What better way to indulge your taste for the pants-fillingly frightening than to dim the lights, curl up on the couch and watch a horror film?
Thankfully, the days of having to venture out to the video shop or cross your fingers that something suitable is on are over - there's a horrifying wealth of scary movies available at your fingertips on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV.
Here, you'll find the Stuff team's pick of Now TV's horror movie selection. There's sure to be something in here that'll put the willies up you.
Searching for scares on a different streaming service? We've got you covered:
It Comes At Night
A creeping, minimalist horror-thriller with very little gore, a mere handful of characters and next to nothing in the way of clear explanation as to what’s going on or who’s to be feared, It Comes At Night probably won’t satisfy casual viewers looking for an easy hour and a half’s entertainment.
Not only is this tale of a family trying to survive in the wake of an unspecified pandemic unrelentingly bleak, it will almost certainly leave you with a sense of frustration and hopelessness – and that’s probably the point. As a lean, powerful exploration of family and paranoia, there are few modern movies that can match it.
Deep and crisp and even it may be, but the Antarctic snow of John Carpenter’s cult horror classic is far from pure. The movie’s eponymous parasitic extraterrestrial, unwittingly woken from an icy slumber beneath the permafrost, is able to assume human form, leading to near-unbearable suspense – who is human, and who is the alien? - as the inhabitants of a cut-off research station are preyed upon in gruesome fashion.
In a world of Saws, Hostels and Human Centipedes, Hitchcock’s The Birds might seem awfully quaint. What’s scary about a flock of crows hanging out in a playground? Hasn’t anyone who’s ever eaten a chip by the seaside received some unwelcome attention from a seagull?
It’s exactly this supposed lack of menace that the master of suspense turns into a threat, cleverly eschewing music completely to instill an unsettling sense of dread. Without The Birds, we’d also never have had Big Train’s brilliant ‘The Working Class’ sketch – and for that we must be eternally grateful.
It’s not often that horror movies get nominated for Best Picture Oscars (in fact, the last two were Pan’s Labyrinth in 2006 and Black Swan in 2010, both of which could arguably described as non-horror), but Get Out isn’t your average slasher flick or ghost story, even if it features gallons of gore and lashings of otherworldly creepiness.
What we have here is a satirical, genre-bending piece that functions both as a straight-up scary movie and as a wry, insightful take on race – in particular, on modern interracial dating between black men and white women. And, as you’d expect from a film written and directed by Jordan Peele, it’s not short of laughs either. Add in Daniel Kaluuya’s fantastic (also Oscar-nominated) lead performance and its box office smash status, and you can see why it’s attracted the Academy’s attention. But who needs Oscar’s seal of approval when you have Stuff’s? We say make this your next movie night priority, whether you’re a horror fan or not.
Don't Look Now
Nicolas Roeg’s 1970s horror – a cult classic for all the right reasons – tells the story of mourning parents Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, who take an extended stay in Venice in the hopes of coming to terms with their young daughter’s tragic death.
After meeting two sisters, one of whom claims to be able to contact the dead, their despair begins to lift – but there may be something worse than grief stalking them among the canals…
A lot of the most memorable horror movies are memorable precisely because there’s some kind of killer (literally) gimmick in place, and that’s very much the case with Don’t Breathe.
When a trio of teen tearaways decide to burgle the house of an old blind man, they don’t count of him being a vicious ex-soldier with sharpened hearing, a vicious guard dog and a burning desire to keep the contents of his basement a secret. .