“Life’s no fun without a good scare!” You may remember this line from the spooky song “This is Halloween,” and it’s never been more true now that The Nightmare Before Christmas is on Disney+!
If you don’t think of Disney+ as the platform to find ghosts, monsters and paranormal fun, think again. We love Netflix as much as the next person, but there are plenty of scary movies and TV series to be found on other streaming platforms as well. From Halloween classics to underrated indie works, you’re in for a scary good time. Read on for a list of our favorite spooky treats on Facebook Watch, Hulu, and Disney+.
The Ring (2002)
Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Are you a true horror fan if you haven’t seen this classic scary movie? The Japanese remake has been causing paranormal nightmares for nearly twenty years – telling the story of a disturbing videotape that summons a ghost girl to kill you in seven days. It’s a bit outdated now… who watches VHS tapes or has landlines anymore? But The Ring is a solid ghost story that will spook you more than modern films like Unfriended ever could.
The Birch (2019)
Platform: Facebook Watch
If you don’t find trees terrifying, you’ve probably never seen The Birch. Since Crypt TV released the series on Facebook Watch in October, everybody is talking about the titular character – a towering monster composed of knotted tree branches. Her body count is high, but she also has a sensitive side she uses to protect the good kids in town. Despite being a huge, scary tree, she’s definitely NOT all bark and no bite.
Millennials will remember this iconic Disney Channel original movie. Watching Halloweentown andits three sequels on TV every October was one of the best things about Halloween, and now you can watch them on Disney+! It stars the late Debbie Reynolds as the coolest grandmother ever, who introduces her granddaughter Marnie to a town of ghosts, goblins, witches and other monstrous creatures. The movie is a lot more amusing than scary, though it does have its creepy moments. Watch for a lot of spooky fun and nostalgia!
Don’t Look Under the Bed (1999)
While it’s no The Conjuring, this is pretty scary for a Disney movie. So scary, in fact, that the Disney Channel was forced to stop airing it after countless parents called in to complain about how it was too frightening for children. While it tells the story of the monstrous Boogeyman, it also shows how scary the transition from childhood to adulthood can be. So scary that it can even turn some of us straight-up evil, with claws, sharp teeth and all.
Return to Oz (1985)
Rotten Tomatoes: 52%
Before you let that Rotten Tomatoes score scare you off, hear us out. This unintentionally scary movie has a freaky Nome King, a room full of severed heads and plenty of terrifying monsters that you didn’t get to see inThe Wizard of Oz. You won’t find a lot of ghosts or paranormal beings, but this cult classic may just ruin your childhood in the best way.
A Quiet Place (2018)
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Can you believe Jim Halpert made one of the best films of 2018? John Krasinksi directed and starred in this uniquely scary movie alongside his wife Emily Blunt, where they run from monsters who hunt you the second you make a sound. It features supernatural and mystery elements, while also sticking to an original plot that makes it one of the most watchable horror films on Hulu.
American Horror Story (2011)
Ryan Murphy’s anthology series has gone through a lot of changes since it premiered in 2011, but it still has everything you could want in the horror genre. While nearly every season features ghosts and the paranormal, the show also has witches, evil nuns, the antichrist and many other unspeakable monsters. AHS star Jessica Lange says in season 2 that “all monsters are human,” but she clearly hasn’t seen Papa Legba from Coven.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Rotten Tomatoes: 34%
Can you believe one of the most famous Halloween movies of all time was considering a commercial failure? It may have gotten subpar reviews and box office earnings, but this cult classic has inspired everything from cosplay outfits to a 25th anniversary special at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in LA. While not an especially scary movie, it’s a supernatural masterpiece that will bring out the 90’s kid in you.
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
Rotten Tomatoes: 59%
While this sequel isn’t quite as iconic as the original (which they should totally add to Hulu,) it’s still a solid scary movie. It has all the ghosts, mystery and paranormal fun of Paranormal Activity, with a few added twists.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
This list wouldn’t be complete without Tim Burton’s stop-motion masterpiece – a supernatural film that has enchanted both children and adults for over two decades. It has ghosts, monsters, mystery and charm, and has left quite like the legacy. Blink 182 told us we could “live like Jack and Sally” in their song I Miss You, and Jack Skellington has been a symbol for goth and emo kids everywhere.
I am a lifelong pop culture junkie with immense passion for all forms of art and entertainment. On a typical weekend, I can be found at a concert or musical, chasing ghosts on the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, or watching way too many makeup tutorials on YouTube.