For horror aficionados, the Halloween season gives them even more reasons to revisit tales of terror in different forms. But even those new, hesitant, or squeamish towards the genre can appreciate horror flicks that will have you hiding under the covers and guessing to the end. Lionsgate Play packs its Halloween lineup full of horror titles revolving around twisted psychological experiments, possessed dreamscapes, and haunted hotel rooms. So, if this sounds right up your alley or you’re simply looking for titles that will get you into that perfect spooky season mood, embark on a thrilling journey into the darkest corners of the human psyche with these psychological thrillers (not for the faint of heart).
Based on Stephen King’s eponymous short story, 1408 is a hair-raising psychological movie following Mike Enslin (John Cusack), a skeptical author attempting to debunk supernatural phenomena. To prove a point, Enslin checks into the notoriously haunted 1408 room at the Dolphin Hotel in New York City. He quickly realizes that the room is genuinely haunted, trapping him in a nightmarish reality where he sees ghosts of past victims, relives his traumatic experiences, and faces his deepest fears. As he battles these supernatural forces, Enslin must find a way to escape the room’s deadly grasp or die trying.
Chloe Sherman (Kiera Allen) is a disabled homeschooled teenager raised in isolation her whole life and plagued with various health conditions that have left her bound to a wheelchair. After finding a suspicious prescription bottle, she suspects that her mother might be harboring a dark secret about her upbringing. Chloe must outsmart her mother to uncover the truth and fight for survival.
13 Sins (2014)
Elliot Brindle (Mark Webber) is on the brink of financial ruin after losing his job. He struggles to make ends meet, providing for his pregnant fiance and mentally disabled brother. One day, Brindle receives an anonymous phone call asking him to complete a series of tasks to win large sums of money. As he completes each one, the tasks become disturbing and gruesome, pushing Elliot’s moral boundaries and slowly breaking him apart. A remake of the 2006 Thai comedy horror film 13 Beloved, 13 Sins is a psychological thriller that forces you to reflect on the nature of man’s desperation, greed, and the consequences of our actions.
Death of Me (2020)
Husband Neil (Luke Hemsworth) and wife Christine (Maggie Q) wake up in their hotel room on a remote island in Thailand with no memories of what happened the night before. Looking for clues, they stumble on a video revealing last night’s disturbing and gruesome events, showing one of them killing the other. Neil and Christine attempt to unravel the island’s sinister secrets and confront the terrifying truth about their relationship.
In this sci-fi supernatural thriller film, modern technology blends with the horrors of real life. Carly (Carly Pope) is offered a chance to explore her estranged mother, Angela’s (Nathalie Boltt) unconscious mind using new experimental technology. She navigates through her mother’s dreamscape, hoping to reconcile their troubled mother-daughter relationship but instead discovers a dark world full of supernatural entities and terrifying secrets. Carly is forced to use all her strength and wits to save herself and her mother from otherworldly threats.
Saw franchise (2004-2023)
Cult horror classic Saw remains one of the best franchises to revisit for those who want to get in the mood for a spooky season. It follows the fictional serial killer John “Jigsaw” Kramer (originally played by Tobin Bell) and his slew of equally morally dubious apprentices. The first film premiered in 2004, introducing audiences to Jigsaw’s twisted philosophy – trapping his victims in gruesome and deadly games to “help” them appreciate their existence. Spanning almost a decade with 10 films, the Saw movies have been praised for their complex characters and thought-provoking themes. And with its latest installation only premiering last September, it’s well worth binge-watching again from start to finish – if you can make it past all ten without passing out or gagging.
Catch these chilling horror flicks on Lionsgate Play, just in time for Halloween!