We rank the top 8 Halloween movies on Showmax
It’s that time of year when summer’s officially heating up the Southern Hemisphere and all things spooky make an appearance. Yup. It’s officially Halloween. And what better way to celebrate the spooky season than sinking your teeth into all things ghoulish and ghastly by bingeing the best horror movies on streaming services in South Africa.
Here are some of the scariest, spookiest picks currently streaming on Showmax.
South African horror has really come a long way over the past couple of years, with Rage being a disturbingly scary stand out. The build up of suspense is truly masterful, with an underlying sense of dread and foreboding permeating throughout. A group of party-going teens make their way to a small beach town after their final Matric exams. Creepy stuff goes down as they’re slowly terrorised and traumatised by a cult.
Strong classic Halloween vibes in this tale, if you’re looking for a scare. This dastardly tale is proof that a movie doesn’t need overt amounts of blood and gore to be scary. And it really does deliver in the scare department. On Halloween, a group of kids explore a haunted house where they find a book of scary stories. These terrifying tales slowly come to life as people start mysteriously disappearing.
Not your average coming-of-age tale. A teenage girl comes to grips with the truth behind her horrifying past in a darkly twisted version of a recognisable format that’s got enough scare factor to keep you glued to your screen, even when you want to look away. A young girl was kept locked up in her father’s attic for years. Only once she’s been rescued does she learn the real reason why. It’s gripping stuff.
Honestly, when it comes to that slow-burn suspense that’s a hallmark of the genre, few movies get it as right as this one does. It’s artful, and it’ll creep into your sub-conscious to maximise the scare factor. The storyline might seem pretty run of the mill when it comes to horror – a family moves into a new house, their son falls into a coma, and scary stuff happens. But the atmosphere of pure dread is what sets this apart and earns its spot on this list.
Another South African horror that delivers the scare factor in spades, with demonic passion and conversion therapy gone wrong. It’s chilling, gory and disturbing: case in point, the blender scene, which is guaranteed to stay with you long after you’ve finished watching.
Yup, zombies are a staple when it comes to horror and Halloween, and this is one of the best zombie movies ever made. From the action that’ll have you sitting on the edge of your set to the virus story line, it’s a formula that will have you hooked from the first minute. The zombies in World War Z are particularly frightful – they’re not your standard slow-moving reanimated corpses, but rather rapidly swarming ghouls looking to devour all in sight.
Yes, it’s the reboot. But it’s just as nightmare-inducing as the original. Not only is there a possessed killer doll terrorising a family and their neighbourhood, but there’s all the wonders of technology and connected, smart homes thrown into the mix too. Say goodbye to your fingernails, because you’re about to chew them right off.
It’s Arnold Schwarzenegger. In a zombie movie. Do you really need to know more than that? After his daughter is infected by a virus that’ll turn her into a carnivorous zombie, Wade (Schwarzenegger) makes the decision to spend every moment he can with her. The emotional depth here makes this different to other zombie films – it’s equal parts scary and tearful.