24 Scary Movies And Shows To Watch On Netflix This Halloween 2018

4 October 2018, 12:10 | Updated: 4 October 2018, 12:16

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Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

From jump scares to gripping psychological slow-burns, Netflix has you covered on the horror and thriller genres. New Netflix horror series' and new Netflix horror movies are available on the platform for anyone in the mood to be spooked. These are the best scary movies to watch on Netflix this October.

Netflix's catalog is full of hidden gems in all genres. However, its collection of horror films, scary TV shows, and slasher classics will have you sufficiently frightened in time for Halloween 2018. New Netflix horror series' like The Haunting of Hill House and new Netflix horror movies like Malevolent will be available come early October.

There is something for everyone. Jump scares, slow burns, and psychological thrillers will have you questioning what you would do if you were trapped in the house with an evil entity, accidentally unleashing a demon, or simply avoiding being massacred by a masked intruder.

For the horror lover and paranormal lover in you, here are the best scary movies and shows to watch on Netflix this Halloween 2018.

1) The Haunting of Hill House (2018) - Netflix original

The Haunting of Hill House arrives on Netflix October 12 and follows a family who are forever changed by the supernatural occurrences that take place inside of their haunted home. When the youngest sibling of a family commits suicide, the others must come together to grapple with the impact the house has had on their entire existence.

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2) Scream - TV Series (2015-Present)

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The TV series, based on the film franchise of the same name, isn't afraid to get bloody. Set in the small town of Lakewood, students must unravel the mystery of a set of murders that has echoes of a spate of killings that took place over two decades prior.

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3) Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

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A family accidentally unleash an evil spirit into their lives after using a Ouija board to talk to their deceased husband/father.

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4) Warm Bodies (2013)

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A zombie and an alive woman form a bond after he rescues her from attack, following a plague that turns many on earth into undead creatures. Starring Nicholas Hoult as R and Teresa Palmer as Julie.

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5) Carrie (1976)


Sissy Spacek stars in the horror classic about a sheltered and bullied girl who uses her telekinetic abilities to exact revenge on her cruel classmates. A must-watch for every horror buff.

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6) The American Horror Story series

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Ryan Murphy's addictive horror anthology is a must-watch for even the most squeamish TV addict. From hauntings and spirits, to cults and witchcraft, you're sure to get your fix of otherworldly shenanigans with the hit FX series currently streaming on Netflix.

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7) The Purge (2013)

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The premise of The Purge franchise is that, for one night only, all crime is legal. As one family goes into lockdown mode, they are joined by a stranger who is the target of a violent gang that promise to massacre the entire family if the stranger is not released to them.

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8) Malevolent (2018) - Netflix original

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Brother/sister con artists, Angela and Jackson pretend they can communicate with the dead in order to trick an elderly woman. The fraudulent team soon discover that they will face very real and very horrifying paranormal activity. Available on Netflix from Oct. 5.

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9) The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina (2018) - Netflix original

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The producers of Riverdale put a spooky spin on the classic Archie comics character of Sabrina Spellman. Sabrina heads to Netflix October 26 and hopefully lives up to the series' name with some "chilling" adventures.

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10) Gerald's Game (2017) - Netflix original

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When a romantic getaway goes awry, a woman must figure out how to survive on her own while reliving some of her most horrifying memories and psychological traumas. Gerald's Game had Netflix viewers shook in 2017 and it's clear why.

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11) Stranger Things (2016 - Present) - Netflix Original

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Seasons 1 and 2 of Stranger Things are currently available to stream (or re-stream) on Netflix. If you happen to be one of a handful of people who have never seen the hit series, the supernatural disappearance of Will Byers will have you on the edge of your seat, Meanwhile, people who are already fans of Stranger Things are no doubt looking forward to the next season.

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12) The Babysitter (2017) - Netflix original

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12-year-old Cole's babysitter, Bee, isn't all that she's cracked up to be in this Netflix original movie. When Cole's parents leave town, the boy innocently spies on Bee and discovers the bloody horrors behind her babysitter facade.

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13) The Babadook (2014)


If you've never seen The Babadook, chances are you've definitely heard of it. This is thanks in part to its strange journey into our cultural lexicon.

A single mother must deal with her son's fear of a monster living in their home after his behavioural issues began to impact the family. It soon becomes apparent, however, that the storybook creature she believed was fictional could actually be a gruesome presence terrorizing her family.

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14) Goosebumps TV Series (1995-1998)

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Watch Goosebumps, not for the scare factor but for the nostalgia factor, instead. Before Ryan Murphy gave us the American Horror Story anthology, fans of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps book series could see utterly far fetched tales on the children's network that are more funny now than frightening.

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15) The Awakening (2011)

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A woman is sent to disprove the existence of spirits at an all boys school. When she arrives, however, it becomes clear that her strong skepticism in the supernatural will be tested.

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16) It Follows (2014)

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Maika Monroe stars in It Follows, a horror thriller about an evil entity that is passed along through sex and follows a new host after each sexual encounter. .

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17) I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House (2016) - Netflix Original

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A nurse is hired to take care of an elderly novelist in her large New England home. The nurse soon comes to suspect that the house she has moved into may be haunted.

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18) Don't Breathe (2016)

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A break in gone horribly horribly wrong sees a group of delinquents at the mercy of a blind and rich man who traps them inside his home and violently hunts them.

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19) The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015)

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Kiernan Shipka, Emma Roberts, and Lucy Boynton star in this creepy slow burning horror film about two girls who get stranded at their Catholic school during winter break when their parents don't arrive to pick them up. The nuns at the school are rumoured to be satanists and a mysterious and evil entity lingers, fueling the horror that takes place.

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20) The Witch (2015)

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Split actress Anya Taylor-Joy stars in this tale about a family that begins to unravel when their newborn son mysteriously disappears. Their family soon succumbs to the influence of witchcraft and the dark forces operating in their lives.

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21) Hush (2016)

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She's alone in her home and she cannot hear. A deaf author is forced to fight for her life in this horror thriller that will have you holding your breath during each unnerving and tense scene.

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22) Black Mirror (2011-Present)

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Netflix's Black Mirror isn't scary so much as it is psychologically unnerving. For anyone who has never seen the series, Charlie Brooker presents an anthology that explores the nuance of the human condition as well as the banal darkness of technology's influence. If you have seen Black Mirror, you'll definitely need to brush up on the upcoming fifth series.

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23) I Know What You Did Last Summer

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A 90s slasher film starring some of the decade's biggest stars, I Know What You Did Last Summer follows a group of teenagers who accidentally run over a man and dump his body. Months later, mysterious notes begin to show up as the students are hunted down for their involvement in the man's death.

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24) Verónica

Verónica, charged with taking care of her little brother and sister after their father's death, makes a Ouija board one day to communicate with his spirit. When she begins to feel a dark presence in her family's life, Verónica must look for a way to "break contact with the ghost" and protect her family.

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