There are a number of movies that are the perfect thing to watch during this Halloween season, these are the best spooky and scary movies that Disney+ has to offer this October!
To make things a bit easier, we have organized this list so that you can see which movies are appropriate for all the family, which ones are a little bit too scary for children, and which ones are bound to give anyone nightmares!
Hocus Pocus is a classic family favorite that was made in 1993. The film focuses on a trio of 300-year-old witches who were accidentally summoned by some Halloween pranksters. The witches decide to regain their eternal youth but must outwit three children and a talking cat before they can do so.
Hocus Pocus 2
Released almost 30 years after the first movie, Hocus Pocus 2 was released this year in 2022. Once again the film focuses on the Sanderson sisters who are looking for revenge. The film takes place 29 years after the first film and once again focuses on the three school kids who must defeat the witches before they wreak a new kind of havoc on Salem.
The Haunted Mansion starring Eddie Murphy was released in 2003 and has become another scary Halloween classic which is appropriate for all the family. The film focuses on a real estate agent who brings his family to a potential new listing, Gracey Manor. They soon realise that the property is cursed and the family,with the help of supernatural psychic Madame Leota, must work together to try and break this ancient curse.
The Nightmare before Christmas
The Nightmare before Christmas is another family favorite that combines the festivities of Christmas and Halloween. The film focuses on the Pumpkin King Jack Skellington who wants to spread the joy of Christmas instead of the old scare and scream routine. However, his mission interrupts Santa and puts Christmas in jeopardy.
Edward Scissorhands is a classic from 1990 and stars Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. The film is about a boy with knives and scissors for hands who was created by a kind inventor but then left abandoned and alone when the inventor died. A lovely Avon saleswoman takes pity on Edward and invites him to come live with her family. The film is romantic and sweet and focuses on Edward's adjustment to the suburbs and his stint as a hedge trimmer and hairdresser.
Slightly Scary Thrillers
The Fly is a body horror movie from 1986 that stars Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. The film focuses on Jeff Goldblum's character who slowly morphs into a fly after his teleportation science experiment goes very wrong. The film is a science fiction horror but isn't too scary by today's standards of spooky movies.
Ready or Not
Ready or Not is a comedy thriller about a woman on her wedding night who marries into a rich and eccentric family. The family insists that they play a game together and soon the new bride is hunted by the family as they try to kill her in a very lethal game of hide and seek. The film is scary but a 16+, and the laughs in between stop it from being an outright horror movie.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a musical from 1975 that stars Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon. In this film a newly engaged couple seek help from the inhabitants of a creepy castle when their car breaks down outside on a rainy night. The couple are then introduced to the very strange people in the house and have a real adventure. The film is a cult classic, and while it isn't necessarily appropriate for children, it won't scare you too much!
This 2000 film starring Bruce Willis is about a man who survives a train wreck and soon realises that he has bizarre superpowers. The film then focuses on the mans journey to discover why he has these powers and the truth behind his superhuman existence. The film is a 12+ and while it's a bit spooky and thriller-like, it's by no means a horror.
Glass is the spookier sequel to Unbreakable, and the film Split. This film combines the characters David Dunn (Bruce Willis in Unbreakable) and The Beast (James McAvoy in Split) as they confront Mr Glass (Samuel L Jackson) who holds the secrets critical to both men.
Horrors and Scary Movies
Fresh is a romantic thriller that was released earlier in 2022. The film is about a woman named Noa who meets the charming Steve in a grocery store when they bond over grapes. The pair date and plan a romantic weekend away, but soon Noa discovers that Steve has some alarming appetites... This film is shocking and a modern thrill ride for anyone who is tired of cliché horror movies.
28 Days Later
28 Day Later is a zombie cult classic horror film starring Cillian Murphy. The film focuses on a small group of Londoners who have survived the plague and are seeking sanctuary in the North of the country. The film shows them interacting with the 'infected' and other humans who have turned on one another.
Jennifer's Body is another cult classic movie that has rightly earned its reputation as one of the best horrors of all time. The 2009 movie stars Megan Fox as a cheerleader who is possessed by a demon and begins devouring her male classmates. Amanda Seyfried stars as her best friend and the film explores their toxic relationship and the intricacies of female friendship.
What Lies Beneath
Starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford, What Lies Beneath is a 2000 movie that explores a couple's toxic relationship and their haunting by an unknown spirit. The thriller questions whether the woman is truly being haunted, or whether she is simply losing her mind.
The Sixth Sense
The Sixth Sense is another horror thriller that contains what some call the biggest twist of all time - on par with the shocking twist in Shutter Island. The film stars Bruce Willis as a child psychologist whose latest patient is a young boy who sees ghosts and can communicate with the dead.
The Village is a 2004 movie about an idyllic village where everything isn't quite as good as it seems. The villagers are warned to never venture into the woods surrounding them, but when one person ventures out, the villagers lives will never be the same again.
Devil's Due is stylised in a similar format to Paranormal Activity or The Blair Witch Project, as the film looks as if it has been entirely filmed by Zach, a man who is documenting his honeymoon and later his wife's pregnancy on a video camera. The film shows the unnatural turns that his wife's pregnancy takes as it becomes clear that things are not as they seem.
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