Netflix and kill?
Each year, Netflix progressively moves towards their goal of world domination, lending their services in the form of top-notch original content and providing subscribers with plenty of extra film and television titles to stream as well. In the case of horror, the service has many of your favorite films streaming right now, but we’re electing to focus on the suitably terrifying horror flicks you might not have seen. So, without further ado, here are 10 underseen films on Netflix that are mandatory viewing for horror fans.
10. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)
Written and directed by Osgood Perkins (son of horror icon Anthony Perkins), I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is not only the longest title on this list, but it’s sure to divide audiences more than our other choices as well. Moving at a snail’s pace and relying on atmosphere and old fashioned scares rather than the jarring, in-your-face frights of modern horror, this is a poetic horror flick for fans of classic ghost stories. If you can deal with the deliberate pacing, there’s a great deal to admire about this Netflix original film.
9. Last Shift (2014)
Last Shift follows Jessica, a rookie police officer on the night of her first assignment- taking the last shift at a police station before it is permanently closed. Alone and in a progressively dangerous situation, Last Shift rattles your nerves with its intense and frightening atmosphere as Jessica is tormented by a cult. This Netflix streaming title may keep you up at night.
8. They Look Like People (2016)
More of a psychological thriller with elements of horror, They Look Like People follows Wyatt, a man who believes that humanity is being overtaken by evil creatures, as he bunks with his best friend and prepares for the end of the world. A slow-burn with eerie atmosphere and terrific performances, They Look Like People focuses heavily on the friendship of the young men and what those connections mean when your personal world spirals out of control.
Our interview with MacLeod Andrews, who stars as Wyatt in the film!
7. Darling (2015)
Atmosphere seems to be a running theme of this list, and Darling dishes it out in spades. Front-loaded with creepy atmosphere and old-school scares, Mickey Keating’s flick brings to mind classics such as Kubrick’s The Shining and Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby. Lauren Ashley Carter stars as the titular character and gives a performance on-par with horror’s all-time great leading ladies. The film is a near-masterpiece.
6. Backcountry (2015)
Backcountry is a film I personally had no idea even existed until a couple of weeks ago. After randomly checking it out on Netflix, I was damn surprised by the expertly-crafted tale of survival it turned out to be. Though the streaming service essentially bills Backcountry as a bear attack flick, it offers much more in the way of establishing characters and their relationships to each other, atmosphere (there’s that word again), and an ample amount of tension long before the bear plot is even established. It’s incredible.
5. Antibirth (2016)
Antibirth is a weird f***ing movie, honestly. Equal parts comedy, drama, science-fiction and body horror, this psychedelic trip into madness might be the strangest title Netflix has to offer. Featuring a unique plot and a riveting performance from Orange Is the New Black‘s Natasha Lyonne as the central character, this is a film that you should go into as blindly as possible. Now. Like, right now.
4. The Similars (2016)
Stop messing around and go watch this movie. Seriously. A Spanish-language science fiction horror film that pays great homage to The Twilight Zone, The Similars is bizarre, wholly original, and meta in the way that it pokes fun at itself with each new revelation. You’ll be hooked from the first frame.
3. We Are Still Here (2015)
Another slow-burn that’s front-loaded on atmosphere and old school scares, We Are Still Here is brilliantly directed by Ted Geoghegan, who masterfully blends classic ghost tropes with modern violence and gore. The cast is terrific all-around, specifically the legendary Barbara Crampton as the grieving mother at the film’s center. While some may be turned off by the deliberate pacing of the film, patient viewers will be rewarded tenfold.
2. DEATHGASM (2015)
DEATHGASM is the intense splatterfest of a metalhead’s greatest dream, essentially. The debut film of New Zealand director Jason Lei Howden, DEATHGASM follows misfit metalheads as they accidentally summon a demon- dooming humanity in the process. Viewers will enjoy the hell out of this bloody throwback to films such as Peter Jackson’s Braindead. Make plans to check it out ASAFP.
1. The Sacrament (2013)
The Sacrament is written and directed by the always-stellar Ti West and borrows heavily from the horrific events of the real-life Jonestown Massacre. Indie horror favorites A.J. Bowen and Joe Swanberg star as journalists who document their co-worker’s attempt to locate his sister after she joins a reclusive religious commune. Intense and unrelenting with its hold on the viewer, The Sacrament will literally keep you on the edge of your seat as you anticipate shit to hit the fan at any given second. The film has been on Netflix for quite a while, so stop scrolling past the title and check it out. You’ll be glad that you did.