The 15 Best Netflix Original Horror Movies

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As we fast approach Halloween, movie fans are turning more than ever to streaming services to get scared. It helps that Netflix maintains a steady stream of original movies for the season, adding to its already impressive collection of horror films.

We looked at as many horror offerings as possible under the Netflix Original banner and ranked the best ones. Two notes on qualifications. First, it has to have Netflix’s now-iconic boom-boom title card, so things they picked up but don’t consider a “Netflix property” for whatever reason (like the big under the shadow) does not qualify. Second, it has to be a horror movie. There are some thrillers (like keep the dark Y Renaissance) and sci-fi action movies (such as Spectral) what we are leaving With that said, here are the 15 best Netflix original horror movies.

Sure, it’s not exactly a horror movie, but this surprisingly funny Adam Sandler original could set the right tone for your Christmas movie marathon. The comedy superstar brings another goofy voice out of her closet to play Hubie Dubois, a weirdo who happens to live in Salem, Massachusetts. Teased by the entire town, he becomes his only salvation when supernatural events begin to occur. While most of the Sandler Netflix movies are pretty awful, this one is actually kind of sweet and funny. Of course, it includes a host of Sandler’s comedy troupe, including Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, and even a reunion with Happy Gilmore co-star Julie Bowen.

McG’s 2017 horror comedy has developed something of a cult following in the years since it appeared on Netflix, to the point that it actually got a sequel. It helps that Samara Weaving has become a bigger star behind hit movies like Ready or Not. She’s at her best here, too, playing Bee, a sweet babysitter who seems to be the first crush on the boy she cares for, a 12-year-old boy named Cole. One night, Cole wakes up to see what Bee does after bed, only to discover that the object of her pre-teen affection is actually the leader of a demonic cult. This is a profoundly stupid movie, but the kind you sometimes want on Halloween: a comedy-horror hybrid with a game performance from future star Weaving. (Note: The bottom sequel is also on Netflix.)

Netflix released a new genre movie every week in October 2019, and most of them fell pretty flat, but this movie from writer-director Vincenzo Natali was the best of the bunch. the Cube The director adapts a short story by Stephen King and his son, Joe Hill, about a pair of siblings (Laysla De Oliveira and Avery Whitted) who hear a young boy screaming for help in a field of tall grass by the side of a relatively deserted road. . They head into the brush to try to save the boy, only to quickly learn the error of his ways. It’s a great concept that Natali no doubt overwrote a bit, but it contains a fun performance from Patrick Wilson, as well as some visual punch that the filmmaker likely brought with him from his excellent work on Hannibal.

Still in the “Yeah, Okay” section of the list is this offering, a ghost story that takes a sharp turn into something closer to torture porn in the final act. There are some really effective movies before then, in no small part due to Florence Pugh’s strong, at-the-moment performance, captured here just before she became a household name in movies like Little woman Y do not worry honey. Here she plays a fake Ghostbusters, scamming people out of their money with his brother, who discovers that some ghosts are real. The end of this movie is a disorder, but Pugh does a good enough job in the first hour to warrant a look.

It wouldn’t be a horror movie list without a Stephen King adaptation or two, and this Zak Hilditch period piece is based on one of the 2010 anthology master’s novels, Completely dark, no stars. Thomas Jane is excellent as Wilfred James, a Nebraska farmer with a very unhappy wife, played by Molly Parker. When it becomes clear that Wilf’s wife insists on returning to town, the farmer decides that he has to go and even convinces his son to help him. It’s essentially one of King’s riffs on murderous guilt the revealing heart, with a seemingly good man who goes from a horrible event to total madness. He can’t stand its runtime (as short stories that become feature films often do), but here are some unforgettable images.

This is the only movie on this list that one could argue isn’t really a horror movie, but the final act is so wicker man strange that we decided that it qualifies. It starts off as a fairly terrifying thriller, the inciting incident being a hunting accident in which one of the leads accidentally shoots a young boy. He gets worse from there. When they decide to try to hide their crimes, things go downhill quickly. Here’s the moral message: When one of your teammates says “no harm done” after the murders of two people, you know you’re in trouble.

