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Make This Halloweekend a Classic with These Shows and Movies

Trick or treat.

Hold onto your broomsticks! We’ve entered the last few days before Halloween itself, with this weekend bringing most of the scares for those whose schedules lack the flexibility to devote a Tuesday to frightful festivities. That’s right, Halloweekend is here! And now that you’ve spent a whole month getting into the spooky spirit, why not celebrate this final stretch the old-fashioned way — alongside the characters that really come alive (or, more accurately in some cases, undead) at the end of October? Choose between ghosts, monsters, vampires, and witches to make up your perfectly petrifying Halloween stream. Boo! 

But first, what’s new on Netflix? 

A new drama of the opioid epidemic. David Yates’ Pain Hustlers stars Emily Blunt as a struggling single mom who takes a job with a pharmaceutical company (where Chris Evans and Andy Garcia play her co-workers) that compromises her integrity. Too painful right now? Take a grander, millennia-spanning look at Life on Our Planet with a new docuseries, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and narrated by Morgan Freeman, that traces the long history of Earth’s many inhabitants. 

If you just have a night…

Get some (friendly) frights with a few laughs on the side. Queue up The Munsters, Rob Zombie’s 2022 feature adaptation of the classic sitcom about a family of perfectly harmless monsters. Jeff Daniel Phillips stars in the horror comedy as Herman Munster — a Franken-style monster — and Sheri Moon Zombie as his vampire wife, Lily. For an ethereal double feature, follow it up with Brad Silberling’s 1995 dramedy Casper, based on Harvey Comics’ friendly ghost character of the same name. Christina Ricci stars as a teenage girl who befriends the titular phantom living in the haunted manor she’s just moved into with her father. 

If you have a whole day…

Take a bite out of the grand tradition of vampire cinema with four different takes on the bloodthirsty figures. Kick things off with John Carpenter’sVampires, a gory 1998 neo-Western from the horror master starring James Woods. After that, take your vamp tour north with Vampires vs. the Bronx, a clever 2020 horror comedy from filmmaker Oz Rodriguez about a group of teenagers in the Bronx fighting off an attack of bloodsuckers. Next, skip over to Transylvania for Gary Shore’s action-packed Dracula Untold, a 2014 origin story for the famed character (played by Luke Evans). Finally, head south of the equator with El Conde, a darkly funny 2023 satire from acclaimed filmmaker Pablo Larraín that imagines Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet (Jaime Vadell) as a centuries-old vampire. 

If you have the entire weekend…

Cast a spell. Kiernan Shipka plays the title role in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a teen series created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and based on the Archie Comics character Sabrina Spellman, the teenage witch growing up with her two magic aunts (Miranda Otto and Lucy Davis). The supernatural horror story’s two seasons (each comprising two parts) are both available to make your viewing ritual, but ’90s kids be warned: this deliciously hellish tale is no quirky teen sitcom. 

Don’t forget, you have one last chance…

… to drink your juice. Steel Magnolias, the 1989 classic from director Herbert Ross, adapted from Robert Harling’s 1987 play of the same name, will be marching on at the end of the month. Revolving around a group of women in a small Southern town, the dramedy features a powerhouse cast including Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, and Dolly Parton. 

Image credits: Everett Collection

By: MARY SOLLOSI
Originally published at: Netflix TUDUM



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