The 25 most terrifying horrors to watch on Netflix right now – The Sun
ON the hunt for some terrifying flicks to watch whilst in lockdown?
Look no further than this detailed and varied guide to Netflix's most frightening horrors.
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1. The Hole In The Ground
Directed by Lee Cronin, The Hole in the Ground is a 2019 supernatural horror which premiered at The Sundance festival in January.
The film has just been added to Netflix and fans have described it as the scariest horror film of 2019.
The spooky movie follows a single mother who has moved and now lives in a remote location in a forest, but soon discovers her young son is starting to behave in a very peculiar manner.
But what is the connection between a sinister woman they encounter and a huge gaping hole that happens to be developing close by?
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 84%
2. Panic Room
Less gory than some of the other films on the list, Panic Room offers a more psychological thriller.
The movie more or less plays out within the setting of one house as Jodie Foster and a young Kristen Stewart try to defend themselves against intruders.
Many critics have compared director David Fincher's masterpiece to the work of Alfred Hitchcock.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 75%
This heart-pounding thriller by director Mike Flanagan follows the story of a deaf woman living alone in the woods.
Secluded and existing in a silent world, this young woman has to fight her way to safety after a psychotic killer appears outside her window. With no one around for miles, it proves to be a bloody battle for survival.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 73 %.
4. Scream (2016)
Based off the hit horror film, this series follows the murder of an entitled teen.
Art loner Audrey and her nerdy friend Noah are impacted by the death after the masked serial killer targets their friend Emma.
Whilst the trio try and solve the mystery of the killer, the town sheriff investigates the murder and fears that it may connected to the a dark chapter in the town's history.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 62%
5. Gerald's Game
Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) and his wife Jessie (Carla Gugino) try and rekindle the lost spark in their marriage with a retreat to a remote lake house.
However, a dangerous sex game leaves Gerald dead and Jessie handcuffed to the bed.
During this time she must battle hallucinations and the sheer panic of being unable to do anything.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 91%
6. Cult of Chucky (2017)
The 2017 iteration of Chucky is the seventh in its franchise.
Fortunately the sequel did not disappoint, with many critics hailing it just as strong as the original films.
It followed 2013's Curse of Chucky and centres around the iconic main protagonist Chucky doll, upon whom the films are based.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 78%
7. Scream (1996)
The 1996 slasher film is the first in the franchise, which gave way to a further three sequels.
It's inspired by the real-life Gainesville Ripper case and follows High Schooler Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) as she is targeted by an unknown killer wearing a ghost face mask.
The classic features an all-star cast including Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Drew Barrymore to name a few.
And it also spawned the Halloween costume go-to – the Scream mask or 'ghostface,' so we can also thank it for that.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 79%
This iconic horror is based off os Stephen King's best selling novel of the same name.
IT is the clown that has been terrifying children in the town of Derry, Maine.
IT only appears to children and reels them in by talking to them, making himself seem like the perfect 'friend'.
In 1989, a group of high school kids decide they want to solve the mystery of the missing children, only to find the disappearances stretching back centuries.
The brave teens have to remember one thing: IT feeds off of their fear.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 84%
9. Truth or Dare
Whilst admittedly low on the Rotten Tomatoes scale, Truth Or Dare does have an interesting premise.
The famous game initially seems like a harmless way to pass the time for a bunch of friends.
That was until someone – or something – started punishing people who lied about their truth or refused the dare.
When the game turns deadly it's up to the group to find out how to end the cycle before the next game reaches a new group.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 22%
While it wasn't a commercial hit, Mother! is a horror movie that's certainly worth checking out – particularly if you're a fan of US actress Jennifer Lawrence.
The Oscar award-winning star gives a chilling performance in the lead role alongside her on-screen husband, portrayed by Javier Bardem.
The couple has their relationship tested when a number of invited guests arrive at their home, bringing all sorts of chaos to their tranquil existence.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 69%
11. A Quiet Place
For the chatterboxes who don't know when to stop, what would you do if you had to keep your lips shut or risk dying?
This spine-chilling thriller shows the lengths that parents Emily Blunt and John Krasinski go to when making any sounds threatens their survival in an Earth invaded by aliens.
If they hear you, they hunt you.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 83 %.
12. Annabelle: Creation
A couple who are still mourning the loss of their child, decide to adopt children from their local orphanage.
However, all is not as it seems when the family are terrorised by a demented doll known as Annabelle.
The horror is the sequel to Annabelle and is the The Conjuring's origin story.
Warning: if you keep vintage dolls in your house, it may be time to get rid of them.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 71%
13. V Wars
If you get scared of films like Contagion or simply want to be scared out of your wits in the midst of a pandemic, then this series is for you.
After a fast-spreading disease turns people into blood-sucking fiends, two best friends must team up in order to save humanity.
