Looking for something spooky to watch? Well, I’ve got three fun suggestions. They certainly don’t cover all of the good stuff that’s out there or any of the classics, but I think they are each worth your time.
You’ll notice the absence of the very popular and much-anticipated Hocus Pocus 2 from my list. This Disney Plus offering had a lot of my friends quaking with anticipation. I’ve not watched it mostly because — and here’s my confession — I’ve never seen the original. I’m told that’s something I need to rectify.
Here are my picks for Halloween viewing:
Werewolf by Night –– Disney Plus — However many stars you can give something, I’m awarding them to this amazing Marvel special on Disney Plus.
You don’t have to be familiar with the comic books (or any comic book at all) to enjoy this gorgeous black-and-white tribute to classic horror movies like The Wolfman, Frankenstein, and Dracula. If you are a fan of the comics, you’ll enjoy some delightful treats. Other viewers will get a well-paced classic horror tale that’s less than an hour long.
A group of monster hunters is called to a spooky mansion to compete for a mysterious jewel but it turns out everyone is not who they seem to be.
There was an attempt to relaunch classic Universal monsters as a Marvel-type franchise series a few years ago that did not go well. Horror fans watching this show might wish the Mouse had gotten his little rodent claws into the property. Watch and enjoy!
The Midnight Club – Netflix– Though clearly aimed at the young adult audience, The Midnight Club series has something for horror fans of all ages.
Based on the books by Christopher Pike and created by Mike Flannigan, the guy behind the Haunting of Hill House and the Haunting of Bly Manor, this show delivers some real scares and heartfelt emotion.
The premises sounds grim; a group of terminally ill teens meets at midnight to share spooky stories. You really get two shows for the price of one here. One is a short anthology story depicting the teenager’s spooky stories, and the other is a drama about the mysterious mansion turned hospice center where they all live.
The young performers are wonderful, and the scares are real. Eighties horror movie queen Heather Langenkamp has a featured role, too.
The Munsters — Netflix — While not quite as good as the two previous shows I mentioned, The Munsters movie on Netflix is still a lot of nostalgic fun.
Not so much a remake but a prequel that shows us how Herman and Lily met in the old country and why they moved to 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
The movie is directed by Rob Zombie and features a fun appearance by Cassandra Peterson (better known as Elvira.
Significant Other – Paramount Plus – This offbeat thriller starts with a couple on a camping trip. If you’ve ever watched a horror movie, you won’t be surprised to find out that things do not go as planned. Our heroine, Ruth, is struggling with anxiety and commitment issues but soon finds herself with much bigger problems.
There are several clever twists, and nothing is quite what it seems. The gorgeous, moody Pacific Northwest wilderness elevates this above the usual horror movie. There’s a little bit of gore but not too much, and I think you’ll enjoy the ride.