It’s always the right time to watch horror movies, but it just feels better with Halloween. October is made for hot drinks, cozy sweaters and jump scares. And there’s no shortage of classic movies (and shows!) to dive into this time of year. But that means the new stuff is often overlooked — which is a shame, because this year in particular, there were a handful of interesting additions to the haunted season canon, from family-friendly stop-motion to much more disturbing horror anthologies. Here are six recent releases on Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus to watch after the trick-or-treating is done.
Although it is only now Wendell & Wild still feels like a classic piece of the ghostly canon of [Henry] Selick movies many of us grew up loving, one that will be part of the Halloween rotation for years to come.
Cabinet of Curiosities is definitely something that will appeal to fans of del Toro’s work. But it also goes beyond that horizon with a collection of very different takes on horror. It’s how I envision wandering Bleak House: a glimpse into del Toro’s mind through the work that inspires him.
The Midnight Club… is clearly part of this [Mike Flanagan] anthology series, but sets itself apart by playing as a collection of ghost stories by the fire. It’s a bit uneven, but when it works, it channels the best parts of [The Haunting of] Hill House.
There’s a lot to admire about Hellraiser, especially for those interested in testing their own limitations in consuming disturbing works of art. But in its efforts to be as beautiful as it is macabre, Hellraiser becomes almost too powerful grotesquerie at times, which to be fair can be a feature or a bug depending on what kind of stuff you like.
Streaming services like Disney Plus open up the possibilities for things a lot weirder, and we’ve already seen some of that in the form of What if…?, I am talland Star Wars: Visions. Werewolf at night extends that experimental spirit into the live-action world. It’s a bit like a Marvel movie crossed with Stories from the Cryptand it does something that the more recent blockbusters have often failed at: it makes me want more.
Mr. Harrigan’s phone maybe not as memorable as some of [Stephen] King’s more iconic stories. It’s hard to imagine entering the public consciousness like career or It. But it’s also a great showcase for some of the writer’s less-celebrated strengths: namely building strong relationships between characters and imbuing everyday objects or moments with a renewed sense of dread. Mr. Harrigan’s phone You might not be scared right now, but it freaked me out the next time I heard my phone ring.