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10 genuinely scary horror movies to watch on Fetch this Halloween

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Australia and Halloween aren’t necessarily united, and rather than a cold autumn we’re approaching warmer days. But that doesn’t stop you from getting into the spooky spirit of October by curling up on the couch and watching a truly scary film on Fetch.


Here are our picks.


Hereditary (MA15+)


© 2018 Hereditary Film Productions, LLC


Hereditary is one for the horror buffs who think they can no longer be scared by the genre. The film focuses on the Graham family in the wake of the death of their matriarch, Ellen.


Annie, played by Toni Collette, had a complex relationship with her mother. The toxicity of this relationship takes us on a dark journey. This film is punctured with horrifying images and the terrifying finale will stay with you after the credits.


“Why should I watch it?”


The feature debut of Ari Aster, it’s a critically acclaimed film with commanding performances – if you’re serious about scaring yourself this Halloween, look no further.


Available to buy or rent now in the Movie Store.


IT (MA15+)


© 2017 Warner Bros. All Rights Reserved.


If you’re into scary movies it’s entirely likely that you have already been terrified by Tim Curry’s performance of Pennywise, the evil IT that stalks the town of Derry.


2017’s version is set in the 1980s, and dare we say it, this version may even be a little scarier. Bill Skarsgård’s ability to use his movement to frighten makes this version of Pennywise truly dreadful. Don’t watch it alone – you’re going to need to have friends with you.


“Why should I watch it?”


Catch up before 2019’s It: Chapter Two.


Available to buy or rent now in the Movie Store.


The Witch (MA15+)

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© 2015 By Witch Movie, LLC All Rights Reserved


The Witch takes you inside a puritanical 17th-century mindset, where evil is a tangible threat in the woods.


We follow a family moving away from civilisation after a disagreement about religion. Soon after, the family experience a disaster with their youngest child kidnapped by a horrifying figure.


As things get scarier, the family begin to turn against each other, and this conflict ends where you least expect it.


“Why should I watch it?”


David Eggers who wrote and directed The Witch is celebrated for his production design, and he is able to create a world you get lost in, which is an eerie feeling – this is a world where getting lost could be the end of you.


Available to buy now in the Movie Store.


Don’t Breathe (MA15+)

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 © 2016 Blind Man Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


Don’t Breathe is a thriller that reminds you that sometimes people can be scarier than any supernatural monster.


We follow three would be burglars as they prepare to break into the home of a man who is both blind and wealthy. Rocky, our heroine, is hoping to get enough money to escape a bleak home life.


The group soon realise that they have chosen the wrong target. Will Rocky get out alive?


“Why should I watch it?”


If you prefer scary stories that feel like something that could happen next door, this one is for you.


Available to buy or rent now in the Movie Store.


Lights Out (M)

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© 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and RatPac-Dune Entertainment LLC.


Lights Out began as a viral short that is so genuinely terrifying that we won’t link to it here because we don’t want to be responsible for scaring you that much – but if you’re somewhere in the light, you should look it up.


This film expands on the story and presents the viewer with many, many reasons to  keep a light burning. Introducing a terrifying creature that lives in the darkness, a story unfolds of a family with a haunting past and present.


“Why should I watch it?”


Lights Out has great practical FX, and if you prefer your horror to be full of thrilling jump scares and have a spooky backstory, this is the one to choose for a Halloween movie night. You’ll be reaching for your light switch.


Available to buy or rent now in the Movie Store.


The Visit (MA15+)

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© 2015 Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved.


The Visit plays on the relatable anxiety of trying to reconnect with estranged family. Two young teens give their Mum a break post- divorce by spending a week with her estranged parents.


Becca decides to document her time with Nana and Pop Pop, and as the week progresses things go from fun to weird to downright horrifying. You never know what Becca’s recordings are going to capture next.


“Why should I watch it?”


M. Night Shyamalan is responsible for this low key ‘found footage’ film, and the twists and turns of the story reflect his talents, even though this film feels very different to his hit films. It’s the kind of story you can imagine someone telling around a campfire, and for that reason alone it’s a great choice for your spooky holiday viewing.


Available to buy or rent now in the Movie Store.


Sinister (MA15+)


© Alliance Films (UK) Limited/ Icon Film Distribution


True-crime writer Ellison Oswalt moves into a new house with his family, despite the deaths of the family who lived there before them. Soon after he finds a box of super 8 home movies, and as he starts to watch them, he’s sucked into a hair-raising history of gruesome murders – and he thinks he might be unravelling the mystery of who is truly responsible.


“Why should I watch it?”


Sinister rolls out reliable horror clichés and hits every note while doing so. If you want a traditional horror movie with great performances and a complex plotline, this is for you.


Available to buy or rent now in the Movie Store.


 The Babadook (M)

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© 2014 Causeway Films


Before the spiffily dressed Babadook became a gay icon, he was terrifying us in the 2014 film about a little boy and his mother pushed to the edge.


The Babadook enters their home via a creepy children’s book, and proceeds to frighten the family out of their wits as he scuttles into their lives and makes them question their sanity. Watch out for a rumbling sound and three sharp knocks.


“Why should I watch it?”


In an interview with the director of The Exorcist he said it was one of the scariest films he’d ever seen. That’s enough of a recommendation for us.


Available to buy or rent now in the Movie Store.


It Follows (MA15+)

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© 2014 It Will Follow, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


It Follows is possibly the weirdest film on this list and plays on the fear of being followed. Jay is our heroine and after she has a sexual encounter with her boyfriend, she finds that she’s followed by a murderous shape shifting entity.


The film is set in Detroit and the dreary suburban backdrop lends to the feeling that there is no escape.


“Why should I watch it?”


Because it makes you feel like you’ve fallen into a nightmare – and that’s what horror films are all about.


Available to buy or rent now in the Movie Store.


Get Out (MA15+)
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© 2017 Universal City Studios Production, LLLP.  All Rights Reserved.


Critically-acclaimed Get Out was arguably one of the most-talked about horror movies to come out in 2017. Set in a secluded estate in the woods, this flick focusses on Chris (played by Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, meeting his girlfriend’s white parents for the first time. What could possibly go wrong?


“Why should I watch it?”


Because – trust us – everything here is wrong.

Available to buy or rent now in the Movie Store.


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Blog Author

Get out has become one of my Faves!


The visit sounds eerily similar to my own trips to nan and pops haha. 


Jeepers I'm sure your Nan and Pops aren't that bad @Dan_C

Blog Author

Agreed @Dan_C (not about your nan and pop lol!) but about Get Out - such a good movie, I would highly recommend.


Haven't seen any of the others apart from IT, but I look forward to working my way through the list this weekend!

Blog Author

Haha! @Kara_YC


Good thing you clarified. 

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Crowd Champion

I think I now know what your new adventure will be @Felicity_YC Film critic?


All these movies are to scary for me.   I'm the one who puts his hands over his eyes when the blood spills.

Respected Contributor
Respected Contributor

Get Out also my favorite of that genre from 2017 (now released on Fetch).

"Get out" the Popcorn, hide under a blanket.... cold hands crawl up your back...a crow sqwarks in the distance and the screen door wacks against the rings...its ok.. just a telemarketer...Man LOL



New show coming soon, I'm teaming up with David Stratton Cat Happy @Davelew 


I've always loved scary movies. I don't love gore though, that's not for me. Except in the Evil Deads.