HubScore: ‘Saw X’ Favorite Halloween Movie in Most States

The horror film Saw X topped the list as the favorite Halloween movie in the most (13) states, including Ohio, Florida, and New York, based on data collected from a national survey by HubScore.

The stop-animation classic The Nightmare Before Christmas led in seven states, predominantly located in the Western United States.

The family friendly Hocus Pocus garnered the favor of six states, including Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Wisconsin.

Beetlejuice, The Exorcist and Scream VI ranked first in several states, showcasing the broad tastes across the nation.

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The top Halloween movies in each state, according to the survey, were:

  • Alabama: Hocus Pocus
  • Alaska: Beetlejuice
  • Arizona: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Arkansas: Saw X
  • California: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Colorado: Beetlejuice
  • Connecticut: Saw X
  • Delaware: Saw X
  • District of Columbia: Halloween
  • Florida: Saw X
  • Georgia: The Exorcist
  • Hawaii: The Nun II
  • Idaho: Hocus Pocus
  • Illinois: The Exorcist
  • Indiana: Hocus Pocus
  • Iowa: Beetlejuice
  • Kansas: Halloween
  • Kentucky: The Exorcist
  • Louisiana: Saw X
  • Maine: Hocus Pocus 
  • Maryland: The Nun II
  • Massachusetts: Hocus Pocus 
  • Michigan: Scream VI
  • Minnesota: Scream VI
  • Mississippi: Saw X
  • Missouri: Beetlejuice
  • Montana: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Nebraska: Saw X
  • Nevada: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • New Hampshire: Casper
  • New Jersey: Saw X
  • New Mexico: The Exorcist
  • New York: Saw X
  • North Carolina: Scream VI
  • North Dakota: Halloween
  • Ohio: Saw X
  • Oklahoma: The Exorcist
  • Oregon: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Pennsylvania: Scream VI
  • Rhode Island: Hocus Pocus
  • South Carolina: Saw X
  • South Dakota: Beetlejuice
  • Tennessee: Saw X
  • Texas: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Utah: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Vermont: Hocus Pocus
  • Virginia: Saw X
  • Washington: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • West Virginia: Saw X
  • Wisconsin: Hocus Pocus
  • Wyoming: Casper

Top 5 Halloween Movies by State

 

Alabama

1. Hocus Pocus
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Saw X
4. Halloween
5. Scream VI
 

Alaska

1. Beetlejuice
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Hocus Pocus
4. The Exorcist
5. The Nun II
 

Arizona

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. The Exorcist
3. The Nun II
4. Scream VI
5. Beetlejuice
 

Arkansas

1. Saw X
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. The Nun II
4. Hocus Pocus
5. Scream VI
 

California

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. Saw X
3. The Exorcist
4. The Nun II
5. Scream VI
 

