It is the culmination of spooky season this weekend, and Cheddar has some chillers for you including del Toro's latest for Netflix, the real world fear of the post 9/11 Anthrax attacks, the fun respite from horror with Disney Pixar's 'Coco,' a dark entry from Rob Zombie, and the horror-comedy musical classic 'Little Shop.'
Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities - Netflix
Picked by Digital Reporter Mike Nam
It's still spooky season for a few more days, and Guillermo del Toro, the director of creepy flicks like Pan's Labyrinth and Crimson Peak is bringing Netflix a new horror anthology series featuring eight new tales of horror. The curated stories will lead you into the Halloween weekend with macabre ideas like a mysterious storage unit, rats in a graveyard, and a body found in the woods. All episodes are now streaming.
The Anthrax Attacks - Netflix
Picked by Reporter Lawrence Banton
I came across Netflix's The Anthrax Attacks in one of those endless scrolling sessions, and it turned out to be a gem. I vividly recall being in the fifth grade during the September 11th attacks, which happened shortly before a cluster of anthrax letters had everyone in the country scared to touch their mailboxes. Admittedly, I'd never gone back as an adult to learn about what was really going down. The documentary was eye-opening for me, especially when I found out who was responsible. And, as with all historical documentaries, it was interesting to see what has changed in the 21 years since the attacks.
Coco - Disney+
Picked by Growth Associate Keara O’Driscoll
I’m really not one for scary movies, but I do love getting into the Halloween spirit. Coco is a 2017 animated film from Disney Pixar that hones in on the cultural aspects of Halloween celebrating the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Featuring an all-Latinx voice cast, the movie follows a young boy named Miguel’s journey to discover where he came from, as told by his ancestors from the Land of the Dead. Disney and Pixar know the secret sauce of what makes a good animated movie for all ages, from the music and culture to the visuals; I think this might be my favorite Disney movie.
Lords of Salem - Shudder
Picked by Alex Vuocolo
Director Rob Zombie is divisive even among horror-heads, and his latest, The Munsters on Netflix, is no exception. Some love it; others absolutely hate it. This is the case with many of Zombie's films, but if I had to pick one that might have a wider appeal, it would be Lords of Salem from 2013. For its impeccable New England Halloween vibes alone, it's worth a watch, but it's also genuinely scary and dramatically engrossing. The images also feel like they came out of a Puritan's worst nightmare. So if you're looking to really maximize the last week of the spooky season, Lords of Salem is a safe bet.
Little Shop of Horrors - HBO Max
Picked by Sr. News Editor Dina Ross
A young Rick Moranis and a giant alien plant (and about a million star-level cameos) make this creepy classic a streaming treat. When there's nothing left to lose, a flower shop apprentice will go to any length to keep a headline-grabbing plant happy and thriving — and I mean any length. This musical really got its start way off Broadway, but whoever greenlit the screenplay and all-star cast, perhaps gave it a one-way ticket to entertainment history.