The Best Horror Movies On Stan

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It's October, the spooky month, and there's no better time to curl up in front of the TV with a good horror movie or six. Between the classics and the most frightening modern masterpieces, Stan has a fantastic collection of horror films. Here are ten of our favourites.


Blair Witch

Unlike the dismal Blair Witch Project sequel, the 2016 reimagining of Blair Witch offers far better scares, recapturing the tensely unsettling atmosphere of the original film. Sure, it's no classic like its predecessor, but considering the original defined the entire genre that's not surprising.

A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch.


Carrie

It's surprisingly rare to find originals over remakes on most streaming services, but Stan has the 1976 Carrie in all its blood-drenched glory. If you've never watched this classic, based on Stephen King's novel of the same name, now's the time. Even if you've seen it, it might just be time for a rewatch.

After an embarassing incident causes Carrie's fellow students to tease her ruthlessly, the telekinetic social misfit (Sissy Spacek) wreaks havoc at the prom.


Dumplings

One of Stan's best draws is its broad selection of foreign films, and Dumplings is one of the gems that can be found when you're willing to venture beyond the English language. The story follows an aging actress who delves into the dark and grisly world of the paranormal in an attempt to reclaim her youthful beauty, led by the mysterious Aunt Mei.

A twisted and disturbing psycho-drama about one woman's desire for eternal youth. From Hong Kong director Fruit Chan, and shot by Australian cinematographer Christopher Doyle.


Insidious

Like James Wan's other blockbuster movie franchises, the original is undoubtedly the best when it comes to Insidious. A house full of vaguely malicious ghosts, a comedic duo of ghost hunters and a Darth-Maul cosplaying demon all combine for a horror experience that's refreshingly different (as long as you haven't seen any of the other Insidious films, that is.)

Insidious tells the story of a young family who move into a new home and make a terrifying discovery that science cannot explain.


It Comes At Night

Released in 2017, It Comes At Night was ultimately overshadowed by a host of other fantastic horror releases, but that doesn't mean you should neglect this quietly terrifying film. It Comes At Night strips horror back to its essentials, finding its scares in what is unseen rather than trying to present horrifying sights.

Secure within a desolate home with his vigilant, protective and heavily armed parents, 17-year-old Travis navigates fear, grief and paranoia amid scarce resources as a desperate young couple seeks refuge in his family home with their young child.


Let The Right One In

Another foreign language film, Swedish horror Let The Right One In is part romance and part coming-of-age with a good heaping of supernatural horror. This movie might not have you jumping out of your seat, but it's still a must-watch for horror fans. Stan also has the English-language remake, Let Me In, which is surprisingly faithful as remakes go - but the original is undoubtedly the best.

Lonely, 12-year-old Oskar is an outsider; bullied, struggling to fit in at school and left alone to fend for himself at home while his mother works nights. One evening he meets the mysterious Eli, a pale young girl, who has moved in next door.


Paranormal Activity

Love it or hate it, Paranormal Activity changed the horror scene for good - and did it all on a $15,000 budget. While subsequent sequels have dragged the concept into mediocrity, Paranormal Activity is masterful in its flow, building unending tension towards its unavoidable finale.

A young couple suspects that their house is haunted by a malevolent entity. They set up video surveillance to capture evidence of what happens at night as they sleep.


The Amityville Horror

Another classic, the original 1979 film is undoubtedly dated, but still wildly unsettling. I don't know what it is about this film, but it always sticks with me after watching. Stan also hosts a variety of other Amityville remakes, sequels and offshoots - but you should watch the original before delving into any of those.

The middle-class Lutz family are terrorized by their new Long Island home...which is possessed by demons.


The Cabin In The Woods

The movie to watch when you feel like you've watched too much horror, The Cabin In The Woods takes on the horror movie meta with surprising skill. While it's not the most sophisticated unpacking of the horror genre ever, it's also a damn fun romp with some great individual moments.

Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.


The Descent

Taking your fear of dark, enclosed spaces to the next level, The Descent's caving horror story shines with a fantastic cast and some truly tense moments. Despite its supernatural threats, it's humanity that bares its ugliest side in The Descent.

Six women meet in a remote part of the Appalachians to explore a cave hidden deep in the woods. But disaster strikes when a rock fall blocks their exit and there is something else lurking under the earth.

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