Halloween isn’t a day. It’s a season. And there’s no better way to keep the thrills, chills and scares coming than to set up a Halloween movie marathon that lasts the whole month. If you have Netflix, the work is done for you. These Halloween movies on Netflix have all the flavors of scares you can need. There are installments of beloved Halloween franchises, like Friday the 13th or Child’s Play. There are the extreme gore and guts favored by Netflix horror movies. There are artier, psychological scares for those who want to be frightened, but would rather not see any blood, thank you very much. And then there are the horror comedies, so you can watch something before you go to bed without worrying about nightmares. (Be warned: None of these are movies you’d want to watch on family movie night — we have a separate list of kids’ Halloween movies, if that’s what you’re looking for.) You can take a weekend and watch a bunch in a row and make a Halloween game out of it, counting the number of demonic possessions, fake-out jump scares, unsettling kids and creepy dream sequences you come across. Happy Halloween!
Things Heard and Seen (2021)
For a good ol’ haunted house movie, Things Heard and Seen follows a young mom as she moves from the city to the country with her family. She starts to see and experience strange things — but is it just the loneliness, or is it the past residents of the house revealing themselves to her?
Hubie Halloween (2020)
This Halloween horror-comedy finds Adam Sandler in classic Sandler mode, doing a strange accent in a small town full of locals. He plays a resident of Salem who, after a series of strange occurrences, has to convince the town that monsters are real.
This South Korean film follows a livestreamer who, after a virus starts a zombie outbreak, must find a way to survive while locked in his apartment alone. After this past year, maybe you can relate?
Vampires vs. The Bronx (2020)
The Binding (2020)
This Italian horror film is flying under-the-radar on Netflix, but if you like mysterious forces, possible curses and the Italian countryside, you might want to give it a look. It’s about a woman who believes her daughter is cursed, and tries to protect her for malevolent forces.
Here’s a conundrum: This movie follows a mom whose daughter, after being bitten by a rattlesnake, is saved by a mysterious stranger. The stranger then demands that she take a life in return. Carmen Ejogo stars as the mom put in an impossible position.
In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)
In the Tall Grass (2019)
Avatar‘s Sam Worthington plays a dad whose daughter breaks her arm while traveling, necessitating a trip to the hospital. While there, he exhaustedly takes a rest — and wakes up to find out that no one in the hospital has any recollection of his wife or daughter.
Eleven-year-old Eli suffers from a mysterious debilitating illness, so his parents check him into an isolated clinic for treatment. But is he really as safe there as they say?
An import from the Phillippines, Eerie takes place in an all-girls’ Catholic school. When a student commits suicide, a psychic is employed to uncover secrets of the convent’s past — and those secrets often come out in the form of jump scares.
The Perfection (2019)
A music prodigy reconnects with her old mentors after a prolonged absence — only to find that they’ve taken a shine to another pupil. Is revenge in the cards?
The Silence (2019)
If you went out for A Quiet Place Part 2 this year, this movie also features monsters that hunt by sound. In it, a teenager and her family try to seek refuge, but wind up crossing paths with a cult.
This film has an unlikely horror heroine — a cam girl trying to up her follower count. But when an eerie look-alike starts to take over her feed, she has to solve the mystery of who is trying to steal her identity and destroy her livelihood.
Bird Box (2018)
Bird Box tells the tale of a post-apocalyptic world where evil beings attack people through their sense of sight, and then force them to commit suicide. Through the whole movie, Sandra Bullock’s character must conquer creepy things while wearing a blindfold. (Just, uh, don’t try it at home.)
Hell Fest (2018)
Fairs, carnivals and amusement parks just have something innately sinister about them. In this film, a slasher starts picking off visitors to a hell-themed amusement park.
Another one based on a novella by Stephen King, this movie stars Thomas Jane as a farmer who tries to make a go out of living on a slice of property his wife inherited. But when his wife wants to move to the city, and rats start to invade the farm, things turn ugly.
Truth or Dare (2017)
One Halloween, a group of teenagers decide to play a round of Truth or Dare — what could go wrong, right? They wind up running afoul of spirits whose lives were claimed long ago by the same game.
