5 Horror Movies to Watch with Your Dad This Father’s Day

A still from The Shining, one of the best Father's Day horror movies.

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Not all dads want to strap on their best white New Balance sneakers, hitch up their cargo shorts, and fire up the grill on their “big day.” Most of us don’t need a new tie, either. Some dads just want to spend Father’s Day watching some good horror movies with the people they love the most.

If you’re looking to surprise your dad with a horror movie marathon this Father’s Day, but don’t know where to begin, check the list below.

The Best Father’s Day Horror Movie Marathon

Gather up the snacks, let Dad have his comfortable chair, hand him his drink of choice and get this Father’s Day horror movie marathon started.

Pet Sematary (1989)

Kick off your Father’s Day horror movie marathon with Pet Sematary.

If you pull away all the necromancy and scary living dead kids, this movie is just sad. It’s the story of a grieving father who is willing to do anything to bring back his dead son. Even knowing the risks, most dads would at least think about doing what Louis Creed did.

Stream it for free on Tubi.

The Shining (1980)

Can you really put together a Father’s Day marathon without including the movie with horror’s most iconic dad?

Hailed a cinematic masterpiece, The Shining shows us a portrait of a dad who comes completely unglued. Jack doesn’t start the movie as the world’s best dad. However, by the time the credits roll, Wendy and Danny are both longing for the days when he was just a drunk with a short temper or a newly-sober curmudgeon.

Stream it on Max.

Creepshow (1982)

This is the only horror movie on the list that literally screams, “It’s Father’s Day!”

Creepshow is a classic horror anthology and, chances are, your dad has seen it. However, it’s always a good one to revisit. It kicks off with the iconic “Father’s Day” short followed by a few more memorable vignettes. Dad’ll love it.

Rent it on Amazon or Vudu.

The Thing (1982)

No one said all of the movies in your Father’s Day horror marathon had to feature dads.

The Thing is a masterpiece of a film. The practical effects here are a thing of wonder. More than that, the feelings of vastness, claustrophobia, and isolation only serve to increase the tension. If your dad has good taste in movies, he’s seen this one and will want to see it again.

Stream it on Tubi.

Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)

After all of that, let’s end the Father’s Day movie marathon with a first-class horror comedy.

You absolutely can’t go wrong with Tucker and Dale vs Evil. This hilarious flick takes so many horror tropes and turns them on their ears. More than that, it’s a movie about two buddies hanging out and sticking together through one of the wildest vacations ever.

Stream it on Hulu.

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