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The 30 Best Slasher Movies to Watch on Halloween and Beyond

Depending on who you’re talking to, Halloween isn’t quite complete without a certain thing. For some, it’s that first pumpkin spice latte of the season, whereas with others, it’s the fact that they get to hate on that same pumpkin spice latte for a good month. But for the hardcore fans, there’s a good chance that it’s simply the movie, Halloween, or one of the other many classic slashers from the past 50 years.

1. Halloween (1978)

In her film debut, Jamie Lee Curtis quickly established herself on the horror scene with her role as Laurie Strode in one of the most well-known slasher movies of all time—Halloween. The film follows the now-iconic villain, Michael Myers, as he searches for babysitters to kill on Halloween.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Halloween-John-Carpenter/dp/B018A5RPYU
2. Psycho (1960)

Even if you’ve never seen Psycho, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen its iconic shower scene in some sort of iteration in the years since the movie was first released. Hitchcock’s film—based on the novel of the same name—centers around Norman Bates, the owner of the Bates Motel, and Marion Crane, who stops by one night.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Psycho-Anthony-Perkins/dp/B000I9YLWG
3. Child’s Play (1988)

Before there was Chuckie on Rugrats, there was Chucky the insane, serial-killer doll from Child’s Play. When pre-doll, human Chucky is killed by a police officer, he performs voodoo to reincarnate as a popular doll to take revenge on his enemies. Given that Chucky was also a serial killer before he was killed, this ends up including more than just his enemies.

Watch on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/movie/childs-play-22bbbacb-3afc-4194-bf61-c5ef83d58348
4. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Written and directed by Wes Craven, A Nightmare on Elm Street is more of a supernatural slasher, as the villain, Freddy Krueger, claims his victims in their dreams. Johnny Depp also makes his film debut, playing the role of Glen Lantz.

Watch on HBO Max
https://www.hbomax.com/feature/urn:hbo:feature:GXrnLcQzKrR8GwgEAAAAW
5. Scream (1996)

Set at a high school, Scream is similar to Halloween in that the main antagonist is after teenagers, which makes sense given that the screenplay was greatly influenced by both the horror movies that came before it, as well as the real-life story of the Gainesville Ripper. It’s masked antagonist, Ghostface, has become a well-known villain over the years, with its mask never going out of style on Halloween.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Scream-David-Arquette/dp/B004U8VUQG
6. Friday the 13th (1980)

In the first of what would become 12 movies, Friday the 13th follows the hockey-masked Jason Voorhees at Camp Crystal Lake, a summer camp, where he goes after a group of camp counselors. In the years prior to this, many people have been stalked, killed, and drowned; despite this, teenagers keep coming back—and so does Jason.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Friday-13th-Betsy-Palmer/dp/B003COE90S
7. Happy Death Day (2017)

Happy Death Day is what happens when the concept of Groundhog Day meets a classic slasher film. Even though this movie looked slightly corny judging by its commercials, it was received fairly well with its time loop concept. In the film, Tree, a student at college, is killed on her birthday, but when she wakes up, she realizes it’s the previous day. Given this knowledge, she uses each looped day to figure out who her murderer is.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Death-Day-Jessica-Rothe/dp/B076BZVSQ2
8. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Though it was filmed on a very limited budget, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was at the forefront of the slasher genre with its plot and infamous villain, Leatherface. The story involves a group of teenagers who drive to a farmhouse and end up encountering a family of cannibals, including one who wears a mask out of human skin—Leatherface. The film has seen tons of iterations in the years following and many have credited it with defining the slasher movie genre as a whole.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Texas-Chain-Saw-Massacre/dp/B017SZNK56
9. Black Christmas (1974)

Black Christmas is another classic slasher that has been remade a few times, one in 2006 and another in 2019. In this first film, threatening and mysterious calls are made to a sorority house’s Christmas party, but only one of the girls is concerned. However, when the calls don’t stop and victims start surfacing, it becomes clear that the threats are serious and that the killer is closer than they realize.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Black-Christmas-Olivia-Hussey/dp/B01MSXEEFG
10. Candyman (1992)

This slasher film borders on a supernatural theme as the plot is based on an urban legend about the power of saying the name, “Candyman.” The legend goes that if you say “Candyman” five times while facing a mirror, it will summon him to kill whoever said his name. The main character, Helen, expresses her disbelief in the myth, and because of that, the Candyman takes it as an opportunity to prove her wrong.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Candyman-Virginia-Madsen/dp/B001AQEIB0
11. Strait-Jacket (1964)

