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Date TimeOctober 26, 2019
VoiceIf a cosy night of blood-curdling horror beckons, there is no shortage of spooky streaming fare – from a masterly Haitian zombie tale to Sweden’s own Wicker ManHalloween is nearly upon us, and if it still feels like a bit of a false festival in Britain – where the silly rigours of trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving seem a long way from becoming standard – a horror-movie marathon remains the best and easiest way to acknowledge its existence. The increased chill in the air, the sudden earlier onset of darkness: all ideal conditions for snuggling down with red wine and something a bit jumpy and blood-freezing to watch.
Streaming: where to find the best Halloween films
Most streaming services attempt to capitalise on this seasonal shift in some way or another, though some do it better than others. Unless you’re a diehard fan of Netflix’s Riverdale – a lightly spooked-out update of the Archie comics, the fourth series of which began this month – the streaming giant’s scary-season offerings aren’t the best. Their glossiest horror premiere for October is Wounds, a Sundance-acquired US debut for the British-Iranian director Babak Anvari, and a bit of a disappointment following his elegant, Tehran-set chiller Under the Shadow.

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