There is a movie for every different mood. sometimes you want to watch something relaxing and light, so you choose a “feel good” movie like “forest gump”. then there are days when you need some motivation to keep going, so you end up watching an inspiring sports movie like ‘creed’. but then there are these other days where we have a love/hate relationship with the kind of movies we’re watching. we look for the scariest and most disturbing movies. we stay up all night to watch them and then wonder why we brand ourselves this way, threatening our good night’s sleep for the rest of the week.
A subgenre of horror, haunting movies offer a very different kind of escape for those who enjoy watching them. If you’re one of those people who squirm, twitch, and shriek in fear but still enjoy scaring themselves with devious movements, then you don’t have to prowl the deep web to look for them. Netflix has its fair share of unsettling, anxiety-inducing movies that will give you the kind of scare you’re looking for. Check out the list below of the most disturbing movies on Netflix and before you hit play, make sure you’re buried in your sheets and ready to puke with all the lights on. You can also watch some of these creepy and shockingly disturbing movies on Hulu or Amazon Prime.
20. creep (2014)
‘creep’ introduces us to struggling videographer aaron, who starts off innocently enough when he accepts an assignment to travel to a remote cabin for a day’s work. Once there, Aaron meets his client, Josef, who claims that he is living with a brain tumor and could die before his wife gives birth to his child. he therefore asks aaron to record a video record as a gift for his unborn child. Initially a routine assignment, things soon take a disturbing turn as dark secrets are revealed. Furthermore, even after Aaron manages to escape with his life, he can’t get Josef off his back, raising questions as to whether the latter has been putting on a charade all along.
19. under the shadow (2016)
During the Tehran missile attacks of 1984, a man departs for the war, leaving behind his wife and daughter alone in their apartment. A common Islamic belief suggests that Djinn are evil entities that are carried by the wind to places that instill terror and suffering. When everyone else leaves, the mother and the daughter remain alone hunting down the missing doll which is very dear to the daughter but has now been seized by the Djinn whose intention is to separate the two from each other. The mother and daughter struggle to survive in their war-torn surroundings while a disturbing dark force squirms in the shadows and haunts them.
18. no friends (2014)
A chilling film with unimaginable twists, ‘Unfriended,’ revolves around a group of high school friends who get the shock of their lives when a deceased student, Laura Barns, seemingly returns and attempts to wreak havoc through an internet chat room. Laura, the student in question, dies by suicide before the events of the film after a video showing her defecating at the party goes viral. Although they initially insist on admitting an otherworldly presence, the friends soon realize that the chat room intruder is serious, as the people held responsible for the suicide are eliminated one by one.
17. there is someone inside your house (2021)
An adaptation of Stephanie Perkins’ novel of the same name, ‘There’s Someone Inside Your House’ revolves around Makani and a group of her friends from Osborne High School as they race against time to defeat a terrifying killer in Serie. the killer, whose only m.o is to use the victims’ faces while committing the murder, seems to be targeting those guilty of previously hurting someone. However, as the group uncovers one dark secret after another, the line between friend and foe blurs, and Makani realizes that any one of them could be out for blood.
16. things heard & seen (2021)
based on the book ‘all things cease to appear’ by elizabeth brundage, ‘things heard & seen ’ revolves around catherine claire, an art restorer, who moves to a country house in upstate new york with her husband and her daughter. Although she appears to have a perfect family, the film soon breaks the illusion by showing her living with bulimia. Meanwhile, her husband George begins an affair while her daughter feels an otherworldly presence in the house. However, once Catherine comes across an old bible and an ancient ring, the boundary between the real world and the spirit world seemingly disappears as each character is forced to face the dire consequences of their past mistakes.
15. eli (2019)
eli is a supernatural horror movie about a boy who apparently has a rare condition that causes him to have allergic reactions whenever he’s outside. as a result, he has to put on safety gear if he ventures outside. His parents admit him to a remote facility, run by Dr. isabela horn (lili taylor). In the first days, Eli is truly happy, finally free to walk without the heavy protective suit and being able to hug his parents. however, he soon begins to notice paranormal happenings within the facility, leading him to believe that the place is haunted. the film was directed by ciarán foy, whose other credits include ‘citadel’ and ‘sinister 2’.
14. clinical (2017)
In Netflix’s “Clinic,” young patient Nora Jane (India Eisley) brutally attacks psychiatrist Jane Mathis (Vinessa Shaw) before attempting suicide. The incident leads to Jane being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. and sleep paralysis. A badly disfigured man named Alex (Kevin Rahm) comes to her for treatment. although she has reservations, she accepts him as her patient. He learns that Nora has been sent home from the psychiatric facility where she placed the young girl. As strange incidents begin to occur around her, Jane comes to believe that Ella Nora has returned to murder her. Luke Harvis and Alistair Legrand wrote the script with Legrand directing the project.
