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The 14 best horror films to watch on Netflix this Halloween

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We’ve picked the best horror films to watch on Netflix this Halloween, so grab the popcorn…if you dare. 

Flexing those fancy dress skills and donning a costume as something ghoulish (or impersonating your favourite pop culture icon) on Halloween isn’t everybody’s cauldron of tea. 

Luckily, for those who’d rather stay in on this spookiest of evenings and scare themselves silly from the sofa, Netflix (aka the home of horror) has got it covered, with a selection of scary films so terrifying they’ll give your goose pimples.  

From critically acclaimed Netflix original horror films like Gerald’s Game to cult classics like Carrie and American Psycho, you don’t have to dance into the night at Halloween-themed event to have a devilishly good time. 

1. Don’t Breathe 

Best horror films for Halloween

Don’t Breathe 

Don’t Breathe has achieved worldwide fame thanks to the fact that movie critics found it difficult watching it through to the end, which gives you an indication of its scare-factor. 

When a young woman called Rocky takes desperate measures to secure a better life for her and her younger sister, she agrees to steal money from a wealthy, blind man in her area. But what looks to be a straight forward crime becomes a nightmare when her and her accomplices severely underestimate their victim.

Watch it on Netflix or buy it on Amazon

2. Veronica 

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Veronica

 Set in 1991 Madrid, Veronica follows a teenage girl of the same name, who uses an Ouija board to make contact with her best friend’s late boyfriend during a solar eclipse.

 At the exact moment of the eclipse, the glass cup used during the séance shatters and cuts Veronica’s finger, causing a drop of her blood to fall onto the Ouija board itself and, from that point on, she’s tormented by an evil supernatural force.

Watch it on Netflix or buy it on Amazon

3. The Road

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The Road

Potentially the most depressing film of all time, The Road gives a glimpse into life in a post-apocalyptic earth where the streets are deserted, food is scarce and civilisation has almost entirely melted away apart from rogue, vigilante groups thirsty for human blood. Sounds like fun, eh?

Watch it on Netflix and buy it or read it on Amazon. 

4. American Psycho

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American Psyco

We can bet you already know the plot of this cult classic, which follows the sinister undertakings of Patrick Bateman, a city-dwelling high flyer with a thing for murder. Watch it again for the Eighties power dressing, Christian Bale’s flawless performance and appearances from Reese Witherspoon and Chloë Sevigny. 

Watch it on Netflix or buy it on Amazon

5. 1922

Best horror films for Halloween

Based on the short story by Stephen King, 1922 follows the haunted life of a man and his son after they conspire together to commit a bloody crime. Running from suspicion and the truth behind what they’ve done leads them both into a life of misery and regret. 

Watch it on Netflix or read it on Amazon.

6. The Nun

Best horror films for Halloween

The Nun 

The Nun (which is a prequel to The Conjuring 2) tells the story of a team who head to the Vatican to investigate a young nun’s suicide. But once they uncover the order’s unholy secret, the abbey becomes home to a terrifying battle between the living and the dead. 

Watch it on Netflix or pre-order it on Amazon

7. Gerald’s Game

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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. 

Watch it on Netflix or read it on Amazon.

8. The Cabin in the Woods

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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.

Watch it on Netflix or buy it on Amazon

9. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

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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.

Watch it on Netflix and buy it or read it on Amazon. 

10. When A Stranger Calls

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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.

Watch it on Netflix or buy it on Amazon

11. Clinical

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Clinical

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…

Watch it on Netflix

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

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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.

Watch it on Netflix

13. Carrie

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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.

14. Hush

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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…

Watch it on Netflix

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