Halloween is around the corner, and there’s no better way to get in the spooky spirit than curling up with a good movie. Netflix has a treasure trove of films that can send shivers down your spine or simply bring back the nostalgia of childhood Halloweens. Let’s dive into some of the best Halloween movies currently streaming on Netflix.
1. ‘Verónica’ (2017)
There’s a chilling beauty in ‘Verónica,’ a Spanish horror film directed by Paco Plaza. It revolves around a young girl named Verónica who, after playing with an Ouija board during a solar eclipse, starts experiencing eerie occurrences in her home. The film is particularly unnerving because it’s inspired by actual events, which always adds an extra layer of creepiness.
The nuanced storytelling and spine-tingling visuals make it stand out. Watching it during Halloween evokes that classic ghostly atmosphere we all secretly crave this season. Plus, there’s something universal about our fear of the unknown, and ‘Verónica’ taps into that fear expertly.
2. ‘1922’ (2017)
Stephen King’s tales have always been Halloween mainstays, and ‘1922’ is no exception. This adaptation of King’s novella captures the dark, atmospheric essence of the original. The story follows Wilfred James, a farmer who, with the reluctant help of his son, murders his wife for financial gain. But, as is the case with most dark tales, their heinous act leads to haunting consequences.
The film is a slow burn, but that’s its strength. It builds tension methodically, and by the time Halloween night arrives, you’ll be glancing over your shoulder and pondering the weight of guilt and regret.
3. ‘No One Gets Out Alive’ (2021)
‘No One Gets Out Alive’ is a story of an immigrant in search of the American dream but finds herself trapped in a nightmarish dwelling. The strength of this film lies in its unsettling portrayal of both real-world horrors (like the challenges faced by immigrants) and supernatural terrors.
Watching it on a dark, chilly Halloween evening, the line between our real-world fears and supernatural dread blurs. The movie doesn’t just give you jumpscares; it makes you ponder on deeper societal issues while keeping you at the edge of your seat.
4. ‘The Perfection’ (2018)
‘The Perfection’ is an unexpected rollercoaster. On the surface, it’s about the dark side of perfection in the world of classical music, but there’s so much more lurking beneath. Its twisty narrative takes viewers on a wild ride, blending elements of psychological horror with visceral shocks.
The film’s disturbingly beautiful musical backdrop juxtaposes eerily with its horrifying visuals, creating a unique cinematic experience. When it’s Halloween, we look for something that scares and surprises us. And trust me, ‘The Perfection’ offers abundant shocks and surprises. It’s not just another horror film; it’s a symphony of terror.
5. ‘The Ritual’ (2017)
There’s something inherently unsettling about forests and folk horror, and ‘The Ritual’ taps into this fear brilliantly. The story captures the journey of a group of friends hiking through a Scandinavian forest, only to find that an ancient malevolent presence is tracking them. Beyond the palpable dread of being hunted, the film masterfully delves into the human psyche, unearthing each character’s personal demons and guilt.
Watching it on Halloween reinforces the age-old fear of what lurks in the woods, especially after dark. And honestly, who hasn’t felt that unsettling chill while walking through a forest, wondering if you’re truly alone?
6. ‘Bird Box’ (2018)
‘Sight’ is one of our most valued senses. But what happens when seeing can lead to your end? ‘Bird Box’ takes this unnerving premise and runs with it, presenting a world where mysterious entities cause individuals to go insane upon sight. The film’s genius lies in its ability to use the unseen as a tool of terror, playing on our fears of the unknown.
Sandra Bullock’s compelling performance, combined with the desperate struggle for survival, makes for a tense viewing experience. On Halloween, with the wind howling outside and the blinds drawn, ‘Bird Box’ is a chilling testament to our primal fear of the unknown.
7. ‘Eli’ (2019)
In ‘Eli,’ we follow a young boy undergoing treatment for a rare disease in a secluded clinic. But as days pass, it becomes evident that the house is hiding sinister secrets. What stands out about ‘Eli’ is its unsettling atmosphere and the growing sense of paranoia.
On a night like Halloween, when we’re already on high alert for things that go bump in the night, ‘Eli’ amplifies those feelings, making us question the places we consider safe. After all, if you can’t trust your sanctuary, where can you feel safe?
8. ‘In the Tall Grass’ (2019)
Adapted from a novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill, ‘In the Tall Grass’ presents a deceivingly simple yet deeply unsettling scenario: a brother and sister, lured by a young boy’s cry, enter a field of tall grass and quickly become lost. The tall grass hides more than just a path back out; it obscures time, space, and a dark presence.
The eerie landscape of the film feels suffocating, making it a perfect watch for Halloween. Amid the rustling grass and endless green, you’re reminded of the chilling possibility of getting lost with no way out.
9. ‘Apostle’ (2018)
Set in the early 20th century, ‘Apostle’ tells the story of a man venturing to a remote island to save his sister from a mysterious cult. Director Gareth Evans crafts a world where the line between faith and fanaticism blurs, and every corner of the island holds a disturbing secret. The period setting and the island’s isolation create an eerily beautiful backdrop for the unfolding horror.
On Halloween night, when tales of cults and ancient entities are shared around campfires, ‘Apostle’ reminds us of the human capacity for horror, even in the name of faith.
10. ‘The Mist’ (2007)
Another masterpiece inspired by Stephen King’s work, ‘The Mist’ revolves around a small town enveloped by a thick, otherworldly mist filled with nightmarish creatures. But as much as the external horrors terrify, the human dynamics inside a supermarket, where a group of townsfolk take refuge, truly sends shivers down the spine.
The film poses an unsettling question: when faced with unimaginable terror, do we band together or tear each other apart? Watching it on Halloween, with fog possibly rolling outside your window, ‘The Mist’ serves as a chilling exploration of otherworldly and human monsters.
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