It’s hard to believe Halloween is only four days away—seriously, where did October go? I have definitely been embracing my love for all things spooky this month by having a ton of cozy nights in watching horrors and thrillers, and I have just been completely in my element. So, today I wanted to share some of my favourites with you that are currently on Netflix (classic horrors and thrillers aside).
Whether you plan on binge watching a ton of horror movies this weekend, curling up with one Sunday night after your Halloween parties or need something to put on whilst you wait for the trick or treaters, here are my Netflix picks that I really think are worth watching.
The Eyes of My Mother I actually just watched this movie the other night, and I still can’t shake the unsettling feeling it left me with. After a devastating tragedy, a young woman becomes lonely and begins to seek a connection with other humans in dark ways. Though the film only came out last year, it’s done in black and white, which adds to the overall mood of the film. This movie is pretty disturbing and gave me real, true terror, which is why I definitely recommend it to any fellow horror fan.
Gerald’s Game Though I’m an avid reader, I will admit I’ve never read the novel of the same name by Stephen King. However, my mom has raved about this story for years, so I was still pretty excited to see that Netflix had made it into a movie. A husband and wife head to their remote lake house to try and save their strained marriage. However, the husband dies unexpectedly, leaving the wife handcuffed to the bed frame, and from there things begin to get creepy and weird. This is such a good psychological thriller and the performance from Carla Gugino is outstanding. I did find the ending a little rushed, but I absolutely loved the final scene, which made up for it.
The Similars Los Parecidos, or The Similars, as it’s known in English, is a Mexican sci-fi horror that feels like something straight out of The Twilight Zone. I had no idea this film was only from 2015, as it’s shot to feel like something out of a ’60s film, which they definitely achieved. Taking place in 1968, eight strangers are stranded at a remote bus station during a violent storm, upon which strange things begin to happen. This film can seem a bit silly as you watch it, but as you realize what’s happening and things begin to unfold, the premise becomes actually quite terrifying.
Dead Set This 2008 mini-series was created by Charlie Brooker aka the creator of the genius series Black Mirror. The series takes place on the Big Brother set, during which a zombie outbreak occurs on eviction night. Said zombies are also fast which, in my opinion, makes them even more scary. It has that typical British humour throughout it that I love and it feels like it could easily be a part of the Black Mirror anthology. You can also watch this all in one night, as the whole series is only around two hours—but there’s a lot packed into those couple of hours.
Hush This film is your typical home-invasion thriller, but with a different take—the main character is both deaf and mute, which works to elevate the level of fear in this film and make it even more suspenseful. Maddie is a writer, who lives isolated in the woods and is suddenly terrorized by a masked man. Hush gets your adrenaline pumping right until the very end, which is exactly what you want from this type of thriller. Even Stephen King loved this film, so you know it’s worth watching.
Stranger Things Okay, everyone knows about Stranger Things, but I mean, come on, the second season came out today, so I had to mention it! This series is the perfect mix of fun, exciting and creepy and it’s really worth the hype surrounding it. Not only are all the actors great, but this sci-fi horror also pays homage to ’80s cinema throughout it, which just makes it even more enticing. If you still haven’t seen the first season, which focuses on the disappearance of a young boy named Will, grab some popcorn (and Eggos) and binge watch it this weekend, so you can binge watch the second season right after.
If you have any horrors and thrillers that you think I should watch, please let me know in the comments—I’m always looking for recommendations from those genres!
I hope everyone has a safe, fun and spooky Halloween and Halloweekend!