The most effective Halloween films to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and extra

Halloween films are an exhilarating watch year-round, however there isn’t any higher time to get pleasure from them than when chillier temperatures settle in. Particularly this 12 months, with the COVID-19 pandemic altering the best way we partake in traditional Halloween actions like trick-or-treating, you would possibly want one thing to move you to fictional locations the place the horrifying stuff is not really actual. (All of us cope in another way, proper?)

Listed here are our high picks for the scariest, creepiest and generally silliest movies to stream or watch on demand on platforms together with Hulu, Netflix, Disney PlusAmazon Prime Video, PeacockHBO Max and others. We have famous which of those movies require higher-tier streaming subscriptions like Hulu Plus Live TV, or a Showtime or Cinemax add-on.

Learn extra: 15 of the best movies to see on Amazon Prime Video


Hulu began life as a three way partnership between ABC, NBC and Fox. Since Disney (ABC’s dad or mum) absorbed a lot of the Fox Leisure properties, nonetheless, it has been shopping for out its remaining companions and changing Hulu to extra of a Disney Plus for adults. As such, you’ll be able to watch the flicks under with their full, R-rated gore intact. The baseline subscription contains commercials, and you can too bundle this with Disney’s different on-line properties, Disney Plus and ESPN Plus.

Zombieland (2009)

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(Out there on Hulu Plus Stay TV. Additionally obtainable on Peacock.) We at all times respect a well-done horror comedy! You’ll be able to catch the sequel, Zombieland Double Faucet, on Starz.

Children of the Corn (1984)

(Additionally obtainable on Tubi.) One thing about murderous kids in a cornfield simply feels autumnal. 

Let the Right One In (2008)

It is a Swedish movie about just a little lady vampire. Are we promoting it? It is unbelievable, belief us. 

Hellraiser (1987)

(Additionally obtainable on Tubi.) We do not notably get this franchise, however Hellraiser viewing events are a reasonably widespread Halloween exercise. You do you.

Pet Sematary (2019)

Fairly frankly, this adaptation is not the best, however then once more neither was the primary one. Nonetheless it undoubtedly has some chilling moments.

Paranormal Activity (2009) 

(Out there with Showtime add-on.) The primary Paranormal Exercise was fairly unnerving. It is perhaps price a revisit this Halloween. 

Get Out (2017) 

(Out there on Hulu Plus Stay TV beginning Oct. 7.) We refuse to fact-check this, however Get Out is probably the one Oscar winner on this record. That is inaccurate. Ruth Gordon received an Oscar for Rosemary’s Child. And The Silence of the Lambs received like 5 Academy Awards too. Are you cheerful? Get Out is unbelievable although.


Get Out 

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Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)

Our 8-year-old selves nonetheless imagine deep down that is the best Halloween film ever made. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, please, please return to creating movies.

The Host (2007) 

This Korean creature function is well among the best movies on this record.  

Oculus (2013)

So far as haunted home films go, this one is best than The Amityville Horror, however not fairly pretty much as good as The Conjuring.

It Follows (2015)

(Out there on Hulu Plus Stay TV beginning Oct. 8.) As soon as once more we be taught abstinence is the one technique to forestall slow-moving nightmare monsters from making an attempt to kill you. What a useful PSA!

Ghostbusters (1984)

(Out there on Hulu Plus Stay TV.) That is the half the place you cease studying the article and instantly go placed on Ghostbusters. Don’t fret, this text is not going anyplace. We’ll wait. 

Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)

(Out there on Hulu Plus Stay TV.) Rebecca’s mother actually loves the Madea films. And who’re we to disclaim you choices?

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

(Out there on Hulu Plus Stay TV.) On the one hand, it is a fairly good remake. Alternatively, Zack Snyder directed it. Your name.

Jacob’s Ladder (1990) 

(Out there with Cinemax add-on.) Do not you wish to lastly perceive what a “Jacob’s Ladder state of affairs” really is?

Overlord (2018)

Ever since Useless Snow got here out, we’re at all times 100% down for any film with Nazi zombies. 

Casper (1995)

(Out there on Hulu plus Stay TV. Additionally obtainable on Spectrum.) It is potential Rebecca has seen this movie greater than some other movie on this record. Do not choose!

Saw (2004)

(Out there on Hulu with Cinemax add-on.) For those who plan on watching Noticed, we additionally suggest testing our interview with screenwriter Leigh Whannell. He tells us about his 5-year-old’s bedtime story calls for and let’s simply say, twisted storytelling undoubtedly runs within the household.

Netflix hardly wants an introduction, however the greatest streaming service on the market stays a mix of TV reveals and flicks, together with content material licensed from different studios and a rising secure of originals. 

Little Evil (2017)

We most likely did not want a family-friendly model of The Omen, however we loved it however.

Veronica (2017)

For those who’ve come to this record in search of the scariest horror movies, watch this one. Perhaps with the lights on. 

