10 Best Horror Movies to Watch on Netflix this October [2014 Edition]

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Last year, we suggested Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, The Cabin in the Woods, V/H/S, V/H/S/2, The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, Compliance, I Saw the Devil, Timecrimes, and The Ward – you can read why here. Surprisingly all of those movies are still on Netflix except for Timecrimes. This year, we’re recommending 10 more awesome horror movies that you can stream right now on Netflix Watch Instant. Below, check out which films make the cut along with an extensive list of other horror films also available.

You’re Next (Adam Wingard) When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back. Starring Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, Ti West, and Aj Bowen

With The Guest making its rounds in theaters now – with exemplary praise – audiences must check out Adam Wingard’s previous horror darling You’re Next. One of my favorites from 2013, there is a lot of fun to be had here for anyone who adores Tucker and Dale vs. Evil or The Cabin in the Woods. You’re Next is another incredibly well made, self aware horror that pushes the norm and destroys expectations. Sharni Vinson is the final girl we’ve always dreamed for. (Watch the trailer) (Watch it now)

The ABCs of Death (26 Directors, including Ti West and Adam Wingard) A 26-chapter anthology that showcases death in all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty. Starring MANY ACTORS

Those who enjoy the V/H/S series will find The ABCs of Death quite amusing. I will say that many of these live action and animated shorts are quite ridiculous, some not worthy of your time, but I give the filmmakers kudos for their ambition. This collection of horror shorts are the likes of which you have never dreamt possible. This would be an entertaining watch with a group of friends. (Watch it now)

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (Jonathan Levine) A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, a good girl who became quite hot over the summer, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop quite mysteriously. Starring Amber Heard, Anson Mount, and Whitney Able

Premiering at SXSW back in 2007, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane garnered a lot of positive buzz, but was unfortunately put on the shelf until late last year. I haven’t seen this film in quite some time, but it has its charms and still holds up today. It’s definitely a solid, low-key thriller for those looking for something light this October. A regular scream queen, Amber Heard also made our list last year in The Ward. This is one of Heard’s delightfully devilish first roles in her career and she really shines as title character.  (Watch it now)

The Blair Witch Project (Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez) Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind. Starring Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, and Joshua Leonard

The one that started it all. They could write text books on how amazing the use of found footage works in The Blair Witch Project compared to the parade of weak entries we’ve come on to lately. Simple, fun, and absolutely terrifying at times, The Blair Witch Project is a classic movie for All Hallows’ Eve. (Watch it now)

The Sacrament (Ti West) A newsteam trails a man as he travels to an undisclosed location to find his missing sister. Upon entering “Eden Parish” and meeting the community’s leader, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. Starring Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, and Amy Seimetz

Ti West continues to master the art of the slow burn. The Innkeepers and The House of the Devil can attest to his sense for dread and tension. The Sacrament takes its time and builds some of the most unnerving scenes you’ll see this year. The Sacrament is the perfect way to ease right into the holiday spirit! (Watch it now)

World War Z (Marc Forster) United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. Starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, and James Badge Dale

Does your kind of horror cover more of a larger scale with zombies and Brad Pitt? World War Z is what you seek. Despite its rocky production, this ode to the zombie apocalypse, based on the acclaimed novel by Max Brooks, isn’t as horrendous as you’d expect. It is highly accessible for general audiences that are not in favor of the bizarre, gruesome, horrifying or extreme. (Watch it now)

The Devil’s Carnival (Darren Lynn Bousman) Lost souls enter The Devil’s Carnival where they are each faced with the sins they committed in life. Starring Emilie Autumn, Shem Andre Byron, Dayton Callie, Briana Evigan, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Jessica Lowndes

Short on time, but love the idea of a horror musical? Step into The Devil’s Carnival. Writer-director of Saw II, Darren Lynn Bousman creates a playground of terror that will make American Horror Story: Freak Show look like a puppy. Mixed in with a handful of playful written songs by Terrance Zdunich, The Devil’s Carnival will slay you with its clever lyrics. (Watch it now)

