Just one question is capable enough to get you a huge gulp in your sibling’s throat or freeze your friend, “Wanna watch a scary movie?” Halloween is all about enjoying the thrill, suspense, and big scare as the climax of any prank, show, or movie.
So, what are some of the best classic Halloween movies on Netflix? Only the real movie connoisseurs can answer this question, but everyone knows it’s quite impossible to put a tag on any film as the best Halloween movie ever made.
With so many options ranging from chilling skin thrillers to family-friendly films for watching with your kids available at your fingertips, choosing one can be quite a hassle. Do not let the current pandemic make a dent in your fun time. With just a Netflix subscription, you can enjoy quite literally the best masterpieces ever created.
To ease your stress, we have compiled the 13 best Halloween movies to watch from the comfort of your couch or behind it (lol, whatever makes you comfy).
1. The Shining
Starting off our list with one of the most classic movies in existence, this one is sure to send a chill down your spine and keep you on the edge of your seat. Jack Nicholson’s exuberant performance in this psychological thriller makes The Shining easily stand out from its competitors. In this film, Jack, along with his family, moves into an isolated hotel rumored to have a violent past.
He aims to debunk the stigma surrounding this place. Soon after he settles down with his family, he begins experiencing things that cannot be described in words, and he begins to lose the sanity that affects everyone. Make sure you go to the bathroom before starting with this one; chances are you just might wet yourself.
2. The Cabin in the Woods
Going on a vacation with your college friends in a remote location sounds fun, right? Wrong! How can you even think that in such a violent world?
But people in this movie do just that. This movie will undoubtedly make you think again as five college friends concoct a plan to have a little fun getaway and decide to go to a cabin situated in the woods. Little do they know about the horror that awaits them.
Zombies, monsters, crazy scientists, you name it. Soon after their arrival, one by one, they start becoming victims to these otherworldly creatures and realize they have to find a way to leave this cabin. Watch this horror-comedy as they begin their race with time.
3. The Silence
The Silence is a movie that revolves around historical man-eating monsters called Vesps that hunt their prey based on sound – seems similar to ‘A Quiet Place’ starring Emily Blunt. Not exactly, but it’s a little different. Hear me out:
During an excavation in the Appalachian Mountains, these flying creatures are released from their resting cavern and begin their journey of wiping out humans from the face of Earth.
This film’s protagonist is a family caught in this mess seeking to survive and reach the safe heaven other survivors have built. Hugh’s daughter, played by Kiernan Shipka, is deaf, but she is susceptible to anything happening around her. Through various media sources, they figure out that the key to survival is Silence.
The Silence was unique in its portrayal of how a family would act and evolve in the new world they faced, and again, it was unbelievable.
Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters. The most iconic line to ever exist in the magical world of supernatural films.
The supernatural squad that isn’t afraid of some little ghost. Starring Bill Murray in his prime, Ghostbusters is a roller-coaster of comedy with the jokes only going up. The plot is about a group of scientists who lose their job and have to rely upon exterminating evil spirits to make ends meet. Booted up with proton-pack-toting, Ghostbusters set out on their journey to get rid of ghouls, hobgoblins, and other supernatural pests that dare to cross paths with them.
The chemistry between the characters is superb and would make you roll on the floor laughing. As one of the best non-scary Halloween movies on Netflix, you can watch Ghostbusters with your family, friends, and loved ones.
5. The Babysitter
If you’re looking for kid Halloween movies on Netflix, no need to look any further as this one will for sure quench your thirst.
How often do you leave your kid with a lovely babysitter? If your answer is somewhere around at least once or twice a week, make sure to do a proper background search. You might find something you weren’t looking for in the first place.
The babysitter has a hilarious storyline revolving around a scared of everything and a hot babysitter who takes care of him (childhood dreams, am I right?). The cast plays cliché roles but still pulls off a wicked film filled with horror and comedy. One easy way to describe this is to think about Home Alone but with a dark theme.
