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Stuck for ideas on a spooktacularly scary movie to spin this Halloween weekend? Well, here's a short list of some new titles to give your brains a kickstart.

Instead of including all the classic films that every list includes every year, I've kept the picks to new titles recently released on VOD.

The V/H/S series is a mixed bag, but there is something primal going on in all its installment. Taken as a whole, the impact of the V/H/S/ series is often horrifying. Here, the found-footage technique is used in consistently unique and some of the scenes witnessed are unlike anything put to film (Gareth Evans' Cult segment and Jason Eisner's frantic invasion short comes readily to mind).

Plus, the great thing about anthology series' is you don't need to commit to one sub-genre. Here you get ghosts and zombies and demons and everything in between.

V/H/S: Viral, the third in the series is currently on VOD.

This remake of the 1976 classic picks up sixty-five years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, when the “moonlight murders” begin again. It leaves everyone wondering is it a copycat or something even more sinister?

The Town that Dreaded Sundown has received favourable reviews from horror fans as a stylish throwback with a modern edge.

The Houses October Built sounds like a fascinating blend of documentary and horror. It is produced by Steven Schneider who helped bring Paranormal Activity to great success.

It is mostly a documentary about the people who run haunted houses in middle America with some narrative tricks thrown in to create a more authentically horrifying experience.

Find it on VOD.

As Above So Below is famously the first film given permission to film in the catacombs in Paris. It is about a team of explorers who venture into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris where they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.

I'm not sure if this one's on VOD anymore, but I've heard it's worth tracking down.

Anyway, those are my picks. What will you be watching?

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