Best to stream this Halloween: New horror and spooky movies and TV to watch

Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff in Bride of Frankenstein
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Boris Karloff: The man behind the monster

Where to watch: Prime Video / VOD

For many of us, old horror is still the best horror, and there is without a doubt no more recognizable figure in horror history than Boris Karloff wearing Jack Pierce’s unforgettable Frankenstein’s monster makeup. Do not have the time to dose yourself properly with the kind of eerie seasonal atmosphere that you can only really find in the old Universal horror movies? This new documentary is the perfect way to get your fix. Stretching throughout the scope of Karloff’s career, from his early start as a heavy in silent images to his heyday as a persistent monster and even bringing the Grinch to animated life, Boris Karloff: The man behind the monster is the easiest and scariest history lesson you will get this year.

Lisa Nova (Rosa Salazar) and Boro (Catherine Keener) in brand new cherry flavors

Brand new cherry flavor

Where to see: Netflix

There is body scare, and then there are “graphically vomiting kittens” body scare. Netflix’s Brand new cherry flavor is much in the latter camp. This series from Nick Antosca (Channel zero) follows Lisa Nova (Rosa Salazar), a hotshot indie filmmaker who catches Hollywood’s attention. When Lisa’s sinister producer steals her film to reject his unwanted sexual advances, Lisa turns to the supernatural world for revenge in the form of the local witch Boro (Catherine Keener). Brand new cherry flavor is a short, grotesque and utterly convincing horror story about actions and their consequences.

Candyman trailer

such man

Where to see: VOD / theatrical

Nearly 30 years after the first Candyman movie, co-authors Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele build on the legend of the original such man, decorate it and make it their own like any good slumber party guest who shares the most gruesome things. They also unpack the gruesome implications behind the increasingly sad Candyman archetype. He is not just one vengeful spirit, but many; the face of an entire story of black men being persecuted and murdered. It adds new texture to the exquisite grief of the famous Philip Glass theme, and it is also the basis of a truly eerie slasher film. DaCosta, who instructed this such man before pivoting to Marvel, she has a more ruthless, grotesque eye than Peele, and she’s going after her neck in the coolest new play this Halloween.

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