6. Hubie Halloween
You can easily label this Netflix Original as a cheesy Halloween movie, which offers a little bit of everything. Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Julie Bowen, where Adam proves that he is the best in portraying a kind and simple person. This film offers a raw blend of comedy and drama that won’t disappoint you as our beloved Adam is on a quest to save Halloween.
I’m sure before 2020, almost every single person had grown tired of watching a zombie movie with a very predictable plot. But since 2020, we have been experiencing things that no one would have thought in their wildest dreams. I say this is an excellent time to get back to our roots, kick back with a beer (if you’re old enough), and watch this horror-comedy.
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Bill Murray, watch Zombieland as this eccentric group survives through a zombie apocalypse.
8. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Vampires have mostly been described as grotesque creatures who prey on humans and suck their blood. This one is a little different that makes it a must-watch film among the vampire-centric ones.
Count Dracula arrives in England to seduce his barrister Elisabeth and succeeds in making her fall in love. Their happy life was short-lived as Elisabeth commits suicide due to unfortunate circumstances. Follow Dracula as he sets out to avenge the only woman he ever loved.
9. A Haunted House
If your loved one gets possessed by a demon, you’ll surely do everything you can to get rid of the devil to save her life and not your sex-life, right? A haunted house might make you rethink your priorities. If you plan to watch this with your partner, make sure to control your laughs if you don’t want to end up as the protagonist.
The movie is about a young couple who finally find their dream house and, with the hopes of living comfortably, move into their new home. Upon arriving, they discover that they are not alone. In the cliché horror movies, the house is usually haunted, but in this type, the tables have turned as the place is perfectly fine, but a devil possesses the wife. The husband hires everyone from priests to ghostbusters to get rid of the unwelcome demon. Watch this film to find out if he succeeds or not.
10. The Sixth Sense
‘I can see dead people’ the perfect line to go with the Halloween mood, isn’t it? Or is it just too creepy for you?
M. Night Shyamalan, the writer, and director of this great psychological thriller casts Bruce Willis as a child psychologist who can see dead people. The story sets a collaborative atmosphere of horror and psychology that keeps the viewer wondering what will happen next. You’re provided with enough clues throughout the movie to figure out what happened in the end, but you still won’t be able to wrap your mind around the climax scene.
In short, the Sixth Sense is undoubtedly one of those movies that will survive the test of time and remain standing as one of the classics.
11. The Addam’s Family
Although the theme is a familiar one, the story is very well-written, and each character has their uniqueness, which makes it easy to love them. The animation is super neat, sure; you will still consider Disney Halloween movies better, but in my opinion, The Addam’s Family can give Disney or Pixar a run for their money.
Aside from the great soundtrack, the star cast for voice actors is jaw-dropping, and each delivers on their performance. This movie is a definite watch for looking for a light-hearted comedy movie to watch this Halloween.
12. Nightmare on Elm Street
The one and only Freddy Krueger, who is the number one horror icon to dress up for Halloween, comes from this movie. Freddy being one of the evilest on-screen characters, adds a dark tone as he stalks inside the protagonist’s dreams. What’s more, he can even be pulled out in the real world.
A Nightmare on Elm Street is, without a doubt, a great classic horror movie filled with blood fest along with some gruesome effects that leave you with goosebumps even after finishing the film. If you’re looking to take a break from reality and some terrifying moments, this is the one for you.
13. The Blair Witch Project
A treasure hunt sounds interesting. Imagine going with a group of friends to solve a century-long mystery. The Blair Witch Project is a little different.
Three film students decide to take a trip and visit the Maryland forest famous for its legends around the Blair Witch. Equipped with their backpack, their cameras, and a map, they embark on their journey without thinking about what could go wrong? They end up losing their only map for starters, and you can imagine what happens after that.
Watch this movie to take a break from the high production horror movies and enjoy POV-style filming.
Over to You
So these were some of the classic Halloween movies on Netflix that you can stream to enjoy some fantastic thrills with your friends and family. If you think these movies aren’t that hardcore for you, then do check out these 13 Halloween movies on Netflix to make you jump off your seat if you ain’t a simp.