Scary movies

Halloween thrillers can be enjoyed – or feared – from home

By Wesley LeBlanc wesley@opcfla.com
Posted 10/7/20

All you need is a remote control if you’re looking to lose some sleep or fear things that go bump in the night.

Horrifying movies in time for Halloween now can be streamed online or found on …

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Scary movies

Halloween thrillers can be enjoyed – or feared – from home

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All you need is a remote control if you’re looking to lose some sleep or fear things that go bump in the night.

Horrifying movies in time for Halloween now can be streamed online or found on DVD. It’s easier than ever to scream in the comfort of your own living room

Here are some of my favorite scary movies and how to get them before trick or treaters come knocking:

Halloween (2018), Rated R - The original Halloween movie debuted in 1978 and made Michael Myers the horror icon that he is today. The original movie is perfect in its own right for the season, and it can be viewed as a drive-in movie at Jacksonville’s Sun-Ray Cinema on Oct. 31, but there’s a good chance you’ve already seen that movie at least once. Have you seen 2018’s Halloween yet? It’s a direct sequel to the original 1978 film centered on Jamie Lee Curtis once again, 40 years after she survived Myers’ attacks the first time.

It’s terrifying and is a refreshing slasher romp that reinvigorates a franchise that has seen far too many bad sequels. Don’t spend your money on those – spend it on this. It can be rented on Amazon Prime Video, Fandango Now, Vudu, the Microsoft Store, Google Play and YouTube, in HD and 4K for $3.99.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Rated R - The world was introduced to Anthony Hopkins’ terrifying cannibal, Hannibal Lector, in 1991 with the release of The Silence of the Lambs. It’s a physiological horror about a cannibal versus an FBI agent named Clarice Starling, who is played by Jodie Foster. This movie is terrifying on any given night, but even more so on the chilly October nights Clay County has had as of late.

You can find out what lies in Buffalo Bill’s basement by streaming The Silence of the Lambs on Netflix all month. It’s also available to rent on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play and YouTube in HD for $3.99.

Insidious (2010), Rated PG-13 - Insidious is one of the best scary movies of the past decade and it’s a perfect mix of horror and suspense without the blood and gore that makes a horror movie rated R. Don’t let this movie’s PG-13 rating fool you – Insidious is still capable of giving you nightmares. It’s about a family trying to stop evil spirits from pulling their comatose child into a demonic realm called The Further. This movie will show you just how spooky a Tiny Tim song can be in the right setting.

Insidious can be streamed on Netflix or rented for $3.99 on streaming services like Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube and Vudu.

Hocus Pocus (1993), Rated PG - Hocus Pocus is a classic Disney film perfect for the entire family this Halloween. It features Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as 17th Century Salem witches awakened in the 1990s by a youngster named Max. It’s not a horror movie nor is it particularly scary, but it has just the right amount of spookiness to make this a great movie for parents and their children.

Hocus Pocus can be streamed on Disney Plus or rented for $3.99 on streaming services like Amazon Prime Video, Google Play and YouTube.

Hereditary (2018), Rated R - Hereditary is one of the scariest movies ever made and it is guaranteed to haunt you months and months after you watch it. It’s a horror movie about an American family being tortured psychologically by an evil spirit. This might sound cliche but what takes place over this movie’s 127 minutes is downright disturbing and every second of this film will crawl under your skin. If you’re looking for something truly terrifying this Halloween season, Hereditary is the movie for you.

You can stream Hereditary on Amazon Prime Video and it can be rented for $3.99 on other services like YouTube, Google Play, the Microsoft Store, Vudu and others.

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