Netflix: Best Halloween movies and TV shows to watch
Best Halloween movies and TV shows to watch on Netflix (Image: NETFLIX • TRISTAR • ARTISAN)
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Feeling brave? Are you sure?
If so, Netflix certainly has you covered. The streaming service has a stash of great horror films to watch this Halloween – from new arrivals to terrifying classics. Everything is included as part of your standard subscription fee, so there’s no need to worry about paying extra to rent a new release. If you want to watch the blood, guts and spills in crisp 4K Ultra HD, you’ll need to make sure you’re paying for the correct subscription plan, but that’s it.
As Halloween is here, Express.co.uk has rounded up some of the films and TV shows that deserve your attention… if you dare!
HALLOWEEN MOVIES ON NETFLIX: CANDYMAN (1992)
Whatever you do, don’t say his name five times in front of a mirror. Chilling 1992 horror Candyman has recently been rebooted for a new generation with the Nia DaCosta-directed 2021 film, that’s also produced by modern-day horror mastermind Jordan Peele.
But if you want to see where it all began then the Tony Todd original is an essential and chilling watch this Halloween.
Besides being absolutely terrifying, the original Candyman also features social commentary that was ahead of its time – and is especially timely following last year’s Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.
1992 horror classic Candyman is available to watch on Netflix in the UK (Image: TRISTAR)
HALLOWEEN MOVIES ON NETFLIX: THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
Sticking with the 90s theme, another icon of that decade – The Blair Witch Project – is also available to stream on Netflix.
While The Last Broadcast may get the bragging rights as the first found-footage horror of that era, The Blair Witch Project is the film that popularised this style. Made on a shoe-string budget, The Blair Witch Project is a brilliant example of independent filmmaking.
Not only that, but The Blair Witch Project boasted a fascinating marketing campaign that was a trail-blazer for viral marketing. Promos led audiences at the time to believe The Blair Witch Project was a real documentary, leading to those watching the MTV VMAs 1999 being stunned when that illusion was broken as the cast went on to rock up to the red carpet in real-life. Despite the endless stream of copycats, and some slightly ropey sequels, the original film still stands up if you’re looking for scares…
The Blair Witch Project kick-started the found footage horror genre (Image: ARTISAN)
HALLOWEEN MOVIES ON NETFLIX: HEREDITARY
Writer-Director Ari Aster’s debut film is an exercise in creeping, relentless terror that will likely leave you shaken to your core by the time the credits roll.
A modern horror classic, Hereditary stars the wonderful Toni Collette in one of the finest performances of her career. The Muriel’s Wedding star plays a woman grappling with the death of her mother, with the two having a complex relationship. The less said the better, but you’ll likely have certain scenes ingrained in your consciousness after watching.
Aster’s follow-up, Midsommar, which stars Florence Pugh, is also now available to stream on Netflix.
Hereditary is a terrifying modern horror classic (Image: A24)
HALLOWEEN MOVIES ON NETFLIX: HALLOWEEN
John Carpenter’s iconic 1978 horror introduced the world to one of the most iconic and monstrous movie villains of all time – Michael Myers. Not only that, but the seminal slasher single-handedly kickstarted the slasher genre, laying a blueprint that countless films would follow for decades to come.
Halloween also boasts one of the most famous – if not the most famous – horror heroine of all time, Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode. The first five Halloween films are available to stream on Netflix UK.
John Carpenter’s Halloween is the film that defined the slasher genre (Image: COMPASS)
HALLOWEEN MOVIES ON NETFLIX: FEAR STREET
Netflix has a huge library of original TV shows and movies. One of the recent entries to this range of exclusive content is the Fear Street trilogy, with each entry released on a weekly basis earlier this summer. Based on RL Stine’s (Goosebumps) Fear Street young adult novels, the Fear Street films are entertaining teen horrors that play with your expectations in creative and – sometimes – gruesome ways.
Each film is set in a different period of history, exploring the same myth across time and unmasking the mystery behind it all. We won’t say any more than that, but it’s a really fun twist on the Netflix boxset binge model – and the trilogy boasts some fun guests appearances across its sprawling timeline.
Fear Street Part 1: 1994 trailer released on Netflix
HALLOWEEN MOVIES ON NETFLIX: THE BABYSITTER
Another Netflix original, The Babysitter is a riotously entertaining horror starring Samara Weaving (Ready or Not, Mayhem) and Judah Lewis (Summer of 84). Weaving is in typical delightful form as the titular babysitter, whose night looking after Lewis doesn’t go the way anyone involved expected.
Directed by McG, there’s plenty of in-your-face stylistic flourishes – but when a film is this much fun you can excuse some of its more obnoxious moments.
Fear Street is a trilogy of films on Netflix based on RL Stine’s young adult novels (Image: NETFLIX)
Samara Weaving is typically brilliant form in Netflix horror The Babysitter (Image: NETFLIX)
Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House is an unmissable watch on Netflix (Image: NETFLIX)
HALLOWEEN TV SHOWS ON NETFLIX: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE
Netflix and horror maestro Mike Flanagan have formed an enviable partnership over the years, with the Oculus director’s latest effort – Midnight Mass – recently added to the service. But if you’ve never seen anything the talented filmmaker has done, 2018’s The Haunting of Hill House is a great place to start.
An adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s famous novel, Hill House boasts a brilliant ensemble cast, whose characters are all extremely well-fleshed out and full of depth. The emotionally devastating series boasts some terrifying scares, a gripping story and some twists you won’t see coming.
Other essential Halloween picks on Netflix: Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, Insidious, The Conjuring, The Descent, Sinister, The Cabin in the Woods, Drag Me To Hell, Dawn of the Dead (2004), Army of the Dead.