Halloween wouldn't be complete without watching at least one spine-tingling, hair-raising horror flick. There's a slew of options of TV, but if the usual crop of films just won't do for you anymore ("Shake, Rattle and Roll na naman?") just head on over to Netflix to get your fill of top-quality screamfests. Check out these highly rated picks:
This psychological thriller tells the story of a hardened detective William Somerset, his rookie partner David Mills, and the serial killer they're tailing, a mysterious man who goes by the name John Doe. When Somerset and Mills realize that Doe has patterned his first two gruesome murders after two of the seven deadly sins, they do everything they can to stop him from taking the lives of five more people.
The Shining, which tells the story of Jack Torrance's descent into madness and murder, is a gripping, unforgettable film deserving of all the accolades heaped upon it through the years. You've probably seen some of its most iconic scenes ("Heeere's Johnny," anyone?), but seeing the film in its entirety is an absolute must, even for non-movie buffs.
Whether you believe in evil spirits and haunted houses or not, you have to admit: they all make for excellent movie material. Exhibit A: The Conjuring, which narrates how Carolyn and Roger Perron's farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island was besieged by the spirit of a witch named Bathsheba. By enlisting the help of famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, the Perrons try to unravel Bathsheba's curse before they become her next victim.
This complex psychological thriller is, without a doubt, one of director Martin Scorsese's best films. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Teddy Daniels, a US Marshal determined to investigate the disappearance of a patient from a psychiatric facility located on the remote Shutter Island. What Teddy discovers there, however, turns out to be the farthest thing from what he thought was be his mission.
One of the best examples of Alfred Hitchcock's filmmaking genius is the horror masterpiece Psycho, which narrates the madness of motel caretaker Norman Bates. The shower scene in this 1960s classic is, without a doubt, one of the most memorable in film history. And that face Bates makes at the end? Perfect nightmare fuel.
Ah, Jaws: the movie responsible for making sharks nightmare fodder despite the fact that in reality, they've got more reason to be afraid of us than we are of them. It doesn't mean, though, that the movie's a bust: this tale of a few brave men's quest to kill a rogue great white is so nerve-wracking, it'll probably lure you away from the beach for a few good days.
Kids are scary things—they're noisy and rambunctious, and they make a mess out of everything. Still, five toddlers in their terrible twos will pale in comparison to Lillith, a 10-year-old girl who is actually a demon with a penchant for killing people. Things take a dark turn when Lilith gets assigned to social worker Emily Jenkins, whose life is soon plagued by a series of unfortunate events.
He Never Died
He Never Died brilliantly mashes together violence, humor, and cannibalism for a film that'll have you swinging between fits of laughter and unavoidable cringing. The story of Jack, a cannibal trying to suppress his flesh-eating urges, and his moral struggle is both hilarious and heartbreaking, and you'll be sitting on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Hush has John Gallagher Jr. deviating from his usual goody two-shoes roles to play a sadistic killer hellbent on killing a deaf woman. We'd rather not say anything else lest we give away the plot, but trust us: this is one slasher flick fans of the genre shouldn't miss!
Ventriloquist dummies will never cease to be hella scary. So scary, that we got shivers up our spine after seeing the marionettes in Dead Silence. The fact that the dolls were owned by a scorned ventriloquist named Mary Shaw, whose sole purpose in the afterlife is to literally scare to death the descendants of the dude who killed her, totally doesn't help!
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