Getty Images
By Refinery29
October 15, 2014

This article originally appeared on Refinery29.com.

It’s movie night, people. It’s dark, it’s chilly, and we’re three weeks out from Halloween. You have an Internet full of streaming spooky thrillers — but how can you possibly pick? Listen, picking the right movie is very important. Like choosing which college to attend or what to name your child, you don’t want to end up with something you’ll regret for the rest of your life.

Don’t freak out yet — you’ve got this. We’ve assembled 22 of the best scary movies currently streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, and Amazon Prime. We’ve broken them down into a super-simple guide to help you figure out the perfect movie to watch based on your mood, platform, and the crowd you’re watching with.

It’s the first Saturday in October. And, life is short, so make this one count. That means taking off your going-out shoes, and parking it on the couch. Now, you just need to find the perfect sweatpants to change into. You can do this.

The Craft

  • What Happens: Four girls dabble in witchcraft and overalls. Hijinks ensue.
  • How Scary Is It: If you’re creeped out by snakes, run.
  • Why Should I Watch It: You miss chokers and Fairuza Balk.
  • Where Can I Find It: Crackle, Amazon Prime.
  • Who Do I Watch With: Your lady friends and wine and some more wine.

The Moth Diaries

  • What Happens: Sexy new girl comes to boarding school and makes it rain blood. Roommate has trouble adjusting.
  • How Scary Is It: Like all vampires, these are way too emo to scare anyone.
  • Why Should I Watch It: You’re into vampires but can’t stand Twilight or True Blood.
  • Where Can I Find It: Hulu.
  • Who Do I Watch With: A friend you might like to be more than a friend. Or a friend you might like to rain blood upon. Either way, this’ll get you in the mood.

Carrie

  • What Happens: Best. Prom. Ever.
  • How Scary Is It: Mean girls, first periods, AND telekinesis? This one’s not for wimps.
  • Why Should I Watch It: You’ve been royally screwed and feel like burning down someone’s house, dropping the mic, and leaving.
  • Where Can I Find It: Netflix, Amazon Prime.
  • Who Do I Watch With: Your high school BFF (the one who got picked on by Casey R., too).

Rosemary’s Baby

  • What Happens: Couple’s new apartment might be next door to Satan worshippers, but it has two bathrooms and a working fireplace, so…
  • How Scary Is It: Enough to make you move to the suburbs.
  • Why Should I Watch It: You’ve never seen this before and are sick of everyone bugging you about it (but seriously get on this ASAP. What is your problem?).
  • Where Can I Find It: Netflix.
  • Who Do I Watch With: The understanding that you probably cannot pull of this haircut.

The Human Centipede: First Sequence

  • What Happens: Google it.
  • How Scary Is It: I mean, did you Google it?
  • Why Should I Watch It: Someone double-dog dared you to.
  • Where Can I Find It: Netflix, Amazon Prime, and ideally, the smallest screen possible.
  • Who Do I Watch With: A barf bag.

American Psycho

  • What Happens: Businessman has a real case of the Mondays.
  • How Scary Is It: As scary as the face Christian Bale is making here.
  • Why Should I Watch It: You’re into sex, drugs, and murdering hookers with chainsaws.
  • Where Can I Find It: Netflix.
  • Who Do I Watch With: A dude.

(MORE: “Let Her Go!” Or, Every Action Movie Ever)

Antichrist

  • What Happens: Couple loses their child and somehow things get worse from there.
  • How Scary Is It: Well, there’s really no PG version of genital self-mutilation is there?
  • Why Should I Watch It: You’ve seen Lars Von Trier and you know what you’re getting into.
  • Where Can I Find It: Hulu, Netflix.
  • Who Do I Watch With: Someone who won’t mind when you ask to turn it off and watch I Love Lucy reruns instead.

Candyman

  • What Happens: Woman doesn’t believe in ghosts. We don’t want to spoil it for you but she might be wrong.
  • How Scary Is It: Good luck sleeping tonight/ever!
  • Why Should I Watch It: This scared the bejeesus out of you as a kid but, damn it, you’re a grown-up now. Bring it, Candyman.
  • Where Can I Find It: Crackle, Netflix.
  • Who Do I Watch With: No one, if you’re such a big, tough, grown-up. (JK, never watch this with less than five people.)

The Gift

  • What Happens: Local psychic is pulled into a murder investigation where Keanu Reeves is the prime suspect. Seriously.
  • How Scary Is It: Imagine getting startled by a car backfiring outside, over and over again, for two hours.
  • Why Should I Watch It: You want to be scared by Cate Blanchett’s killer performance and amused by Katie Holmes’ horrrrrrible southern accent.
  • Where Can I Find It: Netflix.
  • Who Do I Watch With: Katie Holmes, ideally. Just so you can ask her to translate.

Cropsey

  • What Happens: The boogeyman is real, you guys.
  • How Scary Is It: The truth of this tale is far more horrific than the fiction.
  • Why Should I Watch It: You grew up locking your bedroom window, lest Cropsey come in and kidnap you.
  • Where Can I Find It: Crackle, Netflix.
  • Who Do I Watch With: Your friend who’s too cool for anything but documentaries.

