Best Scary Movies on Netflix

Netflix is a streaming service that enables its viewers to have access to television series and movies from all genres for a small monthly subscription fee. Netflix can be streamed through anything with an internet connection and a screen so, in other words, your laptop, your smart TV, your smartphone or a TV hooked up to a cable box or a gaming system.

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Let’s find some movies to add to your list on Netflix.

The 13 Best Scary Movies on Netflix

#13. Would You Rather

  • Director – David Guy Levy
  • Released- February 8, 2013 (USA)
  • Starring – Brittany Snow as Iris, Jeffrey Combs as Shepard Lambrick, John Heard as Conway, and Sasha Grey as Amy

Summary- Eight people are trapped in a mansion by a sadistic madman who forces them to play an increasingly deadly game of “Would You Rather?” This movie is not only a bit gory but is also a psychological thriller.

#12 Grave Encounters

  • Directors – The Vicious Brothers ( a.k.a. Colin Minihan & Stuart Ortiz)
  • Released – 2011
  • Starring – Sean Rogerson as Lance Preston, Ashleigh Gryzko as Sasha Parker, Juan Riedinger as Matt White, Ben Wilkinson as Jerry Hartfield, and Merwin Mondesir as T.C. Gibson

This “found footage” genre movie is about a crew of young people that search for ghosts and the proof of life after death in an abandoned mental asylum. It is scary on so many levels.

#11 The Abandoned

  • Director – Eytan Rockaway
  • Released – January 8, 2016 (USA)
  • Starring – Louisa Krause as Streak, Jason Patric as Cooper, and Mark Margolis as Jim

A mentally unstable woman working as a security guard in a dilapidated building when she makes a horrifying discovery.The Abandoned-Movie

#10 The Other Side of the Door

  • Director – Johannes Roberts
  • Released – 2016
  • Starring – Sarah Wayne Callies as Maria, Logan Creran as Oliver, Jeremy Sisto as Michael, Sofia Rosinsky as Lucy, and Suchitra Pillai as Piki

A mother seeks to speak with her young son Oliver, who died tragically but ignores a warning she was given about the Temple she visits in order to say her last goodbye. This causes a blurring of the line that divides life and death.The other side of the door

#9 Insidious Chapter 2

  • Director – James Wan
  • Released – September 13, 2013
  • Starring – Rose Byrne as Renai Lambert, Patrick Wilson as Josh Lambert, Ty Simpkins as Dalton Lambert, Barbara Hershey as Lorraine Lambert, and Lin Shaye as Elise Rainier

The Lambert family wants to resume their ordinary life now that their son is no longer possessed by evil spirits. But Renai’s husband Josh is now the one possessed. To try to save Josh from the malevolent forces Lorraine Lambert must work with her ghost-hunting friends as they investigate the family’s pastinsidious

#8 The Girl in the Photograph

  • Director – Nick Simon
  • Released – April 1, 2016 (USA)
  • Starring – Kal Penn as Peter Hemmings, Claudia Lee as Colleen, Kenny Wormald as Chris, and Toby Hemingway as Ben

A young lady in a small town begins receiving photographs of savagely murdered young women. Are they real? Why are they being sent to her? Is there a sick jokester or a serial killer taunting her?the girl in the photograph

#7 Silent Hill

  • Director – Christophe Gans
  • Released – 2006
  • Starring – Radha Mitchell as Rose Da Silva, Sean Bean as Christopher Mitchell, and Laurie Holden as Cybil Bennet

Rose is searching for her daughter that she believes has gone missing within the confines of the very strange, foggy, and desolate town of Silent Hill. Based on the video game of the same name.silent hill

#6 Sinister 2

  • Director – Ciaran Foy
  • Released – August 21, 2015 (USA)
  • Starring – James Ransone as Ex-Deputy, Shannyn Sossamon as Courtney Collins, Robert Sloan as Dylan Collins, Dartanian Sloan as Zach Collins, and Lea Coco as Clint Collins

A mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that is “marked for death.” The Deputy tries to save this family from the fate of being victimized, or worse, by the demon Bhughul.sinister 2

#5 You’re Next

  • Director – Adam Wingard
  • Released – August 28, 2013(USA)
  • Starring – Sharni Vinson as Erin, Nicholas Tucci as Felix, Wendy Glenn as Zee, and AJ Bowen as Crispian

The Davison family is on an anniversary getaway when a gang of killers attacks them. The gang will learn that one of their victims has a hidden talent for're next

#4 The Windmill

  • Director – Nick Jongerius
  • Released – October 25, 2016 (USA)
  • Starring – Patrick Baladi as Douglas West, Ben Batt as Jackson, and Charlotte Beaumont as Jennifer Harris

Jennifer is on the run from her past when she ends up in Amsterdam. In an attempt to continue running she joins a bus tour of Holland’s famous windmills. Adventure, fear, and secrets collide when the bus breaks down near a sinister windmill that has an evil past.the windmill

#3 Green Room

  • Director – Jeremy Saulnier
  • Released – May 13, 2016 (USA)
  • Starring – Anton Yelchin as Pat, Joe Cole as Reece, Alia Shawkat as Sam, and  Callum Turner as Tiger

