Halloween – like all else fun and social – is set to be slightly different this year, but perhaps there’s something fitting about it. After all, what could be more terrifying than a global pandemic that has altered life as we know it for the foreseeable future? Anyway, as appropriate as it might be, we don’t want you risking your life – or anyone else’s – for the occasion. If you go out, be sensible (and wary of strangers). Staying in? We suggest watching one of these classic horror films on Netflix – not that any of them are nearly as scary as 2020.
Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, Misery will put you off being a successful writer for life – and sledgehammers.
Another originating from the mind of Stephen King, Christine tells the familiar tale of a teenage boy becoming extremely arrogant upon purchasing a car. This, however, is a murderous and apparently indestructible car that might just ruin his life.
The Templetons lead a charmed life in Manhattan until they meet a stranger (played by Anthony Hopkins) who claims their daughter is a reincarnation of his, who died in a car crash years previously.
Featuring quite possibly the most gruesome childbirth scene in cinematic history, Humanoids from the Deep is centred around monsters (seemingly drenched in spirulina smoothie) that emerge from the ocean in search of women to mate with – and men to kill.
Raising numerous questions on morality and human interference with nature, The Island of Dr. Moreauis an adaptation of the H. G. Wells novel. The character of Maria also has an excellent summer wardrobe.
The most star-studded entry on our list, Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 film is best for bloodthirsty romantics.
Don’t actually like horror films? This PG-rated offering from the 80s isn’t particularly chilling, though Louise Fletcher of Nurse Ratched fame does make an appearance.