8 Best Old Classic Horror Movies on Netflix – 2020 update

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In truth Netflix doesn’t really have a huge selection of old horror movies, in fact the oldest one on our list is 1977, but we will keep this list up to date best we can.

  1. The Evil Dead
  2. The Island of Dr Moreau
  3. The Poltergeist
  4. Humanoids from the Deep
  5. Invaders From Mars
  6. The Shinning
  7. The Car
  8. Christine

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1. The Evil Dead (1981)

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7.586Access US Netflix with NORD VPN 30 Day Trial

Evil Dead is an over the top cult gore horror. Over the top with gore and ridiculous acting that it will make a modern audience laugh, if this was made today it would be classed as a comedy. The plot is quite simple, 5 friends go to stay at a remote cabin only to accidentally release a bunch of demons from a book. The whole movie is basically them getting possessed by demons and having to kill them by whatever means necessary. The movie has had sequels and remakes as well as a Netflix series with the original main actor which I am currently enjoying. This is a classic horror and a must watch for all horror fans.

2. The Island of Dr Moreau

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5.956UK Netflix with NORD VPN 30 Day Trial

The Island of Dr Moreau is about a man who shipwrecked on an island that he discovers is inhabited by creatures that turn out to be horrible human/animal creatures gone wrong from scientific experiments. This film is clearly a poplar HG. Wells story as it has been made several times with this being neither the first or last version of the movie. The story is a highly regarded story from Wells and this is probably the most popular film version.

3. The Poltergeist

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7.383Netflix – US version

The original Poltergeist movie from Steven Spielberg is still a much watch today and much better than the 2015 remake. With a classic like this the plot does not have to be complicated, a family’s home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts. What I love about this film is that it’s the perfect balance of creepy and spooky without the uncomfortable jump scares. Although it is a little dated and it now takes a lot more to scare an audience it is hard to re-create the magic that movie makers could in the 1980s. The movie is highly regarded as one of the greatest horror movies of all time and certainly one of the best haunted house stories.

4. Humanoids from the Deep

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5.758UK Netflix or Shudder 7 Day Free Trial

Humanoids of the deep is a 1980s film that is more like a 1950s script, human experiments back fire when half man half fish terrorise a local village by murdering the men and raping the women. Even for the 80s this film is a little to trashy and sexual, if made today it would probably be outcast-ed. Cheesy, entertaining and a real modern taboo it is definitely a good watch, albeit controversial and out-dated.

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5. Invaders From Mars

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5.651UK Netflix

Unfortunately this is not a comedy or spoof of the original 1950s classic but a serious remake. The image above shows the dorkiest looking alien not at all scary. the plot follows a boy as he tries to stop an invasion of his town by aliens who take over the the minds of his parents. With the aid of the school nurse the boy enlists the aid of the U.S. Marines. If you approach this movie in the right mind set it is hugely enjoyable and worth a lot more than IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes has given it. See it as a cheesy bit of entertainment not a serious movie and you will have a blast.

6. The Shinning

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the-shinning-on-netflix
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8.493Netflix – Japanese Netflix with NORD VPN 30 Day Trial

Arguably the most famous horror of all time from the Steven Spielberg novel. If you don’t know the plot then its simple a family are alone in an isolated hotel to take care of it in the winter months when there are no guests. The hotel is haunted with a number of entities as the father (Jack Nicholson) is driven mad. Not just a great horror movie but one of the greatest movies of all time that has stood the test of time still being jump scary, spooky scary and disturbing 30 years later.

7. The Car

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6.261Netflix

The Car is a very exciting classic cult horror with little more to the plot than a car than is somehow possessed by evil driving itself round killing people. Many have criticised it as being nothing more than a Jaws on wheels with little depth to the story. However, it is very entertaining with plenty of hilarious out of date acting and filmography. A must watch for any cult horror fan.

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8. Christine

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6.774Netflix – UK with NORD VPN 30 Day Trial

If you like The Car then quick spoiler, this is pretty much exactly the same. This is a John Carpenter movie so big things were expected. Although as good as The Car still entertaining in many ways, This time the car has not just a name but also more of a personality as it becomes obsessed with its Kid owner, as jealousy and obsession turns the car into a killer. Overall it is a very enjoyable watch and probably under-rated, my only real criticism is that it is not an original idea.

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