Top horror movies on Netflix UK (2017)
Ivan Radford | On 28, Oct 2017
See our list of the most underrated horror movies on Netflix UK.
We round up the scariest, the silliest and all-round best horror movies available to stream on Netflix UK just in time for Halloween.
Let the Right One In
Eli (Leandersson) is a 12-year-old who’s been 12 for a very long time. Living with an older man, Hakan (Ragnar), she lives off the drippings of dead people that he collects in a bottle. Not your first choice for a childhood friend, perhaps, but that doesn’t stop Oskar (Hedebrant). The affection appears to be mutual and an eerie bond develops, the unspoken bloodlust a disturbing, chilling undercurrent; this is less a romance and more a dark, melancholic piece of tender poetry. Tomas Alfredson’s innocent love story shot through with absolute horror is a sinister, sweet work of art. (Read our full review.) The US remake, Let Me In, is also on Netflix UK – why it’s underrated.
From the sublime to the silly, Mel Brooks’ horror spoof is a tour de force of laughter, as Gene Wilder plays a descendant of the famous doctor, who finds himself following in his namesake’s footsteps and reanimating the dead. Wilder’s hilarious and Marty Feldman’s Igor is wonderfully daft, but it’s Brooks’ visuals that really win the day, as the exaggerated parody of expressionism makes for a gorgeously smart and stylish satire that marks a high watermark for the horror-comedy genre.
A woman (Carla Gugino) accidentally kills her husband during a kinky game that leaves her handcuffed to the bed. Stephen King’s unfilmable novel is filmed with panache, confidence and gripping intensity by Oculus and Hush director Mike Flanagan. Also by Mike Flanagan on Netflix: Before I Wake
“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to scare you,” says Josef, after leaping out at Aaron in the middle of the woods. It’s the kind of prank that friends often play, an act that comfortably crosses the boundary between silly and sinister. But Aaron and Josef are not friends. In fact, they don’t even know each other. That’s the central conceit behind Creep, a no-budget horror movie that delivers more scares than films with 10 times more money. Essentially a two-hander, it follows Aaron (director Patrick Brice), a videographer who responds to a Craigslist ad to film a guy for a single day. Subtle and smart, Creep repeatedly crosses the boundary between silly and sinister. It means to scare you. And it’s not sorry.
Imagine someone walking towards you. Not very scary, is it? Wait until you see It Follows. David Robert Mitchell’s horror thriller follows Jay (Maika Monroe), who finds herself on a date gone terrifyingly wrong, when she wakes up post-sex strapped to a chair and is told that something is going to try and kill her. Why? We don’t know. Who? We don’t know that either. What we do know is that this entity will continue following her until it catches her and shuffles her off her mortal coil. It’s clever. It’s unconventional. And it’s very, very creepy.
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Four friends who hit a man with a car one night find themselves stalked by a sinister figure one year later. As important as Scream to the modern genre, Kevin Williamson and Jim Gillespie’s slasher is far from inventive or self-aware, but established the template for a new generation of 90s horrors.
Anton Yelchin stars in this gripping, brutal horror from director Jeremy Saulnier about a band who end up on the wrong side of a green room door in a club run by neo-Nazis.
Under the Shadow
One of 2016’s best horror movies, this superb debut for Iranian-born director Babak Anvari about a mother and daughter fighting to cope with the fallout of the Iran-Iraq war is an instant modern classic.
The Cabin in the Woods
Drew Goddard’s witty horror flick is a superbly self-aware comedy that is better the less you know about it.
When was the last time you were surprised by a horror movie? Adam Wingard’s witty slasher sees a group of rich relatives reunite in the family cottage one weekend – only for bloody mayhem to ensue. Dark, hilarious and unpredictable. Think Home Alone for adults. Don’t miss it.
The Neon Demon
Beguiling and intoxicating, Nicolas Winding Refn’s dark, disturbing satire of the modelling world is a masterpiece of mood.
Timur Bekmambetov put his name on the map with this jaw-dropping 2004 thriller, which puts us right in the middle of a long-running war between dark and light – a conflict that’s kept in check by the Day Watch and Night Watch on each side. Anton becomes the latest unwitting member of the titular police force, introducing him to an unseen world of shape-shifting humans, back-flipping buses and swords made out of spinal columns. A dazzling rush of bloody energy to the head, this hits you like a shot of vodka.
