13 Best Halloween Movies Streaming Now On Netflix
While you are trapped inside preparing for your ultimate Halloween adventure or party, the best thing to do is queue up some quality Halloween movies on Netflix. But it’s important to note that not everything under Netflix’s so-called “Halloween favorites” is actually a solid scare, let alone a favorite. As the October spook-fest draws closer, it’s best to turn down the lights and pepper yourself for the holiday of the year
that’s better than Christmas that everyone should love! For a comprehensive list of what movies are worth your while on Netflix this Halloween, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the creepiest, crawliest and best 13 flicks to freak yourself out.
1. The Babadook
If you haven’t seen this yet you are seriously missing out. Horror and drama become one in this perfectly crafted Australian psychological horror film about a widowed woman whose troubled son becomes obsessed with the idea of being haunted by a monster from a mysterious storybook he finds. Another great part about it? It is written, directed and starring women, something the genre
and entire industry lacks.
Seriously though, it has a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes…
2. The Addams Family
A hilarious Halloween classic, join Morticia and Gomez Addams and the rest of the Addams family as they investigate whether the man who claims to be the missing Uncle Fester is actually who he says he is. Christina Ricci is an obvious standout/girl crush/ultimate costume inspiration as Wednesday Addams, so this is must-watch.
Another classic American slasher, watch all of your favorite 1996 actors play horror-movie obsessed high schoolers who suddenly find themselves being stalked by a playful murderer who disguises themself The Scream. Don’t answer the phone while watching.
4. The Pact
I don’t even think this film is under Netflix’s Halloween favorites category but it definitely should be. After the sudden death of her mother and the disappearance of her sister, a woman is overwrought with disturbing visions and bizarre occurrences that turn into an unraveling mystery that culminates in an insane twist ending that will have you screaming.
This indie is mysteriously unknown but is fabulously crafted and will terrify you. I mean it.
5. The Omen
“If something frightening happens to you today, it may be the Omen.” This original horror story stars Gregory Peck as Robert, an American diplomat married to Katherine (Lee Remick) who together adopt a young boy named Damien after a saddening stillbirth. Shortly after, the couple find themselves surrounded by mysterious deaths and scary circumstances which lead them to wonder, could Damien actually be the anti-christ? Find out for yourself though you probably already know…
6. Rosemary’s Baby
In a similar vein, this beautiful psychological horror classic starring Mia Farrow tells the story of a pregnant woman who fears her husband and creepy neighbors may be plotting against her. It turns out there is a lot more to the story than just that (and I’m not just talking about the great ‘60s wardrobe and standout performances).
7. The Corpse Bride
A cute and creepy musical fantasy animation, The Corpse Bride tells the sadly sweet story of Victor (Johnny Depp) and Victoria (Emily Watson) whose families have arranged their marriage. Nervous for the wedding, Victor finds himself practicing his vows in the forest until he is dragged into the land of the dead by a deceased woman who thought his vows were meant for her. Now inadvertently married to a corpse, he must find his way back above ground.
8. The Others
During World War II, Grace (Nicole Kidman) moves herself and children Anne and Nicholas to a new home on the English coast while she awaits her husband who has yet to return from the war. At the same time, she must protect Anne and Nicholas from a rare disease in which the sun causes them severe harm (and creates a delightfully creepy backdrop for the film’s entirety). Once Anne claims to see ghosts in their new home, bizarre occurrences ensue and culminate in one of the best twist endings of all time.
9. The Sixth Sense
Speaking of the best twist endings of all time, if you haven’t seen The Sixth Sense, then you haven’t heard Haley Joel Osment utter his famous lines, “I see dead people.” Thankfully, Netflix is here to save your Halloween movie date with yourself so you can curl up and enjoy Bruce Willis being an equally as troubled child psychologist in nothing other than an M. Night Shyamalan thriller.
The ultimate gore-fest of all is the Saw series, so get your Halloween started with the first installment (which features a better story line than any of its successors). When a photographer and an oncologist both mysteriously regain consciousness, they find themselves chained to pipes in opposite corners of a grimy bathroom. Little do they know, the state of the bathroom is the least of their troubles once the meet “Jigsaw,” a sadistic serial killer who presents them with puzzles in order to survive. To put it lightly, the puzzles get horrifically gory. Save the popcorn for later.
This is a found-footage style mockumentary that is actually so terrifying – I watched it last week with my boyfriend and we both had to get up and make sure the doors were locked after this one. An average Joe, male filmmaker named Aaron (Patrick Brice) answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day gig as a videographer that pays $1000. In need of the cash, he shows up to a cabin in the middle of the woods where he meets Josef, a man who claims to have terminal cancer and wants to make a video for his unborn son. Things obviously go from normal to not as Josef does not appear to be who he says he is.
12. Sleepy Hollow
If you can’t get enough of Christina Ricci after watching The Addams Family, this is your best bet, plus she stars alongside Johnny Depp. The classic story of the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman, is revisited in this Tim Burton classic that stars Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane, the eccentric detective who comes to the town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate the string of mysterious murder decapitations that have struck the town. Cristina Ricci is the beautiful Katrina van Tassel, a mysterious young girl who might have the answers to the mystery.
13. The Nightmare Before Christmas
And last but not least, the ultimate Halloween animated classic that Netflix has featured this year, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Follow Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloweentown, who grows jealous of Christmas and plots to take over by kidnapping Santa Claus and assuming his role. The perfect way to get into the holiday season, don’t think it’s just a children’s movie – I didn’t watch this until I was an adult and I still enjoyed it so no excuses!
Pick and choose which flicks to watch as you please or lock yourself in your house and watch all 13 right in a row. Whatever you do, don’t be afraid of the dark.