Around the time Strait-Jacket was released, Joan Crawford was in a bit of a slump in the years following What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, which had been a huge hit. As a way to get herself on the map again, Crawford took this film, and while the movie didn’t do well critically, she was praised for her performance in the main role of Lucy Harbin. The film is set 20 years after Harbin killed her husband and his mistress, following her subsequent stint in a psychiatric facility.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Strait-Jacket-Joan-Crawford/dp/B001NKGYMY
12. Saw (2004)

Jigsaw, the antagonist of the film, has become a quick classic in the years since Saw was first released in 2004; in less than 20 years, the franchise has had seven sequels, each in some way revolving around Jigsaw and his tests. After surviving a suicide attempt, he decides to dedicate his life to getting others to have the same newfound, positive feeling about life.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Saw-Cary-Elwes/dp/B000XSEPYQ
13. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

The Cabin in the Woods is definitely a freaky take on the modern slasher movie. Whereas previous horror movies had one main antagonist acting alone, this film features an engineered situation, with everything at the house controlled remotely. The lab engineers who are overseeing the house use different methods to control the group of college students who are staying at the cabin, including drugging them to cloud judgement, as well as sending in antagonists.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Cabin-Woods-Kristen-Connolly/dp/B008WB33LW
14. Deep Red (1975)

An Italian horror movie, Deep Red combines a few themes of film into one, including mysteries, thrillers, crime, and slashers. It fits into the classic genre of Italian giallo horror films, turning out to be one of the most successful films of the genre in the years since its release. The movie centers around a person only seen in silhouette who carries out several murders, and Marcus—one of the main characters—who attempts to solve the case.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Red-David-Hemmings/dp/B076QLK48S
15. Ma (2019)

Octavia Spencer does much of the heavy lifting in this light slasher, and because it has received a bit of the meme treatment since its release, Ma has quickly become a horror favorite. When a group of teenagers asks Spencer’s character, “Ma,” to buy them liquor, she starts to develop an odd relationship with the group. She eventually invites them over to party in her basement, but when Ma starts to become too much of a part of their lives, things go awry.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Ma-Octavia-Spencer/dp/B07SMBD3M4
16. Halloween (2018)

Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode in this installment of Halloween, and even though there have been 10 iterations prior, this is the technical sequel to the original film. Taking place 40 years after the first movie, Michael Myers escapes from the institution he had been locked in and makes his way back to town. In this time, Strode has remained worried about Myers and has become a slight agoraphobe as a result of her fear.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Halloween-Jamie-Lee-Curtis/dp/B07JDXGJ9Z
17. My Bloody Valentine (1981)

In staying with one of the classic slasher themes of having the plot coincide with a holiday, My Bloody Valentine takes place at an impromptu Valentine’s Day party after the town’s planned dance is canceled because of a murder. Because this is a slasher movie, the murders don’t just stop because the dance is canceled.

Watch on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/movie/my-bloody-valentine-b246e2d8-2d1f-4760-a121-630398c7700c
18. Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

Following the original film’s success, this sequel utilizes the same time loop as Happy Death Day as well as a good portion of the original cast. In this iteration, the film focuses on Carter’s roommate, Ryan, who finds himself in the same time loop as Tree did in the first movie. A third installment is even on the way, titled Happy Death Day To Us.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Death-Day-Jessica-Rothe/dp/B07NJ5K4FC
19. The Prowler (1981)

The Prowler‘s cult following over the years has established the film’s standing on the slasher movie scene, even though it wasn’t received that well on a critical level. The antagonist of this movie is a World War II veteran—an unlikely murderer—who decides to stalk college students on the anniversary of his wife’s death.

Watch on Apple TV
https://tv.apple.com/us/movie/the-prowler/umc.cmc.5903rl9hu7iw68amlgz9jyjyy
20. Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)

In her film debut, Brooke Shields plays the role of Karen Spages, who—on the day of her First Communion—is murdered at church by someone wearing a mask. Prior to her murder, Karen’s older sister, Alice, had been shown with a similar mask to that of the one used in the killing of her sister.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Alice-Sweet-Brooke-Shields/dp/B01MSWPXSJ
21. The House on Sorority Row (1983)

The House on Sorority Row follows a more classical slasher theme with a house of sorority sisters being tormented immediately following their graduation from college. After a prank on their house mother ends poorly, things around the house start to go downhill.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/House-Sorority-Row-Kate-McNeil/dp/B00QDYLMIG
22. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

I Know What You Did Last Summer has a stacked starring cast, with Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Ryan Philippe. The film centers around a group of friends who accidentally killed someone in a car accident the summer before the film is set. A year following this, they’re hunted down by a murderer with a hook as an arm, influenced by the urban legend of “The Hook.”

