Screen Time, Scream Time!

Staying in for Halloween. Here are dozen ideas to stream.


By The Film Club


There are dozens of scary movies you could watch over the Halloween weekend. 


Here are a dozen suggestions ranked by the Film Club. 




  1. Poltergeist (Google Play, Amazon)  – Directed by Tobe Hooper, there are strange and creepy happenings besetting an average California family, the Freelings, when ghosts commune with them through the television set. (PG)


  1. Us (YouTube) – A family vacation goes horribly wrong when a family arrives at the front door to not only terrorize them but also cause disaster in the city. (R)  – Trinity Rodgers 


  1. Psycho (Amazon Prime)- This Alfred Hitchcock directed thriller is perhaps the greatest horror film of all time. This 1960 classic follows a secretary on the run after stealing $40,000 dollars from her boss to run away with her love. On the dark and gloomy backroads she is overcome with exhaustion and stops at a nearby antique motel which seems as it’s glory days are behind it. There she meets the friendly but off putting Norman Bates who has some secrets he’s been keeping and a strange relationship with what once was his mother. This terrifying tale still scares 60 years later. (R)  – Jack Massucci 


  1. Bringing Out The Dead (Pluto Tv, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, YouTube) – Bringing Out The Dead is a cult classic of the y2k panic cinema movement of 1999. This dark comedy horror film directed by Martin Scorsese follows a burn out NYC paramedic who works the 2-6am shift. The paramedic named Frank has started to see the ghosts of the people he’s lost as lately he’s lost more than he’s saved, and the biggest heroin epidemic the city has ever seen does not help him. This drug, nightmare, comedy, and punk rock fueled gem is the perfect film to watch in the late hours of the evening. (R)  – Jack Massucci 


  1. Beetlejuice (TV and YouTube) – No Halloween countdown is complete without Beetlejuice. This movie is a classic and it deserves all the hype. Dearly departed Adam and Barbra are trying to get the living out of their house while helping sad Lydia and defeating the menacing Beetlejuice. Ghosts, demons, amazing effects, the funniest dialogue, and more strange and unusual things make this movie the perfect Halloween watch. (PG) – Allison M


  1. The Dark Crystal (Hulu)- A hero’s journey set in a fantasy world with monsters, magic, lovable characters, and is visually beautiful. This isn’t a Halloween movie, but all the characters are life-like puppets and are frightening enough for the season. Arguably Jim Heson’s best work, The Dark Crystal is a cult classic and is a perfect movie if you are looking for something different from the common Halloween movies  (PG) – Allison M


  1. Silence of the Lambs (Netflix)- Clarice Starling is a top student at the FBI’s training academy. Jack Crawford wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling may be just the bait to draw him out. (R)


  1. Black Swan – Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the story follows a committed dancer struggling to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.” (R)


  1. Train to Busan (Amazon Prime) Directed by Sang-ho Yeon, during a zombie outbreak in South Korea and passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan. (NR – TVMA)


  1. The Addams Family (Netflix,Amazon Prime)  It’s about an odd family who is different from any other family. It is a very dark  and humorous movie  about the family and their adventures from outside of their home. (PG) – Damea Bailey-Gipson

       2. The Lighthouse (Amazon Prime) – Directed by Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse follows two lighthouse keepers throughout their duties as they lose their sanity on an island where no one will hear their cries for help. (R)


1. Platform (Netflix) – Directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, Platform is a thriller-horror film that follows Goreng, a man who comes to the Pit on his own free will. The Pit is a prison complex that has the unique feature of carrying food to its inmates via a platform (hence the name). The rooms are assigned at random, and change once a month. The Pit has multiple floors, with the first floor getting first choice to the food. This movie demonstrates the greed of human beings, and how the poor are treated by the rich. This movie is for anyone who likes gore and movies to trigger deeper thinking.  (R)  – Paul Arquilla