Neil Marshall’s horror, about a group of women who get trapped in a series of Scottish caves, combines claustrophobia, darkness and creepy monster design to terrifying – and bloody – effect.
Storytelling and spooky voices collide in this creepy tale of a mother and her son that stands among the best horror movies of recent years.
Jim Mickle’s take on vampires is suitably idiosyncratic, creating a post-apocalyptic story that’s as much about character as it is chomping people’s necks off. Quiet, tense and made on an impressively low budget, Stake Land is a classy bit of indie horror.
Aidan Gillen and Eva Birthistle are excellent in this Hammer horror about a grieving couple who take part in a ritual to bring their dead nine-year-old daughter back to life.
This stunning South Korean horror film sees a policeman and a shaman team up to solve a mysterious sickness spreading through a village. Furiously weird and unsettlingly unpredictable. Read our full review.
Don’t Knock Twice
Hot on the heels of indie sci-fi thriller The Machine, director Caradog James returns with horror movie Don’t Knock Twice – and when it comes to crafting high-quality genre flicks on a low budget, he’s definitely two for two. Unafraid to back up scares with sentiment, this indie horror starring Lucy Boynton and Katee Sackhoff is a promising calling card for the up-and-coming British director.
There’s always something scary about bedrooms. Especially your bed. Your one safe place in the world being infiltrated by something unknown? It’s an unsettling prospect. The Exorcist, Nightmare on Elm Street – it’s all about the beds. So imagine what it would be like if you set up a video camera to record all the stuff that goes on around your pillow at night. That’s what Katie (Featherston) and Michah (Sloat) do. What’s it like? In places, pretty darn terrifying. In other places, not so much. Ignore the countless sequels and this legitimate low-budget sensation makes for a fascinatingly novel fright fest that leaves you scanning a static screen to scare yourself. Perversely, when things happen, it’s a slight disappointment. When they don’t, it’s brilliant.
S. Craig Zaher’s violent treat follows a sheriff (Kurt Russell), his deputy (Richard Jenkins), a gunslinger (Matthew Fox), and a cowboy (Patrick Wilson) embark on a mission in the Old West to rescue three people from a savage group of cave dwellers.
Under the Skin
Scarlett Johansson plays an alien sent to Earth to drive around Glasgow in a van, with which she picks up a range of unsuspecting men to do… well, who knows? Jonathan Glazer’s divisive, challenging sci-fi adopts a curiously alien perspective on the human race, creating a haunting, moving and stylish masterpiece. A film that sticks with you, to your insides, for an inhuman amount of time.
Hot on the heels of Oculus, Mike Flanagan’s home invasion thriller sees a deaf writer in the woods try to protect herself from a masked killer. The fight for survival is gripping, Kate Siegel’s performance as a deaf and mute woman overcoming physical limitations is stirring, and the inventive sound design is hugely effective. Also by Mike Flanagan on Netflix: Before I Wake
The Woman in Black
Black Mirror and Eden Lake director James Watkins helms this chilling adaptation of the iconic play, with Daniel Radcliffe playing a young lawyer called to a remote home to investigate its late owner. With Radcliffe’s charismatic lead supported by an incredibly atmospheric set, the result is a haunted house ride full of cheap jumps, pulled off with old-school flair.
Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson are a comedy double act to die for in Ruben Fleischer’s horror comedy. Travelling across zombified America in search of safety – and a Twinkie – this is a warped, witty ride that unfolds at breakneck speed.
Tom Hiddleston. Jessica Chastain. Mia Wasikowska. The cast alone is reason enough to tune in to this gothic romance, but Guillermo del Toro makes the tale of a young woman swept away to a remote mansion in period England even more swooningly spooky and gruesomely stylish. Simply gorgeous.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
This animated outing from Aardman takes Wallace and Gromit from the small screen to the big without spilling a single bit of plasticine. Now running their own anti-pest business (anti-pesto), the duo find themselves facing a strange new beast, who is devouring the village’s carrots. With delightfully hammy turns from Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter, not to mention an endless array of genre nods, word play and slapstick, this is that rare thing: a perfect family film.