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Know-What-You-Last-Summer/dp/B0017I71JC
23. When a Stranger Calls (1979)

It’s no surprise that a film that would later inspire Scream in 1996 would feature the now-classic slasher use of threatening phone calls. When a Stranger Calls begins with a babysitter receiving a mysterious call to check on the child she’s watching.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/When-Stranger-Calls-Carol-Kane/dp/B07ZL3N79P
24. Us (2019)

Jordan Peele—who brought us Get Out back in 2017—both wrote and directed this horror-thriller film starring Lupita Nyong’o. He harnessed that same uncomfortable, creepy vibe from Get Out and turned it up a notch, giving Us an entirely new level of terror.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Us-Lupita-Nyongo/dp/B07PH2LGM2
25. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Starring Jessica Biel, this remake of the 1974 original features Leatherface as the main antagonist once again, this time terrorizing a group of friends who had been on their way to see a concert. It follows roughly the same set-up, and though it was released in 2003, the film is set in 1973.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Texas-Chainsaw-Massacre-Jessica-Biel/dp/B00351LYIS
26. Black Christmas (2019)

A much more modernized remake of 1974’s Black Christmas, this iteration follows roughly the same plot, set at a college sorority house right around the time that students are leaving for winter break. When a murderer decides to take on the campus, the sorority sisters have to figure out how to survive.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Black-Christmas-Imogen-Poots/dp/B082379BG9
27. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

Though this film is written and directed by Wes Craven of A Nightmare on Elm Street, it isn’t necessarily a sequel to the franchise—it more so serves as a way of looking at both the original film and the genre of slashers in a new light. Instead of Freddy Krueger just being the villain in this movie, he’s playing a villain of a horror movie in this movie.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Wes-Cravens-Nightmare-Robert-Englund/dp/B001GPR01K
28. The Strangers (2008)

The Strangers, inspired by the Manson family, stars Liv Tyler as Kristen, and Scott Speedman as her husband, James, as they go on vacation at his family’s home in the middle of nowhere. This sounds like a bad situation already, but when the home is broken into, things get profoundly worse.

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70060008
29. Candyman (2021)

Although this holds the same title as its 1992 predecessor, Candyman (2021) isn’t a true remake—it’s simply inspired by the original film. This iteration’s main character, Anthony, learns of the urban legend of Candyman and gets wrapped up in the myth, incorporating it into his artwork. The film follows the toll that the legend is almost unconsciously taking on Anthony.

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Candyman-4K-UHD-Yahya-Abdul-Mateen/dp/B09FYJD86H
30. Halloween Kills (2021)

Just released on October 15, Halloween Kills is yet another sequel to the franchise, with Jamie Lee Curtis returning once again, as well as Kyle Richards, who’s reprising her role as Lindsey Wallace from the original film. The movie picks up where the 2018 sequel left off, allowing for a seamless transfer of action from one film to the next.

Watch on Peacock or in Theaters
https://www.peacocktv.com/stream-movies/halloween-kills
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Consoles Gaming

The 20 Best Multiplayer Horror Games

People tend to be split down the middle when it comes to horror games. Some people love them and are fuelled by the fear and suspense that comes with playing them and some people can’t understand why anyone would ever put themselves through such an experience.

For the latter group of people, perhaps the solution is having someone by your side, literally or figuratively. For you, we have a treat. Below is a list of the 20 best multiplayer horror games, so that you can share the experience with a friend.

1. Cry Of Fear

Cry Of Fear started out as a mod for the first Half-Life game, using its standard renderer, before becoming its own game. Interestingly, the game features an entirely separate co-op campaign that works better having already played the single-player campaign, because it sort of relies on the single-player campaign as context. If you’re willing to put the time in, we recommend the game from Swedish indie studio Team Psykskallar.

