Movies: Happy Hallo-stream! 15 streaming movie picks for Halloween 2016

Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive

We've got a lot of great picks for getting out of the house this Halloween season in this issue - including the obvious one for horror movie fans, the inaugural Nightmares Film Festival at the Gateway Film Center.

But for those of you too scared (or too lazy) to leave the house, here are picks for some of my favorite movies in the spirit of the season now available on the major streaming services.

Proudly flaunting influences like "The Shining" and "The Exorcist," director Jennifer Kent made her first film a true classic - a psychological tale of a single mom, her young son and a terrifyingly sinister book.

What's that? A scary documentary? You bet! Director Rodney Ascher followed up "Room 237," a documentary about obsessive fan theories about "The Shining," with this tale of real-life cases of the frightening phenomenon of sleep paralysis. Some of these recreations will create their own nightmares.

The original "Dead Snow" is on here, too, but it's not necessary viewing for you to enjoy the splatstick ridiculousness of the English-language sequel in the Nazi zombie series. Recommended for fans of "Evil Dead" and "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil."

A couple of years before his brilliant "Scream," Wes Craven rebooted his "Nightmare on Elm Street" series with this self-referential (and occasionally self-parodying) sequel that featured Freddy Krueger crossing the fourth wall to haunt the cast and crew of the "Nightmare" films - including Craven himself.

OK, this isn't your traditional vampire movie, but writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour's slick and stylish, genre-crossing flick deserves to be seen by more people. It's the best female-fronted Iranian vampire movie I've ever seen.

One of this year's breakout horror films also divided genre fans. This kind of slowly ratcheting dread may not play to fans of jump-scares and gore, but it's a layered psychological horror story centered on 16th century Satanic panic - and Puritan fears about female sexuality that persist to this day.

This Austrian art-house creeper first received buzz for releasing "the scariest trailer ever," but the less you know going in the better. It crawls around in your headspace in ways that will make you question your sanity.

John Cusack and horror aren't exactly synonymous, but he was great in this underrated Stephen King adaptation about an author acclaimed for debunking tales of the paranormal who checks into a supposedly haunted hotel room.

If you've forgotten about this period haunted house tale starring Nicole Kidman, do yourself a favor and remedy that. Here's another case of slow scares that get under your skin.

Tobe Hooper's low-budget classic has been remade, rebooted and sequeled, but never equaled. Prime currently offers up the 40th Anniversary re-release, which was remastered in 4K but somehow maintains its grimy, snuff-film feel.

Not a horror film by any stretch, but this pitch-black comedy from director Marjane Satrapi starring Ryan Reynolds is one of my favorite hidden gems of the past few years. It also helps if you don't get squeamish at some gore.

Director Ti West's throwback horror film about a babysitter who gets more than she bargained for is set in 1983, which is perfect because it feels right at home among the great slasher films of that era.

OK, here's a favorite from my youth. Like "Evil Dead II" before it, this sequel abandons the attempted scares of its predecessor to focus on the, uh, camp. It's a guilty pleasure of all the things you love from a teen slasher movie.

OK, so there are a few classics on all of these services every horror fan should see, but if you haven't seen Brian De Palma's "Carrie" - or haven't seen it in a while - this is the best time of year to correct that.

One of the all-time classics of so-bad-it's-good cinema, this isn't actually a proper sequel to "Troll." It isn't even a proper movie. But it is jaw-dropping and entertaining the whole way through - not something many bad movies live up to.

Seen all these picks and then some? A real horror-hound should invest in AMC's year-old horror streaming service, Shudder. For about $5 a month, you'll get access to a truly impressive horror catalog that spans decades and features hard-to-find favorites.