Netflix has such a crazy series of horror movies that this introduction will be a list of titles that did not contain major recommendations. Try Forgotten (2017), a recently added South Korean psychological thriller. There’s also The Rental (2020) directed by Dave Franco with Alison Brie in the lead role; black comedy horror film The Trip (2021); psychological thriller Coming Home in the Dark (2021); Mike Flanagan’s Hush (2016); Fear Street Trilogy (2021); the supernatural western The Wind (2018); Spanish supernatural horror Veronica (2017) and South Korean zombie horror #Alive (2020).
Scroll down to find the best horror movies (with a Metacritic score of 70 or higher) currently on Netflix. Note that some of them are incredibly dark and need to be approached with great care.
Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
What makes a horror list more than one of the best horror movies of all time? The 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street kicked off 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 the killer from massacring her friends in her dreams. Sequel, remake and more of a chilling piece of the genre. See where it all started in this clever classic that still holds true today.
The Spanish sci-fi horror film The Platform comes from Netflix’s impressive stash of international films. His highly conceptual story focuses on a tower that delivers food to people on each of many levels through a platform. Those at the top have the best and most abundant spread, which is absorbed when the platform drops to a lower level. Social commentary permeates this entire dystopian thriller, which has shocking, sometimes frightening turns to the bottom.
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Warning: The Nightingale depicts extremely graphic scenes of violence and rape. With that in mind, go ahead with this torturous story and you’ll see an important piece of history on your screen that is seldom told. The Nightingale follows a young convicted woman seeking revenge in 1825 in the Australian bush. Jennifer Kent’s second film, directed by the mighty The Babadook, is a force to be reckoned with.
If you’re looking for more evidence that the Duplass brothers are really bad, here’s an easy sale. Patrick Brice (also director and co-writer) plays a filmmaker who responds to a Craigslist ad for Joseph (Mark Duplass), who wants to make a film for his alleged unborn child. I usually like horror movies that make you nervous because it’s incredibly hard to pull them out. And I have to give it to Mark Duplass. In fact, it’s super scary.
Before the perfect 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 great as Jessie, a woman who goes on vacation with her husband to an isolated house on a lake in Alabama. When Jessie ends up strapped to bed with no one to help her escape, it becomes a matter of survival and escape. The next chapter is Flanagan’s melancholy, full of horror, which grows into a silent triumph for its scary characters.
Two films called The Call were released in 2020. Check out that 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 orphanage. It rings – and the caller turns out to live in the same house 20 years previously. Last minute twists and turns, the wild cat and mouse chase that changes the past and present make you a must-see.
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Like several other titles on this list, this great psychological horror doubles as an allegory on broader social issues such as oppression. Set in Tehran in the 1980s, during a series of raids known as the War of the Cities, he watches his mother and daughter, who are haunted by a mysterious evil in their house. With echoes of The Babadook and his own fresh ideas, Under The Shadow is an excellent horror record.
This horror drama, one of Stephen King’s most successful adaptations, based on the 1922 novella, is a slow burning with a fascinating performance at its core. Thomas Jane, also known from Boogie Nights and The Punisher in 2004, shows off one of the best performances of his career as the proud Wilfred James, a farmer who makes the absolutely wise decision to murder his wife with the help of their teenage son. . The consequences are harrowing on several levels (if you don’t like rats, you really won’t have them after this).
This clever psychological horror is partly drawn from the experience of co-writer Isa Mazzei as a camgirl (or webcam model). Yet Cam is no documentary, watched by Alice Ackerman, a young camgirl who one day finds out that her exact replica has taken over her show. This unique thriller with red flashing threat technology is an excellent feature that you can play.
Vampires vs. The Bronx (2020)
Vampires Vs. The Bronx is a unique comedic-horror film in many ways. Set in the Bronx, New York, the story follows a young Miguel Martinez, a big-hearted boy who helps raise money for his troubled local winery. But it’s not just new designer clothing stores that threaten to move in: Spooky pale chompers eat people and their properties. Commentary on gentrification with goofy magic, twists and excitement, Vampires vs. The Bronx is a fresh, fun spin of the genre.
Set in the remote Highlands of Scotland, this thrilling thriller is far from an idyllic escape. Get ready for the nerve-wracking nightmare that her heroes desperately want to wake up from. Vaughn and Marcus embark on a weekend hunting trip for the boys, but after a night of drinking, they find themselves facing events they could never have planned. Caliber lives up to its name and delivers a neat package of grim, captivating drama. Let yourself be absorbed by the full force of this.
A professionally crafted horror film that quietly serves as an allegory for sexually transmitted diseases. You read that right: It Follows trains its lens to a supernatural entity that lives on the periphery and constantly pursues its prey at a slow pace like a zombie. Our heroine Jay (played by modern Scream queen Maika Monroe) is trapped in the middle of this anxiety pool and faces a terrifying stalker. A modern classic with an original score inspired by John Carpenter.
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Before Black Widow, Cate Shortland became famous for directing excellent independent films, including Berlin Syndrome. This psychological horror film plays Teresa Palmer as Clare Havel, a young Australian woman who goes on a trip to Berlin to meet the man who is holding her captive in her apartment. This is followed by a cat and mouse game between the kidnapper and the prisoner. Although Berlin Syndrome is sometimes slower in its limited environment, it brings a captivating thriller.
Focus on the world
After watching this film, you can have a new favorite director in Julia Ducournau. Raw follows Justine, a first-year vegetarian vegetarian who is under peer pressure, eats raw meat and has a rash all over her body. The film deals with identity issues in a viscerally strong and symbolic way, and you have to see it on Netflix’s independent bench.
A horror movie that hits … close to home. His house, which reveals its supernatural evil through a torturous human story, is watched by Bol and Rial, a refugee couple from Sudan who are trying to adapt to a new life in an English city. Don’t wait for straight lines – His house plays the psychological ghosts of the past and adds even more corridors to the torment. Heartbreaking, strong bit.
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Did you miss a film that is generally considered the best horror of all time? In The Exorcist of 1973, Ellen Burstyn plays Chris MacNeil, a well-to-do actress whose daughter becomes obsessed with a demonic entity. Who are they calling? A couple of Catholic priests to carry out exorcism. The Sorcerer was so good that he became the first horror film to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture.
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