This Halloween I find myself browsing the Halloween section of Netflix and waiting for something new! Don’t get me wrong, Netflix Australia does have some good horror movies on it. But I’ve seen them all over and over! I can’t be the only one who would prefer it if they bought the rights to something that isn’t a low budget Indian horror movie! (Why are there so many of these on Netflix Australia?) In case you’re looking for a good scare this Halloween, here are my top ten horror movies on Netflix Australia.
But just because I could watch these over and over, doesn’t mean I should have to, Netflix!
The home invasion flick with a twist.
Hush is my number one Netflix horror movie because I would watch it over and over again. It’s a home invasion horror movie with all the usual traditions. House in the middle of the woods, alienated from others. A young woman who lives alone. You know the drill. But the twist is that the main character is hearing impaired. The movie plays with this on so many levels that realyl disrupt the mundane of the usual invasion genre! The eerieness of the plot when the invader things he can use her deafness to his advantage. The unique challenges of the main character. Even the way sound is used in the film, flicking from our usual soundtrack to silence depending on the perspective.
I would 100% recommend anyone give this movie a watch. It’s smart – including the main character, interesting, challenges the traditions of the genre and isn’t focused on jump scares and gore!
2. The Neon Demon
The disturbing modern indie horror.
This movie is only so far up on this list because I was genuinly mentally scarred by it.
A young girl – it’s insinuated is running from something – goes to LA to try to make it as a model, but the city isn’t as bright as she migth have hoped. This movie is dark, and disturbing. Being an indie hororr movie with such an artistic take on editing, the scenes seem much more disturbing than they might in a traditional slasher or paranormal horror because characters don’t respond in the way you would expect.
I would not watch this movie if you’re triggered by rape, cannibalism, or necrophilia. I certainly will not be watching it again, anytime soon!
3. Creep (2014)
The found footage film.
Creep is one of those quirky horror movie that make you unsure whether to laugh or scream. The winner in this film, per se, is the killer who goes by the name “Josef”. He puts out an add for a camera man to film a video of him for his unborn child. But as the camera man follows him, the story keeps changing, and he keeps making unnerving statements about life and death.
The hook is that “Josef” is such an interesting, odd, quirky character that you love to hate. The way the movie unveils his character – always keeping something hidden, just on the cusp of understanding his character – but including lots of lies as well that are also telling, it almost feels like a fun little look into the mind of this unreal serial killer.
4. It Follows (2015)
The supernatural horror movie.
“After a sexual tryst, Jay learns that her date has passed on a lethal curse that can only be shed by sleeping with another unsuspecting partner.”
Straight up, this movie is an obvious analogy for spreading sexual disease. There’s no doubt about that. And honestly, that was the reason I didn’t watch this movie when critics were originally raving about it. Just because it plays on such a common horror movie trope (the “you should be fearful of sex” theme that runs through most horror movies), I don’t think that’s what the end of this horror movie concludes. The ending of this indie horror flick is certainly not what you would expect. What’s your spin?
5. Little Evil
The horror comedy.
Everyone needs a good horror comedy in their life! Little Evil is a film following a new step-father who comes to believe his step-son is actually the spawn of Satan. It involves all of those little paranormal horror traits that you love to hate. The creepy possessed child on a swing set, the priest exorcist, the gateway to hell, the prophecy. It even has a corn field scene!
6. The Shining
The horror based on a Stephen King film.
A beautifully crafted classic horror movie based on the book by renouned horror writer Stephen King. The Torrence family take residence in the isolated Overlook Hotel as it’s winter caretakers, but soon become aware that it’s starting to drive them a little too crazy.
Every series has done a spin on this film, so if you don’t at least half know the plot already, I would be shocked. But still, it’s an amazing film that is always worth a watch. With bonus Autumn vibes!
7. Gerald’s Game
The psychological thriller.
Also based on a Stephen King novel.
I watched Gerald’s Game for the first time a little over a month ago on one of my weekly “Fright Nights” where I gorge on pop corn and Netflix’s horror section. It was the aspects of a horror film based on both a Stephan King novel (so you know the plot is damn good) and the incorporation of BDSM aspects into the summary that really got me interested.
Saying that, this movie was not what I expected.
“When her husband’s sex game goes wrong, Jessie — handcuffed to a bed in a remote lake house — faces warped visions, dark secrets and a dire choice.”
The beginning of this movie is unerving, simply because the main character seems so forced and placid. But that’s intended, and as we see her unravel under the pressure of escape and hallucinations (and maybe some experiences that aren’t actually hallucinations), it all starts to make complete sence. Gerald’s Game plays with your mind in the best kind of way. Whatever it is you see you can’t guarrentee that it is actually happening, happened at all or is what you expect.
Th eonly downfall of this film is that the ending seem like a completely different movie compared to the beginning. It’s both satisfying and out of place. But that’s just my opinion. I will be reading the original book soon and I’m guessing that the plot is much more fluid in the longer format. But none-the-less a great film worth the watch.
The Spannish horror movie.
“During a solar eclipse, young Verónica and her friends want to summon the spirit of Verónica’s father using an Ouija board. However, during the session she loses consciousness and soon it becomes clear that evil demons have arrived.”
This movie has been hailed as one of the scariest horror movies of the year. I wouldn’t go that far. It’s very good! Veronica is certainly not a campy horror movie. It’s not Americanised and feels more realistic to me. The school that Veronica goes to reminds me of the schools here in Australia and the way she interacts with the other cast is not over dramatised at all.
The classic horror movie.
The classic Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho was arguably the first horror movie that made the genre what it is. Well, that’s what I argued in my University thesis anyway. This is one of those films that anyone who claims they love horror movies must watch. No debate. Even if just for the renouned shower scene!
“Phoenix secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), on the lam after stealing $40,000 from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin), is overcome by exhaustion during a heavy rainstorm. Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police, she stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother.“
10. I Know What You Did Last Summer
The 90s Teen Scream.
If you know anything about me, you’d know that I eat up bad 90s slasher films like I eat up vegan cookies. (Which is very fast, indeed.) So, I just had to include one teen scream on this list. I Know What You Did Last Summer is not the best teen scream out there, but it is the best on Netflix Australia (and trust me, I’ve seen all of them from Friend Request, The Open House to Most Likely To Die – these are all horrible).
I Know What You Did Last Summer follows a group of teenagers that on their last summer in their small town before leaving to collages or work, get drunk and hit a man with their car. Of course, they don’t call an ambulance! Who would, right? Instead they throw him into the ocean to cover their tracks and he is never seen again.
When they return the next summer each of them receives daunting threats that read: “I know what you did last summer” and people start disapearing one by one.
Ah! Even writing that gives me a comfy feeling of settling in for a silly teen scream! Anyone feel the same?
The one thing you can’t complain about when it comes to Netflix Australia’s horror section is that it is certainly diverse! You have classic early horror movies, paranormal horrors, traditional slashers, bad 90s remakes, horror comedies and, yes, low budget Indian horror movies.
What are you current favourite horror movies on Netflix? I hear that American Netflix has a lot more choice? We don’t have cable TV, just Netflix and YouTube which is why I’m a little salty about the lack of choice. Let me know your favourites and I’ll get onto watching it ASAP!