American Mary (Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska) The allure of easy money sends Mary Mason, a medical student, into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called “freakish” clients. Starring Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, and Tristan Risk

Ruthless and cunning is Mary Mason. This anti-hero is yet another example of females who kick ass in horror movies. A revenge thriller, American Mary is a wild ride for any horror junkie who favors such films as I Spit on Your Grave, Hard Candy, or I Saw the Devil. Not as extreme as the aforementioned titles, American Mary definitely stands out on its own. (Watch it now)

Contracted (Eric England) A young girl contracts what she thinks is a sexually-transmitted disease – but is actually something much worse. Starring Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams, Alice Macdonald

What should be shown during all sex-ed courses, Contracted is the perfect example of why you should always use protection kids. A grotesque look at what could possibly be the most disgusting physical transformation films of our generation, Contracted will make you physically uncomfortable. The ending takes an unexpected twist that has stuck with me for quite some time. (Watch it now)

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Maniac (2012) (Franck Khalfoun) As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop’s deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface. Starring Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, and America Olivo

In case you weren’t aware, Frodo dominates the horror game. From Grand Piano to Open Windows, Elijah Wood is killing it. A remake of the original 1980 film of the same title, Maniac is a first person perspective horror that is absolutely disturbing. A kind of movie that will make you think twice about walking home alone at night. (Watch it now)

The Walking Dead (Frank Darabont) – Seasons 1 through 4 – Police officer Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by zombies. Starring Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yuen, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan, Emily Kinney, and Danai Gurira

And for those excited for the return of The Walking Dead, all four seasons are now available before the fifth season returns on October 12 on AMC. (Watch it now)

And here’s our extensive list of other horror films also on Netflix you may be interested in:

  • The Bay
  • Evil Dead 2
  • Funny Games (1997)
  • Grand Piano
  • Scream / Scream 2 / Scream 3
  • Scary Movie 2 and 3
  • Insidious: Chapter 2
  • Halloween: The Curse of Michael Meyers
  • Halloween: Resurrection
  • Hellraiser 1-9
  • Antisocial
  • Haunter
  • Event Horizon
  • Trollhunter
  • Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  • Let the Right One In
  • We Are What We Are
  • Re-Animator
  • The Craft
  • The Collection
  • From Dusk til Dawn
  • The Pact
  • The Possession
  • Stitches
  • Children of the Corn
  • Carrie (1976)
  • Candyman
  • Dead Silence
  • Monsters (2010) <- Directed by Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards
  • Night of the Creeps
  • Texas Chainsaw (2013)
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Ichi the Killer
  • Cabin Fever: Patient Zero
  • House on Haunted Hill (1959)
  • Paranormal Activity 4
  • Bad Milo
  • Wishmaster
  • Plus One
  • The Hole (2009)
  • The Last Days on Mars
  • [REC] 3: Genesis
  • Fido
  • Silent House
  • Sharknado
  • Anaconda
  • CHUD
  • The Fog
  • Jack Frost
  • Evil Dead 2
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Kill List
  • American Psycho
  • Hannibal
  • Oldboy (2003/2013)
  • House at the End of the Street
  • Escape From Tomorrow
  • Compliance
  • Irreversible
  • Big Bad Wolves
  • Kiss of the Damned
  • Day of the Dead (1985)
  • The Host (2006)
  • Devil
  • Frankenstein’s Army
  • Fright Night (1985)
  • Hatchet 2 and 3
  • John Dies at the End
  • Ju-On: The Grudge
  • Leprechaun
  • Nosferatu
  • Pontypool

And if all else fails, there’s The Human Centipede once again…

What are your favorite horror movies to watch during October? Let us know in the comments section below.


All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com


About Author

Tyler Schirado is the founder and editor-in-chief of Turn The Right Corner. Legend has it, he’s said to have rode on the back of a T-Rex and has the natural survival instincts to live through the zombie apocalypse. His spirit animal is a corgi.


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