Here are a dozen such movies to watch now. (Note that this list skips rents and only includes titles that are available for streaming to popular services at no extra cost. Please do not shout “Beetlejuice.”)
The Adams Family (1991)
Amazon’s streaming, “The Addams Family” is so classic that it’s not really necessary to describe why it’s the perfect clock for Halloween, is it? There is no such thing as too much Anjelica Huston. But if for some reason you need to confuse it, the animated film “The Adams Family”
Amazon’s streaming “Clue” may be the choice for those who have filled their quarantine classes by dusting off board games with friends and family. Like The Adams Family, it features Christopher Lloyd, the king of Halloween! – along with others like Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan and Madeleine Kahn.
Disney Plus streaming, “Halloweentown” is the most famous original Disney Channel movie that deals with all things ghostly. Of course, the channel also releases “Twitches” and “Phantom of the Megaplex”, but for millennia at a certain age, Marnie Piper (as Kimberly J. Brown) will always be chosen.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Broadcasting on Disney Plus, “Hocus Pocus” has been criticized as a “wicked mess” and “about as much fun as celebrating Mardi Gras under the influence of candy corn.” Still, it remains a favorite movie to this day, perhaps thanks to the very idea of Beth Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Katie Najimi playing a coven.
Hubby Halloween (2020)
Streaming on Netflix, “Hubie Halloween” is no the extremely bad film that Adam Sandler promised to make after the Oscars took him to Uncut Gems. Instead, it’s a surprisingly hot movie starring Sandler as a man named Hubert Dubois – Benoit Blanc is shaking! – who is just too nice for the vile inhabitants of the city. He also played Ray Liotta in one of his best roles after “Bee Movie” and Chantix commercials.
“James and the Giant Peach” (1996)
Broadcast on Disney Plus, “James and the Giant Peach” is an adaptation of Roald Dahl, produced by Tim Burton, which means that it is more unpleasant than can be expected from a Disney cartoon. Even better, right? After all, this is a movie that begins with finding out that the protagonist’s parents have been eaten by a rhino.
Kiki Delivery Service (1989)
Kiki Delivery Service is one of the many Studio Ghibli movies available on HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s service, launched this year. It focuses on a teenage witch who moves to a beautiful coastal town to hone her skills and introduces her very charming talking cat Gigi.
Little Horror Shop (1986)
On HBO Max, “Little Horror Shop” is about a nerdy flower shop worker whose Venus Flycatcher not only talks, but supports himself with human blood. It features Rick Moranis, most recently in the news of a random attack in New York. (Fortunately, it’s good.) What is life if not a big horror shop?
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Broadcasting on Disney Plus, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” follows Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town, who travels through a portal to the Christmas equivalent. To this we add Burton’s disclaimer, as he is not “cute” in the traditional sense and actually bears some resemblance to “Batman Returns”, Burton’s strange film (HBO Max streaming), which also takes place during on weekends.
The Rocky Horror Show (1975)
Streaming on Hulu, “Rocky Horror” is a kind of fun, scandalous experience that we would usually recommend to see at midnight, but, alas, we do not live in normal times. The home will have to do!
Broadcasting on HBO Max, the live action “Scooby-Doo” summons the gang to a place called Spooky Island, where they have to investigate a bunch of paranormal mysteries. Ru-Ro. This is just one of the many films about the Scooby gang available on the platform, including the release of the Scooby pandemic.
“What we do in the shadows” (2014)
Broadcast on Hulu Live TV and Kanopy, “What We Do in the Shadows” is a documentary film written and directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Whitey, who play vampires fighting modern life. The cult film was adapted for the FX series last year, so the nonsense shouldn’t stop at the 90-minute mark.