With October 31 just around the corner, it's once again that time of the year to let your guard down and let those feelings of dread worm their way under your skin.
And as always, Netflix is offering a solid selection of horror movies to shock and scare you this Halloween. From cult classics and foreign imports, to old-fashioned slasher flicks and chilling franchise films, there's a lot on offer to make you dive under the covers this holiday.
Here are some of the best Halloween movies on Netflix streaming right now:
1. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
- Director: Wes Craven
- Who's in it? Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Jeff Davis
You can never go wrong with a bit of horror genius Wes Craven at Halloween and thankfully, Netflix is offering this particular gem this October.
In this fantasy, a demonic force chooses horror supervillain Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world in the seventh film of the beloved dream demon franchise. Though it doesn't exactly form a part of the series's continuity, Wes Craven's New Nightmare sees Freddy return and invade the lives of the cast and crew responsible for his movies.
2. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
- Director: Robert Wiene
- Who's in it? Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher
Considered to be "the first true horror film" by many, including acclaimed movie critic Roger Ebert, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari continues to draw in audiences almost a century after its 1920 release. A perfect example of German Expressionism, the story revolves around a hypnotist who uses a sleepwalker as his personal puppet assassin.
Ultimately, this movie is a spectacular insight into the origins of horror and it's currently available on Netflix.
3. The Babadook (2014)
- Director: Jennifer Kent
- Who's in it? Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall
You might as well forget ever reading a children's book or reciting a cute nursery to your kids ever again because Australian horror film The Babadook is streaming on Netflix just in time for Halloween.
The horror flick was arguably the break-out indie film of 2014, a feature that undeniably tapped into our intrinsic fears and insecurities. The movie beautifully echoes the atmosphere of a disjointed, twisted fairytale about a young mother and her son. Following the violent death of her husband, she is forced to come head-to-head with her little boy's fears of a monster living in the shadows of her house.
Without a doubt, this simple, yet effective, tale will haunt your nightmares for many weeks to come.
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4. The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)
- Director: Adam Robitel
- Who's in it? Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle An
Quite frankly, the image of the possessed, Alzheimer's-ridden Deborah on the trailer is enough to scare the living daylights out of me. And watching the movie this Halloween on Netflix will probably do the same to you too.
This feature film directorial debut by Adam Robitel tells the chilling story of a documentary crew making a film about Alzheimer's patients. While investigating the volatile condition of an elderly lady, they soon discover some unsettling truths about what is really lurking behind the facade of her debilitating disease — a horrifying evil like no other.
5. The Fly (1958)
- Director: Kurt Neumann
- Who's in it? David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price
The Fly is a sci-fi horror film that is taken from a short story of the same name written by George Langelaan. It tells the unsettling tale of a scientist who transforms into a grotesque human fly after one accidentally buzzes into his transportation machine. As you can imagine, the result is hardly an ideal situation for his distraught wife.
One of the finest horror movies of the '50s, The Fly is the perfect Halloween movie on Netflix.
6. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
- Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
- Who's in it? Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manes
Described as an "Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western" by director Ana Lily Amirpour, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is another option to consider from Netflix this Halloween. The story oozes indie noir filmmaking and brings to life an Iranian ghost-town that doesn't realize it's been stalked by a lonely vampire. Simply labelled as "The Girl," this solitary figure wanders the streets in her billowing cape and keeps tabs on the lives of the undead around her.
Strikingly beautiful and poignant, this is horror like you've never seen before.
7. The Invitation (2015)
- Director: Karyn Kusama
- Who's in it? Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michiel Huisman
Usually a "dinner party movie" is associated with fast-paced comedies or hard-hitting family dramas, but The Invitation definitely plummets you straight through the doors of the horror genre. Available on Netflix this Halloween, the movie brings together a group of people.
In particular, it delivers the tale of a man, who has tragically lost is son, joining some friends at his ex-wife's house. Suspicions soon arise when he begins to realize that together with her new husband, she may have sinister intentions for the unaware guests.
8. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
- Director: Tim Burton
- Who's in it? Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson
If you're looking to relive the heyday of Tim Burton, when his decision to relentlessly cast Johnny Depp in every single movie wasn't grinding down on everyone's nerves, your best bet is probably to watch horror flick Sleepy Hollow this Halloween.
The atmospheric, moody plot is based on a man sent to investigate the decapitations of three people by an apparition called the Headless Horseman.
9. The Exorcist (1973)
- Director: William Friedkin
- Who's in it? Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair
Notoriously considered to be one of the scariest movies of all time, The Exorcist introduces the eerie story of a vulnerable, young girl who gets possessed by a demon. When two priests are enlisted to unleash the devil within her, they are confronted with the Devil and begin to suffer horrifying struggles with the supernatural spirit themselves.
We suggest you don't watch this one alone.
10. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
- Director: Robert Rodriguez
- Who's in it? Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Salma Hayek
Bringing to life a satisfyingly pulpy screenplay penned by Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and George Clooney star as two criminals who seek refuge in a strip club in the middle of a desolate part of Mexico. After gulping down a few drinks and watching actress Salma Hayek perform the sexiest dance ever on some tables, chaos is unleashed when it becomes apparent that the employees of the seedy joint, as well as its strippers, are all blood-sucking vamps.
Which Netflix Halloween movies will you be watching?