The best scary films to watch this Halloween 2023

The best scary films to watch this Halloween 2023

Date: 06/10/23

Author: Anthony Harrison

It’s healthy to occasionally practise escapism from reality, discovering the best films across genres, eras, and moods. Whether you're a die-hard cinephile, a casual moviegoer, or simply in search of your next cinematic adventure, this blog is your ticket to the digital world of compelling storytelling, mesmerising visuals, and unforgettable performances. 

Top 10 Halloween Amazon Prime movie suggestions of 2023: 

 

Rated: 15+
Director: Ti West
Writers: Ti West, Mia Goth
Genre: Horror, Mystery & thriller, Comedy
Runtime: 1 h 42 mins
Cast: Mia Goth, David Corenswet, Tandi Wright 

Some say villains are formed in their youth, secretly nurturing the darkness growing inside them, yearning to be set free. This is the story of Pearl, a young woman trapped on an isolated farm, tending to her ailing father under the supervision of her devout mother’s watchful eye. Pearl dreams of a glamorous life like she’s seen on screen, and she'll stop at nothing to step onto the stage bathed in the dazzling glow of the spotlight. In the story of Pearl, she finds her ambitions, temptations, and repressions all colliding in this stunning origin story of X's iconic villain (see trailer below)... and God help those that come in between Pearl’s biggest, most desired dreams. 

 

Age restrictions: 18+
Director: Ti West
Writers: Mia Goth
Genre: Horror, Mystery & thriller
Runtime: 1 hr 45 mins
Cast: Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow 

With this fierce cast comes along a fiery storyline when a young filmmaking crew finds themselves in a Texan rural setting, taking on an adult film project. Yet, their pursuit of Hollywood fame takes an unexpected turn when their reclusive elderly host harbours a mysterious secret and tends to an ailing wife... Having been caught in the act (both literally and figuratively), the crew must fight for their lives on screen. Maxine, played by Mia Goth, is our earlier met character, Pearl. “X” is a sequel to “Pearl”, so we recommend watching it in chronological order to allow for the full story to flourish on your screen. 

 

Age restrictions: 18+
Director: Edgar Wright
Writers: Edgar Wright, Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Runtime: 1hr 56mins
Cast: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith 

“London’s calling to the faraway towns” ... or maybe our big gloomy city is a place for mystery, a magnet for all those seeking thrill in life? Drawing those in searching for adventure and self-discovery. Eloise, a young woman with psychic gifts, seizes the opportunity to pursue her fashion studies in the heart of London. Her journey takes an unexpected turn as she faces student housing woes, ultimately spending her last dime on a private room in Soho, bathed in the crimson glow of traffic lights. In this surreal setting, she visualises a captivating young woman, Sandy, who inspires her most cherished dreams. As Eloise delves into this dream world, she creates a fashion collection in tribute to her mysterious muse. But perhaps her dreams are based on real-life well-covered up secrets? 

 

Age restriction: 15+
Directors: Danny Philippou, Michael Philippou
Writers: Danny Philippou, Bill Hinzman, Daley Pearson
Genre: Suspense, Horror, Fantasy
Runtime: 1 hr 34 mins
Cast: Sophie Wilde, Alexandra Jensen, Joe Bird 

The phrase "Pick your poison" takes a chilling twist as a group of teenagers become hooked to the “game” of communicating with spirits through an embalmed hand they procured from a psychic. It’s common sense to close a door to the parallel reality when communicating, or better not doing it at all, but what if the spirits become too powerful and the metaphorical door proves too feeble to contain them? 

 

Age restrictions: 18+
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Writers: David Kajganich
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Psychological
Runtime: 2 hrs 32 mins
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Chloë Grace Moretz, Dakota Johnson 

The competition within a dance school has always been fierce, but no one could have foreseen the dark and eerie narrative lurking beneath it. This modern gothic reimagining of the 1977 classic transports us to Markos Dance Academy in West Berlin, where Susie Bannion, an American, has just been accepted. The academy is still grappling with the mysterious disappearance of a student named Patricia Hingle, who vanished after confiding in her psychotherapist, Josef Klemperer, about the academy being under the control of a coven of witches. Patricia's journals provide a meticulous account of the Three Mothers, a trio of witches dating back to pre-Christian times: Mater Suspiriorum, Mater Tenebrarum, and Mater Lachrymarum. Initially skeptical of Patricia's claims, Klemperer embarks on a quest to unveil a well-concealed truth. 

