This post was updated on October 10, 2018.
October is here, and Netflix is pulling no punches in its horror game. With chilling new shows and a horde of new and classic horror movies from which to choose, you could stream something fresh and twisted every day until Halloween without running out of terror.
Just in time for Halloween, Jack Torrance has returned to Netflix once again. Whether it’s your first time checking in to the Overlook or you've always been the caretaker, there’s no time like October to queue up The Shining. Be careful, though: The slowly decreasing temperatures outside may make you start to relate a bit too strongly to Jack.
Inspired by a famous episode of The Twilight Zone, Cube opens as six people awaken to discover that they have been trapped in a labyrinth of strange, cube-shaped rooms–some of which harbor deadly traps. As they try to escape, the prisoners must work together to discover why they've been trapped and how to get out alive.
Dig Two Graves
When Jake’s older brother drowns at a rock quarry, she swears to do anything to get him back. Soon after, she encounters three strange men in the nearby forest who tell her that if she pushes Willie Proctor, a boy with a raging crush on Jake, into the quarry, they’ll bring Sean back to life. With its dual narrative and careful, haunting script, Dig Two Graves will chill you to the bone.
This rarely-mentioned gem combines a retro 80s-style slasher film with the pure freakiness of a killer clown. If you make it through without covering your eyes once, you may have nerves of steel.
This Netflix original was a pleasant surprise upon its 2017 release. No one expected much from a movie by McG that starred Bella Thorne and couldn’t get a theater release. But The Babysitter gives horror lovers far more than they may have bargained for. Following in the footsteps of teen horror from the 80s, you’ll find a few good scares and some great performance in this tight 80-minute flick.
Considering the many beloved tropes found in The Lodgers, it’s a bit baffling that it slid so thoroughly under the radar. Ghost! Creepy twins! Family grudges! You’ll find it all in The Lodgers along with some truly shocking scares.
If you're someone who cannot find the merits of Kubrick’s take on The Shining, preferring the smaller, more character-focused version of Jack Torrance slipping into insanity found in King’s original novel, you’ll like 1922. This movie, based on a King novella, follows Wilfred James (Thomas Jane) as he loses his grip on reality after killing his wife to ensure that his land stays in his hands.
Deep Blue Sea
Samuel L. Jackson and genetically modified sharks? We’re in. If you need more of a reason to watch this classic B-movie, Deep Blue Sea also features plenty of gore and laughs–and perhaps the best death scene of all time.
This oddball horror movie has become a minor cult classic. Teenager Dawn is sexually assaulted by a supposed friend–only to discover that the teeth in her vagina (yep) react poorly to forced encounters. Intelligent, funny, and, above all, scary, Teeth is one of our favorite low-budget horror films.
47 Meters Down
If you love a good (or bad) shark movie, Netflix truly has you covered. 47 Meters Down stars Mandy Moore as a goody two shoes encouraged to be more adventurous by her badass younger sister. But when said younger sister convinces her to go shark watching on a rather questionable boat, the situation gets hairy fast.
Train to Busan
This South Korean flick has quickly catapulted itself to the highest echelons of modern horror. As our main characters take a train to Busan, a zombie apocalypse breaks out. To keep themselves safe, Seok-woo and his daughter Su-an must fight their way through the zombies to the first class car, where passengers remain hidden and safe.
The first of a now-omnipresent franchise, The Conjuring takes its inspiration from the haunting of the Perron family as investigated by Ed and Lorraine Warren. If you’ve somehow managed to avoid The Conjuring movies until now, there’s no time like the present to dip a toe into the terrifying waters.
There may have been a backlash against the critical love for It Follows, but it still scares the heck out of us. When Jay has sex for the first time with her new boyfriend, she discovers that he has passed something onto her–but it’s not a sexually transmitted disease. Instead, it’s an utterly terrifying, shapeshifting presence that follows Jay and attempts to kill her until she passes it on to someone else.
Based on Adam Nevill’s chiller of a novel, The Ritual follows five old university friends as they plan a hike in Sweden. After one of the friends gets murdered while they’re planning, the remaining four vow to undertake their journey in his memory. The group finds themselves tortured by nightmares–both real and imagined–as they venture through a stark Scandinavian landscape.
Mike Flanagan’s first major film, Oculus stars Karen Gillan as a young woman whose brother has just been released from a psychiatric ward. She’s convinced that an ancient mirror is what caused him–and their father–to crack. As the siblings go on a mission to destroy the mirror, their sanity comes into question.
The intense power of Mike Flanagan’s Hush lies in its unexpected premise: Our heroine is deaf and mute. When a killer realizes that his prey is unable to hear him coming, he thinks he has a grand old time ahead of him. Luckily, Maddie is even tougher than she appears.
Interview with the Vampire
Okay, calling this one horror may be a slight stretch. But the sumptuous vampire film takes us back to when vampires were more scary than shiny. And Kirsten Dunst’s performance as a decades-old vampire that still looks like an 11-year-old child is one to marvel at.
Before I Wake
If Room taught us anything, it's that Jacob Tremblay has a gift for the blank-faced yet utterly terrified child roles. Mike Flanagan puts that skill to use in Before I Wake. A couple adopts a boy who has bounced around in foster homes after losing their first son in a tragic accident. They soon discover that the reason he couldn’t stay in one home is more terrifying than they could have imagined.
When Netflix announced their upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game, we were hesitant. After all, most of the “action” of the book takes place as its heroine is handcuffed to a bed. But once again, Mike Flanagan of Hush fame puts his expertise to terrifyingly good use, delivering a claustrophobic flick that manages to measure up to the King novel.
Related: The 6 Scariest Stephen King Books
The Sixth Sense
M. Night Shyamalan may have a less than stellar reputation thanks to more recent films, but The Sixth Sense stands the test of time. Thanks to Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, and Bruce Willis, this thoroughly unsettling movie about a kid who sees dead people will still freak you out.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
This under-the-radar flick stars Amber Heard as an unpopular high school student who hits puberty and returns to school looking like, well, Amber Heard. Suddenly, the boys in her class are showing all kinds of interest in her. The grindhouse-inspired movie has more twists and turns than you could possibly see coming.
Eli Roth’s first venture in directing will gross out even the gore lovers with even the strongest of stomachs. When a group of college students head out to a remote cabin in the woods to celebrate spring break, it doesn’t take a horror connoisseur to know that they’re going to encounter something horrible. But you may expect a human killer rather than the truly horrifying entity that infects them soon after their arrival ...
Look, there are a lot of dinner party/cult horror movies out there. But The Invitation is one of the best. Director Karyn Kusama expertly builds tension throughout an evening of uncomfortable appetizers and presentations.
Starting as a Kickstarter pipe dream, The Void became a gory, Lovecraftian, 80s-inspired reality in 2016. Think of it as Stranger Things steeped in cosmic dread and slithering out from a mouth of madness, and you’ll have a good idea of what the movie’s like–and whether or not you’ll like it, too.
When a rookie police officer is assigned the final shift at a police station that’s scheduled to be permanently closed, she anticipates a boring, routine few hours in her future. Instead, she begins to receive calls from a woman who claims to be held hostage by a cult. Things quickly get weird–and gory.
This Spanish, indie horror elevates a common premise. When a group of strangers are trapped inside a bar by an unexplained and unanticipated attack, they must work together to escape–or die trying.
Featured still of ''Terrifier' via Dark Age Entertainment