It’s officially spooky season, which means it’s time to binge-watch as many horror movies as we can.
One of the best parts of the Halloween season is celebrating it with scary movies, whether they feature silly ghosts or gory slashers. Unfortunately, this October there are not many big horror films showing in cinemas. The biggest horror release is about to happen Five Nights at Freddy’s on October 27, but the rest of the theater still leaves a lot to be desired for horror fans. Luckily, various streaming services are loading their platforms with spooky tunes to satisfy our cravings.
Netflix, in particular, has a ton of horror and thriller movies that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. From scary classics to modern masterpieces, this streaming service has a variety of horror films for us to enjoy at home. Whether they’re edgy social commentary or lighthearted moments, here are five movies to watch on Netflix this Halloween season.
It Follows (2015)
It follows is one of the greatest modern horror films. Released in 2015, It follows is a quiet yet terrifying film that finds its terror in the backdrop of everyday life. Instead of focusing on bloody slasher scenes, the film relies on creating psychological terror. No one is safe, and the audience is constantly guessing what is “safe” in the world. Inspired by horror films of the 70s and 80s, It follows refreshing and scary with a dense theme to cover.
The film follows Jay (Maika Monroe), a carefree teenager who is dating Hugh (Jake Weary). After the pair have sex for the first time, Jay learns that he is the recipient of a fatal curse passed from victim to victim through sexual intercourse. Now, death would continue to creep towards himfriend or stranger; literally, it follows. Not knowing how to kill this entity, Jay and his friends must find out how to defeat this curse before it brutally kills Jay. It followsoften cited as a metaphor for sexually transmitted diseases, is a psychological horror film for the ages.
Caregiver, a Netflix original film, is a very unique horror genre film. Less a nightmare-inducing fright fest and more light-hearted moments, the film is best described as a teen black comedy. Caregiver features hilariously dramatized characters, scary set pieces, and lots of bloody kills. If someone takes a movie character like Mean Girls or Perfect pitch and turn them into vicious Satanists, they will Caregiver.
Clocking in at 85 minutes, the film follows a 12-year-old boy named Cole, who learns that his beloved babysitter (Scream VI‘s Samara Weaving) belongs to a vicious teenage satanic cult. Once Cole reveals himself, he learns of the cult’s plan to sacrifice him for personal gain. Now, Cole must put aside his love for his caregiver while trying to fight to survive. Samara Weaving is terrific as the evil babysitter Bee, cementing herself as a low-key comedy horror icon thanks to her work in this and 2019’s films. Ready or not. Even though he didn’t do anything unexpected, Caregiver is a violent good time accompanied by lots of laughs.
Lights Out (2016)
If you’re looking for a more traditional horror film dotted with jumpscares and a truly terrifying premise, Lights out is for you. The 2016 film uses a large number of genre tropes, but uses them in an effective way. With some interesting performances and some scary set pieces, Lights out is a solid horror film that is similar to its peers James Wan’s magic or Dangerous. The greatest aspect of Lights out is how it taps into a fear that many people have: the fear of the dark. In this film, darkness literally means death.
Teresa Palmer stars as Rebecca, who was once terrorized by an invisible entity when the lights went out at night when she was little. Now as an adult, his younger brother, Martin (Gabriel Bateman) experiences the same unexplained thing. program. The siblings learn that an evil supernatural entity with ties to their mother has returned with a vengeance to torment the entire family. Now, Rebecca and Martin must survive an invisible entity, which can only survive in total darkness. Lights out it may not be the “elevated horror” variety that some other modern hits are, but it’s still a scary time for fans of the genre.
Strange people is one of those films that accomplishes a lot with little. Similar to modern times The Blair Witch Project, Strange people is a found-footage horror film with a very small budget. This movie is basically just two guys talking to each other and hanging out in his remote cabin, but Strange people not boring at all. Featuring an outstanding performance from Mark Duplass, Strange people very, very scary.
The plot is simple: a videographer named Aaron is hired by a stranger named Josef to film the day. Josef tells Aaron that he has a brain tumor and only has a few months to live, so he wants to make a film for his unborn child. As the days went by, Josef’s behavior and requests began to change, becoming increasingly strange over time. Now, Aaron is thrown into an intense and scary scenario where he must find out Josef’s true intentions. Strange people small in the best way, and uses its limitations as its strongest asset. It’s really scary.
It’s hard to overstate how great it is Get Go out Actually. The film, which is Jordan Peele’s first directorial feature, is a prime example of the “elevated horror” genre that has become a hit over the past decade. Go out it’s thematically deep and suspenseful, and every aspect of the film is absolutely perfect. While it may not feature heaps of gore or slasher kills, Go out is a horror/thriller film that finds its fears in today’s harsh reality.
The film follows Chris, played by the great Daniel Kaluuya. Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have finally reached the meet-the-parents stage of dating, and he invites her on a weekend getaway upstate with his parents, Missy and Dean. The family seems fine at first, appearing to be overly accommodating to Chris in handling their internal conflict regarding their daughter’s first interracial relationship. However, as the weekend wore on, things got worse. Go outa commentary on modern racism, scary, suspenseful and deeply profound.
If you like horror/thrillers and haven’t seen it yet Go out, watch it as soon as possible. If you’ve seen it, the film is fantastic enough to justify multiple rewatches.