 

Age restriction: 15+
Director: Olivia Wilde
Writers: Katie Silberman, Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke, Katie Silberman
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Runtime: 2 hrs 2 mins
Cast: Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde 

A psychological thriller, echoing its lighter predecessor, "The Stepford Wives," immerses us in a utopian experimental 1950s community. Here, the perfect wives watch their loving husbands drive away to work daily, and women get to their daily roles and chores. Yet, one rule prevails – never ask questions, never depart. As perfect tales crumble, Alice, our protagonist, shoulders the burden of unravelling the web of deceit, shattering the glass of deception to unveil the stark truth. 

 

Age restriction: 13+
Director: Stacie Passon
Writers: Mark Kruger
Genre: Thriller, Mystery 
Runtime: 1 hr 38 mins
Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Taissa Farmiga, Sebastian Stan 

Adapted from Shirley Jackson's acclaimed gothic horror novel, 'The Haunting of Hill House,' this version, like the ones in 1963, 1999, and 2018, tells the story of two sisters and their uncle. They face ostracism from their village after their parents die from arsenic poisoning, leaving the girls as the only survivors. The script focuses on the relationship between the sisters, Constance and Merricat, and their strong trust and love for one another, all while continually questioning the true culprits behind their parents' poisoning and their underlying motives. Set in the 1960s, the movie plays up the classic style of suspense that you see in old films - a great choice if you love gothic mystery-type stories.  
 

Age restriction: 18+
Director: Ari Aster
Writers: Ari Aster
Genre: Horror, Supernatural
Runtime: 2 hrs 7 mins
Cast: Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro 

Prepare yourself for a bone-chilling journey the moment you hit that "play" button. This is no film for the faint of heart, as it steps into the eerie legacy that can haunt your very bloodline. In the aftermath of the main character's loss, she and her children grapple with their mentally ill mother's passing and the spectrum of inherited mental disorders. The characters embark on a harrowing journey of grief, all the while tiptoeing on the edge of the supernatural. 

 

Age restriction: 18+
Director: Ari Aster
Writers: Ari Aster
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama
Runtime: 2 hrs 27 mins
Cast: Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper 

"Midsommar" takes viewers on a spiritual journey to a remote Swedish village inhabited by a secretive cult. The film masterfully weaves multiple storylines enriched with symbolism and ritualistic themes. We are presented with a group of friends who travel here to attend a rare midsummer festival that only occurs once every 90 years. However, what begins as a seemingly idyllic and celebratory experience soon takes a dark and disturbing turn as the group becomes entangled in the village's sinister traditions and rituals. They are forced to navigate a harrowing natural selection process, all while the horror unfolds in broad daylight, favouring the sunlit Nordic nights. 

 

Age restriction: 15+
Director: Vaughn Stein
Writers: Matthew Kennedy
Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Drama
Runtime: 1 h 51 min
Cast: Lily Collins, Simon Pegg, Chace Crawford 

Every family keeps secrets, though the difference between the less fortunate and the wealthy lies in their ability to conceal them. The storyline introduces us to the holy trinity of a family – a banker, a lawyer and a politician. Archer Monroe, the patriarch of the named powerful family in New York City, dies suddenly, leaving his children with inheritance. Lauren, the Manhattan district attorney and the eldest daughter receives her share, significantly (or so it seems) smaller than the share of her brother’s - a politician. The tale as old as time, we observe the fight of inner demons Lauren is facing, grippling with the sinister underground inheritance her father left her, seemingly as a mocking to her good nature. Or is it? 

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As we reach the closing credits of our cinematic journey, it's clear that the world of film is an ever-evolving tapestry of artistry, emotion, and imagination. From the heart-pounding thrills of horror and suspense to the poignant depths of drama, each movie offers a unique lens through which we can view the human experience. 

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