25 best new Netflix movies coming in May 2019

Photo Credit: Wine Country/Netflix/Colleen Hayes, Acquired From Netflix Media Center
Photo Credit: Wine Country/Netflix/Colleen Hayes, Acquired From Netflix Media Center /
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21. Casper

Release Year: 1995

Directed By: Brad Silberling

Starring: Malachi Pearson, Devon Sawa, Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Joe Nipote, Joe Alaskey, Brad Garrett, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, Garette Ratliff Henson, Jessica Wesson, Amy Brenneman, Ben Stein; cameos by Don Novello, Dan Aykroyd, Clint Eastwood, Rodney Dangerfield, Mel Gibson, John Kassir

Release Date: Wednesday, May 1

Some months on Netflix are heavier on the throwback additions than others, and this month is especially overflowing with fan-favorite movies from the past. Thanks to the streamer, it’s never too soon to relive a nostalgic favorite or finally check out a classic you have managed to miss out on for a decade or two. Keep clicking through the list to find out which other oldies but goodies are hitting your watch list this month, but for now, let’s talk about everyone’s favorite friendly ghost.

Everyone knows Casper, the ghost of a young boy who kindly haunts the Whipstaff Manor in Maine. But when Casper summons paranormal therapist Dr. James Havery (Bill Pullman) to the manor because of his crush on Dr. Harvey’s teenage daughter Kat (Christina Ricci), their blossoming relationship hits a wrench. Due to his ghost state, Casper and Kat’s relationship isn’t normal and not to mention, his mischievous uncles use their haunting abilities to get up to no good with crazy antics.

Casper was directed by Brad Silberling, who also helmed City of Angels, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Land of the Lost. The film earned mixed reviews from critics, as reflected by its 44% on Rotten Tomatoes, but made bigger waves at the box office with its $287.9 million worldwide gross. Casper was followed by an animated television series and two direct-to-video sequels, including 1998’s Casper Meets Wendy starring Hilary Duff. But you can catch the original classic on Netflix beginning at the top of the month.