Best Halloween Movies to Watch on Netflix (October 31, 2017)

By Sydney Butler / October 28, 2017

It's already October, and the one thing on everyone's mind is the obligatory Halloween movie marathon. Alas! As adults, we've moved on from the days of trick-or-treating. I guess we'll just have to settle for staying indoors and watching Netflix instead.

Pair your Halloween celebration with Netflix and a bowl of candy corn. Netflix is currently streaming a slew of fright-fests, from downright terrifying screamers to cheesy perennial favorites. So, we've sat through many Halloween movies to prepare this must-watch list. Sit back, scroll down, and settle in for your most terrifying movie binge ever.

1. Trick 'r Treat (2007)

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Storyline:  Trick ‘r Treat is a horror anthology that will take you on an adventurous ride. It features a series of stories unfolding within the same neighborhood, on the same Halloween night.

Director: Michael Dougherty

Writer: Michael Dougherty

Stars: Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker

Halloween is the night when the dead and departed rise again to be among us while other horrifying things also roam free. The rituals and practices of Hallow's Eve were created to safeguard us against their malicious mischief. In this stunning film, one small town learns the terrifying lesson that some rituals and customs are best not forgotten.

In one story nothing is as easy as it may seem when an uptown couple realizes the effects of blowing out a Jack-o-Lantern right before the stroke of midnight. Then we watch a notorious group of pranksters take it too far and discover the horrible truth buried within a local legend. Shiver as we see a group of women cross paths with a nefarious stalker at a local festival. Finally, an ill-tempered old hermit is paid a visit by a strange trick-or-treater.

Candies and customs, goblins and ghouls, mayhem and monsters. The tricks and treats of Halloween take a deadly turn as bizarre creatures of every variety and breed- human or otherwise- try to survive the scariest night of the year.

2. The Amityville Horror (2005)

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Storyline: A Newlywed couple is in for more than they bargained for. Terrorized by evil forces after moving into a large house. One that witnessed a cruel mass murder just a year earlier.

Director: Andrew Douglas

Writers: Scott Kosar (screenplay), Jay Anson (novel)

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Jimmy Bennett

What makes a Halloween movie an absolute delight is its ability to frighten you, irrespective of your age. Even though it's a remake, The Amityville Horror not only accomplishes its task to scare the bejeezus out of you, but also emerges as a generally well-done movie.

The film features a splendid combination of graphic visuals and subtle movements, making it utterly suspenseful and amazingly scary. So, what’s your poison? The fear of the dead or catching sight of a monster under your bed? No matter what it is, swallow it up.

George, Kathy, and the kids move into an elegant house on Long Island, New York. What they are unaware of is the fact that the house bore witness to a brutal mass murder barely a year before. Despite all these prior events, the family decides to stay in the house and try their best to forget its horrific history. But soon things get worse as George starts to behave differently. Their daughter Chelsea starts feeling the presence of unknown entities. What follows is a month-long rampage of terror for the family with evil visions of the dead. Inspired by George and Kathy’s true story, The Amityville Horror is believed to be one of the most gruesome haunted house stories ever told in history - as it happened.

3. All Hallows' Eve (2013)

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Storyline: A babysitter discovers a VHS tape. On it is a terrible film of a cold-blooded psychotic clown.

Director: Damien Leone

Writer: Damien Leone

Stars: Katie Maguire, Catherine A. Callahan, Marie Maser

Novelty and originality is an endangered commodity in films these days. When it comes to Halloween horror, it could take a years before we come across a movie that genuinely employs a raw and fresh approach to terrify the audience. Unlike other movies, All Hallow’s Eve takes existing themes and ideas and employs it so efficiently that it received worldwide appreciation.

Deriving inspiration from John Carpenter’s “Halloween,” here emerges the sensational “All Hallows’ Eve.” The movie works wonders to blend style and a unique taste into one film.

While looking after two children on Halloween night, a babysitter finds her way to an old VHS tape in the kids' trick or treat bag. Surprisingly, the tape features three horrific tales, interlinked to each other by a murderous psychotic clown. As the night gets darker, weird things begin to unfold in the house.  It isn’t too long before the babysitter realizes the horrifying truth. She realizes that the psychotic clown is slowly making his way into their reality.

4. The Addams Family (1991)

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Story-line: Con artists try to cheat the quirky and hilarious Addams family through an accomplice who claims to be their lost uncle.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Writer: Charles Adams (characters), Caroline Thompson and Larry Wilson (writer)

Cast: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman, Judith Malina, Carel Struycken, Christopher Hart, John Franklin

Easing us into Halloween is The Addams Family. This beloved horror comedy show first aired as a theatrical release in 1991. The Director Barry Sonnenfeld’s vision derived inspiration not solely from the original Charles Adams cartoon, but also from the live-action TV series that worked its magic to bring the titular family to life in the 60s.

