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Horror Movies On Netflix With The Highest Rotten Tomatoes Scores

Figuring out the best horror movies on Netflix remains a time-consuming task. Choice paralysis is no joke, and sometimes relying on algorithms to guide your decisions doesn't pan out the way you hoped. It's a much better idea to take the Rotten Tomatoes scores for movies and rank them based on that - even if the scores are nebulous and tricky. 

Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregation site, labels movies as Fresh or Rotten. Avoid rummaging through Netflix's immense library of freaky flicks by watching one of these horror films with the best Rotten Tomatoes score. 

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    Tomatometer: 97%

    It Follows is loved for both its aesthetic and ability to keep the viewer on the edge of their seat. The film follows Jay, a 19-year-old who becomes trapped by a vicious curse after a romantic encounter. 

    The Big Bad of It Follows is frightening, but writer/director David Robert Mitchell's bleak, almost-our-reality-but-not-quite world makes the film so unsettling. The sense of uneasiness builds from the intangible quality of the Big Bad, and details like one character's book narration (from a clamshell e-reader) mirroring the horrors of Jay's life only add to the film's unnerving nature. 

    One of the many reasons critics love this film is its staying power, as the atmospheric movie keeps people on their toes days after viewing.

    • Actors: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: David Robert Mitchell
    • Runtime: 101
    • Advisories: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Nudity, Violence
    • Premiered: March 13, 2015
    • Characters: Jay, Paul, Greg, Hugh, Yara

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  • Creep

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    Tomatometer: 96%

    The predecessor to Creep 2, this found footage film plays on loneliness, a societal inability to be rude, and a belief in second chances. Aaron answers an ad from a stranger named Josef that wants to hire a videographer for one day of work. Aaron drives to Josef's secluded country home and finds someone seemingly unhinged by a cancer diagnosis - or is something else causing the strange behavior?

    This slow-burner won critics over, mostly due to Mark Duplass's performance. The film serves as a quasi-horror character study, and portrays an unease everyone has experienced with a stranger who is entirely too pleasant. 

    • Actors: Mark Duplass, Patrick Kack-Brice
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Patrick Kack-Brice
    • Characters: Josef, Aaron

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    Tomatometer: 95%

    A beautifully shot South Korean film, Train to Busan is a zombie movie unafraid to punch you in the feelings right before spraying guts all over your face. 

    Seok-woo and his daughter take the train from Seoul to Busan before getting sidetracked by a full-blown zombie apocalypse. Seok-woo must protect his daughter and try to figure out a way to get them off the train full of zombies in one piece.

    The film is adored for the way it turns the zombie genre upside-down by adding a contained thriller aspect. Director Yeon Sang-ho also receives praise for his action choreography and cramped, claustrophobic cinematography - both of which add to the intensity of the undead flick.

    • Actors: Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-mi, Kim Su-an, Kim Eui-sung
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Yeon Sang-ho

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    Tomatometer: 94%

    Writer Maddie lives in a woodland cabin a good trek from neighbors and hours from any family - all of whom are rightly concerned about her safety, as she is deaf and mute.

    One night, a deranged man in a mask chases a neighbor, Sarah, to Maddie's house and kills her. The masked man decides to make Maddie his next victim after noticing she was unable to hear Sarah's screams or the loud bangs on the door. 

    Many reviewers who loved the film applauded writer/director Mike Flanagan's ability to use silence as a source of terror and suspense. 

    • Actors: John Gallagher, Kate Siegel, Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan, Emma Graves
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Mike Flanagan
    • Runtime: 87
    • Advisories: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Violence
    • Characters: Man, Maddie, John, Sarah, Max

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