Halloween just might be my favorite season. I love a good scary movie and thanks to Netflix, there's plenty of creepy-crawly, spooky, eerie goodness to go around. After all, scary movies and Halloween go hand in hand. But if you're anything like me, you can easily spend HOURS looking for something great to watch on Netflix.
That's why I've put together a list of the movies and TV shows you'll want to watch this Halloween. I've included some classics, thrown in a few zombies and vampires, and some family-friendly selections, too. Happy haunting!
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Starring: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Dan Hedaya
Synopsis: "Stepping out of the pages of Charles Addams' cartoons and the 1960s television series, members of the beloved, macabre family take to the big screen."
Category: Family favorites
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW (Season 4 - New this month)
Starring: Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson
Synopsis: "Exploring humankind's unsettling capacity for evil, this darkly twisted drama plays upon the power of supernatural fears and everyday horrors."
Category: Suspenseful, scary
THE AMERICAN SCREAM
Starring: Matthew Brodeur, Victor Barteau, Manny Souza
Synopsis: "Each year in the sleepy town of Fairhaven, the creative minds behind three local homemade haunts valiantly try to ignite the town's Halloween spirit."
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920)
Starring: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt
Synopsis from Netflix: "An asylum inmate explains to his psychiatrist how he came to institution, telling the story of an evil hypnotist and his unwitting pawn."
Category: Mind-bending, scary
Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter
Synopsis: "Just as he's about to be married, Victor is sucked into the underworld by a corpse bride who desires him for herself in this Tim Burton tale. "
Category: Scary, quirky, imaginative, family favorites
Starring: Brandon Lee, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson
Synopsis: "One year after Eric Draven and his fiancee are murdered, Draven - watched over by a hypnotic crow - returns from the grave to exact revenge."
Starring: Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Fairman
Synopsis: "In the wake of his bride's death, grieving newlywed Jamie is forced to return to his hometown, where he butts heads with the ghost of a ventriloquist."
GHOST ADVENTURES (Season 2 - New this month)
Starring: Nick Groff, Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin
Synopsis: "An intrepid team of paranormal investigators sets out to research and experience the most terrifying haunted places in the world."
Category: Ominous, scary, chilling, family friendly
Starring: Busta Rhymes, Jamie Lee Curtis
Synopsis: "Michael Myers proves to his sister, Laurie, that he isn't dead, while a television producer launches a reality show set in Michael's childhood home."
Sequels available: Halloween 6: The curse of Michael Myers
Starring: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence
Synopsis: "After losing his earthly form to demons from another dimension, an undead man asks his ex-mistress for human sacrifices to rebuild his body."
Category: Dark, violent, scary
Sequels available: Hellbound: Hellraiser 2; Hellraiser 3, Hell on Earth; Hellraiser IV: Bloodline; Hellraiser V: Inferno; Hellraiser VI: Hellseeker; Hellraiser VII: Deader; Hellraiser: Hellworld; and Hellraiser: Revelations.
MICKEY MOUSE AND THE HOUSE OF VILLAINS
Starring: Mickey Mouse, Jafar, Captain Hook, Cruella DeVille
Synopsis: "The best meet the baddest when Mickey comes face-to-face with all of Disney's greatest villains. Packed with nonstop mischief and mayhem, and featuring an array of classic animated gems, Mickey's House of Villains will have the whole family in stitches."
Category: Imaginative, goofy, family friendly
Starring: Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Butch Patrick, Beverley Owen
Synopsis: "Herman and Lily Munster are just your typical ghouls-next-door ... with a vampire grandpa, a werewolf son and a normal-looking niece."
Category: Goofy, feel-good
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Starring: Danny Elfman, Catherine O'Hara, Chris Sarandon
Synopsis: "Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus and plans to deliver ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning."
Category: Family friendly
Starring: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner
Synopsis: "When adoptive parents raise a boy in place of their stillborn infant, all is well until it is foretold that the child is the spawn of the devil."
Category: Dark, ominous, scary
Sequels available: Damien: Omen II; Omen III: The Final Conflict
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston
Synopsis: "While awaiting the return of her soldier husband from World War II, a devout Christian mother of two begins to suspect the family house is haunted."
Category: Suspenseful, scary, ominous.
Starring: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover
Synopsis: "Would you kill to live? That's what two men have to ask themselves when they're abducted by a serial killer and paired up in a deadly situation."
Category: Scary, violent
Sequels available: Saw II; Saw III, Saw IV, Saw V
Starring: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courtney Cox
Synopsis: "Horror maven Wes Craven turns the genre on its head with this take of a murderer who terrorizes a hapless high schooler by offing everyone she knows."
Category: Cult classics
Sequels available: Scream 2; Scream 3
Starring: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard
Synopsis: "When a hurricane swamps Los Angeles, thousands of sharks are swept up in tornadoes and deposited all over the city, where they terrorize residents."
Category: Exciting, absurd
Sequels available: Sharknado 2: The Second One
THE SIXTH SENSE
Starring: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette
Synopsis: "When a 6-year old boy inexplicably starts seeing dead people, he lands in the care of a child psychologist who's determined to uncover the truth".
Category: Suspenseful, scary, omnious.
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci
Synopsis: "New York detective Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of mysterious deaths in which the victims are found beheaded."
Category: Quirky, ominous
STEPHEN KING'S CHILDREN OF THE CORN
Starring: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong
Synopsis: "A couple stranded in a rural town falls into the hands of a group of children who murder all of the town's adults at the command of their leader."
Category: Ominous, scary, suspenseful
Sequels available: Children of the Corn III; Children of the Corn IV; Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror; Children of the Corn: Genesis; Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return; Children of the Corn: Revelation.
TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL
Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk
Synopsis from iMDB: "Tucker & Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are attacked by a group of preppy college kids."
Category: Goofy, absurd.
Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody
Synopsis: "When a young man tries to venture beyond his sequestered hamlet, his actions set off a chain of chilling incidents that alter the community forever."
Category: Suspenseful, scary, ominous.
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Season 6 - New this month)
Starring: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerholder
Synopsis: "Trapped in adolescent bodies, feuding vampire brothers Stefan and Damon vie for the affection of captivating teenager Elena."
Category: Suspenseful, ominous, scary
THE WALKING DEAD (Season 5 - New this month)
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan
Synopsis: "In the wake of a zombie apocalypse, survivors hold on to the hope of humanity by banding together to wage a fight for their own survival."
Category: Suspenseful, ominous
Want to see more? Be sure to check out my picks from last year. Some of the titles here are still available, such as, "From Dusk Till Dawn," "Silence of the Lambs," "Rosemary's Baby," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and many more!
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