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6 Best Halloween Films on Netflix

Michelle Man |
October 20, 2014 | 12:41 a.m. PDT

Web Producer

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Halloween is just around the corner! Whether you're dressing up for a Halloween party or simply curling up in your blankets with your friends for a horror film, we've got you covered. Here's a guide to horror films (Netflix edition) for you to pull up whenever you're up for the next horror movie challenge. 

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"The Cabin in the Woods"

Ever wonder why characters in horror films make terrible decisions? "The Cabin in the Woods" has the answers. Written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, "The Cabin in the Woods" is a satirical horror film that exposes the cliches of horror film and revitalizes the slasher film genre. The film was a huge box office success with a 92% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film may seem like any other horror film in the beginning but you're in for a surprise. 

"The Human Centipede"

Grotesque is a sub-genre within horror films, there is "beheading-blood-everywhere-kind-of-gross" and "spiders-insects-everywhere-kind-of-gross," then there is the "human-centipede-kind-of-gross." "The Human Centipede" talks about three tourists being kidnapped by the villain and connected together surgically. Tom Six, the director, often stated that the film had been described as "the most horrific film ever made". The film received a generally negative review for being too gross and repulsive. For those with a strong stomach, you may be interested in challenging yourself with this horror film.

"Carrie" (1976) / "Carrie" (2013)

"Carrie" is a classic, supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's novel. Carrie, a shy 17-year-old girl lives under the shadows of her emotionally-abusive, religious fanatic mother. As she reaches her teenage years, the pressure from her mother, the bullying at school, and from her community becomes more aggressive, leading to an unimaginable tragedy. The film has been adapted several times - the original 1979 version and the latest 2013 version are both on Netflix. The original received two Academy Awards while the latest adaptation, unfortunately, received a "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Watch and compare the two versions to fully experience the horror of the wrath from an oppressed teenage girl. 

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"The Blair Witch Project" 

In 2007, "Paranormal Activity" amazed the theatrical world with its extremely low budget (compared to other blockbuster horror films) and "found footage" style--with a budget of $15,000, the film has grossed more than $107 million domestically and in total $193 million worldwide. However, 15 years ago, "The Blair Witch Project" accomplished the same box office miracle by achieving a domestic box office of more than $140 million and $248 million worldwide with just a $60,000 budget. With the same "found footage" style, "The Blair Witch Project" tells the tale of three students filming documentary about Blair Witch, a local legend. Although it's not the first film in the found footage genre, "The Blair Witch Project" was the first to achieve this level of box office success. 

"Nightmare Factory" 

If you're a not a horror film fan looking to get in the mood for Halloween, check out "Nightmare Factory" from Netflix's great collection of documentaries. "Nightmare Factory" gives you a glimpse of what it's like behind the scenes of the Hollywood horror movies and their special effects, specifically the special effects company KNB Effects. From Evil Dead 2 to The Walking Dead TV show, find out just how the monsters of these horror film favorites are created. 

"Buffy The Vampire Slayer"

For those of you who are more ambitious and looking to latch themselves onto a TV show binge, then you'll want to check out "Buffy The Vampire Slayer". From vampires (not the sparkling kind) to demons, watch Buffy and her Scooby Gang kick the ass of all different kinds of evils in this seven-season-gem. Many TV stars like Alyson Hannigan, David Boreanaz, Michelle Trachtenberg and Seth Green started out in this TV show classic. Written by Joss Whedon, "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" is named one of the "Top Cult Shows Ever" and it is undeniably addictive. Celebrate Halloween by diving into this TV cult classic (and once you're in, there's no way out.)

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