Halloween movies streaming in Canada

Horror cinema has been on a hot streak for several years, with titles as diverse as “Get Out”, “The Witch” and “Midsommar” scoring big at the box office and on critics’ lists. But with so many excellent, good, and good-bad horror movies and TV series to choose from, it’s harder than ever to put together a list for your annual Halloween horror binge. To that end, here are 10 creepy chillers that may have slipped under your radar, all streaming now in Canada.

A first entry from a master of the genre…

Ouija board: the origin of evil(Netflix): Before Mike Flanagan was crowned King of Prestige TV Horror for “The Haunting of Hill House” and “Midnight Mass,” he worked as America’s top independent horror director for nearly a year. decade. “Ouija: Origin of Evil,” a prequel to the lukewarm “Ouija,” was Flanagan’s first shot at a big-budget studio movie and he didn’t miss the opportunity. Everything you love about Flanagan’s slow-burn goth TV work is here – but with far less talk and set-pieces.

If you like scary clowns, you’ll love…

Hell House LLC (Amazon Prime): Found-picture movies reached their creative peak in the years with the first “Paranormal Activity” film, but the low-budget genre has delivered some gems since. “Hell House LLC” is structured as a mockumentary about a Halloween haunted house attraction gone horribly wrong, leaving more than a dozen staff and patrons dead. Clowns are as disturbing as you’d hope.

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The night house (Disney Plus): Rebecca Hall is great as a widow trying to figure out her late husband’s secret life, which may have included stints as a misogynistic serial killer. A very smart psychological horror film that does not skimp on the atmosphere and is scary.

Cheaper and scarier than a carnival funhouse…

Insidious: Chapter 2 (Amazon Prime): Pop the popcorn in the microwave, because no Halloween streaming frenzy is complete without the oft-imitated and never-duplicated James Wan. His post-“Saw” horror movies have grossed over $1 billion, a stunning achievement considering they recycle the same basic plot points and actors. This is not a criticism. Wan is the modern master of the jump scare, he imbues inanimate objects like dolls and grandfather clocks with an eerie menace, and his art direction is superb.

A disturbing tribute to “The Wicker Man”…

kill list (Shudder and AMC Plus): A riveting folk horror tale about a mentally ill ex-soldier and hitman who may or may not be a pawn in an ancient pagan ritual. One of the best horror films of the last 20 years, dark, haunting and inscrutable.

Short, mean and practically brutal…

Host (Shudder and AMC Plus): A one-hour real-time movie consisting entirely of a Zoom call. Several friends separated by the pandemic reunite to catch up, swap stories of confinement and participate in a fun virtual session. What could go wrong? If you’ve survived an extended Zoom meeting with HR, “Hosting” should be a breeze.

Serious adult horror in the vein of “Get Out” and “It Follows”…

His house (Netflix): PTSD, poverty and survivor guilt are the least of the problems facing a Sudanese couple who have been granted refugee status in the UK The couple move into a squalid flat, only to find that a demonic entity followed them from their war-torn home. A moving, beautifully acted (and downright chilling) meditation on the horrors facing the world’s burgeoning migrant population.

For fans of the “V/H/S” and “ABCs of Death” series…

Southbound (Amazon Prime): On a dark stretch of highway in the southern desert, five vehicles and their passengers encounter both human and supernatural horrors. Like all horror anthology films, “Southbound” has its ups and downs, the highest being David Bruckner’s contribution (“The Night House”), a story of extreme body horror that will have you squirming. in your seat.

Like HP Lovecraft without all the adjectives…

infinity (Amazon Prime): A mind-bending tale of cosmic horror as two adult brothers (played by the film’s actual director and screenwriter brothers) visit the compound where they were raised as unwitting members of a doomsday cult. There, they are reunited with their extended “family” and the unseen otherworldly entity they worship.

For when it’s time to turn on the lights…

Mr. Harrigan’s phone (Netflix): After taking on a small army of ghosts, murderers, demons, and evil clowns, you might want to relax with some sweeter fare. “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone” combines a career-ending short story from Stephen King with a vintage performance by Donald Sutherland in this “Twilight Zone”-style thread about a haunted smartphone.

Jaeden Martell as Craig and Donald Sutherland as Mr. Harrigan in "Telephone of Mr. Harrigan."

James Grainger is the author of “Harmless” and curator of “The Veil” at Substack.

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