20 of the Best Horror Movies to Watch Online for Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching, and if you’re in the mood to get your creep on, we have just the movie list you’re looking for. Check out these 20 horror movies to make you blood curdle.

20 Best Horror Movies to Watch Online for Halloween

1. HALLOWEEN
Watch HALLOWEEN Online Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut. The film was the first installment in what has become the Halloween franchise. The plot is set in the fictional Midwestern town of Haddonfield, Illinois. On Halloween night in 1963, a six-year-old Michael Myers murders his older sister by stabbing her with a kitchen knife. Fifteen years later, he escapes from a psychiatric hospital, returns home, and stalks teenager Laurie Strode and her friends. Michael’s psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis suspects Michael’s intentions, and follows him to Haddonfield to try to prevent him from killing. Halloween was produced on a budget of $300,000 and grossed $47 million at the box office in the United States, and $70 million worldwide, equivalent to $250 million as of 2014, becoming one of the most profitable independent films. Many critics credit the film as the first in a long line of slasher films inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
2. THE EXORCIST
Watch THE EXORCIST Online The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 exorcism case of Roland Doe, deals with the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl and her mother’s desperate attempts to win back her child through an exorcism conducted by two priests. The film features Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb, and Mercedes McCambridge. It is one of a cycle of “demonic child” films produced from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, including Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen. The Exorcist was released theatrically in the United States by Warner Bros. on December 26, 1973. The film earned 10 Academy Award nominations, winning two, and losing Best Picture to The Sting. It became one of the highest-grossing films of all time, grossing over $441 million worldwide. It is also the first horror film to be nominated for Best Picture. The film has had a significant influence on popular culture.
3. SCREAM
Watch SCREAM Online Scream is a 1996 American slasher film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven. The film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore, and David Arquette. Released on December 20, 1996, Scream follows the character of Sidney Prescott, a high school student in the fictional town of Woodsboro, who becomes the target of a mysterious killer known as Ghostface. Other main characters include Sidney’s best friend Tatum Riley, Sidney’s boyfriend Billy Loomis, Billy’s best friend Stu Macher, film geek Randy Meeks, deputy sheriff Dewey Riley, and news reporter Gale Weathers. The film combined comedy and “whodunit” mystery with the violence of the slasher genre to satirize the cliché of the horror genre popularized in films such as Halloween and Friday the 13th. The film was considered unique at the time of its release for featuring characters who were aware of real world horror films and openly discussed the cliché that Scream attempted to subvert. Based partly on the real-life case of the Gainesville Ripper, Scream was inspired by Williamson’s passion for horror films, especially Halloween.
4. THE BABADOOK
Watch THE BABADOOK Online The Babadook is a 2014 drama, horror and thriller film written and directed by Jennifer Kent.
5. THE POSSESSION
Watch THE POSSESSION Online The Possession is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Ole Bornedal and produced by Sam Raimi. It was released in the US on August 31, 2012, with the film premiering at the Film4 FrightFest. The story is based on the allegedly haunted dybbuk box. Bornedal cited films like The Exorcist as an inspiration, praising their subtlety.
6. TRICK ‘R TREAT
Watch TRICK 'R TREAT Online Trick ‘r Treat is a 2007 American-Canadian anthology horror film written and directed by Michael Dougherty. The film stars Dylan Baker, Brian Cox and Anna Paquin, and centers on four Halloween-related horror stories. One common element that ties the stories together is the presence of Sam, a mysterious pint-sized trick-or-treater wearing shabby orange pajamas with a burlap sack over his head, that makes an appearance in all the stories whenever someone breaks Halloween traditions. Despite being delayed for two years and having a very limited theatrical release, the film received much critical acclaim and has since garnered a strong cult following. In October 2013, the filmmakers announced that a sequel, Trick ‘r Treat 2, is in the works.
7. HALLOWEEN III SEASON OF THE WITCH
Watch HALLOWEEN III SEASON OF THE WITCH Online Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a 1982 American science fiction horror film. The film is the third installment in the Halloween franchise and notable for being the only entry in the series that does not feature the fictional character Michael Myers, nor does it include story elements from either Halloween or Halloween II. It is the first film to be written and directed by Tommy Lee Wallace. John Carpenter and Debra Hill, the creators of Halloween, returned as producers. The film stars Tom Atkins as Dr. Dan Challis, Stacey Nelkin as Ellie Grimbridge, and Dan O’Herlihy as Conal Cochran. The story focuses on an investigation by Challis and Grimbridge into the activities of Cochran, the mysterious owner of the Silver Shamrock Novelties company, in the week approaching Halloween night. Halloween III departs from the slasher genre which the first two installments were part of, instead featuring a “witchcraft” theme with science fiction aspects and parallels to old Celtic fairy tales.
