Halloween is upon us, and naturally, you’re looking for some scary movies to watch over the weekend. Netflix has a good amount of them, but the problem is with content licensing, many of them go in and out of rotation. Like I’m sure you can watch The Conjuring 2 on Netflix right now, but not The Conjuring 1? Gotta love the subject of rights.
Regardless, the best choices left are a mix of Netflix originals that aren’t likely to leave the service, and third-party films that have been snapped up by the service. So, for 2022, here are my top 10 picks.
10. Unfriended (2014) – “A group of online chatroom friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using their dead friend’s account.”
Recently relevant in the Zoom era, it’s a concept that doesn’t have to work, but is a lot of fun.
9. Creep (2014) – “A young videographer answers an online ad for a day job in a remote town to record the last messages of a dying man. When he notices the man’s strange behavior, he begins to question his motives.
There are a few of these but you might want to start here. Sort of if Nathan Fielder was a serial killer?
8. The Babysitter (2017) – “When Cole stays up past his bedtime, he discovers that his hot babysitter belongs to a satanic cult that will stop at nothing to keep him cool.”
A star vehicle for Samara Weaving, who has been in a bunch of other great horror movies besides this one… that’s not on Netflix.
7. This (2017) – “In the summer of 1989, a group of Bollywood kids unite to destroy a shape-shifting monster, who disguises himself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.”
The biggest “blockbuster” on this list, and the best adaptation of King’s work. Don’t just watch the sequel.
6. The Fear Street Trilogy (2021) – “A circle of teenage friends accidentally encounters an ancient evil responsible for a series of brutal murders that have plagued their town for over 300 years. Welcome to Shadyside.”
It could have easily gone horribly wrong, but Netflix actually pulled it off, and it’s one of the best things they’ve ever done, releasing this trilogy over the course of a week last year. Now you can see it all at once.
5. Hush (2016) – “A deaf and mute writer who retreats to the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window.”
One of the first horror films by Mike Flanagan, the guy who has since done The Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass for Netflix.
4. Ritual (2017) – “A group of old college friends reunite for a trip to the woods of Sweden, Northern Europe, but encounter a menacing presence following them.”
I’ve watched it a few times and it’s with me even more than the lost-in-the-woods film that partially inspired it, Blair Witch.
3. Her House (2020) – “A refugee couple takes a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, but then struggles to adjust to their new life in an English town that hides beneath the surface.”
The dreaded, overlooked bit of refugees and the horrors they carry with them from abroad.
2. Till Death (2021) – “A woman is handcuffed to her dead husband as part of a sick revenge plot. Unable to survive, she must survive when two assassins arrive to finish him off.
The Megan Fox renaissance is real and she’s absolutely fantastic in this terrific, weirdly empowering movie.
1. It Follows (2014) – “A young woman is haunted by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.”
Easily one of my favorite horror movies of all time, and Netflix has been smart to keep the rights for so long.
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