What to Watch: My Haunted Horror Streaming Watchlist

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With the fall weather rolling in and the looming anticipation of yet another Halloween, it’s time to start planning a horrifying streaming guide that’s as chilling as it is fun. Hopefully this will give you a few great ideas in terms of appropriately frightening viewing to help get you through the next few weeks to get you into the holiday spirit. This list features a variety of things including new modern classics along with a handful of older ones all of which can be streamed online either through Netflix or Amazon Video.

Stranger Things

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If you’re one of the few that hasn’t yet watched Netflix’s original horror/sci fi masterpiece, Stranger Things, you need to get on it ASAP. It’s hard to stress how good this show really is as it taps into the nostalgia for 1980’s Stephen King style horror without necessarily retreading old waters.

The show focuses on a group of young D&D playing kids whose friend goes inexplicably missing only to come into contact with a young girl who is an escapee from a local, yet mysterious, government science facility whose internment resulted in telekinetic abilities. The kids work to uncover the mystery of what happened to their friend only to discover that things aren’t quite as they seem when they stumble upon a shadow dimension that they refer to as the Upside Down.

This show is definitely Netflix at the top of their game. It’s creepy, funny, and often times legitimately scary and with excellent performances form the shows cast, which includes the likes of Winona Ryder, you’re absolutely in for one heck of a time.

 

Stephen King’s It

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When talking about 1980’s Stephen King nostalgia horror, we’d be remissed to not include It on this watch list. While this movie may have originally been made for television, it’s still easily one of the scariest and most terrifying movies of the last 20 years. This movie is actually available to rent or buy through Amazon Video which means if you’ve got the Amazon Video app, you can give it a stream.

This movie of course focuses again on a group of young childhood friends must confront the ancient and horrible demon, Pennywise, who of course chooses to display himself as the most chilling form possible, a psychotic killer clown. Surprisingly enough, the kids manage to conquer the monster, albeit temporarily, as he returns seeking revenge thirty years later.

This movie is severely messed up and it somehow managed to ruin clowns for an entire generation. If this is one you’ve yet to see, I’d highly recommend it and I’d highly recommend against waiting for the it’s upcoming remake. Just skip it, because this is one instance in which you know that it can’t possibly be better than the made-for-television original.

 

Misery

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Another one of Stephen King’s spine-tingling-thrillers, this 1990 film version of King’s 1987 best selling novel, constantly tops people’s ‘best thrillers’ list and it’s with good reason. It’s a slow burn film that takes it’s time displaying a certain level of horrifying fandom with bone chilling levels of crazy in order to unleash the real downside to becoming a famous author.

In the movie, we follow novelist, Paul Sheldon, as he endures a terrible car crash which leaves him horribly injured. He’s rescued by one Annie Wilkes, a former nurse and longtime fan of the author. She brings him back to her remote house in order to care for him, only to find out that Sheldon plans on killing off her favorite character from his book series. In an adaptation of real life internet behavior, she flies off the handle and keeps him as a captive, forcing him to rewrite the book an in effort to save her fictional hero.

This movie is really twisted and it accomplishes this by brandishing the patience of a serial killer. Even if you’ve seen it before, it’s probably time for a re-watch, because this is one movie that will never get uncreepy and you can watch in on Amazon Video (included with Prime).

 

Cooties

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Okay, so this film isn’t so much scary as it is pretty funny and just a little bit gross. Much like it’s predecessors, Shawn of the Dead or Zombieland, this is another zombiecentric horror-comedy, but it’s proof that the genre will almost always have at least a little something to offer and it’s got a slew of celebrities including Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, and Alison Pill. Available on Amazon Video (included with Prime).

 

The Witch

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While I haven’t currently seen the Witch, it’s absolutely at the top of my must watch list. This movie scored top marks this year as one of the best horror movies to have come out in a long time. It’s also Alan Rickman’s last preformce before his all too sad passing, but I couldn’t be more excited about sitting down to watch this one and it’s available through Amazon Prime.

 

Tremors

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This is all about the classic camp with a fat side of bacon. There’s nothing like a bunch of giant worms in the ground hell bent on eating you for breakfast to get you into the Halloween horror mode and if you’re like me, it’s probably been a while since you’ve put this one on. I say, put on your nostalgia hat and give this one a go! This one’s available through Amazon Video and it’s included if you’re a Prime member.

 

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare

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When it comes to the Nightmare on Elm Street series, I’m a sucker for the first film, but that having been said, this one is easily my second favorite. It’s weird for a whole lot of reasons, but mainly due to it’s extremely meta-nature. If you haven’t seen it yet, image that Freddy Kruger comes out of the film and into the real world, which is basically everyone’s worst nightmare, right? Well, that’s the actual plot of this film. This is an absolute must watch and you can catch in on Neflix.

 

The Babadook

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This movie was met with a lot of praise from folks on the internet and you know what? It’s not too shabby. It’s great for a few spooks and to get you into the Halloween spirit. If you like creepy movies about creepy books featuring creepy weird monsters, you’re really gonna like this one. You can stream this one on Netflix.

 

Black Mirror

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Seriously, this show is almost too good and if you haven’t yet seen it, prepare yourself for some of the best sci-fi TV ever. Seriously, this show ranks right up there with the Twilight Zone and that’s without exaggeration. Originally, this was a BBC show which featured two seasons with each season being only three episodes long, but now Netflix bought the series and released a brand new third season featuring six full episodes. If you haven’t seen it yet, that’s 12 full episodes of some of the best sci-fi you’ll ever watch. Oh, there’s also a bonus Christmas episode featuring Mad Men’s, Jon Hamm, so make that THIRTEEN episodes of the best sci-fi you’ll ever see, which sounds like a Halloween omen to me!

 

Mr. Robot

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This is another one I have yet to actually see, but it’s definitely going to get watched. And soon. This is a show about a hacker who’s grasp on reality is slipping… or is it? It’s part sci-fi part thriller and it’s been all the rage for quite some time now, but I’ve been a little behind and if  you’re like me and no longer have cable, you’re in luck because the first season was added to Amazon Video not long ago and it’s included if you’re a Prime member!

 

Hopefully this list will help point you in the right direction when you’re dying for something to watch over this next week. Let me know if you decide to give any of these a go and whether or not you think they’re worth it!

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