The best spooky picks to watch on Netflix!

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It's Halloween! And then November is upon us! Where did the year go? Oh well, let's just ignore the inevitable march of time by digging into a veritable treasure of spooky films & TV via our beloved streaming service Netflix!

Oh what's that? You don't have the means to adequately bury your head in a digital stream of dreams? Well get on it, friend! Why, you have so many viable options. There's the unlimited NBN plans of Dodo. There's the esteemed streaming reputation of Optus' unlimited data. There's MyRepublic, and their famed Superfast NBN. And so many more! Now, on with the show(s)!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina - streaming now

OK, so this is actually "Sabrina the Teenage Witch", but don't jump in expecting the same tone as previous incantations of the character... unless you're familiar* with the recent comic by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, which is very much straight up horror. As Aguirre-Sacasa is also the showrunner of this Netflix adaption, you can expect much of the same. The show leans heavily into the "hail Satan" side of witchcraft, and gets pretty dark in parts, despite remaining servile to certain trappings of trashy soap operas (for better and worse).

Bottom line though: it's fun. Check it out and decide for yourself. 

* Pun very much intended. 

Apostle - streaming now

This 2018 British-American collab is a period horror film that pays homage to classic British horror films of ye olde. Written and directed by Gareth Evans, it premiered at Fantastic Fest before being snatched up by Netflix, where it has garnered an even larger net of critical acclaim for its stunning cinematography, haunting performances, and its chilling, compelling plot.

Bram Stoker's Dracula - November 

When I was a kid, the very idea of this film was so terrifying to me that the poster gave me nightmares. BUT I'M A BIG BOY NOW. Despite a superfluous if innocuous reincarnation/love story, this remains one of the more faithful adaptions of Bram Stoker's book in recent decades. Combining an ensemble early-90s cast with vintage horror filmmaking techniquess (Coppola made sure all the special effects were filmed in-camera), it mostly holds up as a fun horror. 

Children of Men 
- November 1st 

Another British-American collab, this 2006 dystopian-thriller was directed by Alfonso Cuarón (also known for Gravity and Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban) rocks the grim but intriguing high concept that humanity has lost the ability to reproduce. 18 years later, in the year 2027, the global human infertility has put humanity on the brink of extinction, and a civil servant must help a miraculously pregnant immigrant escape the chaos. Such fun escapism... can you imagine potential extinction 'cause there's NOT ENOUGH humans?? Those lucky ducks. 

Green Room 
- November 12th

This film is defs not for the faint. Starring the late, great Anton Yelchin in one of his final performances, the gritty American horror is about a punk band who witness a murder commited by Nazi skinheads, before getting trapped in the green room with said Nazi scum trying to kill them next. Thrilling, captivating, but definitely not your cup of tea if you balk at graphic violence.  

Paddington 2 - streaming now (and leaving soon)

Even more graphic and terrifying is Paddington 2. Infamous for being the scariest film ever made, it... 

OK. Look. Cards on the table... I have deceived you.

This film isn't spooky at all. It isn't even vaguely horror-themed. BUT YOU NEED TO SEE IT BEFORE IT LEAVES NETFLIX. Seriously.

And listen, I get it, if you know nothing about this film, then I know exactly what kind of mediocre kid's film this looks like. But you're WRONG. Just as I too was wrong, before I saw the light. Directed by Paul King (the sole director of the cult British comedy "The Mighty Boosh") and co-written by King and Simon Farnaby (who is also Boosh alum as well as a key cast member of Horrible Histories), this film is funny, charming, and postive. Packed with just the right amount of feel-good innocence, it's a fun watch for kids of all ages, with stunning visuals, big laughs, and a tight AF plot. And hey, this isn't an outlier opinion; the film holds a whopping ONE HUNDRED PERCENT ON ROTTEN TOMATOES. It gets bonus points for Hugh Grant's role of the villain, turning in what's easily the cartooniest performance of his careet. 

(Oh btw, you don't need to have seen the first Paddington before seeing this one. I sure haven't. It's probably good too, IDK.)

And don't forget Netflix Originals all the year round! 

And then of course, you've got all your previously made Netflix Originals, which are permanently housed on the streaming service all year round. 

Happy viewing! And big shout outs to all those provider peeps who can supply the sweet broadbands we need to binge-stream these shows. Optus is currently ranked as having the number one Netflix speed in Australia - y'know they're also teamed up with Fetch TV, as are Dodo

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