It’s October. It is that time of the year where Netflix is swamped with searches from various users of the platform where they want the best horror movies to match the theme of the month. And as you already know, Netflix doesn’t disappoint on that front.
There are a lot of titles that are present in the platform’s roster that would match your searches like “Violent movies?” or “Ominous movies?”. These titles include Cabin Fever, The Witch, Scream or the amazing American Psycho. But if you want to watch movies related to these searches and you are not sure which ones to watch, we have you covered.
These are some of the top picks that we think will make your Halloween scarier and more ominous than ever before.
Head Count (2019)
This is a story of Evan, who follows a new crush Zoe on a weekend trip with her friends. Everything is going smooth and dandy, but he soon finds himself alienated by the rest of the group for insisting that there is someone else among them on this trip.
The incredible storyline combined with the exceptional cinematography does an insane job in elevating rather dull scenes into complex scary moments throughout the movie.
The Ritual (2018)
If you are a fan of Cabin in the woods, then you will certainly appreciate our next pick, which is The Ritual. This story follows four friends who trek along the Kungsleden trail in Sweden.
This trip is a tribute to their fifth friend who was murdered in a convenience store but quickly turns into something else altogether. The group takes an unscheduled detour which lets them come face to face with a wooden deer altar, which makes the group realize that they are being haunted by more than just memories.
The Nightmare (2015)
The Nightmare is an incredibly spooky documentary by director Rodney Ascher that made Room 237. The story follows 8 people who are suffering from a phenomenon called “sleep paralysis”. This paralysis makes them unable to move and speak in the middle of the night. The weird part? Many of them are suffering from paranormal hallucinations that are being shared by most of them altogether.
With the storylines, Ascher has made a masterpiece that dives headfirst into the human psyche and projects something incredible, which is both heartfelt and haunting.
With a new Candyman coming out in 2020, watching this movie will let you enjoy the new one even more. The story revolves around a grad student Helen that is played by Virginia Madsen. She is researching folklore when she learns that there have been a lot of murders in a nearby housing development that was very closely connected to an urban legend.
Probing the issue too much, she summons the Candyman himself that is played by the amazing Tony Todd and finds herself being hunted. This story throws light on an important issue of how racism generates these violent stories and then people are forced to enact them over and over again.
In addition to all of that, it is an incredible horror movie that has the most iconic Tony Todd performance. No wonder this movie is a classic.
Train to Busan (2016)
Did you watch the Snowpiercer (which is also on Netflix)? Well if you haven’t seen it then you really should because it has Chris Evans in it. And if you have seen it, then Train to Busan is just like that but instead of eating cockroaches and warding off thugs, the passengers on this train, ward off zombies.
Can you guess the rest of the plot? Don’t stress out too much because the story is better than anything you’ll ever come up with. The zombie apocalypse created by Korean director Yeon Sang-ho wears its heart on its sleeve before the flesh-eating monsters tear that heart into pieces.
It’s a father-daughter story as well as a Husband-wife story, where the people are trapped in a fast-moving train and the only hope of getting out of this mess is a well-thought-out plan to get into the baggage shelf. Watch it! It’s a hell of a ride.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
This story revolves around a team of father-and-son coroners Tommy and Austin when an untouched body is found at the scene of a homicide and brought to them for inspection. Each step of the autopsy uncovers new information about the mysterious body and proves that this movie is far more than a splatter flick.
Is there anything more badass than Halloween turning every other holiday into a horror-fest? Well, that was actually the goal of the film Holidays. It’s spread on different segments, with each having its own story.
If you are a fan of the film, IT Follows then you might be attracted to “Father’s Day”. If you are a monster fanatic, then you might be drawn to “Easter”. From torture porn to body horror, this movie has it all and you will be at the edge of your seat during each segment.
So, if you are not a fanatic of one holiday, another creepier one is just around the corner.
The Conjuring (2013)
This movie is a cultural phenomenon that redefined the horror genre after the Evil Dead series. In the short span of its lifetime, the makers have spawned a new sequel Annabelle and, in its footsteps, The Nun. So, it’s high time you watched this movie and find out what the hell is going on in the horror genre.
The Conjuring is an old-school horror masterpiece that checks off all of the horror spooks on the list. From eerie mirrors, dark basements and children acting creepy, the movie will constantly keep you engaged and on top of your intensity levels. Highly Recommended!
The Endless (2018)
This story revolves around two brothers Justin and Aaron who after escaping a UFO death cult many years before, find themselves being drawn back to the same place after receiving a troubling video that indicated that mass suicide is about to happen.
Yet, when they arrive on the scene, they find their friends all alive and happy. The gang later finds out that weird things were happening when Justin finds himself being harassed by photography that was impossible to even exist, drop down from the sky by unseen senders.
This film is an incredible cosmic horror experience despite the restraints in its budget.
The Similars (2015)
If you are a fan of the Twilight Zone, then you would love The Similars (ironic name?). In this story, a group of strangers is trapped in a secluded bus station where they are trying to seek shelter from the Hurricane outside. This is when things really start to go wrong.
People in the group start to have epileptic fits and the curious thing is, no one has any idea what’s causing it. Even if you are a pro fan of the horror genre, you still won’t have a clue what is causing it. Alternating between utterly terrifying to sometimes quite silly, this movie has it all and you will remember this one for a long time.
Little Evil (2017)
This is a horror-comedy story that checks off all of the horror genre cliché’s regarding children. The story is of a newly married Gary who quickly finds out that his stepson Lucas is the Antichrist. From there on out, the movie is a combination of sometimes silly performances and often frightening sequences that will keep you laughing in one second and horrified, to some degree, in the other.
From Fargo to Cargo, it seems like Martin Freeman has a special connection to this combination of alphabets.
This story is about a man whose wife has turned into a zombie and even had a chunk of his arm ripped off by her powerful zombie jaws. Together, Andy who is played by Freeman, and his 1-year-old daughter travel across the outback where he has to find a cure in the next 48 hours, or he will suffer the same fate as his wife.
They meet with Thoomi, an indigenous girl who was captured by a zombie hunter, which proves to be the solution to all of their problems. Highly Recommended!
Green Room (2015)
Green Room revolves around a punk band who are desperate enough to perform in a new-Nazi bar, deep in the Portland woods. As they are leaving the event, a band member stumbles on a dead body. The skinheads lock the entire team inside a, you guessed it, green room.
The leader of the skinheads is Darcy, played by the legendary Patrick Stewart, who orders the whole band to be executed. From there on out the whole story gets bloodier as the band fights the skinheads by trading weapons and hostages to earn their freedom. This is definitely recommended.