Celebrate the spooky season with a viewing marathon.
From terrifying horrors, to not-so-scary classics riddled with mystery, Netflix is buzzing with an excellent array of creepiness to get you in the mood for Halloween. So grab a partner or friend, order your takeout and get watching some serious spine-chilling flicks. Course, there are hundreds of eerie titles available, but we narrowed down 17 of our favourites on Netflix New Zealand to watch this Halloween.
1. Fear Street Trilogy
Horror fans will rejoice at this trilogy coming to Netflix so you can get in the Halloween mood. You can enjoy Fear Street Part: 1994, Fear Street Part 2: 1978 and Fear Street Part 3: 1666 on Netflix. The first movie follows a teen and her friends who decide to fight against evil forces after a series of brutal murders in their small town. Indeed, it will give you nightmares!
2. You Season 3
This American psychological thriller first hit screens back in 2018. For season three, you can expect creepy Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), running from his murderous past, living in a Californian suburb with his new wife, Love (Victoria Pedretti) and newborn son. But Joe is unable to keep his toxic obsessions and infatuations at bay, and becomes interested in their next door neighbour. Certainly, you’ll want to lock your doors and watch your back after this one.
3. Things Seen & Heard
This horror movie is based on the novel by Elizabeth Brundage, All Things Cease To Appear. In a 1980s depicted world, Catherine (Amanda Seyfried) and her husband George (James Norton) excitingly move to an old house in the Hudson Valley. Soon after, supernatural events unfold and they realise that their home is harboring sinister secrets. If you’re a scary cat like myself, be sure to watch this horror flick with someone else.
4. Stranger Things
Catch up on Season one to three before Season four is released in 2022. This American Sci-fi series follows a group of kids who discover a supernatural purgatory, they call The Upsidedown, in their town after their friend disappears. Starring Millie Bobbie Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder and many more. Halloween wouldn’t be the same without this one.
This 2019 psychological thriller movie tells the tale of a man who goes on a mission to find his injured daughter and wife after they disappear from the emergency room. Believing the hospital has something to do with it, he starts to piece together the mystery. It’s cleverly absorbing but not too chilling that you’ll be hiding behind your hands.
6. The Babysitter 1 & 2
Both these horror-comedy movies, directed by McG, are the perfect way to dose up on bloody theatrics and still sleep peaceful. Think satanic shenanigans, plenty of action, and scared kids petrified of their babysitters, to keep you entertained.
7. Squid Game
Like the whole world, we are loving this disturbing Korean drama series. It follows a group of cash-strapped people, thrown into a prison-like camp, to solve their debt, by taking part in survival games. The grand prize is $55 million and a chance to have a clean slate afterward. Prepare for a lot of death, gore and graphic images that will certainly increase your lust for Halloween.
8. The Devil All The Time
Expect a stellar cast, from Tom Holland to Robert Pattison, to bring this disturbing movie to life. In a postwar town in America, watch as a young man tries to fight against corruption and sinister characters who can’t tell the difference between faith and evil, in order to protect his family. Indeed, this movie is unsetting to watch, full of violence, death, and plenty to heighten your Halloween spirit.
9. Hubie Halloween
This horror comedy flick stars Adam Sandler, Noah Schnapp, Maya Rudolph and more. It follows Hubie Dubois (Sandler), an unusual but harmless oddball, known to locals. However, when residents start disappearing, Hubie has a hard time trying to convince people it has something to do with an escaped criminal who is new to the area. You’ll have to watch it to find out what happens next.
This South Korean title seems fitting in the current climate. It tells the story of a virus that spreads through South Korea, and turns people into flesh-eating zombies. Instead of running, Joon-woo locks himself inside his apartment, trying to hide from the blood-thirsty monsters. This suspenseful thriller may even give you nightmares, and is just the movie to get you in the mood for Halloween.
11. The Woman In The Window
Watch as Amy Adams give a truly powerful performance in this psychological thriller. From the creators of The Girl On The Train, Adams plays Dr. Anna Fox who witnesses a disturbing act of violence while spying on her neighbours, the Russel family, through her window in New York. Be sure to give it a watch this Halloween.
12. Bird Box
This Netflix sensation needs no introduction, but in case there’s a small chance you haven’t seen it, then it’s probably a good time to watch this post-apocalyptic thriller, where evil attacks through sight. Anyone unfortunate enough to see the mysterious force will commit suicide. Sandra Bullock plays a mother of two, who attempts to take her children on a treacherous journey down a river to safety. And she has to do it all, um, blindfolded!
13. The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina
Although, Netflix have cut the show after season four. This supernatural dark fantasy series is totally worth the watch. A twisted adaption of the Sabrina The Teenage Witch, it follows Sabrina Spellman as she tries to navigate her dual-life as half-witch and half mortal, while trying to protect herself and her loved ones from evil forces.
14. Unsolved Mysteries
This gripping docuseries will leave you with an insatiable appetite for true crime. While the shocking real-life murders and mysterious disappearances aren’t for everyone, those that binge-watched the first two seasons will tell you it is worth the watch this October.
15. The Nightstalker: A Hunt For A Serial Killer
Another tragic real-life true crime narrative of a brutal killer who haunted Los Angeles in the 1980s. It follows the eerie accounts of Gill Carrillo and Frank Salerno, who teamed up to try and stop this nocturnal monster, while being faced with disconnecting patterns and murders. Indeed, this one will leave you feeling sick to your stomach, and viewers have even complained of being unable to sleep afterward.
16. The Addams Family
Ah some nostalgia, what would Halloween be without a movie from most of our childhoods? Join Wednesday, Uncle Fester and the rest of the eccentric family for some spookiness. Definitely, this macabre classic on Netflix is dripping with sarcasm so you’ll also get a good laugh this Halloween.
17. The Babadook
“Do you want to die?” is the question Samuel asks his widowed mother Amelia. As she tries to help her tormented son overcome his irrational fears of monsters, she’s faced with a supernatural presence that has escaped the pages of a children’s book. If you’re up for psychological horror, this Australian film is worth a watch on Netflix this Halloween.