Starring Ian Somerhalder in another vampire-esque role this is a blood-soaked blend of action and tension.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 96%
A spine-chilling horror that's guaranteed to serve jump scares and take the viewer through a world of confusion.
After the loss of their unborn child, Kate and John decide to look past their crumbling marriage and adopt a child.
Going to the local orphanage, they stumble upon a young lady named Esther.
However, all is not as it seems when she arrives and an alarming series of events start to unfold.
Kate notices and tries to save her family before it's too late, with limited success…
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 63 %.
15. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
A re-imagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch with all the dark twists and horror that come with the world of witchcraft.
Sabrina Spellman (Keirnan Shipka) reconciles with her half-Witch, half-mortal nature while fighting off evil forces that threaten her family, friends and the entirety of the human world.
If you like Riverdale, then this Archie Comics series will be right up your street.
Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 84%
16. The Purge
The Purge is set in a nightmarish US where all crime is legal for 24 hours once a year.
With people waiting all year round to 'purge their sins', both the native population and tourists from overseas jump at the chance to legally commit crime.
This harrowing film shows what the country would do if they were able to commit unspeakable crimes without repercussions, exploring the darkest facets of human nature.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 56%
17. The Invitation
This violent, psychological thriller is dripping with tension as a dinner party where Will (Logan Marshall-Green) turns up to his ex-wife's new house while she's hosting a dinner party with her new husband.
The pair's tragic past comes back to haunt them after a dark evening unveils a hidden agenda.
The layers of paranoia, mystery and horror all collide when the Hollywood Hill's couple get a shock of deadly proportions.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 88%
After a careless dog gets into an accident, two newlyweds are killed.
Upon their arrival at the outskirts of Heaven, the couples finds a long waiting list to be admitted.
In order to kill time, they opt to haunt their old house for 50 years.
However, the new couple inhabiting their house seem to get on their last nerve.
Cult-classic with Alec Baldwin, Catherine O'Hara, Geena Davis and Jeffrey Jones.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 82%
19. The Haunting of Hill House
Turn the lights out and get ready to be scared out of your wits. With guaranteed jump scares, this series is not for the faint-hearted but perfect for avid horror fans.
The story hops from past to present, following a family who are confronting their memories of living in their old home and what drove them away from it.
There are some disturbing themes in the series, but the plot had fans demand a second season after the first outing, so that should tell you all you need to know.
Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 91%
20. Tokyo Ghoul
Tokyo is haunted by two ghouls who resemble humans.
However, these ghouls feast on the flesh of the humans they inhabit.
As a ghoul-human hybrid, Ken Kanecki is caught between two worlds.
This horror anime series has two seasons, dark themes and is different from your usual Netflix series.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 65%
21: The Ring (2002)
The Ring was a massive hit when it was released in 2002, making a whopping $250 million at the box office.
A remake of a 1998 Japanese horror movie Ring, the film famously sees a scary woman crawl out of a well and through a TV screen from a cursed videotape.
Anyone who watches the videotape dies seven days later, leading a journalist to investigate what is actually going on.
Director – the aptly named Gore Verbinski – manages to do a sterling job in the notoriously tricky remake genre and paved the way for even more English-language remakes of Asian horror films.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 48%
22: The Evil Dead (1981)
If you're after a horror classic, look no further then The Evil Dead.
Starring Bruce Campbell, this film is seen as a cult classic in the horror genre and spawned a whole franchise including two sequels, video games and more recently, a television series.
The Evil Dead follows a group of college students who visit a remote woodland cabin and play a mysterious audio tape which releases demons and spirits.
Members of the group end up suffering from demonic possession, leading to plenty of slasher gore and bloodshed.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 84%
23: Get Out (2017)
A real breath of fresh air for the horror genre, Get Out follows Chris Washington, a young African-American man who uncovers a disturbing secret when he meets the family of his Caucasian girlfriend, Rose Armitage.
The film stars Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams and received praise for the themes running through the horror flick.
It grossed $255 million at the worldwide box office and has often been cited as one of the best films of the 2010s.
24: Final Destination (2000)
The film that spawned four spin offs, the original film – a supernatural horror – is difficult to beat.
Devon Sawa plays a teenager who cheats death after having a premonition of a catastrophic plane explosion after boarding the aircraft. He and several of his classmates leave the plane before the explosion occurs, but Death comes looking for them throughout the film and tries to claim their souls in a number of unique and horrifying ways, leaving viewers jumping out of their seats.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 68%
25: The VVitch (2015)
Collider has described this film as "one of the scariest (and prettiest) horror movies in recent memory. Which is a pretty strong statement to make.
Set in 1630s New England, it follows a family who are banished from a Puritan plantation for being too religious.
Living in seclusion near some woods, their baby is kidnapped and the parents fall further into madness as the sinister dial is ramped up.
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