While most children would name Christmas as their favorite holiday, Halloween is a holiday that offers scary fun for both children and adults. While adults may be too old to go door to door begging for candy, they can celebrate at home with some scary movies.
That’s right, Halloween is an excellent time to Netflix and chill – except you might not be chilling out with these movie choices. If you’re looking for movies with some blood, guts, vampires and other scary symbols of Halloween, you’ve come to right place.
Netflix has dozens of frightening flicks to help you celebrate October 31 with style. So grab some friends, make some popcorn and be prepared to be scared with these 15 film picks that are perfect for a night of Halloween fun.
This movie is an oldie but a goodie. It first scared audiences back in 1973 and is still considered the scariest movie of all time. The Exorcist follows the possession of a young girl and the steps her family takes to exorcise the demon from her. It’s the perfect movie for Halloween!
This critically acclaimed movie won Academy Awards in all five major categories. It follows Jodie Foster’s character, Clarice, who is asked to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a serial killer who also happens to be a cannibal. Silence of the Lambs, which was released in 1991, is sure to send chills down your spine even today.
This movie is not as well-known as the two mentioned above, but it’s sure to get you into the Halloween spirit. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is an art-house horror film that has gotten many positive reviews from critics. Released two years ago, this movie follows a vampiress who haunts the disrespectful men of Bad City in Iran.
The Scream franchise started in 1996 and quickly became a fan favorite. That’s because the film industry have moved away from the horror genre during this time and Scream helped revitalize it. Many screenwriters tried to emulate the franchise’s success, but to no avail. Scream follows high school students who are being harassed by a serial killer. The main character, Sydney Prescott, is determined to find the killer after she is convinced that the deaths of her mother and two students are related. There are four films in the Scream franchise, but the first two are considered the best. Pick one and you won’t be disappointed.
In 1968, director Roman Polanski introduced audiences to Satanism and pregnancy with the thriller Rosemary’s Baby. The movie, based on the book with the same name, received critical acclaim thanks to a convincing performance by Mia Farrow, who believes her unborn child is not of this world. She discovers the truth when her baby is born.
If you’re a Johnny Depp fan, you’ll want to add this movie to your queue for Halloween. Based on the classic tale “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” from 1820, director Tim Burton shares his version in this thriller, which features Depp as Ichabod Crane. Policeman Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate crimes involving beheadings. You’re sure to be intrigued by this fascinating film, which is part horror, part fantasy and part romance.
This Australian thriller was released in 2014 and is highly recommended by Stephen King, so that right there tells you it’s frighteningly scary. The Babadook is a disturbing tale of a single mother who discovers a monster living in a book on her son’s shelf and fights to remove it from the home.
This film is also related to Stephen King in that it was based on one of his stories. Children of the Corn is set in a small town in Nebraska. A creature called “He Who Walks Beyond the Rows” bribes the children to kill all the adults in exchange for a bountiful harvest.
When The Blair Witch Project was released in 1999, it received unexpected acclaim from critics. The film is a documentary/horror movie that tells the story of three filmmakers who disappear while filming a documentary about the Blair Witch. The video and sound equipment is recovered and the footage is what the audience is watching. The film was considered one of the most successful independent films of all time, grossing $248 million.
No list would be complete without mentioning this franchise, which began in 1984 and was created by Wes Craven, who is also responsible for the Scream franchise. The nine films feature Freddy Krueger, who stalks and kills teens. He originally killed children, but as never charged for his crimes. He was then killed by the children’s parents, but he came back to life to haunt new families.
Looking for some scary movies that are suited for the kids? Whether your little ones are skipping the trick or treating or looking for something to watch when they return from the festivities, here are some Halloween-themed films that will give your children goosebumps without keeping them up all night with nightmares.
Based on the 1960s TV series and cartoons, this kooky and creepy family takes to the big screen.
With this movie, you get multiple genres in one: animation, horror, comedy and music. As the name suggests, Alvin, Simon and Theodore meet the Wolfman in this funny full-length movie mixed with a touch of spookiness for good measure.
Spooky Buddies is part of Disney’s Air Bud franchise, which features those adorable Lab puppies. The pups investigate the goings-on at a haunted mansion, where they encounter the Halloween Hound.
The dog theme continues. Also known as Halloween Puppy, Magic Puppy is about a boy who accidentally turns his mom’s boyfriend into a dog.
Created by Tim Burton, this critically-acclaimed film features fantasy, animation and music. It tells the story of a resident of Halloween Town who travels through a portal to Christmas Town. Although the film was developed through Disney, Disney released the film through Touchstone Pictures because they felt that the film was too scary for kids.
Don’t spend Halloween with the lights out as you try to hide from trick or treaters. Invite your friends, turn on Netflix and spend the night shrieking in fear with these cinematic favorites.