The Most Anticipated Halloween Titles Coming To Netflix
Halloween is a time for thrills and chills and there are plenty of films that fit that mood. Netflix knows their users want to get into the spirit of the season, so they added both new and classic fan-favorite Halloween movies and TV shows to their streaming site.
These range from the goriest and most spine-chilling stories to comedic tales with happy endings. When you’re looking at what to add next to your Netflix queue, make sure to keep these fantastically frightening titles in mind.
Don’t Get Goosebumps After Watching This Film
The popular children’s book series Goosebumps was turned into a family-friendly Halloween film. Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, and Ryan Lee star in the movie where the group of teenagers teams up with the author of the series, R.L. Stine, to set free imaginary demons.
It can sometimes be difficult trying to find good Halloween-themed films catered to kids, but Goosebumps adds humor and togetherness to a familiar children’s tale. It’s also perfect for the millennials who grew up reading the series to see how it translated to the big screen.
Marianne Could Be Haunting Your Dreams
Netflix has added many original Halloween-themed movies and TV shows, and one that viewers should definitely check out is Marianne. This show centers around a famous French horror writer who has to deal with a demonic woman named Marianne, who reappears in her dreams after 15 years. This all happens because the writer decided to go back to her hometown, where the dreams began.
Only people who know they can handle extreme horror should consider adding it to their watch list. On a positive note, the cinematography is beautifully done with unique special effects and high-flying drone shots.
Sissy Spacek Was The Perfect Carrie
Stephen King is known for writing some of the most captivating horror novels, and many of them have been turned into movies. His classic novel, Carrie, was adapted into a film in 1976 with Sissy Spacek in the titular role. Carrie was an awkward teen girl who was sheltered from the real world by her religious mother, but that all changed after she realized she had telekinetic powers.
Many critics praised Spacek for her honest portrayal of a child-like young woman who felt ostracized from the world. It has definitely become a classic coming-of-age film with a dark twist.
Prank Encounters Caused Some Drama Behind The Scenes
Fans of Stranger Things may recognize Gaten Matarazzo for his role of Dustin, but he’s coming back to Netflix with a whole new show. Matarazzo is set to host a hidden camera prank show that takes two complete strangers who compete against each other and must defeat supposed supernatural forces.
Even though Prank Encounters isn’t set to air until October 25, it has already received some backlash because it looked like the show was taking advantage of real people who were searching for jobs. Netflix soon debunked this by saying that the participants were aware that this was a “one-day, hourly gig” and that “everyone got paid for their time.”
Find Out If Season Of The Witch Is Worth Your Time
It’s just not Halloween without witches. In Season of the Witch, Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman play 14th-century knights who are in charge of taking a witch to a monastery because she’s suspected of starting the Black Plague. During the journey, the knights must test their strengths across the perilous terrain as they discover what the witch is trying to hide.
Unfortunately, many viewers were dissatisfied with the end result of this film claiming that it was forgettable, trashy, and boring. On top of that, it only has an 11 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Will you watch this one?
In The Shadow Of The Moon Is More Than A Thriller
Not every Halloween-themed movie needs to have jump scares. In the Shadow of the Moon is a psychological thriller about a Philadelphia police officer (Boyd Holbrook) who strives to track down a wanted serial killer (Cleopatra Coleman) in 1988. The film defies genre by including comedy, mystery, drama, and horror.
Audiences were hooked watching the cat and mouse relationship between the cop and the serial killer and anticipating who will win in the end. As the film progresses Holbrook becomes deeply obsessed with trying to catch this woman on the loose.
The True Meaning Behind Gremlins
These creatures may look cute and cuddly, but that couldn’t be further from the truth in 1984’s Gremlins. This family-friendly film tells the story of a boy who ends up setting many mischievous monsters loose in his small town. Since this film was made before CGI, all of the gremlins were animatronics.
Reviewers noted that Gremlins might have been a social commentary on modern consumerism during the time. There’s a sense of satire and pure silliness, but also a great deal of horror that will get people in the mood for Halloween.
In the Tall Grass Includes A Special Collaboration
Famed horror writer Stephen King and his son Joe Hill teamed up to write a thrilling novella, which was soon turned into a Netflix original movie. In the Tall Grass is similar to King’s It because it focuses on kids discovering something evil. A brother and sister venture out into a field of tall grass to investigate what is lurking in the distance, but soon realize there may not be a way out.
The strong character development and the cinematographer’s ability to disorient the audience into feeling confined in the grass make it compelling to watch for the Halloween season.
We Can’t Stop Staring At Coraline
Without even knowing what Coraline is about, people should be intrigued solely based on its genius claymation. In the movie, a young girl starts getting fed up with her home life and finds an ideal parallel universe. Later on, she realizes that there may be some sinister secrets within.
The story is compelling enough on its own, but the way the clay artists were able to make their work so life-like and believable had audiences glued to the screen. Also, knowing that it was made by the mind of Tim Burton means that its eerie themes make it a must-watch for Halloween.
