It’s officially spooky season and that means binge-watching all the cringy horror movies we can find.
Sure, we can all watch classics like Friday the 13th and Scream, but the chaos of 2020 might be a good time to see how modern slasher films leave us crying with laughter.
A dash of gore with subpar acting from a bunch of characters in ridiculous situations is the only way to have the cosiest yet fright-filled Halloween.
We’ve put together a list of modern-day horror movies and slasher films that teach us all a valuable lesson – better technology doesn’t always make for better movies.
And they’re all available on Netflix – so time to get binging.
The Babysitter (2017)
A classic. The film is a concoction of every bad babysitter fantasy and wild slasher injuries.
Pre-teen Cole (Judah Lewis) thinks he has the best – and obviously hottest – babysitter ever.
Bee (Samara Weaving) seems like the perfect caretaker but Cole quickly discovers she’s a lot more sinister than she lets on after he walks in to find Bee entertaining guests with her satanic ritual.
Of course, Bee didn’t want Cole to discover her, uh, demonic cult and stops at nothing to keep him quiet.
The film – which also stars Bella Thorne and internet sensation King Bach – is weirdly childish but the lame humour and classic slasher movie tropes makes up for it all.
Oh, and if that’s not enough, there’s also a sequel called The Babysitter: Killer Queen.
Most Likely To Die (2015)
If you haven’t gathered from the title of the film, Most Likely To Die focuses on a ten-year high school reunion which turns sour almost immediately.
Perez Hilton plays one of the classmates (what?) and the characters begin getting brutally murdered one-by-one as the night goes on.
Doesn’t this make everyone most likely to die?
If you can make it past the insanely awkward script and cringe-worthy conversations, then it’s the perfect casual horror movie to watch.
Happy Death Day (2017)
Happy Death Day isn’t exactly a slasher movie but the entire concept is so ridiculous it had to be added to the list.
College student Theresa Gelbman continues to relive the same exact day when she was killed in order to discover the identity of her murderer.
It’s mildly infuriating to watch Theresa waking up in the same day over and over again (and we have to witness her go through the same damn thing every time), but the sassiness of the character keeps us watching.
Of course, she ends up becoming a better person thanks to this curse-of-sorts forcing her to reevaluate her previously selfish life.
Truth or Dare (2018)
Truth or Dare follows a group of friends who are basically being slaughtered by a sentient game of Truth or Dare and we’ll let you come to your own conclusions.
The movie, which isn’t even terrifying, is so brazenly stupid that we couldn’t look away.
What’s not to love about a malevolent party game spirit forcing you to complete an insane dare?
The best part of the entire movie is the fact that each character’s faces contort into a creepily stretched smile when they’re being forced to complete a dare or tell the truth.
Plus, it stars Pretty Little Liars’ Lucy Hale and Teen Wolf’s Tyler Posey so that makes it worth watching.
Slender Man (2018)
Do we have to even say anything about Slenderman besides the fact that a whole film was made from a fictional supernatural character that originated as a creepypasta Internet meme?
He is depicted as a thin, unnaturally tall humanoid with a featureless head and face and he also wears a black suit – gotta make sure you’re dressed professionally when you’re terrorising children.
The film stars Joey King and follows four friends who summon the Slenderman
One of the friends, Katie, disappears a week later so the others try to investigate what happened to her.
Slender Man is the ultimate movie to watch and laugh at as you can’t get any more modern-day than a movie about an internet meme.
Death Note (2017)
The original Death Note manga and following anime was an automatic hit with its creepy characters and intensity.
Netflix’s 2017 film adaption is listed under the ‘Horror’ genre on the platform – although we’re going to argue that one.
Death Note stars Nat Wolff as Light Turner, Lakeith Stanfield as L and Willem Defoe as Ryuk – a demonic god of death and the original writer of the death note book.
The interesting cast is enough to keep us watching, especially Willem’s voice as the live-action Shinigami.
It reads like a bad high school drama and that’s what makes it a great watch. Just don’t think too hard about what it should be like.
Child’s Play (2019)
Child’s Play is a 2019 slasher film adapted from the 1988 film of the same name (Chucky in some countries).
Another reboot, we know, but evil and sentient doll Chucky deserves our undivided attention.
The film follows a family being terrorised by the high-tech doll who becomes overly self-aware and then rather murderous.
Thanks to the advancement of technology, Chucky got a modern makeover and we’re not too sure how we feel about it.
Child’s Play stars Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman and Mark Hamill as the evil red-headed doll.
The franchise is a classic, and you might as well watch the new adaptation for nostalgia’s sake.
Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018)
Slaughterhouse Rulez is just an all-round fun horror-comedy to watch on a cold night.
The film, starring Sex Education’s Asa Butterfield and Michael Sheen, follows a British boarding school which turns into a battleground of survival after a sinkhole appears at a nearby fracking sight.
And what’s a sinkhole without terrifying creatures?
The St Trinians and Hot Fuzz feel to it kept us hooked and it’s wild storyline is fun and creative.
Slaughterhouse Rulez also stars Finn Cole, Hermione Corfield, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.
Halloween returned in 2018 for another instalment in the Michael Myers franchise.
The film follows the killer – who has been institutionalised at a Psychiatric Hospital for the last 40 years following his killing spree – escaping and returning to Haddonfield to wreak havoc.
It’s basically the same as all the previous movies, but we love it for the pure nostalgia.
Had to put in a classic in there somewhere.
Get this, Cam is literally about a cam girl with principles who notices a mysterious woman who looks exactly like her take over her channel.
Oh so spooky, right? Identity theft but make it supernatural.
The cam girl, Alice, will do whatever it takes to get her account back.
It’s pretty much all we ever wanted in a movie.
Credit: Original article published here.