From serial killers and spooky grandmas to demonic hauntings and dark nights, Halloween Month (which I am unofficially branding as the new name of “October”) is a bloodbath of bliss for all horror lovers.
If you’re in the mood for something creepy, grotesque, or hauntingly horrific, you’ll be sure to find it in my list of favorite horror films now streaming on Netflix.
DISCLAIMER: This list should not be utilized during any “Netflix & Chill” sessions, nor am I promoting such behavior in any manner.
This list is intended solely for moviegoers in the mood for demonic possession, decapitation, derangement, and a range of other unmentioned acts of sadism. Enjoy!
8. Let’s kick this off with what is easily the goriest and most visually disturbing film on my list. A remake of the 1980 cult classic, Maniac (2002) might just be my favorite reimagining of any horror film to date.
A modern take on a tale of violence and psychosis, Maniac plays out almost entirely in first-person point-of-view, as we see life (and death) through the eyes of a troubled young artist (played with ominous mercilessness by Elijah Wood).
He soon meets a beautiful young woman and agrees to help her with her upcoming art show. The only problem is he has a penchant for slicing the scalps off pretty girls. This is definitely not a film for the faint of heart, or stomach for that matter.
7. Have you ever been invited to a fancy dinner party and then dared to do savagely violent things to yourself and others for a lot of cash? Probably not, but it’s a total blast watching other people do it, which is what makes Would You Rather as entertaining as it is disturbing.
6. Okay, I cheated. This should technically count as three films. Yet, the V/H/S trilogy doesn’t really feel complete unless watched as a whole.
Though every film is unrelated to the next, the V/H/S trilogy feels like an exploration of horror around the world, as each film is anthological and divided into different segments.
Each segment of each film is written and filmed by a different director, many from different countries, making the V/H/S trilogy a brutal yet highly entertaining collaboration of fear-inducing tales from all over the globe. Zombies, mad scientists, Satanic cu and its haunted houses, even skaters being tormented by a coven of witches—you can find it all in the V/H/S trilogy.
5.True story: I watched this film one night around 2 am and didn’t sleep until the sun came up.
This is one of those movies with relentless suspense from beginning to end, upping the creep factor as it unveils the full story. In the era of found-footage and possession films, Deborah Logan excels in mastering these horror tropes without feeling like a cliché.
Be warned: You may be a bit terrified of approaching your grandmother for a few weeks.
4. If there has been any film in the past decade that has reinvigorated my love for vampire films, it is A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Marketed as “a black-and-white Iranian vampire horror-western,” this film is an atmospheric and cinematically breathtaking work of art.
It is brooding and violent, and high praise must be given to Sheila Vand for perfectly encapsulating
her alluring and malevolent role as “The Girl.” Simply put, this is gothic horror at its best.
3. The quest for stardom in Hollywood is never easy, especially for a nervously uptight actress such as Sarah.
When she finally gets her big break in a horror film by an esteemed production company, Sarah is willing to do anything to keep the role and attain the fame she’s always yearned for. Unfortunately, Sarah’s quest for fame is paved with much more blood, guts, and grotesque physical deterioration than she anticipated.
2. I could sing praises about this film for eternity. It is absolutely masterful. Directed by the brilliantly twisted Ti West, The House of the Devil feels like a film straight out of the 70s, from its grimy VHS look to its costume and set design to its dialog.
It is a fantastic throwback to “groovy horror,” a phrase I just made up, which is a particularly memorable feat considering it was filmed in 2009.
The less that’s said about this film, the better, but I will say it has the most insanely psychotic final 15 minutes of any horror film I have ever seen.
1. The Babadook is my favorite horror film of 2014, and with good reason. The film has received much acclaim for its atmospheric and macabre storytelling, following a mother and her son after they discover what appears to be a children’s book named Mister Babadook.
It becomes clear after reading only a few pages that this is far from a normal bedtime story, and her son becomes immediately traumatized by the idea of Mister Babadook coming to haunt him.
The film builds slowly but surely in intensity, outlining the fine line between paranoia and psychosis. The Babadook is not only hauntingly suspenseful and nerve-wracking, but functions also as an analysis of the relationship between a single mother and her son, particularly in terms of the psychological effects of a traumatic loss.
It is dark, terrifying, and most of all, an important film when it comes to understanding love, loss, and all the calamities that endure between the two.