Fantastically Bizarre Horror Films Now Streaming On Netflix

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Netflix and co. What a strange looking-glass to pass through. A warped digital portal to fears and desires; a tar pit for the stoned, visionary, and otherwise psychedelically inclined. In case you hadn't noticed, there are a few brilliantly weird movies on Netflix. There are also a lot of cryptically fabulous and surreal horror movies on Netflix. Weird horror movies; insane horror movies; masterpiece-mind-fu##k movies like David Lynch. Those kinds of cinematic extravaganzas.

Bizarre horror movies, when done right, are a thing of joy forever, but rooting through the rubble of options out there in the wide world of streaming is a major challenge. So what are some notably strange movies that can be seen on Netflix right now? From the artsy Mexican splatter-fest Here Comes the Devil to the morbidly funny Housebound, there's a good handful of surreal horror choices there for the streaming, and in many of them, blood streams in time with visual images. Whether you're looking for unique relationships between humans and corpses, as in 2014's Irish horror gem The Canal, or out for birthing-horror on par with Eraserhead, as in 2016's hyper-freaky Antibirth, read on. 

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    Clown (2014)
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    If the infamous Goosebumps story "The Mask" ever frightened you, you will be terrified by Clown. It's a simple yet horrifying premise: a father dons a clown costume for his son's birthday birthday party and then isn't able to get it off. Naturally, this clown costume comes complete with a dark curse that slowly takes over the host who wears it.

    Featuring clowns and RL Stine nightmares from your childhood, Clown at least reminds you why you found yourself so scared of these things in the first place.

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    Creep (2014)

    Creep (2014)
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    Found footage horror often goes both ways, but Creep goes the right way. A videographer answers a Craigslist ad where the poster simply wants to be filmed throughout his day. The man behind the ad, Josef, turns out to be a bit more unhinged that the videographer initially expected. His pregnant 'wife' never really shows up, and the wolf mask in his closet suggests all sorts of unsettling scenarios.

    Part comedy and part horror film, Creep manages to scare you in the most unassuming ways, constantly shifting your perception of who, the videographer or Josef, is really losing it here. You've never seen Mark Duplass quite like this.

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    Antibirth (2016)

    Antibirth (2016)
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    If you can imagine a grimmer Female Trouble or Pink Flamingoes doing drugs with a slightly more linear Gummo or Julien Donkey-Boy, you can imagine the general jist of 2016's Antibirth. Danny Perez's body horror film chronicles the fate of Lou (Natasha Lyonne), a hard-drinking party girl living in a trailer in a sh*tty, burned out meth-ish town with no future.

    One day, after staying celibate for more than a year, Lou wakes up pregnant ... and the rest is psychedelic, grotesque, dystopian history. The film is relentlessly depressing, but it's also continually inventive, surreal, and unexpected, and well worth a watch.

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    Raw (2016)

    Food, one of life's many pleasures, becomes a nightmare in Raw, a French-Belgian film that revolves around one girl's ravenous cravings. When vegetarian Justine arrives at veterinary school, she undergoes a hazing ritual where she eats raw meat for the first time. Instead of rejecting it, Justine can't resist it, resulting in a gruesome film with limbs and gore trailing up to the film's ghastly conclusion.

    In addition to its unique presence, the film also gained quite a bit of critical acclaim, with over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Those who look to horror for gore will be thoroughly pleased by how much Raw lives up to its succinctly sinister name.

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  • South Korea has become one of the world's great epicenters of slow-burning (and truly terrifying) arthouse horror, and 2016's The Wailing is no exception.

    Set in the mountains above Seoul, the film chronicles a plague that turns people into murderers. Actor Kwak Do-won plays Jong-goo, an investigating police officer who has unsettling dreams of a meat-devouring woman with glowing eyes, and whose daughter gets infected. What follows is a ghastly, riveting journey you won't soon forget. 

  • The Ritual (2018)
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    After one of their friends is murdered, Phil, Dom, Hutch, and Luke decide to take a hiking trip their deceased friend suggested. The four go along Kungsleden, or King's Trail, in Sarek National Park, Sweden, six months after his passing. 

    The men start on the trail, but after Dom injures his knee, they opt to cut through the forest as a shortcut. The four friends' journey gets increasingly stranger, and emotions run high as they start to blame each other for their friend's untimely death. Director David Bruckner manages to take several horror tropes - like the supernatural and the inherent creepiness of the wilderness - and turn it into a moody, atmosphere horror that leaves viewers haunted. 

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