Sometimes Netflix can be an overwhelming place. Don’t worry… it happens to the best of us: You’re bored, you log in to Netflix, and you freeze because you have no idea what you even want to watch.
Well, maybe I can help!
I have compiled for you my personal list of films available on Netflix to get you into the Halloween spirit. Whether you want true horror, cult classics, so-bad-it’s-good, gore, horror-comedy, or whatever else, I’ve got you covered.
I’ll begin with the classics.
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In the spirit of both horror and new releases, you can catch the original Carrie
, starring Sissy Spacek, on Netflix today. You all know the story by now: misfit teenage girl gets elected prom queen, gets pig’s blood poured on her, all hell breaks loose – literally. It may not be my favorite horror film, but you kind of have to see it. It’s just one of those iconic films.
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is similar in that it’s a classic that will never get old. Mia Farrow stars as a young woman who gets pregnant, only to become terrified of her unborn child. Unlike Carrie
, the ending of this one isn’t necessarily common knowledge, so I don’t know how much I should tell you. But this one is a must-watch for any film buff.
The Evil Dead
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The Evil Dead
is also a must. This is the definition of a cult classic and for good reason. Sam Raimi’s career has flourished, but this one is his definitive work, I have to say. Yes, it’s very dated. And yes, that’s a little bit distracting. But this is a classic must-see for the Halloween season.
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Man, I grew up watching the Scream
movies. They’re not the best movies out there, but they’re definitely entertaining. This is solid gold ‘90s film right here, complete with Drew Barrymore, Courtney Cox, and Neve Campbell. These ones are also a lot of fun to marathon through, and I can tell you I’ve done that on many occasions.
So now that we’ve gotten the obligatory classic horror down, here are some of my less traditional picks:
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If you haven’t sat down and watched Rubber
, you are truly missing out. This is a film about a tire with telekinetic powers and a taste for murder. Yes, you read that right: It’s a rubber car tire that blows things up – and it has shockingly high production values, too, I might add. No, I guess it’s not necessarily a Halloween-themed flick, but come on. It’s a tire. That. Murders.
Two-Headed Shark Attack
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I discovered Two-Headed Shark Attack
during a shark-themed movie marathon on SyFy that I stumbled upon over the summer. Yes, it included Sharknado
, but I have to be honest – I think Two-Headed Shark Attack
is way better. The premise is that a college class on marine biology (maybe?) is on a field trip out on open water, when suddenly the boat breaks down. Luckily, they’re close to a random atoll. Unfortunately, said atoll is crumbling into the ocean for some reason, and there’s a mutant shark that’s poised to kill them all. It has Carmen Elektra, Aaron Eckhart, and Brooke Hogan in it, so you know it’s good.
Godzilla vs Mothra
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I am a sucker for any and all Godzilla movies (except, of course, the Matthew Broderick one), but Godzilla vs Mothra
is my favorite. There’s nothing that isn’t wonderful about these old Godzilla movies, to be honest. Well, except for how Netflix has the dubbed versions, rather than those with subtitles.
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I remember when The Faculty
came out and I actually thought it looked terrifying. I never saw it until last year, and I could hardly have been more wrong. It was amazing. I mean, it was so profoundly terrible that I couldn’t look away. Featuring a ragtag cast of people you’re probably familiar with – including Usher and Jon Stewart – this is just something you have to watch.
Tucker & Dale vs Evil
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Okay, I randomly decided to watch this one a year or so ago, and it was an amazing decision. First of all, it stars Alan Tudyk (Firefly
). That alone should be enough reason to watch it, but it’s also hilarious. It’s about two redneck dudes whose stay in their “vacation” cabin goes to hell when a series of incredibly unfortunate misunderstandings leads them to become suspected of being a pair of psycho killers. So if you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, but aren’t a fan of scary blood and gore, you should probably pick this one.
Cabin in the Woods
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Joss Whedon takes every teen horror trope and turns it on its ear with Cabin in the Woods
. I literally can’t tell you much more than that without ruining it for you, because the real thrill of this film is that you have no idea what’s going to happen next – it just gets weirder and weirder, in the best way possible. And honestly, it doesn't hurt that you get to look at Jesse Williams for a while. But really, I know I haven’t given you very much to go on with this recommendation, but trust me; you won’t regret it.
So there’s just a few recommendations for your viewing pleasure during this holiday season. Let us know below any other Netflixs gems we may have missed.