Halloween weekend is finally among us! If you don’t have any plans, procrastinated on buying the perfect costume before it sold out, or simply just plan on staying home and mourning the death of Glenn and Abraham on The Walking Dead; you still have options. Netflix has been the silver lining to many a lazy night or weekend, so why stop now?
Here is a list of some of the best, worst, stomach churning, and spine chilling horror movies, shows, and documentaries available on Netflix. Thank me later.
If you’re into psychological thrillers…
Yes, Black Mirror has been trending on social media, but the beauty of this anthology is that— it’s actually good. With three seasons on Netflix, you can really start anywhere. Its most recent season features episodes that tackle obsession with social media, xenophobia, euthanasia, and much more. Episode two of season three is a personal favorite and down right scary.
Don’t let the rating fool you, The Babadook is down right scary. At first look, the flick may not seem like a psychological thriller. But, when you realize that the monster is actually just a reflection of something that lies deep within us all, it’ll all make sense.
If you like your horror with some of laughs…
Let’s be real, how often do you see a horror film or show with a black woman as lead and hero? I’ll wait. The SyFy television show, Z Nation stars Kellita Smith as Lt. Roberta Warren who tries to get her crew (including a zombie-human hybrid who is the faith of humanity AND can control other zombies) to what they believe is safety. The first two seasons are available for streaming, while the current season is now be aired on SyFy.
If you’re into torturing yourself with awful horror films then getting mad later…
Honestly, you could probably just click anything on Netflix, but here are a couple special selected for you.
Contracted Phase 2 (2015)
There’s a sexually transmitted disease going around that’s turning people into zombies. No, seriously. In Contracted: Phase 2 (the sequel to Contracted which is also available on Netflix), Riley races against time and his quickly deteriorating body to find the host of the zombie STD. If this flick (which kinda doubles as safe sex PSA) doesn’t make you want to wrap it up, then…
Holidays is an awful anthology that puts a horror spin everyone’s favorite holidays including Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, and more. The flick is more creepy and weird than actually scary, but if you can make it through a woman giving birth to a snake, then Holidays is for you.
If you’re into documentaries on serial killers…
Carl Panzram: The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance
This documentary follows the life of killer and serial rapist, Carl Panzram as he befriends a guard while imprisoned. The guard, Henry Lesser, not only befriended Panzram but became obsessed and supplied him with pencil and paper for his auto biography.
Cropsey follows the disappearance of five kids in New York which leads to the story of Andre Rand, a Long Island child abductor. The documentary also breaks down how the word “Cropsey” was turned into an urban legend. If you’re obsessed with finding out how mysteries end, this one is for you.
If you’re into flicks that will make your stomach turn…
V/H/S, V/H/S 2, V/H/S: Viral:
V/H/S is the graphic, scary, and all around nightmare inducing anthology that all starts with a cursed VHS tape. The great thing about the V/H/S/ collective is that each film gets better. The most recent film, V/H/S/: Viral focuses on everything being captured via phone. It features two skateboarders fighting their way through becoming a sacrificed in a ritual, a man who meets his wife and himself in a weird parallel universe and much more.
Human Centipede 1, 2 AND 3:
Not really sure how the Human Centipede got made into not one but three movies. But, if you’re a badass who doesn’t mind not eating for the rest of the day, spend your entire day binge watching all three Human Centipede flicks. Just know, they’ll all leave a bad taste in your mouth. Bad pun intended.
If you’re into Horror Classics:
Alfred Hitchcock Presents… (1957)
What’s Halloween without a bit of Alfred Hitchcock? Alfred Hitchcock Presents… is a classic anthology show that aired in the late ’50s on CBS. Though Netflix is only streaming one season, Alfred Hitchcock Presents is filled with plenty of mysteries, thrillers, and more to keep you busy all weekend.
Stephen King’s Children of the Corn
Stephen King’s Children of the Corn is a true horror gem. Let’s be honest, what’s more scary than a bunch of bad ass kids? Driving into a city on a “baecation” ran by bad ass kids who sacrifice teens when they turn 19… oh yeah, with a dead body in your trunk. Before the 2017 adaptation Children of the Corn: Runaway drops, grab some popcorn, turn on the OG, and share a few laughs about how bad the special effects were back in the day.
The Fly (1958)
What happens when a fly accidentally gets stuck with you in your transportation machine? A pretty disgusting fly-human hybrid. In the 1958 classic The Fly, Helene is given the task of finding the fly that snuck into the transportation machine before her brother in law’s fly instincts fully take over his body. Some may argue that the 1986 adaptation is better than the original, but it’s refreshing to see the ’50s take on horror.