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20 Best Horror Movies on Netflix to Watch This Halloween

October will end soon, and some of us are waiting the last day of this month to come. Halloween is of course a nostalgic event each year. With bonfires, costumes, and candies which reminds us of our childhood friends and families. But, some people prefer to spend the day on Netflix.

But, you may also enjoy the thrill of Halloween from binge-watching horror movies. Here is a list of best horror movies on Netflix you can watch this Halloween. Let’s see them below.

Netflix Horror Movie Recommendation for Halloween

1. Green Room (2015)

After performing at a bar outside Portland, a punk band stumbles on a dead body as they are leaving. Got caught by skinheads, the band finds themselves locked in a green room until their execution. From there, the band’s escape attempts get bloodier and riskier as they trade weapons, hostages, and blows with the skinheads.

Green Room is an updated version of the backwoods-family-horror trope. The punk aesthetic comes through in moments of dry humor and believable attitude. That said, the movie is still high-quality production with outstanding performances from the cast.

2. Cargo (2018)

After a zombie bite turns his wife into an undead husk, and her rabid jaws rip a chunk out of his arm, Andy (Martin Freeman) wander through the wilderness with his baby to find an antidote. They encounter other survivors, all looking for a way out of the living nightmare. But it’s Thoomi (Simone Landers), a girl kidnapped by a zombie-baiting hunter, who may be able to save them. Taking advantage of lush environments, Cargo takes a typical zombie post-apocalyptic scenario and brings it up to another level.

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3. XX (2017)

Jovanka Vuckovic, Roxanne Benjamin, Karyn Kusama, and Annie Clark direct the four main shorts of XX. With the musician-turned-director delivering the most entertaining segment “The Birthday Party,” in Melanie Lynskey discovers a dead party just in time for daughter’s birthday.

4. Under The Shadow (2016)

During a string of Iraqi airstrikes in Tehran, the Iranian government bars student activist Shideh (Narges Rashidi) from continuing her studies. Not being able to back on campus, she retreats to her family’s apartment. But when missile blasts through her building, Shideh and her daughter find out that an invisible presence have marked them. Director Babak Anvari allows the question of the supernatural to orbit Under the Shadow as he captures the erosion of his plain, main set, and Shideh’s very existence.

5. The Similars (2015)

A group of strangers are trapped in a bus station by a hurricane. Then things start to go wrong. People begin suffering from epileptic fits, and nobody’s quite sure what’s causing it. You won’t be sure what’s causing it either, even if you think you do.

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The Similars layers on unusual details, relying on a plethora of plot twists. It’s hard to describe the plot in words, you just have to experience it. This movie is all weird, and you’ll remember this one long after you watched it.

6. Creep (2014)

In Creep, Josef (Duplass) recruits Aaron (Brice), a videographer, off Craigslist with the intention of filming a goodbye letter to his unborn son. Josef is dying, that’s how he convinces his new buddy Aaron to spend the night in the woods with him.

7. The Endless (2018)

Brothers Justin (Justin Benson) and Aaron (Aaron Moorhead) find themselves drawn back to a cult they once escaped after receiving a video that suggests a mass suicide is about to happen. Aaron have to stay until the third moon, a kind of optical illusions that the cult mentioned, rises. But Justin finds himself harassed by impossible photographs dropped from sky.

The Endless owes a lot to H.P. Lovecraft’s horror, without needing to rely on it too much. The mystery unfolds at a satisfying pace, carried through to horrifying places. Despite the tight budget, the film succeeds to provide an outstanding cosmic horror experience.

8. Little Evil (2017)

In Little Evil, Adam Scott stars as the newly married Gary, who quickly realizes that his stepson Lucas is the Antichrist. The movie nods to nearly every pillar of the horror genre. But it’s the whirlwind of Scott’s in-over-his-head performance, and the steady glowering of his demonic 5-year-old, that sucks up the jokes into a cohesive, and often frightening. Little Evil is a horror-comedy that balances between the two.

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9. Desolation (2017)

To grieve the death of her husband, Abby takes her son and her best friend out for a weekend camping trip in the woods. There, the family becomes the target of a killer. Desolation has more in common with picturesque dramas like. As the young characters flee for their lives, you may find yourself hyperventilating along with them.

