Top five horror and Halloween movies to watch on Netflix
By Hank McSheehy and Sofie Merrigan, Reporters
This Halloween season, most people are staying at home and doing their own thing. Here are our top five favorite Halloween and horror movies on Netflix that will surely give you nightmares and some Halloween fun this scary season. These descriptions are from Netflix.
“Hubie Halloween” - 2020 - PG-13 (for language)
“Hubie’s not the most popular guy in Salem, Mass., but when Halloween turns truly spooky, this good-hearted scaredy-cat sets out to keep to his town safe.” - Netflix
This movie is a nice, lighthearted Halloween movie that is great for laughs. An amazing cast including Adam Sandler, Noah Schnapp, Maya Rudolph, and many others bring this movie to life and gives movie-goers and Adam Sandler fans something new to watch. It is a bit cheesy, but hilarious at times and definitely has Disney vibes. A great movie to watch with friends. This is not a movie to take too seriously so just sit back, relax, and have a fun time.
“Creep” - 2014 - R (for brief violence and language)
“When a cash-strapped videographer takes a job in a remote mountain town, he finds that the client has some unsettling ideas in mind.” - Netflix
“Creep” is an unsettling movie. The found footage is done extremely well. It is weird and uncomfortable at times and has a great ending. The relationship between the videographer and the offputting man is real and as they get to know each other more, it gets more unnerving. The lack of gore and paranormal themes makes this movie perfect for horror newbies and squeamish viewers.
“As Above So Below” - 2014 - R (for bloody violence/terror and language)
“A beautiful tomb raider and her crew hunt for treasure in the catacombs of Paris and find themselves in a hellish underworld.” - Netflix
A terrifying movie about an adventure into the Paris catacombs. “As Above So Below” makes viewers invested in the upcoming events and is frightening in different ways. Each character plays a necessary role to achieve the final outcome of the movie. The movie successfully employs a found footage style with multiple points of view, immersing the viewer in the film and each character. Those who enjoy “The Goonies” will likely find this movie spook-tacular.
“Hush” - 2016 - R (strong violence/terror and language)
“A deaf writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears in her window.” - Netflix
This movie takes an intense and creative approach to horror. The main character is intelligent, breaking away from the ‘dumb protagonist’ cliches and gives viewers a refreshing change of pace. The protagonist's disability puts her at a disadvantage, but provides viewers with a titillating, nerve-wracking experience. “Hush” will keep viewers on the edge of their seats, eager and scared to know what comes next.
“The Ritual” - 2018 - TV-MA (language)
“Four friends with a long-standing, but strained connection take a hiking trip into the Swedish wilderness, from which they may never return.” - Netflix
“The Ritual” takes place in a dark and remote forest, creating a mysterious and spooky atmosphere. The characters set tensions and past misgivings aside to focus on staying alive and make it out of the wilderness in one piece while their thinking process drives them mad while traversing the Switzerland forest. The monster is mysterious and creative and leaves you questioning what it is and how it came to be. This movie is intense and will definitely make you afraid to go backpacking.