If the outside world is just a little too much for you this year, why not keep the party inside for a Halloween movie marathon of the best horror movies on Netflix?
Sure, there are old tried-and-true Halloween favorites that get you into the spooky spirit – Hocus Pocus, Dark Shadows, Beetlejuice, or even The Nightmare Before Christmas – but these are not those movies. These are the movies for those few brave souls who think they can withstand a marathon of the scariest movies ever made. These are the films that will leave you haunted, paranoid, terrified, and sleeping with the lights on afterwards… if you sleep at all, that is.
From slasher films to monster movies to the paranormal, your Halloween weekend movie marathon picks are all available on Netflix MENA and just waiting to frighten you. Call up a few friends, have Deliveroo on speed dial, and hole up for the weekend while you see how many of these you can take before you crack.
The Conjuring is a slow-burn horror film more interested in setting the stage and having its audience identify with its characters before scaring the pants off of them. If you like films based on true stories, horror that is believable and possible, and scare-the-bejeezus-out-of-you moments, then this is for you. If you like blood and gore, then this is not your film.
Tried-and-true slasher film Hush is the story of a writer named Maddie who was rendered deaf and dumb through a bout with meningitis as a teenager. She lives alone in the woods and is found – and subsequently stalked – by a serial killer. Jump scares, blood, gore, and a tense cat-and-mouse chase ensue. You will never go off into the woods alone again.
This disturbing movie will haunt you for weeks afterwards, and a special warning should go out as it’s especially hard on all the parents out there. The Mist is a science-fiction horror movie adapted from the Stephen King novella of the same name. The director, Frank Darabont, even changed the ending to make it darker than the original story, an ending to which the horror King himself was agreeable. Although it is a monster movie – Lovecraftian monsters to be more specific – the psychological stress and the jump scares really get under your skin and leave you with the creepy crawlies.
Annihilation‘s all-star cast, including Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Gina Rodriguez, turns up the screams in this science-fiction horror film about a team of explorers who enter ‘The Shimmer,’ a quarantined zone filled with alien-manipulated mutations. The movie was an instant hit and was highly praised for its acting, directing, visuals, and thought-provoking plot. And oh yes, it’s terrifying.
Conversations with A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
Okay, so this isn’t exactly a movie. But if you are looking for something to completely freak you out, why not try the Netflix four-part docuseries based on the real-life serial killer who admitted to kidnapping, raping, and murdering over 30 women? Released last year, you know it’s going to be brutal when Netflix warns its viewers not to watch Conversations with A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes alone. It includes previously unreleased audio from women who knew the “charming” lawyer as well as interviews with Ted Bundy himself. It’s creepy, true, incredibly disturbing, and will forever make you think twice before talking to a stranger.