Face it, there’s never a wrong time to watch a horror movie. Sure, most of the world tends to get spooky around autumn — and the Halloween season is the best time to put on a Friday night rental — but horror hounds never stop. They’re thirsty. Not just for blood, but that inextricable feeling that the things that go bump in the night take us away from the things that go bump in our day-to-day life. Yes, there’s a difference.
Beyond any other genre, horror is a true-blue escape. Because really, there’s nothing more intoxicating than curling up in a theater — or on our couch — and getting whisked away to a lonely suburban street. Or a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Or even a dusty basement … that just so happens to be stained red. The best kind of horror can do that, and the best kind of horror takes our minds off our own real-life horrors.
This year is no exception, and fortunately for everyone, we won’t have to wait until the pumpkins are set on the stoops. Starting this month and going far into the fall season, the spooky is in full supply. From a Henry James reimagining, to a retooled ’70s television hit, to the return of our favorite man in the mirror, 2020 is chock full of reasons to keep checking under our beds at night. And for that, we can sigh in relief.
Here are 13 tricks and treats we’re screaming to see…