Colorado

1. Beetlejuice
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. The Exorcist
4. Saw X
5. Hocus Pocus
 

Connecticut

1. Saw X
2. Hocus Pocus
3. Scream VI
4. The Exorcist
5. Beetlejuice
 

Delaware

1. Saw X
2. Hocus Pocus
3. Scream VI
4. The Exorcist
5. The Nun II
 

District of Columbia

1. Halloween
2. Saw X
3. The Exorcist
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas
5. Hocus Pocus
 

Florida

1. Saw X
2. Beetlejuice
3. Hocus Pocus
4. Scream VI
5. The Exorcist
 

Georgia

1. The Exorcist
2. Saw X
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. The Nun II
5. Scream VI
 

Hawaii

1. The Nun II
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Saw X
4. Beetlejuice
5. Scream VI
 

Idaho

1. Hocus Pocus
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Scream VI
4. Saw X
5. The Exorcist
 

Illinois

1. The Exorcist
2. Saw X
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. Beetlejuice
5. Hocus Pocus
 

Indiana

1. Hocus Pocus
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Saw X
4. The Exorcist
5. Scream VI
 

Iowa

1. Beetlejuice
2. Saw X
3. Hocus Pocus
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas
5. The Exorcist
 

Kansas

1. Halloween
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Hocus Pocus
4. Saw X
5. The Exorcist
 

Kentucky

1. The Exorcist
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Saw X
4. Hocus Pocus
5. Halloween
 

Louisiana

1. Saw X
2. Hocus Pocus
3. The Exorcist
4. Beetlejuice
5. Scream VI
 

Maine

1. Hocus Pocus
2. Saw X
3. Scream VI
4. Halloween
5. Beetlejuice
 

Maryland

1. The Nun II
2. Saw X
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. The Exorcist
5. Hocus Pocus
 

Massachusetts

1. Hocus Pocus
2. Saw X
3. Scream VI
4. The Exorcist
5. The Nun II
 

Michigan

1. Scream VI
2. Saw X
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. Hocus Pocus
5. The Exorcist
 

Minnesota

1. Scream VI
2. Saw X
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. Hocus Pocus
5. Beetlejuice
 

Mississippi

1. Saw X
2. Hocus Pocus
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. Scream VI
5. The Exorcist
 

Missouri

1. Beetlejuice
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Saw X
4. The Exorcist
5. Hocus Pocus
 

Montana

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. Hocus Pocus
3. Scream VI
4. The Nun II
5. Halloween
 

Nebraska

1. Saw X
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Hocus Pocus
4. The Exorcist
5. Scream VI
 

Nevada

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. Saw X
3. The Exorcist
4. The Nun II
5. Beetlejuice
 

New Hampshire

1. Casper
2. Hocus Pocus
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. Saw X
5. Scream VI
 

New Jersey

1. Saw X
2. The Exorcist
3. Hocus Pocus
4. Beetlejuice
5. The Nun II
 

New Mexico

1. The Exorcist
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Saw X
4. The Nun II
5. Beetlejuice
 

New York

1. Saw X
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. The Exorcist
4. Hocus Pocus
5. Beetlejuice
 

North Carolina

1. Scream VI
2. Saw X
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. Hocus Pocus
5. Corpse Bride
 

North Dakota

1. Halloween
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Hocus Pocus
4. Saw X
5. Scream VI
 

Ohio

1. Saw X
2. Hocus Pocus
3. The Exorcist
4. Halloween
5. Scream VI
 

Oklahoma

1. The Exorcist
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Saw X
4. Hocus Pocus
5. Scream VI
 

Oregon

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. Saw X
3. Beetlejuice
4. The Exorcist
5. Scream VI
 

Pennsylvania

1. Scream VI
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Saw X
4. Hocus Pocus
5. The Nun II
 

Rhode Island

1. Hocus Pocus
2. Saw X
3. The Exorcist
4. Halloween
5. Scream VI
 

South Carolina

1. Saw X
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Hocus Pocus
4. Halloween
5. Scream VI
 

South Dakota

1. Beetlejuice
2. The Exorcist
3. Hocus Pocus
4. Saw X
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas
 

Tennessee

1. Saw X
2. The Exorcist
3. Halloween
4. Beetlejuice
5. Scream VI
 

Texas

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. The Exorcist
3. The Nun II
4. Beetlejuice
5. Scream VI
 

Utah

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. Scream VI
3. Hocus Pocus
4. Saw X
5. The Exorcist
 

Vermont

1. Hocus Pocus
2. Beetlejuice
3. Halloween
4. Saw X
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas
 

Virginia

1. Saw X
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Hocus Pocus
4. The Exorcist
5. Beetlejuice
 

Washington

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. Saw X
3. Beetlejuice
4. Hocus Pocus
5. The Exorcist
 

West Virginia

1. Saw X
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Hocus Pocus
4. The Exorcist
5. Halloween
 

Wisconsin

1. Hocus Pocus
2. Saw X
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. Halloween
5. Scream VI
 

Wyoming

1. Casper
2. Scream VI
3. Hocus Pocus
4. Beetlejuice
5. Saw X

Reelgood: Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu Top Horror Content Selections in 2023

Heading into Halloween, subscription streaming video services are in overdrive offering horror-themed movies and TV shows. New data from Reelgood finds that Netflix, Prime Video and Hulu lead the field in their respective catalogs of scary movies and TV shows available for streaming.

