From slashers to seances, we’ve rounded up the 15 best Halloween movies to watch on Netflix.
So, turn off your lights and hold on tight. Ranked from not so scary to nightmare-inducing, here’s our definitive list of movies to give you the shivers this Halloween.
15. Ghostbusters 2 (1989)
After saving New York from a bunch of not so friendly ghosts hellbent on distruction, the Ghostbusters, a team of spirit exterminators, are disbanded for demolishing most of the city. But when an evil spirit sets his sights on Peter Venkman’s son the gang jump into action to save the day once more.
14. Scary Movie 2 (2001)
The supernatural extension of the film film, Scary Movie 2 casts its satirical eye over such horror classics as The Exorcist, Poltergeist, Hannibal, What Lies Beneath and The House on Haunted Hill.
13. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Shaun of the Dead is the ultimate Halloween movie to watch this spooky season.
Nothing beats a good Pegg & Frost movie especially when it combines comedy and gore. Shaun decides to turn his monotonous life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to dine on the living.
12. Jaws (1975)
“You’re going to need a bigger boat!” This classic American thriller from Speilberg has left some viewers with a lifelong fear of sharks. It’s a visceral masterpiece that masters the build up of suspense. It’s the ultimate man vs. nature movie.
11. Scream (1996)
“Do you like scary movies?” A killer known as Ghostface begins killing off teenagers, and as the body count rises, one girl and her friends contemplates the ‘rules’ of horror movies as they find themselves living in a real-life one. I wouldn’t watch this movie with your phone in hand and certainly don’t let your prankster mates know you’re watching it.
10. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
I know what you’re thinking but this isn’t your typical ‘things that go bump in the night’ type horror. Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods, but we all know they’ll regret it in the end. Them’s the rules.
9. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Written by and starring Quentin Tarantino, it’s no surprise that From Dusk Till Dawn has become a cult classic. It tells the tale of two criminals and their hostages who unknowingly get mixed up with a bunch of vampires. As you can imagine choas and bloodshed ensues.
8. Misery (1990)
If you’ve ever broken your leg then you’ll know the frustration of not being able to do everyday things. Well after famous author Paul is involved in a car crash he’s at the mercy of his saviour, and superfan Annie. But all is not what it seems. Is he really her prisoner?
7. The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)
The Girl With All The Gifts put a brand new spin on zombie movies. It’s so scarily close to modern day that it’s almost believable.This is so much more than a zombie horror, it’s a tale of love, determination and bravery.
6. Orphan (2009)
After losing their baby a couple decide to adopt a young 9 year old girl. little do they know that they just invited a killing machine into their home. Eventually John listens to his wife’s concerns about the young girl. But is it a case of too little too late?
5. Bird Box (2018)
Bird Box went viral when it started streaming on Netflix. Fans, rather stupidly, started copying the antics in the film blindfolding themselves while driving. The film is set 5 years afrer an unseen force causes people to kill themselves using fear. We watch as a young mother and her two children attempt to reach safety while blindfolded.
4. Sinister (2012)
If you want creepy, look no further. This tense thriller, anchored by Ethan Hawke, will build and build to a near unbearable level. When acclaimed true crime writer Ellison Oswalt knowingly moves into a house synonymous with a family murder, you just know that you’re asking for trouble.
3. American Psycho (2000)
Patrick Bateman is a seemingly regular businessman on Wall Street, but he hides a deep dark secret from his co-workers. In reality he is phychopath with violent, maniacal fantasies. Patrick banks by day, and by night he descends into madness as he experiments with all forms of fear and violence.
2. Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The character of Hannibal Lecter may have spawned several spin off films, prequels and even a TV series but it began with Clarice Starling and the hunt for Buffalo Bill. Unnerving and downright creepy, Silence of the Lambs is edge of your seat tension at its finest. It’s also the first (and so far only) Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards that’s widely considered as a Horror.
1. Psycho (1980)
This American horror-thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock is a timeless classic. No matter how many times you watch Psycho it’s still going to scare the bejesus out of you.
Here are the movies that would have been on our list but unfortunately they’re not available to stream on Netflix right now.
- A Quiet Place
- 10 Cloverfield Lane
- It (1990/2017)
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
- The Shining
- The Blair Witch Project
- Hocus Pocus
- The Crazies
- The Exorcist
- A Nightmare On Elm Street
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
- Friday The 13th
- The Amityville Horror
- World War Z
- Paranormal Activity
- What Lies Beneath
- Sleepy Hollow
- The Sixth Sense
- Death Becomes Her
- Ghostbusters (1984 /2016)
- The Babbadook
Happy viewing and remember this Halloween, don’t decide to split up from your group up in an attempt to find your friend. And whatever happens don’t say that you’ll be ‘right back’ because by the rules of countless horror movies you won’t.
By Ruth Walker