Due to the pandemic, most of us will probably be celebrating Halloween from the safety of our homes this year. But that doesn't mean we can't still have a good time.
If you're planning on spending the night watching scary movies with your friends or family, we have a couple of suggestions you can add to your marathon that will not only send chills up your spine, but might also teach you a thing or two about the importance of cybersecurity.
Ghost in the Machine (1993)
A serial killer gets into a car accident, and as he is being given an MRI scan at a hospital, lightning strikes the building, transforming his consciousness into electrical energy. Using his new ability to travel through the power grid and control electrical appliances and computers, he continues his killing spree, going after a woman and her teenage son.
When a mysterious website begins to livestream the murders of strangers, killing the victims faster as more people tune in to watch, an FBI agent is tasked with hunting down the person behind it. Racing against time as the site gains more exposure, she soon finds out that she herself is being hacked and watched, and might become the next target.
Open Windows (2014)
After winning an online contest to have dinner with his favorite actress, a blogger realizes that he is instead caught up in something far more sinister. Sitting at his computer in a hotel room, he becomes an unwilling participant in a murderous plot that forces him to obey orders and spy on the actress through hacked devices, if he wants her to stay alive.
A millionaire CEO invites his company's IT consultant over to his house to have a look at his WiFi, but soon fires him after he learns that he's been communicating with his teenage daughter through social media. The IT consultant then begins terrorizing the CEO and his family by hacking every technological facet of their lives.
Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)
After bringing home a lost laptop, a teenager finds some disturbing videos on it and discovers that the laptop's previous owner may have been involved in some shady business on the Dark Web. The teen and his friends soon become aware that the owner of the laptop is watching them and will go to extreme lengths to get it back, even if it means killing.
Movies like these all share similar DNA: in an age where we live our lives online and let everything from our cars to our home appliances connect to the internet, nothing could be more terrifying than an unseen intruder violating our privacy and making us feel truly exposed and vulnerable. But that is a fear you can conquer if you take the right precautions to protect yourself.