The 12 best horror movies on Netflix

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Get your popcorn ready.

Halloween season is approaching, and while it’s definitely the time to get your Freddy Krueger mask out of storage, binge on candy bars, carve faces on pumpkins, and get your pals together for a Thriller-themed soiree, it’s also the best time to terrify yourself watching horror movies.

People are regularly confused over what titles leave and become available on Netflix because its database is constantly changing. To help you with the upcoming season of scare, here’s a list of a few titles you can preview come Oct. 31. Pick one or binge them all—we’ve made sure that each film passes the Rotten Tomatoes test so everybody has a good time with a great flick.

1) Hush

When a deaf writer decides to live alone in the woods, you can bet something terrifying is bound to happen. A psychological horror flick that made its debut at South by Southwest in 2016, Hush has garnered accolades from critics and horror fans alike, including ones we may consider an expert on the genre.

4/5 on Netflix, 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes

2) The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari is regarded as the first real horror movie. A classic story—and we do mean classic, since it’s been almost a hundred years since it first came out—about a hypnotist who uses a sleepwalker to commit murders, this movie has cemented its status as one of the most terrifying flicks students of the genre could ever watch.

3.5/5 on Netflix, 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes

3) The Babadook

Be careful about the books that you read to your kids—you never know when you might unintentionally set a malevolent spirit free from them. In case you were wondering what it feels like to be a parent whose hyperactive child is constantly disturbed by an evil spirit, The Babadook will certainly give you a taste of the helplessness as well as the fear that’s expected from a really good supernatural story.

3/5 on Netflix, 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes

4) Creep

If you’re a fan of found-footage horror, Creep does it exceptionally well. Featuring a cash-desperate man who answers a vague Craigslist ad, this movie shows you exactly why you should be a little bit more discerning when it comes to responding to opportunities online.

1.5/5 on Netflix, 96 on Rotten Tomatoes

5) A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Filmed entirely in black and white, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night follows the titular character around Bad City, a place teeming with crime, drugs, and prostitution. This scenario can most certainly pass off as a type of horror most of womankind faces on the regular, but what makes this Persian-language flick unique is the girl in question just happens to be a vampire.

3/5 on Netflix, 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes

6) The Fly

What could be more horrifying than a scientist who mutates into a disgusting human fly? Not to be confused with the Jeff Goldblum remake from the '80s, this horror movie is hilarious as well.

3/5 on Netflix, 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes

7) We Are Still Here

This horror movie—which premiered at South by Southwest in 2015—centers on a grieving couple trying to get over the tragic death of their son by moving to rural New England. There, they find an old house that seemed like the perfect place to forget… until they discover that it houses evil spirits. While the premise may seem like a common horror plot, watch for several unexpected twists.

2/5 on Netflix, 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes

8) Room 237

Any horror movie marathon should include the iconic movie, The Shining. Although the title is currently not available on Netflix, fans of the film have the option of watching a documentary that discusses it at length, from hidden meanings and themes to eerie theories and interpretations. Be sure to watch it with fellow aficionados of The Shining to inspire post-film analysis.

2/5 on Netflix, 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes

9) Re-Animator

Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, this is a must-see for those of you in need of a crash course in the horror genre. It has mad science, it has zombies, it has gore… it even has jokes. An oldie-but-goodie flick that’s maintained its critical acclaim, this movie is definitely one of cult horror’s go-tos.

2/5 on Netflix, 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes

10) The Host

In the mood for a monster movie? The Host provides an equal amount of scare and laughs that make another great cult horror project to add to your Netflix list. This South Korean flick was so successful the year it came out (2007) that plans for a Hollywood remake were made. It’s been eight years since the announcement, and still no remake has graced the big screen.

2/5 on Netflix, 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes

11) The Exorcist

There are quite a few film titles that come to mind when one thinks of the word “horror.” The Exorcist is definitely one of them. Even those who have not seen it probably know about the iconic back-bending scene in the movie, featuring a little girl—played by Linda Blair, most famous for precisely this role—who is possessed by the devil and a priest who must perform an exorcism to save her. Since its release in 1973, The Exorcist has inspired many sequels and remakes, but nothing compares to the original.

3/5 on Netflix, 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes

12) Let Us Prey

If you love Game of Thrones and you happen to be a big fan of the Onion Knight, then you might get a kick out of seeing him in a horror film that centers on an isolated Scottish town that becomes venue to a slew of gory, terrifying crimes after a mysterious man arrives to do more than shake things up.

2/5 on Netflix, 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes
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