Reelgood, which tracks real-time data from 5 million users in the United States across SVOD and AVOD services for original and acquired streaming programs and movies, found that, as far as movies, Prime Video led all streamers with more than 1,000 horror-themed features, followed by AMC+ with 631 titles, and Shudder with 418 movies through Oct. 10.

Among episodic programming, Netflix led all streamers with 59 horror-themed TV shows, followed by Prime Video with 46 titles and Hulu with 40.

 

The top-streamed horror-themed TV shows in 2023 thus far include “Yellowjackets” on Showtime and Fubo, followed by “From” and “Black Mirror” on Fubo and Netflix, respectively. Netflix had the most TV titles with “1899,” “The Walking Dead,” and “Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities” also among the top 10 streamed series of 2023.

The top-streamed movies included The Menu on Max and Fubo, The Pale Blue Eye on Netflix and No One Will Save You on Hulu. Prime Video had the most horror-themed movies with Nope, Renfield, M3GAN, and Knock at the Cabin.

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Paramount+ Celebrating Halloween Season With Hundreds of Titles

The Paramount+ Peak Screaming collection has returned to the service for the Halloween season.

The updated collection features more than 400 horror movies, series and episodes, including the debut of the festival award-winning South Korean dystopian thriller “Bargain”; the premiere of Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, based on the never-before-told chapter from the Stephen King novel Pet Sematary; and the bow of Monster High 2, the sequel to the musical film inspired by the children’s toy line.

The collection includes more than 25 curated carousels. New and returning subgenres include “Flash Frights: 90 Minutes or Less,” “True & Terrifying,” “ExtraTerrorestrial,” “Based on BOOks” and others, such as:

  • “Big Screen’s Big Screams,” featuring such films as Scream VI, Smile, Paranormal Activity, Mother! and Orphan: First Kill
  • “Slash Hits,” with slashers such as Pearl*, Halloween VI: The Curse of Michael Myers*, X* and Scream (1995) 
  • “Horror Heroines,” with titles featuring scream queens, such as A Quiet Place, A Quiet Place Part II, “Yellowjackets”* and 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • “Supernatural Scares,” featuring such titles as The Ring (2002), The Grudge (2004), The Blair Witch Project and Pet Sematary (2019)
  • “Family Fright Night,” with family and kids titles, such as The Addams Family (1991 and 2019), Monster High: The Movie, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and A Really Haunted Loud House
  • “Coming of Rage,” with high-school horror titles such as Teen Wolf: The Movie, “Wolf Pack,” “School Spirits,” Teeth*, Firestarter and “My Dead Ex”  
  • “Critically Acclaimed,” with titles such as Arrival, District 9, Rosemary’s Baby*, Annihilation and Suspiria (1977)*
  • “Creature Features,” featuring titles such as King Kong (1976), Cloverfield*, Crawl and Congo*
  • “A24 Horror,” with thrillers such as Midsommar*, Bodies Bodies Bodies*, The Killing of a Sacred Deer* and Men*
  • “Costume Goals,” with cosplay contenders, such as Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, Top Gun: Maverick, Sonic 2, “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem and Babylon
  • “Halloween Nickstalgia,” with nostalgic episodes from Nickelodeon titles, including “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Hey Arnold!,” “Rugrats” (1991), “iCarly” (2007) and “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters”
  • “Suspenseful Series,” with seasons of “Evil,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Dexter”* and “Twin Peaks: The Return”*
  • “International Horror,” with content from around the globe with Train to Busan*, The Host*, Death’s Roulette and Curandero
     

Paramount+ also will be the streaming home to CBS’ seasonal content, including the first-ever “Big Brother” primetime Halloween episode on Oct. 31; a wrestling-themed Halloween episode on “The Price Is Right” on Oct. 31; and a spooky celebration on “Let’s Make a Deal”on Oct. 31.  (All Paramount+ with Showtime subscribers can live stream CBS titles via the live feed on Paramount+. Those titles will be available on demand to all subscribers the day after they air live.)

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This season, the Peak Screaming offering will come to life with the first-ever Paramount+ Peak Screaming-themed celebration at the Javits Center Oct. 14 from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m., exclusively to New York Comic Con badge holders.

