It's the creepiest time of year, which means we need to watch some scary movies!
Streaming giant Netflix will be the go-to for many when it comes to watching some horror movies in the run-up to and on Halloween itself.
With a wide selection to choose from, it can often be paralysing having to pick a good scary flick.
Don't worry, however, as Mirror Online is here with a pick of some of the scariest horror films on Netflix UK, including a classic from Alfred Hitchock, two dynamite adaptations of Stephen King novels, and an encounter with one of cinema's most chilling creations: Dr Hannibal Lecter.
So, grab the popcorn and join us hiding behind our cushions as Halloween season is here!
Scariest horror movies on Netflix UK
The Alfred Hitchcock classic caused such a commotion on its initial release and it still stands up today as a masterclass of suspense. The iconic film follows secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) after she goes on the run with stolen money from her employer. One night, however, Marion is forced to check-in at the isolated Bates Motel, run by the polite but unsettling Norman Bates (a perfectly creepy Anthony Perkins). You'll never look at showers or hear the word "Mother" in the same way again.
The Silence of the Lambs
The Academy Award-winning crime horror is often seen as one of the greatest films of all time. The Silence of the Lambs follows FBI rookie Clarice Starling (an Oscar-winning Jodie Foster) as she is asked to turn to the advice of imprisoned serial killer and cannibal Dr Hannibal Lecter (an Oscar-winning turn from Anthony Hopkins) in order to catch another brutal killer of women, Buffalo Bill. The psychological games played between Lecter and Starling enthralled audiences, as did the highly compelling investigation itself. A sure winner for Halloween.
You'll be this film's number one fan if you've not seen it before. An adaptation of Stephen King's classic novel, Misery follows a successful novelist named Paul Sheldon (James Caan) who is preparing to kill off the protagonist of his hit book series, Misery Chastain. However, when he is caught up in a car accident and rescued by Misery's most obsessive fan, Annie Wilkes (a delightfully manic Kathy Bates, who won an Oscar for her performance), Paul may be forced to change his plans or face painful consequences.
This unsettling British horror follows Andy Nyman as Professor Phillip Goodman, a professor and TV presenter who sets about investigating paranormal occurrences and exposing them as hoaxes. When he asked by his childhood hero and idol - another paranormal investigator from 1970s TV - to look into three unnerving cases of "real" ghost sightings, Goodman's perception of reality is changed forever. This creepy offering also stars Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther, and Martin Freeman.
This 2009 feature one terrifying child performance. Orphan follows Kate and John Coleman (Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard), a couple who have had their marriage strained following the stillbirth of their daughter. Deciding to adopt a young Russian girl named Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman) from an orphanage, Kate and John welcome the young girl into their home. However, darkness lurks beneath the friendly exterior that Esther shows to the world. It divided critics upon release, so one to make your own mind up about!
It Comes At Night
This American indie horror from Trey Edward Shults swaps jump scares for unsettling atmosphere and paranoia. It Comes At Night is set in a world where a contagious outbreak has left the world ravaged and follows a small and isolated family who are secluded in a woodland home. Paul (Joel Edgerton) is determined to protect his wife Sarah (Carmen Ejogo) and son Travis (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.), but when the balance of their life is interrupted by another family of survivors, a new nightmare begins. Also stars Christopher Abbott and Riley Keough. Nasty stuff.
Another killer Stephen King adaptation and a Netflix original from director Mike Flanagan (who also directed The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep), Gerald's Game sees Jessie (a terrific Carla Gugino) left handcuffed to a bed in a remote holiday home with no hope of rescue after her husband (Bruce Greenwood) unexpectedly dies during a kinky sex game. Jessie's tense fight for survival begins and she finds herself seeing some disturbing visions.
From the director of Ex Machina, sci-fi horror Annihilation follows biologist and soldier Lena (Natalie Portman) venture into a strange scientific phenomenon that is expanding across America, called 'The Shimmer'. Accompanied by an all-female team of scientists and soldiers, Lena hopes to discover the truth within Area X and what happened to her missing husband Kane (Oscar Isaac) inside. Featuring unforgettable imagery, dark identity crises, and a hypnotic ending, Annihilation is a horror to check out.
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