The Scariest Films on Netflix Instant – Grab Your Favorite Blanket To Hide Under
If you're looking for a good scary movie, you can watch movies online or stream them directly to your TV this Halloween. We know that cable channels are still showing 'Green Lantern' for the 1,000th time and we know you want to watch good scary movie — not just any old generic horror movie. So if you're in the market for something that is going to really scare the crap out of you, we've put together a list of movies to watch: the scariest movies online that Netflix Instant has to offer.
We've including the trailer for each horror movie below and if you click the title of the film itself, it'll take you directly to the film's page on Netflix where you can begun watching movies online. Enjoy!
In 'Audition,' a man holds fake auditions to find his soulmate, but he doesn't anticipate what he finds instead -- a traumatized woman with some bone-chilling skeletons in her closet, who isn't too pleased when she discovers that she's been tricked into a relationship. There's some quality creepiness going on in this film from acclaimed Japanese director Takashi Miike, but there's also some really intense violence that might give even the most seasoned horror vet a hard time.
'Candyman' is an underrated 90s horror staple -- while you guys were busy with Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, a much scarier foe was born. A grad student is researching the myth of a boogeyman with a hook for a hand when she accidentally summons him into her life. Tony Todd is chilling as the titular spook, but the film develops some surprisingly poignant mythology about his character, lending the film a little more depth than your typical slasher flick. But what's really going to stick with you is the sound of Candyman's soft but sinister voice.
If you're looking for some found footage scares, 'The Last Exorcism' is definitely one of the more inventive entries in the genre. A huckster reverend who lost his faith long ago is called to exorcise a teen girl who's been possessed by a demon. What he confronts in her home puts what faith he has left to the ultimate test, and will certainly leave you surprised. While the end is a bit divisive, the film has some scary tricks up its sleeve and a twist you won't see coming.
From the guys that brought you the original 'Saw' film comes another tale of terror -- this time about a family who moves into a new home only to find it haunted by the darkest of evil spirits, determined to abduct their son. The film throws some real curveballs in the third act, and even manages to get a little fun, but there's no denying how jarring the imagery is, especially when paired with that startling score.
Have you ever wished you could bring someone back from the dead? We're not talking about the cutesy 'Frankenweenie' approach. 'Pet Sematary,' based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, tells the story of a family whose little boy is struck and killed by a truck, so the dad decides to unwisely bury him in the local pet cemetery, where things come back to life, but they come back very, very wrong. A creepy, dead little kid whose body is possessed by something otherworldly and evil? Yes -- definitely scary.
Ti West's ode to slow-burn 80s horror flicks is a wicked little movie about a babysitter who's called to a remote house by a mysterious couple to look after someone she's not allowed to see. The first two acts are filled with slow-simmering tension that gives way to a remarkably bonkers third act that will leave your nerves rattled.
Guillermo del Toro produced this remake of the made-for-TV movie about a family who moves into a house populated with creepy, shadowy little creatures with sinister motives. It's not entirely great, but the most effective parts are with the creatures themselves -- how they move, the noises they make, and the evil they perpetrate on the little girl and her parents. Aside from general creepiness, the film features Del Toro's signature eerie-yet-whimsical look and feel -- a bonus treat for horror fans.
This isn't your typical horror film. 'Michael' is an Austrian thriller about a pedophile and the relationship he has with the 10 year old boy he keeps locked in his cellar. It's a totally captivating, breathtaking film that will leave you on the edge of your seat. 'Michael' is terrifying in a different kind of way, and gets under your skin in ways ghosts and buckets of blood never can.
Although the Spanish thriller 'Kidnapped' isn't available with subtitles, it's definitely worth a watch even if you have to endure some silly English dubbing. The home-invasion flick follows robbers who keep a family hostage and is filled with plenty of big shocks and genuinely upsetting moments. A Fantastic Fest favorite, 'Kidnapped' is a well-crafted, mean, and suitably intense little movie.
The only 'Paranormal Activity' film available on Instant is the sequel, which follows Katie's sister and her family as a demon stalks their home. Not quite as effective as the first film, this sequel still has plenty of interesting jump scares and spooky footage to keep you on your toes while also perpetuating the cool mythology that began with 'Paranormal Activity.'
Another atypical horror flick, Lars von Trier's 'Antichrist' is well-suited for those yearning for some intellectual terror. After her son dies in a terrible accident, a woman and her psychiatrist husband retreat to a cabin to help her overcome her grief. While she gradually becomes more and more unhinged, the woman is convinced that she -- and all women -- are evil. 'Antichrist' is a nerve-wracking psychological thriller with compelling themes on misogyny and grief -- and that's some pretty scary stuff.
The second film on this list from Ti West is structurally similar to 'The House of the Devil' with two acts that develop tension very slowly before hitting you over the head with a hammer in the third act. But you'll have a little more fun with this one as it stars Pat Healy and Sara Paxton as two funny, lovable innkeepers and wannabe ghosthunters who might have regrettably found what they were looking for.
A group of people set off to investigate the mysterious disappearance of an entire town up a creepy mountain trail in New Hampshire almost 60 years prior, but as the expedition proceeds, the group slowly descends into madness. Not all of 'YellowBrickRoad' is particularly successful, but what works here is watching these people become more and more mentally unstable and the mystery of what's causing them to do so.
When a contracting team heads into an old mental hospital for renovations, they discover something very sinister haunting the halls -- something that's driving them mad and trying to kill them. 'Session 9' is a bit of a slow-burn, but when the mystery starts to unfold in the second act before a horrifying, nail-biting final third, you'll be glad you did. Bonus: David Caruso gets one of the greatest lines in horror history, and he doesn't even need sunglasses.
This horror film comes courtesy of 'Blair Witch Project' director Eduardo Sanchez and tells the story of a recovering heroin addict and her new husband, who've decided to move back to her childhood home. But the trauma of her past isn't willing to let her go so easily in a mix of tangible and intangible terrors that functions as both a ghost story and a psychological horror flick. The marriage of the two is something quite special, and the imagery in the final act is absolutely haunting.