Halloween is nigh, and if you’re already all partied out or have stuffed yourself with enough candy to kill your dentist than your best option is to set yourself up with an all-night horror movie marathon. And if you have Netflix then you’re in luck. The uber popular streaming service has all the horror movies you need for a good night’s worth of blood, guts, and terror. After the jump, check out the full-list of recommended horror flicks to wet your whistle until next October.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (Eli Craig) – Tucker & Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are attacked by a group of preppy college kids.
Let’s start you off with something a little light. For those looking for a lively Halloween evening with a few laughs, a big bowl of popcorn, and good company, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is right up your alley. Flipping the horror genre on its head, Tucker and Dale is a hilarious satire on the classic backwoods horror villain. Alan Tudyk (Tucker) and Tyler Labine (Dale) do a wonderful job at playing their characters straight while balancing the comedic hijinks that they are caught up in with your stereotypical teen “victims.” It’s bloody good fun. (Watch it now)
The Cabin in the Woods (Drew Goddard) – Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.
Taking a more serious look at the horror genre itself is The Cabin in the Woods. This incredible social commentary on modern horrors is one of the smartest and most entertaining time you will have with a film of this genre. The young cast is brilliant and play well against their protagonists. There is little you can say without spoiling the goods. Cabin in the Woods is the quintessential horror movie of the past five years, with one of the greatest climaxes that will have you cackling with glee once you see it. (Watch it now)
V/H/S and V/H/S/2 (Various Directors) – When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for. / / / Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student’s disappearance.
And speaking of quintessential horror movies, the V/H/S franchise is one of the most thrilling and boundary pushing genre films of the past decade. These horror anthologies are rich, full of original ideas and some of the most terrifying moments that will disturb you. What originally I thought was pure hatred for the first flick turned into respect and admiration for how daring they were. Don’t rely on any of the shorts connecting, but go in expecting the unexpected. (Watch V/H/S now) (Watch V/H/S/2 now)
The House of the Devil and The innkeepers (Ti West) – In the 1980s, college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret; they plan to use her in a satanic ritual. / / / During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel’s haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.
Also taking steps away from the more traditional horror films of late is director Ti West. His use of pacing and slow burn tension is a welcome breath of fresh air from all of the glossed over torture porn and horror remakes. Very small in scale, Ti West’s The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers work well to tell two chilling tales of classic horror. If you’re looking for more terror, it is House of the Devil that will satisfy your appetite; but if you’re craving more of a ghost story, Innkeepers is what you seek. (Watch The House of the Devil now) (Watch The Innkeepers now)
Compliance (Craig Zobel) – When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no-one is left unharmed.
Not your traditional horror, maybe not even considered horror to many, but Compliance is downright disturbing. The fact that this is based on true events is even more creepy. Compliance is not for the faint of heart and will even test your patience. This feature takes awkward moments to a whole new level and creates some of the most uncomfortable situations in cinema you will ever face, and sometimes that is all you need to convey pure horror. (Watch it now)
I Saw the Devil (Kim Jee-Woon) – When his pregnant fiancee becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, a secret agent blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge.
What’s a horror movie marathon without a little foreign flavor? South Koran director Kim Jee-Woon has created something very sick and delightfully violent in I Saw the Devil. This revenge epic is one that will go down in the books as one of the most gruesome and twisted motion pictures to have seen the light of day. Lee Byung-hun (Red 2; G.I. Joe 1 & 2) and Choi Min-sik (Oldboy) work tremendously well as each other’s foils. The battle between good and evil has never looked so sinister. (Watch it now)
Timecrimes (Nacho Vigalondo) – A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.
Los Cronocrímenes, or as us Yanks call it, Timecrimes, is another foreign horror film, but is not as dreary or depressing. Timecrimes is very smart for a film that plays around with the delicate concept of time travel. There are a lot of fun twists and turns, but also many thrilling moments that will keep you guessing until the very end.
The Ward (John Carpenter) – A thriller centered on an institutionalized young woman who becomes terrorized by a ghost.
From the man that brought you Halloween, They Live, and The Thing comes one of the most mind-bending horror movies of his filmography yet. The Ward flew under the radar by most, but has a certain level of finesse to maintain your attention span. Carpenter hasn’t had much luck in modern horror these days, but The Ward proves he still has what it takes to create a compelling enough story to keep you invested in the charismatic all-female cast. (Watch it now)
Other noteworthy horror films, both new and old, you may be interested in:
- The Evil Dead
- American Mary
- Kill List
- The Bay
- Evil Dead 2
- Funny Games (1997)
- I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
- Pet Sematary
- Maniac (2012)
- The Hole
- Scary Movie
- Ju-On: The Grudge
- Paranormal Activity 3
- Let the Right One In
- Open Water
- Resident Evil
And if all else fails, there’s The Human Centipede…
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All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com