Let’s face it: real life is pretty messed up right now. But things could always be worse, as any of these 8 horror movies and TV series would remind us. If this kind of escapism is up your alley, be sure to check out:

Gretel & Hansel – Now at the Box and Redbox On Demand, this creeptastic take on the old fairy tale about a brother and sister’s misadventures in the woods had critics raving about its sleek visuals and stunning cinematography. Not the kind of praise that is normally heaped onto horror movies!

Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island – Also new to the Box and Redbox On Demand is this gruesome tale of a vacation getaway that’s supposed to deliver its visitors’ wildest dreams … but then pretty much the opposite happens.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – This adaptation of the bestselling children’s book series is something of a “gateway horror movie” if you’ve got any tweens or teens in the house who are brave enough to watch it with you or are otherwise really into urban legends and folklore.

Doctor Sleep – In this adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining, Ewan McGregor stars as the Big-Wheel-riding Danny Torrance, 40 years later. Now he must protect a child who has his same powers, or else she’ll be killed by a cult.

Snakes on a Plane – Still the best movie title ever. Yes, it’s time to lighten the mood with this absolutely ridiculous film — which I LOVED — featuring one of Samuel L. Jackson’s all-time greatest lines. (Which is of course unprintable.) If you want some laughs mixed in with your blood and guts, this is the one for you.

The Strain – My final 3 recommendations are actually all TV series that deal with viruses or plagues that threaten to overrun humankind. Totally appropriate for right now! I was a big fan of The Strain when it aired in 2014 because it stars the great Corey Stoll (albeit in an awful wig) and is about vampires. And I love anything about vampires.

Ash vs Evil Dead – In this TV series that continues the story-line of the original Evil Dead film trilogy, Bruce Campbell reprises his role as the unlikely every-man hero Ash Williams, who must still battle the undead even though it’s 30 years after the events of the first movie. Poor guy! And I thought I was tired after homeschooling my kids for a few months.

The Walking Dead – The first season of this mega-popular series remains my favorite (and yes, I’m still watching it all these years later) because it shows the start of the (fictional — for now) zombie apocalypse in the US and establishes so many of the characters that millions have come to root for. See (or remind yourself of) how it all began!

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