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Oct/29/2023 / by Nancy Amon

Watch These Classic Horror Movies This Halloween

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Trick or treat! Halloween is a mix of horror, dress-ups, parties, and candy. Apart from hosting parties and dressing up, many people enjoy snuggling up and binge-watching scary movies. SEEMA recommends some excellent classic horror movies and where to watch them.

“Halloween”

This would not be a proper Halloween movie list without the classic Halloween movie starring Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode. The murderous Michael Myers escapes his sentence and goes on a killing spree in his old hometown. The movie released in 1978, and since then, there have been several sequels for this slasher film.  There’s “Halloween II” (1981), “Halloween: The Return of Michael Myers” (1988), “Halloween 5: Revenge of Michael Myers” (1989), “The Curse of Michael Myers” (1995), “Halloween” (1998), “Halloween Resurrection” (2002), “Halloween” (2018), “Halloween Kills” (2021), and finally, “Halloween Ends” (2022). Pick one or two of these, or do a marathon with this movie franchise.

Where to watch: “Halloween” is available to rent or buy on Google Play movies. You can also see the movie on Amazon Prime, Amazon Freevee, which is free to watch with ads, AMC+, and Shudder.

“Candyman”

The slasher supernatural movie “Candyman” is an urban legend based on the story of a man who was punished by death in the 19th century for being involved with a white woman. Tony Todd plays Candyman in the 1992 original version with Yahya Abdul-Mateen in the 2021 remake. The hookman appears when you say his name five times, and his vengeance kills anyone who summons him. According to the legend, the Candyman there were bees, and it smelled like cotton candy when the hookman was around.

Where to watch: Watch on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, AMC+, fuboTV, and Peacock Premium.

“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”

“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is a classic gore and blood horror based on true events to some extent. The flick was inspired by serial killer Ed Gein (1906-1984), who was called the Butcher of Plainfield. Gein had killed two women, exhumed bodies from graveyards, and removed organs and body parts. He also reported using human bones as decorative objects in his home.

The 1974 Leatherface uses a chainsaw as his murder weapon, and he kills his victims and takes the flesh of their faces to use as his own. The leading killer in the movie comes from a cannibalistic household. Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s franchise made several sequels, from 2003 up to 2022.

Where to watch: The movie is available on Peacock, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix. You can stream it for free on Tubi and Freevee.

“Wrong Turn”

Taking a wrong turn leads to a group of friends being hunted down and slaughtered by an inbred, cannibalistic family living in the middle of nowhere. The title has seven sequels and all the characters fight for their lives while ending up with a horrific fate.

This movie has several sequels too, released across two decades.

Where to watch: Netflix, Microsoft Store online, Apple TV, Hulu, Prime Video, and Roku.

“Final Destination”

“Final Destination” is a supernatural thriller and horror film featuring the cast of Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, and Tony Todd. The characters survive an almost horrendous and fatal accident, with one of the many people involved having a premonition before the incident occurs, saving them. But an invisible Grim Reaper later picks on the survivors one-by-one.

Throughout the movie, the characters try to dodge death as it comes along in the order they were supposed to die. Everything is a fatal hazard. “Final Destination” will have you on the edge of your seat with five parts in the movie franchise.

Where to watch: Watch the movie on Netflix, Apple TV, Apple TV, Sky Store, Amazon Prime Video, and Microsoft Store.

Other Horror Classics To Enjoy This Halloween

“A Nightmare on Elm Street” (Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video)

“Poltergeist” (Vuu, Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play)

“The Exorcist” (Google Play, Vudu, Apple TV)

“Night of the Living Dead” (Classix, Peacock, Shudder)