The Lady Vanishes

  • What Happens: The lady vanishes.
  • How Scary Is It: Well, it’s not Antichrist, but it’s not Sesame Street either.
  • Why Should I Watch It: You’re in a Hitchcock mood.
  • Where Can I Find It: Netflix.
  • Who Do I Watch With: Your dad, because he’s been bugging you to watch this for, like, ever.

(MORE: The Not-So-Sexy Way Hollywood Makes Sex Scenes)

Scream

  • What Happens: Town is terrorized by serial killer who does NOT care for Drew Barrymore movies.
  • How Scary Is It: It was written by the same guy who created Dawson’s Creek. It’s about as scary as Dawson’s was serious and important: EXTREMELY.
  • Why Should I Watch It: Your mom didn’t let you watch it when it came out but you did anyway, then spent the next four months refusing to answer the phone.
  • Where Can I Find It: Netflix.
  • Who Do I Watch With: Your mom on speed dial, because she was right — you’re not mature enough to handle this.

The Blair Witch Project

  • What Happens: “Filmmakers” “investigate” a “local legend” in this “documentary.”
  • How Scary Is It: It was meh back then, but with the passage of time it’s still pretty meh.
  • Why Should I Watch It: Back in the day, your friend told you this was real and you’d like to see just what an idiot you were for believing him.
  • Where Can I Find It: Netflix, Amazon Prime.
  • Who Do I Watch With: That same jerk friend, ideally. Make him pay for the pizza and beer.

Repulsion

  • What Happens: Woman spends all weekend in her pajamas, but it’s not as awesome as it sounds.
  • How Scary Is It: As scary as the insidious threat of misogyny endemic to contemporary culture. Also, WTF, there are hands coming out of the walls!
  • Why Should I Watch It: You’re feeling more psychological-thriller than pop-out-and-scare-you. Also, if you’d like to see Catherine Deneuve manage to look super cute while going cuh-razy.
  • Where Can I Find It: Crackle.
  • Who Do I Watch With: The film major you’re trying to impress.

Single White Female

  • What Happens: Bridget Fonda’s roommate just wants to hang out. Why is she being so weird about it?
  • How Scary Is It: It’s tough to beat mid-90s Jennifer Jason Leigh in terms of creepiness.
  • Why Should I Watch It: Your roommate sucks and you’re looking for justification to kick her out.
  • Where Can I Find It: Hulu, Netflix.
  • Who Do I Watch With: Your roommate. Maybe she’ll take the hint. Or she’ll try to kill you. Still, it’s worth a shot.

House on Haunted Hill

  • What Happens: Rich guy pits strangers against each other for his own amusement because he doesn’t have a job and his jet ski’s in the shop.
  • How Scary Is It: I think the mustache speaks for itself, here.
  • Why Should I Watch It: You secretly miss haunted houses.
  • Where Can I Find It: Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime.
  • Who Do I Watch With: Someone who definitely won’t kill you for $10,000.

(MORE: 20 Twist Endings We WON’T Spoil For You)

The Silence of the Lambs

  • What Happens: Newbie FBI agent is just trying to catch a killer and not get her face eaten off, thankyouverymuch.
  • How Scary Is It: The creepy, British cannibal is actually a good guy compared to the film’s real villain.
  • Why Should I Watch It: You’re down for some cannibalism as long as it’s classy cannibalism.
  • Where Can I Find It: Netflix.
  • Who Do I Watch With: Some fava beans, a nice chianti, and the lotion in the basket.

Zodiac

  • What Happens: Serial killer taunts the police with cryptic letters and ciphers because it’s not enough to just kill a bunch of people.
  • How Scary Is It: Imagine a really, really long episode of Law & Order: SVU.
  • Why Should I Watch It: You’re into unsolved mysteries and dudes in flared jeans.
  • Where Can I Find It: Netflix.
  • Who Do I Watch With: Susan Miller.

V/H/S

  • What Happens: Kids find a dead guy and a VHS tape and they’re all, “Holy shit, a VHS tape!”
  • How Scary Is It: The scares are cheap but they get the job done.
  • Why Should I Watch It: You have a thing for “found footage” and a short attention span.
  • Where Can I Find It: Netflix, Amazon Prime.
  • Who Do I Watch With: A wide-mesh sweater you can hide inside but still look through.

Children of the Corn

  • What Happens: Kids run a successful farming community despite complete lack of bedtimes.
  • How Scary Is It: Uh, are you seeing this kid?
  • Why Should I Watch It: You’re scared of children IRL.
  • Where Can I Find It: Netflix, Amazon Prime.
  • Who Do I Watch With: Two forms of birth control.

The Glass House

  • What Happens: Kids lose their mom and dad in a car accident, but it’s cool because their godparents have a sick beach house.
  • How Scary Is It: As scary as browsing a delia*s catalogue in the dark.
  • Why Should I Watch It: You totally forgot about Leelee Sobieski.
  • Where Can I Find It: Netflix.
  • Who Do I Watch With: A sense of irony.

Funny Games

  • What Happens: Teenagers are the worst.
  • How Scary Is It: If you have to ask…
  • Why Should I Watch It: You are NOT messing around.
  • Where Can I Find It: Netflix.
  • Who Do I Watch With: The door locked, the lights on, and strong will to live, because this movie will effectively destroy your faith in humanity.

Happy Halloween!

SPONSORED FINANCIAL CONTENT

You May Like

EDIT POST