Whether we like to admit it or not, we’re all afraid of the dark. We can almost feel an eerie silent whisper in the air, our hearts racing a little faster and we want to get out of the dark into the light as soon as we can. Of course, this is all just in our heads, but we cannot deny that the influence of horror movies on our perceptions makes this very real.
It’s no surprise that the horror movie genre is one of the highest-grossing genres in cinema, and when a genre of content brings in the big bucks, Netflix will be right beside it. The collection of horror movies on Netflix is immense and blood-curdling and we thought there would be no better time to list out the best horror movies on Netflix right now. So read on and find the movie that tests your mettle!
The Wretched (2019)
The witch-in-the-woods genre still has some life to be extracted from the concept, as The Wretched has shown. Set in a dysfunctional household where Ben is being made witness to the imminent divorce of his parents, things take a turn for the worse when his next-door neighbor seems suspicious. In a chance encounter, he comes face to face with the woman, only to realize that she’s been possessed by a witch with no good intentions. Staying at the top of the box office for six consecutive weeks is no small feat since Avatar(2009) is the last movie that did this. Get ready for a night without sleep, even after turning off the TV.
Sweetheart is an interesting movie, because of the unique take on the horror genre. Jenn, played by Kiersey Clemons, delivers a stunning performance in a genre that most movie critics would consider difficult to do better than average. Stranded on an island after her boat goes down, Jenn has enough on her plate on the hunt to put food in her belly. But when a mysterious, bloodthirsty force makes her the target of interest on this stranded island, there can be only one being standing – and she has to make sure it is her.
Some movies are downright creepy, and Incantation is right up there on the list. Li Ronan didn’t give much care when she broke a religious taboo, but six years later, the curse comes back for vengeance. Its target – Li’s daughter. Li now knows that her actions have far-stretching consequences; the entire movie builds up anticipation around what danger will now befall the little girl. It feels just as much like a documentary, throughout the movie. If you’re in the mood to explore an Eastern take on the Hollywood horror genre, Kevin Ko has given you a good place to start.
Crimson Peak (2016)
Edith thinks she has achieved it all – a charming husband in Sir Thomas Sharpe, a life destined in a glorious mansion in the English Hills – a life most would dream of. Everything seems to go well until she discovers that she can communicate with the ghosts of her new gothic mansion. Visions creep into her life, and she must come to the end of the mystery before it gets too late – because true monsters are made of flesh and blood. Crimson Peak features a star cast in a Victorian setting, and we think that all the chips fall right in place for this movie.
#Alive is a renewed attempt at taking the barely alive zombie genre and squeezing a good entertaining story, and this movie manages to stand out from this overcrowded genre. When a rapidly spreading infection turns everyone into a zombie except for Oh Joon-woo, who is forced to lock himself up in his apartment and wait for a way to break out safely, this movie manages to be consistently fast-paced, thrilling, and seemingly hopeless for all the parties involved. This Korean drama manages to squeeze out a good amount of creative juice and expression from this genre, and that’s why we’ve added it to this list.
The Ritual (2017)
You might read this and think, “But that’s the story of every other horror movie, so how is this different?” The acting, the cast, the music, and the setting take this familiar horror movie plot and transport you into a darker, scarier place within the Scandinavian wilderness during The Ritual’s 94 minutes. Four college pals reunite when their fifth member comes to a tragic death, and their hike through the Scandinavian forests has placed them as the unknown targets of an ancient evil lurking in the woods. What happens next is devilish and tense, and the chemistry between the cast takes a familiar movie plot and turns it into a dark place with much pervasive doom around the corner.
Cult Of Chucky (2017)
Chucky, the murderous doll out for human blood, comes back to Cult of Chucky, to terrify Nica, a resident in an asylum for the criminally insane. Chucky might look cute in this film compared to the Chucky of the old days, but he is just as vicious and this time, has a score to settle with his old enemies, and his former wife comes to his aid for this. The best thing we liked about this movie is that it doesn’t follow a pattern but takes us for a ride with the plot twists, reminding us that this doll will have us up at night in fear of what may happen if we close our eyes.
