You’re probably no stranger to the enormous library of films offered by Netflix. The service has become a staple part of many of our media diets, with us being particularly excited about the range of horror available to stream on demand. But if you’re looking for some older, classic or iconic horror – Netflix has some fantastic picks for next movie night. We’ve picked out five must-watch movies for horror fans to stream, check out and let us know your picks too. There’s even options available if you can’t find the movie on your country’s Netflix!
Christine, originally released in 1983 is the first film pick on our list. Based on a novel by Stephen King and directed by John Carpenter, the film has some horror heavyweights behind it. The cult classic follows a nerdy boy who purchases a strange car that appears to have a mind of it’s own – and this begins to show in his personality. He grows in confidence, dating the most popular girl in school. But as he has to has to compete with the car for attention, his intentions grow darker and more sinister. The cult classic has it’s silly moments, and it’s hard to take the plot 100% seriously. But this is a classic Carpenter movie that should be on everyone’s watch list.
4. Freddy vs. Jason
After more than fifteen years of speculation, delays and debate – Freddy vs. Jason finally brought horror’s biggest slashers together on the silver screen in 2003. The ultimate showdown of these teenager-killers is a satisfying ‘video game come to life’, and a sight horror fans feared would never see the light of day. It doesn’t match the raw terror of the original films in either the Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday the 13th franchises, but it is a great fun versus flick that many credit with ushering in the new wave of shared film universes.
3. From Dusk Til Dawn
There needs to be at least one vampire film on this list, and we’ve picked From Dusk Til Dawn. Starring George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino,and Harvey Keitel, the film received mixed reviews when it was released in the mid-nineties. It’s since picked up a following among horror fans – bolstered by a more recent follow up series based on the original. It’s an all action horror, following two criminals and their hostages who seek temporary refuge in a truck stop populated by vampires – with chaotic results!
2. Mad Ron’s Prevues from Hell
Regular readers will know that we can’t resist an anthology horror. From Creepshow to Trick R Treat, anthologies capture the traditions of telling spooky stories and present terrifying tales in bite sized segments. So of course, we had to include an anthology horror in this list! This one is particularly for fans of grindhouse, exploitation, and shot-on-video horror of the 1970s and 80s. In Mad Ron’s Prevues from Hell, deranged projectionist ‘Mad Ron’ shows a movie theater full of rowdy zombies a diverse assortment of horror and exploitation film trailers from his private collection while ventriloquist Nick Pawlow and his foul-mouthed zombie dummy Happy Goldsplatt provide lowbrow comic relief. Our kind of party!
The iconic Katy Bates is at her horror best in Misery, the tale of a writer and his most avid fan. Bates plays a former nurse who rescues her favorite author following a car accident. When he awakes in her home, we find she has no intention of calling authorities and begins to descend into violence and madness when she discovers he planed to kill her favorite character. Of course, no one mentions this movie without giving a nod to ‘that’ scene. The one that consistently ranks among the scariest movie moments in history. It’s still just as brutal, violent and gruesome, and will send several shivers down your spine.