Trick Or Treat; What To Watch On Netflix This Halloween
Grow Talk by Sofy Robertson
All Hallows Eve is upon us and there is a plethora of spook-tacular series and films out there to scare you silly. Here to help you separate the watchable from the forgettable, Grow Talk has compiled an exclusive Halloween watchlist especially for you.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018-) aired on October 25th to plenty of Halloween hype. A reboot of Sabrina The Teenage Witch (1996-2003), this series is darkly comic and most definitely gory. Featuring a fantastically acted love-to-hate baddie, in the form of demon Miss Wardwell (Michelle Gomez), there are decent special effects, tingly, suspenseful moments and a fair share of jumpy surprises. If you love The Evil Dead and/or comic books, then you will love this series.
The Haunting of Hill House (2018-), another new offering in the rev-up for Halloween, has been earning a well-justified buzz. Based on the Shirley Jackson novel of the same name, this ten-part series is like a protracted horror film. You’ll find supernatural dread, disturbing imagery and compelling characters in this series.
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Death Note (2017), an adaptation of the Japanese manga by the same name, is full of teen angst and, of course, horror. The Death God, Ryuk, fantastically voiced by Willem Dafoe, gives the protagonist the power to kill his enemies by writing their names in a book. This may not be the best horror offering on Netflix, but it’s definitely (death) note-worthy.
The Woman in Black (2012) is a fantastic example of what a scary film should be. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, this psychological, rather than gory, film doesn’t tell, it merely hints. Full of jumpy moments and ominous shadows, this film cleverly leaves the audience to imagine the worst rather than splurge on mediocre special effects.
The Purge (2013) has to be one of the greatest horror movies of its age, becoming more relevant to society as time goes on. Disregarding the films that have followed in the franchise, the original Purge starring Ethan Hawke is a chilling commentary on morality: just because you can do something, should you?
Veronica (2017) tells a classic Ouija board story of possession. This Spanish film does not necessarily offer anything new to the genre, but it does the classic possession story justice. Fantastic for jumpy moments, this film should have you clutching at your pillow.
Gerald’s Game (2017), an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name, sees a couple’s attempt to spice up their sex life go horribly wrong. Jessie (Carla Gugino) is handcuffed to the bed by her husband Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) but the story quickly goes from sexy to scary as Gerald unexpectedly dies of a heart attack, leaving Jessie handcuffed to the bed, miles away from any other humans. This film most definitely has the psych factor.
Creep (2014) is undoubtedly a cult horror classic. The story is shot in a hand-held camera style from the protagonist, filmmaker Aaron (played by the film’s director Patrick Brice). He answers an online ad to make a film of a dying man to give to his unborn son. At this point, you’ll probably be screaming at the TV, calling Aaron an idiot for walking into what is so clearly a weirdo’s trap. This film nails suspense, leaving you so high strung that you jump at every semi-loud noise, clearly what the director intended. Just be warned, you’ll need something mind-numbingly cheering to follow this film’s ending.
From all of us at Grow, we wish you a spook-tacular Halloween 💀