The Best Halloween Movies on Netflix Instant, 2011

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In the mood for some Halloween films? Me too! I love Halloween as much as I love using Netflix Instant and making lists, so I’ve compiled my favorite movies available for streaming, as of 2011. It’s a big list, with everything from goofy comedy gore to truly disturbing horror, and everything in between; check it out below.

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This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive; it’s made up of films I actually liked, and would recommend to others.

Everything on this list should be available until at least November 1, but please let me know in the comments if something has gone away.

Last update: October 10, 2011.

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  • Cronos
    A take on vampirism by Mexican genius director Guillermo del Toro, Cronos is great at any time of the year.
  • From Dusk Til Dawn
    George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez…and vampires.
  • The Lost Boys
    1980s does vampires – Kiefer Sutherland and the Coreys. Pretty creepy!
  • Practical Magic
    A gentler type of witchery, this is about two supernatural sisters (Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman) in Massachusetts who live in a beautiful old house and wear beautiful old clothes and do sometimes not-so-beautiful magic.
  • Dark Shadows
    Four seasons of the classic daily soap opera from the 60s, which eventually totaled 1,225 episodes. Full of mood and mystery, the show doesn’t introduce the supernatural stuff until about halfway through the first season.
  • The Craft
    Teen witches terrorize a high school and each other.
  • The Evil Dead
    Sam Raimi’s 1983 classic cult horror film stars Bruce Campell, a cabin and a bunch of zombies. Black humor, goofy gore.
  • South Park Spook-Tacular!
    All the Halloween eps of South Park in one title.
  • Aaahh!! Real Monsters
    One of the greatest Nickelodeon cartoons, this show is about a group of monster students. Funny, weird, creepy and gross (in a good way).
  • Rocko’s Modern Life, Season 3 Episode 1
    Another Nickelodeon great, about a wallabee and his surreal life. Just this one episode is themed after Halloween.


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  • Nosferatu
    The classic Murnau silent film telling of the story of Count Orlock, a vampire who arrives in Germany to feast upon human blood.
  • Paranormal Activity
    This low-budget mockumentary style film is the closest thing we’ve had to the Blair Witch Project in a long time. Best watched in a group with all the lights turned down.
  • Thirst
    Korean horror director Chan-wook Park’s take on vampires, with all the comedy, drama and violence that typify his work.
  • Dead Snow
    Nazi zombies.
  • Let the Right One In (or the remake, Let Me In)
    A fantastically fresh take on the blood-sucking undead set in a small Swedish village.
  • The Fly
    Vincent Price’s brother gets splinched with a common housefly. Classic!
  • The Exorcist
    The ultimate horror movie, which set the bar for everything else that’s come since, and is rarely matched.

Want the Halloween mood without the scares? Try one of these documentaries:


Suggestions, corrections, additions? Let me know in the comments.


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28 thoughts on “The Best Halloween Movies on Netflix Instant, 2011

  1. Adam

    After exploring in your portfolio, I’ve learned that people like you, make this world a better place. THANKS

  2. Sami Patrick

    I was watching leprechaun when I was 4 and didn’t think it was scary at all but that’s just my own opinion. You reviews of the movies are a great deal of help though!

  3. Laura H. Post author

    I don’t think it’s scary, either. (My favorite type of scary movie is psychological horror.) But people seem to like the weird ghoul-goblin-creature genre, so I figured I’d include it anyway.

  4. Sami Patrick

    oops i meant to say: shutter Island? haven’t seen that one yet do you have any suggestions?

  5. John F.

    Vincent Price does NOT get “splinched” with anything in The Fly. David Hedison is the one (Andre) who gets spliced with the fly. Vincent Price is his brother (Francois).

    Either way, it is a Classic!

  6. Laura H. Post author

    Doh, you’re right. It’s been a while! Guess I’ll be queuing that one up this weekend.

  7. Meg N.

    I started liking Chan Wook Park after seeing the Vengeance Series and began looking at more of his work. Yes, you have to read sub-titles but it is worth it. So in honor of your list which is good given its guidelines of needing to be available for instant viewing on Netflix (which I love btw) I submit Three…Extremes which is three mini horror flicks for one! All dark and twisty and perfect for Halloween. Oh, maybe don’t eat first…just saying =)

  8. Mike F.

    Yes, I must absolutely agree with Trick r’ Treat. I picked this up on DVD on vacation last year and have ever since sung it’s praises. A sequel is supposedly in the works (or has already been shot and yet to be released?) that focuses more on Sam.

  9. Frank

    You Forgot H20 The Comeback Of Jamie Lee Curtis In Halloween!! It Is In Instant Netflix.. And Halloween Ressurection Which Wasn`t As Good As H20 But Still Worth A Watch ;)

  10. Devin W.

    Behind the Mask: Rise of Vernon Leslie is a pretty good one that starts out as a mockumentary, and turns into an intriguingly well-drawn-together cliche.

  11. Adam M

    Thanks for the great recommendations! Cannibal! The Musical is not only a ho down good time, its also a little bit of Colorado history in that people were possibly eaten here by Alfred Packer and it was one of Trey Parker and Matt Stones first creations. Then you have a movie from Takashi Miike. Well at the other end of the horror movie spectrum, his movies are intense. For a lot of the movies listed here and more I go to Its included free with service from DISH Network, my employer. I found a lot of other good movies for this time of year at Stan Helsing is a parody movie about a video store clerk fighting famous movie monsters and villains. You can also check out Monster Island, where teens must fight giant beasts in order to save Carmen Electra in a tribute to 50’s creature features. They have a lot of free content for everyone and even more with DISH Network service.

  12. Aaron

    Great list. Seen most of the American made ones (especially liked trick r treat) but never heard of several of the foriegn ones. Watched Thirst on your rec and dug it. Do you plan on making a list this year?

  13. Laura H. Post author

    Yes! I’m actually working on it now, hope to have it up some time this weekend. A lot of the titles have dropped off since 2011 which is a shame, but there are some interesting new contenders this year.

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