10 best horror movies on Netflix for Halloween 2019, from new releases to classic films
Having a hard time picking something from Netflix’s spooky selection? Here’s our pick of the best horrors for Halloween
Here’s a few of the best Halloween flicks currently on UK Netflix.
American Psycho (2000)
Though the film leans a little more into dark comedy than Bret Easton Eli’s infamous novel, American Psycho contains enough blood, guts and tears to count as one of Netflix’s top horror films.
It tells the tale of Patrick Bateman, a handsome, high-flying professional played by Christian Bale, who’s either in “mergers & acquisitions” or “murders & executions” depending on how close you’re sitting.
The film’s dead-eyed protagonists obsesses over his fitness regime, constantly hunts for the city’s best restaurants and engages in high-brow dissections of vanilla pop music.
Sound like anyone you know?
Hot off the success of his existential AI drama Ex Machina, Alex Garland returned last year with Netflix Original, Annihilation.
Starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tessa Thompson, Annihilation involves a scientific expedition into the heart of a strange aura that is slowly engulfing America’s southern coastline.
The further they wander into “The Shimmer” the stranger things become as the environment around them begins to fracture and re-assemble in seemingly impossible ways.
More than the dangers around them, it’s the fractures inside each of the characters being slowly brought to the surface, which lend Annihilation its real power.
The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
The premise of this horror-comedy is a true classic – a group of college kids go off to spend a weekend away at a remote cabin, only to find their R & R interrupted by malevolent forces.
If that all sounds a bit cliched, it should – the group’s holiday is being controlled by a shady government agency who are actively trying to turn their lives into a horror movie.
Ideal for anyone who knows the genre inside out and wants to see it turned on its head.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
It’s difficult to talk about this cult classic without spoiling one of the greatest twists in all of moviedom.
Starting out as a grimy crime thriller about a pair of ruthless, bank-robbing brothers (played by George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino), the film goes along in this direction for about an hour before lurching into another genre entirely.
Without giving anything away, there’s a reason Netflix files it under “Horror”.
Written by Tarantino and directed by his grindhouse partner-in-crime Robert Rodriguez, From Dusk Till Dawn is sleazy, slick and hyper-violent.
At last count, Stephen King‘s stories have been adapted over 80 times, producing some of the most iconic horror movies of all time in the process.
One of the creepiest is 1990’s Misery, starring James Caan and Kathy Bates. When a famous author is injured in a car crash, an enamoured fan takes him back to her isolated cottage to nurse him back to health.
In the age of toxic fandoms, what happens next could serve as a cautionary tale.
Gerald’s Game (2017)
A married couple try to spice up their relationship with a weekend away and some handcuff-based fun. A combination of little blue pills and an adrenaline surge sends the husband into cardiac arrest, leaving his wife tied to the bed with no means of escape.
As dehydration sets in and her mind starts playing tricks on her, the line between reality and hallucination becomes increasingly hard to find.
Adapted from a Stephen King story, Gerald’s Game is a claustrophobic film which gets deeply creepy after dark.
Before Gerald’s Game, Mike Flannagan directed another movie about a woman trapped in a cabin a long way from help, 2016’s Hush.
Having lost her hearing as a teenager, Maddie is living a life of voluntary isolation when a masked killer seeks to take advantage of her circumstances..
Unfortunately for him, Maddie is not nearly as helpless as he assumes.
A taut, small-scale thriller with an inventive twist, Hush announced Flannagan as a horror-maker worth keeping an eye on.
At the end of this month, he’ll return to the world of Stephen King with Dr Sleep.
One of the great grandaddies of the whole horror genre, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960s classic, Psycho, is an absolute must for anyone with an interest in the genre, or the history of cinema.
From the appearance of the original scream queen Janet Leigh, to that shower scene with the raised knife and famous score, Psycho remains as iconic as any movie since, nearly 60 years on.
Psycho is much more than just the moments that have been parodied, though. Directed by the man who basically invented suspense, it’s a nail-biting thriller that’s guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat the whole way through.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Long before Mads Mikkelsen was having a friend for dinner, Anthony Hopkins gave cinema one of its classic villains in the role of cultured cannibal, Hannibal Lecter.
The Silence of the Lambs sees FBI rookie looking to the locked-up killer for help when a new monster begins terrorising young women. As a brilliant psychiatrist-turned-serial killer, Lecter may be the only man who gets inside the mind of the man she is hunting before he strikes again.
Even when Lecter is locked in a cell or strapped to a table, though, it becomes hard to tell who is really in control.
Hopkins was so good in the role that he won an Academy Award for Best Actor, despite only being on screen for less than 20 minutes.
The Terminator (1984)
This October will also see the arrival of Terminator: Dark Fate, as the series takes another swing at the home-run success of the first two movies.
These days, the catchphrases are possibly better known than the movies themselves (“I’ll be back” mutters Linda Hamilton in the new trailer) so it’s easy to forget just how perfectly constructed a sci-fi/horror story James Cameron’s The Terminator is.
No film since has made such good use of Arnie’s physical gifts while Hamilton’s turn as an endearing everywoman who can’t quite get her s**t together is all the more enjoyable knowing the all-time badass she will soon become.