Fear is arguably humanity's most primal instinct. Tapping into that emotion in a controlled setting can help you master the feeling and ultimately better yourself as a person. Or maybe you just want to see some adorable teenagers get butchered by a madman with an unconventional weapon. We're not here to judge, and neither is Netflix. If horror movies are your thing, Netflix has a ton of them, and we've picked out some of the scariest, funniest and strangest films.
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Alice Ackerman, a successful camgirl, used to have a tight focus on her reality. All that changes once she figures out that faking her own death will shoot her to the top of the charts, and get a ton of tips. But before she can seize on her popularity, a new rival named Princess_X — who looks just like Alice — appears and shatters the scene. The film seizes on the mob mentality behavior that drives social media circles wild, and turns into a macabre thriller as Alice begs the police for help.
This Netflix original stars Sandra Bullock, as Malorie Hayes, who is about to go on a terrifying journey down river in a boat, with only the blindfolds on their heads to protect them. Yes, normally you'd expect that everyone would want their vision when they're pitted against ghastly terrors, including infected fellow survivors, and therein lie the mysteries of Bird Box. Without the ability to actually perceive their enemies, the imaginations of Malorie and her cohorts conjure up even scarier possibilities of what's behind the blindfolds.
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Apostle builds its thrills slowly, as you watch Thomas (Dan Stevens) go undercover to save his sister Jennifer (Elen Rhys) from a mysterious cult. In a brilliant bit of casting, Michael Sheen plays Malcolm, the cult leader, a (rightly) paranoid creep who's obsessed with the roots and vegetation of the land.
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This Netflix original reminded many of The Road meets the graphic novel version of The Walking Dead, tracking Martin Freeman as a dad in a zombie-filled wasteland, protecting his wife Kay and baby Rosie. Those looking for something truly refreshing may be let down, but Freeman delivers a strong performance that grounds the film in relatable humanity, and Rosie's adorable nature could warm even a cold, undead heart.
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A cult thriller that flew under the radar in 2018, The Endless deals with the flaws of memory, and how we handle the stories we repress. The film tracks Justin and Aaron, a pair of brothers who receive a mysterious VHS tape (which is crazy into and of itself, who has a tape deck?) from the cult they survived. Justin swears the senders — who claim they're all fine now — were a UFO death cult, though Aaron thinks his brother is blowing things out of proportion. Then things get weird, so weird, in fact, that saying more would spoil the film's insanity.
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Parenthood is frightening enough, but Little Evil one-ups the perils of child-rearing with a question: what if your new step-son was possessed by an actual demon. And who better to be thrust into this sticky situation than Adam Scott, who works every flavor of awkward into each role he takes.
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Knowing that Raw is a horror movie will likely help you stomach its rotten conceit. Justine, a first-year veterinary school student, faces a hard time fitting in, as her classmates are a mix of bullies and seductive friends, giving her plenty to get in the way of her studies. Struggling to meet parental expectations — everyone in Justine's family is a vet — she buckles to peer pressure and tastes raw meat for the first time. That's where everything goes from bad to worse, though, as she begins to develop a taste for flesh, and that includes her fellow classmates.
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