It Comes at Night (2017)
After a deadly outbreak, a family heads to their secluded cabin in the woods. Then, a father shows up with his wife and young son. Should the family take them in, with the hopes that survival is easier with more people in your camp? Or are they inviting in something sinister?
The Babysitter (2017)
Gerald’s Game (2017)
Directed by Mike Flanagan, horror vet behind The Haunting of Hill House and Doctor Sleep, Gerald’s Game begins when a husband and wife try to rekindle their passions on a romantic weekend — which ends with the husband dying of cardiac arrest while the wife is handcuffed to the bed. Afterward, she starts to see visions and warped memories as she decides what to do to escape.
House of the Witch (2017)
A group of teens go to a Halloween party in a haunted house, only to have the world’s scariest party-crasher drop in — a witch who won’t be satisfied until they’re all dead.
The Invitation (2015)
A man attends a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife and her new husband. When he arrives, the couple starts talking about a program that feels right on the line between self-help and cult. Is it something he can endure for the sake of good relations with his ex, or is there something darker behind it all?
As Above, So Below (2014)
Found-footage horror movies may not be the cultural force that they were, but As Above So Below makes best use of the conceit. It follows a grew looking for treasures in the Paris catacombs, until they discover they’re not alone in the tunnels.
The Conjuring (2013)
If you headed to theaters to see The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, you might be tempted to go back to the beginning — both this and The Conjuring 2 are on Netflix. All three movies tell the story of the Warrens, a couple who set out to help those who suspect they’re suffering from demonic possession.
The Green Inferno (2013)
Director Eli Roth, best known for kicking off a trend of grisly horror movies with the Hostel franchise, lives up to his reputation with this movie. In it, environmental activists plan on protesting a chemical company in the rainforest, but are captured by a tribe of cannibals instead.
Scary Movie 5 (2013)
If you want a big dose of comedy with your scary thrills, the Scary Movie franchise is where it’s at. Only the fifth installment is on Netflix, but it is the one that stars Ashley Tisdale.
The Possession (2012)
Based on the myth of the dybbuk box, The Possession begins when an antique box purchased at a garage sale seems to house a spirit that takes over a young girl. Her parents, in the midst of divorce, must work together to save her.
Hostel: Part III (2011)
If you’re looking for extreme horror, try the final installment in the Hostel franchise. This one takes place in Las Vegas, where a group of four guys traveling for a bachelor party are lured into the gruesome Hostel world.
Kids — they’re the creepiest, right? In this movie, a child gets possessed by ghosts, and his father must travel to a demonic dimension to save him. Ghouls pop up everywhere, so steel your nerves.
Zombieland won’t leave you sleeping with the lights on, but if you’re finished with all the slow-burn, Romero-style zombie movies, this one adds a lot of comedy and wittiness into the genre.
Prom Night (2008)
Ah, prom. Full of magic, memories and murder — at least in this one. Brittany Snow plays a high school senior whose troubled past catches up with her at prom, with deadly results.
The Ring (2002)
Still one of the scariest movies of this century, The Ring follows a journalist who watches a video that is supposed to bring about death in seven days. Is it just an urban legend, or is there truth to it?
Jason X (2001)
Halloween will never fall on a Friday the 13th, but if you want to revisit part of the series as part of your October festivities, you can jump in with the tenth installment in the franchise. It takes place in the future, the year 2455 to be exact, when Jason emerges from a deep freeze on a spaceship and starts murdering the people aboard.
Before she was Rachel Green, Jennifer Aniston starred in this campy horror classic. Warwick Davis plays an evil leprechaun who breaks free of his trap and is hell-bent on revenge until he finds his gold.
The Haunting of Hill House (2018)
Not technically a movie, The Haunting of Hill House is a series for when you want to feel scared out of your brains for multiple days in a row. There are two seasons available — The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor — and each tells the story of a different haunted house. (Keep your eyes peeled in the background of scene, since you might see some ghosts lurking!)
For another series, this eight-episode French show follows — what else? — a horror writer, whose demonic visions start plaguing her real hometown.
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