August 11, 2020

Spooky Season: Halloween Entertainment Preview

posted on: Thursday October 24, 2019

Streaming Services Advertise Scary New Content

by Anne DeLello ’20 A&E Staff

With October and Halloween come a slew of new, and potentially scary, movies and television shows across streaming sites. Not only are there new additions, but streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have a wide range of fan-favorite Halloween movies that users should look out for as the holiday gets closer.  

Netflix began adding both original and older shows and movies to its repertoire in October. One major note is the new Breaking Bad movie. With a Tomatometer score of 92 percent, and an Audience score of 82 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is doing well since its debut. A top critic on the site said, “El Camino, which Gilligan wrote and directed, is a powerful and unshowy epilogue to an expertly told saga. It’s slow, yes, and not overburdened with action, but pace and spills are not what turn Gilligan on.”  

This continuation of the popular series is not the only thing viewers should watch out for as Halloween gets closer. According to Harper’s Bazaar, there are some films on Netflix that are a must-see during the Halloween season. One of these is Cabin Fever, a 2002 film which tells the tale of a group in a cabin in the woods where everything seems to go wrong. Some other recommendations are the 2013 movie The Conjuring, and the 2000 classic American Psycho. 

Not only does Netflix have some of the best scary movies out there for anyone looking for a frightful Halloween night, but they also have some more family-friendly favorites as well. These include movies like Coraline, Casper, and The Addams Family. 

Netflix has great options for Halloween shows as well as movies. According to Popculture, one Netflix series that is fitting for the Halloween season is Penny Dreadful, which features both 19th century English and Irish Gothic Fiction in the series, “including Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray to Abraham Ven Helsing and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” Another Netflix show that could be binged this Halloween is The Haunting of Hill House, which “follows the lives of five adult siblings who continue to be haunted by paranormal experiences they had during their childhood,” writes Popculture.  

Netflix is not the only streaming site that people should look to for their scary fix. Good Housekeeping has dubbed a Halloween spent watching movies on Hulu as “Hulu-ween” and having one is definitely possible with their options. Some of the movies include A Quiet Place, starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, and the classic Rosemary’s Baby.  Some more lighthearted films on Hulu include teen favorites Fun Size, and Liar, Liar, Vampire.

Whether you are looking for a scary or silly movie to watch on the night of Halloween, or a series to binge while you enjoy the season, there are plenty of options on Netflix and Hulu to get you in the mood for the holiday as it gets closer.

GRAPHIC BY PATRICK FULLER ’21/THE COWL

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