With the world still in the midst of a global pandemic, it’s fair to say that this Halloween is going to probably look a little different. Indeed, with social distancing and tighter local restrictions in place, it’s likely that most people will be enjoying the creepiest season of the year from the comfort and safety of their own home, away from the bustling crowds.
Fear not, however! Tradition dictates that a good ol’ horror flick is all you need to help get you into that spooky spirit. And we’ve discovered a handful of spine-chilling movies that you can stream on Netflix right now to keep you entertained while staying indoors this October. I mean, sharing is caring, right?
So, without further ado, let’s dive in…
The Addams Family
It’s always handy having a family-friendly horror offering up your blood-soaked sleeve, and Barry Sonnenfeld’s 1991 classic black comedy is no different. Introduce all the wee whippersnappers to the creepiest and kookiest clan around. They really are a scream!
James Wan’s critically acclaimed supernatural chiller sees a family under threat from a demonic entity that’s hellbent on seizing control of their youngster. Trite though it may sound, what’s truly special about Insidious isn’t how well-acted it is or how disturbing the ghosts that go bump in the night are. Instead, what’s really memorable is the constant sense of eerie dread, and that mind-blowing twist at the end, too. Not for the faint of heart!
2014’s under the radar thriller focuses on a family in mourning who’re visited by their deceased son’s alleged best friend. Blending stylish action and a twisting narrative, Adam Wingard’s thriller is tense and suspenseful and boasts an excellent performance from Beauty And The Beast star Dan Stevens.
Tobe Hooper’s supernatural shocker not only managed to snag three Academy Award nominations, but also got an entirely new audience into the genre (it’s one of the rare PG-rated horror flicks that has gone on to become a critical and commercial success). Focusing on a family’s home haunted by a myriad of resentful phantasms and ghastly apparitions, Poltergeist is simply a classic slice of cinematic history.
Elsewhere, other notable pics that deserve a mention are Jeremy Saulnier’s excellent Nazi thriller Green Room, Brad Anderson’s mind-bending Silent Hill-esque Session 9, Joel Edgerton’s eerie The Gift, and Trey Edward Shults’ post-apocalyptic psychological chiller It Comes At Night.
But tell us, will you be checking out any of these Netflix horror movies this Halloween? If so, which ones? Let us know in the usual place!