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Horror movies were the first ever love/hate relationship I was ever a part of. I'm sure there are many people out there that are like me. People who wait for the latest horror movie to arrive, only to stay up the whole night after watching, wondering why you would do this to yourself. Again.
Luckily for all of us who have this relationship with horror movies, technological advancements have placed the latest and greatest movies at our fingertips. Streaming is the way of the future, and Netflix is at the forefront. As a proud subscriber of Netflix, I have watched far and wide all it has to offer in this genre, and I was not disappointed. If you're interested in a good scare or having your mind blown, check out the most disturbing movies on Netflix right now.
Coming out in 2015, It Follows drew a lot of critical acclaim, scoring a 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and was lauded as a truly original horror movie. In a movie landscape of prequels, sequels, and threequels, that's the best compliment a movie can receive in this day and age.
Every college student's worst nightmare, It Follows turns casual sexual flings into a story of pure terror. With an ancient cursed being passed from one to another through the act of lovemaking, this story definitely earned that "unique" moniker, and is one of the best horror movies with great plots. While that brief description does not sound overly scary, I, and the hundreds of reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes, can assure you that it is.
Another certified fresh movie by Rotten Tomatoes, slotting in comfortably at 80 percent, Teeth was the pop culture horror smash of 2007. With the title lead, Dawn, having a sort of, let's say, unique anatomy, you'll experience a story that continually adds discomfort and tension until you get to the point where you just want to turn off your TV. Resist this urge, and finish the movie. With the stakes being raised throughout the film, I promise you won't want to miss the end.
Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, Gerald's Game dives deep into the psychological aspect of horror. When kinky foreplay goes wrong and leaves the main character, Jessie, handcuffed to a bed, far away from anyone who could help, she begins to descend into madness. Frightening hallucinations, disturbing flashbacks, and general paranoia envelop both Jessie and the viewer as you're not sure how or if she'll escape. Side note, I think I've just uncovered a horror movie conspiracy in which they are all subconsciously telling everyone to stay abstinent for life. Three in a row constitutes a trend, right?
Branching into the sci-fi horror subgenre, we arrive at The Void. Reminiscent of 1982 hit The Thing with Kurt Russell, The Void follows a police officer who arrives at a hospital full of horrors he can't explain. Cults, different dimensions, and various terror-inducing monsters abound, this horror film oozes disturbing horror. Any one of those aspects in a movie is bound to make you feel unsettled, but all three? That's a perfect recipe for not being able to sleep the night after seeing it, and that's how you know you it was worth it.
Finally, a good ole-fashioned possession story. It even occurs through the use of a Ouija board, no less. Though those two factors may seem like played out techniques horror movies use to scare you with, this movie is anything but conventional. Based on a true story of a girl named Estefania Gutierrez Lazaro living in Spain in 1991, this is as close to real-life evidence of possession there is.
Police reports verified that Lazaro was using a Ouija board when it broke in the middle of the "ritual." Over the next six months, Lazaro experienced seizures and hallucinations, even claiming she saw evil shadows and presences. You'll have to watch to see how the story ended, but this definitely is one of the horror movies to watch with the lights off.
Never accept an invitation to a dinner party from your ex-wife. That is the moral of this story. Taking you into another psychological drama, The Invitation is as uncomfortable as it gets, in a good way, obviously. Similar to a few others mentioned already, and capitalizing on one of my favorite themes of horror movies, this 2015 highly reviewed thriller makes uncertainty its central theme.
Bottom line, the main character doesn't know what's going on, neither do you, and I love that storytelling technique. It keeps you on the edge of your seat because you have no idea where it will turn to next. The dinner party seems inviting and friendly, but could there be more sinister intentions afoot? Nobody knows, everyone is in the dark, and that is what's brilliant about this movie.
Taking anxiousness and paranoia to the extreme, Hush will test your ability to handle stress. Starring John Gallagher Jr. as The Man, Kate Siegel as Maddie, and directed by Mike Flanagan, Hush invites a new form of terror into horror movies. An uninvited house guest/stalker/psychopath attempts to kill Maddie, who lives in a secluded woodland area far away from society (as most horror movie victims often do).
Oh, and Maddie just so happens to be deaf and mute. This provides an interesting perspective, exploring a new realm of horror while at the same time following a familiar storyline. Hush is nerve-wracking till the very end, as it doesn't take its foot off the gas and will have you hooked from start to finish.
There always has to be a clown involved when discussing horror movies, it's just a fact of life. Though not as popular as 2017 remake of Stephen King's It, Clown may just top it in terms of pure scare factor. The 2014 horror film sees a devoted father slowly turning into a demonic being after wearing a cursed clown costume. Don't you just hate it when that happens?
The frightening and downright scary aspects of this film come from never really knowing who is in control, the demon or the father. What is known, however, is that if you enjoyed It or hold any iota of fear towards clowns, you need to see this movie.
First clowns, and then dolls. Both are necessary topics to discuss because both are staples of the horror industry. While some believe that these sources of fright are clichéd at this point, I disagree. In my opinion, if these subjects are approached in a new way and are explored in the right direction, they can remain fresh and keep people jumping out of their seats. It was true with Hush, Clown, and it is true for The Boy as well.
The Boy revolves around a doll that we, as the viewing audience, know to be alive and haunted from the get-go. However, it is fun to watch the nanny intended to "babysit" the doll find out. The horror only grows as we are unsure of what the doll is capable of or what it might do next. These are three of the most disturbing movies on Netflix that have taken clichéd storylines and injected them with new life. We can only hope this trend continues in the future.
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)
This one was tough, a true nail-biter. It was hard choosing between the first and second Human Centipede movies, seeing as both qualify for the most disturbing movies on Netflix, but someone has to make the tough decisions. The second one, in my esteemed opinion, has a bit more skin-crawling, stomach-turning moments than its predecessor, so I've decided to include this one.
If you haven't seen any of this series, you're truly missing out. The first movie shocked the world, and redefined the extreme horror genre. The second pushed the boundaries even further, and those who can sit through the whole thing without closing their eyes or turning away are real-life superheroes. This takes disturbing to the next level and may never be topped, a fact I'm not sure if I'm happy or upset about.