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21 Best Netflix Horror Movies October 2018
Arguably the scariest film of all time, Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s bestseller generates terror from its meticulous filmmaking. And, courtesy of Jack Nicholson’s turn as a murderous paterfamilias, it also features the most memorable horror-movie performance in the past few decades.
Annie thinks she’s found a nice guy in her new boyfriend, but after they have sex he reveals that he’s being stalked with an unnamed evil—which will now hunt her down until she can pass “it” onto the next person she sleeps with. The moody, retro-inspired horror film is a modern classic with an unsettling monster that our heroine must outsmart.
The Sixth Sense
Still M. Night Shyamalan’s greatest work, The Sixth Sense is the rare horror film that earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. And it’s easy to see why: It has an incredible script, one that slowly reveals, after a lot of discomforting tension, a chilling premise, and a shocking twist ending.
In Jennifer Kent’s gothic Australian thriller, a young widow is burdened with her troubled six-year-old son. But it only gets worse for the beleaguered mother when the titular character of her son’s picture book—the tall, top hat-wearing spook named the Babadook—begins to creep beyond the pages of his book and wreaks havoc on the mother and son.
Inspired by true events (and starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren), James Wan’s horror thriller takes a familiar trope—a family moves into old farmhouse, only to discover it’s haunted—and ups the ante with edge-of-your-seat thrills and deeply unsettling frights.
Robert Eggers directs Anya Taylor-Joy in this brooding horror film about a young girl whose family is ousted from their Puritan New England village. As they rebuild their lives in the wilderness, their infant child disappears—which sets in motion a psychological thriller in which the family members’ sanity slowly unravels as mysterious forces threaten to destroy them.
This French film proved too horrific for some viewers, and its premise explains it all: a vegetarian student has to eat offal during a hazing ritual—and her newfound craving for meat unlocks a gluttonous desire for human flesh.
Jake Gyllenhaal delivered his breakthrough performance as a sullen, disturbed teenager who predicts certain doom for his sleepy suburban town—a dark prophecy he inherits from his imaginary friend, Frank, who happens to be a giant and menacing bunny rabbit.
Horror master Clive Barker made his directorial debut, adapting his own novella The Hellbound Heart into this dark and disgusting film that launched a horror movie franchise around its central villain, Pinhead, the leader of a demonic group known as Cenobites.
A gathering of friends at a swank Hollywood Hills mansion turns deadly in Karyn Kusama’s chilling and unsettling thriller, which sees a seemingly innocuous dinner party devolve into a cult-inspired killing spree.
Interview With the Vampire
Neil Jordan’s adaptation of Anne Rice’s novel is super ’90s, with heartthrobs Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Antonio Banderas playing brooding immortals dealing with the neuroses that comes with ever-lasting life (and a desire for human blood). It also introduced the world to Kirsten Dunst, who plays a maniacal child vampire.
Inspired by a true story (just like the best horror movies always are), this acclaimed Spanish film follows the 15-year-old Veronica who conducts a séance with a Ouija board—already a tricky situation, one that’s heightened by the fact that she does it during a solar eclipse. Things, naturally, do not go well for her afterward.
Children of the Corn
Based on Stephen King’s short story, Children of the Corn presents a Nebraska community of corn-harvesting kids who commit ritual murder to improve their crops—and who prove unnerving precisely because of their resemblance to fundamentalist religious lunatics.
Aaron, a videographer (played by director Patrick Brice), answers an ad to work for a mysterious guy named Josef (Mark Duplass), whose awkward and uncomfortable behavior immediately makes Aaron uneasy. But his erratic behavior only becomes more and more bizarre in this indie psychological thriller.
This creepy slasher flick follows a deaf writer (Kate Siegel) who lives a solitary life in the woods. But her peaceful retreat is changed forever when a masked killer appears, and she must fight—in silence—for her life.
Under the Shadow
Set in the post-revolution era of 1980s Tehran, a mother must protect her daughter from a demonic possession in their home—all while a war rages on outside, leaving them fighting for safety from both manmade and supernatural evils.
Can a haunted mirror be at the center of a family’s collective psychological meltdown? Mike Flanagan’s moody horror film follows a pair of siblings still shaken by their parents’ violent descents into madness, and they bind together to cast out the evil that has destroyed their family.
Eli Roth’s 2002 directorial debut gets a quick remake (his original script is used once again, but given a trimming). The film sees another group of college students who plan a weekend getaway to a cabin in the woods (always an auspicious vacation idea), only to find themselves infected by a flesh-eating virus.
The terrors of adolescence make for great horror movies, and this horror-comedy hybrid is all sorts of unnerving. Jess Weixler plays Dawn, who discovers something shocking about her body: She has teeth in her vagina. But what might seem like a nightmare may benefit Dawn as she navigates a nightmare world of abusive and predatory men.
One of Stephen King’s underrated novels thanks to its lack of supernatural fights, Gerald’s Game still packs a heavy psychological punch. A sexy tryst goes wrong when Gerald handcuffs his wife Jessie to a bed, only to immediately have a heart attack—leaving her imprisoned in both a remote cabin and her own delusional mind.
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
Director Osgood Perkins (son of Psycho star Anthony Perkins) helms this mystery about a live-in nurse, Lily (Ruth Wilson), who moves into the remote New England mansion owned by her patient, an elderly horror novelist who suffers from dementia. Soon Lily starts to question if the unsettling things that are taking place in this house came straight from one of her patient’s books.