Seven Shows And Movies To Watch Over Halloween on Netflix Middle East

By Team GQ Middle East
28 October 2018
Halloween, Netflix
From Stranger Things to Annihilation, these are guaranteed to do the trick

Halloween is only days away and the festivities are already in full swing. Kids roam the streets in search of loot while the adults put even more effort into their costumes as they stumble from one party to another. But for those looking to stay in with a bucket of popcorn, we recommend eight old and new scary treats to stream on Netflix. Starting with these five shows.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Some of the older readers will remember the cult 1990s show Sabrina the Teenage Witch (itself based on the Archie comics character), which this new Netflix show is based on. Well, forget everything you know about the comedic Melissa Joan Hart series, for this reboot plays it for genuine scares.

The setting may be the same, but gone are the slapstick scenes, Halloween-style costumes and that fake talking cat. Sabrina Spellman (played by Kiernan Shipka from Mad Men) lives with her aunts Hilda and Zelda and, as she approaches her 16th birthday, she must choose between her regular life or a new one of full-blown witchcraft.

All 10 episodes of the first season were released on October 26, 2018.

Scream

Another show with origins in the nineties, this time the Scream film series.

The Wes Craven-directed original from 1996, starring Drew Barrymore and Neve Campbell, singlehandedly introduced slasher films to a new audience, this time with a knowing, post-modern wink, and spawned three sequels with diminishing artistic and financial returns.

The three seasons of this television adaptation, starting in 2015, stick to the successful formula, with the town of Lakewood experiencing a murder that brings back memories of a series of gruesome deaths from its distant past.

You’ll recognise the ubiquitous white slasher mask. And expect a lot of screaming.


Stranger Things

Already both a cult classic and a commercial hit, Stranger Things is arguably Netflix’s biggest success story of the last few years.

No wonder the show’s two seasons have captured the imagination. Stranger Things has the lot. The nods to all things 1980s, from mullets and retro T-shirts, to video games and synthesiser music. A group of easily lovable, bicycle-riding kids that evoke ET: The Extra Terrestrial. Sudden disappearances in small town USA a la The X-Files. And of course, the mysterious, grimy "Upside Down".

This is spooky kitsch turned up to 11 (you’ll get that joke when you watch the show).

Black Mirror

Step this way for distinctly grown-up nightmares. The four seasons of Black Mirror, created by Charlie Brooker, see a near-future world in which technology has started to take over, and wreak havoc with, our everyday lives.

So not so futuristic after all. Indeed, while some of the older episodes might even seem mundane in 2018, Black Mirror still provides some of the smartest television of the last decade.

From politicians being humiliated on national television to memory chips implants and living in simulated worlds, this is a glimpse into a scary world that we suspect will soon become all too familiar.

iZombie

We’ve all been there. One minute you’re having fun at a college party, the next you’re part of a zombie fest.

Once bitten, medical student Liv, newly graduated as a fully-fledged member of the living dead, attempts to maintain a human façade by not feasting on the flesh of her family and friends. Instead she finds work at a coroner’s office, were she can get easy access to freshly dead human bodies. Liv soon discovers she can recall the memories of the corpses she eats, which naturally leads to a job helping the police solve their murders.

You know, the usual.

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Annihilation

When Lena, a cellular-biology professor (Natalie Portman), is told her husband, a soldier, is missing in action, she struggles to cope. And then, without warning, he comes through the front door a year later. Lena's joy quickly withers when it becomes clear her husband is not the man he once was: his memory is blank and his behaviour unrecognisable, suggesting a sinister experience behind the electromagnetic field called "The Shimmer", where he was deployed.

Determined to find out what has happened to him, Lena joins four women in a military expedition and, faced with hideously mutated creatures, is the only one who survives. Swapping gore for the eerily fantastical, Annihilation – directed by Ex Machina's Alex Garland – isn't your bog-standard scream-fest, but it gets under the skin and will have you googling plot theories well into the night.


The Exorcism of Emily Rose

When a film sells itself as a cross between a courtroom drama and an exorcism horror fest, it's... not exactly an alluring fusion. But the film has two good things going for it. One, it's based on the real life story of Anneliese Michel, in which a priest is brought before a court to be tried over the death of a girl following an attempted exorcism.

Second of all, it's kept alive by three spectacular performances from Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson and Jennifer Carpenter.