Looking for something to chill your spine, stop your heart, and goose your bumps? We’ve found the Netflix picks that will scare you senseless.
The Babadook (2014)
Jennifer Kent’s brilliant monster movie began a wave of arthouse horror that’s led to It Follows and The Witch. Essie Davis stars as a widowed mom, struggling to raise her anxiety-ridden son, who believes they are under threat of a terrible creature. The twist of the Babadook’s truth will leave you rattled way beyond the credits. Watch it here.
The Host (2006)
Behold the monster movie that drew the world’s attention to director Joon Ho Bong (Mother, Snowpiercer). When a beast barrels out of Seoul’s Han River and snatches a school girl, her family is thrown into a panic, desperate to save her. Though punctuated with some slapstick and levity, this Korean horror offering will make you jump. Watch it here.
Andre Ovredal’s folk-lore inspired romp is the rare found footage movie that really works! Following a pack of curious college students on a documentary assignment, audiences are taken into the depths of the Norwegian wilderness, where trolls are not the stuff of legend, but a towering threat to humanity. Funny and frightening, this is a must-see for any horror fan. Watch it here.
The Awakening (2011)
After World War I, there was a rise in spiritualism, as survivors desperately sought to reconnect to the ghosts of their dearly departed. That is the setting of this chilling ghost story, which stars Rebecca Hall as a professional skeptic. But all the bogus seances she’s debunked aren’t enough to prepare her for what she’ll find at a haunted boarding school. Dominic West and Imelda Staunton co-star. Watch it here.
We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Acclaimed director Lynne Ramsay forged a new classic in motherhood horror with this riveting adaptation of the Lionel Shriver novel. SWINTON stars as a mother tormented by the lack of connection she has to her first-born, Kevin (Ezra Miller). It’s a battle of wills that will end in blood and is sure to spur pregnancy nightmares. Watch it here.
It Follows is miles and away better than a lot of the low-budget horror that abuses the eyeballs of genre fans, and the score and constantly moving camerawork do an excellent job of ramping up the paranoia, particularly during crowd scenes, which are genuinely scary. Watch it here.
The coming-of-age stories of young women often involve blood and lust, but in French writer-director Julia Ducournau’s sickening debut Raw, these tropes take the form of cannibalism and blood lust. The eerie art house horror that had people passing out at TIFF has arrived. And while it is gag-inducing, it’s probably not what you’d expect. It’s better. Watch it here.
Gerald’s Game (2017)
The secret of trauma is that there is only one trauma. And so whenever we confront horror again, we relive the old horrors in parallel. Every pain, every startling jolt, every surge of fear, and the same scenes play out in our mind’s eye. This is a story that understands that part of horror. And for all that horror, it is fundamentally a story of deeply earnest hope and optimism. Because the scars might never fade, but maybe there is hope that they won’t always be chains. Watch it here.
Hush (2016) Hush had my heart thudding in my chest, my palms sweaty, and my body rigid with tension. I was genuinely unsure of what was going to happen and how things would end. There was only one piece of action that I saw coming, but at some point I was even unsure of whether it would be used at all. It is a great horror flick. Watch it here.
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