Netflix has a lot of good movies. It also has its share of movies which might be described as slightly trashy, if you were feeling generous. The great thing about horror movies on Netflix is that there’s genuinely a lot to discover which you would probably never have come across otherwise.One of my favourites is Starry Eyes, a low-budget thrill ride which gets seriously intense in the body horror stakes. And that’s just one of hundreds. Whatever your taste, the sheer number of horror flicks on Netflix guarantees you can always discover something that flew under the radar when it came out.With that in mind, check out a bunch of new horror movies just added to the streaming service.
Ava’s Possessions (2015)We all have demons. Ava’s demon just happens to have possessed her. This witty, quirky supernatural horror from relative newbie writer-director Jordan Galland finds the titular character recovering from her demonic encounter, attending a “Spirit Possessions Anonymous” group, but unable to fully shake off her terrifying experience. Louisa Krause, Whitney Able and Dan Fogler star.
Check it out if you enjoyed: Drag Me To Hell
Beneath (2013)I don’t know about you, but having to spend thirty seconds in an elevator with my colleagues is enough to drive me to the brink of insanity — so just imagine being stuck 600 feet underground with a bunch of coal miners in an enclosed space in which oxygen is limited and fast disappearing. It’s the stuff of nightmares.
Beneath cleverly taps into that sense of extreme claustrophobia, drawing some significant parallels with another similar enclosed-space horror, the masterful The Descent, as its protagonists begin to turn on one another. Ben Ketai directs.Check it out if you enjoyed: The Descent
Fairlane Road (2016)The “horrible family secret” is a well-worn trope in horror, but also an effective one. There’s something irresistible about a secret, the problem being that the more juicy the secret seems, the flatter the big reveal can fall. In Fairlane Road, Angie sends her son Nick to the desert to care for his sick uncle, but along the way he discovers — you guessed it — a horrible family secret.
The movie plays a nice little trick by establishing Angie’s presence solely through phone calls, her face unseen, which gives the whole thing a slightly Hitchcockian fear factor. Directed by Gualtiero Negrini, and written by Anthony Sheritt, who also plays Nick.Check it out if you enjoyed: Stoker, Psycho
Goosebumps (2015)Most likely the first movie in this list you’ve actually heard of, Goosebumps may not quite have set the box office alight last October, but director Rob Letterman does a pretty solid job of adapting R.L. Stine’s iconic children’s horror series of the same name to the big screen, without losing the charm of the books, even if expensive CGI is no substitute for your own imagination.
The likeable comedic cast is lead by Jack Black as Stine himself, with Dylan Minnette (Agents of SHIELD) doing good work as the author’s very likeable new neighbor, whose unfortunate antics lead to the unleashing of the beasts previously confined to the page. Black is a treat as the grouchy Stine.Check it out if you enjoyed: Jumanji, Night at the Museum
Queen of the Damned (2002)Vampire movies were everywhere in the late ’90s — not sexy YA vampires like Twilight or The Vampire Diaries, but a grittier, more visceral strain. Queen of the Damned lands firmly in the latter camp, starring Stuart Townsend and the late R&B princess Aaliyah as a vamp who becomes the lead singer of a heavy metal band (seriously) and the very first vampire, respectively.
Although dated, there’s a definite charm to Queen which can’t be found in more contemporary examples of the genre, and it remains a tragedy to both music and cinema that a talent like Aaliyah died so young.Check it out if you enjoyed: Underworld, Interview With The Vampire, Blade
Scary Movie (2000)From one end of the spectrum to the other, Scary Movie does not take itself even remotely seriously. Running with the horror-teen comedy blend that Scream and Final Destination both created a new sub-genre from, Scary Movie is a ridiculously over-the-top romp which is pretty low on actual frights, but that’s totally not the point. This is the perfect movie to watch with seven of your friends, a big bag of popcorn and the lights dimmed low.
Check it out if you enjoyed: Scream, Final Destination, American Pie
Slasher (2016, Season 1)You probably haven’t heard of this horror anthology series which airs on Canadian television, but Netflix have snapped up the rights, meaning those in the US have a chance to indulge in a few American Horror Story-style thrills imbued with a more coherent sense of story than the likes of Hotel.
Katie McGrath (Merlin) plays Sarah Bennett, an artist who becomes drawn into the case of a slasher on the loose in her small town when the police fail to make any progress. The seven deadly sins are a recurring theme throughout, each of Season 1’s seven episodes honing in one of the sins. Slasher could very well be your next addiction. The only downside? With just seven episodes, you’ll be begging for more the moment it’s over.Check it out if you enjoyed: Scream (the series), Se7en
We Are Still Here (2015)It wouldn’t be a horror list without a haunted house addition, and We Are Still Here proves an effective entry into that sub-genre. When Anne and Paul move to a quiet New York suburb following the death of their son in an accident, they discover that their new home is hiding spirits who awake every thirty years and demand a sacrifice.
Although not quite as original as that premise might suggest, We Are Still Here is nonetheless satisfyingly creepy, with solid lead performances and enough in the way of twists that you’ll be rooting for Anne and Paul as they try to put the past to bed once and for all.Check it out if you enjoyed: The Babadook, The Canal, The Visit
Bonus: Starry Eyes (2014)I didn’t include Starry Eyes in the main list because it’s not actually new on Netflix this year, but having raved about it in the intro I felt it was worth another mention here, particularly as none of the movies above really explore body horror.
On the surface, Starry Eyes is just another film about an ambitious young girl trying her hardest to make it in Hollywood — but this movie, from directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, is far more concerned with what’s under the surface. In the case of Sarah, our very troubled heroine, what’s under the surface is begging to come out, and her primal desire to succeed takes over her life in the most brutal and graphic of fashions. Starry Eyes positively drips weirdness, packing creepy thrills right until its surreal, oddly bittersweet climax.Check it out if you enjoyed: Rosemary’s Baby
Which Netflix horror would you recommend for an epic fright night?