Netflix doesn’t always have the best selection of horror movies. It’s why we’ve recommended Shudder at Grit Daily in the past. For Halloween this year, however, there are enough classics and modern horror movies to dig into and enjoy on the beautiful holiday. Below, check out our 10 horror movie recommendations on Netflix.
A slice of ‘90s cheese that never goes out of date. It’s such a rewatchable movie studio B-movie. Sometimes laughable, but mostly sublime enjoyment. Jon Voight is such a ham, and he hams it up to 11 in Anaconda. He’s more ludicrous than the giant, man-eating snake. With Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube facing off against Voight’s accent and the titular villain, there’s more than enough entertainment value to keep people revisiting Anaconda.
Found-footage movies almost every time aren’t scary. They’re not cinematic, either. Creep, on the other hand, is good found-footage fun. Mark Duplass, known as an indie filmmaking darling and cast member of The League, strikes the right balance between creepy and hilarious in Creep. It’s about a filmmaker, a storyteller, replying to a Craigslist ad and entering a nightmare orchestrated by Duplass’ villain.
Sam Raimi’s horror classic and the rest of the Evil Dead franchise is a gift that never stops giving. The original remains a blast. It’s such a handmade, made-from-the-heart horror movie. The rest of the franchise is every bit as endearing. The sequels are fantastic, the Starz series is a joy (available on Netflix, too), and the remake is a well-done bloodbath.
The Stephen King adaptation is chilling from beginning to, well, almost the end, which kind of goes off the rails as King’s stories sometimes do. Despite the ending, Gerald’s Game is a remarkable near-one-woman-show from Carla Gugino. Gugino plays a woman handcuffed to her bed, trying to break free and survive a series of obstacles. Gerald’s Game is one of the better (mostly) one-location horror movies.
It Comes at Night
It Comes at Night wasn’t the full-on horror movie audiences were expecting back in 2017. A24 marketed Trey Edward Shults’ movie as something it wasn’t. What it is, however, is a low-key, slow-burn of a horror with characters to invest in and care about. It Comes at Night, like some of the best horror movies, is as much a drama as it is a horror movie. Two wonderful actors, Joel Edgerton and Carmen Ejogo, lead the exceptionally well-acted It Comes at Night.
Here’s another cult classic that time remains kind to. Session 9 is a haunted hospital movie with an iconic delivery from David Caruso and plenty more unforgettable moments. With limited resources, director Brad Anderson crafted a hell of a hellish experience. Anderson has both an eye for character and horror, making Session 9 a horror tale with real people, meaning real scares to be had.
Blumhouse, for some strange reason, swept this total gem under the dug. Imagine Cast Away if a sea monster showed up to terrorize Tom Hanks. The monster is terrifying, and the hero, Kiersey Clemons, is someone to root for in J.D. Dillard’s monster movie. It’s a horror movie that is both patient and fun. The monster action is spectacular. The real star, though, is Clemons, who couldn’t be more magnetic. She’s thrilling in Sweetheart and a worthy foe to the sea monster.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Even the poster for The Autopsy of Jane Doe is creepy. The story follows a father and son, both morticians, investigating the mysterious death of one Jane Done. The father and son’s night does not go as planned. It’s a movie best to experience knowing nothing about it, but the movie is creepy from beginning to end and features a believable father-son duo.
Here’s another fantastic horror movie best to know nothing about going in. Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation is an airtight horror movie with character and depth. It’s a movie about loss as well as a party in the Hollywood hills gone awry. It’s a devastating and deeply character-driven horror movie, although it has plenty of fun and surprises, too.
Would You Rather
The most dangerous game of Would You Rather you’ve ever seen. It’s a movie not for the faint of heart. It’s good fun, too, but there are images in Would You Rather that’ll cut deep. The 2012 picture is not always lighthearted fun, that’s for certain. It is a movie with a mean streak and some dark laughs along the way. Starring Brittany Snow and Sasha Gray, Would You Rather is wicked entertainment.