Each week we choose a hearty selection of tasty TV and movie treats that are available to watch the coming weekend through streaming services, and this week is no different.
What we have changed however, is that we’ve themed it thanks to Saturday being Halloween. So the following shows and films each have a hint of the spooky about them.
You can catch all of them through a subscription-based or free service on a streaming device, such as a Roku set-top-box or Streaming Stick. And there are plenty of other nuggets out there that you can watch rather than linear-television too.
Here though are the highlights.
(NOW TV, Google Play)
A firm favourite with horror fans, Stanley Kubrick’s intensely creepy adaptation of Stephen King’s novel focuses on the life of Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), a writer and recovering alcoholic, who takes a job as on off-season caretaker at an isolated hotel.
His family accompanies him, including his son Danny who possesses ‘the shining’ - an array of psychic abilities that allow Danny to pick up on the hotel’s sinister past. As a winter storm leaves the family cut off from the outside world, Jack gradually becomes influenced by a supernatural presence which sparks his descent into madness. Quality creepiness ensues.
American Horror Story
This acclaimed ‘horror anthology’ is perfect viewing for Halloween. Each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, full of creepy characters and bizarre plots.
Three seasons are currently available on Netflix so there’s plenty of scary action to ensure your Halloween weekend is suitably chilly.
When the Freelings move into their new home all seems to be going well, -until a malevolent force surfaces and begins to communicate with five-year-old Carol Ann. When she disappears, the family are forced to turn to a parapsychologist – and an exorcist - for help. Poltergeist was remade earlier this year, but for us the Spielberg-directed original version remains the scariest.
The Enfield Haunting
Starring Timothy Spall, Matthew Macfadyen and Juliet Stevenson, this three-part drama tells of the terrifying and bizarre real events that took place at an ordinary house in Enfield during the autumn of 1977. The incident remains to this day the most documented account of poltergeist activity in British history.
One of the stand-out horror films of 2014, The Babadook centres on the recently widowed Amelia and her struggle to control her wayward six-year-old, Samuel. When the child finds a disturbing pop-up book in the house, he becomes convinced that the story’s character – Mister Babadook – is out to kill him.
As Samuel’s hallucinations spiral out of control, Amelia is forced to medicate him - but when she sees glimpses of an evil presence around her it seems that Samuel’s claims may be real. Dum de dum dum.
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