If you have been following these lists, as Halloween approaches, I’ve already covered 10 Titles With Audio Description on HBo MAX, Paramount Plus, Disney Plus, Hulu, and Peacock. Now it’s time to tackle the behemoth of them all. Netflix. Per the usual rules, if it is on this list, it is a recommendation by me. I may have seen the film before losing my vision, and not have seen it with audio description yet, but all titles are listed as having audio description on our trusted Audio Description Project (ADP.ACB.org).
Back just a few years ago, this Sandra Bullock horror thriller was all the rage. It was, at the time, one of the biggest and most watched Netflix films. An apocalyptic film about something so terrifying that once you see it, it cannot be unseen, and it changes you forever (putting that mildly to avoid spoilers). It has the benefit of being full of tension, spanning a long period of time, and making you both scared to see what everyone else is seeing… but oh so curious. But remember, curiosity killed the cat.
2) Blood Red Sky
This German action horror is slightly mismarketed by Netflix as it makes it sound like the thing on board that’s more dangerous than the terrorists is the bad guy. Actually, she’s your protagonist, and she’s a vampire, and she’s going through a lot. They picked the wrong plane to hijack, as she will do anything to protect her son that she’s traveling with. I have seen this with English Audio Description, and it’s really good. The dubbed actors give real performances. The film is chaotically violent, and should satisfy Vampire fans.
3) Crimson Peak
I find it hard not to include this gothic horror from Guillermo Del Toro. Sure, it’s brand of scary is different and almost understated compared to a lot of what we look for in horror films nowadays, but it’s Guillermo Del Toro, and he’s almost like a Godfather of Halloween, much the same way Tim Burton is. His films pretty much thrive on this time of year, and Crimson Peak was an October release when it hit theatres a few years ago. Is it a love story? A ghost story? Or just a nightmare? You decide.
4) The Fear Street Trilogy
Each film is a throwback to a different time period, and a different type of horror film. Despite being based on the teen novels by RL Stine, the trilogy is surprisingly violent, taking some of the kills to the next level. If you’re in the mood for different types of horror, this trilogy will cover it all. You don’t really need to watch them in order, but it helps.
Mike Flanagan has had quite a memorable run at Netflix, giving us some great limited series including The Haunting Of Hill House, The haunting Of Bly Manor, Midnight Mass, and most recently he’s adapted a young adult novel about terminally ill teens telling ghost stories. But, he really made an interesting thriller about a deaf woman being stalked by a killer. She can’t hear him creeping around, or her friends calling out for her. And when the killer comes for her… she can’t scream. Because she’s also mute. It may sound cheesy, but it’s incredibly well done, and really not that gory for those trying to avoid massive gore.
6) Ouija: Origin Of Evil
The first film is exactly what you’d expect from a franchise trying to make a board game scary. This prequel, another Mike Flanagan film, is actually better as the board game is worked in a way that it’s more of a prop than the centerpiece for the film. It exists, but there’s a lot more going on here. You’ve got creepy kids, ghosts, jump scares, and people crawling on the ceiling. But what makes it a good film is what makes every Mike Flanagan project work. he actually develops real characters, and gets good performances from his actors. I wouldn’t recommend Ouija, but I’ll put my stamp on this.
7) The Conjuring 2
Admittedly, it’s not as well directed as the original, and it’s slightly less scary, only because it doesn’t care about building tension. I mentioned the first film in my HBO MAX list, but the second one is responsible for introducing The Nun to the world, and had a chilling ending in the credits when you find out what happened after this event.
8) The Curse Of Bridge hollow
No, it’s not mind blowing amazing. It’s prety new, but I like including a title that the whole family can watch, and you could do a lot worse. Marlon Wayans, with the help of a recognizable ensemble, plays a single father who has just moved to a small town, and with his daughter spends Halloween fighting a curse that keeps bringing Halloween decorations to life. It’s like A Night At the Museum, if they made a Halloween version.
9) The Mist
Based on a Stephen King story, and from director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green mile), this horror thriller about monsters converging on a community and a few survivors held up in a grocery store is action packed, gory as all get out, and features the bleakest ending you could possibly get for Halloween. It’s also got a great cast, several of whom ended up on The Walking Dead.
Technically, with the Fear Street Trilogy, I’ve already hit 10 films. So, here are two different titles to finish off your list.
10) Girl in The Picture
I’m still horrified that this documentary is based on real true events. I can’t wrap my head around it. It’s just really disturbing, and it’s been months, and I still can’t get this damn thing out of my head. So if you want a 10th movie, then go for this. It’s not your traditional pick, but if you are scared of Unsolved Mysteries, this is essentially a feature length version of that.
10) The haunting Of hill House
I know, I said 10 Movies. But, even though I already have two Mike Flanagan titles on here, I ahve to bring up the limited series that really got me interested in his works. It’s so engrossing, full of real characters, and some truly memorable jump scares. It has an adult cast that does great work,, but also a cast full of kids. If you have time to binge the whole thing, you should do so. Mike Flanagan should be the future of horror.