Figuring out the best horror movies on Netflix can be 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 the movies and rank them based on that - even if the scores are sometimes nebulous and tricky.
Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregation site, label 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 scores.
Creep 2 is filmed in a found footage style with vlogging added into the mix. After the success of Creep in 2014, writer/director Patrick Brice and writer/star Mark Duplass returned with this sequel that follows a strange man who enjoys making new friends by placing ads.
A struggling vlogger/YouTuber, Sara, answers Aaron's online ad looking for "video work." Sara meets Aaron in his secluded mountain home where he makes an unbelievable confession, forcing her to decide whether to take her chances staying with him or escape while she can.
While critics say this film is by no means as creepy or as menacing as the first, the cringe-inducing awkwardness of the characters makes it a horror film in its own right.
Actors: Mark Duplass, Desiree Akhavan, Karan Soni
Initial Release: 2017
Directed by: Patrick Brice
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The Wailing - or Gokseong - is a South Korean horror film about a small town in the wake of a bizarre epidemic. This mysterious illness causes a rash which precedes violent and murderous outbursts. The victims then experience a trance-like state and die.
Police officer Jong-Goo's partner convinces him to look at a Japanese stranger in the town as the possible cause of the illness and death. Soon, Jong-Goo is in a race to save his daughter from the mysterious illness plaguing the rest of the town.
Many critics cite the film's brutal nature and seamless fusion of Eastern mythology and hard crime lore as the core of its brilliance. Professional reviewers suggest going into the film blind, so maybe skip the trailer for this one.
Actors: Kwak Do-won, Hwang Jung-min, Chun Woo-hee
Directed by: Na Hong-jin
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Under the Shadow
This 2016 Persian film takes us into the lives of Shideh and her daughter, Dorsa. The two are left alone in an apartment after Shideh's husband, Dr. Iraj, is drafted to work in the war zone during the 1988 Tehran missile attacks.
Dorsa soon begins asking questions about the legendary Djinn, spirits drawn to places of turmoil, anxiety, and fear. Shideh and Dorsa must contend with the possibility that the legends may be true.
Under the Shadow is a critical darling due to its subtle but unnerving nature. The film has a boiling frog type of buildup; the tension is gradual and quiet, but it slowly burns you up.
The Babadook centers on the dysfunctional single-parent household of Amelia and her son Samuel. Samuel's father died in a car accident while driving Amelia to the hospital to give birth, leaving them both off-center and different than the people around them. One day, a book about "the Babadook" appears, and Amelia reads it to Samuel. The book terrifies the child and sets off a chain of horrifying events in their lives.
Critics are obsessed with this Australian horror film due to its ability to weave the anxieties of motherhood into a traditional boogeyman story.
Actors: Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Adam Morgan, Hayley McElhinney, Craig Behenna, + more
Initial Release: 2014
Directed by: Jennifer Kent
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