The 25 greatest Halloween films to observe on Netflix, Amazon, Disney Plus

Halloween is upon us. It doesn’t matter what the calendar says, when summer time ends, spooky season begins. (Time is meaningless this 12 months anyway.)

To get you within the temper, we’re not solely rounding up our favourite horror and horror-adjacent films which can be good to observe within the lead as much as Halloween, however films you’ll be able to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Disney Plus, Shudder, and the myriad different companies out there on this golden age of streaming. We’ve included basic and fashionable horror (from The Factor to Midsommar) in addition to kid-friendly choices (Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown) and some that straddle the road between family-oriented and nightmare-inducing (Beetlejuice, The Witches.)


Barbara and Adam Maitland (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) see Beetlejuice in their model town

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Michael Keaton’s iconic efficiency because the “bio-exorcist” is so outsized, it’s straightforward to overlook that Beetlejuice really focuses extra on the connection between the not too long ago deceased Barbara and Adam Maitland (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) and the goth teen Delia (Winona Ryder). Keaton doesn’t really present up till about midway via the film — however the supporting solid makes the entire thing great. Earlier than there was Schitt’s Creek, there was Catherine O’Hara in a flamboyant black gown dancing to “Bounce in Line.”

Beetlejuice is streaming on Peacock.


Actor Wesley Snipes raises a gun in a scene from the film Blade

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With Blade set to affix the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s price remembering why Wesley Snipes iconic efficiency because the half-human vampire hunter is such a excessive bar to clear. From a Polygon essay on the topic:

In his performances as Blade, Snipes initiatives a mentality and guarded inside life as solely a nuanced actor may. Because the “Daywalker,” a legendary half-human vampire on a campaign to eradicate his fellow bloodsuckers, he creates the contradictory impression of an delinquent weirdo with the comedian timing of a humorous, charismatic dude. With all that, he brings the eye to physicality of a display screen martial artist. Although virtually universally beloved in his performances as Blade, Snipes not often will get sufficient credit score for bringing all of these aspects collectively.

Blade is streaming on HBO Max.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Count Dracula (Gary Oldman) reaches his hand out to Johnathan Harker (Keanu Reeves)

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Many have tailored Bram Stoker’s Dracula over time to various impact, however Francis Ford Coppola’s is without doubt one of the greatest. Starring Gary Oldman because the titular depend, Coppola’s adaptation leans extra into goth than camp, giving the movie a lush, operatic vibe. (It additionally may need led to its ’90s heartthrob stars Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves by accident being married for actual, which is a bizarre pleasant truth.)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula is streaming on Shudder.

The Cabin within the Woods

sea monster lady chases a guy in cabin in the woods

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There’s one thing for everybody in Drew Goddard’s loving sendup of the “cabin in wooden” style, encompassing the whole lot from Evil Useless to “torture porn.” The Cabin within the Woods opens on Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins in lab coats, discussing plans for an enormous upcoming mission. It lasts simply lengthy sufficient so that you can marvel for those who’re within the unsuitable film earlier than the title pops up as a soar scare. Because it seems, this underground facility is getting ready to carry out a ritual: sacrificing a bunch of teenagers.

The kids in query head to a cabin, the place they examine off a bunch of slasher film clichés: all of them discover a creepy basement, the 2 scorching blondes sneak off to have intercourse within the woods, the stoner child spouts off a philosophical monologue. Finally they’re attacked by a “Zombie Redneck Torture Household” unaware that their deaths are appeasing a mysterious evil drive.

And if that’s not sufficient for you, it stars a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth as a jock with a coronary heart of gold.

The Cabin within the Woods is streaming on Hulu.


Tony Todd in Candyman

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With Nia DaCosta’s remake on the way in which, now’s the proper time to revisit the 1992 basic, which stars Virginia Madsen as a graduate pupil researching city legends who summons an undead slayer, the Candyman, who was murdered within the 1890s by a lynch mob. Bearing a hook hand and adopted by a swarm of bees, the Candyman (Tony Todd) is a horror icon alongside Jason Voorhees and Freddy Kruger, however there’s extra to this film. By taking pictures in and round Chicago’s Cabrini-Inexperienced housing mission, the phobia takes on a deeper social which means.

Candyman is streaming on FuboTV and DirecTV.


Carrie (Spacek), newly crowned Prom Queen.

