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The Top Ten Scary Movie Picks on Netflix for Every Type of Horror Lover

Updated on May 18, 2015

Classic Horror

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

This 1987 classic horror film focuses on what is supposed to be a romantic getaway of a couple, set in a remote cabin in the woods which appears to be peaceful and abandoned. Trouble begins when main character ash plays a tape left by a previous inhabitant of the cabin. The tape releases an evil force that first posses Linda, Ash's girlfriend, which leaves him no choice but to kill and bury her. If only the trouble stopped there. The movie plot is based on Ash's attempt to kill the bodies the curse possess and find a way to put an end to the curse once and for all. The movie is very action packed and gory, in no way for the faint of heart. The special effects for an 80's movie are very impressive and one to stay in the viewer mind for a long time. There is a modern spin off based on the movie called "Evil Dead" which is not yet on Netflix.

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Found Footage

V/H/S
V/H/S

V/H/S

This unique movie acts as an anthology of short horror films. The movie starts out with a group of criminals that were hired to burglarize an abandoned house for a unique VHS tape. The criminals start watching the VHS tapes and discover the tapes are actually a bizarre collection of recorded footage of murders, rapes, crimes, and unexplained creatures. There are six VHS tapes shown in total, each with their own specific story line and plot, and act as puzzle pieces to the bigger picture. The element of the first-person holding the camera adds a suspenseful and realistic feel to the movie, making you feel like you're a witness to real life events as it was happening. V/H/S also has two sequels which are both also on Netflix.

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B Movies

Sharknado
Sharknado

Sharknado

Sharknado is a satirical disaster film that delivers just as much comedy as it does horror. The movie is about a water spout that carries sharks from the ocean into the city of Los Angeles immediately causing terror and panic. The city does it's best to barricade itself in whatever shelter it can find, but the tornado turns out to be a bigger threat than they even thought. The main protagonists are a group of friends that are grouped up together in a bar. They decide the only choice is to fight the sharks head on. If cheesy CGI and slap stick humor is your forte, this movie may be a good choice for you.

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Grotesque/Torture

The Tortured
The Tortured

The Tortured

The name of this movie delivers exactly what it says: torture. The producers of saw bring you a raw, gripping, gruesome nearly 90 minutes of torture so intense, you'll cringe and practically feel the pain. The premises of the movie is a couple who's son is kidnapped and beat to death. The suspect is apprehended but the couple is horrified to find out the murder's sentence is reduced to what would be given to a petty crime. The couple decides to kidnap the man and torture him to teach him a lesson and get justice for their son. The torture consists of different tools and medications, but the common ground they all share is being very graphic. The movie wraps up with a considerably mind-blowing twist you probably never saw coming. This movie isn't necessarily "scary", but would probably only be recommended for the hard-core torture lovers.

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Vampires

Let the Right One In
Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In

A vampire movie that has been applauded for it's superb acting and story. The vampires of this movie are genuine, bone chilling, blood hungry vampires that definitely don't sparkle.In the beginning of the film, young boy meets a mysterious girl at the park and the two quickly develop a friendship that turns into a romance throughout the movie. But like with all romances, love is blind. The young boy helplessly realizes he's in love with a vampire that is responsible for the death's occurring around the city. It's almost hard to believe such a charming, innocent looking girl could turn into a mindless out of control creature that kills to survive. This is no ordinary romance, and there is no pun intended to say it's one to die for.

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Foreign Flicks

Ju-on: The grudge
Ju-on: The grudge

Ju On: The grudge

Who doesn't love a good ghost story? Ju On has all the qualities of the perfect ghost movie: The unsuspecting victim, a curse that can't be broken, and of course ghosts that deliver suspense and jump scares. The movie setting is a home of an elderly woman who foreign exchange student Karen agrees to take care of. As she tends to the old woman she notices something isn't quite right about the house starting with strange scratching sounds. She soon discovers a full blown curse that was born years before and can't be broken. The appearances of the phantoms will make you hide under the covers with their pale skin, bleeding eyes, and contorting bodies. It's up to Karen to figure out why this curse was born and try to break it before it's too late. Ju On has several successful sequels, american remakes, and even a playable online game.

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Satan/Demons

Devil
Devil

Devil

This isn't your typical possession movie with sings of possession and priests with holy water. This is a one of a kind idea, a possession movie that occurs in an unlikely setting with action right of the bat. Five strangers board an elevator and conflict begins when the elevator stops in the middle of two floors. Immediately, the lights go out and when they turn back on, one of the five was killed. The four now know one of them isn't who they seem they are. One of them is thought to be the devil. The movie will keep you guessing who the real killer is till the very end, and you'll be left praying that the rescue crew can reach the elevator in time.

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Supernatural

The Hole
The Hole

The Hole

This movie is a more family-friendly remake of the movie "The Hole" which was about four teenage friends exploring what they thought was an old bomb shelter. It also has a similar story line of "Poltergeists". This movie is all about getting to know your deepest fears and making you face them. The family that finds the whole each sees different things in the hole. Upon entering the hole, you are surrounded by whatever it is that plagues your mind, and the only way to escape is to conquer your fear. This is more of a sci fi and fantasy pick, as it's pg-13 rating suggests. But horror fans can start at any age, and this is a perfect film for the kids at a Friday night sleepover. The horror is mostly psychological for viewers that would rather skip on the blood and guts.

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Zombies

World War Z
World War Z

World War Z

A movie adaptation of a best selling apocalyptic novel written by Max Brooks. With so many zombie picks on Netflix, it may be hard to pick the best one. But this particular movie was a huge hit in theaters, with zombie lovers and Brad Pitt lovers alike. Brace yourself as a zombie pandemic breaks out in metropolitan areas world wide and turns the people it bites into zombies in seconds. Brad Pitt plays Gary, a former United Nations investigator who is hired to find out more about the zombie outbreak, and is taken from his family to travel the world seeking some answers. It's up to Garry to find a cure before the entire world is turned into brain eating zombies, and return to his wife and daughter and assure their well being and that of future generations. The movie is packed with amazing use of CGI, explosions, and non-stop action.

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Aliens

Alien Abduction
Alien Abduction

Alien Abduction

Aliens have always had that sense of horror around them, surrounded with plenty of mystery of where they come from and what they want, UFO sightings around the world, and first person encounters and the scariest thing of all...stories of abduction. This film starts with a family going on vacation, and son Riley has a recorder to capture what is supposed to be fun memories. The trip starts going awry when dead birds rain down on the car, followed by the family stumbling across an underpass filled with cars with the lights still on but no signs of their drivers or passengers. The film gives us the inside view of Riley's contact with the aliens and his struggle of survival against abduction. A creepy film that will make you ask yourself what's really out there.

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