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The Ultimate 2015 Halloween Movie Streaming Guide

The Ultimate 2015 Halloween Movie Streaming Guide

Halloween is almost here, and that means so is your once a year opportunity for a seasonally sanctioned horror film binge. Whether you’re a die-hard horror lover or just looking to get into the holiday spirit with something a little creepy and kooky, you’re bound to find something to love on Indiewire’s streaming guide, which includes over 100 Halloween-appropriate films now available online. This list combines Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Go and the horror-only streaming site Shudder, which recently launched in beta and is available for a 14 day free trial (many titles are available on multiple platforms). Check out the curated list below.

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Shudder

Indiewire Pick: “A Tale of Two Sisters” (2003)

“A Tale of Two Sisters” is a suspenseful, psychological horror film from Korean director Kim Jee-woon. Adapted in America as “The Uninvited” in 2009, the Korean original does a better job of twisting our minds and making the audience just as paranoid as the titular siblings. When Su-mi returns home after a stay in a mental hospital, she is reunited with her sister, Su-yeon, and returns to live with her father and his new wife. After a series of creepy and foreboding events plague the house, sinister suspicions begin to arise and the girls attempt to find out their stepmother’s intentions. This leads the girls to uncover shocking revelations about all of their pasts.

“And Now the Screaming Starts!” (1973)

Indiewire Pick: “Basket Case” (1982)

A seminal work of schlocky, gory horror films, “Basket Case” is a must for any fan of crazy cult movies. A normal looking man named Duane checks into a hotel carrying a locked basket. Rather than carry his luggage, the basket holds the terrifying mass of flesh that is Belial, Duane’s former conjoined twin who was separated from him, against their will, many years earlier. Now, the brothers seek bloody revenge against the doctors who cut them apart and confined Belial to his basket. Certainly not for the squeamish, “Basket Case” is a sick and twisted cult film.

“Baron Blood” (1972)

Indiewire Pick: “Black Sunday” (1960)

Generations of horror filmmakers have been inspired by “Black Sunday,” the directorial debut from Italian filmmaker Mario Bava. Bava made dozens of films in the sixties and seventies as a director, writer and cinematographer, helping to launch the “giallo” genre of Italian cinema and re-inventing the slasher film. “Black Sunday” was an international success despite being censored in the U.S. and banned in the UK for its (at the time) gratuitous gore, telling the story of a witch who returns to exact revenge two centuries after she is burned at the stake by her own brother. The film’s gothic tones and Bava’s beautiful black-and-white cinematography bring true artistry to this story about the power of evil.

“Castle Freak” (1995)
“Children of the Corn” (1984)
“Combat Shock” (1984)
“Dead and Buried” (1981)
“Dream Home” (2010)
“Excision” (2012)
“Harpoon (2009)
“Hellraiser (1987)
“Frankenhooker” (1990)
“Ganja & Hess” (1973)
“House” (1986)
“I Am a Ghost” (2012)
“I Saw the Devil” (2010)
“Julia’s Eyes” (2010)
“Kill Baby, Kill” (1966)

Indiewire Pick: “Let the Right One In” (2008)

This Swedish vampire film folds an innocent childhood romance into a grisly classic horror tale, staying true to the traditional vampire mythos down to the more uncommon details. Not only must these vampires stay out of the sun, they can’t eat food other than blood, they provoke absolute rage in cats, and they can’t be let into a room without being invited. While these vampire conventions are underlying throughout the film, the real story revolves on the relationship between the vampire girl Eli and Oskar, a meek and often bullied young boy who befriends her. Through their relationship, the film explores complex subjects like sexual and gender identity, isolation and morality, interspersed with moments of chilling violence as Eli takes more and more victims. (Also available on Netflix)

“Maniac” (1980)

“Night of the Living Dead” (1968)
“Nightbreed” (1990)

Indiewire Pick: “Nosferatu” (1922)

A horror film from before horror was even a genre, “Nosferatu” is popularly known as the first vampire movie. An unofficial adaptation of “Dracula,” Nosferatu is a silent but deadly tale of the legendary blood-sucker’s descent upon the unassuming citizens of Paris. Max Schreck is utterly ghoulish as the tall, bald, pointy-eared Count Orlok, and his creepy, almost alien portrayal gives the film an uneasiness not often recaptured in future adaptations of the story. A classic from the silent era that doesn’t need sound to make you afraid, “Nosferatu” is a must-see for any vampire fan.

