Halloween—let's call it what it is: scary movie season—is easily the best holiday-that-isn't-a-holiday. Everything smells nice, the weather has a fresh, crisp feel to it, and skeletons finally get the respect they frankly deserve year-round (we’ve all got them—give thanks this time round).
Of course, the ultimate Halloween tradition, in your post-trick-or-treating adulthood, is staying inside, housing delicious candy, and watching scary movies as you slowly become one with your couch. Here are eight perfect scary movie streaming options to keep you busy—and somewhat frightened—for the rest of the month.
Eli's a weird one: It's brand new, streaming on Netflix as of today, after Paramount decided it was unmarketable and dumped it on the streaming service instead of taking it to theaters. Bad sign! And yet, that's exactly what the studio did with Annihilation outside the U.S, and look how that turned out. And in fact, Eli's pretty cool. It starts out telling something of a staid haunted house story with some decent stylish flairs: Eli is a young boy allergic to the world whose parents take him to an experimental medical facility retrofitted inside a remote mansion, complete with a team of ominous nurses. It's dumb but entertaining enough, and eventually everything gets turned on its head with a clever twist on the whole "something's wrong with this place" genre. It's spooky and there's some real ambition here. Don’t sleep on it.
The Blackcoat's Daughter
Speaking of ambition, The Blackcoat's Daughter is easily one of the most atmospheric horrors in years. Two young girls stay at their strict, mysterious boarding school during a snowstorm and, well, I'm not gonna spoil much else, but things get weird.
One of favorite movie premises is "a dinner party gets fucked up by uncomfortable and sinister events" and hoo baby, The Invitation is at the pinnacle of the genre. Logan Marshall-Green is brilliant as Will, a troubled man attending a function at the house he used to share with his wife and late son. He becomes convinced his ex and her new husband are up to something, and that's just the beginning of this wild movie that sticks the landing and ends with one of the most iconic horror images of the decade.
Candyman doesn't get enough credit for helping to usher into the mainstream a more socially-conscious style of horror filmmaking. Yes, the DVD cover scared the shit out of me as a kid, but this is as close to a perfect '90s slasher as you're going to find. There's a reason Jordan Peele’s eyeing a remake.
Another "dinner party gone awry,” this time thanks to a mysterious comet that passes overhead during a friendly get-together in the suburbs. Suddenly, a power outage leads the group to visit the one house on the block that still has power. Thing is, that house is the one they were just in, and everyone's still inside. That's only the beginning of a weirdo sci-fi journey that isn't so much scary as it is creepy and meticulously crafted. The twists in this one will make you gasp.
The Love Witch
A funny, dark, and beautifully made throwback to old-school filmmaking. This was released in 2016, but it's already a classic among horror fans.
Arguably the greatest slasher movie of all time, Halloween is bleak, brutal, and economic in its storytelling and kills. Many sequels, reboots, and franchise attempts later, John Carpenter's film (and score) remain the gold standard in the "teens gettin' stabbed" department.
Tigers Are Not Afraid
Be careful what you wish for, especially when you're a group of traumatized children on the run from a Mexican drug cartel. Tigers Are Not Afraid is unapologetically difficult, setting a fantastical ghost story against the backdrop of the 2006 Mexican Drug Wars. It's honestly something special.
Here’s what to watch at home this weekend.
Originally Appeared on GQ