In Pursuit…Top 10 Spooky ‘Chase’ Films to watch this Halloween

For scary films to watch this Halloween, here is a selection featuring chilling chases!

  1. 10 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

    Universal Pictures

    If you like your aliens cute and cuddly, try this Spielberg family favourite. After landing in California, E.T. finds himself abandoned until he is befriended by 10 year old Elliott. After multiple attempts to get E.T. home, Elliott and E.T. find themselves in a  precarious high speed chase as they evade government authorities. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 72%

    Available to watch on Netflix. 

  2. 9 Dog Soldiers (2002)

    Centurion, Kismet Entertainment Group, The Noel Gay Motion Picture Company, The Carousel Picture Company, The Victor Film Company

    A group of soldiers must take refuge in a cabin in the woods while beasts pray on them under a full moon…but can all the men in the cabin be trusted?

    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 79%

    Available to watch on Britbox 

  3. 8 The Birds (1963)

    Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions, Universal Pictures

    Hitchcock directs this classic thriller that features Tippi Hedron chased by flocks of vicious birds. Featuring an unusual choice of predator, The Birds is a slow-burning thriller full of suspense, anticipation and dread...

    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 83%

    Available to rent or buy on Amazon Video. 

  4. 7 Jurassic Park (1993)

    Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment

    If more chilling horrors aren’t for you, enjoy this Spielberg classic where human meddling has disastrous consequences for visitors to an innovative new park designed to bring the Jurassic world to life. Soon, it becomes clear that interference in the world of science should only go so far.

    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 91%

    Available to buy on Amazon Video. 

  5. 6 The Blair Witch Project (1999)

    Haxan Films

    This low-budget thriller is a cult classic. Three teenage filmmakers venture into the woods to discover more about the infamous Blair Witch but when, one by one, they disappear they realise that they are being hunted by something sinister lurking amongst the trees. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 56%

    Available to watch on Netflix.

  6. 5 Shaun of the Dead (2004)

    Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Working Title Films, WT2 Productions, Big Talk Productions, Inside Track 2, FilmFour

    For a more light-hearted watch, join the hilarity in Crouch End as best friends Shaun and Ed fight their way through a zombie-infested London. Will Shaun win over Liz? Will they survive the apocalypse?!

    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 93%

    Available to watch on Netflix.

  7. 4 Westworld (1973)


    A dystopian world, where technology goes wrong, sees a robot cowboy slowly stalking a guest at ‘Westworld’ - a theme park where robots roam for the entertainment of the human visitors. But when the robots malfunction, the guests become hunted in a vengeful game…

    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 70%

    Available to rent or buy on Amazon Video. 

  8. 3 Severance (2006)

    Qwerty Films, Dan Films, Hanway Films, Isle of Man Film, N1 European Film Produktions GmbH & Co. KG, UK Film Council, Wildgaze Films

    Ignoring the warning signs, a group of colleagues embark on a team-building weekend in a lodge with a chilling past. What ensues is a violent and gruesome culling of the group as one by one they succumb to masked killers. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 61%

    Available to rent or buy on Amazon Video. 

  9. 2 Joy Ride (2001)

    New Regency Productions, Bad Robot, LivePlanet, Epsilon Motion Pictures

    Inspired by Spielberg’s ‘Duel’, Joy Ride (or re-named Road Kill in the UK) tells the story of a crazed truck driver, known on the trucker’s radio as ‘Rusty Nail’, hell bent on catching two brothers who tease and humiliate him in a practical joke. Their joking and fun leads to a terrifying pursuit as they are mercilessly tailed by a faceless vehicle. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 65%

    Available to rent or buy on Amazon Video. 

  10. 1 The Shining (1980)

    Warner Bros., Hawk Films, Peregrine, Producers Circle

    Jack Nicholson portrays a father and husband who spirals into a murderous frenzy as he is corrupted by other-worldly forces haunting an abandoned hotel. The film culminates in a vicious, axe-wielding chase through the hotel while mother and son run for their lives. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 93%

    Available to rent or buy on Amazon Video. 

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Ciara Linehan

Ciara is a member of the Students Association staff team.


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