Netflix is home to such a stunning selection ofthat this introduction will be a list of the titles that did not make the main recommendations. Try Forgotten (2017), a recently added South Korean psychological thriller. There’s also The Rental (2020), directed by Dave Franco and starring Alison Brie; black comedy horror The Trip (2021); psychological thriller Coming Home in the Dark (2021); Mike Flanagan’s Hush (2016); the Fear Street Trilogy (2021); supernatural western The Wind (2018); Spanish supernatural horror Veronica (2017) and South Korean zombie horror #Alive (2020).
Scroll down to see the best horror movies (Metacritic scores of 70 or more) currently available on Netflix. Note that some of these are incredibly dark and should be approached with great caution.
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Like a few other titles on this list, this great psychological horror serves as a subtle allegory for broader social issues like oppression. Set in 1980s Tehran during a series of air raids known as the War of the Cities, it follows a mother and daughter as their home is haunted by a mysterious evil. With echoes of The Babadook as well as fresh ideas of his own, Under The Shadow is an excellent horror entry.
One of Stephen King’s more successful adaptations, this horror drama based on the 1922 novella is a slow burn with an intriguing performance at its core. Thomas Jane, who you also know from ‘Boogie Nights’ and 2004’s ‘The Punisher’, gives one of the best performances of his career as the always proud Wilfred James, a farmer who makes the absolutely wise decision to leave his wife with help murdering her teenage son. The aftermath is harrowing on several levels (if you don’t like rats, you really won’t like them after this).
This clever psychological horror draws in part from co-writer Isa Mazzei’s experiences as a cam girl (or webcam model). But Cam isn’t a documentary, it follows Alice Ackerman, a young cam girl who one day discovers that an exact replica of herself has taken over her show. This unique thriller, blinking red from the threat of technology, is an excellent feature to keep playing.
Vampires vs. the Bronx is a unique horror comedy in more ways than one. Set in the Bronx, New York, it follows young Miguel Martinez, a big-hearted boy who helps raise money for his ailing local bodega. But it’s not just new designer clothing stores that are threatening to move in: Creepy, pale neck-eaters eat up people and their belongings. A commentary on gentrification with goofy charm, twists and thrills, Vampires vs. the Bronx is a fresh, fun twist on the genre.
Set in the remote Scottish Highlands, this suspenseful thriller is anything but an idyllic getaway. Prepare yourself for a nerve-wracking nightmare from which its protagonists are dying to wake up. Vaughn and Marcus head out on a boys’ weekend hunting trip, but after a night of drinking, they are faced with events they could never have planned. Caliber lives up to its name, delivering a sophisticated package of dark, gripping drama. Get pounded by the full force of this one.
The expertly crafted horror film that silently acts as an allegory for STDs. That’s right: It Follows turns its lens on a supernatural entity that lives in the Periphery and constantly pursues its prey at a slow, zombie-like pace. Our heroine Jay (played by modern day scream queen Maika Monroe) is caught at the center of this fear pool and faces a terrifying stalker. A modern classic with a great original score inspired by John Carpenter.
Before Black Widow, Cate Shortland made a name for herself directing excellent indie films, including Berlin Syndrome. In this psychological horror, Teresa Palmer plays Clare Havel, a young Australian who is backpacking around Berlin, only to meet a man who is holding her captive in his apartment. A game of cat and mouse between kidnapper and prisoner ensues. While sometimes slowing down in its confined environment, Berlin Syndrome certainly delivers an enthralling thriller.
A horror that hits… close to home. Exposing his supernatural evils through a harrowing human story, His House follows Bol and Rial, a married couple from Sudan who are refugees struggling to adjust to their new life in an English town. Don’t expect straight forward jumpscares – His House plays with the psychological specters of the past and adds even more corridors of agony. A heartbreaking, powerful piece.
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Still haven’t seen what’s widely considered the best horror movie of all time? The 1973 Exorcist stars Ellen Burstyn as Chris MacNeil, a wealthy actress whose daughter is possessed by a demonic entity. Who are they going to call? A couple of Catholic priests to perform an exorcism. The Exorcist was so good that it became the first horror film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.
After watching this movie, you might have a new favorite director in Julia Ducournau. Raw follows Justine, a vegetarian in her first year of vet school who gives in to peer pressure, eats raw meat and ends up developing a rash all over her body. The film tackles identity issues in a powerful and symbolic way and is a must-see on the Netflix indie bench.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
What goes better on a horror list than one of the best horror movies of all time? The 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street launched the franchise — and Johnny Depp’s career. Depp debuted in the supernatural slasher about a young girl who realizes she must stay awake to prevent a killer from slaughtering her friends in her dreams. Sequels, a remake and more from the terrifying genre piece. See where it all began in this clever classic that has lasted to this day.
From Netflix’s impressive roster of international films comes Spanish sci-fi horror The Platform. Its high-profile story revolves around a tower that provides food to people on each of its many levels via a platform. Those at the top get the best and most plentiful spread, which is gobbled up as the platform sinks levels lower. Social commentary pervades this dystopian thriller that takes shocking, occasionally gruesome, twists and turns to the end.
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A word of warning: The Nightingale depicts extremely graphic scenes of violence and rape. With that in mind, continue with this harrowing tale and you will see an important piece of history seldom told on screen. The Nightingale follows a young convict who seeks revenge in the Australian bush in 1825. The second film from Jennifer Kent, who directed the mighty The Babadook, is a force to be reckoned with.
If you’re looking for more proof that the Duplass brothers are indeed evil, here’s an easy sale. Patrick Brice (also director and co-writer) plays a videographer who responds to a Craigslist ad for Josef (Mark Duplass) to make a movie for his supposed unborn child. I usually enjoy horror movies that rely on pesky performances because they’re incredibly difficult to pull off. And I have to give it to Mark Duplass. He is indeed super creepy.
Before the immaculate series Haunted Hill House, Mike Flanagan brought us this slick adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Gerald’s Game. Carla Gugino is great as Jessie, a woman vacationing with her husband at a secluded lakeside home in Alabama. When Jessie ends up handcuffed to the bed with no one to help her escape, it becomes a matter of survival and escape. Another chapter in Flanagan’s melancholy steeped horror that descends into quiet triumph for its haunted characters.
Two films titled The Call came out in 2020. Watch the South Korean, a time travel thriller centered around, yes, a phone call. 28-year-old Seo-yeon finds a phone buried in a closet at her childhood home. It rings – and as it turns out, the caller lives in the same building 20 years earlier. End-to-end twists and turns and a wild cat-and-mouse chase that alters past and present make this a must-see.
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