Halloween 2018: 10 spookiest TV shows and movies to satisfy your appetite for thrills and chills

With fall arriving, and Halloween just around the corner, here are some of the top TV shows and movies you cannot afford to miss this season

                            Halloween 2018: 10 spookiest TV shows and movies to satisfy your appetite for thrills and chills

The spookiest season of the year is here, and as everyone prepares to go trick or treating, some of us would rather just sit back home with our comforters and pillows and prefer not to apply paint on our faces to get candies from people around the block. Luckily, this season, TV and films are brimming with some great shows to celebrate Halloween.

Although this time last year, we were eagerly waiting for a Mike-Eleven reunion on 'Stranger Things' Season 2, this year there are a number of new shows and new seasons which are set to give the season a sinister turn. With NBC's new show 'Manifest' breaking all records for the channel and the 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' taking us back to the old days of the 'Archie' comics, here are 10 'spooktacular' shows and films (and games) that you have to tune into this Halloween: 

Last year around this time, we were eagerly waiting for a Mike-Eleven reunion. (IMDb)
Last year around this time, we were eagerly waiting for a Mike-Eleven reunion. (IMDb)

1. Manifest

Premiere Date: Monday, September 24

Network: NBC

Synopsis: Jeff Rake's 'Lost'-esque show about a missing plane which returns with a group of passengers after almost five years has surprisingly broken all rating records for NBC, and the credit goes to the show's subtle tendency to incline towards realism while being rooted in fantasy. When Flight 828 goes missing for almost five years, it is assumed that the passengers are dead. However, they return only to discover that what was an hour for them has been five years on the surface, and there is something very unusual happening. Starring Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Parveen Kaur, and Athena Karkanis, this is probably the best show to watch this season. 


2. Doctor Who

Premiere Date: Sunday, October 7

Network: BBC 

Synopsis: The Time Lord is back, and probably for the very first time, fans can watch the show without having any prior knowledge about the Doctor's legacy. As the 13th doctor, the Time Lord is returning as a woman who has been called in to investigate a mystery at the National Gallery in London in 2013. Although there is the burden of standing up to almost 55 years of television history on the show, Jodie Whittaker as the Time Lord seems just as fitting as her predecessors, which include Matt Smith, David Tennant, and Peter Capaldi. Also, for the first time, the Doctor is ditching his traditional timeslot, as his new avatar the "Woman Who Fell to Earth". As new showrunner Chris Chibanall said, "New Doctor, new home! Jodie Whittaker's Doctor is about to burst into Sunday nights — and make the end of the weekend so much more exciting."


3. Halloween

Premiere Date: Saturday, September 27

Format: Theatrical & VOD

Synopsis: What's Halloween without 'Halloween? Also, no 'Halloween' movie can never be complete without Michael Myers. The small boy who murdered his sister is back after almost 40 years and has returned to hunt down Laurie Strode who had survived a vicious attack from Myers. Myers manages to escape the psychiatric institution when a transfer goes horribly wrong, and now Strode has to prepare herself to face the masked madman on the loose.


4. Suspiria

Premiere Date: Friday, October 26

Format: Theatrical & VOD

Synopsis: Luca Guadagnino is bringing back Dario Argento's 1977 horror classic, and this time the Mother of Sigh comes in all shades of grey. Starring Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton, Luca's version will tell a similar story as Argento's where Lucy, a young talented dancer, joins the prestigious academy only to discover that other than training extremely high profile performers, the academy is the home to a deadly witch. With Thom Yorke on the title track and Sayombhu Mukdeeprom on the camera, Luca's version adds a plethora of new characters to give the story some new perspectives. This laboriously fresh look into Argento's 1977 classic is set to hit the theatres on October 26.


5. Into The Dark - 'The Body'

Premiere Date: Friday, October 5

Network: Hulu

Synopsis: Hulu and Blumhouse Television will premiere the first installment of the new Hulu Original Series, 'Into The Dark' – the first-ever year-round event series that will bring fans 12 standalone feature-length episodes on the first Friday of every month throughout the year. Based on a short film of the same name, 'The Body', directed and written by Paul Davis, co-written by Paul Fischer and starring Tom Bateman ('Murder on the Orient Express', 'Vanity Fair') and Rebecca Rittenhouse ('The Mindy Project', 'Blood & Oil'), follows a sophisticated hitman with a cynical view on modern society that finds his work made more difficult when he has to transport a body on Halloween night, but everyone is enamored by what they think is his killer costume.

6. Look Away

Premiere Date: Friday, October 12

Format: Theatrical & VOD

Synopsis: 'Look Away' is a psychological thriller that tells the story of Maria, an alienated high-school student whose life is turned upside down when she switches places with her sinister mirror image.


7. Channel Zero: The Dream Door

Premiere Date: Friday, October 26

Details: Will air in full across one week concluding on Halloween

Network: SYFY

Synopsis: Based on the 'creepypasta' short story 'Hidden Door' by Charlotte Bywater, 'Channel Zero: The Dream Door' follows newlyweds Jillian (Maria Sten) and Tom (Brandon Scott), who have each brought secrets into their marriage. When they discover a strange door in their basement, those secrets start to threaten their relationship — and their lives.

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8. Silencio

Premiere Date: Friday, October 26

Format: Theatrical

Synopsis: In order to save her son’s life, Ana must find a powerful stone her grandfather originally discovered in the Zone of Silence, the 'Bermuda Triangle' of Mexico. Through her desperate search, Ana stumbles upon long-lost family secrets and discovers enemies who believe the stone’s power is worth killing for.

9. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Premiere Date: Friday, October 26

Network: Netflix

Synopsis: Doing away with the gullible outlook of 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch', Netflix's show will give a darker take on the character who will be hunted by Madam Satan and the Church of Night's high priest Father Blackwood, as Sabrina tries to balance between being a witch and being a normal teenager. Creator Melissa Joan Hart said, "I think it sounds more Buffy the Vampire Slayer than it does Sabrina, so I think it will appeal to a different kind of audience and be a totally different show."


10. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween AR Game, The Trap Slappy Challenge 

Launch Date: Monday, October 8 

Platform: Krikey

Description: If you want a more realistic, immersive experience of Halloween, then switch to mobile gaming and try out the new 'Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween AR Game'. Krikey partnered with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment forthe game and it's sure to get you addicted and of course, spooked.

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