In addition, Paramount+ will present The Haunted Lodge, an immersive, pop-up Halloween experience, featuring some of films and series from Paramount+. Visitors can step inside their favorite shows and movies, from “SpongeBob SquarePants” to “Yellowjackes” to  Pet Sematary: Bloodlines at The Haunted Lodge inside the Westfield Century City mall Oct. 27-29 in Lost Angeles.

* Title is available to Paramount+ with Showtime plan subscribers.

‘Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later’ Due on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Sept. 26

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the franchise, Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later will be released in a limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbook on Sept. 26 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Jamie Lee Curtis returned as Laurie Strode in 1998 for a terrifying reunion with Michael Myers, 20 years after the original Halloween. Now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, Laurie must face the horrifying events of her past as the life of her own son hangs in the balance.

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Directed by Steve Miner and written by Debra Hill, John Carpenter and Robert Zappia, Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later also stars Josh Hartnett (in his feature film debut), Michelle Williams, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Adam Arkin, LL Cool J and horror icon (and mother of Jamie Lee Curtis) Janet Leigh.  Leigh was of course famous for her starring role in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later makes multiple allusions to the classic thriller.

The release features the remastered film in 4K Ultra HD and access to a digital copy of the film and is presented with original artwork.

JustWatch: Original ‘Halloween,’ ‘House of the Dragon’ Top Weekly Streaming Through Nov. 6

Universal Pictures’ enduring “Halloween” movie franchise continues to have strong legs. The original 1978 Halloween, which introduced moviegoers to teenager Laura Strode and sociopath killer Michael Myers, was the top streamed movie for the week ended Nov. 6, according to new data from JustWatch — the Berlin-based company that tracks the SVOD streaming habits of 20 million users across 59 markets, including the United States.

The movie topped Netflix’s original slasher Barbarian, and Terrifier 2, which is distributed by Cinedigm’s Bloody Disgusting business unit.

The Roku original movie Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, starring Daniel Radcliffe as the eccentric comedian, finished No. 4 in its debut.

Among episodic programming, HBO Max’s “House of the Dragon” and “The White Lotus” topped weekly streaming, followed by Peacock’s “Yellowstone.”

JustWatch: Scary Content Dominated October Movie Streaming

Seven of the top 10 movies streamed in October were related to the horror genre, led by Universal Pictures’ 2018 reboot Halloween and 2022’s Halloween Ends, reportedly the last release featuring Jamie Lee Curtis as Laura Strode, the erstwhile fictional high school good girl targeted by serial killer Michael Myers since 1978.

The Disney+ exclusive release of Hocus Pocus 2, more a spooky family comedy than outright horror, rounded out the podium, according to JustWatch, which tracks the SVOD streaming habits of 20 million users across 59 markets, including the United States.

The non-genre titles in the month’s top 10 included Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick, A24’s Everything Everywhere All at Once and Focus Features’ The Northman.

The top three streamed episodic programs included HBO Max’s “House of the Dragon,” Netflix’s “The Watcher” and Peacock reruns of “Yellowstone.”

Xumo Bows Halloween Themed Content, Including AVOD Exclusives

Comcast-owned free ad-supported streaming television platform Xumo Oct. 24 announced the launch of two Halloween-themed channels: “Halloween Horrors” and “Monsters & Nightmares.”

The former features a range of predominantly AVOD-exclusive movies, available through fall 2022, while the latter includes dozens of select titles from Magnolia Pictures’ SVOD service through the end of the month.

Halloween Horrors’ AVOD-exclusives include The GravediggerThose Who Walk AwayHideoutWhile We Sleep and Homebound. Non-exclusive movies include Don’t Say a WordLair and Game of Death.

Magnolia’s SVOD movies coming to Monsters & Nightmares include All Good Things, starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst, and The Oxford Murders with Elijah Wood, among others.

“Thriller and horror-themed movies have always been a popular genre on Xumo, and adding to that library with two Halloween-specific channels this month is an important focal point that will draw in an enormous audience with ideally timed content,” Fern Feistel, VP of marketing and content operations at Xumo, said in a statement. “As we continue to bring AVOD-exclusive programming as well as licensed content to viewers, these channels fortify our line-up of premium, themed movies for the season.”

