Hey folks, Jesse here. It’s no secret that I like horror movies so I thought I share my knowledge about it to find some of the underrated horror gems you can find on Netflix. I came up with five of the scariest, goriest and most bizarre horror movies I’ve seen on the streaming service. These movies will creep you out. That brings us to my first pick. Let’s check these out. I added a few phone wallpapers in case you’re already a fan of the films.
This one comes from Mark Duplass, a guy you might recognize from FX’s The League. He’s done a few other indie movies and is the co-creator of and HBO anthology show called Room 107. He and his brother Jay have become well know in the indie movie world for their creative writing and producing. They mix a little acting in there too and I’ve been a fan of their work for a while now.
The Creep movies are filmed in “found footage” style. Both movies feature Josef (Duplass) a seemingly innocent serial killer. He only seems innocent by looking at him though. Once you spend five minutes with Josef you know something isn’t right. That’s pretty much what makes the movies work. Josef puts ads on Craigslist looking for friends and he ends up killing the people he meets. The ads are responded to by amateur filmmakers in both films. This leaves you in the point of view of Josef’s victims.
The tension is built so high by Duplass’ performance. He is constantly finding new ways to make you feel uneasy about this guy and how dangerous he actually is. You know that something bad is coming and Josef’s irrational behaviors make it that much more unsettling.
You expect the next movie to be more of the same. However, the story stands on its own. Although the slow build-up of tension seems the same, the device that it’s told with keeps it interesting. I found this one so disturbing because Josef could be a real person out there. Movies like this remind us how dangerous our neighbors can be. Check this one out if you like a drawn-out series of “I should get the hell out of here” moments.
I’ve already said a lot about Verónica in my review of the movie you can find here. This is a Spanish language film that saw critical success as the “scariest movie on Netflix” when it first came out. I agreed. In 1991 Madrid, after holding a séance at school, a teen girl minding her younger siblings at home suspects an evil force has entered their apartment.
It was quite scary and for those that like Blumhouse favorites like The Conjuring and Insidious than your going to love this one. I think it rivaled those movies in possession genre and had a great twist ending. There are some child actors that do a great job and the overall story really shines.
This French movie might leave a bad taste in your mouth. That’s only if you can’t stomach movies about cannibalism. A young vegetarian girl joins a veterinarian school and after some hazing becomes infatuated with the taste of meat and eventually gets the hunger from getting a taste of human flesh.
It’s really a dark and disturbing coming of age story that keeps you fascinated by the characters and appalled by their eating habits. This one is not for the squeamish. The guys and I at Films from Basement did a podcast about the movie that you can find here.
Another entry from Mexico is this twisted anthology from 8 Mexican horror filmmakers. It surrounds folklore and myths from Mexico and each story is based on a horror version of one of those stories. Stories of boogeymen, trolls, ghosts, monsters, Aztec sacrifices, and of course the Day of the Dead. Expect the really weird, bizarre and gory.
Lots of good horrors here for anthology lovers. Lots of great practical creature effects and plenty of blood. Especially be on the lookout for the entry called “Drena” (Drain). I won’t tell you what gets drained. You have to witness that yourself. This may even make it to our mythology month on the Films from the Treehouse podcast.
Our friendly neighbors to north bring us The Void. This one was a crowdfunded project on Indiegogo and was met with critical praise. I found this one to be scarier than I thought it would be. This movie has some pretty bizarre creatures and people trapped in a hospital by a mysterious cult.
It’s got a lot of suspense and a lot of paranoia going on with the group of people trapped in the hospital. All while they are trying to figure out why the cult won’t them leave and what the evening would have in store. It has A LOT of supernatural elements for is you like things like Lovecraft horror then you’ll probably like this. Not that it’s straight from that source, it’s definitely a thing all of its own.
Alright, my friends, that’s a few of the underrated horror gems you’ll find on Netflix that you might have passed by. They are some of the more disturbing, bizarre and weird movies I’ve seen on there but I know there are plenty more. These ones have also done well with critics and they aren’t you typical horror fare. They are creative and often think outside the box when it comes to the genre that can sometimes overdo things (more zombies anyone?). If you can think of any I didn’t mention feel free to let me know. I’m off to watch more movies and then I’ll tell you about those ones also.