Halloween is just around the corner. After the trick-or-treaters have left and the kids have gone to bed, I can’t wait to snuggle up with a blanket, a hot chocolate, hubby and Netflix for some good old-fashioned scares. That’s what Halloween is all about, right?
Check out this list for a mix of classic and more recent horror films that are guaranteed to give you the chills – my top 7 scariest movies for Halloween available on Netflix.
Part satire, part slasher, horror legend Wes Craven’s Scream has that charming “teenage scary movie” feel without coming across as crass or entirely predictable. Made in 1996, it is old enough to not resort to hardcore gore but modern enough to poke fun at horror movie tropes. The story is about a group of friends who are stalked by a mysterious killer known as Ghostface.
The Silence of the Lambs
In spite of a slew of disappointing sequels and never-ending pop culture references, The Silence of the Lambs remains a cinematic masterpiece in its own right. 1991 was the year when this film hit cinemas, and it is still a great watch. It follows a young FBI cadet in pursuit of a serial killer who skins his victims. She enlists the help of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist-turned-cannibal, to help catch the killer.
A truly terrifying film, V/H/S was spawned in 2012 after the recent revival of the found-footage genre. The story follows a group of people hired to acquire a rare VHS tape in an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere. It’s safe to say they stumble on more than they bargained for when they find some other bizarre footage. Don’t expect to go to sleep soundly after this one.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
While there are countless stories about Dracula and vampires, this one is a classic. Based on Bram Stoker’s 1897 book of the same name, this story is the be-all and end-all of the bloodsucking vampire genre. If you’re a hardcore vampire fan who has read the book and is used to watching the likes of True Blood, Bram Stoker’s Dracula should be right up your alley.
Released last year, It Follows is one for horror fans disheartened with the current state of the genre. If you’re looking for a film that will stay with you as you navigate your house at night when you’re going to the bathroom, this is it. This movie doesn’t rely on gore or jump scares, and instead masterfully induces a sense of dread throughout the entirety of the film. The story is about a girl who is being followed by an unknown entity and her attempts to escape it.
A modern classic, this Australian indie film was the unexpected horror darling of 2014. The Babadook uses strong psychological elements to create a twisted film about a grieving widow, her young son and a supernatural presence seemingly born from a creepy book in their home. This is an extremely well-executed movie worth watching if you like scares that feel classier than usual.
28 Days Later
Where would this list be without a zombie flick? If you don’t have time to catch up on The Walking Dead (one of the best modern additions to the zombie genre), 28 Days Later is one of the best zombie titles out there. Not a typical undead movie, the story focuses on a group of survivors after a highly contagious “rage” virus spreads throughout the UK and causes the decomposition of society. Warning: these zombies run, not walk.
What do you think of my list? What are your favorite horror movies?