The Films You Should Watch This Halloween (and the Streaming Services on Which to Watch Them)

By Spencer Hart on at

We’re big fans of horror films here at Giz UK, so much so we basically have a compilation of George A. Romero's greatest hits on in the office at all times. The accounts department think we’re slightly deranged.

If you’re looking for a film to watch this Halloween, we’ve got you covered. Forget about the ever-popular Exorcist, Scream, or Friday the 13th – these are some alternative films you may want to check out, and the streaming services they’re available on.


Netflix

Teeth (2007)

High school student Dawn works hard at suppressing her budding sexuality in the local chastity group. A stranger to her own body, Dawn discovers she has a toothed vagina when she becomes the object of violence, experiencing both the pitfalls and the power of being a living example of the vagina dentata myth.

Director: Mitchell Lichtenstein
Certificate: 18
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79
Price: Free for Netflix subscribers, £6.99 pcm


The Babadook (2014)

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia struggles to discipline her six-year-old son, Samuel, whom she finds impossible to love. Samuel's dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called 'The Babadook' turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he's been dreaming about. Amelia is forced to medicate him, but when she begins to sense a sinister presence, it slowly dawns on her the Babadook may be real...

Director: Jennifer Kent
Certificate: 15
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 98
Price: Free for Netflix subscribers, £6.99pcm


Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Noticing an increasing amount of strange behaviour among his friends and neighbours, a health inspector soon discovers that the population of Earth is being taken over by alien "pod people".

Director: Philip Kaufman
Certificate: 15
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94
Price: Free for Netflix subscribers, £6.99 pcm


Amazon Instant Video

Eden Lake (2008)

In this thought-provoking survival movie Jenny and John go for a romantic weekend to an idyllic lake. All is well until their peace and quiet is turned into a bloody struggle for survival when a gang of kids provoke them and vandalise their car.

Director: James Watkins
Certificate: 18
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83
Price: Free with Amazon Instant Video, £5.99 pcm


The Conjuring (2013)

Based on a true story, The Conjuring tells the suspenseful tale of Lorraine and Ed Warren, world-renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorised by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.

Director: James Wan
Certificate: 15
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 86
Price: Free with Amazon Instant Video, £5.99 pcm


Street Trash (1986)

When a brand of cheap wine becomes the favourite tipple among a group of bums, they're unaware that it will cause them to melt into formless blobs of gunk. This film will most likely appeal to fans of pitch-black beyond-bad-taste comedy. Others may find it highly offensive.

Director: Jim Muro
Certificate: 18
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 67
Price: Free with Amazon Instant Video, £5.99 pcm


BFI Player+

Dead Ringers (1988)

Based extremely loosely on a true story, twin gynaecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart. That is, until Genevieve Bujold, a popular actress, selects the shyer of the two. The more aggressive sibling takes offence, setting the stage for the ruination of the brothers' relationship and careers…

You can watch the film with a special introduction from curmudgeonly Mark Kermode, if you so wish.

Director: David Cronenberg
Certificate: 18
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83
Price: £4.99pcm


The Uncanny (1977)

In an attempt to sell his manuscript, a writer tries to persuade a prospective publisher that cats are ultimately evil by providing him with three different stories of kitty brutality in this anthology of horror.

Director: Denis Heroux
Certificate: 15
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 0
Price: £4.99 pcm


Now TV

Oculus (2014)

A malevolent mirror causes psychological havoc in two generations of the same family. Newly released from a mental institution Tim and his sister Kaylie seek to confront the death-dealing 'Lasser Glass' for one last time... and destroy it. However, it's not going to go quietly and the siblings find themselves entangled in a hallucinogenic maze...

Director: Mike Flanagan
Certificate: 15
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73
Price:  £9.99 pcm


Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

A young mother-to-be fears that the outwardly nice old folk in her apartment block have diabolical plans for her unborn child. Hormones gone crazy or neighbours from Hell? Either way, she also starts to suspect that husband (played by John Cassavetes) has sympathy for the Devil too. As disturbing as The Exorcist, this is birth control in movie form.

Director: Roman Polanski
Certificate: 18
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 99
Price: £9.99 pcm


Zombeavers (2015)

A trio of sorority sisters (blonde bombshell Jenn, brunette Zoe and fiery-tressed Mary) head to a remote riverside cabin for a girly weekend. They find themselves joined by a gang of horny fratboys who fancy a few days of sex and debauchery. However, they don't bargain on becoming the targets of blood-crazed colony of zombie beavers...

Director: Jordan Rubin
Certificate: 15
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 67
Price: £9.99 pcm


iTunes

Howl (2015)

A late-night train journey out of London turns into a hellish nightmare when the young guard and his band of commuters are forced into a fight for survival against a dark, malevolent and terrifying creature.

Director: Paul Hyett
Certificate: 18
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 63
Price: £9.99


Google Play

The Birds (1963)

Chic socialite Melanie Daniels enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown bearing a gift of lovebirds. The characters' sense of security is slowly eroded by the curious behaviour of the birds in the area. At first, no more than a rogue sea gull, but things take an ugly turn when hundreds of birds converge on a children's party.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Certificate: 15
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 96
Price: Rent from £2.49, Buy from £3.99 (currently on offer)


Xbox Video

Ghostbusters 1 & 2

In case you didn't have a childhood, here's a rundown: a trio of university parasychologists lose their research grant and decide to open their own business, they call it Ghostbusters, and almost at once are summoned to investigate the strange happenings in a Central Park West apartment. What they discover is that all Manhattan is being besieged by other-worldly demons.

Director: Ivan Reitman
Certificate: PG
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 97
Price: £9.99


Curzon Home Cinema

Antichrist (2009)

A grieving couple retreat to 'Eden', an isolated cabin in the woods, where they hope to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage – let's just say it isn't happily ever after.

Director: Lars Von Trier
Certificate: 18
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 50
Price: £2.00


Think we’ve missed out your favourite? Let us know in the comments!