October is officially upon us, and that means it’s time to resume our list of the best Halloween-themed movies currently streaming on Netflix this month.
While most scary movies tend to qualify by default as good viewing material for the Halloween season, each of these recommendations actually takes place on or right around the big day and embrace the most wonderful time of year.
Read on for our list of the 10 Best Halloween movies streaming on Netflix in October 2016!
– Pay the Ghost
A happy couple loses their young son at a New York City Halloween carnival and become understandably unraveled over the next year, until they start seeing visions of the boy in the days leading up to the next Halloween night.
– The Addams Family
They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, and they are the perfect family to celebrate Halloween with in this classic comedy full of dark humor for all ages. It never gets old. And it just wouldn’t be Halloween without a good game of Wake The Dead.
– Burying the Ex
This horror comedy comes from the director of Gremlins and The ‘Burbs is about an obsessive ex-girlfriend who comes back from the grave to be with her true love, even though he has happily moved on and found his actual soulmate. It takes place during Halloween season, with a climactic scene of the zombie girl going trick or treating and looking for “something good too eat”.
– The Hollow
A group of friends is trapped on a haunted island on Halloween in this 2015 SyFy Channel original. It’s low budget, cheesy fun with a CGI fire monster, but if you’re looking for something different, enter The Hollow for some good seasonal treats hidden among the obvious tricks.
– The Crow
It technically takes place on the night before Halloween (“Devil’s Night”), but the ill-fated marriage of Eric Draven and his fiance was to be on Halloween day, and this tale of righteous revenge features plenty of visual nods the season of the dead, when one’s soul could walk among the living one last time, if only to right a terrible wrong.
– Sleepy Hollow
The word “Halloween” is never uttered once, but this is undoubtedly one of the greatest “Halloween time” movies ever made, drenched in the seasonal atmosphere . Pretty much anything directed by Tim Burton could be added to this list, but Sleepy Hollow is the dark director’s ultimate homage to the Hammer horror classics.
– The Guest
One of the best movies of 2014, The Guest is a badass synth-driven trip into a hyper-realistic world that would make John Carpenter proud, set during the days leading up the big Halloween dance, featuring not only substantial seasonal imagery but also thematic elements of identity versus disguise that lend well to the holiday, the highlight (for me) is a climactic visual homage to the Silver Shamrock masks from Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
– The Houses October Built
A group of friends decides to film a documentary as they search for the most extreme Halloween haunts out there, filmed largely on location at a number of real life attractions. Needless to say, they find everything they are looking for and much more in this unnerving and relentless ode the haunt industry and its rabid, insatiable fans.
A pregnant teen just wants one last night of childhood fun, but it’s Halloween, and a gang of malevolent trick-or-treaters are about to come knocking in this trippy vision of holiday terror saturated in the spirit of the season.
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