Watching horror flicks doesn’t have to be a Halloween-only affair but with spooky season upon us, there’s truly no better way to spend your evening then indulging in a frightfully thrilling series. This October, Netflix’s ever-expanding catalogue of classic horror films and original series will be sure to keep you on the edge of your seats!
Not sure where to begin? We’ve put together a list of some of the best spine-chilling shows to date — whether you’re into cult classics, horror anthologies or supernatural series, we’ve got you covered so read on if you dare.
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If you’re a fan of Stephen King, you’ll be pleased to know that one of the more satisfying King adaptations is now on Netflix. Based on his 2010 novella, 1922 is a 2017 American horror drama film written and directed by Zak Hilditch.
The plot follows a rancher who conspires to murder his wife for financial gain and convinces his teenage son to participate. Unlike most horror films, this movie does not simply rely on lurid scares as you can really feel the internal struggles of the tortured protagonist.
1922 is available for streaming on Netflix.
The Haunting of Hill House Netflix
Based on the seminal novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House follows the tortured Crain family who upon revisiting their former home, starts reflecting on the hauntings that drove them out in the first place. Director Mike Flanagan’s masterful filmmaking skills will fill you with dread as you lose yourself inside Hill House while watching flashbacks of the Crain siblings’ dark and traumatic past unfold before your very eyes.
If you haven’t already seen the first season, it’s time to get yourself acquainted because season two which kicks off the show’s anthology format is now airing!
The Haunting of Bly Manor
It’s no surprise that the next show on this list is the highly anticipated second chapter of The Haunting series. Set in 1980s England, this installment focuses on Bly Manor where nothing is as it seems.
Following the tragic death of an au pair, Henry Wingrave hires a new governess to look after his orphaned niece and nephew who live in Bly Manor along with the estate’s chef, housekeeper and groundskeeper. This heart-wrenching tale of two orphans will take you on a whirlwind adventure as you begin to come face to face with the apparitions haunting the estate.
Catch the second season on Netflix now.
American Horror Story
As its name suggests, this anthology is your quintessential horror series and with good reason. Garnering something of a cult following over the years, many die hard fans of American Horror Story will vouch for the show, especially its cast of reputable actors, namely Angela Bassett, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson, among a host of others.
Playing with classic horror tropes, each season tackles a different theme and features brand new sinister characters — with everything from freak show performers and ghosts to serial killers and witches, you’re certain to find a season that spooks you.
All nine seasons can be streamed on Netflix so if you’re in the mood for a horror marathon, this would be the perfect series for you!
If you loved American Horror Story then you’re going to want to catch Ratched. Created by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, Ratched is a twisted take on the origin story of asylum nurse Mildred Ratched, one of horror’s most notorious villains.
Sarah Paulson plays Nurse Ratched who arrives at a leading psychiatric institution where new and unsettling experiments have begun on the human mind. Underneath the pristine image of what a dedicated nurse should be, Mildred harbours a growing darkness within her and starts turning into a full-fledged monster when she begins freeing deranged serial killers and starts tempting patients to commit suicide.
The full season of Ratched is available on Netflix for your viewing pleasure.
Directed by Steven Brill and written by Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy, Hubie Halloween is a 2020 American comedy horror film that follows Hubie Dubois, a delicatessen employee from Salem, Massachusetts. Hubie, who is often ridiculed by the town for being eccentric, finds himself in the midst of a murder investigation on Halloween and must now save everyone from a kidnapper.
Released on October 7 by Netflix, the film is dedicated to late actor Cameron Boyce who starred alongside Sandler in the Grown Ups series and was originally set to star but passed away before production could begin.
If you’re a fan of Adam Sandler’s comedic antics, be sure to watch this on Netflix during Halloween!
Directed by Ben Wheatley, Rebecca is a gorgeously rendered psychological thriller adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s beloved gothic novel published in 1938. Following a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with wealthy widower Maxim de Winter, a young woman impetuously marries him and begins to live at Manderley, his imposing estate.
There, she finds herself battling the shadow of Maxim’s late first wife Rebecca, whose haunting legacy lives on long after her death, thanks to the estate’s sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers. Du Maurier’s tale of sanity under siege may have been adapted several times for both stage and screen but this remake is definitely worth the watch!
Rebecca is available to stream on Netflix.
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