As a horror movie fiend, I have watched almost every horror movie out there. In the spirit of Halloween, here are the some of the best horror movies on Netflix, ranked:
1922 is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. It falls into the horror-drama category, and even though it runs for only about an hour and a half, the story does drag on for quite a while. I admittedly had a lot of hope for 1922, and while it does fall short for my taste, I still believe the movie is worth watching. Thomas Jane is severely underrated, and his acting practically sold this movie for me – along with the stunning visuals and its creepy soundtrack.
9. The Ritual
The Ritual features yet another underrated actor – Rafe Spall. Most of the film takes place in the Swedish wilderness, which adds to the unsettling nature of this film. Where many horror movies try and fail to create CGI monsters that actually looks terrifying, The Ritual actually manages to fully creep out audiences with its mythological creature. Katie Walsh of the Los Angeles Times describes the movie as:
“‘The Ritual’ is efficient and highly effective in its style, relying on sound, creepy production design, and the men’s own fear and misjudgment to create the sense of pervasive doom. We don’t see the monster in too much detail, leaving the mystery intact, but the creature design is stunningly original.”
My only complaint about the film is that while it starts out fast paced, the last half hour is quite slow. Other than that, this movie definitely one that will keep you up at night.
8. When a Stranger Calls
This movie is on the list mostly cause of sentimental value- it is the first horror movie I recall watching as a kid. It is a remake of the 1979 film of the same name, and has generally unfavourable reviews, but it’s one of those horror movies that are so bad they become so good. Its about a babysitter who keeps receiving terrifying calls from a stranger, then learns that the call is coming from inside the house. This is one horror movie that is guaranteed to make you check every single door and window before you go to bed.
I should probably warn you- this movie is GORY. Like, very gory. If you are even a little bit squeamish- do NOT watch this movie. It’s the first installment of the Hostel trilogy, and is directed by Eli Roth. In my opinion, this is one of the scariest horror movie out there, solely based on the fact that the horrible acts committed in this movie could happen in real life. It’s an underrated movie, but has since grown a cult following. If you think you can stomach this, go ahead, but you have been warned.
Scream is the most popular slasher flick ever made, and for good reason. Directed by Wes Craven, one of the best directors of horror movies, Scream has helped revolutionize slasher movies for years to come. It follows a masked killer who stalks and murders high-school students. Comprised of a star studded cast – David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich and Drew Barrymore, Scream should definitely be on your list.
Directed by Karyn Kusama and starring Logan Marshall-Green, The Invitation is one of the better cult-based horror movies on Netflix. Logan plays Will, who attends a dinner party at his former home, and slowly realizes that his ex-wife and her new husband may have sinister plans for the guests.Not only is this movie beyond creepy, it also explores grief in a way that most horror movies don’t. The tension-heavy thriller keeps you on your toes, and the ending is well crafted. Drew Tinnin of Dread Central best described this movie, saying:
“The Invitation works so well because it taps into our general distrust of the world around us and how our survival instinct has been muted and ignored in order to maintain the appearance of being polite”.
4. Black Mirror
Ok, Black Mirror is not a movie- but the anthology series definitely has some episodes that will fully creep you out. My pick for scariest episode definitely goes to Playtest, the second episode of season 3 of the show. It tells the story of Cooper, who reluctantly accepts a temporary job offer to test a video game company’s newest technology. Not only is the entire episode filled to the brim with every scary plot line imaginable, the episode is especially worth watching for the twist at the end.
The idea behind Hush makes it so interesting to watch. The story focuses on a deaf author who decides to work on her novel in a house in the woods. This movie will have you on the edge of your seat for its entirety- it is very fast paced. Watching Maddie use all items at her disposal to get away from the killer is very cathartic. This is slasher movies at its finest- featuring a limited cast, and a small set, Hush will have you rooting for her until the very end. The film stars Kate Siegel, who is married to the director of the film- Mike Flanagan. Flanagan makes some of my favorite horror movies of today, and for that reason alone, Hush a movie you cannot miss.
2. The Shining
Directed by the brilliant Stanley Kubrick, and starring Jack Nicholson in his most famous role to date, The Shining is one of those movie you just have to watch- horror film buff or not. The film is set in a hotel at its off-season, with Jack Nicholson’s character playing caretaker with his wife and son as he writes a novel. There is so much imagery and symbolism in this movie that you may not have caught the first time around, so give it another watch. The bathtub scene still freaks me out- if you know, you know.
- Gerald’s Game
Gerald’s game is another movie that I did not expect to like as much as I did, and for that reason, it’s my top pick. It’s the third Stephen King based movie of the list, and its portrayal of the story is what makes this movie an intriguing watch. If you’re into psychological horror movies, this is the one guys. Mike Flanagan directs yet another brilliant movie, starring Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood. After moving to an isolated lake house in an attempt to rekindle their marriage, Gerald handcuffs Jessie to the bed, then shortly after dies of a heart attack. Jessie has to escape her restraints, and as she works on it, she hallucinates her subconscious, her childhood and a terrifying monster to boot. The ending is very creepy, and will definitely keep you up for nights to come. This movie does involve a fair bit of ~sexual stuff~, so maybe don’t watch this when your parents are around. It’s pretty gory as well, so if you’re a bit squeamish, give it a miss.
So thats it! Almost all of my favorite horror movies ranked. Hope you enjoy and Happy Halloween!