Horror Movies: The Supernatural Subgenre


I love a good horror movie any time of year, but that love gets turned up a notch around Halloween. And plus, this is the time of year when lots of new good (and bad) horror movies start popping up. If you’re like me and love a good scary film, then here are a few of my favourites that are currently available on Netflix. If you’re not like me, and instead prefer to watch horror movies from behind a blanket (like an editor I know that won’t be named…) then perhaps this isn’t a list of movies for you. That all being said, let’s move on to the movies!

The Unborn

This movie has been a long time favourite of mine, ever since it came out in 2009. This movie gets to the heart of a lot of things that peak my interest. For example: it contains elements of World War II, the supernatural, possessions, and what I think is a well developed plot line. The Unborn is about a woman who is haunted by images of a young boy as well as her mother’s unknown past. Without giving away too much of the plot, I can’t say enough good things about this movie. I watch it at least once a year, and any time someone asks me for a recommendation this title is without a doubt high up on the list.

Before I Wake

Before I Wake is about a sweet little boy in the foster system, and the grieving couple that takes him in. This movie falls under the subgenre of fantasy or supernatural, and the reason why becomes clear to the viewer early on in the film. All criticism aside, the little boy (Cody) is quite possibly the cutest thing I’ve ever seen and the fact that he’s in the centre of a horror film is both brilliant and cruel. My heart really went out to this poor boy.


The last movie I’ll talk about is Rings, which is a continuation from The Ring and The Ring 2 which came out in 2002 and 2005 respectively. Having been a fan of the earlier movies, I was really skeptical of Rings, but I think they did an amazing job. Don’t worry, this isn’t some cheesy reboot of the earlier films, it’s actually a sequel. And before you scoff because how could they possibly find a loophole in those movies to exploit, just watch the movie first because wow did they find a really good loophole. Rings came out this year, and the most spoiler-free version of the story I can give you is that Samara and her movie of death are back to bring havoc and despair. If you’ve never seen The Ring or The Ring 2 I would recommend that you find some way to watch those first. They unfortunately aren’t on Netflix, but I’m sure you’re a smart person who can think of a solution to that problem.

This list isn’t exhaustive. There are a lot of horror movies on (and off) Netflix that I love, but we simply don’t have time to talk about all of them here.