There’s never been a better time to be a horror fan. Thanks to the Internet, you can see every scary movie you'd ever want, whenever you want. Unfortunately, not every horror film is a home run, but that’s life. Luckily, Netflix has plenty of above-average horror films streaming on their site right now. Whether you’re into slashers, spooky clowns, or horror-comedy, there are plenty of decent movies to watch while you’re all alone at night.
Not every horror film can be a groundbreaking piece of existential terror, but there are plenty of movies that are not bad but not brilliant either, and sometimes that’s what you’re in the mood for. Your brain can’t take a constant barrage of art that’s considered by critics and fans across the board to be absolutely perfect - that’s why every once in a while you need to watch a movie about Turkish cops accidentally driving into a Hell dimension. Who cares if it’s the same basic plot as Event Horizon? It’s still fun to watch.
If you’ve got Netflix you can stream these pretty good but not great horror films right now, and you totally should.
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil stretches the limits of what's technically considered horror, but by the end of the film it leans into being a slasher that's not half bad. If you're the kind of horror film fan that likes to see the rules of genre inverted and played around with, then you'll probably enjoy watching this movie. You won't love it, but it's a fine way to pass an hour and a half.
New Zealand's really bringing it with the horror movies that are pretty alright. This film about a woman who thinks her house is haunted is more funny than scary, but it's well-made and you'll like it. You may want to turn on your subtitles, though.
The dope thing about V/H/S is it's an anthology, which means you get to see a lot of short films from a number of filmmakers. Because of this, the quality of each segment is hard to predict. Though some of the segments are lamentable, the concept is really fun - all the films are supposedly footage found on a stolen, and very rare, VHS tape.
Anthology films, like mix tapes and compilations in music, are a great way to discover talented new voices. You've probably already heard of some of the filmmakers on here - Joe Swanberg, Ti West, Adam Wingard - but chances are you don't know most of them, and for that reason alone, it's worth checking out for any serious horror fan.
Last Shift finally answers the question, "What would happen if there were demons in a police station?" This movie isn't going to blow your mind, but there's a couple of neat visuals, and the filmmakers make use of the claustrophobic space in order to get inside your head. Also, you can't beat a demon with a pentagram face.