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Ready to celebrate Halloween? From paranormal to slasher films, sci-fi, comedy, and romance, horror movies offer up a little something for all kinds of movie fans — but there are a few classics that any horror enthusiast should have in their collection.
Below, find a selection of treasured horror flicks including “Friday the 13th,” and other such classics as “The Shining,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Carrie,” and “Nightmare on Elm Street,” to buy on Blu-ray, along with a scary movie that dates back to Hollywood’s Golden Age. If you want more horror content, Shudder has a huge streaming library of scary movies that you can stream on Halloween and beyond. Plans start at just $4.75 a month after a free seven-day trial, and you can cancel anytime. And if you’re in the mood for more movie recommendations, be sure to read our list of beloved sci-fi movies to add to your collection.
Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall star in Stanley Kubrick’s epic horror classic about a married couple hired to look after an isolated hotel high in the Colorado mountains. The pair and their young son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), end up being the sole occupants of the hotel. Solitude take its tole and Nicholson’s character begins to unravel into an ax-carrying maniac as he uncovers the hotel’s dark history.
“Pet Sematary” was adapted from King’s 1983 novel of the same name. The plot of the 1989 horror flick is about a father who buries the family cat in a cemetery to bring him back to life but the feline returns from the grave with a different (see: evil) personality. This two-movie set includes the original classic and the 2019 edition of “Pet Sematary,” which follows the family from the original film as they move to a new state.
If you haven’t already heard, a new “Scream” movie will scare its way into theaters next year. Until then, you can relive the film that launched the franchise. This 25th anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set will release on October 19 and includes a digital copy of the 1996 slasher film. You can pre-order the box set now and it will arrive before Halloween (Amazon prime customers get free two-day shipping).
The ultimate box set for fans of “Friday the 13th,” this robust collection includes all 11 of the previously released films in the slasher franchise. You’ll also get two additional discs with packed bonus features, special interviews, film trailers, audio commentary with the cast and crew, and tons more.
Fans of Wes Craven will love this seven-movie collection of films that still spook audiences. The set includes all seven films beginning with 1984’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” plus over three hours of special features including behind-the-scenes footage and commentary from Craven himself (as well as other members of the cast and crew). The set also has alternate endings, commentaries, featurettes, theatrical trailers, and two episodes from the TV series, “Freddie’s Nightmares.”
“Texas Chainsaw Massacre” has been terrifying audiences for decades. This 40th anniversary set released by Dark Sky Films features “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” in an all-new 4K digital transfer and with a newly created 7.1 surround sound mix supervised by the film’s director, Tobe Hooper. The limited-edition packaging is inspired by the Black Maria semi-truck in the film, while the collection itself comes with a blood-spattered Leatherface apron, the official theatrical mini poster, and an exclusive bonus disc.
The 1976 adaptation of Stephen King’s epic horror novel is an iconic and gory horror movie that still holds up all these years later. The plot centers around Carrie White (Sissy Spacek), a student who endures bullying at school and abuse from her mother (Piper Laurie) at home. When strange occurrences start happening, Carrie begins to suspect that she has supernatural powers.
Vincent Price got into horror movies in the early 1950s, and despite appearing in other kinds of films, he established himself as a popular actor of the genre. This box set collection features six chilling Price movies: “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Abominable Dr. Phibes,” “The Haunted Palace,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” and “Witchfinder General.” The collection includes new and vintage bonus features focusing on the films, and Price’s cinematic legacy. Speaking of classic, you might also want to check out the “Frankenstein” and “The Bride of Frankenstein” double feature Blu-ray set.
This limited-edition collection includes a 4K restored scan of Hideo Nataka’s “Ringu.” The 1998 Japanese horror film that inspired “The Ring,” is about a reporter investigating the mysterious videotape that causes the death of whoever watches it. With the limited-edition collectors set you’ll get to see the film restored in HD, along with audio commentary and interviews with filmmakers, film historians, and critics, and more bonus features.
You don’t have to wait until Halloween to revisit one of film’s most popular horror franchises. Spanning over two decades, this 11-movie collection features the first installment of “Halloween” released in 1978, along with all of the sequels and reboots, including “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later,” “Halloween: Resurrection,” and 2018’s “Halloween.”