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If you’re looking for something to watch for Halloween 2021, Netflix has you covered. The leading streaming service has tons of great horrors for you to choose from if you’re looking for something to scare yourself off. From genre classics to newer entries, Netflix has plenty of options if you want to watch something this Halloween.

As Halloween kicks off later this week, has rounded up some of the movies and TV shows that deserve your attention …


Whatever you do, don’t say her name six times in front of a mirror.

The 1992 scary horror Candyman was recently rebooted for a new generation with the 2021-directed Nia DaCosta film, which is also produced by modern horror mastermind Jordan Peele.

But if you want to see where it all started, Tony Todd’s original is an essential and spooky Halloween watch.

As well as being absolutely terrifying, the original Candyman also features some ahead of its time social commentary – and one that comes in time after last year’s Black Lives Matter protests following the murder of George Floyd.

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1992 horror classic Candyman is available to watch on Netflix in the UK (Photo: TRISTAR)


True to the ’90s theme, another icon from this decade – The Blair Witch Project – is also available to stream on Netflix.

While The Last Broadcast may get the bragging rights as the first found horror film from this era, The Blair Witch Project is the movie that popularized the style.

Produced on a budget, The Blair Witch Project is a shining example of independent film making.

Not only that, but The Blair Witch Project boasted of a fascinating marketing campaign that pioneered viral marketing.

The promos led audiences at the time to believe The Blair Witch Project was a true documentary, which stunned those watching the 1999 MTV VMAs when that illusion was shattered as the cast stepped onto the red carpet in the real life.

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Heather in the Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project kicked off the found images horror genre (Photo: ARTISAN)


Ari Aster’s debut film is an exercise in rampant, relentless terror that will likely leave you deeply shaken by the time the credits roll.

A modern horror classic, Hereditary stars the wonderful Toni Collette in one of the best performances of her career.

The star of Muriel’s marriage plays a woman struggling with the death of her mother, the two having a complex relationship.

The less said the better, but you will likely have some scenes ingrained in your consciousness after watching.

Aster’s follow-up, Milieu, which stars Florence Pugh is also available to stream on Netflix.

Toni Colette in Hereditary

Hereditary is a terrifying modern horror classic (Photo: A24)


John Carpenter’s iconic 1978 horror introduced the world to one of the most iconic and monstrous movie villains of all time – Michael Myers.

Not only that, but the seminal slasher kick on its own launched the slasher genre, setting a blueprint that countless movies would follow for decades to come.

Halloween also has one of the most famous – if not the most famous – horror heroines of all time, Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode.

The first five Halloween movies are available to stream on Netflix UK.

John Carpenter's Halloween

John Carpenter’s Halloween is the movie that defined the slasher genre (Image: COMPASS)


Netflix has a huge library or original TV shows and movies.

One of the recent entries in this line of exclusive content is the Fear Street Trilogy, with each entry being released weekly earlier this summer.

Based on RL Stine’s (Goosebumps) young adult novels Fear Street, the Fear Street movies are entertaining teenage horror films that play to your expectations in creative and – sometimes – horrifying ways.

Fear Street Part 1: 1994 trailer released on Netflix


Another Netflix original, The Babysitter is an entertaining horror starring Samara Weaving (Ready or Not, Mayhem) and Judah Lewis (Summer of 84).

The weaving is in typically delightful form as the titular babysitter, whose night to care for Lewis doesn’t go as anyone expected.

Directed by McG, there are a lot of stylistic flourishes in your face – but when a movie is this fun, you can excuse some of its more obnoxious moments.

Fear Street Netflix Poster

Fear Street is a Netflix movie trilogy based on RL Stine’s young adult novels (Image: NETFLIX)

Netflix horror The Babysitter

Samara Weaving is a typically brilliant form in Netflix horror The Babysitter (Image: NETFLIX)

The Haunting of Hill House Poster

Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House is a must-see on Netflix (Image: NETFLIX)


Netflix and horror maestro Mike Flanagan have formed an enviable partnership over the years, with Oculus director’s latest effort – Midnight Mass – recently added to the service.

But if you’ve never seen anything the talented filmmaker has done, 2018’s The Haunting of Hill House is a great place to start.

An adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s famous novel, Hill House boasts a brilliant ensemble cast, all of which are extremely well fleshed out and full of depth.

The emotionally devastating series features terrifying scares, a gripping story, and twists and turns you won’t see coming.

Other essential Halloween picks on Netflix: Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, Insidious, The Conjuring, The Descent, Sinister, The Cabin in the Woods, Drag Me To Hell, Dawn of the Dead (2004), Army of the Dead

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