Welcome to a special Halloween edition of Netflix Picks where I recommend three creepy movies that perfect to watch on Halloween that you can find on Netflix!
More of a satire of the horror genre than a pure horror, Scream follows high school student Sidney Prescott in a small town where a murder in a mask terrorizes the town. While often more humorous than scary, Scream both parodies the tropes of the horror genre, as well as crafting a surprisingly competent mystery.
Release Date: December 20, 1996
Running Time: 111 minutes
MMPA rating: R
An Australian-Canadian psychological horror flick, The Babadook is the hidden gem of 2014. Horror is not my forte, and yet The Babadook stands as one of the more intelligent films in the genre from the last few years. Instead of relying on tons of mindless gore, The Babadook manages to use suspense and build-up to create its thrills. In addition, the film has a surprising amount of heart as it is a story about a single mother trying to raise her troubled child. The first 40 minutes of the film are undeniably slow. However, once the thrills begin, the pace really picks up. With that said, there are plenty of minor logic issues and points where the film's seriousness is undermined. Considering how awful most horror movies are today, these flaws can be overlooked.
Release Date: 22 May 2014
Running Time: 94 minutes
MMPA rating: PG-13
The Silence of the Lambs
Silence of the Lambs follows FBI agent, Clarice Starling, as she attempts to track down serial killer "Buffalo Bill" before he claims his next victim. To help find "Buffalo Bill," she interviews cannibalistic serial killer, Hannibal Lecter, and thus begins one of the most thrilling and frightening crime dramas of all-time. Currently the only horror film to win the Oscar for Best Picture, The Silence of the Lambs might not look like the typical horror fodder that you see but it is every bit as disturbing as it sounds. Hopkins' performance Hannibal Lecter is an absolute must-watch for any film fan that can stomach the grotesque matter, and as a crime thriller, there are few that maintain such strong tension.
Release Date: February 14, 1991
Running Time: 118 minutes
MMPA rating: R
There are many other horror films on Netflix here, as well as other streaming services. Which do you recommend? Please comment below and let me know!
Note: The above films are available on American Netflix as of 10/30/15.
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