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Even for those who haven’t seen Brian De Palma’s Carrie, you’ve in all probability seen no less than a nonetheless from its most notorious, bloody scene. Extensively considered among the best horror films all time (and the very first adaptation of Stephen King’s work, which feels inconceivable given how proliferate diversifications of the horror icon’s work at the moment are), Carrie turns up the dial on mundane, home experiences. De Palma is aware of simply how scary seeming on a regular basis issues — highschool, getting your first interval — could be, and winds all of it right into a story of outcast Carrie White (Sissy Spacek), whose abuse by the hands of her non secular mom and her classmates result in an unforgettable promenade night time. —Karen Han

Carrie is streaming on Showtime.


a woman swimming through green water

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Creature options are at their greatest after they lean into the audience-pleasing absurdity, which Alexandre Aja actually does in his 2019 movie about killer alligators infesting the rising waters of a Florida hurricane. As Polygon’s personal Floridian Petrana Radulovic wrote in her overview:

Everybody — human or animal — on this film makes extremely silly selections, and that’s the fantastic thing about Crawl. Every part that would go unsuitable goes unsuitable, thanks in no half to everybody appearing like a complete moron. Haley finds her dad within the crawl house of the outdated household dwelling, which he simply determined to go to as a result of what if one thing occurred to it throughout the Class 5 hurricane? A gaggle of youngsters raids a comfort retailer in the course of the storm. When Haley and her father lastly do get out of the crawl house, they determine to cross the alligator-infested waters as a substitute of discovering a steady excessive place of their home — very courageous! The characters are all extremely, chaotically, confidently silly, however it’s all very true to Florida, the state that frequently makes nationwide headlines resulting from really inane criminals confidently committing equally ridiculous crimes.

Crawl is streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.

10 Cloverfield Lane

a man and woman inside a small, windowless room

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Matt Reeves’ Cloverfield is an important entry within the discovered footage style, however it’s (loosely associated) sequel, 10 Cloverfield Lane, that we’d wholeheartedly suggest. Dan Trachtenberg’s directorial debut stars John Goodman as Howard, a doomsday prepper who imprisons two strangers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr.) in his bunker, claiming that he saved them from a chemical assault. The fear comes from not understanding whether or not Howard is loopy or appropriate (or each.)

Polygon not too long ago interviewed Trachtenberg in regards to the sense that 10 Cloverfield Lane is an ideal movie for quarantine. Requested whether or not the movie was on his thoughts as social distancing measures had been put in place, he replied, “I undoubtedly was like, ‘I want we had a bunker.’”

10 Cloverfield Lane is streaming on Crackle.

Fantasy Island

a woman and a young woman standing in tall grass look downward, scared, in Fantasy Island

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With a whopping 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Fantasy Island deserves to affix the canon of beloved dangerous horror films alongside The Wicker Man (2006), Home of Wax, and The Taking place. Blumhouse’s adaptation of the basic ABC present stars Lucy Hale (Fairly Little Liars, Blumhouse’s Reality or Dare) as one in every of a bunch of individuals promised a resort trip and the achievement of the fantasy of their selection.

The plot is skinny, the twist doesn’t make any sense, and the scares aren’t in any respect scary, however Fantasy Island remains to be endearing as a result of everybody seems like they’re having numerous enjoyable. Significantly pleasant to observe are Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley, House Drive) and Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars, Celebration Down), who ought to be solid as brothers in the whole lot any more.

Fantasy Island is streaming on Starz.

Friday the 13th

Adrienne King in Friday the 13th lies passed out in a canoe on a lake that reflects her dangling arm.

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The 1980 film that helped kick off the last decade’s slasher craze is underrated in the present day, provided that it was adopted by so many subpar, routine horror films largely constructed round bloody particular results. However the unique movie is definitely fairly chilling, for just a few causes. It’s a reminder that you simply by no means actually know what’s going via different individuals’s heads, so simply interacting with strangers could be harmful for causes that don’t have anything to do with you. And it’s additionally a reminder that it’s onerous to see very far at night time within the woods. Set at a summer time camp the place a killer is stalking varied younger individuals (together with a barely shaped Kevin Bacon), Friday the 13th spends numerous time watching its victims from the killer’s POV, with the digicam simply lurking behind close by timber, virtually inside stabbing distance. Most horror films depend on some sort of remoted setting the place the victims can’t simply search sanctuary. Friday the 13th runs with that concept, turning a fantastically shot inexperienced forest into an adjunct to homicide, and a quiet solo canoeing journey into the last word terror. —Tasha Robinson

Friday the 13th is streaming on FuboTV and DirecTV.


Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) hides from a masked Michael Myers

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In fact no Halloween film checklist could be full with out John Carpenter’s Halloween. Happening on Halloween night time, it stars a 20-year-old Jamie Lee Curtis (in her characteristic movie debut) as Laurie Strode, a babysitter being stalked by the mask-wearing, knife-wielding serial killer Michael Myers. It established Curtis as a scream queen, Carpenter as a horror auteur, and Michael Myers as a go-to Halloween costume.

