Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman in the poster art for Practical Magic

5 Movie Marathons for Every Kind of Shocktober Fan

October 15, 2020 By Cameron Maitland Go Back

Since most Canadians will be spending Halloween at home this year, we thought we’d offer scary Shocktober movie marathon options available On Demand whenever you’re ready to be spooked this month. Whether you prefer something that won’t give you nightmares, or want to be chilled to the bone, find five triple bills for all levels of terror! 

Pumpkin Spice: Seasonal but practically scare-free!

If you love the spooky season but don’t love being scared, these movies offer a taste of Halloween without the lingering terror. Practical Magic (1998) has curses and witches in the crowd-pleasing package of Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992) might feature plenty of neck biting but it’s all in good fun, and you can end the night laughing along with the Ghostbusters (1984).

Creepy Classics: Less intense must-sees!

Want to get scared this holiday season while also seeing classics from film history? Try these bonafide chillers that play more with intellectual terror that gore and scares. Start with investigating the strange rituals of The Wicker Man (1973), fret along with Mia Farrow’s unusual pregnancy in Rosemary’s Baby (1968), and finish it off with cruelty leading to revenge in Carrie (1976).

Voracious Vampires: A little blood and a few jumps!

If you don’t mind things getting a little bloody as long as there’s some light romance in the air, check out this slightly scarier triple-bill of cinematic vampires. Start with the late Joel Schumacher’s classic The Lost Boys (1987), followed by the criminally under seen Near Dark (1987), and end the night with an epic depiction of Dracula from the great Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992).

Canadian Creeps: Films from the twisted minds of the north!

Canada breeds some truly unique, gory horror movies, and here are three that are sure to leave you proud, or frightened, that they came from our country. Start off with hilarious but bloody werewolves of Ginger Snaps (2000), let David Cronenberg remind you to “Be Afraid” of The Fly (1986), and finish off with the skin-crawling Canadian classic that inspired the slasher genre Black Christmas (1974).

Horror Hounds Only: All aboard the nightmare train! 

It’s hard to pick what will scare horror buffs, an almost impossible task, but these three films are meant to mess with your head and show images that claw their way into your restless sleep. Start with the Dario Argento classic Suspiria (1977), then move on to the unrelenting jump factory that is Event Horizon (1997), and finally let Jack Nicholson take over terrorizing you in The Shining (1980) to end it all. Even if you’re not scared, I promise you’ll have a fun time.

Hollywood Suite is offering up an assortment of tricks and treats this Shocktober, with a thrilling lineup of sci-fi and horror flicks.


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