Halloween is just around the corner, it’s time to curl up with a scary movie streamed from Netflix. What are the Top 10 Halloween movies on American Netflix this year?
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Netflix. The company changed the way in which the world watches movies single handed. It not only altered how we watch media, it changed how the media companies operate forcing them to get on board with digitization or fall by the wayside. The streaming media website is reported to host more than 5,700 TV and movie titles, more than any other site in operation today, the only problem is you probably can’t access them all. Not unless you live or reside inside the United States.
Why? In most cases it is a simple case of copyrights and where, when and by whom content may be viewed. In other cases it is due to government control of the Internet, throttling, censorship or worse. Don’t feel bad though, you aren’t alone. No other nation is privy to 100% of the US library and it will probably stay that way for a long time. Even Puerto Rico, the US closest neighbor and protectorate, has only access to about 93% of the portfolio and it only gets worse from there. US southern neighbor Mexico can access about 50% while friend and ally Great Britain has only about 38% access to the library. The very worst place to stream Netflix however is Morocco which can only access about 3% of all the shows, documentaries and movies in the library.
The Best Halloween Movies On Netflix
Movies are one of those things where you really can’t say which is the best because we all have different tastes. When it comes to Halloween movies your tastes may run to bloody gore fests featuring masked slashers or something more tame like a nice family friendly tale of ghosts and goblins. Whatever your choice, Netflix is sure to have it. If you know how to unblock American Netflix (I’ll tell you later) you can even watch them. In the meantime you can peruse our list of the top ten Halloween movies.
1. Nightmare On Elm Street.
This is the movie to spawn a decade worth of spin-offs’ and nightmares in the minds of generations of movie watchers. Written and directed by Wes Craven and released in 1984 this slasher film features a supernatural villain who stalks the dreams of local teens. The film starred Heather Langenkamp, John Saxxon, Ronee Blakely, Amanda Weiss, Jsu Garcia, Robert Englund and Johnny Depp in his film debut. The plot centers on four teens stalked by Freddie Krueger (Englund) and killed in their dreams and thus in real life as well. The teens have no idea who or why the murders are happening but their parents do. They harbor a deep dark secret from long ago that has come back to haunt them. Craven completed the film on a meager budget of $1.8 million, a sum earned back in the first week of box office sales. Hailed as a masterpiece of the slasher film genre Craven skillfully intertwines dreams and reality in a way that toys with audience perception building suspense to the brink of snapping.
Like all great horror films this one sparked a series of sequels enthralling a generation of viewers. Although written by Kevin Williamson it was directed by Wes Craven and is another of his great masterpieces. Released in 1996 it stars David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox (Friends), Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich and Drew Barrymore. The film was a first of its kind as characters within the story line were aware of modern day thrillers and openly discussed plots and similarities to their current situation. The story revolves around Sidney Prescott who becomes the focus of attention for Ghostface, a mysterious killer the teens flee from. Featuring elements of black humor and whodunit mystery the film was a box office success.
3. The Sixth Sense.
It is a ghost story with a very unusual twist. This is one of the earlier films by M. Night Shyamalan starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment as a child who “can see dead people”. Released in 1999 to mass acclaim it tells the story of a troubled child therapist and a similarly afflicted child no one can seem to reach. The film cemented Shyamalan as a writer and director and one noted for his penchant for twisting plot-lines and surprise endings. I know there is one part in the movie where everything I though about the story on got turned on it’s head. It was also nominated for 6 academy awards and grossed more than $293 in domestic box office sales, 2nd only to Star Wars: The Phantom Menace that year. Ironically, the Disney exec who originally bought the screenplay was fired because of it.
4. The Corpse Bride.
The Corpse Bride is a stop-motion animated movie directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton. The screenplay was written by John August, Caroline Thompson and Pamela Pettler from characters created by Burton and Carlos Grangel. It is the story of Victoria and Victor, star-crossed lovers doomed to misadventure. While practicing his vows for their wedding Victor, voiced by Johnny Depp, places the ring on a knob of root that turns out to be the finger of a dead person. The dead person is Emily, voiced by Helena Bonham Carter, who was murdered and now claims Victor as her husband. She spirits him away to the land of the dead where a series of adventures results in a somewhat happy ending. Released in 2005 it was met by critical and box office success.