Isn’t it amazing that there are new stories to tell in the zombie subgenre? Just when you think they’ve run out of ideas comes a truly human story like this piece, starring the ever-excellent Martin Freeman of sherlock Y The Hobbit fame. He plays Andy, a man deep in the Australian outback, where things get very undead. The clever twist here is that the bitten don’t instantly turn around: they have 48 hours to come to terms with their impending appetite for brains. It’s a brooding take on the genre that we haven’t really seen before, except in the other Netflix zombie movie with a twist…

Such as Burden Gloomy in tone, this French-Canadian zombie movie captures the depressive state that would befall the world if most of its residents were hungry for meat. What works so well about director Robin Aubert’s work? Voracious it is the creation of the world that he offers us through brief glimpses of some surviving characters. The film jumps across a rural landscape and finds some random survivors waiting for their next horrific encounter. Fans of a certain AMC series, take note: Voracious has echoes of The Walking Dead in the way it captures how the survivors can be worse off than those who died.

Based on the books of the same name by RL Stine, fear street is actually a trilogy of movies on Netflix, which is worth a watch for horror fans. Directed by Leigh Janiak, the films are subtitled with the year they take place: 1994, 1978 and 1666. The films tell the story of a group of teenagers who live in a cursed community called Shadyside, a town that has not been reconciled with an ancient evil that awakens again in the riff of the first film Scream-90’s style slasher thrillers. The second movie has the energy of 70’s and 80’s horror like Friday the 13th, while the final film delves into the city’s history. starring a couple of Strange things icons, Maya Hawke and Sadie Sink, these movies are funny and smart.

Unless you’ve been spoiled, it’s impossible to know exactly where Richard Shepard’s Cuckoo Bananas movie is headed. At first, it feels like an intense relationship drama not unlike Black Swan but then it takes a sharp turn into something more akin to the body horror pioneered by David Cronenberg. And then he takes another turn into something even darker and stranger. Allison Williams and Logan Browning take us through this twisted journey of violin prodigies that, well, you just need to see for yourself. Don’t let anyone else ruin it for you.

Probably the most divisive film on this list is from writer-director Osgood Perkins (son of Psychopath Star Anthony) Moody Ghost Story, a movie much more interested in getting under your skin than making you jump. The case star Ruth Wilson plays an intern nurse in what could be a haunted house. With long shots and spooky sound design, Perkins’ film is challenging, but it’s a film that does the important thing all the best ghost stories do: come back to you in the middle of the night as a cinematic ghost.

Arguably more of a thriller than a horror movie, Mike Flanagan’s second movie on this list ranks just as well. The strangers or even Scream qualifies: it’s one of the few “slasher photos” in recent years that actually works. The reason he does it is because he is one of the few who has an original idea. (Well, at least as original as the 1967 one wait until darkwhich probably inspired him). if you have seen The Curse of Hill House and I was wondering where you recognized Kate Siegel’s Theo from, it’s from here: she co-wrote and played Maddie, a deaf writer terrified in the middle of the night. It’s effective, creepy cinema, with a great Siegel twist.

Every horror section needs a wacky entrance, the kind of gorefest you throw in the middle of your movie marathon night just to keep everyone awake. The first hour of this slow burn of The raid director Gareth Evans can be a rough ride if you start this at 3am but the second hour will wake up all the world up. What first appears to be a gritty riff on the wicker Men turns into a crazy bloody riff, well, the wicker man. Starring Dan Stevens (with a key supporting performance by Michael Sheen), the Apostle follows a man who invades a cult to find his sister kidnapped, and the final scenes are as crazy as anything you’ll see on Netflix, or anywhere else. Some love it, some hate it, but no one will forget it.

Is it possible that a later work improves an earlier one? When we see a filmmaker exploring similar themes in recent work, he often highlights how he did it in earlier films. Such is the case of Mike Flanagan Gerald’s gamewhich was a good movie but feels even better in light of hill houseAnd not just because they both feature great performances from Carla Gugino and Henry Thomas. Flanagan perfectly brings out the human themes of Stephen King’s story about a woman trapped in a waking nightmare and how the trauma of her past influences her chances of survival, with Gugino giving the best performance on this list: fearless and unforgettable.

What if it’s not the places that are haunted but the people? The best horror movie under the Netflix Original banner is this gem directed by Remi Weekes that premiered at Sundance in January 2020, just before the world fell apart; Consequently, it has not received the attention it deserves. It is a masterfully told story of two Sudanese refugees, played by Sope Dirisu of gangs of london and Wunmi Mosaku from Loki, who end up in a small town in Britain, where they are told they cannot leave their government-allocated home or risk deportation. And then scary things start to happen. Combining an immigration story with a culturally resonant character study, this is one of Netflix’s best movies, regardless of genre.

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