31 Days of Halloween: The Best of Netflix Horror Movies
Any time is the right time to watch a horror movie. October, however, seems to be the perfect month to take a break from studying, snuggle up under some blankets and put on a good scary movie. Unfortunately, television channels don’t play horror movies all October long. Sure, there’s marathons of classic horror films on weekends or “13 Days of Halloween” specials, but what do you do when you’re in the mood to watch a scary movie when these aren’t on the table?
Netflix is a vastly popular streaming service for movies and shows right at your fingertips. However, the online streaming browser doesn’t seem to always have the best reputation for their horror movie selection, as it’s usually cluttered with poorly directed films with weak plots that make them more funny than scary.
To help dilemma, I’ve compiled a list of some of Netflix’s best horror movies to make the endless scrolling come to a halt and get everyone in the Halloween spirit.
The Babadook (2014)
This classic horror movie is a film about a single mother, her young son and the presence of her son’s nightmare as it becomes real. With plenty of dark scenes, you’ll be on the edge of your seat as you wait for what’s to happen with the “Babadook.”
This Canadian horror film follows several coworkers when they come to realize they are trapped in the radio station they work for. As they try to communicate with radio listeners for help, they find out that language itself is spreading a virus that is making ordinary people commit horrific acts.
Housebound can be a bit humorous, but it’s a horror film that adds the laughter in a natural way, using the characters’ personalities. The humor isn’t to make the horror genre seem like a parody or laugh at the stupidity of the characters, like many other films that seek to entwine humor and horror. The movie is about a girl who gets in trouble with the law and is sentenced to house arrest in her old family home with her mother, who thinks the house is haunted.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
This is a movie more suited for fans of the supernatural aspects of Halloween. This movie focuses on two criminals on the run with their hostages. The group stops at a small biker bar to later find out that it is inhabited by vampires. If vampires aren’t your thing, this movie is at least worth a watch just for young George Clooney’s neck tattoo.
The Amityville Horror (2005)
Don’t dismiss this movie just because it’s a remake of a 70’s classic. This movie is based on a true story of a possessed house and the owner’s descent into darkness. As a bonus, this remake has Ryan Reynolds as the lead and the 70’s can’t compete with that.
The Houses October Built (2014)
This is the perfect movie to prepare for Halloween as it is based on a group of friends who are stalked while on a road trip to find the best haunted attraction in the world. This movie is filled with disturbed characters in terrifying masks. You’ll feel like you’re going through each haunt with the group as you see the film through the perspective of their handheld camera.
Devil is a Netflix hidden gem that will keep you guessing. The film is focused on a group of five people who get stuck on an elevator. What only seems like a case of bad luck turns malicious as people in the elevator start dying one by one. The entire movie is spent trying to figure out who the murderer is while the group dwindles down. There’s an old Spanish story about how the devil inhabits human bodies and carries out his work that way. Though the movie isn’t very scary, it keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Would You Rather (2013)
This film is probably one of the better, darker movies on Netflix. The movie doesn’t leave you scared as much as it leaves you disturbed. When in desperate situations, people will do almost anything. In this movie, several strangers play in a sick game of “Would You Rather?” in order to win enough money to take care of what they have to. This game, held by a twisted aristocrat, forces the players into either self-mutilation or the mutilation/death of the other players. The winner receives the amount of money they need and the freedom to leave the dinner alive. The entire plot really tests the viewer’s morals as they put themselves in the shoes of the players of the game.
The Invitation (2015)
This movie isn’t really “scary,” but the suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat. You follow the story of a man who is invited to a dinner party at the home of his ex-wife and her new husband. However, upon arriving there, the man has a feeling that there is something more sinister planned than reconnecting with old friends. As the protagonist grows more suspicious, so does the viewer, to the point where you expect something bad to happen at any second, even though it doesn’t.
This movie is as scary as it is creepy. You’re immediately introduced to the main character: a young deaf woman who lives on her own in the middle of the woods. You sit in suspense as the woman fights for her life in silence against a masked killer who appears outside her glass door. At certain parts of the movie, all sound is dropped, showing the viewer how the woman has no sense of the noise of her attacker as he approaches behind her in the dark.