True horror movie fans define the difference between horror and a film that is simply suspenseful; there are a variety of movies on Netflix that will thrill any fan of the genre and of the macabre. Movies such as Cujo, Devil, Hush, The Rite, and Dead Silence are all currently available on Netflix. In addition to those titles, there are many others that are perfect viewing for horror enthusiasts. This list takes a look at five other movies that are considered some of the best in their respective sub-categories and many are classics. Often newer generations disregard classic films and older generations of horror movies need to revisit these gems. Some of these titles on Netflix are mainstream while others flew under the radar of subscribers. All of the movies listed are currently available to stream on Netflix.
The Houses October Built (2014)
From the producer of Insidious and The Devil Inside comes The Houses October Built. Many Netflix subscribers probably saw this title and just thought it was another rip off of Rob Zombie’s movies or a classic from the ’80s, but that’s not the case. Found-footage horror movies are often generic but this title offers some originality. The Houses October Built is about a group of friends who take a tour of haunted attractions in search for a good scare. Soon, disturbing occurrences start to unravel and the fright the friends were looking for becomes very real.
This horror classic was director Clive Barker’s (Candyman, Lord of Illusions) debut and offers horror fans visuals that will still send shivers down their spine. This movie is about a man (Frank) who toys with a puzzle box that opens the gate to an alternate universe and his body is torn to shreds by evil creatures called the Cenobites. Later, Frank’s family moves into his abandoned home and through an accident Frank becomes resurrected. The Cenobites return and all hell breaks loose. The original movie had to be edited to avoid the dreaded X-rating. Another Clive Barker movie available on Netflix is Nightbreed and is also worth checking out.
Children of the Corn (1984)
No horror movie list or discussion is complete without a tale from the master of horror himself, Stephen King. Though it has been said that King did not like the movie adaptation of his short story, the horror movie is still considered a classic. Children of the Corn stars Linda Hamilton (The Terminator) and is about a couple trapped in a small town ran by a group of young evil children. The children believe that anyone over the age of 18 must be killed and this spells trouble for the couple. Netflix subscribers will be on the edge of their seats during the climax of this evil story.
The Ward (2010)
The Ward is a movie often overlooked by horror fans and Netflix subscribers and is directed by the iconic John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China). Amber Heard (Zombieland, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) gives a great performance and the film is a must-see for horror fans and John Carpenter fans alike. IMDB provides the synopsis of one of the best horror movies on Netflix. “An institutionalized young woman becomes terrorized by a ghost.”
The Exorcist (1973)
Alfred Hitchcock revolutionized the horror movie genre with his classic masterpiece, Psycho; Director William Friedkin did the same thing with The Exorcist. Many critics and fans consider this movie to be the greatest horror film of all-time. Since being made, there have been countless exorcist-themed movies but none have lived up to the original. The creators of the film couldn’t rely on CGI and had to create every prop by hand; this makes the movie look even more realistic.
To say that the 40-plus-year-old movie has stood the test of time is an understatement. In fact, many believe that the older the movie becomes, the scarier it gets. The dated feel of the film sets a whole new tone that the original audience didn’t benefit from. When The Exorcist came to Netflix, subscribers were thrilled and now a whole new generation can be terrorized. The trailer below tells the audience all they need to know about this white-knuckled story.
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From newer movies like The Houses October Built to classics like The Exorcist, Netflix subscribers have plenty of options to get their fill of horror.
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