Netflix is home to such a stunning rangeThat this introduction is going to be a list of titles that the major didn’t recommend.
Try Blood Red Sky (2021), a British-German action horror; Forgotten (2017), a South Korean psychological thriller; or the British horror film The Ritual (2017). Also based on the novel by Stephen King (2017); 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) and Ouija: Origin of Evil (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 for(with a Metacritic score of 70 or higher) is currently on Netflix. Note that some of these are incredibly dark and should be approached with considerable caution.
If you’re looking for more proof that the Duplass brothers are actually evil, here’s an easy sell. Patrick Bryce (also director and co-writer) plays a videographer who answers a Craigslist ad for Joseph (Mark Duplass), who wants to make a film for his presumed unborn child. I generally enjoy horror films that rely on performances to creep you out, because they’re incredibly hard to turn off. And I got to give it to Mark Duplass. In fact, he is very scary.
Prior to the inimitable The Haunting of Hill House series, Mike Flanagan brought us this masterful adaptation of the Stephen King novel Gerald’s Game. Carla Gugino is immense as Jessie, a woman who vacations with her husband at an isolated lake house in Alabama. When Jesse ends up handcuffed to a bed with no one to help him escape, it becomes a matter of both survival and escape. Another chapter in Flanagan’s melancholy-suffused horror turns into a quiet triumph for his haunting characters.
2020 has released two movies called The Call. Watch a South Korean, time travel thriller revolving around, yes, a phone call. Twenty-eight-year-old Seo-yeon finds a phone buried in a closet in her childhood home. The ring rings — and the caller, it turns out, lives in the same house 20 years Before the twist until the final moments, plus a wild cat-and-mouse chase that switches past and present makes it a must-see.
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Like several other titles on this list, this fantastic psychological horror subtly doubles as an allegory for broader social themes like oppression. Set in 1980s Tehran, during a series of airstrikes known as the War of the Cities, it follows a mother and daughter haunted by a mysterious evil in their home. With echoes of The Babadook as well as its own fresh ideas, Under the Shadow is an excellent horror entry.
One of the most successful Stephen King adaptations, this horror drama based on the 1922 novel is a slow-paced thriller with a mesmerizing performance at its core. Thomas Jane, who you may also know from Boogie Nights and 2004’s The Punisher, gives one of the best performances of his career as the ever-proud Wilfred James, a farmer who makes the perfectly wise decision to kill his wife with the help of their teenage son. . The results are harrowing on multiple levels (if you don’t like rats, you really don’t like them).
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Last crawl? Creep 2 does the impossible — improves On the original. A self-proclaimed serial killer (Mark Duplass, co-writer) lures videographers to his remote home in a forest, and you can guess the rest. With an absurd mix of laughs and horror, this low-budget footage is a gem of psychological horror.
This smart psychological horror is partly drawn from co-writer Issa Mazzei’s experiences as a camgirl (or webcam model). Yet Cam is not a documentary, following Alice Ackerman, a young camgirl who one day discovers an exact replica of herself and takes over her show. Flashing red with tech threats is a great feature to play on this unique thriller.
Vampires vs. The Bronx (2020)
Vampires vs. The Bronx is a unique comedy-horror in more ways than one. Set in the New York borough of the Bronx, it follows young Miguel Martinez, a big-hearted kid who helps raise money for his struggling local bodega. But it’s not just the new designer clothing stores that are threatening to enter: the terrifying pale neck-chompers are devouring people and their possessions. A commentary on gentrification with goofy surprises, twists and thrills, Vampires vs. the Bronx is a fresh, entertaining spin on the genre.
This taut thriller set in the remote Scottish Highlands is off the beaten track. Prepare for a complete-on-nerve-ringing nightmare that the heroes are desperate to wake up from. Vaughn and Marcus set out on a boys’ weekend hunting trip, but after a night of drinking, they encounter events they never could have planned for. Caliber lives up to its name, delivering a package of slick, gripping drama. The full power of this one will make you wallop.
A masterfully crafted horror film that quietly doubles as an allegory for STDs. You read that right: it trains its lens on a supernatural entity that lives in the periphery, constantly stalking its prey at a slow, zombie-like pace. Our heroine Jay (played by modern scream queen Micah Monroe) is trapped in the center of this anxiety pool, facing a terrifying stalker. A modern classic, with a cracking John Carpenter-inspired original score.
Before Black Widow, Kate Shortland made her name directing excellent indie films including Berlin Syndrome. This psychological horror stars Teresa Palmer as Claire Havel, a young Australian who goes backpacking in Berlin, only to meet a man who holds her captive in his apartment. A cat-and-mouse game ensues between prisoner and prisoner. Although it’s occasionally slow-paced in its confined setting, Berlin Syndrome certainly delivers an engaging thriller.
A horror that hits… close to home. Revealing its supernatural evil through a harrowing human story, Her Home follows Bol and Rial, a refugee couple from Sudan, who struggle to adapt to their new life in an English town. Don’t expect straightforward jump scares — his house plays on the psychological specter of the past, adding more corridors of agony. A heartfelt, powerful piece.
After watching this film, you may have a new favorite female director in Julia Ducournau. Raw follows Justin, a vegetarian in his first year of vet school who suffers from peer pressure, eats raw meat and develops rashes all over his body. The film tackles questions of identity in a visually powerful and symbolic way and is a must-see from Netflix’s indie bench.
From Netflix’s impressive line-up of international films comes the Spanish sci-fi horror The Platform Its high-concept story centers on a tower that delivers food to each of its different levels via a platform. Those at the top score the best and most abundant spreads, which are consumed as the platform descends. Social commentary rings throughout this dystopian thriller, which takes poignant, sometimes terrifyingly downward turns.
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