8. HALLOWEEN 6 THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERES
Watch HALLOWEEN 6 THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS Online Picking up six years after the events of Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, this competently produced but ultimately disappointing sequel attempts to tie up the uneven horror series’ loose ends with a less-than-convincing resolution. This installment opens with Jamie Lloyd (J.C. Brandy), young niece of supernatural psycho-killer Michael Myers, giving birth on an altar amid a mysterious Druid ceremony. Before she is killed by her monstrous uncle, Jamie manages to leave her baby in the care of young Tommy Doyle (Paul Rudd), who has pursued a lifelong obsession with the horrific Myers family legacy in the town of Haddonfield, IL. Living with members of the Strode family, Tommy comes to suspect that one of them, little Danny Strode (Devin Gardner), is cursed with the same malevolent power that drove Michael to murder several members of his family. When Michael arrives in Haddonfield to find and destroy Jamie’s baby, Tommy joins forces with Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence), Michael’s ex-psychiatrist and a life-long crusader against his sinister former patient, to find the connection between Michael and the Man in Black and end the curse once and for all. Released shortly after Pleasence’s death, this confusing, horribly edited blend of tired slasher clichés and X-Files-inspired subplots is a poor testament to the long career of the distinguished and compelling character actor.
9. HALLOWEEN H2O 20 YEARS LATER
Watch HALLOWEEN H20 20 YEARS LATER Online Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, is a 1998 American slasher film and is the seventh installment in the Halloween film series. It is directed by Steve Miner and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, LL Cool J, Josh Hartnett and Michelle Williams. The film was released on August 5, 1998 to mark the 20th anniversary of the original Halloween. The story was developed and created by Robert Zappia. The screenplay was written by Robert Zappia and Matt Greenberg. It is a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween and Halloween II and set in an alternate timeline in which the events that transpired in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers never occurred. Set twenty years after the events of the first two movies, H20 centers on a post-traumatic Laurie Strode living in fear of her murderous brother, Michael Myers, who attempted to kill her all those years ago. When Michael eventually appears, Laurie must face evil one last time, while the life of her teenage son hangs in the balance.
10. HALLOWEEN II H2
Watch HALLOWEEN 2 H2 Online Halloween II is a 2009 American horror film written, directed, and produced by Rob Zombie. The film is a sequel to Zombie’s 2007 reboot of the Halloween film series, and the tenth installment of the franchise. Picking up where the 2007 film ended, and then jumping ahead one year, Halloween II follows Laurie Strode as she deals with the aftermath of the previous film’s events, Dr. Loomis who is trying to capitalize on those events by publishing a new book that chronicles everything that happened, and Michael Myers as he continues his search for Laurie so that he can reunite with his sister. The film sees the return of lead cast members Malcolm McDowell, Scout Taylor-Compton, and Tyler Mane, who portray Dr. Loomis, Laurie Strode, and Michael Myers in the 2007 film, respectively. For Halloween II, Zombie decided to focus more on the connection between Laurie and Michael, and the idea they share similar psychological problems. Zombie wanted the sequel to be more realistic and violent than its 2007 predecessor. For the characters of Halloween II, it is about change. Zombie wanted to look at how the events of the first film affected the characters.
11. NIGHT OF THE DEMONS
Watch NIGHT OF THE DEMONS Online Night of the Demons is a 1988 American Supernatural Slasher Horror film written and produced by Joe Augustyn and directed by Kevin S. Tenney. The film tells the story of ten high school seniors having a Halloween party in an isolated mortuary. Their party turns into a nightmare when after conducting a séance as a party game, they unlock the demon that remains locked in the crematorium. Filming of Night of the Demons took place in South Central Los Angeles, California, USA, and lasted for two months. Anchor Bay Entertainment released it to DVD in 2004; Scream Factory released a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack collector’s edition on February 4, 2014. The film was followed by the sequels Night of the Demons 2 and Night of the Demons 3, along with a remake in 2009.
