Good Horror Movies Can Be Hard to Find.
It’s October and that means it’s time to start watching horror movies like there’s no tomorrow. I love this time of year because it gives me a reasonable excuse to explain my binge watching. However, the one thing I hate about it is trying to weed through all the terrible ones in order to find a halfway decent scary movie.
That’s why I decided to put together this handy list of the best horror movies you can stream this holiday season. I personally sat through each one of these and I’m confident that they won’t disappoint fans of the genre. I tried to avoid classic horror movies in order to give you some new ones to enjoy and there’s a wide variety to choose from. So, if you have Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, you’re going to find something to enjoy before Halloween.
It Follows– As far as horror movies go, this is one of the better-known flicks. It didn’t start off that way when it was in theaters though. Since then, it’s gained notoriety as a movie that was essentially about a ghost STD. The movie revolves around a girl who catches it from a guy and is pursued by a slow-moving, shapeshifting spirit only she can see. The only way to get rid of it is to pass it on to someone else. The drawback? If the person you pass it to dies, it starts working its way backwards.
Clown– To be honest, I thought this one sounded as stupid as you probably do. However, it turned out to be one of the better horror movies I’ve seen in a long time. It’s about a stressed-out father that puts on an old clown costume to save his kids birthday party. It soon turns out that he can’t take it off and begins to undergo a terrifying transformation. If you find clowns creepy than this movie is not one you’re going to want to watch in the dark. For me, that fact that it makes something stupid absolutely terrifying is the hallmark of a good scary movie.
Ava’s Possession– Ever wonder what happens to those people in possession movies after they get the demon kicked out? Well, Ava’s Possession it turns out that they go to a court-mandated 12 step program. It’s another scary movie that sounds absolutely bizarre, but somehow it just works. Ava is forced to confront all the messed up things she did while she was possessed and has to learn how to keep the demon at bay or risk a relapse. If possession movies are your thing, this is a fresh take on the genre that will be a pleasant surprise for you.
Some Kind of Hate– Compared to the other horror movies on this list go, Some Kind of Hate is probably one of the goriest. It’s about a ghost that haunts a reform camp for kids with severe emotional issues, which is a nice way of saying these kids are a danger to themselves and others. This is no Casper though, and it’s a spirit that can cause a lot of damage in a really unique way. Her brand of scary is that self-inflicted wounds appear on her targets, and the same goes for any injury someone tries to give her. Needless to say, there’s plenty of blood involved.
Hush– This is another Netflix movie that has started to gain some fame as a fresh take on the slasher genre. The film actually revolves around a deaf woman trying to get away from it all by moving out to a secluded house in the woods. That’s just asking for a slasher to show up though, and soon one comes a knocking. Not that she hears him. In fact, that’s part of the terror in this film, she can’t hear the killer coming. All the creeks and scary noises are strictly for the audience’s sake, which really raises the tension because the hero doesn’t know what’s coming.
Bonus: Dale and Tucker vs Evil– You just gotta see this.
High Tension– This is one of the horror movies that changed the modern face of the genre. Alexandre Aja (an original member of the splat pack) directs this twisted tale of a woman fighting for her life when a stranger shows up in the French countryside and kills the family she’s staying with. There’s plenty of gore in this film as well as suspense, which makes for a beautiful blend of terror. Not only that, but it’s got a strong female lead that really challenges gender roles in movies. Plus the ending will blow your mind.
Splinter– This creepy movie made me stay indoors for a week after watching it. I mean, that’s not really different from any other week, but it’s still one of the better horror movies I’ve seen in years. The film is about a couple that finds themselves trapped with a convict in a gas station after encountering a bizarre creature late at night. The thing is that the creature is controlled by some sort of fungus that makes them super aggressive and desperate to spread the parasite. One touch and suddenly your body is not your own anymore. So, how do you fight something like that? You’ll have to watch to find out.
I Saw the Devil– I have to admit, I recommend this to everyone whether they’re looking for horror movies or not. It was one of my favorite films of 2010 and the fact that it’s streaming again has me as giddy as a kid after tearing into his Halloween haul. The basic premise is what would happen if a serial killer killed Korean Jason Bourne’s girlfriend? I’ll tell you, it gets you a clash between two absolute forces of nature. One is a psychopath for pleasure and the other is one for his country. It’s the ultimate showdown and one I know you’ll love.
Extraterrestrial– This is yet another movie that turned out to be a lot better than I thought it would be, and I have a special someone to thank for making me watch it. It’s a found footage movie that follows a group of friends out to visit a cabin in the woods for a nice relaxing weekend. That is until the little green men show up. Only they aren’t so little and are absolutely terrifying. The group tries to survive as creatures with technology and abilities far beyond their comprehension hunt them down. I normally hate found footage horror movies, but I had to recommend this one.
The Bay– Remember how I said “I normally hate found footage horror movies” all those years ago? Well, this is one of the other ones I constantly recommend to people. It’s almost like a horror documentary as a reporter pieces together a tragic event that hit a small fishing town. It’s a really engrossing film that masterfully shows the tale unfolding from multiple sources. The terror that hits the down? Parasites emerge from the water and wreak havoc in the most gruesome way possible. It’s gory in all the right ways.
The Girl with All the Gifts– Amazon always manages to have a lot of the newer releases available and this one is no exception. It’s the zombie apocalypse, but this time around the military is managing to successfully experiment on zombies to create a sort of hybrid that might be the only hope for mankind. After their base falls it’s up to a small team to get the girl to scientists that can finish their work. The only question is if she’s going to keep her urges under control.
Crush the Skull– I threw my hands up in the air when I saw that Amazon added this film. I was lucky enough to see it at a film festival about two years ago and it was the highlight for me. It’s a horror comedy that follows a group of burglars that accidentally burgle the wrong house. It slowly becomes clear that they’re in a den of torture belonging to a sadistic killer who is set to return any moment. When he does their easy score becomes a game of survival as they have to wander through his dark maze without alerting him to their presence. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream “LOOK OUT BEHIND YOU!” Want some laughs with your horror, this flick is for you.
Green Room– Neo-nazis have gotten a lot scarier these days, but neo-nazis led by Patrick Stewart is something else entirely. This was a tough one to watch, not just because of the brutality displayed in it, but because it stars the late Anton Yelchin. A punk band lands a gig at a bar frequented by a less than ideal crowd and after an incident finds themselves trapped and forced to fight their way out. The violence in is gut-wrenching, and not because it’s over the top. This is one of those horror movies that will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.
The Monster– Sometimes horror movies have a deeper message to them. The Monster explores the relationship between a young mother and her daughter. Things haven’t been easy, and the mom has been pretty bad at the whole parenting thing. When the two find themselves broken down on a backwoods road though, they soon discover that something is out in the woods, watching them. This flick just goes to show that the old adage is true, you don’t want to get between a mother and her young.
Open Grave– Of all the horror movies on this list, Open Grave has an unusually unique opening sequence. A man wakes up in a mass grave with no memory and upon escaping meets other amnesiacs as well. They quickly turn on each other, but soon realize that the real danger isn’t from each other, it’s from the zombies wandering around out in the woods. It quickly becomes a horror mystery as they try to piece together what happened and who they are. The real question becomes if they’re going to be able to do it in time.
Those are just some of the better examples of great horror movies for you to stream this month. Let me know in the comments which is your favorite and what other movies you would recommend to horror fans!