Stranger Things is finally almost back on Netflix (the official streaming date is October 27th) and we've been waiting super impatiently. Ever since the 8-episode first season dropped in July 2016, we have been obsessed... along with everyone that we know. The supernatural sci-fi TV drama created by the Duffer Brothers has it all: scares, laughs, pre-teen drama, and a mysterious waffle-loving girl. What more could we ask for of our entertainment?
Season two will definitely be just as good, if not even better. We have faith. But while we're waiting a few more weeks to indulge in our obsession once again, there are some TV shows and films that we can curl up on the couch with.
When Scream came out in 1996, it was pretty much an instant classic. We love watching Neve Campbell and her friends figure out the mystery, and it's impossible not to adore the campy feel. While the second and third films aren't the same as the first, they're not totally terrible. We do feel that Scream 4 has a lot of good things going for it, though, which is why it should be on our horror movie watching list for October. Emma Roberts does an amazing job as Jill, the niece of Sidney Prescott, and there is a great twist ending. Plus it's just fun to be back in this world again.
When a movie is good, it should totally be a television show too, right? That's what Hollywood thinks sometimes and in the case of this horror franchise, we have to agree. The MTV adaptation of Scream is worth checking out. It may not be quite as terrifying as the film, but it's still got classic teen drama themes like love, friendship, and fitting in. There are two seasons so far and rumor has it that the third season will involve a new mystery altogether, making it a reboot. (Tyler Posey of Teen Wolf will be in that season, so we cannot wait!)
Serial killer TV shows are nothing new and yet Slasher manages to bring some fresh blood to the genre (pun totally intended). The eight-episode first season from 2016 is scary enough to be completely satisfying, but thankfully, Netflix is producing a second season set to air on October 17th. The show follows Sarah Bennett who is moving back into her long-dead parents' home with her husband, Dylan.
Decades earlier, her parents were killed on Halloween in a pretty horrific way, and now it seems like something freaky is happening once again in this small town. Everyone's a suspect and Sarah has no clue who to trust. And it's an amazing show.
There may only be 13 episodes of this CBS horror show, which aired back in the spring of 2009, and yet it's one of the most well-crafted series ever. While it has some typical horror tropes -- a girl has to face her past and the horrible murder of her parents (which sounds just like Slasher, admittedly) -- there's a unique twist. Abby Mills attends the wedding of her best friend, Henry Dunn and then realizes that the killer seems to be back. The result is a fun, creative, surprising show that deserves a lot more credit than it has been given.
Who hasn't seen this classic '90s horror movie? And that's exactly why we should totally re-watch it, just in time for both Halloween and Stranger Things. The cast is pure gold, from Jennifer Love Hewitt to Freddie Prince Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe. We know the storyline by heart: the four friends accidentally run over a guy with their car the night of their high school graduation. Of course, that's not the end of it, and soon the gang receives creepy notes and people start dying. Even though we know what happens, it's still a great one to watch, especially since we might not have recognized Johnny Galecki as a classmate/fisherman the first time around.
It Follows is widely considered to be one of the best horror movies of the past few years. It's easy to see why: it's intelligent, interesting, and original. That's pretty much the holy grail for a horror movie. Released in 2015, the movie is about Jay Height (Maika Monroe), a teenage girl who realizes that there is a curse that literally follows you around if you sleep with someone. You will think that someone is stalking you and this figure can look like a creepy ghost or even another human being. Yup, it's pretty nuts, but it's done in such a realistic way that the movie never seems ridiculous.
Get Out is a 2017 horror movie with a social message, and it's exactly as awesome as it sounds. The Jordan Peele-directed film stars Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams as an interracial couple who get more than they bargained for when she takes him to meet her mom and dad. Chances are, if we haven't seen this one yet, our friends have been begging us to check it out, so it should definitely be on our to-watch list.
Let's forget about the second and third films (especially the third, which moves so far from the story that it's confusing) and focus on the first. When The Ring came out in 2002, we were all super scared to watch a video and answer our phones. Let's just be honest. This horror movie gets props for a storyline that feels like it could actually happen. Well, at least some of it. We'll never forget the image of Samara coming out of the TV set with her super crazy long black hair. It's a chilling image and one of the best of the genre.
