Netflix’s fantasy, sci-fi, and comedy sections are well-stocked, but its horror options are undoubtedly the most outstanding. Excellent originals, hidden jewels, outstanding classics, and amazing international additions lie in its vast catalog. Hopefully, you’ll find a spine-chilling chiller down there.
Proceed with caution, as all of these films have received at least a 70 on Metacritic.
1. It Follows (2014)
The expertly made horror picture also serves as a subtle allegory for STDs. Yes, you read that right: It Follows focuses its camera on a supernatural entity that lurks on the outskirts, relentlessly pursuing its target at a sluggish, zombie-like pace. Our character Jay (played by current Scream Queen Maika Monroe) is imprisoned in the midst of this anxiety pool, confronted by a terrible stalker. A modern classic with a fantastic original score inspired by John Carpenter.
2. The Berlin Syndrome (2017)
Cate Shortland built her name as a director of superb indie films before Black Widow, including The Berlin Syndrome. Teresa Palmer starred as Clare Havel, a young Australian who goes backpacking in Berlin only to meet a man who takes her captive in his apartment. A cat-and-mouse game begins between the captor and the captive. While the pacing is slower at times due to the limited environment, The Berlin Syndrome is an engaging thriller.
3. Raw (2016)
You could have found a new favorite female director in Julia Ducournau after watching this film. Justine, a vegetarian in her first year of veterinary school, succumbs to peer pressure and consumes raw meat, resulting in a rash all over her body. The film addresses issues of identity in a viscerally compelling and symbolic manner, and it is a must-see from Netflix’s indie bench.
4. His House (2020)
A nightmare that hits… close to home. His House follows Bol and Rial, a refugee couple from Sudan, as they try to adjust to their new existence in an English village, revealing its otherworldly perils through a heartbreaking human story. Expect more hallways of pain than jump scares. His House plays upon the psychological specters of the past, adding even more corridors of torment. A moving and powerful piece.
5. The Exorcist (1973)
Have you seen what is largely regarded as the best horror film of all time? The Exorcist, released in 1973, stars Ellen Burstyn as Chris MacNeil, a wealthy actress whose daughter becomes possessed by a demonic force. Who are they going to call? A couple of Catholic priests will perform an exorcism. The Exorcist was so amazing that it became the first horror film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
6. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
If Yorgos Lanthimos’ twisted sensibilities ruined your meal after The Lobster, then save The Killing of a Sacred Deer for another day. The psychological horror confronts its characters with agonizing, unfathomable decisions. Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell play a couple who become inexplicably ill after meeting Barry Keoghan’s Martin. This is the squirm-fest for you if you want your horror to focus on human evils rather than supernatural monsters.
7. The Platform (2019)
The Platform is a Spanish sci-fi horror film from Netflix’s amazing collection of international films. Its high-concept plot revolves around a tower that uses a platform to distribute food to individuals on each of its many levels. The best and most bountiful spread goes to those at the top, which are devoured as the platform lowers the levels. This futuristic thriller is replete with social commentary, and it takes startling and oftentimes gruesome turns all the way to the bottom.
8. The Nightingale (2018)
Warning: The Nightingale contains extremely violent scenes of rape and brutality. With that in mind, continue reading this tragic account to view a significant piece of history rarely seen on TV. The Nightingale tells the story of a young female convict seeking vengeance in the Australian wilderness in 1825. Jennifer Kent, who directed the magnificent The Babadook, returns with her second feature, which is a force to be reckoned with.
9. Creep (2014)
If you need further proof that the Duplass brothers are indeed evil, here’s an easy sell. Patrick Brice (also the director and co-writer) plays a videographer who responds to a Craigslist ad for Josef (Mark Duplass), who wants to make a film for his fictitious unborn child. Because they’re so tough to pull off, I usually appreciate horror films that rely on performances to frighten you. And I have to hand it on to Mark Duplass. He is, in fact, really creepy.
10. Calibre (2018)
This suspenseful thriller set in the rugged Scottish Highlands is everything from relaxing. Prepare yourself for a full-fledged nerve-wracking nightmare from which the protagonists are anxious to awaken. Vaughn and Marcus set out on a weekend hunting trip with the fellas, but after a night of drinking, they find themselves in the middle of circumstances they could never have predicted. Calibre is a sleek mix of nasty, riveting drama that lives true to its name. Allow yourself to be walloped by the full force of this one.
11. Gerald’s Game (2017)
Mike Flanagan’s superb adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Gerald’s Game came before the brilliant The Haunting of Hill House series. Jessie, played by Carla Gugino, is a woman who goes on vacation with her husband to a secluded lake house in Alabama. It becomes a matter of survival and escapes for Jessie when she is tied to the bed with no one to help her. Another installment of Flanagan’s somber horror, which bursts into quiet triumph for its troubled protagonists.
12. The Call (2020)
In the year 2020, two films titled The Call were released. Watch the South Korean version, which is a time travel thriller centered on, you guessed it, a phone call. Seo-yeon, who is twenty-eight years old, discovers a phone stashed in a cupboard in her childhood house. When the phone rings, it turns out that the caller lives in the same residence as he did 20 years before. This is a must-see film with twists and turns all the way to the end, as well as a crazy cat-and-mouse pursuit that changes the past and present.
13. Under The Shadow (2016)
This outstanding psychological thriller, like a few other works on this list, quietly functions as an allegory for larger social concerns like oppression. It depicts a mother and daughter who are haunted in their home by an unknown evil in 1980s Tehran, amid a series of air raids known as the War of the Cities. Under The Shadow is a terrific horror entry, with elements of The Babadook as well as its own unique themes.
14. 1922 (2017)
This horror drama based on the novella 1922 is a slow-burner with a captivating performance at its core, and it’s one of Stephen King’s more successful adaptations. Thomas Jane, who you may recognize from Boogie Nights and The Punisher (2004), provides one of his best performances as Wilfred James, a farmer who makes the completely logical decision to murder his wife with the help of their adolescent son. On numerous levels, the repercussions are horrifying (if you don’t like rats before, you won’t like them after this).
15. Cam (2018)
This brilliant psychological horror is inspired in part by Isa Mazzei’s experiences as a camgirl (or webcam model). Cam, on the other hand, is not a documentary; it follows Alice Ackerman, a young camgirl who learns an exact clone of herself has taken over her show one day. This one-of-a-kind thriller that flashes red with the threat of technology is a must-see.
16. Vampires vs. the Bronx (2020)
In more ways than one, Vampires vs. the Bronx is a one-of-a-kind comedy-horror. It is set in the Bronx, New York, and follows little Miguel Martinez, a good-hearted child who is helping to gather money for his ailing neighborhood bodega. But it’s not just new luxury apparel stores that are threatening to move in; creepy pale neck-chompers are devouring individuals and their belongings as well. Vampires vs. the Bronx is a fresh, engaging take on the genre, a reflection on gentrification with funny charm, twists, and thrills.