A band accidentally stumbles on a murder being committed by a group of neo-Nazi skinheads. The skinheads then want to eliminate the only room

#2 It Follows

  • Director – David Robert Mitchell
  • Released – March 27, 2015 (USA)
  • Starring – Maika Monroe as Jay Height, Keir Gilchrist as Paul, and Olivia Luccardi as Yara

Jay is 19 as she should be living life to the fullest. After a seemingly regular type of sexual encounter, Jay feels that she is being followed by a spirit. Jay also begins to have strange visions and she and her friends try to rid her of the horror she is follows

#1 Evil Dead

  • Director – Sam Raimi
  • Released – April 15, 1983 (USA)
  • Starring – Bruce Campbell as “Ash” Williams, Ellen Sandweiss as Cheryl, and Betsy Baker as Linda

Five college students find a book and an audio tape in a remote cabin. When the incantations are read aloud it releases an evil that will kill them off during the night. The lone survivor is left with the evil dead and fighting for survival until dawn breaks.evil dead

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The History of Haunted Houses

I have often wondered what started the whole idea of touring a haunted house? So let’s see what I can discover about the history of haunted houses.

As Chris Heller wrote in the post, A Brief History of the Haunted House, for “the origins of the haunted house date back to the 19th-century London, when a series of illusions and attractions introduced the public to new forms of gruesome entertainment. In 1802, Marie Tussaud scandalised British audiences with an exhibition of wax sculptures of decapitated French figures, including King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Marat, and Robespierre.”

The history of haunted houses-Madame Tussard

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Marie Tussaud was born December 1, 1761, in Strasbourg, France. From 1780 until the beginning of the French Revolution she was employed as an art tutor at Versailles for Louis XVI’s sister, Madame Elisabeth. Tussaud was later imprisoned as a royalist and was given the gruesome job of making death masks from the freshly guillotine severed heads of those that were her friends. These death masks would enable Marie to create the extremely accurate wax figurines she is famous for. In 1802 she took her collection of wax models and her two sons and left France for England, she then toured the British Isles for 33 years before establishing a permanent exhibit in London that she dubbed her grotesque collection the “Chamber of Horrors” – a name that has stuck with the wax museum to this day.(2016,

Early Haunted Houses

Rebekah McKendry tells us in Fangoria Magazine, that at the turn of the 20th century the closest relatives to modern haunted houses began playing with macabre themes. The Grand Guignol Theatre in Paris became well-known for its on-stage displays of graphic dismemberment. Max Maurey, the theatre’s director famously boasted that he “judged each performance by the number of people who passed out in the audience.” Then in 1915 a fairground in Liphook, England opened one of the first “ghost houses,” as the public appetite for horror was increasing.

During the Great Depression of the 1930’s primitive haunted houses would pop up around Halloween time. These haunted houses were often located in the basement of a family home and would use simple props like hanging raw liver on the walls of a dark area where children would need to feel their way forward. I swear I can hear the screams coming from those unfortunate enough to touch the cold, jiggly liver in the dark. They would also have things such as furs, and hair nets hanging from the ceiling to touch the children faces. There would be strange noises coming from the dark, dank corners. Some of the homemade haunted houses would require the children to crawl through tunnels at some point of the experience too.

Along Comes a man named Walt Disneyghost

When Walt Disney decided to build a Haunted House in Disneyland he made it a cultural icon. The Disneyland Haunted Mansion opened its doors in 1969. Shortly after its opening 82,000 passed through it in one day. Lisa Morton is the author of Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween, and she says “A lot of professional haunters will point to one thing, and that’s Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. It’s the start of the haunted attraction industry.”

The technology used in the Disneyland Haunted Mansion is what set it apart from the cheesy carnival haunted houses. The ghosts were not sheets hanging from the ceilings but rather they were an exceptionally complex series of illusions known as Pepper’s ghost, which used refracted light to project and shape the ethereal images. This made the images appear shimmering and translucent that moved, spoke, and sang. The witches were not just a rubber-masked-figure by a cauldron but are realistic bodiless heads floating in crystal balls while conducting a seance. Walt Disney truly was an innovative thinker with an imagination that was limitless.

Increased Popularity of Horror Movies

The Horror genre grew in the 1980’s with movies like The Nightmare on Elm Street series, Halloween, and Friday the 13th. This caused the abundance of Freddy Krueger, Jason, and Michael Myers appearing in Haunted Houses that would open for Halloween. Many different organisations would use an annual Haunted House as a fundraiser during Halloween season. From the Jaycees to Evangelical Christians (who aim more at the Hell aspect of horror) joined in the craze in the United States.

Current Trends

Haunted Houses have been big money makers in the past couple decades. There were at 2,700 of them in the United States last year alone. A large, professional haunted house can generate $3 million during the Halloween season with the industry itself generating around $300 million according to an NBC report.

With the rise in popularity of television shows like The Walking Dead, and the Saw movies we now see the Halloween trend running more towards Zombie themed runs, and escape room games. The haunted house may die a slow death eventually. So enjoy the thrills, and chills while they last. (2016,

I hope you have enjoyed learning about the history of haunted houses. Feel free to tell us about any haunted houses you have experienced. What was your favourite part? Were you truly scared at any time or just having a good laugh? Comment below.


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