5 Creepy Movies for Horror Fans (And Their Dads) To Watch on Father’s Day

Father’s Day is fast approaching, which means your family may be prepping for some serious quality time with Dear Old Dad.  Some fathers are grill masters, while others enjoy gardening. But for the thrill-seeking papas who dig scary movies, this is a list of must-watch horror movies for Father’s Day. These horror flicks feature creepy parental units that might just make you appreciate your padre even more.

'The Shining'
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The Shining’ (1980)

Stanley Kubrick directed The Shining, which is based on the Stephen King book of the same name. Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, a writer who works as a caretaker at an expansive hotel during the off-season. Jack, who is driven to madness by supernatural energy, flies into a murderous rage, and his family must fight for survival. The Shining is available to rent on various streaming platforms, including Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and iTunes. Plus, Dr. Sleep, the sequel to the film, is airing in June on HBO.

The Amityville Horror’ (1979)

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The Amityville Horror revolves around the Lutz family and the strange occurrences that take place after they move into their new home in Amityville, New York. An evil force takes hold of newlywed stepdad, George, and horror ensues — hence the title of the film. The Amityville Horror is available to rent on various streaming platforms, including Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and iTunes. And the 2005 remake is now streaming on Netflix.

The Stepfather’ (2009)

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The 2009 film, The Stepfather, starring Dylan Walsh,is a reboot of the original 1987 film starring Terry O’Quinn. The narrative follows a man who gives his new stepchild a severe case of the heebie-jeebies. As the film progresses, it is revealed that the stepdad has a dark past. The Stepfather (2009)is available to stream on Hulu with the Starz add-on. It is also available to rent on various streaming platforms, including Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and iTunes. The original Stepfather is playing free on Tubi and Pluto TV.

Insidious: Chapter 2′ (2013)

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In Insidious: Chapter 2, a father learns of an innate ability to astral project to a realm outside the physical plane. The problem? Evil entities can hitch a ride back into the real world, taking over the body of the traveler. Brave fans who want to binge the entire Insidious series are in luck. The original Insidious is now streaming on Netflix. Insidious: Chapter 2, Insidious: Chapter 3, and Insidious: The Last Key are available to rent on various streaming platforms, including Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and iTunes.

Coraline’ (2009)

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Coraline is a stop-motion-style tale about an alternate dimension that is too good to be true. In the film, Coraline finds a gateway to the other world where her Other Mother and Other Father dwell. The Others are exact replicas of their real-world counterparts, except they have buttons in the place of eyes. Coraline quickly gets a clue that if she overstays her welcome, she could end up dead. Fans can catch Coraline on Encore Family on June 24 or stream it anytime on Hulu with the Starz add-on.

With any luck, our binge-worthy list of horror movies for Father’s Day will help make your family’s celebration a real scream.