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10 spooky movies to watch on Netflix this Halloween

10 Spooky Movies on Netflix to Make You Sleep with the Lights On This Halloween

It’s that time of year again — when the leaves turn crunchy, pumpkin spice fills the air, and we swap our sunny dispositions for a healthy dose of spooky vibes. And what better way to embrace the Halloween spirit than with a spine-chilling movie marathon?

Netflix, our ever-reliable source of entertainment, offers a graveyard of chilling flicks, but sifting through them can feel like navigating a haunted corn maze in the dark. Fear not, brave soul! I’ve compiled a list of 10 Netflix horror movies guaranteed to make you jump, scream, and maybe sleep with a nightlight (no judgment!).

So grab your popcorn, dim the lights, and prepare to be spooked!

1. His House (2020)

  • Subgenre: Supernatural Horror
  • What Makes it Spooky: This chilling story follows a refugee couple from South Sudan who find their new English home haunted by a sinister entity. Expect chilling visuals and a thought-provoking exploration of trauma and guilt.

2. The Ritual (2017)

  • Subgenre: Creature Feature/Folk Horror
  • What Makes it Spooky: A group of friends on a hiking trip in Sweden stumble upon something… unnatural lurking in the woods. This one will appeal to your primal fear of the unknown and things that go bump in the night.

3. Veronica (2017)

  • Subgenre: Supernatural Horror
  • What Makes it Spooky: Based on true events (always a bonus!), this Spanish film revolves around a teenage girl who unwittingly unleashes evil forces after playing with a Ouija board. Prepare for intense jump scares and a haunting atmosphere.

4. Cargo (2017)

  • Subgenre: Zombie Horror
  • What Makes it Spooky: This Australian film offers a fresh take on the zombie genre, focusing on a father desperately searching for someone to care for his baby daughter after he gets infected. It’s as heartwarming as it is terrifying.

5. Hush (2016)

  • Subgenre: Slasher/Home Invasion
  • What Makes it Spooky: A deaf writer living in a secluded cabin must outsmart a masked killer who’s decided to target her. The unique premise and relentless tension make this a must-watch.

6. The Babadook (2014)

  • Subgenre: Psychological Horror
  • What Makes it Spooky: This Australian masterpiece uses a children’s book monster to symbolize grief and the darkness that can consume us. Prepare for disturbing imagery and a chilling exploration of mental health.

7. Sinister (2012)

  • Subgenre: Found Footage/Supernatural Horror
  • What Makes it Spooky: A true crime writer discovers a box of home movies documenting a series of gruesome murders, unknowingly inviting a malevolent entity into his own home. The creepy found footage style and unsettling imagery will stay with you long after the credits roll.

8. The Conjuring (2013)

  • Subgenre: Supernatural Horror
  • What Makes it Spooky: Based on the “true” cases of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, this film dives into the haunting of a Rhode Island farmhouse. Be ready for classic, effective scares and demonic entities that will make you want to sleep with a crucifix.

9. Insidious (2010)

  • Subgenre: Supernatural Horror
  • What Makes it Spooky: A family’s new home becomes a gateway to a dark dimension, where a malevolent entity has kidnapped their comatose son. This film delivers jump scares galore and chilling visuals that will haunt your dreams.

10. Gerald’s Game (2017)

  • Subgenre: Psychological Thriller
  • What Makes it Spooky: Based on the Stephen King novel, this film traps a woman in a terrifying predicament — handcuffed to a bed with no way to escape. Expect intense psychological horror and a healthy dose of suspense.

Now it’s your turn! What are your favorite spooky movies on Netflix? Share your recommendations in the comments below!