One of my favorite parts of Halloween are the movies! Not only the traditional ones watching around this time of year, but the fact that more people are down to watch horror movies. I’m a huge scary movie lover but as I get older, I feel like less people are willing to watch these…unless it’s spooky season! Whatever, I’ll take what I can get.
Not much is hitting theatres this year and with the holidays approaching – and possibly an expensive in-depth costume- I’m not trying to spend money on a rental when I already fork over money every month for streaming services. So I did some digging and found out what is going to be available to stream this October on the most popular streaming services and are actually worth checking out. I don’t want any of use wasting a second of my favorite time of the year on something unwatchable.
The Haunted Mansion (Disney+)
This 2003 Disney film quickly became a favorite amongst my generation. It launched the careers of two young actors and a wildly popular ride at Disneyland Resort. (The line is always so long)
In short, the movie is about this workaholic dad, Jim Evers, who takes his family on a vacation but on the way, wants to make quick stop. He was asked to sell this mysterious mansion and just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check it out. The family ends up discovering the mansion in question is completely haunted- in a fun Disney fashion.
This movie is a great one that the whole family will enjoy- not just your kids.
The Corpse Bride (Hulu with Live)
If you’re lucky enough to have Hulu Live, this Tim Burton film is covered for you. If not, you can rent it. I rented it a couple years ago and it was worth the $3, even as an adult. In fact, that Halloween my husband and I went to a costume party as the Corpse Bride couple.
This film is totally appropriate for kids but still has something the creepiness you’re used to with Tim Burton. You know, rolling heads, talking dead people, worms coming out of eyeballs… but they talk to it’s… cute?
The movie came out in 2005 with some stellar animation and a great cast including Johnny Depp. A man named Victor is set to have an arranged marriage with Victoria. They liked each other just fine, but both seem a little hesitant on the arrangement- especially the skittish, Victor. While he’s practicing his vows in the forest (a totally normal place to do this?) he slides the ring onto a tree branch. Well it turns out that tree branch is a hand that drags him to the land of the dead.. and it belongs to a whole body. Her name is Emily. She was murdered after eloping with her love and now believes Victor should marry her after saying his vows and placing a ring on her branchy-hand. Victor wants to get back above ground before Victoria marries the villainous back-up groom.
Casper (Hulu with Live)
Here we go, a classic! If you have never seen this movie, it’s time you do. There are a lot of cultural references that you’ll finally understand a better. If you’ve already watched it, watch it again! It’s probably been a while.
Funnily enough, this movie came out in May of 1995, but it’s perfect for Halloween for obvious reasons. In the 90’s the film style of being live action with an animated character was kind of ground breaking… maybe keep that in mind when you watch the film.
Casper is a young ghost who is quite the gentleman. So when I say he haunts a mansion, I mean he does so peacefully. A specialist named James Harvey comes to the mansion to communicate with Casper (and the fellow spirits) but for whatever reason he thinks it’s appropriate to bring his daughter, Kat, to his kind of work. Anyway, Casper is smitten with Kat and she feels the same way. However their relationship is complicated by the fact that he’s… well dead and the fact that the other spirits are making trouble around the mansion.
You’d think this movie was a romantic drama the way I just described it but I promise it’s kid friendly and fun.
Halloween Wars from Food Network (Hulu)
This is a TV how, not a movie. But it’s still perfect to get you in the Halloween spirit. It comes from the Food Network- so don’t watch without some food nearby!
A new season is coming to Hulu soon but right now you can stream 8 seasons. Pumpkin carvers, candy makers and cake bakers alike are all competing for a prize! It’s a great, mindless show to throw on.
Hubie Halloween (Netflix)
Here’s a new one! This won’t be available until October 7th on Netlfix. Most noteably, this movie is starring Adam Sandler. It’s a “spine tingling comedy” but I think your spine will be tingling from laughter more than scares.
Here is the description:
“It’s October 31st in Salem, Massachusetts, and a town’s eccentric, devoted community volunteer and the good-natured object of his fellow citizen’s derision and meanest pranks, finds himself in the midst of a real investigation, for a real murderer.”
And here is the trailer:
Sleepy Hollow (Netflix)
How about another classic! Again, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, you really need to at least for the cultural references.
Starring a young Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci, it’s set in 1799 and is based off “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” It’s a mix of horror, fantasy and even some romance.
It came out in 1999 and is about a constable from New York who is sent to investigate the murders in Sleepy Hollow.
Fun Size (Hulu)
Fun Size is definitely a movie marketed towards teens but if you’re like me… you secretly still like these kinds of flicks from time to time. It’s not some legendary amazing movie but if you’ve never seen it, it’s a cute watch.
It came out in 2012 and follows a high school senior who just wants to get away from her crazy family. On Halloween, she gets stuck watching her little brother. While watching him she gets a little distracted and her brother disappears into the sea of trick-or-treater. With the help of her friends, she sets out to find her brother in the madness of Halloween. (It’s a coming-of-age comedy)
A Haunted House (Netflix)
This one is an adult comedy. Wouldn’t recommend busting out this one for the little kiddos! It’s the same concept as “Scary Movie,” and alllll the sequels.
It needs no description after telling you that, but here’s the trailer. It came out in 2013.
