8 Shows & Movies To Binge-Watch This Halloween
Halloween has arrived. It’s a night of trick-or-treating, over-the-top costumes, eating pumpkin pie or watching scary movies. If it’s the latter you’re up for, Showmax has a host of movies and TV shows perfect for the occasion. So break out the Ghost Pops and settle in for a night of freaky clowns, zombies and vampires.
Based on the bestselling novel by the master of horror, Stephen King, It is the highest-grossing horror movie of all time. It tells the story of a group of bullied kids in a small Maine town in the summer of 1989, who must band together against one of horror’s most terrifying villains, Pennywise, a shape-shifting clown who preys on children.
:: 86% critics score, Rotten Tomatoes
:: Empire Awards nominee for Best Horror 2018
:: The sequel, It: Chapter 2, is currently in cinemas
When Ellen passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel increasingly terrifying secrets about her life. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.
:: Winner of six Fangoria Chainsaw Awards this year, including Best Wide-Release Film and Best Kill
:: 2019 Critics Choice nominee for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie and Best Actress (Toni Collette)
Based on Robert Kirkman’s hit comics, The Walking Dead follows a band of survivors fighting to stay alive and find safety after the zombie apocalypse. Sheriff Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to find his town littered with corpses and overrun with walkers, and his wife and son missing.
:: Best Horror TV Series, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, 2016-2019
:: Winner of two Emmys for Prosthetic Makeup and nominated for a further 16 Emmys and a Golden Globe for Best Drama Series
:: Winner of two Critics’ Choice Awards, including Most Bingeworthy Show
The mysterious Hotel Cortez is loosely based on a real Chicago hotel built in 1893 by serial killer H. H. Holmes, which came to be known as ‘Murder Castle’. Lady Gaga, who was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar this year for A Star Is Born, won a Golden Globe as The Countess, the vampiric fashionista overseer of the hotel, which hosts a series of homicidal residents, from Holmes to ‘The Ten Commandments Killer.’
:: Best Limited Series nominee, Golden Globes
:: Hotel won two Emmys for Make-up and Costume and received a further six Emmy nominations
Created by Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth), The Strain opens with a mysterious outbreak on a plane, which escalates to the entire city of New York falling prey to a viral strain of vampirism.
:: Most Exciting New Series, Critics Choice Awards
:: Nominated for eight Saturn Awards from The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, including Best Horror TV Series
A reclusive young man with a troubled history returns to his hometown, where he must confront his demons – and everyone else’s – after being roped into an exorcism on a young boy.
:: Best TV Show nominee, BloodGuts UK Horror Awards
:: Scored by Oscar winner Atticus Ross (The Social Network)
Set in a fictional dreamy Latin American country, Los Espookys follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business: providing on-demand horror to those who need it. This unique horror-comedy stars rising comics Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega alongside Saturday Night Live legends Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels.
:: #10 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of The Best TV Shows of 2019 So Far, with a 100% critics rating
:: HBO recently renewed Los Espookys for a second season
What We Do In The Shadows | DUE 31 OCTOBER 2019
For anyone who enjoys Halloween more for the silly costumes and comedy horror than the frights, Showmax is releasing the cult-favourite vampire mockumentary series What We Do in the Shadows, from New Zealand comedy geniuses Jemaine Clement (Legion, Flight of the Conchords) and Oscar nominee Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok).
This Emmy-nominated series follows a group of vampire housemates who’ve been rooming together for over a century in New York’s Staten Island – plenty of time to get on each other’s nerves.
:: #31 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the Best TV Shows of 2019 So Far
:: Nominated for two 2019 Emmys, for Cinematography and Sound Editing
:: Renewed for a second season, due out next year
That should be more than enough to give you a sleepless night, but the guys at Showmax has also curated a 31 Nights Of Scares box-set for anyone who wishes Halloween was a month-long event.