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Procrastinate on your costume just a little bit longer. You’ll be happy to waste some time binge watching some spooky classics on Hulu or Netflix with your friends, family, or significant other. Some people will insist that a great horror movie is perfect any time of year, but for those who prefer their seasonal frights, right now is the best time for streaming spooky content.
1. Rosemary’s Baby (Hulu)
Rosemary’s Baby is a classic. This 1968 film starring Mia Farrow is based on the Ira Levin novel of the same name. It’s the story of a young couple who move into a new apartment and fall unexpectedly and mysteriously pregnant with an unplanned child as mysterious things begin to happen around them. Their neighbors seem odd and their home begins to feel increasingly unsafe. The tagline of the film says it all – “It’s not what you’re expecting.”
2. Carrie (Netflix)
Carrie deserves a special place in history. Starring a young Sissy Spacek as the titular character, this 1976 retelling of a Stephen King novel is the ultimate prom night horror. Carrie, a uniquely psychically gifted teenage loner with an abusive mother, struggles to find her place in the unforgiving social sphere of her high school. Feeling jilted, humiliated, and alone, Carrie assures that her classmates experience a prom night they will never forget.
3. A Quiet Place (Hulu)
Much to the surprise of viewers, The Office’s John Krasinski is an incredible horror writer and director. Set in a post-apocalyptic version of our world, A Quiet Place follows a family attempting to survive in a landscape where monsters who are highly receptive to sound seek to destroy everything that lives. With two children and another on the way, this married couple strategizes to survive.
4. The Evil Dead (Hulu)
Before Sam Raimi went on to become best known as the director of the Spiderman films, he was churning out horror cult classics like 1981’s The Evil Dead. The Evil Dead was an entirely unconventional take on both the zombie and possession genres, and it went on to spur two sequels (Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness). The original The Evil Dead is widely regarded as genuinely horrifying, but each sequel adds a new layer of comedy that might envelop lighthearted viewers even more. Why not binge watch all three? They’re absolutely worth it.
5. The Monster Squad (Hulu)
The Monster Squad is vintage family-friendly horror. Both kids and adults will enjoy the story of a group of children with an affinity for comic books who deal with the ramifications of every timeless horror creature becoming a reality on Earth. These nerdy kids must save the world from the wrath of Dracula and his army of vampires, Wolfman, Gillman (the swamp thing), and a Mummy with the help of the friendly and surprisingly gentle Frankenstein’s monster.
6. Pumpkinhead (Hulu)
Stay away from Pumpkinhead unless you’re tired of livin’. His enemies are mostly dead, he’s mean and unforgivin’. Pumpkinhead is a classic, directed in 1988 by future effects studio legend Stan Winston. This low budget film showcases incredible creature effects in a small backwoods town where friendly folk fear the wrath of the legend of Pumpkinhead, who just may turn out to be more than a mere legend. Part horror and part fairy tale, this film manages to pack a lot of compelling story and visuals into its runtime.
7. The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix)
The Haunting of Hill House is a Netflix original series loosely based on the novel of the same name. It follows an entire family, especially the children, back and forth from childhood to adulthood. Tragedy strikes the family while they’re living in a mansion their parents set out to renovate. With so many bad memories best left behind, they’re reluctant to return to that mansion in their adulthood. The calling grows greater with another tragedy, and the show unfolds to explore the concept of what a haunting really means.
8. The Witch (Netflix)
The Witch is a period piece set in 1630’s New England, following a family of outcast settlers during a time where occult fears reigned supreme and religious word was law. The family begins to slowly change in dynamic as suspicion comes to surround their daughter and a seemingly malicious goat on their small farm. Their hardships prove to be more than meets the eye by the time reaches its cinematically beautiful and compelling conclusion.
Are These Movies Unavailable in Your Country?
Unfortunately, streaming providers can’t treat everyone equally. Geo-location restrictions, as well as government censorship, prevent people from being able to access the full libraries of websites like Netflix and Hulu. If you can’t find these movies in your library, you might be subject to region restrictions. With a VPN router, you can easily spoof your location to access everything Netflix and Hulu have to offer.