While Netflix’s stock took a hit, their streaming service sure isn’t hurting. In fact, Netflix is getting into the Halloween spirit just in time for those who are in need of watching some of their classic spooky favorites. Just like for every major holiday, Netflix has decided to release a themed queue of many classics.
Here’s a few any Halloween lover would be excited to check out.
Cabin in the Woods
Cabin in the Woods is still a pretty recent release to call a classic, but it really cements itself in the genre. Half thriller, half sadistic satire, this odd film is blended in the genre of horror. The blended genres could have been a disaster but it winds up being one of the smartest thrillers to pop up in a long time. In a huge list of duds, Cabin in the Woods is a bright spot, and profusely apologizes for previous offenders of the genre. If you want to see something new and have a bit of knowledge about the genre, this one is worth checking out.
While Carrie is usually low on the horror list, it’s still a classic because of its breakout performance for Sissy Spacek. Based on the novel by Stephen King, this one is a must see, or a revisit for those who are still trying to get over the 2013 reboot, which is still available for streaming as well.
There’s a ton of iconic ghouls that evoke the Halloween spirit, but Dracula is just one of those images that is at the very top of that list. Francis Coppola’s 1992 adaptation carries that torch in a slew of great performances by Winona Ryder, Gary Oldman, and Anthony Hopkins. Seeing the marriage of two iconic subjects (Coppola and Dracula) is a must see for anyone that loves the genre.
If you’re ready to delve into the truly terrifying, then we suggest Hellraiser. If gore is your thing, then this is the quintessential film that Netflix is offering up. A film that ushered in the gore torture revamping of the millennium, Hellraiser is not to be missed, as it mixed that genre with a fantastical 80s spirit that’s worth watching again and again.
Roman Polanski may be a polarizing director, but he’s at his best with Rosemary’s Baby. The 1968 classic film recently spawned a mini series starring Zoe Saldana, which is even more reason to revisit this classic.
Wes Craven’s Scream opened in 1996 and rejuvenated the slasher genre. It got kids and teens excited about the thriller genre in a whole new way, and other popular titles like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Halloween: H20 piggybacked on this excitement in the late 90s. Drew Barrymore may not have lasted for long in the film, but it was a reintroduction after a troubled media blitz. The film also provided a platform for many break out stars and still survives as one heck of a franchise.
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