Halloween Movies on Netflix
We’ve already determined that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and to keep rolling with that theme, I’m digging deep into the Netflix coffers to give you my favorite Halloween movies that you can queue up tonight and get your spook on!! Some are suitable for viewing with the littles while others you’ll probably want to save for after their bedtime. Or in my case, when they’re out with their friends and you have a quiet night alone or with your friends after getting an online pizza delivery.
Let’s get this out of the way… if you don’t like the movie Heathers. we just can’t be friends. This isn’t just one of my favorite ‘Halloween’ movies, but one of my all-time favorites. It’s dark…it’s funny… it’s twisted. I’d even say this is Winona at her best and Christian Slater?? Let’s not even get started. It’s rated R but it’s 1990’s R so if you’ve got older teens, it’s fine for them.
Loved the show as a kid (even though it’s much older than me…) and the movie was such a great addition to the franchise. Anjelica Huston was born to be Morticia and a (very) young Christina Ricci as Wednesday delivers one of my favorite lines that I use still…
Wednesday: May I have the salt?
Morticia: What do we say?
Wednesday: [sternly] Now.
Tim Burton is a cinematic God. Everything he does goes beyond good or great – it’s beautiful. And his take on one of my favorite stories, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, is worthy of viewing year after year. Toss in Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci (again, with Christina!!) all you need is some mulled cider and popcorn to make it a perfect movie night.
I still remember seeing this in the theatre with my parents (Greensboro friends… at the Janus!!). I balled like a baby then and I ball like a baby every time I see it as an adult. This movie has ALL the feels and is a winner for the whole family. Not sure I’d classify it as a Halloween movie, but since it has an alien and other supernatural aspects, we’ll stick it in here.
Uhm… yeah.. in my opinion this is when Halloween movies (or thrillers) were at their peak and before we started getting into the slasher films that went for shock value over substance. I still can’t drive by a corn field without thinking of this movie and just try to get me into one of those damned corn mazes. Uhuh. Not happening. Steven King is an insanely creative artist whose mind must be the most fascinating (or terrifying) place in the world.
The version that’s on Netflix is the original… NOT the Jeff Goldblum one which is the one that I first saw. I think I learned more about flies from this movie than I really needed to know in my lifetime. I need to check out the original to see if I get the same “ew!!” reactions from that one as I did from the remake.
We’re gonna need a bigger boat. Another movie that I can remember watching as a kid. I was at my Aunt Mary’s down in Jacksonville, NC and watching with my cousin Lloyd. And yes, we went to the beach the next day.
The Blair Witch Project
Okay, I’m cheating a little bit here because this is one that is not available to stream on Netflix (you can get the DVD if you have that membership, though) but I would be remiss to not include it (along with The Ring). This one almost falls into the B-Flick category but it’s SO good!!! What I love about it is that even though it’s fiction, it plays with your mind the whole time and you think it’s actually based on fact. And talk about low budget? How about a $60,000 budget flick that ended up grossing over $190 MILLION!
Another favorite from my childhood that I can watch again and again as an adult. Take a couple of mind-reading orphans running from the bad guys who want to kidnap and exploit their abilities and you’ve got the makings for a good night of family-friendly viewing. Eddie Albert as the one person who tries to help them is incredible in this flick.
For some reason, the original isn’t on Netflix but 2, 3, and 5 are. Where are 1 (the best IMHO) and 5?? Let’s get real… after the 90’s scary movies became nothing more than slasher films that went for gore and sqeamishes more than stories and plots. Almost laughably so. This series makes fun of exactly that very thing, so if you’re a bit of a light weight and can’t handle watching body parts being removed in the most horrific way, watch this one and get your Halloween movies in a lighter serving.
So there you have it… a few of my favorite Halloween movies that almost always make their way into my living room each and every year. Have your own favorite? Would love to know what it is!!
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