15 Classic Halloween Movies on Netflix – 2020

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15 classic movies to watch on Netflix this Halloween 2020

  1. Beetle Juice
  2. The Evil Dead
  3. The Conjuring
  4. Poltergeist (1982)
  5. The Shinning
  6. Ju-on: The Grudge
  7. The Ring
  8. Paranormal activity
  9. Terrifier
  10. Silence of The lambs
  11. The Car
  12. Shutter
  13. The Island of Dr Moreau
  14. Invaders From Mars
  15. Hotel Transylvania 1, 2 & 3

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1. Beetle Juice

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beetlejuice-on-netflix
IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
7.585Netflix

I am going to start this list with the best family friendly movie on my Halloween list. Beetle Juice is a fantastic comedy horror movie about a couple that die in an unfortunate car accident and when someone tries to move into their home they do all they can to haunt and scare the new owners away, but it doesn’t all go to plan. I have always loved this movie and is just one of the many movies from the 80s that is impossible to re-create today. Its not scary although small children may find it disturbing as there is lots of frightening make-up. If you have never seen this movie please do!

2. The Evil Dead

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the-evil-dead-on-netflix
MDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
7.586Access US Netflix with NORD VPN 30 Day Trial

My next Halloween pick is for a bit later on when the kids have gone to bed. Evil Dead is an over the top cult gore horror. Over the top with gore and ridiculous acting that it will make a modern audience laugh, if this was made today it would be classed as a comedy. The plot is quite simple, 5 friends go to stay at a remote cabin only to accidentally release a bunch of demons from a book. The whole movie is basically them getting possessed by demons and having to kill them by whatever means necessary. The movie has had sequels and remakes as well as a Netflix series with the original main actor which I am currently enjoying. This is a classic horror and a must watch for all horror fans.

3. The Conjuring

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the-conjuring-on-netflix
IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
7.587Netflix – Japanese version with NORD VPN 30 Day Trial

You could argue this movie is not old enough to be a classic but given its reputation and popularity it will be in 20 years. I remember when this movie first came out, there was a lot of hype as it being the scariest movie ever made. It is also based around and supposedly true story of the family that moved into a house which had been the sight of a brutal murders many years before. The House is haunted by a number of spirits and paranormal investigators are called in to help investigate. The movie lives up to its hype as its not just terrifying but is also very good all round and has since had many prequels and sequels being connected to the Annabelle movies (Annabelle is in this movie).

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4. Poltergeist (1982)

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Poltergeist-(1982)-on-netflix
IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
7.383Netflix– US version

You know its a classic when The Simpsons have done there own take on a movie. The original Poltergeist movie from Steven Spielberg is still a much watch today and much better than the 2015 remake. With a classic like this the plot does not have to be complicated, a family’s home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts. What I love about this film is that it’s the perfect balance of creepy and spooky without the uncomfortable jump scares. Although it is a little dated and it now takes a lot more to scare an audience it is hard to re-create the magic that movie makers could in the 1980s. The movie is highly regarded as one of the greatest horror movies of all time and certainly one of the best haunted house stories.

5. The Shinning

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the-shinning-on-netflix
IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
8.493Netflix – Japanese version NORD VPN 30 Day Trial

Arguably the most famous horror of all time from the Steven Spielberg novel. If you don’t know the plot then its simple a family are alone in an isolated hotel to take care of it in the winter months when there are no guests. The hotel is haunted with a number of entities as the father (Jack Nicholson) is driven mad. Not just a great horror movie but one of the greatest movies of all time that has stood the test of time still being jump scary, spooky scary and disturbing 30 years later.

6. Ju-on: The Grudge

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Ju-On-The-Grudge-on-netflix
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6.772Access Japanese Netflix with
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Seeing as there is an American remake and an entire collection of these movies now it easily qualifies as a classic Halloween flick. Ju-on is the original Grudge movie and a thousand times better than the American re-make, so don’t bother with the American re-make and just get over the fact it is subtitled!. This for me was one of the creepiest movies I have watched, at least top 10 in terms of lasting physiological effect. Never again can I look under my own bedsheets again, it is as creepy as hell. The plot follows a social worker who is chased by 2 vengeful spirits brutally murdered in the house. This movie has gone on to be a franchise with a number of sequels, remakes and now a Netflix series. Parts 1 and 2 are much the same and also available on the Japanese Netflix if you wish for more.

