There’s nothing quite like a good scare, especially as the nights draw in and the weather gets chillier. Whether you’re into ghosts or gore, here’s our guide to the best horror viewing on Netflix — just in time for Halloween!
The Haunting Of Hill House (2018)
Adapted from Shirley Jackson’s classic novel, this new version of The Haunting of Hill House takes some liberties with the original story (which has already been turned into two films) to give the audience something a little different. Instead of following a group of strangers who agree to spend time together as part of a sleep study, this Netflix Original Series focuses on a troubled family who are haunted in the figurative sense as well as literal. The trailer alone is unsettling as hell.
The Invitation (2016)
Will and his girlfriend Kira are invited to a dinner party thrown by his ex-wife Eden and her mysterious new husband. What begins as a study in jealousy and grief (Will and Eden divorced after they lost their young son) soon turns into something a whole lot stranger as the evening progresses and tensions begin to rise between the other guests. The Invitation is directed by Karyn Kusama, who gave teenage angst a demonic face in the underrated Jennifer’s Body (which also makes perfect Halloween viewing).
In this taut thriller, a deaf woman (Kate Siegel) must fend off a masked invader at her remote cabin. The film is an exquisite exercise in building tension with barely any dialogue — although if you are the sort of person who feels just a little on edge when home alone at night, you should probably watch this in the company of other people.
I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House (2016)
“I am twenty-eight years old,” says Lily, our narrator, in the trailer for this film. “I will never be twenty-nine.” Lily (played by the phenomenal Ruth Wilson) is a nurse who has moved into the home of aged novelist Iris Blum to care for her. A ghost story within a ghost story, I Am The Pretty Thing weaves together the tales of Lily and Iris’ lives to beautiful and deeply unnerving effect.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Less of a straight-up horror movie and more of a lushly Gothic melodrama, Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of the most famous vampire novel of all time stands up rather nicely after 26 years. Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder star as Jonathan and Mina, two young lovers who join forces with Abraham Van Helsing (Anthony Hopkins) to defeat the supernatural predator Vlad Dracul (Gary Oldman).
From Dusk ‘Till Dawn (1996)
There’s nothing quite like watching this cult Nineties movie for the first time; the less you know about the plot, the better. Starring George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis and Harvey Keitel, From Dusk ‘Till Dawn opens like a typical crime movie and the viewer is tricked into believing that they’re watching a rip-off of Pulp Fiction… until everything goes to hell.
The Awakening (2011)
Florence (Rebecca Hall) makes her living exposing fake psychics and debunking hoaxes. But when she is invited to a remote boarding school in the north of England to explain unusual apparitions, she finds herself in the middle of a real life ghost story.
The Boy (2016)
Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) stars as a nanny who is hired by a couple to care for their son, Brahms. The twist? Brahms isn’t a real boy at all, but an eerily lifelike doll. If you can’t guess from this description that things are about to get seriously messed up, then you haven’t seen enough horror films.