The Best Horror Movies On HBO Max For Halloween 2021

The Best Horror Movies On HBO Max For Halloween 2021

Warner Bros. has a large collection of horror movies in its vast catalog, and many of them are available to stream on HBO Max for Halloween 2021.

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The Best Horror Movies On HBO Max For Halloween 2021

Here are the best horror movies on HBO Max for Halloween 2021. It’s October, which means the love of all things spooky can be found permeating pop culture. While Halloween is the big day, the entire month of October has gradually morphed into one long celebration of the macabre in recent years, and horror fans certainly wouldn’t have it any other way. Unlike last year, when theaters will still closed, October 2021 is seeing several notable horror movies hitting theaters, including Halloween Kills, director Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, and the long-delayed Antlers.

For those who’d prefer to stay home and scream though, every big streaming service has made sure to pepper its offerings with lots of great horror titles. Well, some not so great ones got in there too to be sure, but they can’t all be winners. Still, there’s plenty of good options for those looking to take in a horror film via streaming, and HBO Max boasts quite a few of them.

This is especially true thanks to Warner Bros.’ ownership of New Line Cinema, aka The House That Freddy Built, which spent much of its existence pumping out horror flicks. In addition to the adventures of noted rapper Freddy Krueger though, HBO Max boasts more recent horror hits, as well as some other top-level franchises. Here’s the best horror HBO Max has to offer for Halloween 2021.

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Trick ‘r Treat

The Best Horror Movies On HBO Max For Halloween 2021

While John Carpenter’s Halloween is the most iconic horror movie to be associated with the holiday, taking second place is Trick ‘r Treat, a much more recent effort. Directed by Michael Dougherty, Trick ‘r Treat is an anthology that also features an overarching wrap-around plot that connects its various tales. With the diminutive but deadly Sam serving as its mascot, Trick ‘r Treat embodies the Halloween spirit and is a top pick for spooky season streaming on HBO Max.

The Shining

The Best Horror Movies On HBO Max For Halloween 2021

As much as author Stephen King doesn’t care for it, Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of The Shining endures as one of the most famous horror movies of all time. Led by an iconic performance from Jack Nicholson, The Shining is a movie so layered that one is likely to notice new aspects of it with every viewing. From the Grady Twins to the hedge maze, and the woman in Room 237, The Shining is packed full of Halloween-worthy scares.


The Best Horror Movies On HBO Max For Halloween 2021

From one iconic Stephen King adaptation to another, HBO Max also offers 2017’s IT. The epic battle between Pennywise and the Losers’ Club begins here and ends in 2019’s IT Chapter Two, also on HBO Max. While Chapter Two didn’t quite stick the landing, the two-movie set is well-worth watching for King fans and horror lovers in general. The 1990 IT miniseries starring Tim Curry is also currently on HBO Max.

Night of the Living Dead

The Best Horror Movies On HBO Max For Halloween 2021

The granddaddy of the zombie sub-genre, director George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is one of those movies just about everyone has seen, especially due to Night’s public domain status making it widely available. Still, the 1968 classic packs a punch even after 50 years and is never a bad choice for how to spend the Halloween season. Night of the Living Dead remains creepy and frightening, and a testament to Romero’s skills as a filmmaker.

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Evil Dead 2

The Best Horror Movies On HBO Max For Halloween 2021

While director Sam Raimi may be better known to the masses for his Spider-Man movies, horror fans will always revere him for the Evil Dead trilogy featuring Bruce Campbell’s Ash. The most fun of the bunch is Evil Dead 2, which manages to incorporate lots of hilarious slapstick comedy without entirely losing the horror edge found in the original Evil Dead. Speaking of which, Evil Dead is also available on HBO Max, as is Raimi’s Army of Darkness.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

The Best Horror Movies On HBO Max For Halloween 2021

The 1984 Wes Craven classic A Nightmare on Elm Street is still the best movie starring Freddy Krueger, but 1987’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is the best pick for Halloween viewing due to its party atmosphere. From its heavy metal theme song by Dokken to the colorful and imaginative nightmares, Dream Warriors is a slasher sequel done right and features Robert Englund’s Freddy at a median between the monster he started as and the quipster he’d become. Luckily for fans, the entire Nightmare on Elm Street franchise is available on HBO Max.

Event Horizon

The Best Horror Movies On HBO Max For Halloween 2021

Movies like Alien and The Thing are usually – and rightfully – held up as the pinnacles of sci-fi/horror, but 1997’s Event Horizon deserves to be in that conversation. Event Horizon is a movie that was notoriously compromised, as more than 40 minutes of material was cut – including the infamous “blood orgy” scene – before release due to studio demands, then the footage was later lost. Still, even in cut form Event Horizon is one frightening film that takes its characters – and by proxy the viewer – straight into Hell itself.

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Thirteen Ghosts

The Best Horror Movies On HBO Max For Halloween 2021

The films of Dark Castle Entertainment are quite a mixed bag, with none truly becoming great. For what it is though, 2001’s Thirteen Ghosts is a ton of fun, especially thanks to its titular specters, a terrifying group largely brought to life by good old practical make-up effects. The plot and characters aren’t exactly Shakespearean, but the production design is breathtaking, scare scenes tense, and ghosts intimidating.


Arguably the scariest haunted house movie ever made, 1982’s Poltergeist has long been surrounded by controversy over who really directed it between Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg, and a so-called curse surrounding all the actors who’ve died young after appearing in the franchise. With all those shenanigans aside though, Poltergeist is above all else a great movie, full of scenes that push the boundaries of a PG-rating, and manage to both frighten and leave the viewer feeling a sense of awe. Also worth watching on HBO Max around Halloween is the underrated sequel Poltergeist 2: The Other Side, featuring the late Julian Beck as the absolutely bone-chilling villain Reverend Henry Kane.

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