The List: Go from streaming to screaming with these Halloween picks

Brad Keefe
‘The Shining' photo courtesy AP/Warner Bros., Inc

To me, there's nothing quite like getting your Halloween movie fix alongside an audience in a theater. For example, I highly recommend David Gordon Green's “Halloween.” That should be an obvious choice, huh? But I get it. Sometimes you want to be scared out of your wits while still in your pajamas.

These days, offerings on streaming movie services are in constant flux, but here are some current recommendations from the three major services, including some scary goodies you may not think of as horror.


“The Shining”

Stephen King may not like it, but Stanley Kubrick's imagining of his novel was far better than a direct screen translation. If you've seen it, watch it again. If you haven't, this is a no-brainer.

“It Follows”

This 2015 flick was a revelation in the genre, an eerie twist on the bogeyman-as-death curse that must be passed along. Essentially it's an STD metaphor, but there's more to unpack.

“The Eyes of My Mother”

If you're limited on time, this one is short, visually gorgeous and absolutely terrifying.


Clive Barker's novel made it to the screen amid the '80s slasher revolution, and you can see where the series started.

Amazon Prime


OK, much like “The Shining,” if you haven't seen this, what are you waiting for? It's not the traditional horror flick, but it's an all-time great that made generations afraid to go in the water.


Darren Aronofsky's allegorical drama was pretty divisive, but I think it also functions along the unnerving lines of “Rosemary's Baby” on some levels.

“Troll 2”

For something completely different, watch one of the all-time great bad movies, which is wildly entertaining from beginning to end.


“Mulholland Drive”

My favorite David Lynch film is streaming, so I have to recommend it. Originally, it began as unfinished TV pilot, but the last act goes off the rails. Some of the most terrifying work Lynch has done.

“Hounds of Love”

I'm not going to lie: This one is difficult to watch. But this tale of abduction is effective and stays under your skin.

“The Monster Squad”

This is the only entry on this list that could be considered family-friendly, but this monster-ific '80s adventure is perfect to revisit this time of year.