The Witches (1990)

Anjelica Huston is majestic on this Roald Dahl adaptation.

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Even should you’re not into tremendous darkish movies, the storyline on this Guillermo del Toro masterpiece might be sufficient to win you over.

Poltergeist (1982)

One in every of our favorites and Zelda Rubinstein’s efficiency is basically simply the cherry on high.

Hush (2016)

That is most likely probably the most under-the-radar movie on this record, however it’s completely price your time.

The Ritual (2018)

Sure horror followers discover themselves upset when the “huge unhealthy” seems to be metaphorical. Don’t fret, this one has a satisfying “precise monster” payoff.

Creep (2014)

This film is carried by Mark Duplass and his amazingly sinister face. A delightfully creepy watch.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

(Additionally obtainable on Spectrum.) Ghost films are nice for Halloween, proper?

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Already subscribe to HBO? You’ll be able to probably get HBO Max at no extra charge. Consider it as (watch for it) “HBO Plus” — all the pieces on HBO, plus a bunch of further again catalog and exclusives from Warner’s catalog, in addition to some good licensed exclusives like Physician Who and the Studio Ghibli library. 

Jaws (1975)

Shark film!!! Sorry, did not imply to get that excited. However we did see The Meg on opening weekend. Are you a “shark film” individual? No higher time to search out out!   

The Others (2001) 

Presumably the final time we discovered the ending to a horror movie stunning. 

Jeepers Creepers (2001)

I (Rebecca) thought this film was actually scary once I was 13. It would nonetheless be scary. There’s actually no means of figuring out this stuff. 

Alien (1979)

Everyone knows the saying, “In area, nobody can hear you scream,” however your neighbors will certainly be capable to hear you scream whereas watching this in your sofa.

Aliens (1986)

It is fairly uncommon with a horror masterpiece to bump into a masterpiece of a sequel, particularly with a unique director. Thanks, James Cameron!

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

John Landis does not get sufficient credit score for with the ability to mix horror and comedy.

Doctor Sleep (2019)

Whereas The Shining might be the favourite horror movie of many and should not have wanted a sequel, it is one of many higher Stephen King diversifications lately.

Ready or Not (2019)

A really pleasing instance of a darkish comedy and horror mashup.


… for teenagers! It is most likely not the very first thing that involves your thoughts while you consider “horror,” as nothing right here eclipses PG-13 scares. However it additionally has the total libraries for all the pieces from Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and The Simpsons, to call only a few of the massive content material silos you may discover right here. As with Hulu, you’ll be able to subscribe to this solo, or as a Disney/Hulu/ESPN bundle.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

A cult traditional you’ll be able to lastly stream. 

The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)

(Additionally obtainable on Hulu Plus Stay TV.) It is actually a Christmas film, but additionally you need to be watching it year-round.

Coco (2017) 

This vibrant, touching movie brings Day of the Useless to life in probably the most lovely means.

Twitches (2005)

Perhaps it is the nostalgia speaking, however that is merely a Disney traditional.

Halloweentown (1998) 

Really feel-good and Halloween do not at all times go hand in hand, however this nostalgic Halloween traditional at all times warms our witchy little hearts.

Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire (2000)

As if trusting her new beau wasn’t arduous sufficient already.

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Peacock is NBCUniversal’s lately launched streaming app that features a number of free films and TV reveals. Paying prospects can unlock the platform’s full library of content material, and may also pay just a little extra to go ad-free. 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

It is best to actually watch/rewatch all of them, however the third movie does have probably the most Halloween-y vibe. 

Frankenstein (1931)

You’ll be able to’t get extra traditional than Frankenstein!

The Purge (2013)

We love a superb dystopian movie.

Dracula (1931)

One other for the classics followers.

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Is it actually Halloween if you have not watched a creepy Tim Burton movie?

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

A cannibal villain is as horrifying because it will get.

Train to Busan (2016)

Not precisely certain if a flick a few viral outbreak is one thing you wish to watch proper now, however whether it is, you are in luck.


Present Showtime cable subscribers can entry all of its content material on the Showtime Anytime app on most main app platforms. However you can too get it as a straight streaming app for a month-to-month charge. (Disclosure: Showtime and CNET are owned by the identical dad or mum firm, ViacomCBS.)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

(Additionally obtainable on Netflix.) That is considered one of our favourite movies to observe on Halloween. Hannibal Lecter is a powerful villain.

Cloverfield (2008)

For those who do not barf whereas watching the shaking cameras, it is a fairly good creature function. 

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

This may pair properly with The Omen for a Halloween double function. 

The Witch (2016)

We will throw this on the market: Extra movies must be set within the 1600s. Offered they’re pretty much as good as The Witch.

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Like Showtime, this premium cable film service can be obtainable “excessive” as a direct streaming choice on most app retailer platforms.

