Best Halloween movies and TV you can stream in October 2021

Halloween is, regards, among finest times of the year. There’s sweet, there are outfits, and perhaps most significantly, everybody who doesn’t generally wish to see scary motion pictures unexpectedly wishes to see scary motion pictures.

In 2015, Polygon presented the Halloween Countdown, providing a day-to-day Halloween-friendly motion picture or TELEVISION program to stream each night. (So if you require 31 things to see ASAP, have a look at our previous month of scary suggestions.) This year we continue that custom, with the Polygon personnel when again sharing its preferred suspenseful streamables.

Every day through the month of October, we’ll include a brand-new suggestion to the Countdown and inform you use you can see it. From seasonal scary classics to new-school modern shocks, cooling tv programs and Halloween specials, YouTube creepypasta series and frightening brief movies, we’ve put together a list of the best scary that streaming needs to provide. So huddle on the sofa, dim the lights, and prepared yourself for a scary and amusing host of Halloween surprises. Check back each day for a new thing to watch.


Oct. 1: Cure (1997)

Detective Takabe (Kôji Yakusho) claspes his hands over his face in exhaustion and horror in Cure (1997)

Image: Janus Films

A Japanese detective named Takabe finds himself in the middle of a seemingly unsolvable case in Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s 1997 horror masterpiece Cure. The case involves a string of unrelated victims whose bodies are found with the letter X cut from their throat to their torso. In each separate case, the murderer is found nearby with no memory of the murder, or even a hint of what could have motivated them, leaving Takabe no closer to how these are all connected. Takabe’s partner, a psychiatrist, jokes that maybe the devil made them do it. But Kurosawa’s never gives us the comfort of blaming the supernatural, and eventually we meet an enigmatic character who easily belongs in the pantheon of movie murderers right next to Hannibal Lecter.

Much like other Japanese Horror from the late 1990s, Cure is as much — if not more — of a procedural and investigation than it is a horror story. It doesn’t build its brand of horror on scary moments, but where Kurosawa’s mastery of the horror genre really comes through is in the movie’s creeping dread. His direction is still, quiet, and almost emotionless, pulling us slowly into a scary and grisly mystery that he makes feel almost real. Amid all this tension, Kurosawa doesn’t even offer a release valve for the ending, instead leaving us with one of the most unsettling climaxes of all time.

There may not be demons or ghosts, but there is enough haunting existential dread to make Remedy stick with you like an old nightmare. —Austen Goslin

A 4K restoration of Cure is currently playing in select theaters and is available to stream on Criterion Channel.


Oct. 2: Waxwork (1988)

A werewolf bares his bloodied fangs at a young boy in Waxwork (1998)

Image: Flicker Alley

Nobody’s going to be impressed with the technical virtuosity on display in the cheesy 1988 scary motion picture Waxwork, which looks a bit like it was shot on a series of leftover sets from, alternately, a series of Hammer horror films, and some old Ed Wood productions. The acting is mostly amateurish, and some of the costuming is downright hilarious. Even so, it’s worth watching just for the sheer demented imagination on display, and for some truly wild things you’re unlikely to see in any other horror motion picture.

When a wax museum abruptly appears in a small suburb that couldn’t possibly support a wax museum, a group of sullen college students gets drawn in, literally. The museum’s scary tableaus, with werewolves, vampires, and more human monsters, are actually pocket dimensions that suck people in to murder them and harvest their souls for nefarious purposes. That plays out as a series of micro horror stories: One is a gasping vampire bodice-ripper that feels like a hilarious re-imaging of Labyrinth, if the Goblin King was keeping prisoners in his kitchen with their legs gnawed off. Another is a surprisingly in-depth venture into kink, with one of the students falling into the hands of the Marquis de Sade, and realizing she enjoys pain and doesn’t want to escape. Keep an eye out for The Avengers’ Patrick Macnee as the inevitable explainer who lays out the actual purpose of all these mini-adventures, and stay tuned for the surprisingly explosive ending. It’s all extremely messy, however executed with passion and more subversive glee than most 1980s scary. —Tasha Robinson

Waxwork is readily available to stream totally free with advertisements on Tubi, or to lease at Amazon or Vudu.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.