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18 horror films you NEED to watch on Netflix this autumn

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If you’re looking to scare yourself silly as Halloween fast approaches, then Netflix (aka the home of horror) has got you covered.

Here’s a list of all the female-led horror flicks coming to the network this autumn (all of which are guaranteed to get your pulse racing, the hairs standing up on the back of your net, and shivers throttling down your spine).

1. Gerald’s Game

Gerald's Game

Gerald's Game

Starring Carla Gugino (San Andreas) and Bruce Greenwood (The People v. O. J. Simpson), the film sees a married couple head out to a remote holiday home in the woods for a spot of romance – but romance is the last thing on Gerald’s mind.



Brave enough to give it a go? Expect nothing but 103 minutes of terror, suspense and sundry freaky voices.

2. Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin In The Woods

The Cabin In The Woods

When five friends decide to spend their weekend in a cabin in the woods in the middle of nowhere, little do they expect the horrors that await them. However, there’s far more to the ghoulish goings-on than meets the eye...

Starring Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz and Jesse Williams, we guarantee you won’t guess the twist to this critically-acclaimed 2012 flick.

3. The Babadook

The Babadook

The Babadook

The Babadook has experienced something of a renaissance this summer, having found fame as the accompanying symbol to Gay Pride (yes, really) – but the top-hatted monster featured in Australian psychological horror film (written and directed by Jennifer Kent) is beyond terrifying.

4. Prom Night

Prom Night

Prom Night

This 2008 slasher film begins with Donna (Brittany Snow) believing her high school prom night is going to be the best night of life – until a deranged killer from her past re-appears...

5. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice

6. Zombieland

Zombieland

Zombieland

With a star-studded line-up (including Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Amber Heard and Bill Murray), Zombieland sees a virus turn people across the world into zombies. It’s up to a small team of misfit human survivors to battle it out with the hungry undead – and, y’know, make it to the theme-park they’ve always wanted to visit, before it’s too late.

7. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Starring Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson, this is a serious nail-biter. After a priest performs a botched exorcism on a young girl, a lawyer takes on the case – and soon finds herself coming to believe his strange version of events.

8. Case 39

Case 39

Case 39

Starring Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland and Bradley Cooper, this 2009 psychological horror sees a social worker bring a 10-year-old girl into her home in order to keep her safe from her abusive parents. However, as is so often the case with films on the list, not all is as it seems…

9. You’re Next

You're Next

You're Next

This home-invasion horror – all about assailants in animal masks – has acquired a cult following since its release in 2011. Be prepared to be shaken to the core by this American slasher film.

10. When A Stranger Calls

When A Stranger Calls

When A Stranger Calls

When Jill Johnson (played by Camilla Belle) arrives at a lavish home for a baby-sitting job, she attracts the attentions of a prank caller – and he just won’t leave her alone. Expect things to escalate from scary to downright terrifying in this 2006 American horror film.

11. Clinical

Clinical

Clinical

Released earlier this year in January, Clinical sees a psychiatrist (played by Vinessa Shaw) trying to get her life back together by helping a new patient – but he has his own dreadfully terrifying story to tell…

12. I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House

I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House

I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House

A nervous nurse finds herself in a house full of secrets as she cares for a retired horror writer. Starring Ruth Wilson and directed and written by Oz Perkins, this horror flick from 2016 has many twists and turns.

13. The Descent

The Descent

The Descent

This British adventure horror film, featuring an all-female cast, focuses around a caving expedition gone wrong. Badly wrong. And it’s not long before Sarah (played by Shauna Macdonald) and her friends realise they’re not alone in that cave, either...

14. It Follows

It Follows

It Follows

After having sex for the first time, Jay (Maika Monroe) soon finds herself being stalked through her neighbourhood by a supernatural force. It’s a lethal curse that never seems to end in this American 2014 thriller.

15. Carrie

Carrie

Carrie

This chilling adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel from 1976 is a well-loved classic. Focused around Carrie White (Sissy Spacek), a shy high school student, who soon discovers she has powers she can’t control.

16. Hush

Hush

Hush

In this thriller, a deaf author (Kate Siegel) retreats to a solitary house in the middle of the woods. All seems well, until a masked man appears…

17. Silent Hill

Silent Hill

Silent Hill

Directed by Christophe Gans and written by Roger Avary, this 2006 horror film sees Rose (Radha Mitchell) head off on a desperate search for her adopted daughter in a strange ash-filled town called Silent Hill.

18. The Forest

The Forest

The Forest

After her twin sister vanishes in Japan’s unnerving ‘suicide forest’, Sara (Natalie Dormer) becomes hellbent on finding out what really happened to her – but is she prepared for what’s really lurking in those dark woods?

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Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for Stylist.co.uk, writing about fashion, beauty, travel, feminism, and everything else in-between.

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