contact the SONA team today.