Precautious shutdowns, social distancing, extreme sanitizing, and even stockpiling are all recommended practices in the moment of a severe health crisis, but there are some recommendations that lean more on the enjoyable side. Being confined to your house could be a curse or it could be the perfect opportunity to stream and scream as much as you want!
Looking back at my monthly recommended selections, it seems to be that many of them are appropriate for the situation we’re all finding ourselves in at the moment. Whether they be first-time watches or valued revisits, these are the Top 10 Recommended Horror Movies To Watch At Home Right Now based on my curated variety of Stream And Scream flicks.
10. Cursed (2004)
In trying times like these, an uncomplicated flick might be just the remedy to a few days of restriction. Wes Craven’s Cursed is not a picture-perfect werewolf movie, but it is a whole lot of fun. It’s nostalgic, glossy, and given the Tinsel Town treatment with a star-studded cast including Christina Ricci (Sleepy Hollow), Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland), Judy Greer (Halloween 2018), and Joshua Jackson (Urban Legend). Turn off your high expectations and enjoy some recommended mindless entertainment, early millennium-style. You can read my Stream and Scream recommendation, Cursed Is A Werewolf Story Fit For Hollywood And Your Home, HERE.
Cursed is currently available on VOD or digital download on all major streaming apps.
9. Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)
Confinement will certainly teach us to appreciate our normal advantages of freedom. While the world tries to ace best health practices, we are all learning a lesson in conservation. However, an engaging plot and slight titillation, like that in Kevin Williamson’s Teaching Mrs. Tingle, might help satiate our craving for a little excitement. I praised this one for its clever wink at teen drama as well as its underrated masterclass role for Helen Mirren. This is one recommended lesson in entrapment that should keep you entertained while locked in your bedroom. You can read my Stream and Scream recommendation, Teaching Mrs. Tingle Is A Clever Lesson In 90’s Teen Horror, HERE.
Teaching Mrs. Tingle is currently available on VOD or digital download on all major streaming apps.
8. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)
In a state of city-wide shutdowns, Ana Lily Armipour’s (The Bad Batch) moody vampire western casts a brilliant setting and tone for this case of recommendations. While many feel helpless, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night will proudly give watchers a boost of empowerment and taste for some quality cinema. Don’t let the black and white palette fool you, this film is unique and fresh with a bite of a happy ending. It comes highly recommended for anyone needing a change and altered perspective. Sink your teeth into it for a drop of something fresh. You can read my Stream and Scream recommendation, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night Explores The Blood Drenched Gray Area Of Change, HERE.
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is currently streaming on Shudder and is available on VOD or digital download on all major streaming apps.
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7. The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015)
Total isolation never bodes well for long periods of time, so we might as well embrace our distancing with some psychological horror. Oz Perkins’ (Gretel & Hansel) cold and chilling exercise in satanic seclusion might be a heavy film, but I recommended it for anyone ready to set the mood at home. The Blackcoat’s Daughter is tempered terror with excellent cinematography, a brilliant cast including Emma Roberts (Scream 4), Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody), Kiernan Shipka (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), and James Remar (Sex and the City), and a gravely polarizing grip. Be careful not to go stir-crazy when you press play. You can read my Stream and Scream recommendation, The Blackcoat’s Daughter Douses The Summer Heat With A Satanic Chill, HERE.
The Blackcoat’s Daughter is currently streaming on Netflix (and Amazon Prime for only $0.99!) and is available on VOD or digital download on all major streaming apps.
6. Shivers (1975)
Outbreaks are no laughing matter and, as grossly crafted as they are, neither are David Cronenberg (Scanners) films. Shivers is recommended to stream right now as it places a viral plague at the base of a single apartment complex with unfortunate results that properly put the ‘gore’ in allegory. His parasitic location narrative is dangerously appropriate, given current circumstances, and relevant in more ways than one beginning with the directors’ initial exposure to the genre. Watching this one will not only infect your brain for days, it will make you happy that mass viruses at large don’t involve deadly bugs… yet. You can read my Stream and Scream recommendation, Shivers: Cronenberg’s Birth Into Horror With Brains And Bugs, HERE.
Shivers is currently streaming on Tubi and is available on VOD or digital download on all major streaming apps.
