Looking to get into the spooky holiday spirit? Well, you're in luck. We've rounded up a list of the best Halloween movies currently available on Netflix, from cult classics to freaky (and under-the-radar) flicks.
They say that truth is stranger than fiction, or in this case, scarier. Profiling real people who suffer from sleep paralysis, a disorder associated with hallucinations and waking up with the sudden inability to move, this documentary delves into the human mind to unlock
It almost goes without saying that this 1984 classic belongs on your Halloween watch list. Packed with iconic performances and eternally quotable one-liners, this comedy-horror mashup is exactly who ya gonna call for a spooky good time.
Nominated for seven Goya awards, this 2017 Spanish import has garnered a reputation as one of the scariest films on Netflix right now, with many viewers claiming that the sheer terror it evokes makes it nearly impossible to watch the whole way through. For those who just can't get enough of fright night, the gauntlet has been thrown.
For those who prefer monsters of the human variety, Anthony Hopkins reprises his Oscar-winning turn as Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter in this
Based on Neil Gaiman's
This 2006 horror feels old-school in the best way, blending its nightmarish themes with the nerve-jangling of the thriller genre. It crafts tension out of
INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE
This iconic 1994 film reignited America's craving for moody, sexy vampires. Based on the Anne Rice novel, the film follows Louis (Brad Pitt) and Lestat (Tom Cruise) through centuries as their undead existences intertwine and progressively unravel in a flood of jealousy, violence, and madness.
Guaranteed to mess with your head, this 2016 film follows a vampire-obsessed
HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY
Often underrated (don't let the 2 in the title fool you; this sequel is anything but subpar) this action-fantasy follows the demonic Hellboy as he tries to stop the prince of the underworld from unleashing an unstoppable army to stamp out humanity.
As Scream taught us, in a horror movie "sex = death," but in this 2014 film, the classic scare trope gets an update with a murderous spirit who infects victims during moments of passion. The only way to survive it? To pass it on. While the premise might sound like a recipe for schlock, It Follows has garnered status as a cult classic for it's thoughtful, earnest approach to its supernatural concept.
A female-focused take on the vampire genre, this bloodsucker is at its Gothic finest. Centered on the undead mother-daughter duo of Clara and Eleanor (Oscar nominee
If you prefer something a little more fun than frightening this holiday, this live-action reimagining of the classic cartoon ghost chasers is just the ticket. Part send-up part genuine nostalgia, this 2002 film offers something both kids and adult can enjoy.
TRAIN TO BUSAN
If you've been craving some brain-eating goodness, this Korean blockbuster will send you to zombie paradise. As an outbreak of undead sweeps the country, a father takes the harrowing risk of attempting to whisk his daughter to safety by train. Unfortunately, in the zombie apocalypse, there's
THE SIXTH SENSE
Some ghost stories rely on non-stop scares to keep you hooked, but this classic spends more time digging into character, to great effect. If you've managed to make it the nearly 20 years since its release without being spoiled on the ending you're in for a treat, but the masterful filmmaking that made M. Night Shyamalan a household name (and earned the film six Oscar nominations) ensures that the experience holds up no matter how many times you've watched.
Perhaps the only thing more frightening than being a child is being a parent; at least that's the case in this applauded 2014 debut from Australian
TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL
In a clever subversion this fun, satirical romp pits two affable rednecks attempting to fix up a vacation cabin by a lake against a group of young, attractive city kids who repeatedly and violently mistake them for the horror movie staple, murderous hillbillies.
This Netflix original film is already making waves as a motion sickness-free descendant of The Blair Witch Project. The story kicks off with four hapless friends venturing into the Swedish wilderness on a hiking expedition. Naturally, (or should we say supernaturally) things quickly get out of hand as mysterious runes, dead animals, and unsettling totems begin to litter their path, none of them half as frightening as the unidentifiable creature moving through the trees.
