Some horror movies are perfect for enjoying alone, with a cup of tea in hand as rain pours outside. Others can be so terrifying that you feel on edge even in the comfort of your own home and are best watched with another brave soul. For those who like to walk on the wild side and experience true terror, check out our picks for the ultimate Netflix horror films that you probably won’t want to watch alone.
‘Silence of the Lambs’
Murder, cannibalism, psychological terror, and kidnapping — Silence of the Lambs checks all of these boxes and then some. The 1991 horror film redefined the genre and established Anthony Hopkins’ most iconic role. Jodie Foster plays FBI agent Clarice Starling, who is tasked with finding a serial killer. In order to help the investigation along, Starling must interview the cannibalistic Hannibal Lector, who manages to inspire fear even behind the bars of a maximum-security prison. Even though the film has become the stuff of pop culture legend, with a multitude of quotable lines, Silence of the Lambs is still a deeply terrifying movie and one that requires a strong stomach. It also won an array of awards, including an unprecedented five Academy Awards. After all these years, it still packs a punch.
Based on the 1992 Stephen King story, Gerald’s Game is a Netflix original that preys on a multitude of human fears. Carla Gugino stars as a woman who is left alone after her husband dies in the middle of a game, leaving her handcuffed to a bed, helpless and trapped. She must survive a whole host of terrors and discovers that the mind can be the most dangerous one of all, even as she makes a difficult choice to try and escape confinement. Gerald’s Game is scary stuff and one that is bound to upset a number of squeamish stomachs. Released in 2017, it is not only one of the most masterfully-written King stories, but probably one of the most frightening.
M. Night Shyamalan is responsible for some of the strangest, most twisted movies of the past twenty years, including classics like The Sixth Sense and Signs. One of his most bone-chilling stories is definitely The Village, released in 2004. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Adrien Brody, The Village tells the tale of an isolated community that is patrolled by mysterious, deadly creatures. The scares are serious and only build in intensity throughout the film, all the way up to the terrifying, shocking conclusion. The Village is one that definitely should be watched while all the lights are on. As with all Shyamalan films, do your best to avoid spoilers prior to watching The Village — it has the strongest impact when you are experiencing it for the first time, just like the hapless villagers in the film.
Although torture-style horror films have become very popular in recent years, they’ve also become somewhat watered down and for the most part, quite predictable. Hostel, released in 2005, remains a classic of the genre, incredibly tough to watch and deeply terrifying. It tells the story of a group of students who become stuck in an impossible situation in the far-flung land of Slovakia. Hostel is bloody, cringe-inducing, and ultimately, truly disturbing. It was also a huge smash when it was released, and kickstarted a barrage of sequels and spinoffs, all based on similar situations. Hostel remains the best of the bunch and a film that will keep you in suspense well after the credits roll.
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