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Tis the season—to be terrified! Cutting the cord doesn’t mean sacrificing your favorite horror flicks. Between Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and newer services like Shudder, you’ll have enough ghouls, ghosts, monsters and killers to keep you entertained until next Halloween.
We’ve put together a variety pack of some of the scariest movies available through your favorite streaming services. So, turn on all the lights, prepare to hide under the covers, and enjoy these terrifying treasures.
The Babadook follows the story of Amelia (Essie Davis), a young widow struggling to raise her troubled son alone. The film really starts to pick up speed when her son, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), introduces Mr. Babadook through a mysterious pop-up book with ominous origins. Amelia finds herself being stalked by a distorted shadowy figure that creaks and clicks in true horror movie fashion. As Samuel’s behavior escalates, so does the presence of the terrifying Mr. Babadook—until the family is forced to deal with the creature in a very unique way. With a more personal tone, The Babadook can scare even the most dedicated horror film buff.
In a near flawless adaptation of Stephen King’s novella of the same name, Gerald’s Game takes psychological torture to a whole new level. Jessie (Carla Gugino) and her husband Gerald Burlingame (Bruce Greenwood) are making a last attempt to save their failing marriage. They travel to a remote lake house after taking pains to make sure that they won’t be disturbed during their romantic interlude. Jessie is in for an unpleasant surprise when Gerald introduces handcuffs in the bedroom. She agrees, but has a change of heart when he becomes increasingly rough. This pushes Gerald into a massive heart attack, leaving him dead and her handcuffed and helpless. Gerald’s Game follows the evolution of Jessie’s terror and her foray into madness as she faces a hungry dog and a mysterious visitor with nefarious intentions.
Let the Right One In isn’t your average misunderstood vampire flick. This movie delves into the darker side of blood lust and the inhumanity of an undead young girl named Eli (Lina Leandersson). Eli forges a relationship with 12-year old Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), a troubled boy who copes with bullying by plotting murderous revenge. The two build on their strange friendship while Oskar becomes increasingly aware of Eli’s vicious nature. Set in 1982 Stockholm, Let the Right One In is a beautifully filmed counterbalance to the romanticized vamps we’re used to.
No horror film compilation would be complete without a traditional gory zombie movie. Train to Busan embraces the undead apocalypse with open arms as a father (Gong Yoo) and daughter (Su-an Kim) find themselves trapped on a speeding train while the world falls apart outside. Passengers are forced to fight for their survival against zombies and people alike as they struggle to reach Busan. Viral outbreaks, martial law, and lots of eating people—who could ask for more? Train to Busan puts a unique spin on the traditional zombie outbreak and sets the tone for a perfectly horrifying holiday.
Patricia Howard is a freelance journalist and Netflix enthusiast from rural Indiana. She has a bachelor's degree in communication with a concentration in journalism. When Patricia isn't writing, she enjoys catching up on her favorite shows with her husband and seven children.
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