It's spooky season and that means that I can unreservedly do what I do most of the year and that is watch scary films on Netflix! I like to think I'm a bit of a Netflix horror connoisseur (or obsessive?) so I'm going to tell you some of my favourite horrors on Netflix right now!
A little context on the type of horror films I enjoy...I'm not a huge fan of gore, I much prefer a spooky, supernatural atmosphere or 'real life' horror, so let's dive in to my personal fav five on Netflix for this Spooktober!
The first time I watched Insidious it majorly freaked me out. Although it's structure is fairly standard possession by demon, it does it with a certain flair that keeps it both jumpy, creepy and entertaining. The music used creates the perfect atmosphere and with some great actors and actresses, it is well worth a watch.
New to Netflix, The Conjuring was for the longest time, my favourite horror film. For me it incorporated the perfect balance of tension building and spine chilling scares. Another film by director James Wan, The Conjuring is based loosely on the true story of the Perron family and I do love a horror that is rooted in real life. Also the fact that the real Lorraine Warren consulted on the film gives the bits that seem almost too impossible to believe a little extra credit.
The Visit is a 2015 horror-comedy which was written, co-produced and directed by the brilliant M. Night Shyamalan. I like The Visit because it taps into a common fear for both kids and parents. I won't ruin the twist, although you might be able to guess it, but it is the perfect concoction that will make you unsure when to laugh and when to cover your eyes. I also like it because there is nothing supernatural or unbelievable going on, it could very well be a true story which adds to its creepiness.
Veronica is a 2017 Spanish film which I kind of fell on a while ago whilst searching for a new horror to obsess over. I like Veronica for a number of reasons; I like that it is loosely based on the events of the 1991 Vallecas case where Estefanía Gutiérrez Lázaro died mysteriously after she used a ouija board. I also like the real sense of sibling love you get from Veronica as the film progresses, as much as she hates being responsible for her younger siblings, she would do anything to protect them. A slow burner, but one that only gets more and more unnerving.
The classic 90's film Misery is a more of a psychological thriller film, but is definitely worth mentioning here as it leaves viewers on the edge of their seat many a time. In this tale of sweet super fan turned violent obsessive, there are no ghosts or monsters, but there is plenty of fear and unnerving behaviour. So if you prefer a slow burn, then this might be the one for you.
A couple bonus ones worth mentioning...
Hereditary - I can't decide how I feel about the ending of this film, but it is definitely worth a watch as it has some jaw dropping scenes and Toni Collette's acting is amazing.
A Quiet Place - I LOVED this when I first watched it. Equal parts monster horror, equal parts focused on a family just trying to survive. As you'd imagine, the film spends the majority of the time very quiet, making any noise a shock!
The Babysitter - I have heard mixed reviews about this and the sequel, but I have to say I kind of loved both. If you take it for what it is it's a fun horror flick.
There are so many horrors on Netflix I could go on forever, but these are the ones that first come to mind! What horrors will you be watching this spook season? I need recommendations!