Top Netflix original horror movies (2022)
James R | On 29, Oct 2021
We round up the scariest, the silliest and all-round best Netflix original horror movies available to stream on Netflix UK. For our guide to the best horror movies on Netflix UK, click here.
Netflix serves up its own thrilling, crafty subversion of the classic slasher formula with this entertaining trilogy.
Choose or Die
Toby Meakins’ feature debut uses a cursed 80s video game to play out a generational legacy of socioeconomic injustice.
Blood Red Sky
This surprising airborne thriller is a gripping and unexpectedly moving ride.
Remi Weekes’ directorial debut is a chilling, timely tale of a house haunted by more than ghosts.
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 The Haunting of Hill House director Mike Flanagan.
“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.
The return of Peachfuzz makes up for a lack of scares with fascinating drama, as Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice cement him as one of the most interesting horror villains in recent memory.
REC director Paco Plaza conjures up fresh terror in familiar tropes with this fast, slick ouija horror.
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.
Everything is not what it seems in Netflix’s surprising, thought-provoking sci-fi actioner, starring Michael Peña and Lizzy Caplan.
Before I Wake
Mike Flanagan’s wonderfully involving and melancholic horror is a cousin to JA Bayona’s heartbreaking A Monster Calls or Hereditary, which has similar themes of children and parents trying to understand each other’s feelings when dealing with an overwhelming sense of loss.
Natalie Portman leads Alex Garland’s sci-fi horror, which sees a group of scientists and soldiers enter Area X, – a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline and contains a world of mutated landscape and creatures. The result is a study of humanity’s fear of mortality and change, served up with dizzying, shimmering visuals.
“I believe there’s another man inside every man – a stranger.” Netflix’s latest Stephen King adaptation is a first-rate scary story – claustrophobic, tense and creepy as all hell.
The Raid director Gareth Evans combines the ultra-violence of his action thrillers with folk horror in this surprising, slow-burn horror movie about a priest determined to rescue his sister from a mysterious religious cult on a secluded island.
Hold the Dark
Jeremy Saulnier doesn’t hit the heights of Green Room with this psychological drama about a wolf expert venturing into the Alaskan wilderness to find a local boy and the animals that may have killed him, but there’s meat to chew over in this atmospheric, moody tale, with excellent turns from Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgard and Riley Keough.
Martin Freeman is magnificent in this moving, low-key zombie drama about a dad trying to keep his daughter safe as they search for a safe haven before it’s too late.
This nerve-shredding thriller, about two friends – Vaughn (Jack Lowden) and Marcus (Martin McCann) – on a weekend hunting trip in the Scottish Highlands, is a terrific calling card for writer-director Matt Palmer.
Despite some dubious twists and turns, this trashy genre flick is enjoyably unpredictable.
After a lookalike steals her account, a cam girl with a growing fan base sets out to identify the culprit and reclaim her identity in this thought-provoking, forward-thinking horror.
Vampires vs the Bronx
Three gutsy kids from a rapidly gentrifying Bronx neighbourhood stumble upon a sinister plot to suck all the life from their beloved community in this entertaining vampire comedy.