Netflix has so many titles to choose from it's sometimes really hard to know which ones won't steal your time. Allow me to assist with that.
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Need some inspiration to get through a weekend binging the 'Flix? Because I am a horror enthusiast, I thought maybe I could be of some assistance.
Here are 5 films of the horror persuasion currently on the Netflix catalog that I personally liked. This list is set against availability in the USA.
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1. For Virus and Zombie Fans
Try Cargo (2017) and The Rezort (2016)
Cargo is an Australian pandemic film that stemmed from a short film. The short film was amazing and when the feature-length movie finally hit streaming services, I was right there waiting. This film is not your regular run of the mill zombie flick. It's more of a drama-fuelled journey of a father trying to find a new home for his baby when he becomes infected.
There are few scenes where infected are gnashing on the living. Instead, Cargo offers a slow burn adventure that introduces interesting characters along the way. Don't forget your tissues because this one made me cry just a little bit.
The Rezort plays out on a typical safari if safaris were still around in the post-apocalypse. In the wake of an outbreak, safari guests can pay to kill some zombies (referred to as 'zee's') in the wild. It's all very controlled and safe until, of course, something goes wrong. This one might be a little well-trodden as far as zombie flicks go, but it's still fun and well put together. The special effects are good and the acting is also above average.
Starring Dougray Scott (One Last Chance 2003) and Martin McCann (The Survivalist 2017), Rezort feels a bit like how I imagine the world to be after The Walking Dead gets their stuff under control...or thinks it does.
2. For Lovers Of Independent Film
Try Killing Ground (2017) and Happy Hunting (2017)
Killing Ground is an Australian film and this one punches way below the belt. The story travels along in such a unique way that it delivers the tension in droplets before unleashing the hammer of destruction brought from the antagonists. Most of the violence happens off screen but you are always shown the aftermath of what's occurs and this one is certainly a film that hits you right in the heart. It's a survival horror that will leave you in a cold sweat and it's one of my favorite films to come out in 2017.
If your a fan of epic films like Eden Lake (2008) then this one might just be something you enjoy as well.
Ian and Samantha head to a national park, hoping that nature will give them space for some quiet time together. They arrive at an isolated campsite to find an SUV and a tent— no sign of the occupants. As night falls and the campers fail to return, Ian and Sam grow increasingly uneasy
Happy Hunting was made on a low budget as well as with independent production company's. It stars Martin Dingle Wall as Warren who in his alcohol-laden state, needs to get to Mexico. He stops in Bedford Flats to spend the night and discovers the town is holding a hunting festival. Thought the film is not original in concept, the movie itself is pretty cool. It's filled with creative kills and MacGyver survival tactics that will ensure you have a good time even if you've seen it before. I really liked this one and I've seen it quite a few times now.
Killing Ground Trailer
3. For Lovers of Slasher
Try Cult of Chucky (2017) and Terrifier (2017)
Not everybody likes Cult of Chucky but I do. There are so many of these films and now a television series in the works that many just don't see the point. What I like about this franchise is the base story of a possessed doll who has continuance within the many stories over the course of the films. In this one, Nica Pierce has been institutionalized and is convinced Chucky didn't kill her family and instead she did. Of course, we all know that Chucky is a rascally little mite and always looking for new and creative ways to get his kill on. Nica's therapist introduces the original Good Guy doll into the sessions and we all know that was never going to end well. This installment was enjoyable and brings back the well-known characters we all know and love.
Terrifier is a newcomer to the Netflix line-up and one of my favorite slashers in recent times. For those that find this lacking in story or annoying in performance, I was the polar opposite. I appreciate this film as a complete 80's throwback inclusive of its grainy look. As a slasher fan, it's quite normal for the plot to be stripped back to nothing in order to create an unstoppable killing machine like Art the Clown. These pesky clowns friends would be the likes of Chucky, Jason, and Michael. Why are they killing people? Because!!! Just because. Terrifier is hard-gore so don't go into this one expecting a cake walk of balloons and off-screen violence because Art will have none of that.
Set it up for Halloween viewing and refresh your fear of clowns.
The Babysitter Trailer
4. For Something Out of the Ordinary
Try The Babysitter (2016) and Stephanie (2017)
When The Babysitter first dropped on Netflix, everyone was talking about it. I took one look at the title and it's genre label of horror comedy and gave it a hard pass. Eventually, though, there was so much chatter about this movie, I put it on. The Babysitter stars Samara Weaving and I love her. I think she is just the pants and does a fantastic performance in the roles I have seen her in.. Far from the kiddie flick, I thought this would be, it not only showed me a good time but hit the nail for comedic elements combined with some very over the top kills.
Movies don't surprise me much anymore but this was my favorite pleasant surprise for 2017. Cole sneaks downstairs to spy on his babysitter and gets way more than he bargained for. Not only is his babysitter hot and up to no good in his house, but she's also part of a satanic cult. How fantastic does that sound?
Stephanie is the type of film that sometimes you predict the outcome of and sometimes it simply creeps up on you. Stephanie is introduced as a young girl all alone in the midst of a global crisis. her parents eventually return home and seem somewhat taken aback that she's still alive.
I try to go into most films with very little information. This way is definitely best to watch Stephanie. The story is amazing and the way it's all set up is perfect for what it eventually ends up being. I would love to see more movies come from this but it's still good as a stand-alone film. If you liked A Quiet Place (2018) then you will probably like this better.
5. For Lovers of Creepy
Veronica (2017) and Hush (2016)
Veronica comes from Spain so you will need to go with the subtitles for this one. During's it's promotional campaign which claimed this was going to be the scariest movie ever, many people went in with such high expectations they were subsequently disappointed. I never believe the hype and I absolutely adored this film. I guess I do have a soft spot for possession films and this is among one of the best to come out in recent years.
Veronica's going through turbulent times as a teenager in school while looking after her siblings and grieving for her father. It's no great stretch of the imagination to see her turn to an Ouija board to try and get some answers.
This film has some genuinely creepy moments and some outstanding imagery to amp up the atmosphere. It's also actually based on a true story, albeit loosely...but aren't they all?
Hush is your basic home invasion horror movie. If that type of story sets your nerves on edge then strap yourself in. There is extra jump scare value in Hush because the protagonist in this is deaf. Not only does she live in a remote location but she doesn't even realize she is being stalked until the stalker has definitely got his bearings and worked out the best way to attack his victim. Full of horror tropes and cliche moments this movie still delivers with the atmospheric tension and well-written narrative.
I am a big fan of the film The Strangers (2008) and Hush is kind of like an alternate version of that film only with a different dynamic in characters. I wasn't a fan of the end scenes of this one, but overall it ticks a lot of boxes for a film of this type.
Trailer for Hush
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Movie Whisperer (author) from Moreton Bay, Queensland on September 17, 2018:
I really like Netflix. Compared with some others— they have more good than bad. Thanks for the comment, Louise.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on September 17, 2018:
I've recently signed up to Netflix, and sounds like some good horror movies to watch. Plenty to keep me occupied. =)
Movie Whisperer (author) from Moreton Bay, Queensland on September 17, 2018:
Nice to hear Noel! It came together pretty easily so I’m happy with it too. Thanks for commenting.
Noel Penaflor from California on September 17, 2018:
Solid Article. I've seen most of these on Shudder and I'd have to agree with your assessments