“Opera” (1987)
“Primal” (2010)

Indiewire Pick: “Re-Animator” (1985)

Jeffrey Combs plays the prototypical mad scientist in “Re-Animator,” possibly the best film adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft story ever. A scientist obsessed with conquering death devises a serum that brings an undead corpse back to life, but never the same as it was before. Dr. Herbert West becomes increasingly fanatical and sadistic in his attempts to obtain the freshest possible corpse for his experiments. Each attempt at re-animation is more gruesome than the last in this shocking and truly creepy film, wrapping a shocking layer of horror around an often comedic story of academic bureaucracy. (Also available on Netflix)

“Severance” (2006)
“Simon Killer” (2012)
“Sleepaway Camp” (1983)
“The Battery” (2012)
“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920)
“The Crazies” (1973)

Indiewire Pick: “The Evil Dead” (1981)

Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead” franchise all but invented the horror-comedy genre, and this is the film that started it all. The film is a pure low-budget success story, made by lifelong friends Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell in the woods of Tennessee on a shoestring budget. From its humble beginnings, the film launched a media franchise that is still alive and well with a 2013 reboot and the upcoming Starz series “Ash vs Evil Dead.” What the novice cast and crew lacked in technical skill they made up for in personality, as the film is an often messy but always raucously fun blend of gore and comedy. The uniquely stylish and expressive aesthetic of “The Evil Dead” is a landmark in the horror genre.

“The Haunted Castle” (1921)
“The Hills Have Eyes” (1977)
“The Host” (2006)

Indiewire Pick: “The House of the Devil” (2009)

Director Ti West and Adam Wingard almost exclusively started the “mumblegore” subgenre, a term that references the collaboration between horror filmmakers and members of the mumblecore movement. “The House of the Devil,” a loving ode to 70s and 80s pulp horror films, is about a college student (Jocelin Donahue) who takes a babysitting job in a remote mansion and (predictably) learns the job is not what it seems. West wrote, directed and edited the movie with a loving hand and references films from an earlier time in both aesthetic and tone, slowly building suspense rather than feeding its viewers gratuitous scares.

“The Innkeepers” (2011)
“The Stuff” (1985)
“Tokyo Gore Police” (2008)
“Timecrimes” (2007)
“V/H/S” (2012)
“White Zombie” (1932)

Netflix

“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” (2014)
“A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” (1985)
“The Babadook” (2014)
“Children of the Corn” (1984)

Indiewire Pick: “Creep” (2014)

“The Overnight” director Patrick Brice’s first feature film “Creep” didn’t get much attention until after the former film was released this year, but luckily this quirky and creative low budget film is now available for streaming on Netflix. The film has only two characters and tells the story of a videographer named Aaron (Brice) who goes to the remote home of a client (Mark Duplass) for a one-day long job. In a clever twist on the found footage genre, the entire film takes place from the perspective of Brice’s video camera as viewers slowly begin to suspect that the oddball client Josef might be more sinister than he initially seems. Brice playfully references classic horror tropes in suggesting there’s something dangerous behind Josef’s positive and innocent exterior. The film is brilliant at keeping viewers guessing about what’s really going on on the other side of Aaron’s camera, building to an end that is truly shocking.

“The Crow” (1994)
“Day of the Dead” (1985)
“Dead Silence” (2007)
“Dead Snow” (2009)
“Existenz” (1999)

“From Dusk Till Dawn” (1996)
“Grabbers” (2012)
“Housebound” (2014)

Indiewire Pick: “Hellraiser” Franchise

Clive Barker’s novella “The Hellbound Heart” comes in at under 200 pages long, but it would go on to launch one of the great horror franchises of all time. The film revolves around the mythology of a puzzle box that opens a portal which allows the demonic Cenobites to enter our world and collect human souls. The most iconic Cenobite and unofficial franchise mascot is Pinhead, who, as his name suggests, has a grid of pins stuck into his head and face. The “Hellraiser” films never reached mainstream success, possibly because the film falls so far from the mainstream. The film is a unique creation in both its aesthetic and its mythology. Clive Barker’s “Hellraiser” franchise is a look into the mind of one of the horror genre’s most imaginative voices. (Also available on Shudder)

“I Saw the Devil” (2010)
“Late Phase” (2014)

“Let the Right One In” (2008)

Indiewire Pick: “Mimic” (1997)

Although Guillermo del Toro considered his first foray into Hollywood filmmaking a failure in many ways, “Mimic” is a recent horror film that evokes the best B movie monsters of decades past. This monster is classic creation of scientific hubris, a predatory bug designed to hunt down cockroaches that breeds out of control and begins to mimic its human predators. The Judas bug, as it’s called, is a grotesque mix of human and insect, and del Toro mixes computer effects with visceral practical effects to create a grotesque and alien sub-human monster. “Mimic” is a film that lives in the shadows and so does its monster, only popping into visibility for brief moments.

“Nightbreed” (1990)
“The Omen” (1976)
“Ravenous” (1999)
“Re-Animator” (1985)

Indiewire Pick: “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968)

Any horror list would be incomplete without mention of “Rosemary’s Baby,” an unequivocal horror classic. The talent the cast and crew brought to the table of this adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel, including director Roman Polanski and stars Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes, was enough to win this film two Academy Award nominations including one win, a rare feat for a genre film. The film centers around a young couple who moves into a new apartment with strange neighbors. When Rosemary (Mia Farrow) gets pregnant, she starts to fear something strange or even sinister involving her unborn baby. The film is a technical masterpiece, building a chilling atmosphere of suspense and paranoia. Carried by masterful performances from all its stars, “Rosemary’s Baby” is one of the best horror films of all time.

