Remember when getting Netflix mailed to you was worth it? For a long time, I had Netflix delivery, but there came a point where I found myself unable to watch everything. DVDs would come and sit around for weeks at a time, and I realized I was basically paying for the equivalent of one movie a month. And after they began charging for both instant and delivery, I opted out of the delivery part and just started streaming movies.
But before I quit Netflix, I remember one Halloween a couple of years ago when I found out that Netflix was shipping their films in special Halloween-themed envelopes. Like any fan of horror and Halloween, I naturally flipped out and became infatuated with the designs, to the point where I long to join Netflix during the Halloween season just to get these envelopes again (and Christmas, because I see they did that as well).
But since we’re about halfway to Halloween, I thought it would be fun to look back at the different designs Netflix included on their envelopes. Thanks to a bunch of people on the web also obsessed with the designs, I was able to grab a few pictures of all the different designs (that I know of – if there are more I’ve missed, please let me know so I can find them!).
I couldn’t find a bigger picture of this one, but the design is clear enough anyway. I like the addition of the ghost’s lantern – that’s a nice, classic touch that reminds me of children’s books I used to read during Halloween. Tromping through the pumpkin patch, the ghost is only able to see by the light of the lantern and the eerie candles from the jack-o-lanters, or so I imagine anyway.
I’m pretty sure this is the design that I first saw. Actually, I’m certain of it, because I just found the picture I took back in October 2012 that I posted to Facebook. It’s not my favorite – a little too goofy for my tastes – but if you look closely, there’s a zombie hand sticking out of the ground.
Back in 2012 I remember a few people mentioning they got crows on their Netflix envelopes. Moody – I wonder how many people have gotten Edgar Allan Poe-related films in these envelopes?
Here’s one I wasn’t aware of. The werewolf’s howling to the moon, lazy drapes of clouds flitting past it. The grave has a crack through it, nearly blasphemous, and the werewolf’s got a traditional wolf man design that also feels like a classic throwback.
Finally, we’ve got some zombies on this one, which fills up most of the envelope! The dark black ground is a nice contrast to the bright red of Netflix’s logo. The most foreground zombie to the right, too, looks like the main zombie from ParaNorman. Not sure if that was intentional or not, but I like it.