Another month, another batch of movies heading to Netflix. With Halloween just around the corner and spooky season in full swing, here are a few of our favourite Netflix horror movies to watch with the lights off this October:
The Cabin in the Woods
When five college friends (Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams) arrive at a remote forest cabin for a little vacation, little do they expect the horrors that await them. While the premise of this film might seem familiar, trust us, it is anything but. The Cabin in the Woods is genre-referential in all the right ways and if you’re a horror fan who somehow missed it, you will love how well it pairs real scares with tongue-in-cheek humour.
A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims. The Thing is one of the most quintessential horror movies of all time and whether it’s your first time or your fifteenth, it is always scary. John Carpenters masterpiece not only has some of the best practical effects that still hold up today, but it also might be Kurt Russel at his best. This one hits Netflix on October 6.
When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry, trying to outrun the sinister fate they have inherited. Director Ari Astor’s directorial debut, Hereditary is one of the most terrifying movies in recent memory. While there are a few jump scares for those who like them, the deep and twisted story is what really sticks with you for hours after the movie has ended. Maybe keep the lights on for this one.
Dani’s psychological trauma affects her relationship with Christian, her lover. However, when they visit their friend’s ancestral commune in an effort to mend things, it changes their lives forever. If you thought making a horror movie that takes place entirely in the daylight was impossible, think again. Midsommar, Ari Astor’s follow-up to Hereditary, is just as inventive and deeply unsettling as his first and Florence Pugh (who you might recognize from Black Widow) also gives an absolutely memorizing performance. How can a movie that is this beautiful hide so many dark secrets?
In the New England of the 17th century, a banished Puritan family sets up a farm by the edge of a huge remote forest where no other family lives. Soon, sinister forces then start haunting them. If you are the type of person who hates jump scares, The Witch could be more readily be described as a creepy drama than a horror film, but that doesn’t stop it from giving you goosebumps. It’s dark, gripping, and genuinely haunting.
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The arrival of a charismatic priest brings miracles, mysteries and renewed religious fervour to a dying town. We’re cheating a bit with this one (it’s a limited series, not a movie) but we just had to include it. Mike Flanagan, the creator of the horror sensation The Haunting of Hill House, returns with another smash hit. Just like his first series, Midnight Mass is not only scary but, carries the real emotional weight that can only come from an extended series.
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