Halloween night is right around the corner, and while many may opt for typical festivities – such as going to parties or trick-or-treating – some may choose to stay home and watch movies. Whether you’re starting now to hype up the holiday or planning ahead for your Halloween night in, grab your popcorn and get comfy for this spook-tacular Netflix marathon.
The award-winning Netflix original series starts with a rag-tag group of 4 boys in a small town in Indiana. When one of them goes missing, it’s up to his friends, his mother, a police chief and a strange new friend to fight against unworldly forces and evil scientists as they venture into another dimension, called “the upside-down,” to find him. This eight-episode long thriller is enough to hook you from beginning to end and leave you on the edge of your seat, wanting more.
Rating: TV 14
One of the most iconic horror movies ever made The Exorcist goes beyond your average hair-raising thriller. The movie follows the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl as her mother seeks the aid of doctors. Ultimately, she opts for two priests to perform an exorcism in attempt to free the girl from a revenge-seeking, ancient Iranian devil. It’s no surprise that The Exorcism has been dubbed one of the scariest horror movies of all time.
American Horror Story
The FX original anthology series holds a different plot and characters each season while facing physical, psychological and unworldly horrors. Between a murder house, an asylum, a coven of witches, a circus side-show full of freaks, a ghastly hotel and a supernatural ghost town, each season offers completely new horrors. The show revolves around themes of supernatural forces, family, sex, addiction, gore, vice and murder, with some plot elements inspired by true events. Once you start the show, you’re hooked until the end.
Rating: TV MA
A lonely widow attempts to make ends meet as she raises her antisocial 6-year-old son alone until finding herself threatened by a monster from the pages of her son’s children’s book. Her son begins experiencing erratic behavior, followed by unexplained supernatural occurrences around the house, leading her to believe that the monster, Mister Babadook, may actually be real.
Depicting the consequences and horrors of cyberbullying, this movie focuses on a wealthy and privileged group of girls in junior high who face a nightmare-packed night after their social network antics and excessive online addiction lead to a gruesome game of “slashtag.” A slumber party becomes a night of murder, and virtual terror becomes all too real.
A group of friends are in for the scariest trip of their lives: They experience a first-hand history lesson while on vacation in the remote Arctic mountains of Norway for a weekend of fun and skiing – only to be met with the zombified corpses of a battalion of World War II Nazis that roam the area. The movie is seen as an entertaining mix of humor, blood, and gore as the unsuspecting group is faced with Hitler’s horrors today.
By Valeria Bula