The Addams Family’s story-line revolves around the assumed reunion between the lead Gomez and Fester, his brother. Fester has been missing for 25 long years. Sadly for Gomez, there is some mischief afoot. His "brother" may not be who he claims. While the family finds it quite comfortable to stay within the confines of their estate and mansion, comedy ensues when the family takes on the modern world to find jobs. Without a doubt, in the kingdom of horror-comedies, The Addams Family remains a classic.

5. Night of the Demons (2009)

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Story-line: A group of kids attends a Halloween party. It might be their last! When a group of demons starts chasing them the fun is over. In other words, it's a Night of the Demons!

Director: Adam Gierasch

Writers: Jace Anderson (screenplay), Adam Gierasch (screenplay)

Stars: Tatyana Kanavka, Michael Arata, Shannon Elizabeth

Maddie Curtis is all geared up to celebrate Halloween night with her friends Lilly and Suzanne. They head towards a party thrown by their friend Angela, at the tarnished Broussard Mansion in New Orleans. 80 years ago, the notorious place was the scene of a disappearance. Six people vanished without a trace where the owner, Evangeline Broussard, hung herself

This dark history only adds to the Broussard Mansion's overall appeal on Halloween. At an out-of-control party, Lily and Maddie run into their exes, Dex and Colin. All the while, Suzanne parties it up alone. However, the good times end soon as the police bust up the party.  Once all the guests leave the mansion, Angela, Maddie, Lily, Dex, Colin, Suzanne, and Jason unveil its horrible secret. Suddenly, their cell phones stop working and the mansions gates are mysteriously locked.  Soon it is made clear by the supernatural forces at the Broussard Mansion that there may be more to that dark history than anyone could know.

It turns out that the place is home to evil demons that desperately need to acquire seven vessels to set themselves free of an ancient curse. One after another, the guests start falling victim, transforming into gruesome creatures. Unfortunately, only Colin, Maddie and Jason manage to survive. What remains a mystery is whether they can make it through the night. Can they keep the demons from spreading into the world?

6. The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)

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Story-line: Jack Skellington, The king of the Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town.  Can the two holidays ever co-exist?

Director: Henry Selick

Writers: Caroline Thompson (screenplay), Tim Burton (story and characters), Michael McDowell (adaptation)

Cast: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens, Greg Proops, Ken Page

It’s difficult enough for a movie to be considered a holiday classic for one holiday, much less two. Tim Burton's The Nightmare before Christmas might be the sole example.

You must be wondering if it's a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie? One might argue that it’s the latter, but one also learns lessons similar to those that appear in the former.

The story revolves around Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town. He lurches into Christmas Town thanks to an accident. He’s amazed at the magic and charismatic spirit of Santa’s world and realizes how boring his own Halloween shenanigans are. So he tries to bring together both worlds. Predictably it all leads disaster! What he experiences along the way is heaps of fun, whether you're a big fan of one holiday or the other.

7. Murder Party (2007)

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Storyline: Murderous hipsters. One very unlucky dude. That's all you need to know.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier

Writer:  Jeremy Saulnier

Stars: Chris Sharp, Kate Porterfield, Tess Porterfield Lovell

If you are putting together your own Netflix Halloween film festival and need some laughs in between the scares, you’d be well advised to pour yourself a big bowl of candy corn and catch  “Murder Party.” It's a safer option than going to a hipster party.

It's Halloween night in Brooklyn. Our hero Chris is a forlorn and unremarkable man. However, this night he comes across a strange invitation on the street. He follows it thinking it will be the key to a fun costume party. It turns out to be a deadly trap instead. Set upon by a group of deranged hipsters, the trap lures Chris to their isolated warehouse base. They had planned to ritually murder him to leave a good impression on their sinister and wealthy patron, who soon greets them with a promise to reward them with money. As the drug and booze-fueled night goes dark, altercations within the group flare up and lead to violent results. Chris must use this situation to his favor if he's ever to flee the warehouse and live to tell the tale.

8. All Hallows Evil: Lord of the Harvest (2012)

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Storyline: Evil forces come every Halloween to Hallowed Hill.

Director: Ron McLellen

Writer: Ron McLellen

Stars: Ian Isaksson, Alyssa Lewis, Rusty Smith

The quiet and drowsy town of Hallowed Hill is regarded by many as the Halloween capital of the world. Thanks to its pagan origins and dark history, people from all over the world gather in the town on Hallow’s eve. It is believed that nearly 200 years ago, on Halloween, an enormous evil was released on the town by a witch who dabbled in the black arts. After creating havoc and mayhem all night long, the witch was finally stopped by a select group of townsfolk who dispatched the evil witch back into the darkness.

After that terrible night, the book was hidden away. This was done to make sure that the book was never again used to set free dark forces. 200 years later, the book is rediscovered by a young girl in the old basement of the local library. With help from her wicked mother, the two set the evil spirit free from his hell-bound prison to inflict mayhem on Halloween night. Now, the question arises: can the town come together and stop the evil? Or will it be Hallowed Hill that's destroyed by the Lord of the Harvest? You'll find out in All Hallows Evil.

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