It’s Halloween, which only means one thing: Candy! Well, and costumes, of course. And mischief. Oh, and awkward office parties. Okay, Halloween means a lot of things, but chief among them — and most relevant to us — is scary movies. Nothing says October like a good scary movie, and there are hundreds of horror films for all kinds to watch. Thanks to the emergence of streaming, it’s never been easier to find your favorite scary movie in time for the holiday, and as far as Netflix is concerned, there are a lot of good ones on there.
Netflix has a large library to comb through, so it’s impossible to include every single horror movie on one list. This list features what we think is a solid mix of timeless classics, new favorites, and maybe even some stuff you haven’t checked out yet. The point is to watch good movies that give the chills before Halloween, so sit back and check out these 13 spooky flicks that are all available on Netflix.
Let’s start off with the double whammy of a Kubrick classic AND a Stephen King adaptation. The Shining is an iconic horror movie with some of the most memorable moments in cinema. Who can forget Red Rum, the freaky twins in the hallway, the river of blood, or Jack Nicholson poking his head from the door and shouting “Here’s Johnny!”? It’s a must-watch for any horror fan, and Nicholson gives an unhinged and excellent performance. Fun fact: Stephen King hates this movie. He did not agree with the direction Stanley Kubrick took the story. Whose side do you take?
One of the more recent horror movies on this list, The Witch (or The VVitch, if ya nasty) was released in 2015 to rave reviews. The indie flick told the story of a 17th-century New England family that becomes plagued by witchcraft. The movie slowly builds up the terror and tension as each minute grows more unsettling. The Witch is thoughtful and takes care in everything from lighting to set design, and it doesn’t rely on jump scares to get the job done. You get hooked on the fact that something terrible is happening and director Robert Eggers creates a film that excels in every category.