Halloween is approaching, which means that it’s time to start planning your scary movie nights accordingly. In spirit of the season, we’ve narrowed down some of the best horror films Indian cinema Netflix has to offer.
Starring: Radhika Apte, Manav Kaul, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, S.M. Zaheer
Netflix’s first Indian original horror offering, “Ghoul” is a three part mini-series. It’s an excellent and thrilling journey, combining the genre with a political message. Set in the future, Apte plays newly recruited military office Nida Rahim, an interrogation specialist. Her first “assignment” is the recently captured terrorist Ali Saeed. However, Ali unknowingly brings an evil entity into the facility.
2) “Raman Raghav 2.0”
Halloween movies go beyond just the supernatural. Slasher movies like “Halloween” and “Scream” make for an equally creepy watch. Along those lines, “Raman Raghav 2.0” is a cat-and-mouse chase between the serial killer Ramanna and a drug addict cop named Raghavan. The movie is dark and twisted, which isn’t surprising because it is directed and produced by Anurag Kashyap. Siddiqui and Kaushal both give viewers career-best performances.
3) “The House Next Door”
Starring: Siddharth, Atul Kulkarni, Andrea Jeremiah, Anisha Victor
Krish and Lakshmi are a married couple living near the Himalayas when a new family moves in next door. The new neighbors all get along well but strange things suddenly start happening next door. Krish soon spots a ghost in their well and the couple’s eldest daughter Jenny is seemingly possessed by a spirit. In order to figure out what’s going on, Krish begins to dive into the house’s history, learning about the atrocious acts committed there in the name of sacrifice. Shot simultaneously in Hindu, Telegu, and Tamil, “The House Next Door” is a haunting tale.
Starring: Adah Sharma, Rajneesh Duggal, Anjori Alagh, Indraneil Sengupta, Raj Zutshi
Set in the year 1920, Arjun is an architect and devout Hindu who is shunned by his family and community because he marries an Anglo-Indian woman Lisa. The two eventually move to an old manor when he is assigned the contract to rebuild it into a hotel. It’s here that Lisa begins sensing a malevolent entity, a spirit whose history goes back to the sepoy revolt of 1857 against the British army.
Starring: Sushmita Sen, Rajpal Yadav, Peeya Rai Chowdhury, Purab Kohli
In this seriously scary Bollywood film, Jhilmil and Virag move into a big suburban home outside Mumbai along with their son Rohan. Both the parents work excessively, and don’t spend enough time with young Rohan. When they find him talking about two new friends, they first believe his new companions to be imaginary. It turns out Rohan’s buddies are actually kid ghosts living in their house. One by one, members of Jhilmil’s family start dying and coming back to haunt her, leaving her alone to protect her son.
6) “Darna Zaroori Hai”
An anthology horror film, “Darna Zaroori Hai” tells six different stories, each with a different cast and director. It starts with five kids arriving at an apparent haunted house where they meet an old woman. She volunteers to tell them scary stories while the kids place a bet amongst themselves to see who will be the last one standing. With each passing story, the kids experience a ghostly event of their own.
7) “Bhool Bhulaiya”
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Ameesha Patel, Paresh Rawal
Who says horror and comedy don’t mix? “Bhool Bhulaiya” is one of those rare Bollywood films that combines the two genres seamlessly. The psychological thriller is set in an ancestral home of an Indian village. Siddharth, the heir to this mansion, moves home from the US and brings his wife Avni with him. They are unaware of the villagers belief that the mansion is haunted and continue living there. When strange incidents start happening, Siddharth invites his friend Aditya, a psychiatrist, to help him out. “Bhool Bhulaiya” is perfect for you if you don’t like horror films but still want to enjoy Halloween.