Regardless of your stance Halloween, if you’re looking to be scared shitless, you’ve come to the right place. Netflix offers an array of horror movies, ranging from the ‘not so great but oh so gory’ to the down right terrifying. Below is my top horror films available on Netflix (UK).
Synopsis: The events of one evening take an unexpected turn for the worst for a young boy trying to spy on his babysitter.
If you’re looking for complete scares this is the wrong movie for you. The Babysitter offers comedy, horror and gore all in equal measure. Its entertaining from the offset and copious amounts of in your face violence mixed with a great soundtrack to keep you gripped until the end. It has the feel of a potentially a future cult movie, a cheesy slasher horror topped with laughs to kick the night off. Real good fun.
Synopsis: A young videographer answers an online ad for a one-day job in a remote town to record the last messages of a dying man. When he notices the man’s odd behavior, he starts to question his intentions.
Creep has much more of a indie/found footage feel to it, in that essence it works for what the film tries to achieve. The concept is simple, the execution is carried out fantastically. The movie slowly builds up an unerving tension until it boils down to its heart pounding finale. If you dont mind a slow burner, this movie is a fantastic Halloween treat.
Synopsis: Madrid, 1991. A teen girl finds herself besieged by an evil supernatural force after she played Ouija with two classmates.
Veronica is the only one on this list with a paranormal theme, and subtitles, mind. The concept has been done to death, but the delivery of Veronica is substantially better. A great film to watch if youre a fan of the Conjuring or Paranormal Activity as the concept is similar, along with the quality of the scares. Guaranteed jumps and a few after thoughts. You might be sleeping with the lights on tonight.
The Neon Demon
Synopsis: An aspiring model, Jesse, is new to Los Angeles. However, her beauty and youth, which generate intense fascination and jealousy within the fashion industry, may prove themselves sinister.
From Director Nicolas Winding Refn, The Neon Demon is as beautiful as it is slow. The aestethics and cinematography alone is to be noted as some feat. The film is slow, it absorbs the user in with feelings of lust and symbolism creating an immersive vortex to get lost in. The film doesn’t offer jump scares, but instead preys the viewer’s mind leading them down a path with grotesque consequences. A film for a patience viewer but the payoff at the end is definitely worth it. A violent halloween treat.
Synopsis: Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.
Hostel stands a giant as an original gross-out movie. if you’ve not seen it youve definitely heard of it. Pulled from the depths of Eli Roth’s mind, the story takes the viewer on a dark journey where there is only ever going to be one outcome. The ideology is down right terrifying, the films itself doesnt shower you with scares but what it lacks in scares it makes up for in over the top violence. Even the most horror fans born on Elm Street may feel like putting the candy down after watching this.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Synopsis: A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets.
A almost single location shot film, stiched together so well even the surgeons would be proud. The film gets right so much that other entity films gets wrong. It draws the viewer in instantly making them ask questions but at the same time extends so much empathy to the two main characters, something that is lost in most horror films. The Autopsy of Jane Doe provides great scares layered on top of a fancinating story. Definitely recommended for all horror fans.
Synopsis: A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don’t apply.
Annhihilation tops my list for numerous reasons. Alex Garland (Ex Machina) has created an engrossing Sci-Fi Horror that stands on the shoulders of films such as Alien, in my opinion. The cinematography alone is enough to amaze the viewer; a creative world were the laws of nature as we know it are no more, bound to a new and deadly ecosystem. Psychology grips the entire atmosphere around the film, moulding a creepy, yet unexplained enviroment for the characters to thrive in. A twist on everything we know, unique to any films that have come before it. In the midst of the chaos it creates an eary abstract world that is as much immersive as it is an scary experience for the viewer. There are enough scares, violence and tension to top my Halloween list.