The time is here to cuddle up with a good blanket and an even better horror movie. Or 10 horror movies. That’s what we have here after scouring Netflix and Amazon Prime for an even mix of horror genre scares.
Below, you’ll find a diverse list of horror films that range from zombie movies to thrillers to slashers to fairy tales gone wrong. There’s body horror and hauntings and even an exorcism or two to be had.
So, make yourself some popcorn, order in, and get ready to binge your heart out while putting those final touches on the perfect Halloween night getup.
As Above, So Below (2014) (Netflix)
The Blair Witch Project but make it Parisian sewers.
The scares in this found-footage horror flick take place in Paris’ infamous catacombs. While making their way further and further down through what is essentially a graveyard maze, a group of travelers in search of the philosopher's stone (yes, that one) get more than they bargained for. Much more.
Watch for: Found footage-style storytelling, treasure hunting, Paris, ancient traps (!), and accidental Harry Potter references.
Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil (2017) (Netflix)
Fairy tales and folklore have always been ripe pickings for the horror genre. Devilish creatures bent on punishing humans, teaching us lessons, and stealing our children (or, y’know, other things)? The stuff of nightmares.
Errementari takes a classic European fairy tale — a Brothers Grimm fairytale from Children's and Household Tales nonetheless — and makes it all the more terrifying. A blacksmith living as a hermit has captured a demon and keeps it locked away for his own purposes until a little girl frees it. Then everything goes to, uh, hell.
Watch for: Misty forests, the literal devil, a runaway child, a lynch mob, and a reason to be scared of chickpeas.
The Exorcist III (1990) (Amazon Prime)
You don’t necessarily need to have seen The Exorcist in order to watch The Exorcist III, but why wouldn’t you watch The Exorcist? Watch The Exorcist.
In The Exorcist III (which completely ignores the events of the series’ second installment, Exorcist II: The Heretic), the first film’s Lieutenant William F. Kinderman finds himself investigating a string of murders that all seem connected to a now-dead serial killer, the Gemini Killer. As Kinderman slowly unwraps the mystery with the help of a patient at the local psychiatric ward, possession catches like the common cold and more people start dying.
Watch for: Growling, a decapitated priest, a serial killer played by Brad Dourif, soul-jumping demons, murderous old people, and direct references to one of the greatest horror movies of all time.
The Haunting of Hill House (2018) (Netflix)
Okay, so we’re kind of cheating with this one. This isn’t a movie, but it is a limited series, so it’s basically just an extra-long movie. A 10-hour movie, if you will.
Loosely (very loosely) based on horror master Shirley Jackson’s 1953 novel of the same name, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House tells the story of a grieving family lost in its collective trauma. That its trauma is directly linked to a deeply haunted, statue-and-ghost-filled house in which the mother died and that the children are incapable of escaping into adulthood makes it all the better. You will not be able to stop watching.
Watch for: A haunted house, aesthetic spooks, a phenomenal cast, Carla Gugino’s hair, few (but effective) jump scares, and an overwhelming sense of melancholy that will stick with you for days — but you’ll love it.
Hush (2016) (Netflix)
Hush is easily one of the best horror movies to premiere in the past five years. If you haven’t ever had someone recommend it, color us surprised.
Author Maddie Young is both deaf and mute, so when an intruder attacks, she’s forced to fight for her life without the ability to hear where he is or what he’s saying. Featuring a limited cast and a singular location, Hush manages to be both claustrophobic and freeing, as the hero is in her element in her own house and you want nothing more than for her to get out alive.
Watch for: A clever hero, fantastic action, some surprising body horror, a cute cat, and never wanting to look at corkscrews the same way again.
Malevolent (2018) (Netflix)
Ghost hunting time!
This brand new horror film from Netflix follows a brother-sister ghost hunting duo as they explore a spooky old house in the 1980s. The only problem is that their “encounters” are a sham. They don’t believe in ghosts. This house forces them to believe.
Watch for: Sibling squabbles, the cost of becoming a true believer, liars getting what’s coming to them, and some truly effective jump scares.
Prom Night (1980) (Amazon Prime)
No, not the 2008 remake.
Scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis stars in this classic '80s slasher that combines John Hughes-esque high school teen angst with a serial killer. Children and teens die — but the real mystery revolves around who the killer really is.
Watch for: Blood, lots of screaming, a prom, a car driving off a cliff, a family mystery, and Jamie Lee Curtis.
The Ritual (2017) (Netflix)
Another fairy tale-based movie, but this one leans into the supernatural consequences of folklore. And as The Ritual also takes place in modern times, it’s a bit easier to resonate with.
A group of friends takes a planned hiking trip through Sweden after one of their own dies in a horrific act of random violence. Weighed down by guilt and sorrow, the group’s infighting takes a backseat when they discover a dark force at play in the forest. Cults are only the beginning.
Watch for: Obscure Swedish folklore, majestic landscapes, an ancient force of evil, the physical power of grief, and human sacrifice.
Train to Busan (2016) (Netflix)
Train to Busan covers a lot of ground: body horror and zombies and action and family drama… it’s a lot, but Korean director Yeon Sang-ho’s internationally celebrated zombie apocalypse thriller is more than worth the watch.
A father and his young daughter board a train just as a zombie outbreak starts up and the train’s passengers are forced to work together to escape the zombie horde and make it to safety. Not all of them do.
Watch for: Zombies (lots of zombies), a unique take on the zombie apocalypse, a truly gut-wrenching father-daughter story, and understanding why no one could stop talking about this movie in 2016.
The VVitch (2015) (Netflix)
We had to get witches in here somewhere, and there’s no better movie for that than The Witch (or The VVitch depending on how aesthetic you want to be with it).
A Puritan family is thrown from their village and forced to live on their own in the wilderness. As they build a new home for themselves, they’re forced to confront their own problems and run across a very literal coven of witches living in the woods. Part coming of age story, part slow-burn lead-up to human sacrifice and deeply dark magic, The Witch will stay with you.
Watch for: Salem-style witches, Puritan angst, coming-of-age feminism, ritual sacrifice, a naked old woman stealing a baby, and, most importantly, Black Phillip.