And for those who’re seeking to make it a double characteristic, we’d suggest skipping the Halloween sequels and diving straight into the chic 2018 reboot. Sadly it’s not streaming anyplace, however you’ll be able to lease Halloween (2018) on Amazon.

Halloween is streaming on Shudder.


the piper family gathers during halloween and smiles

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The autumn of 1998 was a magical time for American kids. Halloweentown premiered on the Disney Channel only a month after Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone debuted within the US. Each movies featured a seemingly unusual youngster studying that they arrive from a household of witches and wizards/warlocks, then coming into a secret world of magic and thwarting an evil sorcerer. Am I suggesting that Halloweentown deserves to be a worldwide phenomenon on the size of Harry Potter? Why, sure, sure I’m.

Halloweentown is streaming on Disney Plus.

Hereditary and Midsommar

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Ari Aster mines the horror of dysfunctional relationships in his first two options, Hereditary and Midsommar. The previous stars Toni Collette as a girl neglecting her household as she grieves the lack of her creepy, estranged mom. The plot twists are at turns bonkers and devastating, and for those who’ve managed to stay unspoiled we’d extremely suggest avoiding any plot particulars and letting the film work its magic on you.

His 2019 follow-up Midsommar doesn’t fairly hit the identical excessive marks, however it does a great job of illustrating the mundane horror {that a} dangerous boyfriend can inflict. (Truthful warning: it additionally options one of the disgusting sensible results I’ve ever seen.)

Each movies characteristic some really creepy imagery that can stick round in your mind lengthy after watching — Hereditary could have you checking each shadowy nook however Midsommar guarantees that shiny daylight could be a lot disturbing as properly.

Hereditary and Midsommar are streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Hocus Pocus

The Sanderson Sisters (Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler, and Sarah Jessica Parker) look confused

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Excessive Faculty Musical director-choreographer Kenny Ortega is a visionary in terms of family-friendly camp, and the cult basic Hocus Pocus is one in every of his best works. Starring Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler, and Sarah Jessica Parker as 300-year-old witches introduced again to life in 1993 when a virgin lights the Black Flame Candle, Hocus Pocus is simply an absolute blast.

Hocus Pocus is streaming on Disney Plus.

The Nightmare Earlier than Christmas

the nightmare before christmas

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The wonderful thing about Tim Burton’s stop-motion musical is which you could watch it anytime between now and Christmas and it’ll at all times be seasonally acceptable.

The Nightmare Earlier than Christmas is streaming on Disney Plus.

Paranormal Exercise

A couple cowers in bed, looking at an open door

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The unique entry within the now-sprawling Paranormal Exercise franchise was shot for less than $15,000, a incontrovertible fact that each makes good sense (many of the scares come from offscreen noises and some easy-to-rig sensible results) and boggles the thoughts (it earned practically $200 million on the field workplace.) The framing machine is that Katie’s (Katie Featherston) boyfriend Micah (Micah Sloat) units up a webcam to movie them whereas they sleep, since Katie believes she’s being haunted by a demon. In opposition to the recommendation of a psychic, Micah taunts the demon, which predictably makes the haunting worse. Seems the actual demons had been dangerous boyfriends all alongside.

Paranormal Exercise is streaming on Netflix.

Prepared or Not

samara weaving in ready or not

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Starring Samara Weaving as a bride whose blue-blooded in-laws attempt to kill her in a lethal sport of disguise and search on her wedding ceremony night time, Prepared or Not is framed as a darkly comedic satire skewering the 1% — a sort of Cabin within the Woods meets Succession.

From our overview:

Not since Clue, has a movie so completely taken on excessive wealth in a comedic kind. From not so blushing bride, to scream queen, to a kick-ass bride, not too removed from Uma Thurman’s The Bride in Kill Invoice, Weaving leads the ensemble solid with uncooked survival instincts. I left the theater cheering, “Eat the wealthy.” In case you don’t fall into that class, it’s a complete romp.

Prepared or Not is streaming on HBO Max.

The Ring

Teens Katie (Amber Tamblyn) and Becca (Rachael Bella) watch television on Katie’s bed in a screenshot from The Ring

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Gore Verbinski’s The Ring, based mostly on the Japanese film Ringu, which was in flip based mostly on Koji Suzuki’s novel of the identical title, kicked off a pattern of English-language remakes of Asian horror films. However even after The Grudge, One Missed Name, The Uninvited, and all of the others, The Ring stands out as the perfect (and scariest) of the lot because of Verbinski’s spooky, shadowy visuals and a moody rating by Hans Zimmer. The plot is straightforward: a cursed VHS tape causes whoever watches it to die in seven days. Naomi Watts investigates. However the picture of a nightgown-clad lady with soaking moist hair climbing out of a TV absolutely scarred a era.