The Omen (1976) 

That is the fairly probably probably the most good Halloween film on this record. Demon spawn! (For those who’re , you can too discover the 2006 model on Hulu.)

Young Frankenstein (1974) 

Not huge on horror? No worries, you’ll be able to try one of many best comedies ever made as a substitute.    

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Is it simply us or does anybody else discover Edward Scissorhands extremely soothing to observe?

The Fly (1986)

Jeff Goldblum in a creature function is all we’re actually in search of in a Halloween movie.

Coraline (2009)

Watch this after you end watching The Nightmare Earlier than Christmas.

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Epix is one other pay cable channel that is expanded its horizons to the digital realm. Get it together with your cable or satellite tv for pc subscription, or as a digital streaming choice as a substitute.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

We’re nearly optimistic folks have written dissertations on the affect of this movie on the horror style. So, we dunno, perhaps try?

House on Haunted Hill (1959) 

Positively price it for Vincent Price. 

Crawl (2019)

(Additionally obtainable on Hulu.) Creature options usually do not get sufficient love within the horror style. However this one was our jam!

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Prime Video is thrown in “free of charge” for anybody subscribing to Amazon’s membership program, which in any other case ensures supply of a big selection of merchandise in two days or much less at no further cost. It is obtained a ton of films and TV reveals from third-party studios, and a rising record of Amazon exclusives, too. Be aware, nonetheless, that solely the primary few choices can be found by way of Prime; the remainder can be found as 48-hour leases at a pay-per-view value.

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992)

This film will freak me out at all times and endlessly!

Fright Night (1985) 

Chris Sarandon as a vampire? Bought!

Teen Wolf (1985)

(Out there to lease.) This Michael J. Fox traditional a few teen werewolf could have you howling for extra! I promise that is the final pun on this article.

Pumpkinhead (1988)

(Out there to lease.) It is a Halloween film record, so I am obligated to incorporate Pumpkinhead.

The Shining (1980)

(Out there to lease.) One of many few movies on this record that can be a cinematic masterpiece.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

(Out there to lease. It is also obtainable on Hulu Plus Stay TV.) I do know the discovered footage gimmick is drained, however do you really keep in mind how scary this film was? A whole era could not go tenting for like a decade after it got here out. 

The Conjuring (2013) 

(Out there to lease.) This movie was so scary that I nonetheless cannot convey myself to observe any of the sequels or prequels! However in case you are fascinated by watching The Conjuring 2, it is obtainable on HBO Max. 

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

(Out there to lease.) I went because the Bride for Halloween one 12 months. This is not related to my advice, however I am making an attempt to promote you on a movie from 1935.

Carrie (1976)

(Out there to lease.) Carrie is so good! Sissy Spacek simply has a particular place in my coronary heart. It is not in any respect associated to Halloween, however you must also try Coal Miner’s Daughter.

Let Me In (2010)

(Out there to lease.) That is the American remake of Let the Proper One In. And it is fairly properly achieved for US market money seize. 

It (2017)

(Out there to lease. Additionally on Hulu plus Stay TV.) This movie is alway a thrill. The sequel can be obtainable on HBO Max.

Pitch Black (2000) 

(Out there to lease.) Frankly, I might use extra sci-fi horror movies. And extra Vin Diesel.

Hostel (2005)

(Out there for lease.) For all of the gore lovers.

The Last House on the Left (2009)

(Out there to lease, although the 1972 model is included with a Prime membership and can be on Hulu.) I will say this in regards to the remake: it is most likely extra suspenseful than the unique. However the unique left me feeling emotionally violated, and that is a particular type of horror that is arduous to duplicate. Nonetheless the remake is price a watch.

American Psycho (2000) 

(Out there to lease.) Down with the yuppies! Truthfully that is considered one of my all-time favourite movies.

Child’s Play (1988)

(Out there to lease.) As a toddler I used to be solely afraid of two issues: Chucky and spiders. I’m nonetheless petrified of each. However hey, now I am additionally afraid of heights!

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

(Out there with a Prime Video Channels subscription. Additionally obtainable on Tubi.) It is Wes Craven so I am not even going to trouble making an attempt to persuade you. Simply watch it.

Raw (2016) 

(Out there to lease.) Watch solely in case you have a powerful abdomen!

Play Misty For Me (1971)

(Out there to lease.) OK, this is our pitch: Jessica Walter and Clint Eastwood. Are you bought?

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

(Out there to lease.) To not be confused with the Brooke Shields movie The Blue Lagoon. This one is a few lagoon monster.

Final Destination (2000)

(Out there to lease.) You may by no means wish to fly once more. 

Dracula 2000 (2000)

(Out there to lease.) That is probably one of many worst movies ever made, however it stars Gerard Butler as Dracula. So you must most likely watch it anyway.

Halloween (1978)

(Out there to lease.) Practically half the flicks in our roundup had been ultimately impressed by this traditional slasher movie. An absolute Halloween traditional.

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