Horror movie enthusiasts don’t have to look far these days for entertaining films. With so many streaming services available, finding a movie to keep you up at night isn’t too difficult. Netflix offers a nice selection of genres that cater to almost every kind of horror aficionado.
Whether it’s haunted houses, demonic possessions, or underwater terror, there’s typically something for everybody on Netflix. For those who have never seen these gems before, now is the perfect time to start streaming them. Longtime horror fans know full well that many films in the genre can be hit or miss. However, one really can’t go wrong with this selection.
His House (2020)
Stories that revolve around supernatural occurrences are a dime a dozen. With so many titles in existence for this particular genre, both good and bad, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd. Fortunately, His House does stand out from the bunch in a positive light.
His House tells the story of two refugees, a husband, and wife, fleeing from the turmoil of South Sudan. They seek asylum in the United Kingdom, where they are forced to live in a ramshackle tenement building and come to realize that a dark presence has followed them to their new home. It’s a familiar trope, but one that’s executed quite well, especially on the part of the actors.
The Conjuring (2013)
Most moviegoers have probably heard of The Conjuring franchise. The popularity of the original movie, released in 2013, subsequently spawned eight more feature-length films and counting. It’s now become its own “cinematic universe,” offering diehard fans plenty of material to keep coming back.
For those looking to dip their toes into the franchise, if one hasn’t already, The Conjuring (2013) is a good place to start. It’s the first film in the series by order of release. The story revolves around a family of seven who is terrorized by the spirit of a centuries-old witch. Naturally, efforts to cleanse the house prove less than straightforward.
The Strangers (2008)
Maybe supernatural horror isn’t your thing? Perhaps something that hits closer to home would be better? Movies regarding home invasion have the potential to be frighteningly effective due to their being grounded in reality, at least to some extent. Fans don’t have to look much further than The Strangers to get their fix.
A couple whose relationship is on the rocks decides to spend the night in a secluded summer home. There, the couples’ tranquility is interrupted by three mask-wearing intruders. It’s a pretty intense movie, one that draws upon viewers’ actual fears of experiencing a home invasion in the dead of night.
Fans of The Strangers will no doubt want to take a look at Hush. In a similar vein to the previous entry, Hush deals with the concept of home invasion as a mask-wearing, knife-wielding psycho descends upon the household of a young novelist.
The movie, uniquely, adds an extra twist whereby the protagonist is both deaf and mute. This fact adds an extra layer of creepiness to the proceedings as the heroine must rely on her other senses to protect herself from the malevolent stalker.
Another horror genre that receives quite a bit of attention revolves around strange and malicious cults. Fans looking for a movie of this type, along with plenty of body horror thrown into the mix, should consider Apostle. It’s also a period piece for those who enjoy that sort of added touch.
Set in 1905, Apostle tells the story of a man who seeks to rescue his kidnapped sister from a mysterious cult on an island off the coast of Wales. The movie is certainly filled with plenty of tension, as the protagonist must pose as a member of the weird community to locate his imprisoned sibling.
Speaking of period pieces, horror fans may also want to check out 1922. This particular film is based upon a novella of the same name written by the legendary Stephen King. It’s an interesting tale, one that pulls off the psychological horror trope quite nicely.
1922, which unsurprisingly takes place in the year 1922, is about a farmer from Nebraska who schemes to murder his wife with the aid of his son. When the deed is finally carried out, the protagonists’ mind starts to come apart from the guilt and shame. Thomas Jane delivers a superb performance as the leading character of the story.
Gerald’s Game (2017)
If you’re still in the mood for more Stephen King, then Gerald’s Game is another excellent choice. Based on his 1992 novel, the movie proves to be just as chilling. Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood, who play the two central characters of the story, are terrific.
Gerald’s Game is uniquely unusual in its central conflict. After her husband handcuffs her to the bedposts as part of a sex game, he dies of a heart attack. Jessie, the protagonist, finds herself trapped and in a seemingly hopeless position. Her fight against her inner demons, as well as for survival, results in a truly interesting tale that should appeal to most King fans.
Those who enjoy The Conjuring universe may want to check out Insidious. Directed by James Wan and starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, Insidious is another paranormal thriller that should get the blood pumping.
Insidious concerns a married couple whose son inexplicably falls into a coma, of which he is unable to recover. With the aid of a psychic, the pair learns that their son has been captured by a spectral demon from another realm. The movie doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel, but horror enthusiasts should certainly find it entertaining enough.
Similar to the supernatural and possession horror tropes, the “found footage” genre is well represented. Rather than watch the movie as a spectator, viewers witness events in a first-person perspective through the eyes of the protagonist. Unfriended takes this approach, though with a more modern, social media twist to it.
Unfriended focuses on a group of teens participating in a Skype chat. However, their meeting is interrupted by an anonymous intruder, whose identity they eventually deduce to be a deceased classmate. The dark history of each of the characters is then revealed as the angry spirit starts to mete out some revenge.
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
If any of the other genres discussed fails to pique one’s interest, there’s always deep-sea horror. Assuming the body count in Jaws doesn’t satisfy you, then Deep Blue Sea assuredly makes up for it. Although not as good as Jaws, Deep Blue Sea is still a fun movie to watch for those who crave shark-related mayhem.
The plot of the film concerns a research team’s efforts to harvest brain tissue from genetically engineered sharks for the advancement of human medicine. Of course, the sharks prove to be more dangerous than previously thought and start to wreak havoc once they’re set loose.
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