This is a big Halloween season for horror fans on Netflix. The streaming giant has gory horror comedy “The Babysitter” which arrived today, alongside David Fincher’s new serial killer show “Mindhunter“. Then, later in the month, they’ve got a Stephen King adaptation in the form of “1922” and the one we’ve all been waiting for just in time for Hallow’s Eve, “Stranger Things 2“. To get you in the mood for these spooky treats, here are the best horror films currently streaming on Netflix!
The film that first introduced the world to Charles Lee Ray, the sadistic serial killer trapped inside a body of a “Good Guy” doll. “Child’s Play” is arguably the most consistent of all the iconic horror franchises and the sequels have offered plenty of thrills over the years, but none can match the gloss and scale of this killer original. Subscribers in the USA and Canada are lucky enough to already have access to the madcap latest instalment, “Cult of Chucky“, after it hit Netflix on the same day as its DVD release.
A perfect collaboration between indie darlings the Duplass Brothers (“Safety Not Guaranteed”, “Tangerine“, “Blue Jay“) and horror maestros Blumhouse (“Get Out”, “Split”, “Paranormal Activity“), “Creep” reanimates the done-to-death found footage-style horror film with chilling results. Mark Duplass is superbly sinister as a Craigslist employer who puts out a cryptic ad for a videographer. This was such a hit with subscribers that a sequel is just around the corner.
Is this the best modern horror remake? It’s certainly up there. Director Fede Alvarez captures all the goopy delights of Sam Raimi’s 1981 classic while upping the tempo for a contemporary audience. This frenetic hit established Alvarez as a genre director to watch and he’s delivered with “Don’t Breathe”, and “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” next up.
If box office behemoth “IT” wasn’t enough to make 2017 the year of Stephen King, then this Netflix Original adaptation seals the deal. Featuring a wonderful performance from Carla Gugino as a woman who ends up handcuffed to a bed after a freak accident in the bedroom, “Gerald’s Game” is a taught and thoughtful thriller featuring some truly haunting imagery.
The second Mike Flanagan film on this list (after “Gerald’s Game”). He seems to have cornered the market in Netflix Original horror and for good reason. Tightly scripted, with some shocking twists and turns, this home invasion film offers an interesting spin on the formula with a deaf-mute woman tormented in her isolated home in the woods.
An exploration of horror’s “sex equals death” trope, “It Follows” belies its on-the-nose premise (a sexually transmitted curse) to deliver an intensely atmospheric and visually striking horror film. Unafraid to be quiet and purposeful in its pacing, David Robert Mitchell’s film rightly drew comparisons with the suburban nightmare classics of yesteryear.
The beautiful, eerie original that inspired the Chloe Grace Moretz-starring “Let Me In” (also available in some territories), “Let the Right One In” is unlike any vampire film you’ve ever seen. Don’t let the subtitles put you off, this Swedish chiller about a bullied boy falling for a mysterious girl is well worth your time.
The anthology horror film is not an easy thing to get right, but this recent film perfectly captures the feeling of Halloween. Featuring shorts from ten of the best indie genre directors working today, from Neil Marshall to Darren Lynn Bousman and Lucky McKee, “Tales of Halloween” is the perfect thrill ride for a dark October night.
THE horror film of the moment a few years back, “The Babadook” is worth all the hype. As moving as it is scary, Jennifer Kent’s film follows a mother and son as they come to terms with the death of the boy’s father, with the added concern of the titular presence worming its way into their home.
Quite simply one of the scariest films of the century so far. Director Neil Marshall crafts a brilliantly claustrophobic shocker as a group of cavers get trapped deep underground with a family of flesh-eating monsters. A masterclass in contained location filmmaking.
Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine are a cinematic dream team as two loveable hillbillies mistaken for crazed backwoods killers by a bunch of dumb teens. “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” is a hilarious subversion of redneck slasher films. This will provide some much-needed laughs for those of you who prefer your horror on the lighter side.
It’s 2017 and this is still the only film to actually deliver on the immense promise of a “social media thriller”. “Unfriended” is a supernatural slasher that takes place entirely on the computer screen of a teenage girl. The result feels genuinely groundbreaking, technically audacious and freaky as hell.
Are there any hidden gems we missed? Let us know in the comments!
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