5 nostalgic horror movies to watch on Netflix this weekend

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Jeff Goldblum attends the 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' photocall at London Bridge on May 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Jeff Goldblum attends the 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' photocall at London Bridge on May 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images) /
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1. Ghostbusters

Release Year: 1984
Director: Ivan Reitman
Writer: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts

If you’re looking for a weekend of nostalgic fun, there’s no better #1 “yes please watch this” choice than the O.G. Ghostbusters. Like your favorite home-cooked meal, it’s a wonderful classic that will never let you down. It’s a comforting combination of horror sensibilities with a family-friendly comedic delivery.

Well… mostly family-friendly. You know you totally missed the mature themes and content as a kid. At any rate, it’s PG, so that counts.

Ghostbusters is an excellent meeting of some of the great comedic minds of the 80s. The film knows how to balance its ensemble cast to allow each to play to their strengths. Though the brilliant Bill Murray steals every scene, his cheeky side comments are the perfect fit with Harold Ramis’ deadpan delivery, Dan Aykroyd’s sweet sincerity, and Ernie Hudson’s plucky, soulful wisdom.

They’re not all fighting with one another for the most over-the-top character or line delivery – they find a natural, subdued balance that gives everyone their moment to shine in the spotlight. Additionally, once they do bring more exuberant enthusiasm to a line or a scene, it has a much bigger payoff since they’re not starting with that dial of emotion cranked to 11. This practice is supported by the other cast as well (with a possible exception of Rick Moranis’ character, Louis Tully, which is perhaps one of the reasons he feels so odd and out of place).

The movie is basically flawless. Watch it, love it, and have a stellar weekend.

Which horror movies from the list will you be watching this weekend?

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