Ravenous is set in a laid-back fashion, but the element of drama imbued with the zombie apocalypse makes this an interesting movie to watch. We thought this movie was completely insane at times, but the insanity offers a magnetic, refreshing take while remaining grounded to the genre. The eye-catching element of this movie is the way the movie is shot, more like an art form rather than a cheap form of entertainment. If you’re looking for a new type of horror movie, one whose horrific feeling is generated from the lack of sound rather than the abundance of it, Ravenous is a good movie to watch.
It Follows (2014)
In It Follows, Jay is a teenager who just wants to be free- go out on dates, kiss a cute guy, drive on a road with pretty lights. When she finds the opportunity to have these new things with her new boyfriend Hugh, it is no surprise that she jumps at the chance. Ut after they have sex, she becomes the new victim of a curse, where she is going to be followed by Death wherever she goes unless she passes it on to someone else. No one believes her in the start until they begin to experience what she feels, and now they have to band together to save Jay and themselves from this ominous presence in their lives.
Raw is a shocking movie, to say the least, and we’ll let you decide whether it is so in a good way or a bad. But we can guarantee this, there’s no other movie like this one. Justine, played by Garance Marillier, comes from a family of veterinarians, who are also vegetarians. But in an effort to fit in with the crowd, she finds herself breaking her principles and consuming raw meat for the first time, which evokes a new side of her, a side she never knew about. We thought this was one of the most shocking, unsettling horror movies we’ve ever seen, and it is a unique addition to this list.
Under the Shadow (2016)
Under the Shadow brings in the elements of a good-fashioned invisible evil and mixes it with the setting of a war-torn Tehran. Shideh is left to take of her daughter on her own, when her husband, Iraj is sent to Ilam to help find the war between Iran and Iraq. Soon after his departure, a missile hits their home but kills no one. While this may all seem like a coincidence, events that are unexplainable keep happening around them, causing Shideh to lose her mind. But she takes up the risk to save her daughter from being possessed by this supernatural force, and the buildup of this movie is what keeps us hooked to our seats.
The Old Ways (2020)
This movie about demonic possession doesn’t stem from the lack of faith but instead tries to introduce the subject in light of the importance of preserving tradition and culture, making The Old Ways a new take on this subgenre. When Cristina, an investigative journalist of Mexican descent, ventures into the Veracruz jungles, she is mysteriously taken captive by a group that claims a demonic presence possesses her. A fight for her survival ensues, but how will she save her soul? We loved this movie right down to the teeth and bones and think you will enjoy it too.
Malevolent is a retelling of the story of “Crying Wolf” in the form of a horror movie. Jackson and Angela are fake paranormal investigators, looking to make a quick buck out of this obscure and lesser-understood science. But they land themselves in an unexpected situation when the next house they plan to free from spirits is really haunted, and they can’t understand what it wants. How will it all end up, for these fake ghostbusters?
His House (2020)
His House takes a common idea of evil in the house and links it to the young couple who have just escaped from a war-torn Sudan and are now asylum-seekers in the small English town they land in. What makes this movie genuinely scary is that these refugees cannot leave, even if they want to, because the alternative is much worse. So, how will Rial and Bol find the strength to combat this dangerous evil, when no one around them even wants to believe them? We think Remi Weekes’ debut with this haunted house story is a unique depiction, and you should definitely give this a watch.
The Conjuring (2013)
The kicker about The Conjuring is that it’s based on a true story. That’s what makes this movie twice as scary for those who watch, so you can imagine the trauma it had on the real families that experienced it. When paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren are introduced to the Perron family, they’re asked to help explain the strange occurrences that keep scaring the family of seven. But when the Warrens discover that there is more than a supernatural element, it is one with a macabre past, they’re forced to move fast to save the Perrons and themselves from what is hiding in plain sight but promises to destroy them all.
Hush made its mark with a unique story – a deaf woman’s home is invaded by a creepy stalker, who is out for blood. The background music adds a layer of bloodcurdling fear and puts us on the edges of our seats throughout its 90-minute runtime. The home-invasion genre is not new and is supposed to have a tried and tested formula that works, but Hush does not copy this, instead, it takes some elements and innovates the genre. With originality comes satisfaction, and we were satisfied after watching this movie. You should watch it too.