5. The Void (2016)
If you are after some gore and body horror to spice up your downtime, The Void is a hot spot for infectious terror. Combining Cronenberg with Lovecraft, Jeremy Gillespie and Stephen Kostanksi’s (Manborg) modern creature feature spins a slimy, supernatural grade on cult films by trapping a few townies in a hospital while something odd tries to get inside. Morphing body parts and motives alike, this wicked mystery of disturbing destruction is recommended to anyone interested in the impending doom standing right outside our doors. Lockdown can be a messy business without proper precautions. You can read my Stream and Scream recommendation, The Void Forms A Glowing Trifecta Of Body Horror, HERE.
The Void is currently streaming on Shudder and is available on VOD or digital download on all major streaming apps.
4. Cheap Thrills (2013)
Bored? Maybe some cheap thrills will help! I’m not talking about Scrabble or Cards Against Humanity, I’m talking about E.L. Katz’s debut dark comedy starring Ethan Embry (The Devil’s Candy), Pat Healy (Compliance), Sara Paxton (The Innkeepers), and David Koechner (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy). Cheap Thrills is excruciatingly fun, witty, and smart in all of its horror and humorous endeavors. Recommended as not only a good way to pass the time, but a great night in for viewers who enjoy an interesting plot, clever characters, and a wild ending, it will surely surprise you. Relax, enjoy, and don’t put your money where your mouth is. Amusement comes cheap… most times. You can read my Stream and Scream recommendation, Cheap Thrills Is Rich In Guts And Trickery, HERE.
Cheap Thrills is currently streaming on Tubi, Vudu, and Shudder and is available on VOD or digital download on all major streaming apps.
3. The Children (2008)
Home with your kids? Afraid they might start acting strange? I’m going to suggest watching The Children, anyway! Tom Shankland’s (No Night Is Too Long) odd holiday adventure distorts the perception of children in film as well as their capability for stirring things up. Recommended for its own ability to turn expectations on its head and make villains of the innocent, I think its daring enough to stream from home so long as the young ones are out of sight… and earshot. The concept might be depraved, but the payoff is worth the experience as jarring imagery and unsettling feelings drive this flick from beginning to end. If anything, this one might help you identify some abnormal symptoms before it’s too late. You can read my Stream and Scream recommendation, The Children Violently Pushes Taboo Holiday Boundaries, HERE.
The Children is currently streaming on Tubi and is available on VOD or digital download on all major streaming apps.
2. The Endless (2017)
Spending an indefinite amount of days in one spot could be daunting or it could be one hell of a trip! Lost in periodic loops and secluded from modern civility, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead’s (Spring) tale of two brothers who escaped a doomsday cult only to find themselves back at the start is a timely viewing for us sharing space with our loved ones. The Endless is a recommended pick for many reasons, but the relevant circumstances of time, living in simplicity, and fearing the unknown makes it essential for viewers who appeciate beauty and tranquility in their horror. Time and space might seem endless right now, but after watching this you’ll see them worthy of sharing with those you hold dear. You can read my Stream and Scream recommendation, The Endless Is A Timeless Culty Experience Worth Sharing, HERE.
The Endless is currently streaming on Netflix and is available on VOD or digital download on all major streaming apps.
1. Housebound (2014)
Being housebound is a godsend for some and a death sentence for others. There really is no better pick on my list that could be more perfect than Gerard Johnstone’s (The Jaquie Brown Diaries) New Zealand haunted home horror at the moment. Marrying familial drama with high anxiety-fueled quarters, Housebound is full of quirky spirit that is relevant to mass circumstances with just a bit more attitude. Instead of letting family get the best of you, among other sequestered monstrosities, this one is recommended as a means to maintain domestic bliss with a whacky narrative and a little dry humor. Being trapped in the house with your family can be pretty bad, but things could be way worse. Housebound is currently streaming on Tubi and is available to rent on iTunes. You can read my Stream and Scream recommendation, Housebound Is A Haunted Home To Family Drama And Isolation, here.
No matter what is recommended to stream, the important things we can derive from any of our beloved horror movies is courage, strength, caution, and survival, whatever the outcome may be. Whether these films fill us with entertainment to pass the hours or provide a lesson, we can find solace in escaping reality for a while. All in all, the highest recommendation is safety first, in horror, reality, and a bizarre mixture of the two.
“Whether these films fill us with entertainment to pass the hours or provide a lesson, we can find solace in escaping reality for a while.”
Which of these recommended horror films do you plan to stream while under quarantine? Which are your favorites? What do you plan to watch while you stay at home? Let us know your thoughts over on Twitter, Reddit, or in the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!