The 10 Scariest Horror Movies On Netflix This Halloween
Netflix has the answer if your idea of terror is having to put on fancy dress and socialise in a bar this Halloween. Instead, you can stay in and watch a truly terrifying horror movie instead. In the vein of many classic horrors, staying in, locking your doors and watching a movie is the safest way to ride out Halloween, right? What could possibly go wrong? Nothing, is the answer, as long as you opt for one of our selection of the best horror films on Netflix. In this list you’ll find a couple of classics, some on their way to achieving the same hallowed status and even two comedies. Something for everyone, then, regardless of your horror tolerance. Think of it as Netflix and thrill.
Kubrick’s masterpiece needs little introduction from us but we’ll say this: if you want jump scares this Halloween, this probably isn’t the film for you. If however, you’re after a dose of quiet, creeping horror that builds to an axe-wielding crescendo of absolute madness, check into The Overlook Hotel and spend two and a half hours with Shelley Duvall and Jack Nicholson at his mesmeric best.
Shaun of The Dead
Look, frightening is a relative concept, ok? Plus, if you’re staying in with more sensitive viewers this Halloween, Shaun of the Dead is a very funny take on the zombie genre. The first in Edgar Wright’s Cornetto trilogy (the other two films being Hot Fuzz and The World’s End) Shaun of The Dead features innovative anti-zombie weaponry- records, cricket bat…and a delightful bit of swearing from Nick Frost.
Taking the question “How bad could it be?” to new depths, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut follows Chris Washington, a black New Yorker who goes to spend the weekend with his partner’s white family. A part satirical, part horrific look at race and slavery in American society, Get Out manages to deliver its message in a creepy, stifling, uncomfortable and funny.
A little like Stranger Things for adults, It Follows is a beautifully shot chase-horror about a curse that, unsurprisingly, follows you wherever you go. It might take the form of a stranger in a crowd or even a friend and although it isn’t moving fast, they are coming. The synth soundtrack and Instagram filter camerawork give It Follows a dreamy, nostalgic quality, while the central conceit, simple but effective, delivers some genuinely scary moments.
World War Z
If you read the brilliant book of the same name, this film was never going to match it, but judged on its own merits, Marc Forster’s nuts and bolts zombie thriller is a pleasing commentary on genetic engineering, overpopulation and ethics. Forget the zombies, World War Z’s depiction of how quickly entire countries descend into chaos, and society breaks down, is the really scary stuff here.
It’s difficult to watch The Exorcist now and imagine what it was like to experience it at the time of release, such is its influence on modern cinema. William Friedkin’s horror masterpiece caused fainting, vomiting and even heart attacks after its release which lead to cities attempting to ban it and it not being available on home video in the UK until 1999. While time might have softened the incredible special effects a little, The Exorcist remains a brutally brilliant film. It it’s your first time watching it: good luck.
A thoughtful take on the zombie genre, The Hobbit’s Martin Freeman plays a man first trying to keep his family together in the wake of a zombie apocalypse and then just trying to get his daughter to safety. As much a road-trip movie as it is a zombie flick, Cargo’s Australian outback setting refreshes what is an overdone genre.
What We Do In The Shadows
Before Taika Waititi landed the job of Thor Ragnarok (for our money still one of the best Marvel films) he made this hilarious vampire mockumentary. Like Flight of the Concordes but with vampires, What We Do In The Shadows isn’t likely to keep you up at night but it’s satisfyingly gory and you’ll be quoting it for weeks afterwards.
Hands down the nastiest film on this list, Hostel spawned a generation of torture porn movies that delighted in the gruesome downfall of witless American tourists looking for a good time. Directed by Eli Roth, the film follows three tourists as they arrive in Slovakia and are kidnapped by an organization who pay to maim and torture people. Like we said: nasty.
Proving that even the French Canadians aren’t immune from zombie horror flicks, Ravenous is another clever take on the genre, not to be confused with the 1999 film of the same name. After an apocalypse (naturellement) survivors try to make a new life in the woods, with predictably grim consequences. Look out for the ending which has left many confused.