The following 10 Scary Movies on Netflix will have your fright night sorted for Halloween.
With Halloween and its busy preparation of treats, decorations, and a costume just around the corner, you don’t want to spend your time frantically searching through the ‘Horror’ section on Netflix to decide on that perfect Halloween movie. That’s where I step in.
The following horror movies on Netflix are cult classics that have zombies, witchcraft, sharks, ghosts, creepy things lurking in the woods, and what your nightmares really are. These films will suit any party that you are having this Halloween. So be ready to be on the edge of your seat and have your blood pumping.
Warning: Some of the movies are not for the faint-hearted, so watch and choose wisely. If you’re looking for a more family-friendly Halloween movie list, check out this PG-rated bad-boy from my colleague Ethan.
1 – The Craft (2006)
Starring: Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Rachel True, Fairuza Balk.
You can’t really go wrong with this classic supernatural film. The Craft is about a young woman named Sarah (Robin Tunney) who has a special gift.
When she starts at her new school, she befriends three outcasts: Nancy (Fairuza Balk), Bonnie (Neve Campbell) and Rochelle (Rachel True), after they entice her to join their coven knowing she is gifted with witchcraft.
Together, the four witches cast spells and curses against those who have done them wrong, especially at school.
Just when the girls think everything seems fixed, the consequences of using witchcraft start to unravel. The powers they developed also take effect on the girl’s friendship. How will they control their powers they have called upon? What are the consequences they will face?
2. Honeymoon (2014)
Starring: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber
After getting married, Bea (played by Rose Leslie aka Ygritte from Game of Thrones) and Paul (Harry Treadaway) decide on something different for their honeymoon: go to the lake countryside.
Whilst enjoying their time in the woods, not all is what it seems. One night Paul finds Bea in the middle of the forest lost and confused. As time goes on, Paul is starting to feel Bea becoming strange and distant. He begins to question what actually happened in the forest that fateful night.
What actually happened to her? Guess you will have to watch and find out.
3. The Sixth Sense (1999)
Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Bruce Willis, Toni Collette
This spine chilling classic is about Malcolm (Bruce Willis) who is a child psychologist that works with a scared young boy named Cole (Haley Joel Osment).
Cole has a special ability that allows him to see ‘dead people’. With Malcolm’s help, Cole is able to face his fear and communicate with the ghosts to try to see if he can help them. Cole is also able to tell the truth to his mother (Toni Collette) about what he can see.
With plenty of twists and turns, The Sixth Sense will have you questioning the afterlife.
4. Hush (2016)
Starring: John Gallagher, Kate Siegel
Just imagine moving to a cabin in the woods. Alone. But what if you are not alone?
Hush is about a deaf writer named Maddie who moves to the woods. Enjoying the new change, one night an unexpected visitor appears. But why? Being unable to speak or even hear, how would you survive an unwelcome intruder?
This movie will have you locking all the doors and windows making sure there is no way someone can enter.
5. The Nightmare (2015)
Starring: Siegfried Peter, Nicole Bosworth
The Nightmare is quite unique and unlike any other horror. It is actually a documentary about sleep paralysis. And boy is it frightening.
The people in the documentary are explaining their condition, and what happens to them is actually re-enacted where you also feel you can not move.
Next time you go to sleep, you may want to keep the lights on.
6. Scream (1996)
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Rose McGowan, David Arquette
Everyone’s favourite 90s scary movie had to make this list. The star-studded cast become a target for a crazy killer with a haunting mask, who oddly phones his victims first before torturing and killing them. The killer is picking off each character one by one, but who will actually survive? Will they solve the mystery of who the murderer is?
With the success of this movie, a franchise followed, with the release of another three Scream movies in the series so far (Scream 2, Scream 3, Scream 4).
If you enjoyed being hunted you might want to check out the sequels.
7. I am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House (2016)
Starring: Ruth Wilson, Paula Prentiss, Bob Balaban, Lucy Boynton
As this list is about scary movies on Netflix, I wanted to include a Netflix original. And there is no better one than this puzzling film about being in a haunted house.
A young nurse named Lily (Ruth Wilson) is taking care of an elderly author named Iris (Paula Prentiss), who writes horror fiction. While Lily is living in the haunted house, it is questionable about whether Iris’ novel ideas stem from the haunted house, or if her imagination is the conductor.
Will there be a simple ending to this movie or will it be something more?
8. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Starring: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber
Halloween is not complete without experiencing a zombie apocalypse. They are plenty of horror films that explore this genre, but Dawn of the Dead is one of the classics.
The story follows the suburban life of a young married nurse Ana (Sarah Polley). She comes home after a normal day of work to her world being turned completely upside down.
Her husband is killed by a flesh-eating creature. Running for her life she notices it is taking over the town. Still, she manages to find a few human survivors. The group takes residence in the local mall.
In amongst the chaos of the undead, the movie is clearly about survival. Would you survive a plague of zombies?
9. Jaws (1975)
Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Lorraine Gary, Richard Dreyfuss
Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece is a must for Halloween. This Oscar-winning movie is the start of all terrors about what is beneath the depths of the ocean.
Jaws is set in Amity, a peaceful seaside town where the residents and tourists love the water. One morning Chief of Police Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) is called down to the beach to investigate the body of a young woman washed from the ocean. Finding out she was attacked by a shark creates panic within the town.
With the most feared animal controlling the town’s beach and attacking other swimmers, how will they take down this giant great white shark?
With summer approaching in Australia, after watching this film you might think twice about going to the beach.
10. The Conjuring (2013)
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor
Halloween is all about what is terrifying. What can be more terrifying to watch than a movie based on a true story?
The Conjuring is about a family moving into their perfect home. But what if their perfect home is not so perfect? Strange things start to happen, and the family seek help from paranormal investigators. What will they find?
Will you be brave enough to watch the sequel after finding out the truth? I sure am not.
There are definitely plenty of choices when it comes to scary movies on Netflix Australia to watch this Halloween. So go ahead and enjoy a spook-a-thon of great (and terrifying) films. Good luck with escaping the nightmares!
If you’re interested in horror movies, check out this piece on why jump-scares have lost their power.