Your Ultimate Guide for What to Watch This Halloween Weekend
It Follows - 99 cents on iTunes
It Follows has been hailed as a modern classic, and with good reason. It's a nearly perfect movie, and is not only one of the best horror movies in recent memory, but is one of the best movies of the past few years in any genre. And now it's iTunes's movie of the week, so Halloween is the perfect time to be scared out of your wits by this wonderful film.
The Babadook - Netflix
It Follows, The Babadook, and the underwatched Austrian film Goodnight Mommy formed an amazing trilogy of indie horror this year, all featuring female leads and all exploring anxieties surrounding women's place in society. You don't want to miss any of them.
Zombieland - October 30th at midnight on FX
This hilarious horror comedy has some of the most practical advice for surviving a zombie movie that we've ever heard (always double-tap!), and features Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and a surprise cameo from Bill Murray. What more can you ask for?
Halloween series - October 30th from 12-6am; 10am-midnight, October 31 from 2am-5:30am Sunday on AMC, 6am-2am Monday on Sundance
This classic franchise eventually saw diminishing returns, but you can't get out of the month of October without at least viewing the 1978 original, which is the perfect Halloween movie, and not just because of the name.
Saw series - October 30th from 6:30am-9pm on IFC
Remember when Saw was good way back when? We hardly do, either, but now that we think about it, the first movie was actually groundbreaking and genuinely scary. And if you finish the entire marathon for some good old-fashioned torture porn, we won't judge.
Evil Dead series - 8pm-12:17am Saturday on Starz
Ahead of the premiere of Ash vs Evil Dead on Halloween, watch the series that started it all, and made Bruce Campbell a geek hero.
The Crow - Netflix
Even putting aside the tragic circumstances surrounding both the graphic novel and the movie itself, The Crow is a classic in Gothic filmmaking, and the dark, unabashedly emotional aesthetic perfectly sets the tone for Halloween.
Scream 1-3 - Netflix
Cabin in the Woods may not be available for streaming anymore (boo-hoo), but you can still watch the series that basically kicked off the slasher comedy genre. We'll never tire of hearing Ghostface ask Drew Barrymore for her favorite scary movie.
The Faculty - October 31st 2:45am on HBO Signature
This underrated, silly alien body snatcher flick features lots of familiar faces when they were babies, including Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Jordana Brewster, Clea Duvall, and more.
A Nightmare on Elm Street series - October 31st from 7:15am-9:30pm on IFC
The 2010 remake may have been a letdown (as so many of them are), but the original introduction to Freddy Krueger hasn't lost its luster. Watch the classic series in its entirety (although the first one is the best) on Halloween itself.
The Thing - October 31st at 2:30pm on Chiller
John Carpenter's 1982 remake of The Thing is one of the best horror sci-fi movies ever made. Unfortunately, not all remakes fare as well, and the 2011 version is more of a guilty pleasure than anything else. So you can either watch this, or dig up the original somewhere (we kind of suggest the latter).
The Terminator - October 31st at 3pm on Comet TV
People think of The Terminator as primarily an action movie, but its plot is just as elegant as Alien, Jaws, or It Follows for that matter: there's something out to get you. Plus, the idea of a superintelligent robot apocalypse strikes fear in everyone's hearts, just look at Stephen Hawking or Elon Musk.
American Horror Story seasons 1-4 - Netflix
We love the first two seasons of AHS, but Murder House is perfectly suited to a Halloween marathon, and is exactly the perfect length if you're committed to a very sedentary Halloween.
The Walking Dead seasons 1-5 - Netflix
The newest episode of The Walking Dead season six, "Here's Not Here," will air on Sunday, but if you want a marathon for Halloween day itself, then go back to where the phenomenon first began, with Rick in the hospital stupidly trying to find his irritating wife and son.
Dawn of the Dead - October 31st at 4:45pm on HBO Signature
Once again, they're playing a disappointing remake instead of the beloved original (what is wrong with the world)? You'd probably be better off watching a bootleg version of the 1978 original.
The Shining - October 31st at 6:30 and 11:06pm on Sundance
"Heeeere's Johnny!" "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." "REDRUM!" The Shining has become so engrained in popular culture, people hardly even remember where these quotes are from anymore, and Jack Nicholson's classic turn as Jack Torrance only gets better over time.
Ash vs Evil Dead premiere - October 31st at 9pm on Starz
Of course Ash vs Evil Dead is premiering on Halloween! Bruce Campbell returns as reluctant hero Ash, who is tasked with saving the world from a zombie apocalypse caused by his own stupidity with none other than Xena Warrior Princess (Lucy Lawless) by his side.
It! The Terror from Outer Space - November 2 at 2am on Comet TV
The title makes it clear that this is a B movie, but It! The Terror from Outer Space actually received good reviews when it came out, and even served as the inspiration for Ridley Scott's Alien. And since Alien is nowhere to be found on streaming or television this weekend, this is actually a great alternative for your Sci-Fi horror needs.
The Gift - new on DVD
Dubious sexual politics aside, this unbearably tense, well-crafted thriller from first-time director Joel Edgerton is a can't-miss.
Battle Royale - Netflix
Battle Royale has become a cult classic, and for good reason, because it's essentially a much better, bleaker version of The Hunger Games. (And it came first, so THG is just a copycat.)
The Guest - Netflix
The Guest is a mash-up of about a million different genres, horror and sci-fi included, and is at turns terrifying and hilarious, featuring a stunning turn from Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens.
Angry Red Planet - November 2 at 12am on Comet TV
Angry Red Planet is a wonderfully cheesy little movie, exemplary of every 50's-60's era sci-fi B movie you know and love. Between giant amoebas, carnivorous plants, and disobedient alien arms, this movie makes Mark Watney's Mars look like a cakewalk.
Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse - new in theaters
This movie looks really dumb to us, but dumb can sometimes be funny, so what do we know? Boy scouts try to save the world from a zombie apocalypse, and have a raunchy coming-of-age story along the way.