This A&E TV adaptation of Psycho may not be perfect, but it's a solid show, and Freddie Highmore wows as the infamous Norman Bates. This time, he's a kid, living with his crazy AF mom Norma (played by the talented Vera Farmiga) who runs a motel. There may be some weird storylines, but honestly, that's just part of the fun. There are five seasons, which we may not be able to get through before season two of Stranger Things, but hey, it's good to have goals.
This horror TV show aired for six seasons from 2011 to 2017 on NBC and is based on the Grimms Brothers' fairy tales. These are not innocent fairy tales, of course. These are incredibly disturbing and gory. And they make for excellent television.
David Giuntoli plays the main character, a Portland-based cop named Nick Burkhardt who investigates the supernatural happenings in the city. Although the quality fell off a bit in later seasons, it's still equal parts scary and funny... just like Stranger Things.
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This 2017 adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 novel totally crushed this summer's box office, making more than $553 million globally. A sequel is already in the works. If any of us haven't checked it out yet, October is the perfect month to do so. Whether or not we have a thing about clowns, we can agree that we're at least curious to see why people love this horror movie so much. A coming-of-age story about a group of kids living in a small town and dealing with some horrifying events will never get old.
Yup, Stephen King again. He really is The King Of Horror. This 1989 film based on his 1983 novel features a family moving to a new house... and realizing that the pets are pretty creepy around there. Actually, the pets keep dying and then coming back to life as totally evil. It's a truly scary movie but also has a lot of campy moments, so it's a good one to watch with a group of friends.
This 1976 movie is seriously disturbing and yet still manages to tell a great story about fitting in and being popular. And this is based on Stephen King's very first novel, so that alone is pretty cool, especially since he faced a ton of rejection before this one, which is super hard to believe today. Although we've probably all seen this one, it's such a classic that it can be watched dozens of times.
If any of us missed this magical sci-fi series when it started streaming on Netflix in December 2016, that's okay. We still have enough time to watch the first season before the second one drops, especially since the official date is TBD. The audience is not as crazy obsessed as that for Stranger Things but it's still a good show. Brit Marling is incredible as Prairie Johnson, the main character who returns home after disappearing. She says her name is The OA and, oh yeah, she has the power of sight again. It's a pretty breathtaking, fascinating series, and it's impossible to guess what is going to happen next, which not every horror show or movie can boast about.
The adorable Justin Long stars in this not-so-adorable horror movie from 2001. His character, Danny Jenner, and his sister Trish (played by Gina Phillips) go on a road trip and come across the most disgusting creature ever. Unfortunately for them, there's nowhere to hide, and now that he's seen them, that's pretty much it for them. The movie is unique for the horror genre because it's actually fairly scary, and it's a real journey with twists and turns. There are two sequels, but the original is the best.
It's pretty much guaranteed that if a horror movie does well, it's going to get a sequel... and a third one... and so on. Sure, the subsequent films aren't always that great (okay, they basically never are), but if we're fans of the first one, we're up for watching more. Paranormal Activity is the best of all of the movies. The 2007 film stars Katie Featherston and Michal Sloat as a couple living in a super haunted house. We would suggest watching this one with some people around. Maybe even during the day.
Ryan Murphy's horror anthology is still popular, and it's easy to see why. Each season has its own theme and mystery and it's pretty creative. We love the first season, which stars Connie Britton living in a haunted house with her husband, played by Dylan McDermott, and daughter, played by Taissa Farmiga. It's creepy AF and every moment is amazing. The season is called "Murder House" and that's honestly the best description of it.
The TV adaptation of Blake Crouch's 2012 novel premiered on Fox in 2015 and has two seasons so far. Matt Dillon stars as Ethan Burke, who shows up in Wayward Pines and quickly learns that this is not a typical small town. Sure, it's got beautiful trees, idyllic houses, and a coffee shop, but... you can't exactly leave. Yeah, that's a pretty key difference. Watching him figure out the mystery is lots of fun, and there are great performances from Juliette Lewis and Terrence Howard.
It might not be up there with Stranger Things in terms of quality and it doesn't have the same fanbase, but it's a pretty entertaining show. Okay, is it October 27th yet?!
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