While I was compiling the list for this week's Halloween special, Netflix seemed insistent on shoving The Blair Witch Project in my face over and over again, as if the streaming site was desperate to get me to include it in this guide. Well, let me tell you something, Netflix: The Blair Witch Project is trash. It might have been influential at the time, but in an age where found-footage movies are common place, that late '90s experiment just doesn't have anything appealing up its sleeve anymore. So please, even if you ignore every single suggestion on our list today (which you won't because it is the definitive Halloween Netflix selection) please don't watch that movie instead.

As a heads up before we get stuck into the films we've picked to spice up your Halloween weekend, by the very nature of these guides we've already covered some of the best horror films Netflix has to offer. As a result, if you've been following these articles you'll probably see a few familiar faces today, but I promise I wouldn't have included repeats unless they were absolutely essential for your viewing schedule. So, without further ado; are you ready to be spooked out? With the selection of flicks The 405's got lined up for you in this Halloween special, you're out of luck if not.


An American Werewolf in London (1981)

An American Werewolf in London

"Have you tried talking to a corpse? It's boring."

John Landis' comedy-horror is probably one of the most influential films of all time. As scary as it is funny, An American Werewolf in London just has so much to love about it. Chronicling the fallout of a deadly night on the moors of Britain, Landis' werewolf flick really is unlike any other in the sub-genre. Boasting effects work that still looks incredible today (one transforming centerpiece in particular rivals any that have come since) Landis' surrealist nightmare of a film will make you wonder why other directors working in the sub-genre have never produced anything quite as memorable.


Paranormal Activity 3 (2010)

Paranormal Activity 3

"This isn't Casper the fucking friendly ghost you're chasing, man!"

Just like The Blair Witch Project, the movie it takes such inspiration from, once you've already seen the tricks the films in The Paranormal Activity series have up their sleeves, there's really no point in revisiting them. Paranormal Activity 3 is probably the exception to that rule however. While it has plenty of the classic "did that door just move an inch to the left?" moments that have become so synonymous with the series, there's plenty of straight horror movie scares to see you through to the end of its brisk run-time. If you're looking for a classic haunted house story, you won't find any better than this come this weekend.


From Beyond (1986)

From Beyond

"It ate him. Bit his head off, like a gingerbread man"

Stuart Gordon's HP Lovecraft-inspired monster flick boasts some of the most grotesque creature designs the genre has ever seen. When a group of scientists develop a device that lets them peer into "The Beyond", they unwittingly unleash an inter-dimensional force that wreaks havoc on those who set it free. It's all very silly but the film's unique style and aesthetic is so distinctive that Gordon's tale has managed to stand the test of time, going on to inspire everyone from the likes of James Gunn since its initial release. Even considering the more ridiculous aspects, From Beyond still manages to be unnerving in the way all the best Lovecraftian horror is.


Insidious (2010)

Insidious

"It's not the house that's haunted, it's your son."

I didn't rate Insidious much when it first released. With a haunted house set-up we'd seen thousands of times before, I just assumed the James Wan film was boarding the bandwagon of a sub-genre that was insanely popular at the time. But I was wrong. In fact, Wan's film slowly builds under an incredibly scary atmosphere, never overusing jump-scares to break the tone and boasting a great amount of those blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments that prove to be so unnerving. A lot more fun and a lot more sophisticated than its reputation would have you believe, Insidious is one of the many examples out there proving that James Wan is one of the best working directors in horror today.


Re-Animator (1985)

Re-Animator

"Don't expect it to tango; it has a broken back."

A loud, colourful zombie flick, Re-Animator's story of mad science helped create some of the most iconic characters to ever grace the horror genre. As a misunderstood scientist finds a way to bring the dead back to life, he finds himself way over his head trying to control a crisis that he ultimately started. It's silly and it's a bit campy, but it will more than satisfy all of your 80s horror needs this weekend.


The Babadook (2014)

The Babadook

"You can bring me the boy."

With the amount of times I've banged on about The Babadook on this website I don't feel like I have anything left to say about the best film of 2014. With some of the best psychological scares of the century so far, The Babadook is no doubt destined to go down as one of the great horror films of all time in the years to come. Make sure you make space for it this Halloween.


The House of the Devil (2009)

The House of the Devil

"I go a lot on my gut feelings, and I have a good one about you"

A lovely throwback to 1970s horror, this slow-build suspenseful thriller might not get to the scares quick enough for some, but when it comes to pure uneasy atmosphere, you'll find nothing more infectious than The House of The Devil come this Halloween. Even if it doesn't quite pop straight away, Ti West's flick is one of those affecting films that will stay with you for days after the credits have rolled.

Other films worth looking into: The Devil's Rejects (2006), The Woman (2011), The Crazies (2010), Child's Play (1988), From Dusk Til Dawn (1996), The Human Centipede (2009).


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