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The Hands-Down Scariest Horror Movies to Watch on Netflix Right Now


Not all scary movies are made equally. For example, I will never forget watching The Blair Witch Project with my best friend for the first time. Sure, we were just a fourth graders who decided to go to Blockbuster and rent the "found video footage" of three student filmmakers who got lost in the woods while home alone on a Friday night, and ended up sleeping in the living room with all the lights on.   

Maybe it was the children in the woods or the scene where they found Josh's bloody teeth wrapped in a handkerchief, but all these years later, it remains the scariest movie I have ever watched, and will probably ever watch in my life. (Side note: I understand watching The Blair Witch Project as an adult is a completely different — and probably not as scary — experience, so don't @ me). 

Whatever the case, when we settle in for a scary movie, we want to really be scared. Sure, House of Wax and Jeepers Creepers have their share of spooky moments, but those films aren't keeping anyone up at night. Luckily, finding really frightening films to watch this October is easy. All you have to do is scroll through Netflix, but it's important to know what to look for.

So, here is a list of the hands-down scariest horror movies on Netflix to stream right now (The Blair Witch Project, unfortunately, is not included). 

1. 'The Shining' (1980)

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If we're going to make a list of must-watch horror movies, The Shining is a good place to start. Based on Stephen King's novel, the film follows Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) as he terrorizes his wife and son inside the Overlook Hotel. Or as redditor describes it, "The Shining is the only movie to actually give me a nightmare. Jack Nicholson was coming after me with an axe in my dreams and just wouldn't die."