Bad Hair (Hulu)
Another new one! I just saw the ad for it on Hulu’s Twitter account and couldn’t resist throwing it on this list.
It arrives on Hulu on October 23rd. Here is the description they released:
“An ambitious young woman gets a weave to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television.”
For A Scare:
Okay you HAVE to watch this one. It’s so CREEPY. It’s not gore and not even necessarily terrifying but it makes you so uncomfortable with how creepy it is, the entire film.
Creep came out in 2014 and is found footage style. It follows a guy who answers a Craigslist ad to film an eccentric man. The man says he has a brain tumor and wants to make a video diary. Throughout the day his behaviors gets odder and just plain.. creepy. There are lots of twists and turn. This movie will leave you unsettled. There is a sequel that is just as disturbing as the first.
This movie starring Octavia Spencer came out in 2019. What makes this one scary is that it is actually inspired by a true story.
Here is what happens. a lonely woman befriends some teenagers and lets them party in her basement and buys them booze. Of course there is a catch. There are some house rules. One of the kids has to stay sober, they can’t curse and they can’t go upstairs. They also must call her, “Ma.” Her hospitality goes sour when it turns into an obsession and the teenage party dream quickly ends.
The Cabin in the Woods (Hulu)
This movie is so underrated. It’s not exactly scary.. it’s a horror-comedy for sure. But it’s perfectly done. Ladies, you’ll love that it stars Chris Hemsworth.
Basically, five college students go to a remote cabin for a quick vacation. As you can expect it ends up not being much of a break for these friends. One by one they fall victim to a whole slew of horror-styled deaths. In addition to that, two scientists are manipulating the scary things happening.. but for what cause? Find out!
Phantasm (Amazon Prime)
Here is an oldie but a goodie. Another classic with cultural references. Phantasm came out in 1979 as a science-fantasy horror film.
The story is that the people of a small town keep dying under mysterious circumstances. Mike is on the job to investigate and ends up discovering the the town’s mortician is killing and then reanimating the dead. Mike decides to seek help from his older brother and the ice cream man (I know, strange choice.) They work together to try and kill the mortician who they call, The Tall Man.
The Lie (Amazon Prime)
Now how about a brand new movie. It’s not out yet. The Lie can be streamed on Amazon Prime starting on October 6th and stars Joey King. She’s GREAT in horror flicks.
It’s all about parents who get torn up into a web of lies trying to cover up the horrific thing their daughter did.
Black Box (Amazon Prime)
Another new one being released on Amazon Prime this year. It’s also coming out on October 6th. As I haven’t seen it yet, I’m only going off the description and trailer but it seems like the psychological thriller that is right up my alley and sets up for some sort of twist.
“After losing his wife and memory in a car accident, a single father undergoes an agonizing experimental treatment that causes him to question who he really is.”
This one is not too old and not too new but it scared the crap out of me when I saw it. Any movie that shows creepy things being found in the back of photos and videos is terrifying. I never want to look at dark photos for too long because after seeing this, I always “see” something in the background of them
Ethan Hawke stars in this 2012 horror film about a true-crime writer who has hit a wall. He hasn’t had a best seller in ages and is desperate for a hit. He ends up discovering old film that shows the deaths of a family. He then vows to solve the mystery himself. He moves his family into the home of the victims! (RUDE) The more digging he does, the more everything hints at a supernatural and diabolic force at work… and it may have everything to do with the house.
This one is SO original. I am obsessed with the concept of this.
Hush is about a deaf writer who retreats to the woods to live her life in solidarity… but that’s when a masked killer appears in her window, learns that she is deaf, and takes advantage of that to terrorize her.
It’s very well done, making a lot of the movie silent so you can get into her head as she makes decisions.
Okay so this movie is a bit under the premise of Sharknado in the fact that it’s a little unbelievable- but it’s creepy all the same.
If you live in Florida and weren’t scared of alligators before, then you will be now.
A big hurricane hits Florida so Haley ignores the evacuation order so she can check on her dad she is unable to get a hold of. His name is Dave. She ends up finding him gravely injured in the family home (but like, underneath it.) With the water rising, they quickly become trapped and underneath the house with them is a gigantic alligator and the rest of the pack is outside the house, slowly finding their way in as the place floods. Haley and Dave must figure out how to swim their way out.
The Clovehitch Killer (Hulu)
The Clovehitch Killer is actually inspired by a real life, and famous, serial murderer- the BTK killer. Anything based off of real life is always scarier for me. This doesn’t have jump scares but will scare you.
Your typical all-American family is torn apart after the son finds a series of disturbing photos in his father’s possession. He starts suspecting the his dad might be the one responsible for the murder of 13 girls more than a decade ago.
Gerald’s Game (Netflix)
I had no idea what I was getting into when I threw this one on. This one will get in your head.
Gerald’s Game is a psychological thriller about a couple who goes into the woods and engages in some sexual fantasies. While playing some kinky games, her husband dies, leaving her handcuffed to a bed with no one around for miles. Losing hope of being rescued, starving and dehydrated she starts hearing and seeing things… but not all of it is fake.
Well, this list should get you started into spooky season! Halloween and horror movies are my passion. I watch them all year long- more on the horror side.
Have you seen a scary movie that just blew your mind? PLEASE TELL ME ABOUT IT! I’m always looking for something new to watch. They can’t make them as fast as I watch them!