Halloween is upon us, and naturally, you may be looking for some scary movies to watch over the weekend. Netflix has a good amount of them, but the problem is with content licensing, a lot of them keep going in and out of rotation. Like I’m pretty sure you can watch The Conjuring 2 on Netflix right now, but not The Conjuring 1? Gotta love rights issues.
Anyway, the best picks left are a mix of Netflix originals which are not 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 the account of their dead friend.”
Newly relevant in the Zoom era, this is a concept that should not have worked at all, but is absolutely a lot of fun.
9. Creep (2014) – “A young videographer answers an online ad for a one-day job in a remote town to record the last messages of a dying man. When he notices the man’s odd behavior, he starts to question his intentions.”
There are a few of these but you’ll want to start here. Sort of like if Nathan Fielder was a serial killer?
8. The Babysitter (2017) – “When Cole stays up past his bedtime, he discovers that his hot baby sitter belongs to a satanic cult that will stop at nothing to keep him quiet.”
A star vehicle for Samara Weaving, who has been in a whole bunch of other great horror films besides this…that aren’t on Netflix.
7. It (2017) – “In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.”
The biggest “blockbuster” on this list, and a great adaptation of King’s work. Just don’t watch the sequel.
6. The Fear Street Trilogy (2021) – “A circle of teenage friends accidentally encounter the ancient evil responsible for a series of brutal murders that have plagued their town for over 300 years. Welcome to Shadyside.”
This easily could have gone very wrong, but Netflix actually pulled this off, and it’s one of the coolest things they’ve done, releasing this trilogy over a period of weeks last year. Now you can watch it all at once.
5. Hush (2016) – “A deaf and mute writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window.”
One of Mike Flanagan’s first horror films, the guy who has done The Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass for Netflix since then.
4. The Ritual (2017) – “A group of old college friends reunite for a trip to a forest in Sweden, Northern Europe, but encounter a menacing presence there stalking them.”
I’ve watched this a few times now and it sticks with me even more than the lost-in-the-woods film that partially inspired it, Blair Witch.
3. His House (2020) – “A refugee couple makes a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, but then they struggle to adjust to their new life in an English town that has an evil lurking beneath the surface.”
A stunning, overlooked bit of horror about refugees and the horrors they carry with them from overseas.
2. Till Death (2021) – “A woman is left handcuffed to her dead husband as part of a sick revenge plot. Unable to unshackle, she has to survive as two killers arrive to finish her off.”
The Megan Fox renaissance is real and she’s absolutely spectacular in this gruesome, weirdly empowering movie.
1. It Follows (2014) – “A young woman is followed 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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