The summer solstice has only recently passed by. There's a rich scent of fresh cut grass in the air. The days are long, the nights are short, and summer is fully upon us. So how do we spend our time? Camping? Foraging for wild garlic? Nah, forget it. Let's draw the blinds and binge on Netflix because summer is seriously overrated.
Horror fans are truly spoiled on the streaming service, which has a fantastic selection of movies to digest this June. As we know all too well, some of the best movies can come and go in the blink of an eye, so make sure you catch them while you can.
Below, you'll find a selection of some of the best (read: terrifying) horror films on Netflix this June:
1. The Babadook (2014)
Good horrors scare you, great horrors terrify you, but the best stay with you for days. Like a bad smell or a lingering nightmare, they stick around whether you like it or not. Much like the Babadook himself, the creepy, silhouetted ghoul who is the subject of this horror masterpiece.
The Australian/Canadian flick illustrated the point that often the scariest films rely on the gradual amplification of tension without giving too much away. If you haven't see it yet, make sure you do. Soon.
2. Let The Right One In (2008)
Don't be fooled; although this Swedish horror rose to (obscure) prominence around the time when the world's vampire fetish was at its peak, Tomas Alfredson captures the troublesome, adolescent relationship between its two leading stars to perfection.
It's brutal and unforgiving yet has a warm heart. Invite this in to your living room and you won't regret watching it. Oh, and stick with this over the US remake.
3. The Exorcist (1973)
Few films carry the aura of William Friedkin's adaptation of William Peter Blatty's novel. The sign of a truly great film is its staying power, and for those who haven't seen this in awhile, I guarantee it will still scare you as much as it always did.
4. The Shining (1980)
While we're discussing classic horror films on Netflix, we can't sidestep Stanley Kubrick's claustrophobic exploration of insanity and the supernatural. The film does split opinion, and even Stephen King — who wrote the novel of the same name — has expressed his dislike.
But putting that aside, it's still a visually compelling fright fest, with Jack Nicholson on the top of his game.
5. Re-Animator (1985)
There has been one thing distinctly lacking on this list so far: gore. Putting things right, next up in the '80s, B-movie blood fest is just as shocking today as it was when it was released over 30 years ago.
But, in classic B-movie style, it doesn't hold back on providing some dark comedy, making it an alluring combination of filth and fun.
6. Dead Snow (2009)
No, no, no. I'm not talking about Game of Thrones's Jon Snow, I'm talking about Nazi zombies set in the mountainous terrain of Norway, hurrah! Like all good gorefests, Dead Snow doesn't take itself too seriously, combining humor with brutality.
As horror films go, this is one of the most enjoyable of recent years, and will brighten up any summer evening. I promise.
7. Hellraiser (1987)
Clive Barker's unforgettable tale of hell with BDSM drizzled on top launched a franchise and disturbed millions in the process. Led by the iconic Pinhead, the unnerving tale is (as I mentioned a while back) one of those films that sticks around long after the credits roll.