It’s Friday the 13th, so your choice of Netflix entertainment should be anything but chill.
Celebrate the spooky date by sitting back with some popcorn, a blanket and one of these scary movies.
Here’s our selection of the best horror movies on Netflix:
The title of this movie is also the best word to describe its feel – creepy. When a videographer is called to film a dying man’s final days he gets way more than he bargained for. It’s a cheaply made, indie film but what it lacks in blockbuster sparkle it makes up for in tension, scares and a clever plot-twist.
Australia’s Samara Weaving stars in this Netflix original horror movie about, you guessed it, a babysitter. When her young charge stays up well passed his bed time he discovers his babysitter is more than just your ordinary teenager. The Babysitter is your traditional teen slasher with some comedy elements thrown in for good measure.
The Open House
Open House is a Netflix original starring Dylan Minnette (13 Reasons Why). A mother and son move into their new house in a small, isolated town – however they soon find out that their new home is anything but welcoming. This one is for fans of horror movies with a slow burn. Although the ending might leave you a little disappointed.
Most movie buffs know that Australia has produced some of the most brilliant, yet underrated, horror movies in recent years and Wyrmwood is no exception. After a zombie plague breaks out in the Aussie outback, a man must fight his way through hordes of the undead to save his little sister. Think Mad Mex meets The Walking Dead. Loads of action, gore and a few laughs.
Stephen King is known for being the master of scary stories – team that with horror movie director Andy Muschietti and you have a recipe for success. IT is based on King’s novel of the same name about a group of kids facing off against a child-eating demon who often takes the form of Pennywise the clown. For a horror movie, this film is surprisingly full of heart, character development and plenty of laughs.
She's evil... and not just high school evil. That's the tagline for Jennifer's Body and it couldn't sum up the film better. It's a hilarious, stylishly gory movie about a cheerleader (Megan Fox) who becomes a succubus after a hipster band's demonic ritual goes wrong. Amanda Seyfried stars as her best friend Needy, who is trying to figure out what the hell is going on. The soundtrack is killer. Also features Adam Brody, J.K. Simmons, Johnny Simmons and even Chris Pratt. The film was written by Juno scribe Diablo Cody and directed by Karan Kusama.
What we do in the Shadows
Kiwi director extraordinaire Taika Waititi was making us laugh long before Thor: Ragnarok with films like What we do in the Shadows. Far more comedy than horror, the film is a mockumentary about a group of ancient vampires living in a sharehouse in New Zealand. They must navigate modern life and deal with police and a pack of polite werewolves.
It Follows is a slow-burn horror about a mysterious, shape-shifting creature that follows you forever at a walking pace. The 'curse', for lack of a better word, is passed on after a sexual encounter. If the creature catches up with someone, killing them, it then goes back to pursuing the last person they had sex with. The film is creepy and unsettling and brilliantly made. Stars Maika Monroe in the lead role.
If you haven't seen psycho, you can't call yourself a horror fan. Perhaps the most famous horror movie ever, Psycho was director by the original horror maestro Alfred Hitchcock and brings to life the memorable character of Norman Bates. Bates lives and runs a hotel, where Marion (Janet Leigh) stays overnight before that famous shower scene. Fun fact, Psycho was the first film to feature a flushing toilet.
Another horror comedy, You're Next is a clever play on the 'folks in an out-of-the-way home terrorised by masked invaders' genre. Led by Aussie star Sharni Vinson, the film features a whole host of family members getting killed one by one - but Vinson's Erin is not going to take the attack lying down. A brilliant slasher with some great and memorable deaths and some seriously creepy masks.