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10 new horror movies to watch for Halloween

Halloween is only a week away so it’s important to start planning what you’re going to watch now!

With so many horror movies on offer, we want to help you sort through the noise and find only the best. In the run up to Halloween loads of movies have been released so we’ve taken a look at all the newer releases and picked the best 10 of them.

Keep reading to find out which films we think you should be putting in your watch list for the spookiest season of the year…


1. Cult of Chucky

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The seventh film in the long-running Child’s Play series is also one of, if not THE, most inventive so far. The film premiered at Horror Channel FrighFest back in August and it just arrived on Blu-ray and DVD recently. Chucky is back and once again after Nica (Fiona Dourif), who is now in a mental institution after being accused of killing her family. Of course, we all know Nica is innocent and when she starts to fear that Chucky is after her again, all hell breaks loose!

Where to watch: Digital Download, Blu-ray or DVD

Read our review of Cult of Chucky


2. Jigsaw

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Full disclosure – we haven’t seen the film yet but if the trailers are anything to go by, it’s going to be amazing! The eighth instalment in the Saw franchise (yes we can’t believe it either) looks like it’s getting back to basics and it stars Matt Passmore (The Glades) and Laura Vandervoort (Smallville). Is Jigsaw really back from the dead? Will the deaths be as spectacular and inventive as ever? You’ll have to find out when it’s released in cinemas on Thursday 26th October!

Where to watch: Cinema

3. The Ritual

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The only British horror in the list, The Ritual is in cinemas now and it’s surprisingly good. Starring Rafe Spall, Robert-James Collier and Sam Troughton, the movie is about a group of friends who reunite for a trip to a forest to mark the death of one of their friends. The excursion soon turns creepy when they take a shortcut and things get very spooky! It’s daft but good fun all the same!

Where to watch: Cinema

Read our review of The Ritual


4. Happy Death Day

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Imagine seeing your own death and then having to relive that day over and over until you figure out who killed you. That’s the premise of the inventive and witty Happy Death Day starring Jessica Rothe. It’s like Groundhog Day with a dark and sinister twist but it’s also a whole lot of fun. We can’t tell you too much about the plot though otherwise it’ll ruin it for you. Go in with an open mind and you’ll love it!

Where to watch: Cinema


5. The Babysitter

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McG (Charlie’s Angels) is back on form with this smart horror flick. A young boy tries to spy on his babysitter when she has friends over but he sees a bit more than he was expecting. Not only is his babysitter a murderer, she’s also in league with the Devil. Gulp. As he tries to make it through the night alive, Cole (Judah Lewis) has to keep his wits about him as the babysitter and her friends try to stop him from spilling their dark secret.

Where to watch: Netflix


6. IT

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Now the highest-grossing horror movie of all-time, IT is quickly emerging as one of the finest horrors ever made. Scarier and smarter than the 1990 mini-series of the same name, the Stephen King adaptation is a coming-of-age story that expertly explores childhood and mixes it with jumpy scares and plenty of humour. The film is truly wonderful and best caught on the big screen!

Where to watch: Cinema

Read our review of IT


7. Gerald’s Game

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Do you have a penchant for kinky sex? Well you might think differently once you’ve watched Gerald’s Game! Another Stephen King adaptation, the Netflix movie is about a married couple who go to a remote lake house for a passionate weekend away. Jessie (Carla Gugino) agrees to be handcuffed to a bed and is left stuck when her husband Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) dies during their sex game. If you enjoy your horrors psychological, you’ll love this one!

Where to watch: Cinema


8. Annabelle: Creation

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It may be hard to find this one as it’s been out for a while now but it rights most of the wrongs of the first movie. Annabelle has potential but with Chucky proving to be an all-together scarier killer doll, she has her work cut out. This origin story is more effective than its predecessor and there are plenty of chills to enjoy. There’s definitely life in this franchise yet!

Where to watch: Cinema


9. Split

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M. Night Shyamalan had a return to form with The Visit in 2015 and it looks like he’s continuing his streak with Split. James McAvoy plays a man suffering from multiple personalities who kidnaps a group of young girls. Simple premise sure, but it’s damn effective and reminds you of a time when Shyamalan used to regularly smash it out of the park with his movies.

Where to watch: Blu-ray, DVD or Sky Cinema


10. Get Out

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You know the story – boy meets girl, girl takes boy home to meet parents, bat-shit crazy stuff goes down and it all turns into an absolute nightmare. Jordan Peel’s spectacular movie picked up plenty of critical acclaim, quite rightly, and it’s one of the best examples of smart horror we’ve seen in a very long time. It’ll unnerve you, it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat and it’ll leave you begging for mercy.

Where to watch: Blu-ray or DVD


What films will you be watching this Halloween? Leave a comment and let us know! 

Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip is the Editor of Entertainment Focus and the Managing Director of agency Piñata Media.
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