5. Children Of The Corn.
This is one of a plethora of Stephen King stories to be turned into film. It was released in 1984 and is based on a short story of the same name published in 1977. The story is set in the fictitious town of Gaitlen, Nebraska and centers around an evil spirit which stalks the local corn fields. Known as “he who walks behind the rows” the spirit commands the local children to murder their parents and a pair of travelers who just happened to be passing through. King wrote the original screenplay but it was rejected in favor of another more violent version with more traditional plot lines. It has since gained a cult following sparking a number of sequels. Rotten Tomatoes lists it at 36% with an average score of 4/10. If you like low budget, cheesy horror, this is the one for you. And don’t forget, “he wants you too, Malachi”.
This is an anthology featuring four vignettes framed by a dollhouse. The doll moves from room to room guiding the viewer from story to story. Originally released at the Sundance Film Festival it has since seen a limited theatrical release as well as video on demand. The four stories are directed by Jovanka Vuckovic, Annie Clark, Roxanne Benjamin and Karyn Kusama. The first, The Box, is the story of a young boy allowed to look inside a box while riding on a train. After looking the boy refuses to eat and begins to lose weight. He tells his sister what he saw and she refuses to eat and so on until most of the family dies of starvation leaving one untouched individual in search of the box. The Birthday Party is the story of a woman trying to hide the death of her husband on her child’s birthday by disguising the body. It doesn’t altogether work. Don’t Fall features four friends traveling in the desert. One is taken over by an evil spirit which goes on to kill the others. Her Only Living Son is the story of Cora, the mother of Satan’s son, as she deals with the trials of life as the next prince of darkness comes of age.
7. The Addams Family.
It is a theatrical version of a beloved TV show of the same name. It is the story of Morticia and Gomez Addams and their spooky family. It was released in 1991 and classified as a fantasy comedy film. The Addams are an eccentric lot with members representing werewolves, vampires and other creatures who go bump in the night. The story revolves around a lamenting Gomez who has not seen his brother Fester in many years. The family lawyer owes money to a loan shark and seizes on his brothers resemblance to Fester to infiltrate the family. Gordon, the fake Fester, slowly grows closer and closer to the family while his erstwhile brother tries to steal the money he needs to pay back the loan shark. The film received generally good reviews and resulted in a series of sequels and merchandise.
8. Sleepy Hollow.
It is a 1999 American Gothic supernatural horror suspense film starring Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane. It is loosely based on the Washington Irving story The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow and directed by Tim Burton. The plot centers on Ichabod Crane who is a constable sent from New York to investigate a series of murders. Evidence points to a headless horseman who turns out to be Hessian soldier killed during the Revolutionary War. The film was released to favorable reviews and grossed more than $200 million worldwide. It also received an Academy Award for Best Art Direction.
Jaws may be the greatest horror movie of all time, but of course that’s just my opinion. The great white shark hit the screens around Amity Island in the summer of 1975 and has been a favorite of audiences ever since. The movie is based on a novel by Peter Benchley of the same name and directed by Stephen Spielberg. Plagued by budget problems tied to mechanical sharks breaking down all the time, Spielberg decided to go with a minimalist approach, hinting at the sharks presence more than glorifying it. The result is, well it is quite frightening to a large finned torpedo barreling through the water or to hear it thumping on the bottom of the boat. It is now regarded as one of the best movies ever made and marks a turning point in the movie industry as the first summer mega blockbuster. The movie grossed more than any other until the release of Star Wars in 1977 and was later added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry as a film “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.
10. The Army Of Darkness.
This is hands down my favorite fantasy inspired horror movie. It is the sequel to The Living Dead and a continuation to the story of Ashe. Ashe is a mild mannered employee of S-Mart who has been transported back in time by an evil book called the Necronomicon. The Necronomicon is a grimoire of spells including the means by which Ashe can get back to his own time. In order to do that he must first escape capture and an evil banshee at the bottom of a pit, construct a new arm to replace the one he had to cut off in the first movie, adventure to where the Necronomicon could be found and then remember the words clatu, verata, nick…something. From there the story spins out of control as an army of evil dead rises from the grave forcing Ashe to ally himself with his former enemies in order to escape a lifetime of death. The movie is a low budget tongue-in-cheek spoof combining elements of fantasy, horror and adventure. It was released in 1992 and stars Bruce Campbell who, along with the movie, have inspired a legion of cult followers. And remember, shop smart, shop S-Mart.
How to watch American Netflix outside of the US?
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