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7. The Ring (Ringu)

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7.280Access Japanese Netflix with
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Same as with The Grudge this movie qualifies as a classic Halloween flick due to its entire universe which even crosses over with The Grudge and the American remake. Ringu (Not the US remake The Ring) is the original and classic movie of Sadako the vengeful spirit who calls, visits and kills anyone who watches the cursed video tape 7 days after watching it. Even the US remake is good as the concept is so good they just couldn’t ruin it. For me this is where I discovered just how terrifying Japanese cinema is and how they do it I am still unsure. If you are just looking for one of the most terrifying movies ever then this is it.

8. Paranormal activity

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paranormal-activity-on-netflix
IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
6.377Netflix

Any movie that came with a warning for pregnant women or anyonw with a heart condition needs to make it to this list. If you have seen any of these movies than you will know that they are crafted specifically to make a modern audience jump, and they do it extremely well. Not much to say about this or any of the other movies in the series except they are simply a handful of cameras set-up in a haunted house as paranormal activity starts to occur, becoming more sinister and jumpy as the film progresses. Simple but very effective.

9. Terrifier

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The-Terrifier-on-netflix
IMDB RatingRotten TomatoesHow to Watch
5.666/100Access US Netflix with NORD VPN 30 Day Trial

A movie with an evil clown, slasher content and young women in distress makes this film qualify as a classic Halloween hit. The Terrifier is somewhere between Saw and Pyscho with a Clown thrown to make this a Clown horror movie. The Plot is simple (maybe too simple) a couple of drunk girls out a night acting silly when it takes a turn for the worse and they are kidnapped by a psychotic killer dressed as a clown. It is a low budget movie but no quite b-movie budget, but somewhere in between. There is no back story,  clever plot or twist but is purely for entertainment of horror gore fans.

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10. Silence of The lambs

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Silence-of-the-lambs-on-netflix
IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
8.697Netflix – Globally

Regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time and the movie which all other thrillers are compared to, if you have somehow not seen this movie then do not read any further and just watch this first! A young FBI detective is trying to catch a serial killer who skins their victims but consults with the infamous cannibal psychopath Hannibal Lecter who is already incarcerated. Hannibal is a character with a brilliant mind (think Walter White or Dexter) who likes to play mind games and ultimately has his own game as he also assists the young detective.

11. The Car

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the-car-on-netflix
IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
6.261Netflix

The Car is a very exciting classic cult horror with little more to the plot than a car than is somehow possessed by evil driving itself round killing people. Many have criticised it as being nothing more than a Jaws on wheels with little depth to the story. However, it is very entertaining with plenty of hilarious out of date acting and filmography. A must watch for any cult horror fan.

12. Shutter

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shutter-on-netflix
IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
7.166Netflix

This is the 2004 Thailand version of the movie not the US 2008 remake. Firstly this is far better than the remake so please watch this one over the US version. A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after fleeing the scene of an accident. They are being pursued by a revengeful spirit. Very scary and well built up suspense and jump scenes.

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13. The Island of Dr Moreau

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IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
5.956UK Netflix with NORD VPN 30 Day Trial

This is an oldie and this version isn’t even the original or the latest remake, but it is regarded as the best version. The Island of Dr Moreau is about a man who shipwrecked on an island that he discovers is inhabited by creatures that turn out to be horrible human/animal creatures gone wrong from scientific experiments. This film is clearly a poplar HG. Wells story as it has been made several times with this being neither the first or last version of the movie. The story is a highly regarded story from Wells and this is probably the most popular film version.

14. Invaders From Mars

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invaders-from-mars-on-netflix
IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
5.651UK Netflix with NORD VPN 30 Day Trial

Unfortunately this is not a comedy or spoof of the original 1950s classic but a serious 80s remake. The image above shows the dorkiest looking alien not at all scary. the plot follows a boy as he tries to stop an invasion of his town by aliens who take over the the minds of his parents. With the aid of the school nurse the boy enlists the aid of the U.S. Marines. If you approach this movie in the right mind set it is hugely enjoyable and worth a lot more than IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes has given it. See it as a cheesy bit of entertainment not a serious movie and you will have a blast.

15. Hotel Transylvania 1, 2 & 3

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hotel-transylvania
IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
7.1 / 6.7 / 6.377 / 75 / 71Netflix

Ok, so not a classic but if you are needing to entertain a bunch of children on Halloween then this will be your best choice. A hotel run by Dracula strictly a place for monsters and ghouls to get away from their regular lives where they are expected to be terrifying monsters, showing their gentle side and that they are all big wimps really. This movie is everything I wanted it to be, a kids cartoon but with plenty of adult humour and gags to keep everyone entertained. If you just want an easy film for everyone to enjoy then these movies are a clear winner.

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