Movies are perhaps one of the best mediums for storytelling ever to be invented. Featuring different genres, different types of presentations, and, of course, different types of performances, the best Halloween movies on Netflix can easily transport even the least imaginative people into completely different and faraway realms. While some of these movies are true masterpieces, others are on this list for completely different reasons, such as their nostalgic factor. And since “Halloween movies” is a pretty vague term, so we decided to go for those which can take one back to a crisp October night, cuddled up in a blanket in front of the TV.
17. Babadook (2014)
When a character from one of her son’s books steps out of the pages, a tormented, single mother must face her own demons in order to save her family from the terrors that are destroying them. The movie is based on a short film titled ‘Monster’, which was created by Babadook’s director, Jennifer Kent. When she decided to turn ‘Monster’ into a feature, she funded the project through several sources including a Kick Starter account. It’s one of the best Halloween movies on Netflix at the moment.
Fun fact: Ba-Badook means ‘he is coming for sure’ in Hebrew.
16. Casper (1995)
One of the classics, Casper has never actually shined through its cinematography, acting, or even camera work. In fact, some of the guest stars which appeared in the movie (such as Dan Aykroyd, Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, and Rodney Dangerfield) chose to remain uncredited. Its main stars (Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, and Cathy Moriarty), however, went on to far more lucrative careers.
Despite its numerous flaws, this 1995 family comedy is not just one of the best Halloween movies to watch on Netflix, but also one of the most adored family films of all time. The story of Casper, the friendly ghost, and his three mischievous uncles will go on to charm millions of people, as it has so successfully done so far.
15. Come Back To Me (2014)
After several nightmares and blackouts, a young woman hides cameras in her house with the hope of discovering the disturbing truth of what happens during her lapses in memory. What she discovers destroys her reality and sends her down a dark road where returning to a normal life seems impossible.
This psychological thriller is based on the book The Resurrectionist by Wrath James White.
14. Monster House (2006)
Netflix Release Date: April 24, 2017
Director: Gil Kenan
Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.6
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 74%
Streaming on: Netflix Canada, Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden
Almost ten years old, this one hour and thirty minutes-long animated movie is perhaps the most underrated entry on this list of good Halloween movies on Netflix. One of the film’s three screenwriters is Dan Harmon, who went on create such brilliant TV shows as Community and Rick and Morty. And Monster House certainly doesn’t disappoint.
One of the most original animations to come from a company that isn’t Disney or Pixar, Monster House tells the story of a group of friends who discover that the creepy-looking, abandoned house in their neighborhood is actually a monster. Good voice acting, great storytelling, and a surprising level of originality are this movie’s strongest suits.
13. The Thing (1982)
Netflix Release Date: January 2, 2016
Director: John Carpenter
Runtime: 1 hour 49 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83%
Streaming on: Netflix Argentina, Brazil; unfortunately, this movie is no longer available on Netflix US
Not only one of the best Netflix Halloween movies, but one of the best horror flicks of all time, The Thing was also directed by John Carpenter. And you can tell that it was, seeing as the movie’s horror elements are perfect. Starring Kurt Russell, Keith David, and Wilford Brimley, The Thing has yet to be matched in most aspects.
While it is not traditionally a Halloween movie, The Thing is the perfect flick to watch during All Hallows’ Eve. Featuring one of the best settings and plots in horror movie history, this film manages to create the perfect blend of suspense, mystery, horror, and action. It is a film perfect for any season, although Halloween does seem like the most appropriate time to enjoy this masterpiece.
12. The Addams Family (1991)
This one probably needs no introduction, but we’ll give it one anyway. Aside from being one of the best Halloween movies on Netflix, the 1991 version of The Addams Family was an instant classic. Starring acting legends such as Anjelica Houston, Raul Julia, Cristopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci, this movie can be enjoyed by people of any age and upbringing.
Charles Addams’ creations finally stepped out on the big screen in this tale of love, family, loyalty, and, of course, morbidity. Despite its mediocre plot and the occasional hit-and-miss jokes, this movie is a classic, worthy to be watched at least once every two Halloweens.
11. Honeymoon (2014)
Netflix Release Date: April 14, 2015
Director: Leigh Janiak
Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes
IMDb Rating: 5.7
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73%
Streaming on: Netflix US, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden
A newly married couple heads to a lake house for their honeymoon. After meeting a suspicious couple at a nearby restaurant, strange things start to happen. The film creates an atmosphere of uncertainty and tension all while only having four speaking roles.
10. The Conjuring (2013)
A surprise to both fans and critics alike, The Conjuring has gotten its renown for being one of the few horror movies to come out recently which wasn’t outright bad. Getting the attention of their audiences by basing the movie on a supposed true story, the creators behind this movie have a lot to be proud of – other than the fact that it is one of the very few recent horror movies to spawn both a sequel and a spin-off.
Starring Patrick Wilson (Hard Candy, Watchmen), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel, Source Code), Ron Livingston (Office Space, The 5th Wave), and Lili Taylor (American Crime, Hemlock Grove), this horror movie can get you in the mood to celebrate Halloween no matter when you watch it. It is undoubtedly one of the best Halloween movies on Netflix.