THE LOST BOYS
When their family moves to a small, northern California town, brothers Michael and Sam find themselves in a strange, new kind of trouble in this 1987 classic. The mysterious local gang of teenagers
In the tradition of 2001: A Space Odyssey, this BAFTA-winning 2009 film ramps up the tension by examining the psychological toll of being alone in space. As he approached the end of a three-year stint on a lunar mine, Sam begins to experience strange physical symptoms, stumbling across clues that suggest that there may be a much darker secret behind his time on the moon.
In a hazing ritual gone terribly wrong, vegetarian Justine is forced to eat raw meat... and finds herself with an insatiable craving, in this lauded Belgian film. A shocking, cannibalistic coming of age story, the film gained renown after causing audience members to faint at the Toronto International Film Festival—perfect for those who want something a little more daring this Halloween.
Though it verges over into the horror lane on occasion, this quintessential nail-biter by director David Fincher is a thriller at its core. Detectives Somerset and Mills are hot on the trail of a sadistic serial killer who's obsessed with the seven deadly sins. Each murder brings them nearer to tracking down the mysterious perpetrator, and yet each clue may also put them at greater risk of becoming victims themselves.
This horror-comedy puts a new spin on the evil child trope. Starring Adam Scott as Gary, whose happily ever after with Samantha is being thrown off-kilter by Samantha's quiet, sometimes disturbing son, Lucas. But as Gary tries to connect to his new stepson, he begins to suspect that the boy might
Sequels can be hit or miss, but this
A horror story for anyone who's ever used Craigslist. Videographer Aaron gets a lot more than he bargained for when he signs on to help charming oddball Josef create a final message before his approaching death from an inoperable brain tumor in this twisting, indie horror.
Stephen King is a master of manipulating the mundane into genuine terror, so it's hardly a surprise that this chilling Netflix original is based on one of his novels. In an attempt to reignite their passion, Jessie and Gerald set out on a sexy weekend at an isolated cottage, but things quickly take a turn for the worse when Gerald suddenly collapses on top
The movie that kicked off Clive Barker's film career and launched a franchise, this 1987 slasher is a must for anyone who considers themselves a horror buff. After being murdered by hellish creatures from within a puzzle box, Frank convinces his lover, Julia, to bring men back to their home and sacrifice them so that he can bring himself back to life.
There's the kind of horror that comes from monsters and violence charging right at you, and then there's the kind that's born of those ominous moments when you try to convince yourself there's nothing to be afraid of. The Invitation is built out of the latter when Will and his girlfriend accept an invitation to what promises to be a The Big Chill-
LET ME IN
The American remake of the Swedish hit
CHILDREN OF THE CORN
What do you get when you take the standard horror movie creepy kid and multiply them by 100? A town full of fanatical children bent
A century and a half later, Edgar Allen Poe stories like "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Mask of the Red Death" still serve as prime Halloween fodder. Add in the talents of horror maestros like Christopher Lee (in one of his final roles), Guillermo del Toro, and even a bit of borrowed voice work from the late, great Bela Lugosi and this collection of five animated Poe shorts serves as a winning option for literary buffs and
Considered by many to be a modern masterpiece of the genre, this mega-hit is so frightening that when it was released in 2013, Warner Bros reportedly put an R-rating on it despite its lack of horror-standard gore and profanity. Inspired by real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, the film follows the couple as they attempt to help a family whose home is a hotbed of malevolent spiritual activity.
Siblings Tom and Kaylie are looking to discover the secret behind their parents mysterious, possibly possession-fueled deaths 11 years ago, but when they return a supposedly haunted mirror to the scene of the crime, the duo may not be prepared for the truths they find.
It may not look or sound like your traditional comic book movie, but this 2005 adaptation of DC's
Sometimes fear is most effective when it's paired with hope. Such is the case in this 2016 film about a mother who endures brutal physical and psychological rituals at the hands of an occult expert for the chance to contact her dead son.
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