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Staying In? 25 Horror Movies to Marathon on Netflix 

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by Misty Blaze
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The Hole

Joe Dante’s 2009 film features two brothers and their cute next-door neighbor who find a seemingly bottomless hole down in the boys’ basement. It’s locked up tight, but of course the rascals find a way inside. And of course it’s scary as shit down there.

You're Next

Adam Wingard’s slasher film, You’re Next, is considered a black comedy, but I personally don’t find anything funny about being terrorized by people wearing animal masks and carrying crossbows. I find it terrifying. You’re Next will keep you on the edge of your seat and wondering what’s really going on until the movie’s final scenes.

The Pact

Annie is reluctant to return to her childhood home after her mother’s death, until her sister goes missing from that same house. Annie then finds herself investigating her sister’s disappearance and struggling with nightmares of the past. Also, something scary might be living in the walls. The Pact is pretty messed up.


This classic 1922 film that started out as a hot mess when F. W. Murnau couldn’t obtain rights to Bram Stoker’s Dracula eventually became one of the best-reviewed horror films of all time. Count Orlok’s face, you guys. Just saying.

American Horror Story

The first two seasons of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s terrifying (and sometimes terrible) series are available on Netflix. The first season, Murder House, is about a house where a bunch of people were murdered, and Jessica Lange. The second season, Asylum, is about a bunch of insane people in an asylum, and Jessica Lange. Also, the current season airing on FX is crazy good.

The Cabin in the Woods

Okay, if any movie comes close to the self-aware horror movie standard set by Scream, it is 2012’s The Cabin in the Woods. Featuring isolated young people, some zombies, unicorns, and a merman, Drew Goddard’s film turns the horror genre on its head. I won’t say too much else, because I don’t want to spoil it, but at the very least you should watch it for Chris Hemsworth.


Don’t take Sissy Spacek to prom, you guys. Even if you are nice to her, you will probably still pay for it with your life. At least that’s what I learned from Brian de Palma’s Carrie. Also, religious moms are scary. The 2013 remake of Carrie was recently to added to Netflix too, but don’t even bother watching it.


Fruit Chan’s Dumplings is billed as a horror movie, but it is not so scary inasmuch as it is disturbing. The story is about a rich, jaded housewife, and how far she will go for love and beauty. She starts eating specially made, rejuvenating dumplings, but the dumplings’ shady ingredients would make any sane person’s stomach turn.

Evil Dead 2

Sam Raimi’s slapstick semi-sequel to The Evil Dead has garnered a faithful cult following. Evil Dead 2 has surpassed its predecessor in popularity, despite its being a goofier shot-by-shot remake of the first film. Expect equal parts gore and humor, dished out by a hammy Bruce Campbell.

Grave Encounters

Playing on the popularity of paranormal reality shows like Ghost Hunters, Grave Encounters is a seriously scary found footage style film about a ghost-hunting crew who voluntarily lock themselves up in a haunted mental institute overnight. Do you think they make it out alive? Would it be found footage if they did?
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From Dusk Till Dawn

This 1996 cult classic from the combined imaginations of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez features bank robbers, strippers, and vampires. The film’s protagonists, the thieving Gecko brothers, are forced to fight their way out of a vampire coven with the help of their hostages, the Fuller family. Cheech Marin brings the laughs, George Clooney brings the handsome, and Quentin Tarantino is just, like, weird and gross. The film’s highly rated series adaptation is also available on Netflix.

The House of the Devil

A struggling college student takes on a babysitting job at a huge, isolated house for two unsavory people. Upon her arrival, the student discovers that the job is not actually to supervise children but to watch after a sick old lady. Things go downhill rapidly from there.

Children of the Corn

Children of the Corn is a 1984 film adaptation of Stephen King’s story about a stranded couple in a weird Nebraska town which is full of scary kids who worship a corn god referred to only as “He Who Walks Behind the Rows.” He’s like He Who Must Not Be Named, but cornier.

The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs is the only horror movie to have ever won an Academy Award for Best Picture. That’s because it’s fantastic. Watch it, and cry along with Clarice while she remembers the screams of those spring lambs, dance along with Buffalo Bill to “Goodbye Horses” and munch along with Dr. Lecter as he noms on some faces.

Let the Right One In

Based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel of the same name, Let the Right One In is a vampire movie unlike any you’ve ever seen before. It’s a story of isolation, and of love and friendship. It is also really scary and kind of gross. It is the people in this film though that are scarier than the monsters.


A lot of good horror came out of the ‘90s, and R. L. Stine was responsible for his fair share of it. Goosebumps, the television show based on Stine’s book series of the same name, is a classic amongst ‘90s kids and, despite its shoddy special effects, it is still great fun to watch for all ages. This Halloween, check out "The Haunted Mask" or "Night of the Living Dummy" with your family.

Night of the Living Dead

Widely considered the OG of zombie films, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is a good old-fashioned let’s-all-hide-in-this-place-from-the-monsters monster movie. It’s been remade twice, but who even cares? Watch the original film this Halloween while you’re holed up in your apartment, and pretend you’re there because of zombies and not because you’re too lazy to go out.

Rosemary's Baby

Roman Polanski’s psychological horror film features Mia Farrow as a precious short-haired pregnant lady who may or may not have Satanic neighbors (Spoiler alert: she totally has Satanic neighbors and they want her baby for Satanic stuff). John Cassavetes plays Farrow’s sucky, inattentive husband.


Wes Craven set the standard for self-aware horror movies with his 1996 teen slasher flick Scream. No other movie since has been able to touch Craven’s masterful combination of teen angst, humor, and horror, especially not the subsequent films in the Scream series. Don’t bother searching for any of those on Netflix, because they don’t matter. Just watch the first one, lust after Billy Loomis, and pray Randy Meeks doesn’t die. He’s the only one with any damn sense.

Halloween: Resurrection

This is the eighth installment in the series or, as I like to call it, “The One Where Tyra Banks is Choked Out.”
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The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone can be pretty cheesy and harmless, but Talky Tina from the “Living Doll” episode and the ventriloquist dummy from “The Dummy” are the stuff of nightmares. Dolls are just plain creepy, and these dolls are evil, talking monsters.

The Awakening

Set in 1920’s England, Nick Murphy’s 2011 film The Awakening is a slow-burn ghost story that is legitimately creepy with a mystery that will keep you hooked. The film’s protagonist, Florence Cathcart, is invited to an all-boys boarding school to investigate some supernatural occurrences, and shit goes down.

The Blair Witch Project

One of the best experiments in found footage ever released, this film will convince you of the existence of the Blair Witch. It will also probably scare you away from hiking or camping, or going anywhere near rocks and trees for a while. Watch it, and try not to whimper along with Heather as she cries into the camera, “I’m so scared…”

The Craft

The Craft inspired teen girls to play “light as a feather, stiff as a board” at sleepovers all over America. Sure, it’s super angsty and super ‘90s, but that’s all part of its charm. I dare you to watch it without being frightened by Fairuza Balk’s eyes at least once.

The Crow

Loved by goths of all ages, The Crow is based on a comic book of the same name. It’s about dead hottie, Eric Draven, who returns from the dead to seek revenge against his fiancée’s murderers and to hang out with a cool skater girl named Shelly. The movie has achieved cult status both because of its goth appeal and because Brandon Lee, who plays Draven, died tragically during the making of the film.

The Hole

Joe Dante’s 2009 film features two brothers and their cute next-door neighbor who find a seemingly bottomless hole down in the boys’ basement. It’s locked up tight, but of course the rascals find a way inside. And of course it’s scary as shit down there.


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