Top Movie Picks for Halloweekend 2021!

For October, I’ve been trying to watch as many horror movies as possible to celebrate. I’m still watching them up until the end of the month, but since Halloween is on a weekend, I thought I’d share some of my faves so far. You know, just in case you need some suggestions for what to watch on this spooktacular weekend. These are all available on at least one streaming platform so I’ll include that as well. If you want to see the full list, you can visit my list over on Letterboxd.

Werewolves Within (2021, Netflix)

This is EASILY my #1 for this season so far. I went in blind and absolutely adored this fun, campy werewolf flick. Who in the town is actually werewolf killing people off? A new forest ranger tries to find answers. Sam Richardson is a delight but Milana Vayntrub really shines here and brings an Ellie Kemper (minus the problematic shenanigans…) vibe. Plus Harvey Guillén has a supporting role here too.

Till Death (2021, hoopla)

I enjoyed this one a LOT. Not a ton of jump scares, it’s just an edge-of-your-seat thriller starring Megan Fox as she tries to outlive a twisted and elaborate revenge plot set up by her husband. For fans of You’re Next and Ready or Not. Pleasantly surprised by the performances, story, and overall film—it’s definitely worth checking out to get in some spooks.

Bit (2019, hoopla)

I saw a recommendation for this film going around a while back and decided to watch for Spooktober. I had a blast watching this fangtastic vampire film featuring badass ladies, for fans of Lost Boys. Plus it has a diverse and inclusive cast as well as some great queer representation. There aren’t really any big-name actors attached to the film but the cast is charismatic and pulls off carrying the film.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010, hoopla)

This wasn’t my first watch of this film—I’ve seen it like 20 times before—but it’s just as fun every time I watch it. Starring Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine, it’s a great film for those who want something spooky without big scares. It turns the slasher, killer-in-the-woods genre on its head and plays around with character stereotypes in a fun way. A new, modern classic.

Saint Maud (2019, Netflix)

I didn’t know if I’d enjoy this movie but it’s really creepy and compelling. Another film playing with religion in the horror genre (ie. Midnight Mass and Apostle) and doing a great job with it. It’s a slow burn of a film, which isn’t always something that I enjoy, but this was paced so well and kept me engaged the whole way through. Excellent performances, especially from Welsh actress, Morfydd Clark who plays the titular Maud.

Peninsula (2020, hoopla)

If you enjoyed Train to Busan, this movie is a sort of sequel and brings you on an all-new zombie adventure that has some heisty elements similar to Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead. Basically, this picks up a few years after TtB and some survivors have been hired to go back to South Korea to steal some money that no one will miss. It’s kind of Army of the Dead meets Mad Max: Fury Road. Really liked this one! 
And those are my recommendations! I’ve watched 35+ movies so far so there’s a pretty extensive list, which you can again check out on Letterboxd. But these are some of my faves that I hope you’ll enjoy too.