Halloween is just around the corner, and one of the best parts of America's scariest holiday is scaring yourself silly with the best Halloween movies. Whether you're a hard-core horror buff looking for the most terrifying fright-fests out there, a fan of suspense looking to indulge in some old school ghost stories, or a parent who wants to introduce their kids to some all-ages scares, Netflix has a wide range of the perfect Halloween movies to put yourself in the mood for ghosts and goblins. Here at Netflix Update, we've put together a list of the 10 scariest Halloween movies on Netflix, with something for everyone.
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Traits Of The Scariest Movies
Most of us love good creepy Halloween movies, but what makes a movie genuinely scary? There are dozens of horror movies every year, and many fall flat in the scares department. Those that succeed will usually have several key factors in common that make them stand out, such as:
10 Scariest Halloween Movies On Netflix
Now you're ready to get watching. Netflix is home to dozens of ideal Halloween movies, but it takes some work to find the best of the best. We've done that work for you and picked the ten scariest Halloween movies currently available on Netflix.
The Conjuring (2013)
Looking for a modern take on the classic ghost story? You won't do better than James Wan's franchise-launching haunted house thriller. Starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, The Conjuring focuses on the real-life 1971 haunting in Rhode Island that inspired The Amityville Horror. Featuring a masterful use of tension, jump scares, and classic haunted house effects, The Conjuring was highly successful and spawned a sequel, The Conjuring 2, and a new spin-off, The Nun, is scheduled for release in fall 2018. Now is a perfect time to see how it all began.
The Babadook (2014)
One of the most divisive horror films in recent years, The Babadook is an Australian independent horror film directed by Jennifer Kent. Essie Davis stars as a single mother struggling to raise her son Samuel after the death of her husband. Samuel is a troubled boy who displays erratic behavior and signs of autism.
When Samuel becomes fixated on a children's book featuring a cryptic monster called Mister Babadook, the movie takes a turn for the terrifying. The mother and son find themselves tormented by a mysterious figure that tests their bond and attempts to drive them to insanity. Equal parts horror and psychological thriller about the challenges of parenting, The Babadook deserves a viewing.
Based on the classic children's horror novel by Neil Gaiman, Henry Selick's stop-motion animated thriller is considered one of the all-time best children's horror movies. After Coraline Jones moves to a small town in Oregon with her busy parents, she begins to feel neglected by them. When she is gifted a mysterious doll that uncannily resembles her, she's lured toward a strange door to another world.
There, she finds doppelgangers of everyone she knows, identical except for the buttons over their eyes. This Other Mother and Other Father give her the attention she wants - but soon she finds that they want her to stay forever. Although Coraline is definitely too intense for young kids, it's one of the best Halloween movies to introduces hardier kids into the world of horror. Coraline was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2010 Academy Awards.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Who doesn't remember iconic line "I see dead people" from M. Night Shyamalan's breakout suspense film? Bruce Willis stars as Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist who is hired by a single mother (Toni Colette) to help her disturbed son Cole (Haley Joel Osment). As Malcolm helps Cole explore his gift and put lost spirits to rest, he struggles with the aftereffects of a brutal shooting. More a mystery than a horror movie, it is one of the most successful and acclaimed ghost stories of all time, nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture. If you haven't seen it yet, don't let anyone spoil the shocking last-minute twist.
Se7en, which can be found on Netflix as Seven, is a serial killer film directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. McGinley, R. Lee Ermey, and Kevin Spacey. A detective on the edge of retirement is partnered with an idealistic young policeman, and they get pulled into a twisty case involving a serial killer who is theming his murders to the seven deadly sins.
Seemingly everyday people with minor flaws are mutilated and put into horrible no-win situations to test their moral fiber, as the mysterious "John Doe" carries out a one-man campaign of moral vengeance. Its grotesque last-act twist cemented Seven's place as one of the best horror movies of the 1990s - and unlike most of its competitors, it did it with no supernatural elements.
The Wailing (2016)
South Korea has become a surprising home for some of the most intense and original horror films being produced today. Na Hong-Jin's The Wailing takes place in a small village in the mountains of South Korea. A Japanese man arrives to live in an old house, and soon after the village is overcome with a strange illness leading to random outbursts of violence followed by comas and death. A police officer who comes to the village to investigate the murders uncovers a disturbing supernatural conspiracy. Soon, he finds himself in a race against time to solve the mystery before the disease claims him.
It Follows (2014)
We all know about those '80s horror movies where the teenagers have sex in the woods and immediately attract the killer to punish their sins. It Follows takes that analogy to the next level in a smart, tense thriller about the STD from hell.
David Robert Mitchell's second film is a non-stop chase that begins when a young woman has a chance sexual encounter, only to find herself stalked by a mysterious figure. It turns out that the man she slept with was cursed to be followed by an insatiable, murderous phantom - and the only way to get rid of the curse is to pass it onto someone else through sexual contact. Maika Monroe's main character soon finds herself with a horrible choice - does she try to pass on the curse and save herself, or not?
Gerald's Game (2017)
A Netflix original horror film based on the novel by Stephen King, Gerald's Game is a tense, surreal psychological thriller. Staring Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood, it begins with a couple on a romantic getaway to an isolated lake house. The husband convinces the wife to engage in some bondage play to spice up their love life, but after a tense argument, he dies suddenly of a heart attack - and the wife finds herself handcuffed to the bed, unable to reach the key, and miles away from any help. The film follows her as she begins to lose her mind from hunger, thirst, and isolation. How far is she willing to go to survive?
The Nightmare (2015)
It's rare that a documentary can approach the scare factor of a traditional horror movie, but then there's Rodney Ascher's 2015 film. Focusing on the real life disorder of sleep paralysis, Ascher (a past sufferer himself) reached out to support groups and message boards to find people to tell their story. What followed was horrifying tales of people who wake up and find themselves unable to move, trapped in bed as they see otherworldly beings lurking around them. With recreations of these disturbing visions, The Nightmare may actually be scarier than horror movies - because it's all real. Don't watch it right before going to sleep.
The Reaping (2007)
Directed by Stephen Hopkins and starring Hilary Swank and Idris Elba, this supernatural thriller follows a pair of journalists investigating claims of miracles. When Swank's character, a former missionary, receives a message from an old friend in Louisiana, they return to her hometown to investigate what seems like a series of biblical plagues descending on the small town.
As the terrified townspeople scapegoat a local girl who they believe to be a child of the devil, the two investigators battle to solve the mystery in time to save her life. The plagues besetting the town escalate until a horrifying conspiracy is revealed, with a disturbing twist ending.
This Halloween, you don't need to go out to a movie theater to catch the newest horror movie. Just log into your Netflix account, cue up any one of these ten films, and prepare to be scared. Netflix has the perfect Halloween movies to set the mood for a fun and terrifying night.