10. The Conjuring (2013)

The Conjuring is an unrepentantly old-school horror. It balances out a checklist of classic thrills with enough twists to remain engaging and consistently up the levels of intensity throughout. The cast gives excellent performances, which is the key to the movie’s successful thrills.

11. Mohawk (2018)

Set against the War of 1812, the film follows two members of the Mohawk tribe and a rogue British agent, their polyamorous lover, who find themselves the targets of vengeful Americans. While the low budget can be a turnoff, the clever thrills, poignant relationship and bloody finale make this a historical horror flick full of fascinating turns.

12. Holidays (2016)

Nine filmmakers present horror stories that revolve around eight different holidays, such as Valentine’s Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It’s hard to choose which segment is the most successful. Those who liked the unsettling atmosphere of It Follows may like “Father’s Day,” while monster fans will find terror in “Easter.” From the body horror of “Mother’s Day” to the torture-porn of “Halloween”, every short story hits its mark.

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13. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)

The playful and poetic terror of I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House from Oz Perkins plays like a short story from Alvin Schwartz’s classic In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories. So do the spooky camera compositions that string the story together. Perkins barely lifts a finger to render his ghosts beautifully, but I Am the Pretty Thing will take your breath away.

14. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

When an untouched dead body (Olwen Kelly) is found at the scene of a homicide, and coroners Tommy (Brian Cox) and Austin (Emile Hirsch) have to find the cause of death. Each step of the autopsy uncovers new conflicting information, like her cloudy eyes which suggest a long-dead corpse, but she has no signs of decay. Like every corpse they receive, there’s a story to Jane Doe.

There’s gore aplenty but this is far more than a splatter flick. Cox and Hirsch’s chemistry is key to selling the emotional core of the movie, providing stakes to an otherwise small-scale horror. Director André Øvredal’s work showed that he can handle dark fantasy, and The Autopsy of Jane Doe proves he’s a master of it.

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15. Train to Busan (2016)

Train to Busan is rather propulsive, bloody and glimmering with the dark whimsy particular to Korean cinema. Yeon Sang-ho’s take on the zombie apocalypse wears its heart on its sleeve. It’s a father-daughter story, a husband-wife story, a who-deserves-to-live-and-die survivor narrative, a people story trapped in a high-speed rail train, where the only hope of escape is a well-timed leap into the baggage shelf. It’s a hell of a movie.

16. 47 Meters Down (2017)

This shark movie hit theaters after The Shallows’ success. But instead of being trapped on a rock, Lisa (Moore) and Kate (Pretty Little Liars’ Claire Holt) are trapped in a cage underwater. With jumpscares galore, this lean survival story is the kind of B-movie pleasure Sharknado wishes it could be.

17. Candyman (1992)

Grad student Helen (Virginia Madsen) is researching an urban legend when she learns of a number of murders in a nearby housing development. In pursuit of uncovering the truth, she summons the Candyman (Tony Todd) himself.

Candyman is a complicated story about how racism creates violent stories. On top of that, it’s a great horror movie with evocative urban-decay set pieces, and a career-defining performance by Todd.

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18. The Nightmare (2015)

This spooky documentary from Room 237 director Rodney Ascher follows eight people suffering from a debilitating phenomenon known as sleep paralysis. In the middle of the night, victims of the syndrome find themselves unable to move or speak, and as Ascher discovers, many of them suffer from supernatural hallucinations. Ascher once again dives into the human psyche for a story that’s both heartfelt and haunting.

19. The Ritual (2018)

The Ritual follows four friends who trek along northern Sweden’s trail as a tribute to a friend. After discovering a wooden deer altar in an abandoned house, the group is being haunted by more than memories. The Ritual twists a familiar journey with creature-feature instincts to keep the genre fresh.

20. Head Count (2019)

Evan (Isaac Jay) meets and follows a new crush, Zoe (Ashleigh Morghan), on a weekend trip with her friends, but he soon finds himself at odds with the group for insisting there’s another person among them. The first feature film by Elle Callahan shows impressive skills in creating the feeling of distrust in the viewer.

The premise does a great job of turning mundane scenes into scary moments. The group gathers to play a drinking game, the camera swinging in a wide arc so that nobody is visible the whole time. You’re just waiting for someone to disappear, or to appear twice, but you can’t tell exactly what’s going to happen.

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