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Apple TV+ Unveils Lineup of Holiday Programming, Including Free Classics

Apple TV+ is unveiling a lineup of new special episodes of Apple Original series and the streaming debut of classic holiday “Peanuts” specials.

New programming from classic series includes the “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock” Night of the Lights holiday special and “Sago Mini Friends” Thanksgiving special premiering on Nov. 18, and holiday specials from “Interrupting Chicken,” “Pretzel and the Puppies” and “The Snoopy Show,” all debuting on Dec. 2.

Apple TV+ will also provide special free windows for nonsubscribers to stream the iconic holiday specials from Mendelson/Melendez Productions and Peanuts Worldwide. “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” is available Oct. 28-31; “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” is available Nov. 23-27; and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is available Dec. 22-25. The specials are available to subscribers now and every day.

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Two classic “Peanuts” holiday specials also from Mendelson/Melendez Productions and Peanuts Worldwide, “I Want a Dog for Christmas” and “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales,” will be added to the platform for the first time starting Dec. 2.

Additionally, the animated short film “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse,” based on the beloved award-winning book of the same name by author Charlie Mackesy, will be coming to Apple TV+ on Christmas Day.

Vudu Launches Halloween Store, Gift Cards

Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu has launched a Halloween Store and Halloween-themed gift cards for the season.

More than 1,000 scary movies, bundles and TV seasons are available, including this year’s top horror films Nope, Bodies Bodies Bodies, X, Orphan: First Kill, The Invitation and The Black Phone, along with a sale on catalog titles such as The Cabin in the Woods, 28 Days Later, The Omen, The Evil Dead, and the “Halloween,” “Scream” and “Saw” franchises. The Vudu Halloween Store also includes “Essential Kids’ Halloween Movies,” “Best Horror TV Shows,” “Rotten Tomatoes’ Best Horror Movies by Decade,” “Rotten Tomatoes’ Best Spanish Language Horror Movies” and more.

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Vudu is also launching a series of horror movie-themed gift cards, good for any film or TV show on Vudu. For a limited time, consumers can buy $60 of gift cards with a 10% discount using the promo code VUDUOCT22. See here for details.

The Halloween gift cards represent the following horror classics and franchises: 

Halloween
Scream
The Conjuring
Child’s Play (Chucky)
Saw
A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Purge 
Paranormal Activity 
Friday the 13th 
It
Poltergeist
Carrie
The Lost Boys
A Quiet Place
Gremlins

Tubi, Paramount+ Roll Out Halloween-Themed October Content Slates

With October just around the corner, ad-supported streamer Tubi and, separately, Paramount+ are rolling out Halloween-themed content to lure and retain subscribers.

Fox Entertainment’s streaming platform Tubi announced “Terror on Tubi,” a month-long campaign streaming 13,000 horror, thriller, slasher-themed titles, including six Tubi originals: Alone in the Dark (Oct. 7); Battle of the Beasts: Bigfoot vs. Yeti (Oct. 12); The Final Rose (Oct. 14); a remake of Terror Train (Oct. 21); Lights, Camera, Murder: Scream (Oct. 26), and A Party to Die For (Oct. 28). 

Tubi will also stream 27,000 hours of Halloween content, including horror films such as Stephen King’s It, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hellraiser and Twilight Zone: The Movie, as well as thrillers such as Interview With the Vampire, Silence of the Lambs and Predators, among others. 

“We continue to super-serve viewers with streaming’s biggest free collection of Halloween titles, making Tubi an essential destination for genre fans,” Adam Lewinson, chief content officer, said in a statement. 

Separately, the Paramount+ Peak Screaming Collection returns to the service Sept. 22 with expanded Halloween content. The slate features more than double the programming from last year, including new originals, horror movies and classic TV episodes.

This year includes the debut of Monster High: The Movie (Oct. 6), a live-action musical from Nickelodeon; new thriller Significant Other (Oct. 7); the release of a new Halloween episode of “Ghosts” (Oct. 27). More Halloween-themed content on Paramount+ can be found here.

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