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5 horror movies to watch on Netflix this Halloween

It’s that time of year again, when things go bump in the night. If you don’t like the idea of going out trick or treating, check out some of these spooky films on Netflix instead. Just make sure you don’t have to travel home alone afterwards…

5 halloween horror movies on Netflix:

1. Rosemary’s Baby

Ira Levin’s classic suspense novel made an effortless transition to the silver screen. Mia Farrow stars as Rosemary Woodhouse, who, when she moves to a fashionable apartment block in New York, discovers her marriage to Guy is not all it’s cracked up to be. To say any more would ruin the fun, but let’s just say it builds and builds until it reaches its epic climax. If you haven’t seen it before, you’re in for a treat, and if you have, it stands up to repeated viewing.

2. The Others

Set in a remote country house in Jersey shortly after the second World War, The Others tells the story of a devout Roman Catholic mother named Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman) who’s plagued by ghosts. But it’s far from a simple ghost story, as memories of Grace’s past return to haunt her. It cleaned up at the Goyas (Spain’s national film awards – it was an Anglo-Spanish production), winning best actress for Kidman and best supporting actress for Fionnula Flanagan. Kidman was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama and a BAFTA for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

3. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

This is the first and possibly last Iranian vampire Western ever made. Yes, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut straddles genres, and draws on influences as diverse as westerns, graphic novels, horror films and the Iranian New Wave. It was one of British film critic Mark Kermode’s top five films of last year, and as anyone who’s seen him in full-on rant will attest, that’s not an honour he doles out lightly. One of the most moody and atmospheric films you’ll see.

4. Escape From Tomorrow

Perhaps more interesting than this film is the story of how it was made. Writer and director Randy Moore filmed the whole thing in Walt Disney World and Disneyland without Disney’s permission. To avoid detection, the crew pretended they were just videoing a family holiday. To keep the film out of Disney’s clutches, Moore decamped to South Korea to edit it. The story centres on one man’s breakdown while at a Disney theme park, undergoing frequent psychotic episodes. But really it’s a marvel it ever got made.

5. The Omen

How could we not? It’s Halloween, time to revisit this old classic. Unless you’re thinking of adopting, that is. Gregory Peck and Lee Remick adopt a son only to learn that he’s the Antichrist. Which could be a bit of an issue. Shortly after Damian joins their family, people start dying in suspicious circumstances, until the truth is outed. But can Robert Thorn (Peck) bring himself to kill a child? Just the sound of the theme tune gives us goosebumps.

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