13. fractured (2019)
Netflix’s psychological horror film “Fractured” revolves around Ray Monroe (Sam Worthington), whose daughter Peri (Lucy Capri) falls into an exposed well after being chased by a stray dog. Ray and Ella’s wife Joanne (Lily Rabe) rush her to a nearby hospital and admit her there. he later discovers that both his wife and his daughter are missing and hospital staff deny knowledge of them. they even tell him that she had come there only for treatment. Terrified for his family, Ray began his frantic search for them. Critics praised Worthington’s performance in the film, as well as Brad Anderson’s direction and Björn Charpentier’s cinematography.
12. endure the dark (2018)
in jeremy saulnier’s netflix movie ‘hold the dark,’ jeffrey wright stars as russell core, an author with intimate knowledge of wolf behavior. A woman named Medora Slone (Riley Keough) contacts him from the fictional town of Keelut, Alaska, asking him to go there and kill a pack of wolves because she believes they have taken and killed three small children. Medora’s son, Bailey, is among them. Knowing that wolves don’t behave that way, Core travels to Keelut and later finds Bailey’s frozen body in the family home. Medora’s husband, Vernon (Alexander Skarsgård), returns from Iraq and kills several officers to retrieve his son’s body from the authorities. Based on the novel of the same name by William Giraldi, ‘Hold the Dark’ resonates with a guttural sense of dread throughout its runtime.
11. the open day (2018)
Starring Dylan Minnette, Piercey Dalton, Sharif Atkins, Patricia Bethune, and Aaron Abrams, Netflix’s ‘The Open House’ follows a woman, Naomi, and her son, Logan. After the death of Logan’s father in a tragic accident, the two face financial difficulties. At the request of Naomi’s sister, they agree to travel to her mountain retreat and stay there until a buyer can be found through the open house event. After they arrive there, both start noticing that odd things are happening around them. Items go missing. There are phone calls with seemingly no one on the other end. They receive little help from the police. Secluded from the rest of the sleepy town, they battle fear and paranoia. Unbeknownst to them, their home has been invaded by the serial killer “Evil Boots”.
10. the platform (2019)
This Spanish sci-fi horror tells the story of a unique multi-story correctional facility where two inmates are kept on each floor. food is delivered through an elevator-like platform, which stops at each floor for a specified period of time, during which inmates have to eat what they can. they can’t save anything for later. if they do, the prison authorities will boil or freeze them by manipulating the temperature of the cell. the protagonist, goreng (iván massagué), has voluntarily joined the prison population to obtain a diploma. he quickly learns that it is the worst mistake he has ever made in his life. galder gaztelu-urrutia is the director of the film. Following its 44th annual premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Netflix launched “The Platform” for its global audience.
9. camera (2018)
directed by daniel goldhaber, netflix’s tech horror ‘camera’ offers highly relevant commentary on the digital age, lack of privacy, the dangers of overexposing yourself on the internet, and identity theft. Screenwriter Isa Mazzei drew on her own experience as a camgirl while writing the film’s script. It stars Madeline Brewer as Alice Ackerman, who streams live sexual content on a website called FreeGirlsLive under the username “Lola_Lola.” one day, she discovers that she cannot log into her account. upon further investigation, she discovers that a doppelganger is currently operating on him. Desperate to get it back, she contacts the website’s customer service, her fans, and even the police, but no one can seem to help her. As the movie progresses, she becomes even more agitated and unstable, accusing other camgirls of sabotaging her career.
8. bird box (2018)
In netflix’s “bird box”, the earth has been invaded by demonic beings that can take the form of a person’s worst fear and then drive them to madness and suicide. The film has two narratives that revolve around the same character, Malorie (Sandra Bullock), and are separated by five years. one follows a still pregnant malorie as she struggles to survive in the immediate aftermath of the invasion, while the other describes her attempts to keep her children alive. Directed by Susanne Bier and an adaptation of Josh Malerman’s 2014 novel of the same name, the film received mostly positive reviews from critics. it also became one of the streaming service’s most-watched original content of all time.