Free to play
https://store.steampowered.com/app/223710/Cry_of_Fear/
2. Dead By Daylight

Dead By Daylight is a 1 vs. 4 online multiplayer where the one is a killer who the other four must dodge and escape from. To do this, the other players must turn on generators around the map so that they can use the exit. What’s great about this game is that there are characters that can be used that are licensed from other famous horror franchises. Survivors can take on the roles of characters from Stranger Things, Saw, Left 4 Dead, A Nightmare On Elm Street, and more while Killers have those options as well as Fun World’s Ghost Face and Hellraiser amongst others.

Buy now, $9.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/381210/Dead_by_Daylight/
3. Dead Space 3

We’re excited for the Dead Space remake which we’re going to have to wait until 2022 to get news for, but in the meantime, playing the third game in the main series will hold you down. Playing the story with a friend on co-op actually unlocks new details of the story and some additional missions, so it’s well worth a try even if you already tried the story on your own when the game came out in 2013.

Buy now, $4.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1238060/Dead_Space_3/
4. Deceit

Developed and published Baseline, Deceit is a game whose title sums it up perfectly. Like Dead By Daylight, you and a group of friends are tasked with escaping an area through an exit and must complete some tasks to do so. However, one of you is infected and must secretly consume the blood bags around the map to turn into a monster where you must kill all the players before they exit. There are items along the way that will help you figure out who the infected is too, so use them wisely.

Free to play
https://store.steampowered.com/app/466240/Deceit/
5. Dying Light

Much like many games on this list, Dying Light allows you to play the campaign with some friends if you so wish. What makes this one unique though is that the co-op version of the campaign features co-op challenges, where you and your friends can compete to see who kills the most zombies and race each other to airdrops, adding some fun. In addition to this is the Be The Zombie mode where one player becomes the Night Hunter and is tasked with stopping other players from destroying infected nests.

Buy now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/239140/Dying_Light_Enhanced_Edition/
6. F.3.A.R.

F.3.A.R., or F.E.A.R. 3, was developed by Day 1 Studios and published by Warner Bros. Released in 2011, it was the first game in the series to allow players to experience the campaign with a friend through co-op. Knowing what happens in the first two games is important and does enhance the experience of this game, so it’s worth playing through first. As well as the co-op story mode, there are four multiplayer game modes: Fucking Run!, Contractions, Soul Survivor, and Soul King, allowing players to team up or battle against each other like any good multiplayer should.

Buy now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/21100/FEAR_3/
7. Friday The 13th: The Game

This kind of survival horror, as evidenced by Dead By Daylight and Deceit already appearing on this list, is very popular right now. In a group, one player is randomly selected to control Jason Vorhees and they must kill as many of the other players, who will control Camp Crystal Lake counselors before the time runs out. You can fight back against Jason with items like bear traps, but Jason also has abilities like being able to teleport anywhere on the map, which ups the tension at all times. There are five maps available that are based on locations from the first five films.

Buy now, $14.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/438740/Friday_the_13th_The_Game/
8. GTFO

GTFO comes from Swedish independent studio 10 Chambers Collective. The game is still technically in early access, with the time for a full release yet to be decided on. You’re one of four scavengers who must retrieve data from a particular area for a mysterious entity called The Warden. The only problem? The area is pitch blacked and filled with monsters.

Buy now, $34.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/493520/GTFO/
9. Hide & Shriek

A lot of the games on this list are scary, but their concepts are really nothing new. If you want a multiplayer horror that’s a little fresher, look no further than Hide & Shriek. Developed by Funcom, the game pits two players against each other, giving them both a bunch of tasks to complete. However, along the way, you’ll get additional points for scaring the other person, luring them into traps, and performing rituals. To make things better and scarier, you’re both invisible, so you’ll have to keep an eye out for clues about where the other person is and what they could be doing.

Free to play
https://store.steampowered.com/app/480430/Hide_and_Shriek/
10. Hunt: Showdown

Hunt: Showdown is a multiplayer FPS that was released on Windows and Xbox in 2019 and PS4 in 2020. In the Bounty Hunt mode, players can either go it alone or team up to hunt down the Butcher, the Assassin, the Spider, or the Scrapbeak, the game’s four monsters. However, while you do this, you also have to look out for rival bounty hunters, making the game all the more suspenseful. There’s also the battle royale mode, where players must find an energy wellspring whilst fighting off enemies.

