October is the unofficial month of horror-movie binges. Lucky for us, there’s a ton available on Netflix to stream any time, any day over the next month. When it comes to horror films, there are some great ones, some awful ones, and some so-awful-they’re-great ones. It can be challenging to choose what to watch on a streaming service with so many choices, so you end up in that dreaded endless scrolling cycle instead of actually enjoying a movie. To help that from happening to you, we’ve compiled a list of the best horror movies on Netflix to watch this October. Who’s ready for some Netflix and chills? (Hehe. We had to say it.)
“What’s your favorite scary movie?” First on our list is the quintessential slasher film, Scream, which made this seemingly harmless questions infamously frightening. The 1996 We Craven movie is a must for any Halloween horror movie binge night. The pioneer of meta-horror films, this flick features jump scares, surprise twists and some good doses of comedy in between. The result is a horror film that continues to make “Best-of” lists over 20 years after its release.
Bonus: Scream 2 is also on Netflix. Pop some popcorn and plan for a double-feature.
The original version of this Stephen King screamer is a must-watch this Halloween season. King is a household name these days, but when this terrifying film came out in 1976, that wasn’t the case yet. The movie tells the story of Carrie, a teenage girl who is bullied and misunderstood. Then she finds out something that makes her extra-special. If you haven’t seen this one yet, make sure to add it to your list.
“The Conjuring” is loosely based on true events, which always makes movies creepier by default. In the movie, real-life supernatural investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren are called to a home of a family that has been experiencing paranormal activity. The Warrens are known to have inspired the stories of “The Amityville Horror.” The scares in this film start small but build over time into a crescendo of horror.
“Gerald’s Game” is another twisted tale from the mind of Stephen King. It’s a unique horror film that relies heavily on psychological spooks to scare you — and it works. As the story unfolds and the characters’ histories slowly uncover, the film takes you beyond on-screen scares into a twisted, psychologically disturbing story. However, there’s plenty of jump-scares, too, making it a great Halloween movie pick. And with an incredible performance by Carla Cugino, you’ll be rooting for the main character as she faces her demons, both in real life and in her head.
“Gremlins” may not technically qualify as a “horror” movie (although if you ask us, those things are pretty freaky) but it’s a great film to revisit during the Halloween season. And if you’ve never seen it before, that’s even more reason to add it to your binge-watching cue. You’ll be in for a night of laughs and entertaining thrills.
Next on our list is the movie “Hush.” When you think of near-silent horror films, 2018’s “A Quiet Place” may come to mind. But before John Krasinski was living in a post-apocalyptic dystopia, the movie Hush explored the terror that can coincide with silence. The film tells the tale of a deaf writer who lives in solitude and must battle a masked murderer in the night, all without hearing a sound.
In “The Ritual,” four friends are faced with evil after they make an ill-fated turn during their trek through the Scandinavian wilderness. The British horror film is equal parts psychological thriller and ancient ritual-inspired nightmare. If you’re into Norse legends, this is one you can’t miss.
If you’re looking for a movie that will stay with you for days after it’s done, “The VVitch” is it. When a Puritan family’s son, Samuel, disappears, they’re faced with horrors beyond what they could have ever imagined. One of the most encapsulating aspects of the film is the fine line it walks between paranormal terrors and psychological suspense. This is, by far, one of the best horror movies on Netflix.