Best Halloween movies to stream on Netflix

Best Halloween movies to stream on Netflix

By Valentina Tuta

Finally, October is here, and it means that Halloween is just around the corner! Oh god, there are a lot of horror movies to watch during this time. How do you know which titles are the best of this year? Well, in this note, we will recommend eight Netflix movies to make your October the scariest yet. Then, read on!

1. It: Chapter One

This is definitely one of the most popular titles in recent years, and of course we have to include it. The film is an adaptation of one of Stephen King’s longest and most famous novels. So, if you’ve ever read it or heard about it, you know that “It” is an ancient creature (often presented in the shape of a clown called Pennywise) that appears every 27 years to lure its victims in and feed on them. 

Although in the first movie and the book, the author emphasizes the creature’s clown form, in this version “it” can actually change into just about anything, and its true form is almost impossible for humans to process. Hence the book’s name, by the way.

2. Ouija: Origin of Evil

In a production by the director Mike Flanagan (creator of The Haunting of Hill House, Oculus, Doctor Sleep, and Midnight Mass), Ouija: Origin of Evil is perhaps a very underrated movie (might be due to the previous movie in the franchise), but in fact, the two movies really have nothing to do with each other.

This film took place in 1967 in Los Angeles, where a mother and her two daughters are in charge of a scam seance/fortune-telling business that ends by unwittingly inviting an evil presence into their home and taking possession of Doris and terrorizing the family.

3. The Mist

Another movie adapted from a Stephen King story and considered one of the best King adaptations to date. Even though the original ending was changed, King himself was satisfied with the result because it was actually much darker than what happened in the novella.

The Mist is a sci-fi horror film that takes place in a small town in Maine, where a mysterious mist envelopes the neighborhood after a brutal storm and the inhabitants are forced to remain in a grocery store, only to discover that the mist that is surrounding them is malevolent and hiding something quite terrifying within. We won’t spoil you anymore because it is worth seeing, but for those who have read the novella, you’re in for a shock.

4. Crimson Peak

From the visionary director Guillermo del Toro, we present to you the famous Crimson Peak, a lush and gorgeous gothic romance movie that, even if it’s not the scariest one, has some immaculate and creepy vibes that will keep you tense throughout the film.

In this movie, we follow the story of Edith, who’s seduced by the enchanting Sir Thomas Sharpe and taken to a remote manor nestled in the English hills, where she’ll meet his sister, Lady Lucille. This pair of siblings hide a couple of dark secrets that Edith will have to decipher before time runs out.

5. Scary Stories to tell in the Dark

The first film adaptation of the books written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammel that kept many kids company between 1981 and 1991. 

This time, André Øvredal, together with Guillermo del Toro, was in charge of bringing to life the movie that would represent the collection of shorts as the book series, giving it a more sinister and darker touch, in which a group of friends who find the book of horror stories will have to face the horrible characters that start to come to life and kill the people of their town.

And despite being rated PG-13, it’s a fun take on a classic book series that’s definitely worth a watch this October because it contains some creepy scenes that will make your hair stand on end.

6. It follows

If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out, because it’s one of the most exclusive movies of the last decade. Basically, it tells the story of how a group of friends ends up in a dangerous situation after their friend Jay has had a very particular date, in which after having sex he acquires a kind of “parasite”.

This creature cannot be defined as something specific; it is only known that it will follow you wherever you go, and the only way you can get rid of it is by having sex with another person. In addition, the entity has the ability to take on the appearance of people you know, which, as you can imagine, can be extremely disturbing. It Follows is a pretty fast-paced movie with some good scares and an amazing soundtrack.

7. Fear Street Trilogy

Obviously, the trilogy that took over the summer of 2021 was not to be missed. Leigh Janiak directed the films from scripts she co-wrote with other writers, and in case you were wondering why it sounds so familiar, well, it’s probably because you read the popular book series of the same name by RL Stine, as the films are based on the book series.

And to make this trilogy more interesting, Netflix set about the task of releasing each part weekly during the month of July. which undoubtedly kept audiences on their toes. In part one (released July 2), we follow the story of a group of teenagers who accidentally come into contact with an evil force responsible for a series of brutal murders that have plagued their town for centuries.

Part two (released July 9) takes us back to the 1970s, specifically Camp Nightwing. Again, a group of young people look forward to a fun-filled summer, which abruptly turns into a fight for survival when a possessed counselor embarks on a killing spree.

The latest release (released on July 16) takes us back in time again. This time to the 17th century, where we follow the origins of the Shadyside curse and the 1994 teenagers who try to put an end to it. Then, in case you haven’t figured it out yet, they are all connected in some way, so pay close attention as you watch them.

8. Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Okay, this list couldn’t miss a comedy, could it? These movies bring us the iconic mystery-solving group that multiple generations have grown up watching. Thus, of course, you’ll see him unmasking villains, hunting ghosts, and unraveling all kinds of wild mysteries. The first release made its debut in 2002, and after being successful, it had a sequel in 2004.

In the first film, we follow the story of our “paranormal” mystery experts, who, after a long hiatus as the Mystery Inc. gang, are invited to vacation at Spooky Island, a horror-themed resort that needs their help when the owner suspects his guests are under mind control.

On the other hand, its sequel takes us a few years down the road with the gang trying to contain the monsters that have been released and have taken over their town while reporters try to ruin their job. 

The adaptations, aside from being very funny and iconic, feature a fantastic cast that, despite not being well received by critics at the time, have become fan favorites. You can enjoy these films starting October 1 on Netflix, and they will perfectly complement your Halloween movie marathon. 

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