Best Netflix picks for Halloween

Deanna Pierce, Copy Editor

While there is a viable amount of new horror flicks coming to theatres this October, if you’d rather spend money on haunted houses and candy than tickets, try these top-rated new and classic Netflix picks for Halloween.

“Insidious Chapter 2”

This 2013 follow up to the 2010 hit indie horror film about a young boy’s battle with demons in an alternate, astral dimension is one of the highest rated scary movies on Netflix. If you enjoyed “The Conjuring”, I highly recommend this, as the movies share the same lead actor – Patrick Wilson – and the same director – James Wan.  Average Netflix rating: 3.8/5 stars

“The Langoliers”

This 1995 film based on a Stephen King novel was originally made for TV, but would give any modern day blockbuster a run for its money. The movie follows 10 passengers who wake up from falling asleep on their airplane to find that everyone else from the flight has vanished, including the flight crew. While this movie lacks chainsaws and axes, it will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time right along with the passengers, guaranteed. Average Netflix rating: 3.3/5 stars


Yet another adaption of a Stephen King novel, this 2013 version starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore is a remake of the original 1976 version. As far as remakes go, this has been receiving relatively positive reviews. Director Kimberly Peirce updated the story lines, censored less of the scenes, and pumped up the gore in order to bring this tragic and classic tale about an outcast high school girl with special powers into modern times. (If you’d like to compare and contrast, the 1976 version with John Travolta and Sissy Spacek is available to stream as well). Average Netflix rating: 3.7/5 stars


What would any Halloween be without a viewing of Scream? Wes Craven’s 1996 cult classic has become the most beloved slasher film of all time. Starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette, this movie is heralded with the revitalization of the horror film genre, as it simultaneously embodies all of the quintessential qualities of a good scary movie and mocks them. The ending leaves most feeling stunned and dying for more content, which is why I’m happy to tell you that Scream 2 and 3 are available as well.

These are just a handful of the options Netflix has for us this October. Whether you like blood and gut horror films that make you sick to your stomach or psychological thrillers that prevent you from sleeping for weeks, there’s something for everyone. So go ahead and make some kettle popcorn on your stove and get ready to get scared. But, if your phone rings and a deep voice on the other end inquires what your favorite scary movie is, I would advise that you hang up and call the police.