“The dude was wearing a Halloween skull mask! How is that not fun?”
Hell Fest takes the idea of the Halloween horror movie literally. Set at a Halloween carnival, it’s a straight-ahead slasher with an original setting.
Unfriended’s major conceit — that everything takes place in a video call — is certainly gimmicky, but that doesn’t stop it from being genuinely creepy (and even more relatable now than when it was released in 2014).
From the director of Midnight Mass, Hush centers on a deaf writer who’s being stalked by a masked killer in her own home. It’s a tense thriller elevated by a great lead performance from Kate Siegel.
With just one (human) character for most of its runtime, the shipwreck survival tale Sweetheart rests on an incredible performance by Kiersey Clemons. It’s a fun, effective creature feature with a lot going on under the surface.
The Ritual — about a hiking trip gone horribly wrong — slowly builds tension with its creepy sound and sparse shots of the Swedish countryside leading to the reveal of its incredible monster.
Cam follows a cam girl who has her account taken over by an imposter and finds no one willing to lift a finger to help her. It’s both a gripping doppelganger horror film and an empathetic portrait of the precarity of sex workers.
Three young women come face to face with killers during an after party for a metal show. We Summon the Darkness is a fun, twisty slasher with a killer sense of humor.
What starts as a haunted house movie complete with blood-oozing walls morphs into a more interesting psychological thriller. Its main character being wrestler CM Punk is just icing on the cake.
Netflix’s revival of R.L. Stine’s classic Fear Street books tracks the bloody history of two towns from 1666 to 1994. The story of Fear Street is spread across three films, each of which is an absolute blast.
Arrives October 27
Netflix is keeping this psychological horror movie mostly under wraps for now. Hypnotic centers on a woman whose hypnotherapy sessions reveal truths more horrifying than she was ready for.