Try Not To Get Creeped Out By This Show
Kids and teens may be able to relate to Netflix’s Creeped Out the most. With one season already on Netflix, the show will be back for season two with plotlines that include evil phone apps, portals to different dimensions, and explorations of the unexplained.
Each episode starts and ends with a masked child called the Curious, who is based on a real folklore legend stemming from people who said they saw a hooded figure appearing in their photos. Parents watching with their kids may get a kick out of the several 1970s and 1980s references spread throughout the series.
Bird Box: An Apocalypse Built For Netflix
While Bird Box may not directly reference Halloween, it still has the capability of filling viewers with pure terror. The film begins with people being singled out and left to their demise by a powerful and ominous presence. Audiences never get to see what it is, but they know that the survivors must stay blindfolded and hidden away in order to protect themselves.
Many of Hollywood’s finest round out the cast including Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, and Danielle Macdonald. This film plays with viewers’ heartstrings as they watch each character make an attempt to outrun the antagonist.
A Worried Father Has To Find His Family In Fractured
Fractured stars Sam Worthington as a husband and father named Ray. During a family road trip his daughter gets injured, so he and his wife take her to the hospital. When the mother and daughter leave to get some tests done Ray falls asleep and awakes to find that his wife and daughter have disappeared and there’s no evidence of their existence.
As Ray tries to get answers from the hospital about what happened to them the audience is able to feel the paranoia, frustration, rage, and sorrow he experiences. Critics thought the story was predictable, but the entire film was masterfully filmed and directed.
Some Familiar Faces Appear In Eli
Eli tells the story of a young boy with a debilitating illness who must live in isolation from the rest of the world. When he is transferred to a new home he starts to notice that the house and everything in it might be cursed.
Fans of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things may recognize a familiar face in the cast. Sadie Sink, best known for her role of Max, appears in the cast of Eli as Haley. The Netflix original movie is set to release on October 18.
Christian Bale Stands Out In American Psycho
One of Christian Bale’s most epic roles was Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. Throughout the film, he is shown as a Wall Street investment banker obsessed with success and social status. He’s also hiding a big secret. Patrick is a notorious psychopath on the loose.
Even though it was filmed at the turn of the 21st century, the film is a satire of 1980’s yuppie culture. This movie definitely isn’t for the faint of heart because it contains large amounts of profanity, horror, suspense, and violence.
Enter A Post-Apocalyptic World In Daybreak
Those who are fans of post-apocalyptic movies and shows such as Zombieland and This is the End might end up loving Netflix’s new show called Daybreak. It focuses on a high school student who has to search for his missing girlfriend with the help of a group of outcasts and his former bully.
The series is set to release on October 24 and features Matthew Broderick, Austin Crute, Colin Ford, Gregory Kasyan, and Cody Kearsley. Those who’ve seen Broderick in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off should look out for a subtle reference line in the show.
Get Your Vampire Fix With Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant
Some creatures that are sure to make an appearance during Halloween are vampires. There have been numerous TV shows and films within the vampire genre and Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant is another to add to the list.
When a teen accidentally breaks a 200-year-old vampire curse he must leave his normal life behind to join a traveling circus with other vampires. There are some major Hollywood actors who appear in the film including John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, and Josh Hutcherson.
Rattlesnake Proves Moms Will Stop at Nothing to Save Their Kids
Many mothers will do whatever it takes to make sure their children are safe. This rings true in Netflix’s new crime drama, Rattlesnake. After a young girl gets bitten by a rattlesnake her mother, played by Carmen Ejogo, must get help from a mysterious woman to repay the devil in order to save her.
After her daughter is saved she must grapple with morality’s biggest question: Who deserves to live and who doesn’t? The movie drops on October 25 and is packed with pulse-pounding psychological horror, so it’s almost impossible to look away.
Death Note’s Casting Choices Angered Fans
Based on a popular Japanese manga series, the Netflix film adaptation of Death Note filled audiences with mixed reviews. The story centers around a teen boy named Light Turner (Nat Wolff) who finds a magical notebook that has the power to permanently get rid of anyone whose name who is entered.
Many readers of the original manga were upset that the cast was predominantly white, as opposed to its Japanese origins. The cast members are definitely talented actors, but the story was stripped of what made the manga so compelling to fans. It’s still worth a watch, though.
It Isn’t Halloween Without Casper
There are certain movies that turn into holiday classics. Casper has become one of the must-see Halloween movies that people watch each year. It takes the familiar tale of Casper the Friendly Ghost and adds in a father/daughter duo who move into a haunted mansion to rid it of ghosts.
This is a great movie for today’s families because most parents with young kids grew up during the time the film was originally released in 1995. The movie also touches on grief and loss in a respectable way that isn’t too overwhelming for young viewers.
Scream Will Forever Be A Halloween Classic
Those who are searching for some of the most popular horror films should look no further than Scream. In a small, sleepy town a psychopath sets out to get victims and uses tactics from other famous horror films in his crime spree. The only way to stay safe is to be familiar with slasher movie trivia.
