It's nearly Halloween, where our thoughts turn to the macabre: ghosts, ghouls, things that go bump in the night and things that might be lurking under the bed.
And what better way to indulge your taste for the pants-fillingly frightening than to dim the lights, curl up on the couch and watch a horror film? Thankfully, the days of having to venture out to the video shop or cross your fingers that something suitable is on are over - there's a horrifying wealth of scary movies available at your fingertips on streaming services like Netflix, Now TV and Amazon Prime Video.
Here, you'll find the Stuff team's pick of Netflix's horror movie selection. There's sure to be something in here that'll put the willies up you.
Searching for scares on a different streaming service? We've got you covered:
It’s “found footage” time once more in this micro-budgeted indie flick concerning a videographer hired by a mysterious man for a job - one that initially seems simple but turns out to be anything but.
With a lean cast (it’s basically a two-hander starring writer/director Patrick Brice and co-writer Mark Duplass - yes, he of mumblecore movie fame) and a lean 77-minute running time, Creep relies more on mood and tone than special effects or gore – and it’s well worth sticking around until the conclusion.
'If it's in a word, or it's in a look, you can't get rid of the Babadook.' Honestly, this Australian horror flick is going to stick with you for some time. In addition to all the thrills and chills you'd expect from a standard monster movie, The Babadook has something extra hidden in its basement under the stairs: smarts.
Yes, this film will fray your nerves like wool on a barbed wire fence, but it's also a powerful meditation on loss and trauma. Can single-mother Amelia finally lay the repressed memory of her dead husband to rest and save her son Samuel in the process? You simply have to watch this modern classic to find out.
In Scream, Nightmare on Elm Street director Wes Craven riffs on the horror movie tropes that he himself helped define: the masked killer here sticks slavishly to the rules set by older scary films.
What could easily have turned out as a schlocky parody actually works as both a tension-packed slasher movie and an amusing meta-comment on the genre, helped in part by a strong cast (the most famous member of which is bumped off in the first ten minutes) and a solid script.
From Dusk Till Dawn
Robert Rodriguez’s movie starts out not as a horror but a typically stylish, snappily-scripted 90s action drama. You could call it Tarantino-esque, in fact, all the more so because Quentin himself (in rare actor mode) is one of its main stars, alongside Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis and a pre-superstardom George Clooney.
In spite of its grounded-in-reality beginnings, there’s a point – and it’d be shameful if we spoiled precisely when that point is – where things take an unexpected turn for the supernatural. It’s then that a film that was merely wildly entertaining becomes almost transcendentally fun – not to mention fraught and compelling. A bloody blend of action, horror and comedy that never goes too heavy on any of those elements.
Shot in an engaging cinema vérité style, Trollhunter follows three students filming a documentary on an unusual subject. Yes, you’ve guessed it – we’re talking about trolls, and not the kind you’ll attract on Twitter if you suggest that Avengers: Age of Ultron is actually a bit crap. We’re talking the beasts of Scandinavian myth, huge creatures who are believed by some to roam the frozen north and are turned to stone by sunlight.
When the trio attempt to doorstep an eccentric suspected poacher and accuse him of illegally hunting bears, he tells them his quarry is far more deadly – and suggests they come along with their camera and see for themselves. Think a Scandinavian Blair Witch Project, but with far more charm.