Halloween Viewing: Netflix’s Most Popular (Rented) Horror Flicks

Believe it or not, some consumers still rent movies from Netflix and receive discs in the mail to watch on their DVD players. Rentable options differ a bit from streaming choices, but either way, people love horror films.

Netflix recently revealed the 13 most popular rented horror movies on its blog just in time for Halloween.

“Which scary movies have DVD Netflix members rented most over the years?” the company writes. “Here are the top 13! Perhaps you’ll find a new horror flick to add to your queue for a Halloween movie night.”

Here’s the list:

  1. Cloverfield (2008)
  2. The Wolfman (2010)
  3. Zombieland (2009)
  4. Red Riding Hood (2011)
  5. Daybreakers (2009)
  6. The Crazies (2010)
  7. The Last House on the Left (2009)
  8. Drag Me To Hell (2009)
  9. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
  10. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
  11. 28 Weeks Later (2007)
  12. Paranormal Activity (2007)
  13. The Rite (2011)

None of the films are newer than 2011. The number-one pick is Cloverfield, which involves a huge monster attacking New York City while a group of friends film their escape and try to make it out alive.

The Wolfman, starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, follows an American who returns to his ancestral homeland and is bitten by a werewolf.

Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Jesse Eisenberg star in Zombieland about a ragtag group of people who try to survive in a world overrun by zombies.

Streaming Option: The Haunting Of Hill House

If you’re a subscriber to the streaming service and are interested in some new scary fare, check out the show The Haunting of Hill House. The series is based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of the same name. It centers on five siblings who grow up in America’s most famous haunted house.

The series has received largely positive reviews, even from horror master/legend/author Stephen King, who wrote on Twitter: “I don’t usually care for this kind of revisionism, but this is great. Close to a work of genius, really. I think Shirley Jackson would approve, but who knows for sure.”

Michael Huisman, Carla Gugino, Timothy Hutton, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, and Victoria Pedretti star.

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