7. in the tall grass (2019)
Based on another Stephen King novel (co-written with his son Joe Hill), Netflix’s ‘In The Tall Grass’ is a bloody, violent story filled with all the familiar Stephen King themes, including incest, time travel, cannibalism, and madness becky and her brother cal (laysla de oliveira and avery whitted) hear a boy’s cry for help in a field of tall grass while traveling to san diego. They go into the grass looking for the boy, but soon find they can’t get out. To make matters even more precarious, Becky is 6 months pregnant. They discover that the baby’s father, Travis (Harrison Gilbertson), is also in the field and trapped. Directed by Vincenzo Natali, the film also stars Patrick Wilson, Rachel Wilson and Will Buie Jr.
6. 1922 (2017)
The cinematic adaptation of the 2010 namesake novella by Stephen King, Netflix’s horror-drama ‘1922’ is set in the eponymous year in a farm in Hemingford Home, Nebraska, and tells the story of farmer Wilf James (Thomas Jane) and his family. Content with how things are at the farm, he wants to spend his entire life there. But his wife Arlette (Molly Parker), disillusioned and dissatisfied, wants to put it up for sale. Wilf speaks to his son Henry (Dylan Schmid) about murdering Arlette, reminding him that she doesn’t approve of his girlfriend, Shannon (Kaitlyn Bernard). Henry reluctantly agrees to help. After killing her, they throw down her body in a dry well in the property, where rats soon start feasting on it. However, this horrible act dooms both the father and son forever, as they almost willingly set themselves on their paths to destruction.
5. I’m the pretty thing that lives in the house (2016)
An atmospheric horror film, “I’m the pretty little thing that lives in the house” is a story about a horror writer and her caregiver as they experience supernatural forces in their home. The author in question, Iris Blum, suffers from chronic dementia and therefore her property managers have hired Lily Saylor to care for her. Lily begins to notice the shadowy figures of a woman in the house and begins to panic. As time passes, the division between fantasy and reality blurs in her eyes. We remember the fact that Iris had written in one of her books that there are certain realms where the living and the dead co-exist. so her house is also such a kingdom? This movie has the charm of an old horror due to its interesting setting and characters. For those who love tense atmospheres more than scares, this is the movie to watch. the unsettling element of the film is the restraint shown by the filmmaker. there is always a constant sense of tension that sometimes leaves the audience quite bewildered.
4. perfection (2019)
one of the most disturbing netflix originals, ‘perfection’ is a movie you should definitely keep kids away from. The film’s central character is a musical prodigy named Charlotte (Allison Williams) who attends the most elite music school at the invitation of her teacher. She manages to befriend one of the best students in the school, Lizzie, and gradually they become sexually involved as well. when the two arrive at the school, they realize that, under the guise of a music school, something pretty awful is going on here. But how will the two of them manage to survive the wrath of such brutal criminals? violence is the reason why we ask you to watch this movie only in the company of adults. some of the scenes are too gory for even the most die-hard fans of movie violence. Director Richard Shepard deftly uses genre conventions to bring us a thriller that will stay embedded in our minds for a long time.
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3. apostle (2018)
One of the best horror movies you’ll find on Netflix, ‘Apostle’ is written and directed by Gareth Evans. The story of this film centers on a man named Thomas Richardson who returns home with the news that his sister has been kidnapped by a sinister cult and is now being held prisoner on her private island. Thomas is determined to rescue her from this ordeal and sets off as soon as possible. Thomas’s plan is to infiltrate the organization by posing as one of his followers. when he enters the island, he is shocked by her brutal methods of performing rites and rituals. he slowly comes to understand that the cult members want to perform a human sacrifice of his sister. the brilliant art direction that we can see in this film is something that will stay with us for a long time. A constant sense of dread is present throughout the film, made possible by Evans’ mastery behind the camera.
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2. gerald’s game (2017)
gerald’s game is a psychological horror based on a novel written by stephen king. It begins on a harmless note as a couple escapes to a remote lake house with the intention of spicing up their sex life. Things take a turn for the worse when the husband dies unexpectedly and wife Jessie is left handcuffed to the bed frame. Jessie is horrified when the demons inside her head begin to lurk in the shadows of the empty house as she struggles to tame the rising darkness that had been buried deep within her long ago. The most disturbing thing about this movie is that it’s hard to understand if everything Jessie sees is real or just a mere projection of her deepest fears.
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1. silence (2016)
From time to time, writers choose to isolate themselves from the rest of the world to find peace, which can even be reflected in what they write later. Author Maddie Young does something similar when she loses her hearing as a teenager. she lives in complete isolation away from the noise and hassles of society. But her peace doesn’t last long and her quiet retreat is shattered when the haunting sight of a masked killer suddenly appears at one of her windows. Your heart beats faster with each passing minute of the movie as Emily tries to outsmart the killer.
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