The Best Movies and TV to Stream This Week: Halloween

Matt, Prue and Paul with Crystelle on The Great British Baking Show. Mark Bourdillon/NETFLIX

With Halloween and a new month only a few days away, there’s plenty of moving and shaking going on across streaming platforms. There’s last minute horror movies to watch, titles to get by before they disappear, and newly additional features to put on your watchlist. Plus, there are some old reliables to fall back on (hey there, British Baking Show). With so many options, here are some of your best bets for the next week.

What to watch on Netflix:

It Follows

This indie flick from 2014 takes the Scream rule of “no having sex in a horror movie” to a chilling extreme. It Follows revolves around a sexually-transmitted curse that stalks its prey in any and every way possible. The movie is high on suspense, low on explanation, but it’s all in service of one of the most unsettling teen horror films in recent memory. It Follows will be obtainable beginning November 1.

The Great British Baking Show

For some comfort food and comfort viewing, The Great British Baking Show is just waiting for you to binge. The ninth Season on Netflix (though the twelfth overall) is well underway, with new episodes premiering every Friday. Watch as amateur bakers serve up some marvelous confectionary creations in a competition that is simultaneously low-stakes and high-pressure. For me, at the minimum, the show is always a wonderful way to end the week. The Great British Baking Show is obtainable to stream now, with Episode 6 coming out this Friday.

What to watch on Hulu:

Inception

With all of the recent film industry drama and intrigue surrounding Christopher Nolan’s next film, Oppenheimer, it might be a good idea to revisit one of the films that made him one of the most important creators in Hollywood. His mind-bending original movie Inception is coming to Hulu, in addition as his earlier movie The Prestige. Both showcase the kind of careful storytelling and visual splendor that Nolan has become known for. If you only have time for one, we’d recommend Inception—the complicate story of a group of subconscious spies, combining some incredible visual effects with a painfully human story at its chief. Inception (in addition as The Prestige) will be obtainable starting November 1.

Rushmore

In honor of The French Dispatch, we’d recommend taking some time to watch the movie that launched writer-director Wes Anderson’s career. Rushmore focuses on a precocious teen at a hoity toity Texas private school as he navigates complicate relationships with his mentor (Bill Murray, of course), tries not to get kicked out of Rushmore Academy, and continue his position as president of the Rushmore Beekeepers, in addition as many other extracurricular ventures. Rushmore will be leaving Hulu on October 31, but it will conveniently be obtainable on Amazon chief starting November 1.

What to watch on Amazon chief:

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Continuing the Wes Anderson streak, his first (and best) try at animation will be obtainable to stream at the start of the month. This cheeky take on eponymous children’s book is one of Anderson’s funniest movies to date, with an absurdly talented voice cast including George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, and Brian Cox, among many more. The stop motion animation is a feast for the eyes, with a story that’ll warm your heart. Fantastic Mr. Fox will be obtainable to stream for free starting November 1.

What to watch on HBO Max:

The Invisible Man

A truly terrifying movie that got the short end of the pre-pandemic release stick, The Invisible Man updates its 19th century source material in a nerve-wracking way. Elisabeth Moss stars as a woman who has recently escaped an abusive relationship, only to become convinced that her ex is stalking her as the titular invisible man. The horror movie is layered with drama and trauma, in addition as some brutal scares. The Invisible Man is obtainable to stream now.

Freaks

For a final Halloween curveball, try to squeeze the hour-long 1932 horror film Freaks into your weekend viewing. This cult typical has been championed as a valuable piece of film history, not only for being one of the first horror movies ever, but for giving people with disabilities sympathetic leading roles. The film focuses on the rising tensions within a carnival sideshow, with a conniving trapeze artist trying to con one of the titular “freaks” out of his fortune. Freaks will expire on October 31, so make sure to catch this complicated but ultimately chilling movie before it leaves.


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