Horror Flicks to Binge-Watch on Netflix Over Holiday Break This Year
November 27, 2017 By Cait Russell
You Better Not Pout, You Better Not Cry...
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Heading home for the holidays? If you're wondering what to do in your holiday downtime this year, why not plan ahead a little - hey - we all know that Christmas Break is the best time of the year to binge watch all of your favorite movies, catch up on "your shows", and dive into new series and genres.
To help you get a head start, we've put together a list of some of our top binge-worthy horror films that are available on Netflix, so you can get right down to business when you arrive home for the holidays this year!
- The Babadook (2014) - This Summer, the horror film The Babadook, er, well, The Babadook himself, became a serendipitous gay icon after Netflix erroneously miscategorized the Horror Film as a LGBT Film. As is wont to happen, the internet ran with it, and the small production became a cultural icon, instant meme, and the movie became an overnight sensation.
The Babadook was already known as a terrifying flick by real horror junkies, but Netflix's error really made the film a Summer breakout hit this year, despite the film actually being released in 2014.
So what's the fuss all about? Well, the story follows troubled, depressed widow Amelia (played by Essie Davis), and her six year old son Samuel. Little Sam starts acting a bit weird, and spooky things start happening around the house, and, in true creepy horror film kid fashion, one night Sam asks his mother to read him a story, and then proceeds to hand her the world's scariest pop up book, The Babadook, which tells of a creepy human-like monster that tortures victims once they become aware of his existence. And, as kids are likely to do when they're read terrifying tales before bed, Sam becomes convinced that The Babadook is real.
Despite ripping up the book, and destroying it, and doing all sorts of crazy things to get rid of the Babadook, the book keeps returning, and things keep escalating. We won't spoil the ending for you, but if you like psychological thrillers, and you haven't seen this one yet, it's worth the hype.
- A Christmas Horror Story (2015) - Feeling a bit festive? Why not get into the holiday spirit with the Christmas Horror Movie "A Christmas Horror Story"? The film weaves together numerous seemingly-unrelated horror stories that take place on Christmas Eve. The stories are told to us by a shock jock DJ Dangerous Dan (played by none other than William Shatner), who somewhat narrates the film, and ties everything together nicely, and there are tons of moments of outrageous, full on horror camp.
Did I mention there's a bloody showdown between Santa Claus and The Krampus? Because there is totally an epic smackdown between the two. Whether you came for the camp, or you're here for Shatner, this is definitely a Christmas Horror worth watching if you enjoy over-the-top holiday slasher flicks.
- Cult of Chucky (2017) - Are you a fan of the Child's Play horror franchise? Then you're in for a real treat! Earlier this year, "Chucky 7" aka "The Cult of Chucky" was released, and it's already available on Netflix - with extra footage to boot (a Netflix exclusive!). "The Cult of Chucky" picks up where the last Child's Play/Chucky movie left off - set four years after "The Curse of Chucky", Nica, who had been terrorized by the doll, and was institutionalized for murders he committed, is checked into a special psych ward, where she participates in group therapy with some of Chucky's other victims.
You might be thinking to yourself - with so many victims, isn't it obvious that Chucky is clearly an evil doll? Why are the authorities totally missing this? Well, we don't know. But the doctor leading the group seems to miss this very obvious point, and decides to introduce a Good Guy Doll (you know, the Chucky Doll before it turns into an evil, murderous lunatic), to the group, who are all understandably terrified of it, and things only go downhill from there.
Remember Andy, the little kid from the first movie? Yeah he's an adult now, and he gets himself checked into this asylum as well - on purpose - so that he can defeat Chucky once and for all. Except Chucky has learned how to reanimate other Chucky Dolls, and bring them to life, and there are lots of them all over the place because of that ever-so-smart doctor, and so now, instead of having one Chucky to fight off, there are a ton of murderous Chucky Dolls to fight off - all with different hairstyles, I might add.
Whether you're a fan of the franchise, or you're just a horror comedy junkie, this is definitely a fun way to kick off your binge-watch marathon.
- Holidays (2016) - Last year, "Holidays", a horror-comedy that consists of numerous horror short films about (you guessed it), each holiday, was released. You may be thinking just Christmas - oh no - "Holidays" goes well beyond Christmas - the movie consists of short horror films about Valentine's Day, Saint Pat's, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Halloween, Christmas, and of course, New Year's Eve.
The short films have different writers & directors, including Kevin Smith, and as a whole, the film festively pokes fun at the "Holiday Horror Film" Genre, which ranges from "horror movies that happen to take place on a holiday", to "overly complicated horror stories that have strange holiday tie ins".
It's a fun watch - it's always amusing to watch horror flicks poke fun at the genre a bit. Needless to say, this one is packed with all sorts of funny Easter Eggs, as well.
What Are Your Favorite Horror Films to Binge Watch?
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