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The best Halloween films on Now TV and Sky Cinema

Here’s a list of the 10 best Halloween films on Sky Cinema and Now TV Sky Cinema Pass that you can watch right now

If the ongoing pandemic wasn’t scary enough for you, Halloween is just around the corner. And since it’s looking like this year’s spooky season will be spent indoors, there’s no better time to get a good scare than in front of your TV. Sky Cinema and Now TV Sky Cinema Pass have a great selection of Halloween films on offer, but we’ve narrowed them down to the best 10.

Almost all of the below films are available to watch now and will be long after Halloween, so you can get your horror-fix at any time. This year we’ve got recent releases including The Lighthouse, The Invisible Man and IT: Chapter 2, cult horror classics such as The Exorcist, and two films from the “Master of Suspense” himself, Alfred Hitchcock.

For those of you who are easily spooked out, we’ve even generously thrown in a British comedy horror film about the zombie apocalypse to remind us that everyone can do with a laugh even in the most troubled times. Before we get down to our list, we’ll first tell you how to get Sky Cinema and Now TV with Sky Cinema Pass.

How to get Sky Cinema

Sky Cinema is available as one of the bundles on Sky TV, giving you access to over 1,000 of the latest films from comedy to action and everything in between, and a new premier almost every day. The service usually costs £19/mth on an 18-month contract, but you can now get it for just £11/mth instead.

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How to get Now TV Sky Cinema Pass

If you don’t want to be beholden to an 18-month contract, your best option is to choose a Now TV Sky Cinema Pass, which costs £11.99/mth, but comes with a seven-day trial. If you decide the service isn’t for you within that time, it’s easy to cancel your subscription, and you won’t be charged beyond your trial period. Otherwise, you’ll be charged the regular monthly price thereafter, and you can cancel your subscription at any time.

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The best Halloween films on Now TV with Sky Cinema

IT: Chapter 2 (2019)

If you enjoyed 2017’s IT, don’t miss the finale to this Stephen King thriller. Starring Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and James McAvoy – not to forget Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Clown – the events in this film unfold 27 years after the first. The children of the ‘Losers Club’ have since grown up and gone their separate ways. But Pennywise is back, and the group must return to the town of Derry to face him once more.

The Exorcist (1973)

Based loosely on true events, the story of a young girl possessed by a demon is considered by many to be the scariest film of all time. In fact, the Exorcist was banned in some areas of the UK after it caused a bit of a stir in cinemas. And between 1988 and 1999, all video copies of the film were withdrawn. Time has passed since then, however, and it’s now considered an all-time classic horror flick, and thankfully one that is easily accessible this Halloween on Sky Cinema and Now TV.

The Birds (1963)

The Birds is a classic thriller from the Master of Suspense – Alfred Hitchcock – depicting a bizarre and disturbing freak of nature. What begins as an inoffensive romance quickly descends into chaos when birds of all kinds inexplicably begin to attack people. Avid twitchers might not want to watch this one alone.

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The Lighthouse (2019 – streaming from 25 October)

Robert Eggers’ tale of two lighthouse keepers (starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe) trapped alone on an island – and driven mad by jealousy, lust and fear – gives a new meaning to the word ‘quarantine’. Filmed in black and white and with a rather uncomfortably narrow aspect ratio, The Lighthouse is full of tension and unease; in short, just perfect for Halloween.

The Invisible Man (2020 – streaming from 30 October)

Based on the novel by H.G. Wells, Cecilia (Elizabeth Moss) becomes convinced that she is being stalked by her abusive – and now invisible – ex-boyfriend, following his apparent suicide. Since nobody believes her about a threat that can’t be seen, Cecilia is left to fend for herself. Tense and unsettling, this adaptation puts a modern and timely twist on a story over a century old.

The Omen (1976)

Damien isn’t the innocent little boy everyone takes him to be. In fact, he might be the antichrist. The Omen really puts the phrase ‘child from hell’ into perspective. If you think you’ve dealt with difficult kids, then this is the perfect film to watch this Halloween. Sky Cinema and Now TV also have the 2006 remake, but it isn’t nearly as terrifying as the original.

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Psycho (1960)

Another Hitchcock classic, and probably the most iconic. Marion is on the run, having just stolen $40,000 from her employer. But after checking into a remote motel, she makes the acquaintance of the friendly owner Norman Bates and his elusive mother. Chances are you’ll be more than familiar with Pyscho’s shower scene (not to mention its soundtrack), and now you can see for yourself just why it’s considered one of the greatest films of all time, setting a benchmark for future slasher films.

Halloween (1978)

Aptly titled, this is the perfect movie for this list and another horror classic that spawned an iconic franchise. 15 years after murdering his sister on Halloween, Michael Myers escapes from a mental institution – ready to kill once again. Don’t miss this classic cat-and-mouse thriller from horror legend John Carpenter, and starring Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut.

Us (2019)

Following his directorial debut hit Get Out, Jordan Peele continues to frighten audiences with Us. A family’s beach holiday is suddenly interrupted when their scissor-wielding doppelgangers decide to make an uninvited appearance. Much like Get Out, Us is underpinned by socio-political commentary and satire, as well as including plenty of scares. Jordan Peele has proven himself adept at both horror and comedy, and fans of Get Out should definitely add this to their watch list.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

The first film in Edgar Wright’s ‘Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy’, this movie has become a beloved British comedy classic. Best friends Shaun and Ed are caught unawares when the zombie apocalypse hits London, so they head to seek refuge in the pub to “wait for all of this to blow over”. Starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Shaun of the Dead is perfect for a more lighthearted Halloween experience.

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