From chillingly inventive lockdown breakthroughs to classic scary movies you’ve never seen on the big screen before, it’s time to feel the fear with our round-up of the best scary films 2020 has to offer at ODEON cinemas this Halloween season.
Be afraid, be very afraid... but remember, at ODEON we're here to keep you safe.
The Craft: Legacy
A new coven of high school witches channel their teen angst into higher powers in this Blumhouse reboot of the classic 1996 horror.
Fans will spot plenty of nods to the first movie lurking in the shadows – amid the love spells, revenge attacks and workaday megalomania – as this hex-fuelled highschool clique rages uncontrollably towards a climax that rivals even the nightmare-inducing frenzy of the original’s Nancy Downs.
If that's not enough, here's 5 more reasons why you should join this coven...
The makers of Happy Death Day are back with another smart teen slasher, as Vince Vaughn’s deranged serial killer swaps bodies with an unassuming highschooler to wreak havoc on her peers.
Gruesome deaths, witty one-liners, clever plot twists and postmodern references keep the movie cutting-edge, while writer-director Christopher Landon pays tribute to horror classics of the past.
Rose Glass’ directorial debut is one of the most talked about horrors of the year.
Thick with atmosphere and underpinned by a bewitching breakout performance from Morfydd Clark, the film follows an unstable young hospice nurse whose newfound religious devotion takes hold to the point of possession as she becomes fixated on saving her patient’s soul, even as her own seems increasingly lost.
The lockdown horror film that set hearts racing earlier in the year ups the fear factor as it brings its small-screen scares into cinemas. About as current as a film can get, the pandemic-themed set-up sees a group of friends invite a medium along to spice up their weekly Zoom calls, but when the séance gets out of control and a prank summons an evil spirit, the isolation of quarantine becomes more terrifying than ever.
Previewing especially on Halloween, we're excited to present an extra-special Q&A with the film's creative team.
So that swathe of spooky new scares isn't enough for you?
Well get ready for a fright frenzy - we're bringing back a host of Halloween classics!
Ridley Scott’s Alien is a masterclass in claustrophobic tension that’s lost none of its skin-crawling shock value in the 41 years since its release. H.R. Giger’s iconic xenomorph design is a timeless nightmare on legs and, even though it’s only on screen for four minutes of Alien’s 117-minute runtime, such is the power of Scott’s direction – and rising panic among the Nostromo’s dwindling crew (including breakout star Sigourney Weaver) – that you’ll swear it’s there in every shadow and kink of industrial piping.
Love horror and never seen Alien on the big screen? You cannot miss this.
Halloween (1978) – with John Carpenter introduction
This iconic slasher starring Jamie Lee Curtis as a babysitter stalked by a masked killer is a true genre classic that has lost none of its impact in the four decades since its release. In that time, the dead-eyed, unstoppable force of Mike Myers has haunted many a dream, inspired hundreds of onscreen copycats, and become a popular Halloween costume to boot.
The evil returns to Haddonfield once more this season, introduced by legendary director John Carpenter.
Halloween, but make it Disney. Channeling all the fun of the season, as well as a few manageable scares, this family-friendly fantasy is a camp, gag-filled adventure about a trio of witches who return to exact revenge on the town of Salem.
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy put a spell on the locals with a mixture of fish-out-of-water fumbling, awkward exchanges and musical interludes, leaving two children and a magic cat to outwit the hapless hags and save the day.
The Silence of the Lambs
Best enjoyed with liver, fava beans and a nice Chianti, but just as good with a coke and popcorn, this chilling psychological horror is one of the most quoted (and memed) of all time.
Jodie Foster is the whip-smart but untested young FBI trainee tasked with getting close to Anthony Hopkins’ terrifying Hannibal Lecter in order to use the advice of one deranged serial killer to catch another. A stylish, intelligent thriller well deserving of its five Oscar wins.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
What’s this? A Tim Burton, Henry Selick, Danny Elfman colab that is at once a fairytale full of charm and heart, and a morbid, grotesque horror story brought to life with dazzling stop-motion animation and an addictively catchy soundtrack?
Join Jack Skellington, as he attempts to introduce the spirit of Christmas to Halloween Town, kidnapping Santa and making his own grisly treats to bring festive frights to the girls and boys.
An American Werewolf in London
Approaching its 40th anniversary, this 80s horror comedy, about two US college students attacked by a wolf during a walking tour of Britain, still has bite – the Oscar-winning make-up effects making its infamous man-to-wolf transformation a visceral experience that’s hard to forget.
Director John Landis is currently in production on the remake, so there’s never been a better time to revisit this hair-raising classic.
The Evil Dead
Sam Raimi’s cult horror breathed fresh life into the supernatural genre and foreshadowed the found-footage era of the 2010s with this low-budget, high-splatter gore-fest.
Bruce Campbell’s Ash became the role of his career, as he unleashed a book of demons upon four friends in a remote cabin.
The only way to stop them? Why dismemberment, of course. (Just don’t call them zombies…)