Words by ReBecca Theodore-Vachon
Halloween falling on a Saturday night this year was enough of a great coincidence, but we also gain an hour back in the Daily Savings Time areas. So what better time to curl up on the couch with a bowl of candy, popcorn and some scary movies? Here 15 flicks streaming on Netflix** to make any fright night complete.
**As of October 2015
1.”A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night” (2014) – dir. Ana Lily Amirpour
Amirpour turns the vampire genre on its head with a wholly original take on the blood-sucking undead with this Iranian Vampire Western.
2.”The Human Centipede” (2009) – dir. Tom Six
A barf-inducing experience that explores science gone terribly wrong. In the first installment a demented surgeon endeavors to create “Siamese Triplets” out of humans by sewing them together. How this spawned two sequels we’ll never know, but they’re all on Netflix.
3.”The Babadook” (2014) dir. Jennifer Kent
Kent uses the supernatural to explore mental illness and the dark side of motherhood brilliantly.
4.”Attack On Titan” (2013) dir. Hajime Isayama
50 foot tall, man-eating creatures have pushed human kind to the brink of extinction in this Japanese manga thriller. The live action film was just released overseas this year, but the 25 episodes worth of bone crunching, blood curdling drama currently streaming on Netflix is the ideal primer.
5.”I Saw The Devil” (2010) dir. Jee-woon Kim
The lines between good and evil become blurred as a special agent goes on the hunt for a serial killer responsible for the brutal murder of his pregnant fiancee.
6.”Dead Silence” (2007) dir. James Wan
You’ll never look at puppets the same way when a young man returns to his hometown to investigate a ventriloquist who is the prime suspect of several mysterious deaths.
7.”Darkness Falls” (2003) dir. Jonathan Liebesman
The Tooth Fairy gets a chilling makeover as an agent of death for children just entering puberty.
8.”Devil” (2010) dir. John Erik Dowdle
Five strangers trapped in an elevator will soon learn the true meaning of horror when they realize the Devil is hiding amongst them.
9.”Let The Right One In” (2008) Thomas Alfredson
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, gets more than he bargains for when he befriends his mysterious next door neighbor.
10. “Creep” (2014) dir. Patrick Brice
A photographer responds to a Craiglist ad with terrifying results, reminding us once again that Twitter isn’t the scariest place on the internet.
11.”The Stranger” (2014) Guillermo Amoedo
A Bloodbath ensues in a small town when a stranger comes looking for his missing wife.
12.”Saw” (2004) dir. James Wan
The one that started it all. This twisted game of “Truth Or Dare” gives rise to some of the most gruesome death traps in movie history.
13.”Hellraiser” (1987) dir. Clive Barker
A macabre exploration of sex, obsession and death, Pinhead still remains one of horror’s most iconic villains.
14. “The Omen” (1976) dir. Richard Donner
A classic that still holds up after nearly four decades, “The Omen” poses the question “What do you do when you find out your child is the Anti-Christ?”
15. “We Are What We Are” (2013) dir. Jim Mickle
“Family dinner” takes on a whole new meaning with this seemingly perfect All American family, who harbors a chilling secret.