12. ALL HALLOW’S EVE
Watch ALL HALLOW'S EVE Online All Hallows’ Eve is a 2013 horror movie that was directed by Damien Leone and his feature film directorial debut. It was released straight to DVD on October 29, 2013 and stars Mike Giannelli as a homicidal clown that terrorizes his victims. The movie incorporates scenes from two of Leone’s earlier shorts, The 9th Circle and Terrifier, which also featured the character of Art the Clown.
13. HELL NIGHT
WatchHELL NIGHT Online Hell Night is a 1981 American independent horror film directed by Tom DeSimone, written by Randy Feldman, and starring Linda Blair. The film depicts a night of fraternity hazing set in an old manor, during which a deformed maniac terrorizes and murders many of the college students. The film blends elements of slasher films and Creature Features, and has developed a large cult following. Future film director Chuck Russell, who would helm A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors & the remake of The Blob in 1988 and 2002’s The Scorpion King, served here as an executive producer. The film was nominated for a Razzie Awards for Worst Actress for Blair.
14. DARK HOUSE
Watch DARK HOUSE Online When Nick Disanto learns that his father is not only alive but can possibly reveal the origin of his son’s dark gift, he sets out on a trip that takes him to an abandoned mansion he thought only existed in his childhood imagination.
15. DEMON HUNTER
Watch DEMON HUNTER Online Demon Hunter is a 2005 action/horror film written by Mitch Gould and directed by Scott Ziehl which follows the half human/half demon Jake Greyman who works for the church as the last resort when exorcism fails. This film co-stars Colleen Porch as the Demon Hunter’s sidekick nun, Sarah Ryan, William Bassett as the overseeing church cardinal, Tania Deighton as the succubus, and Billy Drago as the demon of lust, Asmodeus.
16. HELL FIRE
Watch HELL FIRE Online Meet the Antichrist. He’s been kidnapped by a group of women who’ve mistaken him for someone else, and now they’re about to find out exactly who they’re messing with. One by one the women become possessed by demonic forces and turn on each other. As the bodies begin to pile up, the girls fight for their lives and to save mankind against the Prince of Evil. Hell Fire is a blood soaked, action packed tale of revenge, murder, satanic evil and demonic possession.
17. REALM OF SOULS
Watch REALM OF SOULS Online Last year, a group of filmmakers set out to investigate 13 of the most haunted locations in Georgia with the goal of collecting supernatural footage to use in their next horror film… They never returned. What they unleashed was an evil that lies deep within an ancient site of unholy terror. Lead by Chase, the director, the group of eight actors, filmmakers, and crew have become a family. Together they have investigated many haunted locations without incident until they venture deep into the infamous area known as The Devil’s Tramping Ground.
18. HELL’S CARETAKER
Watch HELL'S CARETAKER Online Written and directed by Philip Cappello, HELL’S CARETAKER is a straight forward horror movie about six friends, one dog and one very bad man. Sam has recently inherited his parents’ old farmhouse in Vermont. Sam’s faithful dog is sick and must be put down. At his ten-year high school reunion Sam meets up with a gang of friends. They decide to take his dog to the farmhouse for one last party weekend but have no idea the horror that awaits them.
9. THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
Watch THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT Online The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 American found footage horror film written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. The film was produced by the Haxan Films production company. The film relates the story of three student filmmakers who disappeared while hiking in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland in 1994 to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch. The viewers are told the three were never seen or heard from again, although their video and sound equipment was discovered a year later and that this “recovered footage” is the film the viewer is watching. The film received generally positive reception from critics and went on to gross over US$248 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful independent movies of all time. The DVD was released on Tuesday, October 26, 1999 and presented only in full-screen. A sequel was released on October 27, 2000 titled Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. Another sequel was planned for the following year, but did not materialize. On September 2, 2009, it was announced that Sánchez and Myrick were pitching the third film. A trilogy of video games based on the film was released in 2000.
20. FEAR ITSELF
Watch FEAR ITSELF Online A group of mean-spirited high school students take a prank too far and accidently kill someone by burying them alive in the nearby woods. Their guilt starts to eat away at them-and soon they begin thinking that the ghost of the dead guy is haunting them. Then, members of the group start dying. Is it revenge or is it simply karma evening things out?
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