Netflix has such an amazing range of horror movies that this introduction will be a list of titles that didn’t make major recommendations. Try Forgotten (2017), a recently added South Korean psychological thriller. There’s also Rent (2020) directed by Dave Franco with Alison Brie in the lead role; black comedy horror The Trip (2021); psychological thriller Coming Home in the Dark (2021); Mike Flanagan’s Hush (2016); the Streets of Fear trilogy (2021); supernatural Western The Wind (2018); Spanish supernatural horror Veronica (2017) and South Korean zombie horror #Alive (2020).
Scroll down for the best horror movies (with 70 or more Metacritic ratings) currently on Netflix. Keep in mind that some of them are incredibly dark and should be approached with great caution.
Nightmare in Elm Street (1984)
What’s more like a horror list than one of the best horror movies ever made? The 1984 film Nightmare on Elm Street launched the franchise – and Johnny Depp’s career. Depp debuted in a supernatural slasher about a young girl who realizes she has to stay awake to prevent a killer from butchering her friends in her dreams. Sequels, remakes and much more came from a creepy genre work. See where it all started in this clever classic that continues to this day.
From Netflix’s impressive stock of international films comes the Spanish sci-fi horror Platform. His highly conceptual story focuses on a tower that delivers food to people on each of its many levels via a platform. Those at the top have the best and most voluminous spread, which is devoured as the platform descends through the levels. Social comments are ringing through this dystopian thriller, which has shocking, occasionally creepy twists all the way to the bottom.
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Warning: Nightingale depicts extreme graphic scenes of violence and rape. With that in mind, continue with this harrowing story and you will see an important part of the story that is rarely told on screen. Nightingale follows a young convict seeking revenge in an 1825 Australian bush. Jennifer Kent’s second film, directed by the powerful The Babadook, is a force to be reckoned with.
If you’re looking for extra proof that the Duplass brothers are actually evil, here’s an easy sale. Patrick Brice (also director and co-writer) plays a videographer who responds to an ad on Craigslist for Josef (Mark Duplass), who wants to make a film for his supposedly unborn child. I usually enjoy horror movies that rely on performances to upset you, because they are incredibly difficult to report. And I have to give it to Mark Duplas. He is, in fact, super creepy.
Prior to the flawless series The Haunting of Hill House, Mike Flanagan brought us this clever adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Gerald’s Game. Carla Gugino is as huge as Jessie, a woman who goes on vacation with her husband to an isolated house on a lake in Alabama. When Jessie ends up handcuffed to a bed with no one to help her escape, it becomes a matter of both survival and escape. Another chapter of Flanagan’s melancholy horror, which grows into a silent triumph because of his haunted characters.
Two films called Call came out in 2020. Watch a South Korean thriller about time travel that revolves around, yes, a phone call. Twenty-eight-year-old Seo-yeon finds a phone buried in a closet in her childhood home. It rings – and it turns out that the caller lives in the same house 20 years earlier. Turn until the last moment, plus the wild chase of the cat and mouse that changes the past and the present make this a must-see.
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Like several other titles on this list, this top-notch psychological horror subtly doubles as an allegory for broader social themes, such as oppression. Located in Tehran in the 1980s, during a series of airstrikes known as the War of the Cities, he follows a mother and daughter who are haunted by a mysterious evil in their home. With an echo of Babadoo, as well as its own fresh ideas, Under The Shadow is a great horror record.
One of Stephen King’s most successful adaptations, this horror drama based on the 1922 novella, is slowed down with an enchanting performance at its core. Thomas Jane, who you’ll also know from Boogie Nights and 2004’s The Punisher, plays one of the best roles of his career as ever-proud Wilfred James, a farmer who makes a perfectly wise decision to kill his wife with the help of their teenage son. . The consequences are painful on several levels (if you don’t like rats, you really won’t like them after this).
This clever psychological horror is partly drawn from the experience of co-writer Isa Mazzei as a camgirl (or webcam model). Still, Cam is not a documentary, follows Alice Ackerman, a young camel who one day discovers that her exact replica has taken over her show. This unique thriller that flashes red with the threat of technology is a great feature for the game.
Vampires vs. the Bronx (2020)
Vampires Against the Bronx is a unique comedy-horror in many ways. Located in New York’s Bronx district, he follows young Miguel Martinez, a big-hearted kid who helps raise money for his local fighting bodega. But it’s not just new designer clothing stores that are threatening to move in: creepy pale-necked people are eating away at people and their property. Commenting on gentrification with silly charm, twists and thrills, Vampires vs. Bronx is a fresh, fun twist in the genre.
Set in the remote Scottish Highlands, this tense thriller is far from an idyllic escape. Get ready for a full nervous nightmare from which his protagonists desperately want to wake up. Vaughn and Marcus set out to hunt down the boys on the weekends, but after a night of drinking, they face events they could never have planned. Caliber lives up to its name, delivering a sleek package of dark, compelling drama. Let the full force of this overwhelm you.
An expertly designed horror film that quietly serves as an allegory for sexually transmitted diseases. You read that right: It tracks its lens on a supernatural entity that lives on the periphery, constantly chasing its prey at a slow pace like a zombie. Our heroine Jay (played by the modern screaming queen Maika Monroe) is trapped in the center of this pool of anxiety, faced with a terrifying pursuer. A modern classic, with an original score inspired by John Carpenter.
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Before Black Widow, Cate Shortland made her name by directing great indie films, including Berlin Syndrome. This psychological horror plays Teresa Palmer as Claire Havel, a young Australian who goes on a trip to Berlin, only to meet the man who keeps her trapped in her apartment. What follows is a cat-and-mouse game between a kidnapper and a prisoner. Although sometimes slower in its limited environment, Berlin Syndrome certainly brings an exciting thriller.
After watching this film, you may have a new favorite director in Julia Ducournau. Raw follows Justine, a vegetarian in her first year of veterinary school, who gives in to peer pressure, eats raw meat and ends up with a rash all over her body. The film deals with identity issues in a viscerally powerful and symbolic way, and you have to see it on the Netflix indie bench.
The horror that strikes … near the house. Revealing his supernatural evils through a harrowing human story, His House follows Bol and Riala, a refugee couple from Sudan, struggling to adjust to their new life in an English city. Don’t expect direct fears of jumping – His house is playing with the psychological ghosts of the past, adding even more corridors of torture. Heartbreaking, powerful piece.
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Haven’t you made what is considered the best horror movie of all time? The 1973 Exorcist stars Ellen Burstyn as Chris MacNeil, a well-to-do actress whose daughter becomes possessed by a demonic entity. Who will he call? Several Catholic priests to conduct an exorcism. The Exorcist was so good that it became the first horror film to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture.
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