We are in the middle of October at he moment, which means many people (myself included) are curled up with Netflix, looking for horror movies to watch. Which ones are worth your time, though?
With this list, you are guaranteed to get some scares, some gory laughs, and some genuine tension. So read on, check these films out, and enjoy!
As a side note, I have included the Rotten Tomatoes percentages on all films. Take these with a grain of salt, though.
10. Cube (Vincenzo Natali, 1997)
62% | RATED R | 90 MIN
"Six complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps."
Cube is a surprising film. It's gory in certain parts, extremely tense and scary in others, and action-packed in others. It combines all of these elements very well. Its narrative is surprisingly interesting, and the characters are distinct. The acting is superb all around, and director Vincenzo Natali manages to wring a surprising amount of tension from the premise.
There is no other film out there truly like Cube, and it is definitely worth your time this October.
9. Deathgasm (Jason Lei Howden, 2015)
86% | NR | 86 MIN
"Two teenage boys unwittingly summon an ancient evil entity known as The Blind One by delving into black magic while trying to escape their mundane lives."
I put Deathgasm on a previously list of mine, too. It's just a ton of fun. Using the same kind of comedy that made films like Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead popular, Deathgasm manages to provide plenty of chills, and plenty of laughs.
Be warned, though, this film is not for the faint of heart. It is extremely gory. If you don't mind that kind of thing, though, then you will absolutely adore this film.
8. Hush (Mike Flanagan, 2016)
94% | R | 81 MIN
"A deaf writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window."
Hush was a huge surprise to me, and many other people who saw it. The film's premise surrounds a home invasion, with a small twist: our main character is deaf.
What follows is a genuinely chilling, new take on the home invasion film. Mike Flanagan's direction is taut, and Maddie is a likable, and badass, character. In other words, Hush is a surprising horror film that works, and puts a new twist on an old sub-genre of horror.
7. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (Eli Craig, 2010)
84% | R | 89 MIN
"Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students."
Tucker and Dale vs Evil is an extremely fun horror film in every sense of the world. Following two affable hillbillies who are mistaken for murderers by a group of college students, this film does everything it can to subvert horror cliches.
There isn't much horror in this film (in terms of scares), but there are plenty of horror elements, and the comedy is excellent. In other words, it's well worth your time.
6. It Follows (David Robert Mitchell, 2014)
97% | R | 100 MIN.
"A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter."
It Follows is one of the recent slew of horror films we've gotten that have changed up the dynamic -- The Witch, The Babadook, and It Comes At Night all fit on that list. These films don't rely on jump-scares to sell their horror.
Because of this, It Follows doesn't feel like a modern horror film, nor will it scare you like The Conjuring scares you. However, it is an extremely unsettling film that will stick with you long after the credits roll.
5. Train to Busan (Sang-ho Yeon, 2016)
95% | NR | 118 MIN
"While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan."
Train to Busan is a zombie film from South Korea, and it was a huge surprise to me when I first saw it. The majority of the film takes place on a train, right after a zombie outbreak has happened in South Korea. The passengers on this train are trying to reach a safe zone, which is at the end of the line. However, they will have to fight their way through hordes of zombies to make it there.
The most impressive thing about this film, though, is its characterization. It is filled with cool, memorable, and likable characters, all of whom you root for. It's very emotional as well, with plenty of dramatic moments throughout.
This is definitely worth your time, even if you're not used to watching foreign films. It's one of the best zombie films out there.
4. The Wailing (Hong-jin Na, 2016)
99% | NR | 156 MIN
"A stranger arrives in a little village and soon after a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman is drawn into the incident and is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter."
The Wailing may have a daunting runtime; however, it is well worth watching every second. This is a tense, atmospheric horror film that has a ton of twists up its sleeve. I won't go too much into detail here, as I don't want to spoil the film's many surprises. However, I will say that this film surprised the hell out of me when I first saw it -- I'm confident it will produce the same reaction from you.
3. We Are Still Here (Ted Geoghegan, 2015)
95% | NR | 2015
"In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years - and demands a sacrifice."
We Are Still Here is not the best horror film on this list. However, where it succeeds is in its accessibility. This is a short horror film that pays homage to the haunted house films from the 80s, while putting a new twist, and a New England setting, on this conventions.
The acting is excellent, the cinematography is gorgeous, and the narrative has a few surprising twists and turns. If you haven't already checked out this film, it's definitely worth your time.
2. The Invitation (Karyn Kusama, 2015)
88% | NR | 100 MIN
"While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests."
The Invitation doesn't reinvent the wheel when it comes to horror movies and horror conventions; however, it does provide some decent scares, and a surprisingly engrossing narrative. This film is also beautifully shot, and is very accessible for all types of horror fans.
1. Raw (Julia Ducournau, 2016)
90% | R | 99 MIN
"When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her."
Raw was a hell of a surprise. I cannot express that enough -- this is a very unique, very scary, very odd film. This is also the director's debut feature, which makes it all the more impressive (before this, Ducournau had directed a short and a TV movie).
This is not a film for the faint of heart -- it is very bloody, and very disturbing in parts. However, if that doesn't phase you, you will find a very interesting, and very unique, horror film in Raw.