10 movies to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video this Halloween
Last week we gave you our list of the best Halloween-themed programming on Netflix UK.
Now, allow us to present to you the best that Amazon Prime Instant Video has to offer for those seeking a spook or a scream from their screen. Whether you’re into the big-star blockbusters or lesser known gems, the good folks at Amazon have you covered this Halloweek!
1. It Follows (2014)
The latest from indie filmmaker David Robert Mitchell, this coming-of-age horror literally ‘follows’ too-cool-for-college student Jay (Maika Monroe), who becomes haunted by a supernatural entity that can take on any form after sleeping with her afflicted boyfriend for the first time. Truly creepy and original stuff!
2. The Conjuring (2013)
Described by director James Wan as ‘the Poltergeist of our generation’, this box office smash follows paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga) as they try to help a family terrorised by a dark presence dwelling in their farmhouse.
3. Hannibal (2001)
As much as we love Mads Mikkelsen, Anthony Hopkins is the boss when it comes to portraying Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who in this Ridley Scott-directed classic has enjoyed seven years since escaping from custody by eating his way across Europe. Co-starring the ‘deLecterble’ Julianne Moore and Gary Oldman.
4. Frozen (2010)
Probably not the one you’re thinking of, but much better than that Disney nonsense, if you ask us. X-Men Iceman Shawn Ashmore is back on frosty form as Joe, who gets stranded with two friends (Kevin Zegers, Emma Bell) on a chairlift high above ground after the ski resort they’re visiting closes for the night. Expect amazingly entertaining scenes featuring wolves, snapped shins, and urine. If that doesn’t intrigue you, nothing will.
5. Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014)
It wouldn’t be a Halloween movie list without some zombies, so here’s an Aussie action-horror that’s surprisingly fresh and original, with such lovely touches as the discovery that zombie blood can be used as a substitute for gasoline. Think Mad Max meets Dawn of the Dead.
6. The Order (2003)
Speaking of the Antipodean, if you’ve ever wished to see Heath Ledger as a sexy renegade priest, this is the film for you! Written and directed by Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Legend), The Order explores the horrors we all know exist within the Church, via a secret religious order called The Carolingians.
7. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
The Tim Burton musical immortalised by that bit in The Office U.S... Seriously though, Johnny Depp puts on a bloody good show as the razor-wielding singing barber whose unlucky customers find themselves destined for Mrs Lovett’s meat pie shop.
8. Clown (2014)
Horror bad boy Eli Roth steps in front of the camera as the terrifying ‘Frowny the Clown’ in this supernatural thriller about a loving father who becomes possessed by the clown suit he wears for his son’s birthday party. Amazing fun at a snappy 100 minutes long.
9. Haunter (2013)
While we wish this were a feature length film about the geometrical ghost Pokémon of the same name, it’s actually about an emo teenage ghost in the form of Abigail Breslin, who tries to protect a young girl and her family from a dead serial killer who can possess the living. It sounds stupid because it is, but it’s pretty damn enjoyable. Here’s Breslin tootin’ on a clarinet. Don’t ask…
10. Dream House (2011)
We were tempted to make this a list of nine, but figured what the heck, we may as well throw this one in. Someone might be interested in watching Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts in a psychological thriller that’s well below their station.
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