Director Wes Craven is able to combine horror, mystery, drama, and humor into one sly and witty movie. The great thing about it is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Also, it features a star-studded cast with actors such as Drew Barrymore, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and Skeet Ulrich.
Everyone’s Favorite Horror Film is Back with Scream 2
Netflix viewers can have a Scream movie marathon because not only is the first of the series available to watch, but the sequel was recently added as well. Scream 2 picks ups two years after the first movie and follows a college girl (Neve Cambell) as she begins her new life at college.
Audiences can expect that signature Ghostface mask to appear several times throughout the film. While most horror movie fans prefer the original movie, the sequel still has great acting performances, surprising plot lines, and is made by famed director Wes Craven.
Super Monsters are Just Too Adorable
Halloween is one of the most celebrated times of the year for kids. They are still at the age where it’s socially acceptable to go trick-or-treating, which let’s be honest was the best part of the holiday. Netflix knows that kids love any holiday centered around candy, so they made a show that features the best aspects of Halloween.
Super Monsters is aimed at preschool-age kids and focuses on a group of monster children with famous monster parents. They must master their special powers as they get ready for kindergarten. There’s also a special Halloween episode that will be added on October 4 called “Vida’s First Halloween.”
Get Ready for The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-a-ween
Some may remember Captain Underpants as a famous children’s book series, but it’s now a popular animated franchise. This popular superhero is returning in an all new Netflix Halloween special called The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-a-Ween. When Harold and George (pictured right) hear that Halloween is canceled, they go and create their own version of the holiday.
Anyone who grew up watching television during the holidays will most likely remember the various animated specials that premiered, and this version of Captain Underpants is another for kids to add to their Halloween watch list.
This Show Will Leave You Haunted
Those who want to learn more about the paranormal might love watching Netflix’s Haunted. The second season is set to release October 11 and will have a similar format to the first season where it focuses on people talking about their experience with supernatural phenomenons that continue to haunt them.
The show deals with serious themes, so it only should be watched by mature audiences because it can easily trigger negative emotions. Each of the paranormal accounts are reenacted by actors, which led to the show getting some mixed reviews. Some find the stories very believable and traumatic, while others believe that the retellings are over the top and too dramatic.
Assimilate Might Have Copied Other Famous Scary Movies
Assimilate was reviewed as taking aspects of well-known scary movies such as Scream, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and The Blair Witch Project, and scattering them throughout the plot. It centers around three teenagers who make a web series about their small town and discover that their neighbors are being taken and replaced by their “perfect” clones.
One of the highlights of the film is its talented cast of young actors including Katherine McNamara, Andi Matichak, Joel Courtney, and recent breakout star Calum Worthy. It would probably be best enjoyed by high school-aged teenagers.
Sinister 2 is One of the Creepiest Horror Films
Netflix has a special lineup of their most anticipated Halloween releases called Netflix and Chills and one especially spooky movie that made the list is Sinister 2. This film is from the minds behind famous horror movies such as The Purge, Paranormal Activity, and Insidious and follows a young mother with twin sons who move into a rural haunted house.
Fans who loved the first Sinister film should know that the sequel only has a few instances that are similar, but MoviePilot called it “one of the most creepiest horror films of the last few years.”
Binge American Horror Story for Some Serious Chills
Each season of American Horror Story is a new spooky adventure with themes being centered around a haunted house, insane asylum, witch coven, freak show, scary hotel, possessed farmhouse, cult, an apocalypse, and slasher summer camp. Every season except for the most current are available to stream.
The producers behind American Horror Story made sure to cast some of Hollywood’s most talented actors. Stars including Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Lady Gaga, and Billy Eichner all proved they have serious range.
The Trouble with The Conjuring Farmhouse
Many contemporary horror fans will be glad to see that The Conjuring is another one of Netflix’s picks for Halloween. The story follows a couple of paranormal investigators/authors (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farming) who come to help a family who experienced disturbing events in their Rhode Island farmhouse.
Some reviewers were surprised that they were able to achieve the level of creepiness with very minimal special effects. After the movie was released the owners of the farmhouse used in the movie sued the makers of The Conjuring because people would come and vandalize their home.
Little Evil Mixes Both Comedy and Horror
Adam Scott is no stranger to the comedy scene, but his character is in a bit over his head in the comedy/horror film, Little Evil. Scott plays a newly married man who realizes that his stepson may be the Antichrist.
Throughout the film audiences wait to see if this father/son duo will either have it out for each other or reach a happy medium. It may seem difficult to make a film that is supposed to tackle genres that are almost polar opposites, but the tone, directing, and editing are what make it worth watching.
The Babysitter’s Story Isn’t Close to Ending
Seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old, The Babysitter is comedic, honest, and still very gory. This Netflix original movie is full of suspense and scary moments that will fill your Halloween horror needs. It also has some engaging performances by a young cast including Hana Mae Lee, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, and Samara Weaving.
It may have been good luck that it was released on Friday the 13th. The movie was considered a success with Netflix viewers and now a sequel is currently being filmed that will answer audiences’ questions from the first film.