Who says Friday the 13th is the only night for scares? We all know that any night can be a “Fright Night” when we have the right movies and company.
This weekend, we’re assuming you want to ditch the cliché rom-coms and try something new and exciting, right?
So, we’ve got your back. From horror classics to modern thrillers, we have handpicked five of the best horror movies you should watch, or even re-watch, with your friends.
So, let’s dive deeper into five horror movies you can watch with your best pals this weekend. Also, we want you to know that these films are easily watchable on popular streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, DISH TV, and many more to save time. Let’s start!
The Cabin in the Woods
Director: Drew Goddard
Release Year: 2012
Imagine your typical weekend getaway to a remote cabin in the woods, right? Well, think again! The Cabin in the Woods is not your average horror film. Directed by Drew Goddard, this movie takes your expectations and tosses them out the window. It’s got all the classic horror elements but with a wild twist that’ll leave you questioning everything.
Without giving too much away (so as to not spoil you), let’s just say that it’s a genre-bending experience that will have you discussing its clever meta-commentary for days. It’s what happened to us!
Director: Fede Álvarez
Release Year: 2013
If you’re a fan of gore, demons, and a dark sense of humor, Evil Dead from 2013 is your jam. Directed by Fede Álvarez, this modern reboot of the cult classic takes the horror genre to new heights. It follows a group of friends who gather in a remote cabin in the woods to help one of them overcome addiction.
However, their plans for a peaceful weekend go wrong when they discover the infamous Book of the Dead in the cabin’s cellar. What follows is a relentless descent into chaos, blood-soaked terror, and demonic possession. Just be prepared for a wild and terrifying ride around the cabins in the woods.
Army of the Dead
Director: Zack Snyder
Release Year: 2021
Zombies? Check. Heist? Check. Explosions and epic action? Double-check. But you have to know that Army of the Dead is not just a single movie; it’s a thrilling series directed by Zack Snyder. It’s a rollercoaster of undead chaos and heist shenanigans, all set in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.
While it’s a thrilling movie, they’ve made it possible to make the film’s theme lighter with the addition of the animated spin-off series Army of Thieves. With a star-studded cast including Dave Bautista, Chris D’Elia, and Matthias Schweighöfer, this will surely keep you entertained.
Director: James DeMonaco
Release Year: 2013
Imagine a world where all crime is legal for one night a year. Terrifying, right? The Purge dives deeper into this chilling concept. It’ll surely have you and your friends debating what you’d do in a world gone mad for a night.
The plot is simple yet disturbing: In a dystopian future, all crime, including murder, is legal during a 12-hour annual event called “The Purge.” As the film unfolds, you’ll follow a family’s fight for survival when their home is invaded on Purge Night.
But The Purge isn’t just about scares and suspense; it delves deep into societal questions about morality, class, and human nature. This film and its subsequent sequels will keep you on the edge of your seat and, perhaps more importantly, spark conversations long after the credits roll.
Don’t Breathe 1 and 2
Director: Fede Álvarez (for Dont Breathe 1) and Rodo Sayagues (for Don’t Breathe 2)
Release Years: 2016 (Don’t Breathe) and 2021 (Don’t Breathe 2)
Talk about suspense! Don’t Breathe and its sequel are masterclasses in tension. You and your friends will be at the edge of your seats, holding your breath as the characters navigate some seriously dire situations. The blind antagonist adds a different layer of intensity to the story. These films showcase how a simple home invasion premise can be transformed into heart-pounding horror when executed with precision.
So there you have it, folks – five horror movies that are perfect for a weekend scare-fest with your buddies. Whether you’re into supernatural thrills, zombie apocalypses, or heart-pounding suspense, there’s something here for everyone. So, stock up on snacks, snuggle under some blankets, and get ready for a frightfully good time!