Sometimes when you sit down in front of Netflix after a hard day, you want cinematic comfort food - something that won't be too taxing to watch and will leave you feeling good afterward. Sometimes, though, you want the exact opposite - a movie that will make your skin crawl and keep it crawling long after you've closed your laptop. You want a movie that you'll be thinking about before you go to sleep, when you check under the bed just one more time - a movie that'll make you want to keep the lights on.
In short, you want a movie that will freak you out. Maybe it doesn't have to be the best movie ever, but it has to get under your skin and leave you feeling chills when you're done. Luckily, there are plenty of those on Netflix, and they come in a wide variety of flavors to provide freakiness for just about any taste.
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By now, everyone has seen plenty of zombie films, but few movies have been more harrowing than the apocalyptic South Korean film Train to Busan. Only a part of the film's horror stems from the zombies themselves - they swarm and run, crowding buildings and running down train cars, but director Yeon Sang-ho uses the film's particularly claustrophobic setting to his advantage.
The 2016 film centers around survivors of a zombie outbreak who are trapped on a train. Cut off from the rest of the world and in close proximity with the zombies, the passengers are gradually overtaken by fear. They soon find themselves turning against one another, with often heartbreaking consequences.2,376449Is this freaky?
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When well-made, found-footage horror movies add a certain element of plausibility to their proceedings, their freakiness can increase considerably. Of course, sometimes the most a found-footage film can offer is a bevy of bland characters and some shaky camerawork. When everything clicks, however, found-footage films can add that documentarian realism that really ups the creepiness ante.
As Above, So Below works more often than it doesn't, and the film uses its found-footage authenticity to fill its running time with much broader ideas than many movies in the same format ever attempt. The 2014 film follows a group of explorers who descend into the Catacombs of Paris in search of the philosopher's stone - the same one Harry Potter himself sought. As Above, So Below features plenty of spooky goings-on, but much of the film's freakish power must be credited to its setting.
The film was the first ever to secure permission from the French government to film within the actual Catacombs, a miles-long network of tunnels and mass graves that actually exists beneath the City of Light.1,451607Is this freaky?
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Shutter is a 2004 Thai film - one of the many Asian ghost movies that made their way to the States following the international success of The Ring. Shutter centers around a couple who commits a hit-and-run, only to find themselves haunted by what they assume is the ghost of the girl they struck.
The film's ghost is certainly spooky, but perhaps more unsettling is the background of human savagery and depravity that she brings to the surface. At the film's end, you may find yourself much more afraid of the living than those who have already passed.878378Is this freaky?
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This aptly named 2016 film, which takes place over the course of one brutal Halloween night, is likely to push many viewers to the edge. Crammed full of unrelenting gore - all of it achieved with visceral practical effects - Terrifier's primary tool of unsettlement comes courtesy of its villain.
David Howard Thornton provides a skin-crawling performance as Art the Clown, a deranged slasher who is bound to give coulrophobes nightmares. Even those who don't care for the film's over-the-top brutality have acknowledged that Thornton's Art is creepy, and Terrifier is an effective throwback to the kind of movies "that got banned back in the video nasty era."1,065602Is this freaky?