Hey fiends, Happy November (better known as Monster Mash Month here on Nightmare on Film Street). If you’re like me, you’re probably still mourning the end of the Halloween season and drowning your sorrows with handfuls of fun sized candy bars. Even though the jack-o-lanterns and skeletons may be stored away for another year, the good news is that we will always have horror movies to fall back on. In order to celebrate Monster Mash Month to the fullest, read on to find some of the best monster movies available to stream right now! We’ve got selections from Netflix, Tubi, Amazon, HBO max, and more so there’s sure to be something for everyone.
10. Tales of Halloween (2015)
Stream it on: Tubi, Shudder, Amazon Prime
With a run time of about 90 minutes and a total of 10 segments, Tales of Halloween is a rapid fire grab bag of an anthology movie. You’ve got a variety of creatures, ghouls, witches, devils, and the worst monster of all, people. Okay, that’s the only time I’m gonna pull that card on this list so let’s all be glad I got it out of the way early. It’s a fun watch with some really well done gore and is sure to scratch any kind of monster movie itch that you may have.
9. Sinister (2012)
Stream it on: Tubi
Director Scott Derrickson’s Sinister has a whole lot going for it, including bone chilling super 8 snuff films, Ethan Hawke in a sweater, and child collecting monster, Bughuul. Bughuul is one terrifying, jump scare inclined guy who kills entire families in order to capture one of the children and eat their soul. His presence in the film ranges from unnerving to pee your pants scary, and what more could you ask for from your movie monsters? If your interests include cursed video tapes and familial terror, Sinister is the way to go.
8. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
Stream it on: Hulu, Amazon Prime
If you happened to miss The Cabin in the Woods train, drop everything and flip on this movie right now. It feels like a spiritual sibling of Wes Craven’s Scream (1996) in the way that it plays off of the established conventions and tropes of the horror genre while also flipping them on their head. It’s also hard to think of a single monster that can’t be found in this movie at one point or another, and every time I watch it, I discover one I hadn’t noticed before, making it always feel fresh.
7. The Ritual (2017)
Stream it on: Netflix
Directed by David Bruckner (The Signal), The Ritual, tells the story of four friends who embark on a hiking trip through the Swedish wilderness after the fifth member of their group is violently killed. While the men reckon with their grief and less than ideal hiking conditions, they also end up having to confront a giant, terrifying creature. It’s your classic tale of a group of people being stalked through the woods by a monster, but the sincerity of the performances and circumstances make The Ritual particularly special.
6. It (2017)
Stream it on: HBO max
The 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s It still reigns as the highest grossing horror movie worldwide, and with good reason. Audiences were largely impressed by the performances from the main cast of children and the authenticity that they brought to the film, but of course, a large factor in the success of It comes from the portrayal of Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Bill Skarsgård). If you’re talking about monsters, it’s pretty hard to beat an embodiment of evil that can transform itself into your deepest fear. But if a child eating clown tormenting a sleepy town in Maine doesn’t do it for you, It also has lepers, mummies, paintings coming to life, and ghost children for all of your monster needs.
5. Jennifer’s Body (2009)
Stream it on: Starz
Jennifer’s Body may be the ultimate sleeper hit of modern horror, ridiculed upon its release but now largely regarded as a well made movie with an important point of view. High school student Jennifer Check (Megan Fox) is turned into a succubus and her friend Needy (Amanda Seyfried) must do everything she can to stop Jennifer from eating every boy at their school. As well as featuring a classic monster, Jennifer’s Body is also equal parts scary, funny, and heartbreaking and very much worth the watch for anyone who hasn’t seen it.
4. The Monster Squad (1987)
Stream it on: Amazon Prime or IMDb TV
Okay so Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Gill Man, The Mummy, and Frankenstein’s monster all walk into a bar… If it’s classic movie monsters you’re after, it’s hard to do much better than The Monster Squad. A group of young kids, the self-titled Monster Squad, spend their days obsessing over the Universal monsters. When those same monsters suddenly appear in their town in search of an amulet, the Monster Squad has to stop them in order to save the world. The Monster Squad is a super sweet, fun movie with some kickass monsters to boot.
3. The Thing (1982)
Stream it on: Showtime
John Carpenter’s The Thing is a movie that exudes pure fear and paranoia. Working in a research station in the middle of Antarctica, a group of scientists becomes infiltrated by a shapeshifting monster hell-bent on destruction. Once they realize that this “thing” can perfectly transform itself into any one of the men, accusations run wild. In addition to the impeccable psychological horror we get from The Thing, the monster itself also transforms into some seriously nasty and overwhelmingly memorable creatures.
2. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
Stream it on: Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube
Because featuring just one killer clown on this list was not enough for me, I also have to recommend the Chiodo Brothers’ cult classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Every time I see this movie lumped into the category of “so bad it’s good,” my blood boils because Killer Klowns from Outer Space is just plain good. Telling the story of a town overrun by murderous space clowns, the creature design (also done by the Chiodo Brothers) is terrifying. These clowns are brightly colored, bulbous, and all around sickening monsters, but hey, at least they have a sense of humor.
1. The Descent (2005)
Stream it on: Amazon Prime, Tubi, Pluto TV
Similarly to The Ritual, The Descent follows a group of friends embarking on an adventure after a tragic loss rocks their inner circle. Where the films differ however is that this group of women decides to go spelunking in an underground cave system, which is frightening enough on its own. Then you add some disgusting cave dwelling monsters into the mix, and you have yourself an inescapable nightmare. The Descent is a truly fantastic movie and so effectively scary, I had to sleep with the lights on the first time that I watched it. Plus, the first reveal of the cave monsters is a top tier movie moment.
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