Fear junkies, this one’s for you.
Halloween is freakishly close now, so what could be better than a week’s worth of the best horror movies on Netflix to keep the screams going as long as possible?
We’ve compiled a watch list of the scariest, the funniest and the craziest horror flicks out there, and you can watch them all without ever leaving the sofa. So lock all the doors and windows, turn all the lights off and find your best blanket to hide behind; it’s showtime.
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Kicking off the scare fest is this classic oldie from the 70s, The Omen. This is the film that famously made the name ‘Damien’ drop off the ‘best baby names’ list altogether, and if you watch it you’ll see why. Damien is the incredibly creepy juvenile Antichrist who terrorises his adoptive parents and brings about a truly horrific chain of events using the evil powers of the Devil himself. A film that’s regarded by some critics as ‘scarier than the Exorcist’ has just got to be worth a watch (or a re-watch if you’re a seasoned horror movie pro) this Halloween.
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For those of you who suffer from claustrophobia or a scotophobia (that’s a fear of the dark, by the way) this is either the perfect film or the worst film you could watch at Halloween, depending on the way you look at it. A group of friends on a caving expedition end up in deep trouble (pardon the pun) when they become trapped underground and find themselves being pursued by some of the scariest-looking predators ever dreamed up for horror movies. Keep a light on for this one.
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There’s nothing better (or more essential) than breaking up all of this intense fear with a bit of a giggle, and that’s precisely why Scary Movie 2 has made our top Halloween films list. The second horror spoof of this much-loved franchise, Scary Movie 2 sees a group of teens invited to a haunted house for a sleep deprivation study, only to find sleep is impossible anyway thanks to the house’s supernatural inhabitants. Parodying scenes from the Exorcist, Poltergeist and The Haunting, you’ll no doubt recognise a few of your favourite horror classics in this spoof-tastic teen slasher.
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When a creepy child in a creepy film asks his mother, “Do you want to die?”, you know you’ve got the perfect Halloween night in. We all had that one childhood book that used to freak us out, but when this particularly sinister children’s book appears in young Sam’s bedroom one day, a whole lot of terrifying supernatural creepery ensues. Get it on the watch list, but make sure you remove all books from your bedroom beforehand.
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Dubbed as perhaps THE scariest game ever created, the Silent Hill movie is just as spine-chillingly, heart-stoppingly terrifying. Not for the faint hearted, this movie follows a mother searching for her adopted daughter after she goes missing in a car crash. The search takes her to the haunted town of Silent Hill, which happens to be full of some of the most nightmarish beings imaginable. Watch it if you dare, and remember to breathe.
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If you haven’t seen this film yet – or even if you have – Halloween is the perfect opportunity to get drawn into this terrifying found footage nightmare. After sensing a demonic presence in their home, Katie and Micah set up video cameras to document the activity. The result? An incredibly jumpy, tense yet unique movie experience that’s absolutely perfect for a Halloween sofa scare fest.
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Just in case Scary Movie 2 wasn’t lighthearted and ridiculous enough to steady those quivering nerves of yours, here comes the perfect antidote: killer sharks in tornadoes. Yes, the Sharknado franchise has released another sequel, and this time they’re ripping through Las Vegas. Set five years on from the last attack, shark-fighting tough guy, Fin Shepard, returns to the screen as the city’s only hope of survival. Extreme weather plus man-eating fish, what more could you want from a Halloween film choice?
With a watchlist like this, you can laugh, scream and eye-roll your way through Halloween 2017. Just add popcorn.