The spooky season is well and truly upon us as All Hallow’s Eve edges closer. There are two types of people in the world — those that love Christmas, and those that love Halloween. While people that love The Nightmare Before Christmas fall somewhere in between, I’m firmly in the camp that can’t get enough of the fun and frights of October 31.
If you’re looking for something to watch to make your own ghoulish soirée go with a bang, Netflix is bringing some ouija offerings to the
streaming screaming giant.
When it comes to picking the best horror movie of all time, it is never as simple as naming one of the greats. From The Shining to Psycho, Halloween to Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, I could frankly be here all day.
Netflix already has an okay catalogue of horror flicks, but prepare to get hiding behind the pillow in October. The likes of Shaun of the Dead, the aforementioned Psycho, and The Purge are already on there. These are joined by indie outings like the terrifying Ghost Stories and firm favourites like Bird Box, but what’s coming next?
You’re sure to be howling at the moon as In the Shadow of the Moon, In the Tall Grass, Fractured, Eli, and Rattlesnake are all coming in time for Halloween.
Starting with In the Shadow of the Moon on September 27, the sci-fi thriller stars Logan‘s Boyd Holbrook and Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall. It’s set in 1988 and follows a police officer on the hunt for a serial killer that mysteriously pops up every nine years.
Coming to Netflix on October 4, In the Tall Grass is an adaptation of Stephen King’s 2012 novella. Focussing on brother and sister Cal and Becky, the two become separated from each other when trying to help a lost boy they hear shouting from a field of tall grass.
As with all things King, expect things to unravel into something much more unnerving as an evil presence lurks nearby.
Fractured is set to have its world premiere at Fantastic Fest on September 22 before hitting Netflix on October 11. Described as a tense psychological thriller, Fractured follows a father and his family who are caught in an accident. With Ray, his daughter, and his wife rushed to hospital, his world starts to fall apart when all existence of his family is erased and they vanish.
Eli is remixing the classic trope of the haunted house on October 18. A young boy with a debilitating illness is sealed off from the outside world. However, when the facility he’s kept in emerges as a haunted prison, Eli is left at the mercy of a sinister doctor.
Finally, Rattlesnake rounds off Netflix’s horror push on October 25. A single mum and her daughter have the day from hell when their car breaks down and one of them is bitten by a poisonous rattlesnake. Katrina turns to a strange woman to help cure her daughter, but it isn’t long before things go from bad to worse.
So, when watching Hocus Pocus or Casper for the 1,000th time gets a bit monotonous (let’s be honest, it never will), why not try one of these alternative horror movies for a fright?
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