Bingeworthy? More like “cringeworthy”!
I made that joke in last year’s Halloween column, but think of it as a time-honored holiday tradition rather than lazy writing.
Netflix and all the other screaming services — um, I mean, streaming services! — are making sure there are plenty of scary movies and TV shows to keep us up at night as Halloween approaches.
Keep the lights on when you binge these:
Netflix: You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that the second season of “Stranger Things” premieres on Netflix this Friday. (And if you live under a rock, your wi-fi is probably pretty spotty anyway.) The sequel to Netflix’s breakout homage to 1980s sci-fi/horror movies takes us back to Rowan County, Indiana, for more mayhem. It’s unclear if the new season will be a direct continuation of the first season’s storyline or if it will take the show in a totally new direction. But expect a return to the Upside Down and more ‘80s nerd shoutouts.
With “It” a major box office hit in theaters, Netflix pounced on two other adaptations of Stephen King’s horror films. “Gerald’s Game,” which premiered last month, stars Carla Gugino as a wife who reluctantly agrees to be tied up by her husband in an attempt to spice up their bedroom activities. But the husband dies, leaving her trapped on the bed as a hungry stray dog finds its way into the house. It’s part “Cujo,” part “127 Hours.”
Marital relations aren’t much better in “1922,” which premiered last weekend. Thomas Jane plays a rural farmer in 1922 Nebraska who murders his wife, only to be haunted by her ghost and, he thinks, by an army of rats.
Amazon Prime: Amazon debuted its chilling new anthology series “Lore” a couple of weeks ago. The six-part series, based on the popular podcast of the same name, is inspired by real-life events as it recreates chilling tales of historical folklore.
Hulu: Hulu keeps it short and sweet for its “Huluween” with the new anthology series "The House." The six episodes, each focusing on a different haunted house, last just six or seven minutes. For added creepiness, download Hulu’s VR app and experience additional content in 360 degrees of terror.
Shudder: Halloween is the season that Shudder, the streaming site devoted to horror films, really comes into its own. In addition to its impressive range of horror movies, including a bevy of indie, foreign and classic flicks, Shudder announced that it is adding the famed Universal monster movies from the 1930s and 1940s, including the original “Dracula,” “Frankenstein” and the Tom Cruise-free “The Mummy.”
Shout Factory TV: If you can’t choose what horror movie you want to watch, head over to Shout Factory’s free streaming channel, which is showing horror flicks nonstop through the month of October. I caught the 1987 schlock classic “Zombie High” when I logged in recently.
BritBox: For some classic horror, the BBC’s official streaming site is bringing back the “Hammer House of Horror Anthology” series on Friday, featuring Peter Cushing, Brian Cox and other fine British actors hammer-ing it up.