The Ring is streaming on Showtime.


drew barrymore as casey screams into the window when she catches ghostface’s reflection

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Like Cabin within the Woods above, Wes Craven’s murderous satire revels in horror tropes. The masked killer Ghostface is clearly modeled off of slasher icons like Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees, who mercilessly slaughter teenagers for nebulous vengeful causes. The 1996 movie opens with a cameo from Drew Barrymore, who solutions a telephone name from Ghostface wherein he makes her reply questions on horror films earlier than murdering her boyfriend after which killing her and hanging her from a tree. Extra murders observe in typical horror film vogue, and the movie is concurrently a slasher, a darkish comedy, and a twisty whodunnit. A sequence of sequels observe roughly the identical premise, however the unique is the perfect in terms of mixing these genres.

Scream is streaming on CBS All Entry.

Sleepy Hole

a twisted tree in sleepy hollow

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Tim Burton’s adaptation of the Washington Irving quick story is a cult basic because of Burton’s signature aesthetic and a few splendidly hammy performances, particularly from Christopher Walken who performs the notorious headless horseman. Not like a few of Burton’s extra household pleasant fare (see: The Nightmare Earlier than Christmas above) Sleepy Hole totally leans into the macabre, with spooky and gory visible results that evoke a creepy ambiance from begin to end.

Sleepy Hole is streaming on Netflix.

The Factor

Kurt Russell holds up a lantern in a frosty room

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John Carpenter’s The Factor is understood for 3 issues: impressively gross particular results, an evocative feeling of chilly, and Kurt Russell’s completely feathered hair.

The Factor is streaming on Starz.


Lupita Nyong’o in Us.

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Jordan Peele’s follow-up to Get Out is concurrently a heck of numerous enjoyable and fairly dang terrifying. That’s thanks largely to the performances, led by Lupita Nyong’o in one of the spectacular performances of her profession as each a protecting mom and her vengeful doppelganger. From our overview:

Peele constructed Us to spark dialog with out sacrificing his intuition to be wildly entertaining. There are hilarious kills and barbarous acts of violence. There are deep societal reads on 21st-century life within the U.S. (wink) and likewise jokes about explaining the drug references in rap lyrics to children. There are sequences in movie that recall probably the most suave horror movies of the 1970s — and there are sequences that immediately shout out to C.H.U.D..

The author-director doesn’t possess a high- or low-brow barometer. So far as Us and Get Out are involved, there’s solely a mission to impress, stir, wake, and mesmerize the viewers by any and each means crucial. He succeeds by layering on thriller and pushing his ensemble to a bodily and psychological brink. At a time when most films divest in intelligence to cater to (then lose out on) the most important viewers possible, Peele as a substitute prioritizes concepts to make a terrifying, enthralling horror film for all of us.

Us is streaming on Cinemax.

What We Do within the Shadows

Three vampires pose

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In case you’ve been having fun with the What We Do within the Shadows FX sequence, we undoubtedly suggest sinking you enamel again into the unique movie. It’s tempting to return down one one facet — that both that there’s no beating the unique or that the sequence has supplanted the film — however in my estimation there’s no use evaluating. The present is only a good adaptation of an ideal movie.

What We Do within the Shadows is streaming on Kanopy.

The Witches

anjelica huston in the witches

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The Witches is clearly going to be scary. Tailored from a ebook by Roald Dahl, whose bitter humorousness delighted in endangering human souls, the “kids’s film” was the brainchild of Nicolas Roeg, who had directed the chilling psychological thriller Don’t Look Now, and Jim Henson, who had his personal darkish streak after Labyrinth and The Storyteller. However I assumed that what terrified me as a child couldn’t presumably be as scarring because it was again within the ’90s.

Good/dangerous information: The Witches remains to be deeply effed up. And never simply by the point we watch a conference corridor stuffed with witches rework two children into mice. The very first seconds discover the aged Helga (Mai Zetterling) tucking her grandson Luke (Jasen Fisher) into mattress, and lulling him to sleep with a horrific story about a bit lady kidnapped off the streets in broad daylight. Good night time, kiddo!

The mix of Dahl’s bleak plot turns, from the offscreen dying of Luke’s mother and father to a witch who lures the grieving younger boy out of his treehouse with the promise of a pet snake, Roeg’s in-your-face camerawork and Henson’s creature results make each second of The Witches unencumbered, gleeful torture. Huston and her fleet of bald sorceresses (just a few performed by stodgy males, who in all probability disappeared within the crowds within the pre-HD days) maintain up as a lot as my childhood recollections would hope. The half-human/half-mouse animatronics are in some way much more ugly. How was this allowed??? I’m so glad it was allowed. —Matt Patches

The Witches is streaming on Netflix.


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