by Kahlia Meeuwsen, Entertainment Columnist
Published in Entertainment on 24th July, 2018
Unsure what to watch? It can certainly happen from time to time, especially if you're caught up on bingeing all of your favorite shows. The good news is, there are still options out there! If you're looking for something that will give you a good scare, take a look at these horror movies currently on Netflix!
Have you ever watched one of those television shows where a man goes out into the wilderness with next to nothing and survives on his own for a set period of time? This movie takes that concept to a whole new, and utterly horrific level.
Doug, a reality TV professional, heads into the woods to film himself in the state of survival when he begins to notice signs that he may not be alone. The world around him becomes more and more creepy as he seeks to find out exactly what may be stalking him.
Eli Roth stars in this film about a truly horrific natural disaster that could leave just about anyone in absolute terror. As a group of friends explore and party in exotic Chile, an earthquake of extreme proportions strikes, leaving many injured or dead in the first of several problems.
As the friends brave their way through falling debris and ever-decreasing odds of survival, you'll surely be on the edge of your seat at just about every moment. If earthquakes make you nervous, you'll definitely want to keep a light on while watching this one, or at least have a friend nearby!
If you're a fan of dark humor, then Stitches is definitely a film worth checking out. After receiving a blow to the ego (and the head), this undead clown seeks revenge on the children responsible for ending his life. As you'd expect from any quality clown, he goes in for each kill with panache and humor.
Each victim in this film is sure to entertain you more than the last as Stitches the Clown makes his way through a group of rowdy teenagers. Do keep in mind that this is a bit of a campy film, so if you aren't a fan of that then feel free to skip this one.
Some horror fans enjoy monsters, while others prefer supernatural films. Some prefer the realistic kind of fear that comes from realistic situations in realistic settings. That's exactly what you get in the terrifying journey known as Backcountry.
Two campers with their own growing tension make their way through a once-familiar wilderness. The discomfort continues to grow until it is sensed by another hungry traveler. By the time trouble bears down on them, there is little this couple can do to escape it. Be prepared for a lot of intensity and gore with this one!
Tucker and Dale Vs Evil is a film that allows you to take a step back and enjoy the humor found in the standard types of horror films out there. Tucker and Dale are just a pair of gentle country-dwelling men who wind up stuck in the middle of a horrific scene.
A series of mishaps lead to several teenage deaths around their cabin, and the pair become concerned that this "suicide pact" will bring them into view as possible murder suspects. Overall, this film is truly a wild ride that will leave you chuckling.
It doesn't get much campier or more terrifying than Cabin Fever. This film is packed with intensity, funny moments and more gore than the casual horror-viewer might be used to. In this film, a group of college students take a vacation in the woods, and they might not be coming back.
What makes this film stand out is that there isn't an animal, psychopath or monster chasing them down. Instead, they are rampaged by a flesh eating disease coming from a source that no one expects. While it is a film that is a little bit older, it's one that will leave you with nightmares for weeks.
If you enjoyed the 1978 original Piranha film, then buckle up for this wild ride. While it is a loose adaptation to the orginal, Eli Roth's Piranha is sure to keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat.
If you enjoy horror films that involve masses of partying college students being reduced to bloody messes, this one is worth checking out. Like many other Roth films out there, this one contains humor, sexiness and plenty of blood. You might even pair it with Cabin Fever if you have a stomach of steel!
If you like horror films that revolve around games, definitely take a look into this one. While many of us might know the game 'would you rather' as an interesting, sometimes humorous game where you simply choose between one hypothetical situation or another.
The difference is, in this film the situations aren't hypothetical. They may start out uncomfortable, but they eventually move into life-threatening. Follow Iris as she moves through the game in an attempt to best this dangerous game to get the money to save her brother's life.
There's one aspect of this movie that adds several layers onto the intensity and fear in the story. The protagonist, Maddie, is not only alone out in the woods, she's also deaf and therefore completely oblivious to most sounds. When a sly murderer decides to make her his victim, everything becomes much worse.
Rather than the quick murder the man had inticipated, he decides that the deafness of his victim makes her a perfect victim to play around with for a while prior to going in for the kill. Will Maddie survive? Check this film out to find the answer for yourself!
Fans of the Saw films should definitely check out Cube as well as its sequels. Though it is a bit older, it follows a similar style, except without the chances of survival that come with beating a Jigsaw game. Instead, groups of people are trapped in a giant cube that seems infinite and are forced to experience and attempt to survive a wide variety of different traps in each room.
