15 Scariest Horror Films to Stream on Peacock This Halloween
Stock up on pumpkin spice lattes and prepare for some scares!
Well, good folks, witches and vampires, are you feeling the spooky month atmosphere already? Halloween is just around the corner, and fans are preparing their watchlists for the most supernatural day of the year. Trick-or-treating and costume parties may be fun, but there's no better way to celebrate Halloween than by watching some iconic horror films.
The following 15 movies are the best (and certainly the scariest) to watch on Peacock this Halloween. Boo!
15. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
This good old classic is not only one of the few examples of a successful horror movie sequel, but also a great horror drama in its own right. The Bride of Frankenstein is scary, funny, and thought-provoking at the same time.
14. Slither (2006)
James Gunn is now known for his humorous superhero movies, but his track record also includes some experimental horror films with elements of comedy. Slither is an incredibly witty B-movie that contains many references to iconic works in the genre, from Rosemary's Baby to the horror manga Uzumaki by Junji Ito.
13. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
Wes Craven has a knack for delivering some of the wildest movies in the horror genre, and The Serpent and the Rainbow is one of the most notable examples. Loosely based on the book of the same name by anthropologist Wade Davis, the film explores the mysteries of Haitian voodoo and the zombie phenomenon.
12. Tales from the Hood (1995)
Horror movies often contain strong social commentary, with fictional monsters conveying the very real terrors that poison modern society. In his anthology film, Rusty Cundieff explores the problems of the Black community, depicting the paranormal fear experienced by three drug dealers.
11. Get Out (2017)
Jordan Peele also addresses social issues in his horror movies. His debut film Get Out is essentially about how people of color experience racism, not from mythologized rednecks, but from the very real White liberals.
10. The People Under the Stairs (1991)
One of Wes Craven's scariest films is The People Under the Stairs. Despite its fair share of satire, it is primarily a macabre tale of madness and cruelty driven by the glorification of the free market and private property.
9. Bride of Chucky (1998)
Let's be honest, we are both freaked out by and attracted to Chucky. And what could be scarier than a bloodthirsty doll? The doll's fiancé! This film is creepy, nasty, and also incredibly charming — thanks to the doll dynamics and occasional dismemberment.
8. Psycho (1960)
Do we really need to say anything about Alfred Hitchcock and his magnum opus? Sixty years after its premiere, Psycho remains one of the most disturbing films in the history of cinema, and the one that defined the slasher genre.
7. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
This one may not be as witty as George A. Romero's cult classic, but Zack Snyder and James Gunn's remake was an incredibly successful modern take on the zombie theme. It also did a much better job than the original at creating a strong sense of unease and anxiety in the audience.
6. Us (2019)
Jordan Peele's second horror film proved to be even scarier than Get Out. Full of references to 80s horror, especially the works of John Carpenter, Us is a parable of those who suffer and those who thrive, with the plot following doppelgangers who first copy and then rebel against humans.
5. Prince of Darkness (1987)
Speaking of Carpenter, a true master of horror! Of his trilogy, which also includes The Thing and In the Mouth of Madness, Prince of Darkness is probably the most underrated. Very unfair, we have to admit, as the movie revolves around quantum scientists who fall into madness while studying an ancient cylinder containing a material concentration of Satan.
4. Thirst (2009)
Korean filmmakers sometimes deliver even creepier stories than Hollywood. This shocking and visually stunning film, created by Oldboy director Park Chan-wook, follows a Catholic priest who becomes a vampire, coveting the blood and body of his childhood friend's wife.
3. Candyman (1992)
One of the most atmospheric and goriest horror films is Candyman, based on a short story by leading horror writer Clive Barker. It tells a creepy story about revenge for national sins, set against the backdrop of urban legends.
2. The Thing (1982)
For some, John Carpenter's masterpiece is the best option for Christmas due to the snowy Antarctica setting, but we think it's equally good for Halloween! The Thing remains one of the greatest horror films ever made, thanks to its body horror visuals as well as the atmosphere of isolation and inevitable cosmic dread.
1. Videodrome (1983)
Undoubtedly, David Cronenberg is another master of the genre, as his Videodrome is one of the most iconic horror movies of the 1980s. Featuring techno-aesthetics, this surrealistic body horror had a huge influence on the modern creepypastas and found-footage genre.