This Australian thriller introduces watchers to Amelia, a recently widowed mother whose son, already traumatized from the violent death of his father, believes that a monster from a children’s book is haunting him. In this chilling movie, Amelia deals with the grief she is carrying from the horrors of her past, and the very real demons that are threatening her in her own home.
The Sixth Sense
One of the original ghost stories, this well-known film is perfect for a movie night where you still want to (eventually) be able to fall asleep—since it skips the blood and guts of other horror stories. And as everyone knows, the movie is most famous for its completely unpredictable ending.
This psychological thriller follows Will, a recent divorcee, who is invited to a dinner party at the home of his ex-wife and her new husband. While on the surface, the party seems innocent, Will begins to grow suspicious that there’s a hidden agenda at the gathering, and that all the guests are in grave danger. Is there really something spooky going on, or is Will just paranoid?
The Exorcism of Molly Hartley
This sequel to the cult classic The Haunting of Molly Hartley revisits the main character years later as an adult. Molly has been unable to escape the demons that have haunted her since adolescence, leaving her possessed by the devil. With no one left to help her, she turns to a defrocked priest who must redeem himself from his past sins by successfully freeing her from the devil within.
This chilling movie follows Jay, a teenage girl who has sex with a new boyfriend and wakes up the next morning with more than regret—she finds she has been infected with a fatal supernatural entity that is passed from victim to victim through sexual intercourse. Throughout the heart-pounding film, Jay will fight for her life and fight to find a cure to this terrifying curse, before it infects someone else.
What happens when you can’t hear trouble lurking? In 2016’s Hush, a deaf writer named Maddie is living all alone in the woods—until a murderer shows up. Watch her fight for her life against a masked killer during your next night in.
If Tim Burton directed it, you know it’s a must-watch on Halloween. In this film, the Halloween icon the Headless Horseman has been roaming the cursed town of Sleepy Hollow, decapitating innocent residents. The skeptical Ichabod Crane, played by Johnny Depp, comes to town to investigate the murders and track down who is controlling the Horseman.
If you’re looking for a spooky movie that the whole family can enjoy, hit play on Coraline—the 2009 stop-motion adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beloved preteen novel. Though it can be frightening for delicate children under 9, preteens will love watching the titular character enter the fantastical morbid world; parents will find the meticulously crafted animation visually thrilling.
The Addams Family
Everyone knows this famous family of ghouls from the 1960s television series, and even older children will appreciate the comedic classic. In this adventure, a con artist poses as the Addams’ long-lost Uncle Fester, and attempts to steal the family’s massive fortune.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
This much-loved Disney film may not be the spookiest Halloween movie of all time, but it’s certainly approved for family movie night. The cross between Christmas and Halloween will get everyone in the spirit for the entire holiday season.
DreamWorks Spooky Stories
The Pixar favorites from Shrek and Monsters vs. Aliens tell their favorite spooky stories for the holiday, including The Pig Who Cried Wolf (narrated by Shrek) and Night of the Living Carrots (from Monsters vs. Aliens).
Teenager Zach Cooper discovers his new, bewitching friend is the daughter of R. L. Stine, author of the beloved Goosebumps series. And as it turns out, the creatures on Stine’s pages are anything but imaginary. With Jack Black as Stine, this modern, family-friendly take on the well-known children’s horror books should definitely be on your list for movie night.
Stephen King’s Children of the Corn
Microwave your favorite brand of popcorn and prepare for a less-than-delicious experience watching this cult classic. Adapted from Stephen King’s 1977 short story, 1984’s Children of the Corn is set in a small town populated by children who have been influenced to kill all of the adults.