What’s a good night-in without popcorn and tonnes of scary movies at your disposal? If you’re the type of person who’s obsessed with jump scares, gruesome murders and terrifying true stories, then it’s time to visit these fantastically frightening horror movies. And even if you’re not well, sit tight. You'll be right.
We’ve got you covered from new releases, movie franchises, Netflix Originals and cult classics. Here’s every horror film you should have watched by now.
Netflix: The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina
We're easing into it with the 90s witch remake everybody needed. It's not a complete cop-out because this time around things are much darker and sinister. If you’re a fan of creepy teenage supernatural melodrama, you’ll probably dig this show.
FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)
There’s no going past the 1980 original in this slasher film (helllooo young Kevin Bacon). Its 70s aesthetic have made this movie a cult classic where a group of camp counsellors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant, after re-opening Camp Crystal Lake, which years before was the site of a young boy’s drowning.
Say hello to another cult classic. Get your hands on all four Scream movies and settle in for a Ghostface marathon. Yep, think a knife-wielding maniac stalks high school students. You know, just casually.
It Follows will stop your tinder swiping in a heartbeat and will leave you wary of anyone who comes too close. A curse gets transmitted from person to person when they commit to the ol’ hanky-panky with the only goal of killing its victim.
An oldie but a goodie, if you like your scary movies to have a good storyline this one is most definitely for you. At first glance this The Others looks to be just another ‘haunted house’ movie but the ending has quite the twist.
The Babadook brings every child’s nightmare of the monster under the bed to life. A single mother struggles with her son’s fear of monsters. After a creepy pop-up book, Mister Babadook actually appears and her son's hallucinations spiral out of control.
Every 27 years an ancient, shape-shifting evil thing emerges from the sewer to prey on the children of a town called Derry. Over one horrifying summer, seven young outcasts must band together and face their worst nightmare, the bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.
This supernatural horror film has our Aussie actor Toni Collette starring as mother of a family that is seemingly possessed by a spirit but the film has an even more disturbing message behind it (which we would spill but you know, spoilers).
Sinner is the terrifyingly epic psychological thriller (we know, not horror by definition but still) produced by superhuman Jessica Biel, based around an investigation into a crime where there is no identified motive. It gets pretty hectic at around fourteen-and-a-half minutes in so, brace yourself.
NETFLIX: AMERICAN HORROR STORY
If you’re keen for a little more suspense than usual, AHS is where it’s at. You’ll find this one on Netflix and each season revolves around a different type of horror theme ie. haunted houses, freak shows, mental asylums and witches.
It can’t be a real scary movie list without at least one M. Night Shyamalan mention. And let’s be honest, you could make it one epic movie marathon night and just watch all of his stuff because he’s low-key obsessed with all the horror (shout out to his other scary-but-good-but-scary films The Village, Signs and The Sixth Sense).
Ok people, could you think of anything worse than seeing some creepy, lanky silhouette every time you turned out your lights? Such is the premise for this scary movie. It’s also produced by James Wan (director of The Conjuring) so we’ll just leave it at that.
THE CONJURING | Annabelle | The Nun
Speaking of, the fact that The Conjuring is based on a true story makes this the one of the scariest. This one is apart of a mega-production of other movies connected by the same plot so if you’re not too scared, you’ll have to hit up Annabelle, The Conjuring 2, Annabelle: Creation and The Nun after. In that order.
A QUIET PLACE
A family with young children try to survive in this forcibly quiet world but whether or not they can reallyyyy survive is another question.
NETFLIX: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE
This Netflix Original is so haunting that even the actors couldn’t sleep and felt a presence during filming. Stephen King actually called this one a ‘work of genius’ so as if we need to convince you any more.
Known as the must-see ‘smart movie’ everyone should watch, this should already be on your blockbuster bucket list anyway. It also won the Academy Award for best screenplay.
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