“Saw I-V”
“The Sacrament” (2013)
“Scream” (1996)

“Simon Killer” (2012)
“Starry Eyes” (2014)
“Tales from the Dark Side: The Movie” (1980)
“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920)
“The Fly” (1958)
“The Host” (2006)
“Teeth” (2007)
“We Are What We Are” (2013)

“Wes Craven’s New Nightmare” (1994)
“V/H/S” (2012)

Amazon Prime

“An American Werewolf in London” (1981)
“American Psycho” (2000)
“Black Sunday” (1960)
“Carrie” (2013)

Indiewire Pick: “Halloween” (2007)

Any list of Halloween films would be remiss without mention of the film franchise that bears its name. While you’ll have to pay to rent John Carpenter’s original slasher, Rob Zombie’s 2007 reboot is available for streaming on Amazon Prime. The film is a reboot only in the sense that it starts from the beginning rather than adding to the franchise’s lengthy list of sequels, and it is in many ways different from the original film. Zombie clearly puts his own authorial twist on the legend of Michael Meyers, with a much higher and bloodier body count than he had in his 1978 genesis.

Indiewire Pick: “House on Haunted Hill” (1959)

This classic film starring Vincent Price is one of the great haunted house movies. Price plays an eccentric millionaire who throws a “party” for his wife and five guests, offering $10,000 to anyone who can make it through the night. The group must survive ghosts, skeletons and other hauntings in order to claim their prize. On modern viewing, the film is much more campy that scary, but it nonetheless features an iconic performance from Price and is overall a spooky film with a classic horror atmosphere.

Indiewire Pick: “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1956)

Although the jury is still out as to whether this or Philip Kaufman’s 1978 remake (or the 1993 remake, or the 2007 remake, or the Looney Tunes parody “Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers”) is the definitive version of the film, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” is still one of the definitive genre films of the 1950s and a milestone in popular science fiction. Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter play the only two townspeople who seem aware all their neighbors are being replaced by identical looking aliens grown in slimy plantlike pods. It’s a clear allegory for the communist paranoia of the 1950s, and in this way serves as an important document in both film and American history.

Indiewire Pick: “Ju-On” (2002)

Adapted in the U.S. in 2004 as “The Grudge,” “Ju-on” is the first in an ongoing franchise of more than 11 films that tell the story of a curse that causes ghosts to wreak vengeance upon the living. “Ju-on” is responsible for several now iconic scenes, especially one in which the pale female ghost ambles down the staircase, and a shower scene that is certain to make your skin crawl. “Ju-on” has become a mainstay of the J-horror genre, and any fan of films such as “The Ring” and “Audition” would be wise to check out this classic ghost story as well.

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“Mulberry St.” (2006) 
“Night of the Living Dead” (1968)
“Nosferatu” (1922)
“Rubber” (2010)
“Saw” (2004)

Indiewire Pick: “Spring” (2014)

To distill “Spring” down to any of its any individual elements doesn’t do justice to a film that mixes genres, languages and styles into a uniquely creepy tale that defies categorization and makes a lasting emotional impression. An American taking a last minute trip to Italy after the death of his mother (Lou Taylor Pucci) is surprised to find the beautiful Louise (Nadia Hilker) taking a romantic interest in him. As he gets close to her, he learns he was right to be suspicious, but not in a way he ever could’ve expected. This is not necessarily a horror film, but a film that uses horror to deliver a powerful message about love and intimacy.

“The Battery” (2013)
“The Blair Witch Project” (1999)
“The Fly” (1958)
“The Mist” (2007)
“The Visitor” (1979)
“Under the Skin” (2013)

Indiewire Pick: “You’re Next” (2013)

“You’re Next” works on a masterful understanding of the home invasion film and uses all the familiar tropes of the subgenre while adding the director’s own flair and twists, including putting a family genre at its core and turning a seemingly meek female character into the badass hero once the blood starts flowing. The film also includes plenty of comedic banter among its cast, which includes indie filmmakers Ti West and Joe Swanberg. The film’s success lies not only in its ability to move deftly between humor and horror, but also in its creative use of the home in orchestrating a thrilling and lethal brawl between the family and the invading killers.

“V/H/S” (2012)
“White Zombie” (1932)

HBO Go

“Beetlejuice” (1988)
“Dawn of the Dead” (2004)
“Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead” (1991)
“Escape from L.A.” (1996)
“Ghost Town” (2008)
“Gone Girl” (2014)
“Gothika” (2003)
“Hannibal” (2001)
“House on Haunted Hill” (1959)
“Return to House on Haunted Hill” (2007)
“Mulholland Dr.” (2001)
“Queen of the Damned” (2002)
“Serial Mom” (1994)
“The Book of Life” (2014)
“The Fly” (1986)
“The Purge: Anarchy” (2014)
“The Pyramid” (2014)
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975)
“The Skeleton Key” (2005)
“The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999)
“Trick ‘R Treat” (2007)
“When a Stranger Calls Back” (1993)

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