I’ve been through the Netflix horror section and Halloween ‘specials’ to dig out what I think are the best scary movies available on there. Okay maybe “best” is the wrong word. Horror movies are a unique genre, they don’t always have to be outstanding, to be, outstanding. So I’ve picked a bunch of movies I like for one reason or another.
This refers to Netflix UK but I’m assuming (and hoping) that a lot of the big name movies will be the same across the ponds. Also last Halloween (here) I posted a picture of me looking all scary. And no it wasn’t first thing in the morning before I’d done my makeup. Here’s another one anyway, maybe we could start an October tradition?
So Netflix doesn’t have the greatest selection of movies (in my opinion – and everyone else’s) but I’ve dug out a few good’uns. There seems to be slightly more emphasis on gore and carving people up so apologies to you decent people who enjoy a good ghost story over seeing someone with a paperclip stuck in their eye. I’m pretty happy to watch both.
If you’re not in the mood for gore, you could try The Babadook (2014), Insidious (2010) or The Quiet Ones (2014). None of them are bloody, though The Babadook can be disturbing in places (read my review here). The latter isn’t terribly scary and does seem to miss out on potential crescendo moments but it’s still likable enough and made by British franchise Hammer Horror.
If you like a little blood served up with your paranormal stew, why not swallow your pride and try the 2013 remake of Carrie? Chloe Moretz is cute as a button and it’s a decent remake. Well I enjoyed it anyway. There’s also The Amitville Horror remake (2005) which I personally think is better than the original. It’s easy watching fun and Ryan Reynolds…….well, Ryan Reynolds. Shirtless with a beard, low slung trousers and wielding an axe – he is quite a sight to behold.
Starry Eyes (2014) and The House of the Devil (2009) are both horror films I’ve seen recently (my review of The House of the Devil is here) and enjoyed very much. Both of these movies mix the supernatural (devil shit) with some pretty cool gore. And that reminds me, the original The Omen (1976) is on Netflix too. Perfect for Halloween.
Speaking of classics how about Scream (1996) or Child’s Play (1988) for shits and giggles. Or An American Werewolf in London (1981)? Just this film being on Netflix is pretty cool and you should take advantage of it. I’ve got it on DVD and Blu-Ray and I’m still tempted to watch it here. How nuts is that? I was surprised to see Killer Klowns from Outta Space (1988) available too. Last time I checked it wasn’t the cheapest DVD to buy so if you already pay for Netflix I’d urge you to give this a whirl. A good film to watch with……likeminded friends. Plus doesn’t literally everyone in the world have a clown phobia?
The good thing about Killer Klowns is that it’s a comedic movie as well as scary. Halloween is about having fun as well after all (apple bobbing isn’t scary!) and luckily there are a few decent horror/comedy efforts on Netflix too.
Scary Movie (2000), Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010), Tremors (1990) and Grabbers (2012) which stars one of my big crushes, Russell Tovey (ever since he played George in Being Human!)
Housebound (2014) is the cream of the crop, an offering from New Zealand about a woman on house arrest being antagonised by a spirit and her weird family. Housebound is one of those rare films that is simultaneous funny and scary. The above mentioned are all good films but definitely lean more on the comedy side.
But if you’re feeling really wimped out or just want to watch a light hearted film with the family I would highly recommend Wallace and Gromit The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) which is a great film for children and adults alike.
Fun films aside I must whisper quietly that I kinda like those brainless movies where people get cut up and stuff. I feel a bit ‘wrong’ admitting that but I’m a big softie really. I cry at news stories and hate killing spiders. Promise.
So all three Human Centipede movies are on Netflix. If you’re only going to watch one and you have a strong stomach, make it the second one. I’ve seen all three and for a true horror fan the second offering is best (see my reviews here). Avoid the third one at all cost – it’s not scary or disturbing in the slightest, just fucking shit.
Saw 5, 6 and 7 are on Netflix which is unfortunate as they’re the worst three movies from the franchise. Having said that they’re okay for what they are and before you start arguing with me, just remember – I’m not forcing you to watch them. They feel a little nostalgic because they were always released around Halloween and I watched every single one in the cinema. But if you can’t stomach Saw (either the traps, script or acting is bound to put you off) try a watered down version called Would You Rather (2012) which I reviewed here. There’s also the Rob Zombie movies House of 1000 Corpses (2003) and The Devil’s Rejects (2005). I don’t rate either film that highly but meh, they’re easy watching if you like that kind of thing.
And here are two Special Picks (that also don’t fit anywhere else) – Afflicted (2013) which is a brilliant and genuine found-footage movie about a guy bitten by a vampire. You can read my review here. And Event Horizon (1997) which is a nightmarish, science fiction horror that you DO NOT GET ANYMORE! I love this film so much and it’s a pretty darn scary one – so be sure to have your pillow handy.