5 Movies to Watch on Netflix This Halloween

By Kyndall Stoker

There are only two more days until Halloween, and you know what that means: it’s scary movie season! Here are the top five films you should binge before October ends:

1. The Shining

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One of the most well-known horror films of all time, Stephen King’s The Shining is like nothing else. Most people have either seen the movie already or read the book, but if you haven’t, get ready for weird. This movie will have you questioning Stephen King’s sanity within the first half hour.

Summary: Jack Torrance, a writer, becomes the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in Colorado, and brings his wife and son with him. While Danny, his son, has disturbing psychic premonitions, Jack’s sanity unravels over the course of the movie as the dark history of the hotel becomes known.

Scary Rating: 3.5/5

2. The Conjuring

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We all know how it goes: a family buys a house that is super old and sold for way under market value because, surprise, it’s haunted. But then there are those five words that make movies like this so much scarier: “based on a true story.”

Summary: Based in the 1970s, the Perron family becomes terrorized by the ghosts of their house’s horrifying past. Famous paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren come to help the family and get entrapped in the horror as well.

Rating: 4/5

3. Hush

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This movie is interesting because it was something that had never been done before. The main character is deaf, and the element of silence is very effective and adds intensity to the film.

Summary: A deaf writer moves into a house in the woods to isolate herself from the world. All is well until a masked killer appears. Unable to hear him approaching she is left completely vulnerable, or is she?

Scary Rating: 2.5/5

4. The Sixth Sense

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“I see dead people.” One of the most famous movie lines of all time. If you didn’t know what it was from, now you do. While it isn’t terrifying, this movie is very interesting ,with a plot twist that most people didn’t see coming.

Summary: Cole Sear is a young boy who has the ability to see ghosts. Many of them visit him with unresolved problems. The only person who knows about his ability is child psychologist, Malcolm Crowe. Throughout the movie, Crowe tries to figure out the truth about Cole’s ability until a surprise leaves both Cole and the audience in shock.  

Scary Rating: 1/5

5. Train to Busan

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If you like zombie movies and don’t mind reading subtitles, than this movie is for you. This Korean horror film revolves around a man and his daughter trying to survive a zombie outbreak while trapped on a train. Though the zombie craze has died down over the years, this film does a good job at revamping the genre. This one is definitely the most gory on the list, so if you don’t like blood, beware.

Summary: Seok-woo is a distant father and is reluctant to take his daughter, Soo-ahn, to his ex-wife’s house on her birthday. As the train departs, a virus quickly spreads throughout the carts that turns people into flesh-eating monsters. The remaining human passengers fight for their lives, and Seok-woo steps up to the plate to protect his daughter.

Scary Rating: 3/5