It’s Halloween, you’re a college student, and you need something to do in between studying and costume parties. Stronger students than myself are probably going to keep on studying anyways, but for the rest of us, there’s streaming. Of course the question becomes “What am I going to watch?” Thankfully, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu have your back.
To celebrate the scariest month of the year, Amazon Prime Video has created a new anthology horror series called “LORE,” based on the hit podcast of the same name. The catch is that each episode of the show focuses on horrors that appear in the folklore of many cultures across the world (such as vampires, werewolves, and the like) as well investigating the real world events and people that may have influenced them. Amazon Prime also gives users access to a relatively large library of famous horror films including The VVitch, Pan’s Labryinth, and What We Do in the Shadows.
Netflix has a less impressive catalogue to choose from, but there is some relief for Netflix users as season two of Stranger Things premieres next Friday night at midnight. Stranger Things was one of last year’s unexpected hits. It’s a show about a small town in the 1980s that suddenly finds itself embroiled in strange occurrences as the lines between reality and nightmare become increasingly blurred. Beyond that, new Netflix originals including The Babysitter and Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game have proven to be popular with users. While met with mostly negative reception, last month’s Death Note is reportedly good popcorn fun if you’re willing to shut your brain off and enjoy some truly bad acting and writing.
Hulu doesn’t seem to be going out of their way to celebrate Halloween, but they are sizing up their new movie library this month with a lot of movies, including a few horror gems. The Amityville Horror, Carrie, Little Shop of Horrors, and Arrival (not really a horror film but definitely creepy) are arriving this month for your pleasure. There also seems to be a laundry list of really campy horror films being added if that’s more your speed. These include some of the many sequels to Halloween, Dracula, From Dusk ‘til Dawn, and a small army of giant monster movies.