October is my favourite time to be a Netflix subscriber, because it means an update that includes some of the spookiest, creepiest, and cheesiest Halloween films from the last few decades. As a massive fan of Halloween, I thought it appropriate to do a blog about some of my favourite films and TV shows to watch in the run up to the end of the month.
Although not exclusively a Halloween favourite, Gotham is one of my favourite shows at the moment and some of it’s episodes are definitely a little spooky and so perfect for this time of the year. The show is set prior to Batman’s beginnings in Gotham, just after Bruce Wayne witnesses his parent’s murder. I am a massive Batman fan, so when I first heard about this show I was a little unsure of how they were going to handle some of our favourite heroes’ most famous villains before he’s even put on a cape. I gave it a go, and was pleasantly surprised by how well the show had handled each character, in particular Robin Taylor’s Oswald Cobblepot (Penguin) and Cory Michael Smith’s Edward Nygma (The Riddler.) Despite knowing an awful lot about certain characters within the Batman franchise, Gotham still managed to surprise me without creating massive plot-holes that would affect Bruce’s future. Although I obviously recommend watching the entirety of the show, a couple of my favourite episodes so far include: The Scarecrow (season one) & By Fire (season two.)
The Addams Family (1991)
A classic Halloween favourite of mine, The Addams Family is currently streaming on Netflix and will likely stay there until the end of the month. This was one of my favourite films growing up and is still equally as hilarious now. With a fantastic ensemble of wacky characters, this film is perfect for the entire family to enjoy. (And Morticia and Gomez are couple goals AF.)
As Above, So Below (2014)
I really wanted to watch this film at the cinema when I first saw the trailer, but unfortunately missed out (although after watching it, I’m slightly glad I wasn’t in a room full of other people, because I’m not sure they would have been too impressed by my repetitive shrieking.) This film is one of the scariest modern horrors I have seen in years. Set for the most part in the catacombs below Paris, this film is horrifying if you’re claustrophobic like me. If you can get over that factor, this is also one of the cleverest horrors I’ve seen in a while. It’s very psychological, and the underlying plot of the film is genuinely chilling. Definitely not one to watch alone, unless you’re feeling brave.
American Horror Story (2011-)
If you’ve been a Netflix subscriber for a while and haven’t already watched at least one season of American Horror Story, I’m seriously questioning your life choices. This is by far one of the most popular television series of the last five years, and once you’ve seen it you’ll know why. Perfect for this time of the year, American Horror Story has four seasons currently streaming on Netflix UK, with the fifth hopefully being added this month. (And the newest season is currently airing, so you’d better catch up quick!)
Despite receiving fairly poor reviews, I personally really enjoyed this collection of short horror films. There are eight films in total in this anthology, each based on a different annual holiday (including Halloween, directed by one of my favourite people on the entire planet, Kevin Smith.) Each film has varying levels of gore, comedy and in some cases plain creepiness, but one thing is certain, this collection of spooks will immediately put you in the mood for Halloween.
As well as one of my favourite 80s horror films, Scream, being available to stream on Netflix, the brand new MTV series Scream is also available. In my opinion, this is one of the most successful horror series I have ever seen, based purely on how many times I yelled at my TV screen whilst watching. The cast are incredible, and you really will be left guessing the killer’s identity until the very end of the season. Seasons one & two of Scream are available to stream now on Netflix, and a special Halloween episode is set to be released on October 18th!
Child’s Play (1988)
Ah, Chucky. Quite possibly my favourite horror franchise of all time. The first film in this horror series, Child’s Play, is currently available to stream on Netflix, and boy, would you be missing out if you didn’t watch it. Although not my favourite Chucky film, (that prize is awarded to Bride of Chucky, thanks to Jennifer Tilly) Child’s Play is spooky, creepy (possessed dolls give everyone the creeps, right?) and perfectly cheesy.
Wallace & Gromit: Curse of The Were-Rabbit (2005)
I LOVE Wallace & Gromit. When I was 11 years old my only goal in life was to one day work at Aardman (and it still kind of is, to be honest.) This film is so funny, so charming, and I could honestly watch it every day for the next year and never get bored. Well, probably. I honestly can’t put into words how good this film is, it’s very British, very cheesy (literally), and great family entertainment. If you don’t enjoy this film, we cannot be friends. (Side-note: this trailer has a very annoying voice-over and does not do this film justice.)
I’ll be honest, when I first saw the premise for this series, I wasn’t blown away or remotely interested in watching it. I decided to give it a try anyway, and was actually quite impressed. The series follows an ex-medical student who one day gets turned into a zombie, but not the moaning, groaning, wants-to-attack-humans kind of zombie. Well, maybe that last part just a little bit. She gets a job in a morgue, and starts solving crime by using the visions she starts to get after eating the victim’s brains. Bit creepy, no? I don’t think I’m exactly doing this series justice, so it’s probably better to just watch it yourself. In my opinion, it has just the right amount of freaky and funny to make a very good TV show, and is great for Halloween.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
This is easily one of the freakiest possession films I’ve seen. And the words ‘based on a true story’ definitely help with that. This film isn’t your typical ‘woman gets possessed and does some crazy stuff’ horror, it’s actually about the lawyer of a priest accused of negligent homicide after an exorcism he performed went horribly wrong. The film does of course feature a lot of a possessed woman doing some crazy stuff, but also looks more at the psychological effects the case has on Erin Bruner, the lawyer. The film is loosely based on the story of Annelise Michel, if you want to do more reading into the backstory of the film. Definitely worth a watch if you’re after something really scary.