From acid to fire to things well beyond the scope of what we would consider normal, Cube is an intense (if occassionally goofy) ride from beginning to end.
There are few things more frightening than an unpredictable stranger. After all, there's very little way to know what kinds of things a person like that might do. In this film, a man named Aaron travels to the house of Josef to film some "goodbye" videos meant for Josef's son after he passes from cancer.
What starts out as an empathetic, moving concept quickly moves into something unnerving, and later extremely frightening as Josef begins to show his true self. This is one movie that will leave you highly cautious about visiting the homes of any strangers, if you weren't already!
If you enjoy coming of age tales with a touch of terror, then Boys in the Trees is a perfect film to check out. This film involves the stories of two boys who, once inseperable, have divided themselves into different areas of high school life.
When one boy decides to reconnect with an old friend with some unfinished business, it takes a dark turn that brings them both into a world or horror and fantasy. From memories to closet skeletons, these two boys remember what once kept them together, and what drives them apart.
If there's one kind of person you want to steer clear of, it's a mad surgeon with a desire to bring his fantasies to life. In this film, the lives of three incredibly unlucky people are changed forever when they awaken to find themselves sewn together to create a living human centipede.
Watching this film will keep you disgusted, confused and in fear for the lives of the victims of Dr. Heiter. It will definitely leave you with an uncomfortable view of surgeons, and you may or may not find you want to check out the sequels in this series for an an even deeper cut!
The Descent is a great option for those who are creeped out by darkness, small spaces and murderous underground creatures. Created in the United Kingdom, this film tells the story of a group of women who have been long-time friends, but may have some unexpected secrets.
After the sudden passing of Juno's husband and daughter, the group get together to explore a cave and help her to move on from her horrific past. However, what starts out as an interesting cave exploration quickly turns into a horrific game of hide and seek with some killer underground creatures.
STDs are scary enough, but what about paranormal STDs? In this film, a murderous ghostly figure passes from victim to victim through intimacy, slowly moving down the list. The only way to get rid of the ghost? Get with as many people as possible.
This film follows Jamie as she is introduced to the murderous figure that begins following her, and she learns to pass it on the only way she knows how. Unfortunately, once the being takes care of whoever the "disease" is passed to, it returns to the source to finish the job.
If you're a fan of 80s horror films and the special brand of creativity they offer, then Hellraiser is one movie worth spending some time watching. Few horror films are quite so imaginative as this Clive Barker masterpiece, and few villains make your blood freeze like the Cenobites.
Hellraiser includes a mystical puzzle box and is quick to display what can happen to the souls that find it. Through a series of strange events, one man who suffered its wrath has been returned to the realm of the living as a skinless corpse, and it only gets weirder from there.
Few horror tropes are creepier than those involving troubled children. In this film, we watch the troubled relationship between a single mother and her young son devolve due to his outbursts and growing concerns about a character from one of his books, Mr. Babadook.
As the tension grows, viewers are left wondering about the motivations of various characters. There are creepy moments, intense shifts and you'll surely be cheering for the protagonists one moment and despising them the next. As far as the more recent horror films go, this is one that has certainly made a mark on the world of horror cinema.
Speaking of creepy children, this Staphen King film really takes the cake when it comes to children you don't want to spend any time with. The children in this town who live in a rural town are led by a mysterious entity to end the lives of every adult in town.
When a couple stop in the town in the midst of a road trip, they come face to face with the dangerous children in the town and are forced to fight for their lives. This is a movie that will leave you wondering about the possible secret intentions of any child you may come across after.
Oculus takes you on a psychological ride that many horror movies just can't take the time to offer. Rather than a murderer, crazed animal or monster, the villain in this film is a mirror. Not only is the mirror capable of driving the characters crazy, but it can mess with the viewer's head as well.
This is a film that does a fantastic job of bringing you into the moment, adding a layer of intensity to the overall piece. If you want just a good all-around horror film, this is the one to check out.
This Netflix-made film is one that takes what seems like a standard camping horror film and turns it into something much wilder. With one friend passed, four remaining friends go on a hiking trip to honor his memory.
What starts out as an enjoyable trip quickly becomes an anxiety-driven situation from which the characters cannot escape. In time, the group comes face to face with a cult that would leave anyone terrified. Will any of them survive the cult's wrath driven by a great forest entity? You'll have to watch and find out!