The rise of Netflix has been great for fans of the horror movie genre. The streaming service now offers a huge variety of scary flicks, and not just the usual suspects. Forget the Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, or Freddy Kruegers of the world. Netflix is a place where you can find surprising horror gems nestled in among the big boys like Hellraiser or Jaws.
While October is one of the best times to throw on a horror movie, they really a solid choice any time of the year. Any sufficiently dark and stormy night will do (points deducted for watching during the day, of course). With that in mind, we combed through the Netflix archives and made of a list of the best scary movies currently available.
Before we get started, a few disclaimers: we tried to mostly stay away from the “mainstream” horror films, because most fans will have already seen them. Most of our picks are a little bit “outside the box.” Also, there are a wide variety of horror subgenres, and we tried to pick at least one movie from each — found footage, slasher, foreign, serial killers, paranormal killers, and a host of other twisted and disturbing tales
Lastly, the Netflix lineup is constantly changing from country to country, on a monthly basis. Don’t email us and complain that these movies aren’t available in your region — there are ways around that, after all. It doesn’t make these movies any less enjoyable, so seek them out regardless.
The Invitation premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and scored big fans, who gave it excellent ratings on sites like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. Directed by Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body), this movie starts with Will (Logan Marshall-Green) receiving an invitation to a dinner party at his ex-wife Eden’s gorgeous mini-mansion. That’s strange enough, considering they haven’t spoken in two years. But he goes anyway, along with his girlfriend (Emayatzy Corinealdi). Once they arrive, Will begins to witness strange things that slowly build the tension.
The whole thing is framed by the tragic death of Will and Eden’s son, which contributed directly to their breakup. When a mysterious stranger arrives (John Carroll Lynch), the dinner party devolves in a disturbing paranoia, leaving the viewer unsure if Will’s concerns are legitimate or just petty jealously, caused by the traumatic memories of his son. You’ll have to watch the ending to see who ends up being right.