Halloween is just around the corner and that means people are in the mood for spooky and scary. Whether it’s exorcisms, 80s horror or a hypothetical (or not) future America where crime is legal once a year, there is a lot on Netflix for those who want to get their horror on. So we thought a list of the scariest and spookiest movies and shows on Netflix would help people make the most of their scary viewing parties this season.
The Taking of Deborah Logan
Directed by Adam Robitel (Paranormal Activity), The Taking of Deborah Logan is a found footage film that follows postgraduate student Mia Medina (Michelle Ang) who decides to study Alzheimer’s for her PhD thesis. She chooses to study an elderly woman, Deborah Logan (Jill Larson), with Alzheimer’s as Deborah slowly deteriorates. But it becomes clear that there is something more than Alzheimer’s happening to Deborah. There’s something else happening to her, something horrible…
When true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) is struggling to find the inspiration for his next book he decides to move into a house where a real serial killer lived decades before. But as soon as he starts his writing he discovers he might have gotten a little more than he paid for. Things around the house are strange, like closing doors and things moving without being touched. But things go from bad to worse when Ellison discovers a box of old films in the attic that belonged to the serial killer. He then has to decide whether to keep trying to write his story or move his family out before it’s too late and someone gets killed again.
Would You Rather
When a family illness makes Iris (Brittany Snow) desperate for money to help save her brother’s life, she unwittingly agrees to a high stakes game of “Would You Rather” where the survivor gets whatever they want from aristocratic, sadistic host, Shepard Lambrick (Jeffrey Combs). Iris plays against seven other contestants who all have their own desperate reasons for playing. Would You Rather has some of the most grotesque, gory scenes in any horror movie on Netflix. From stabbing your leg with an ice pick to cutting your eye on a razor blade, it’s definitely not a movie for the squeamish.
The Silenced is a dark, thrilling Korean film that still manages to terrify despite a language barrier. When Shizuko is transferred to a new boarding school she must quickly learn the mysterious nature of what happens to its students in order to survive. Set in the 1930s during the Japanese occupation of South Korea, there is a great atmosphere that carries throughout the film that maintains the tension. Definitely a must watch for fans of horrors and thrillers.
The Purge: Anarchy
A step up from the first movie, The Purge: Anarchy takes the concept defined in the original and expands it to a whole city. It is set in a future where Trump, I mean, where a wealthy, white president creates a law that once a year all crime is legal for 12 hours. The poor who can’t afford protection are victims while the wealthy hide behind their walls. It’s an interesting movie from a philosophical perspective in addition to being a violent, suspenseful film.
If you really feel like a Halloween marathon, there’s over eight hours of Stranger Things available for your viewing pleasure. Set in the 1980s in rural Indiana, the series pays homage to Sci-fi movies of the 1980s like E.T. and The Goonies. The show follows the strange disappearance of a little boy and the extraordinary lengths his friends and family go to find him. With great writing, acting and visual effects, Stranger Things is one of the best things on Netflix. And its creepy premise and scary story makes it perfect for Halloween.