Buy now, $39.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/594650/Hunt_Showdown/
11. Killing Floor 2

Killing Floor 2 can be played alone, but why on earth would you ever want to do that when you can be part of a team of 6? You and a group of five friends can take on the game which takes place a short while after the events of the first game. Despite this, the sequel can be played and enjoyed on its own. You and your group of five friends will team up against hordes of Zeds, which are essentially zombies. If you like the concept, you might also like the Versus Survival version, where there are 6 teams of 2 and all but one team become Zeds, with the aim of killing the human team.

Buy now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/232090/Killing_Floor_2/
12. No More Room In Hell

No More Room In Hell was first released on Halloween of 2011 as a Half-Life 2 mod but two years later to the day, it was re-released as a standalone game. The game was created by Max Kazan. Set in a zombie apocalypse, you and your friends take the role of eight survivors who must work together to survive. There are two multiplayer game modes. In Objective, players must exit the area and in Survival, players must kill increasing waves of zombies while supplies get dropped every now and then.

Free to play
https://store.steampowered.com/app/224260/No_More_Room_in_Hell/
13. Phasmophobia

Phasamophobia really took off recently. The name is taken from the word for the fear of ghosts, so no prizes for guessing what you’ll be up against here. Phasmophobia puts you and some friends in the shoes of a paranormal investigator, or a ghost hunter if you will. A great unique selling point that this game has is that it features speech recognition, which means that the sound of equipment and even some keywords that players say in voice chat can be heard by ghosts, who will react accordingly. If that’s not spooky and won’t keep you on your toes, we don’t know what will.

Buy now, $13.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/739630/Phasmophobia/
14. Resident Evil 5

Fans and critics alike were very mixed on Resident Evil 5, but it does offer a good amount of multiplayer content. It was the first game in the series designed for co-op gameplay. Players control Chris and Sheva, the latter of which would be controlled by A.I. if players played on their own. You can either play online with a friend or split-screen, which is an option we see less frequently nowadays. The other multiplayer aspect of the game is the Versus DLC, which features the Slayers and Survivors modes.

Buy now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/21690/Resident_Evil_5/
15. Sign Of Silence

In Sign Of Silence, you and some friends end up in a car crash in a town called Danville, which is creepier than anything you’ve ever come across before. As you try to escape the town, monsters and eerie cultists will do their best to get you.

Buy now, $4.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1346070/Sign_of_Silence/
16. Obscure

Developed by Hydravision Entertainment, Obscure was released in 2004 and 2005 in Europe and North America, respectively. This game allows two players to tackle the campaign together with co-op and that’s a big help. Obscure is set at Leafmore High, where some students end up locked in the school overnight after searching for a missing friend. What they discover are some dark secrets about the school, that some students are mutated monsters due to injections and experimentation. If you’re looking for a creepy environment to traverse through and a fun game to scare yourself and a friend, this is a good choice.

Buy now, $6.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/254460/Obscure/
17. The Blackout Club

The story of this game is that teenagers in a particular small town have been dealing with blackouts, that see them in a completely different area when they wake up. They uncover a dark and scary secret which pits them against a monster they can only see with their eyes closed.

Buy now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/599080/The_Blackout_Club/
18. The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope

Little Hope was released about a year ago for Windows, the PS4, and the Xbox One. The Shared Story mode allows players to team up for the campaign, all the while making decisions that affect each other and the game’s ending. The great news here is that if you’re a fan of the game, you have Man Of Medan and House Of Ashes to play, with 5 other games planned for release as part of the anthology.

Buy now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1194630/The_Dark_Pictures_Anthology_Little_Hope/
19. The Forest

Developed by Endnight Games and released for Windows and the PlayStation 4 in 2018, The Forest is a game where survival is the key. Doing this during the day is tricky because one or two cannibals can be a threat if not taken seriously, but it’s when the sun goes down where things get scary, with hordes of them coming at you.

Buy now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/242760/The_Forest/
20. Unfortunate Spacemen

Unfortunate Spacemen is one of the smaller games on this list, but don’t knock it until you try it. It was developed by Geoff Keene and it pits you and your teammates against a shapeshifting alien, which is controlled by one person. Some people have referred to this game as a more advanced version of Among Us and we can see why, with its concept and setting. If you liked Among Us but want a scarier twist, this is a must-play.

Free to play
https://store.steampowered.com/app/408900/Unfortunate_Spacemen/