The Prettiest Horror Movies Currently on Netflix

GARAGE rounds up your best bets for an aesthetically pleasing Halloween binge.

by Tom Philip
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Oct 19 2018, 7:48pm

Ever since Dario Argento invented the idea of a horror movie that doesn't suck ass to look at with 1977's Suspiria, the beautiful horror film has become almost a mini-genre unto itself. This is barely an exaggeration; Argento spent years chasing the delicately balanced alchemy of scares and colors he achieved with Suspiria. (There have also been no small amount of poor imitators.)

Horror is a notoriously cheap genre, and also one in which unpracticed filmmakers like to cut their teeth, meaning a lot of what comes down the ol' spooky pipeline looks like shit, even now. Here are nine horror movies on Netflix that buck that trend, and actually spend their runtime looking pretty damn good.

It Follows

It's as much about what you don't see as what you do in It Follows, David Robert Mitchell's teen sex allegory about an entity that quite literally follows its sexually-transmitted victim until it can deliver unto them a gory, sexy end. Every perfectly-constructed frame of this movie screams out for attention. Which passerby is a threat? Where will the tireless murder ghost pop up from next?

The Witch

The Witch is an exercise in restraint, down to its muted palette and willingness to let twenty minutes go breezily by without a single thing happening, but Robert Eggers' and cinematographer Jarin Blaschke's composition is on point. When the blood does start flowing, it just looks all that much more redder.

A Dark Song

Irish horror is seeing a resurgence thanks to films like The Canal, The Hallow and A Dark Song takes place almost entirely within the grounds of an old, secluded house in Wales. This is a mysterious occult thriller so of course, candles and strange symbols abound.

The Boy

The Boy is a full-on trashy horror masterpiece with a dumbass twist that will make you shriek with delight. It's also much, much prettier than it needs to be. William Brent Bell doesn't allow The Boy's lowbrow entry point to stop him from playing with shadow and color with all the confidence of a filmmaker who's made more than just a couple of serviceable horrors.

Hellraiser

The franchise mascot Pinhead is the legacy image of Hellraiser, but giving it a second look, it really does hold up visually outside of just that one freaky, ingeniously-designed, oddly alluring demon.

The Nightmare

Easily the scariest documentary in human history, The Nightmare plays not just on our deepest instinctive fears, but looks fucking fresh as hell doing it.

Under The Skin

Scarlett Johansson drives a van through the angrily industrial sights and sounds of Glasgow, Scotland, trying to pick up horny dudes for her nefarious ends. The harsh aesthetics of East Glasgow just make the film's trippier sequences stand out, most of which involve Johansson's black void of a bachelor pad, complete with a mirrored, tar-thick pool of alien goo.

The Shining

Simply put, there would be no Overlook Hotel without the Tanz Dance Academy. Stanley Kubrick fucks you up time and time again with as many color-coordinated assaults on the senses as he can cram into the film's relentless two-and-a-half-hour runtime.

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