Best Netflix Original Horror Films

I was going to start this list with a “Netflix and chills” pun, but it turns out they already used that one in a recent ad campaign. Nice.

So I’ll just dive right in then, with my countdown of the five must-watch Netflix Original horror movies, available for streaming… screaming?… today:

The Perfection is a strange but well-made Netflix original that you just need to see to understand.
A strange but well-made Netflix original that you just need to see to understand. (Image credits: Capstone Film Group)

The Perfection

Not all Netflix originals are perfect. Not even this one is, as the title may suggest. But it has enough stellar performances and memorable imagery to secure a spot on this list.

The Perfection is definitely a strange one, and one you kind of just have to watch to understand. It’s got horrifying hallucinations, good amounts of gore, and memorable elements of body horror. It’s definitely a good film, even if I still don’t quite know what to make of it overall.

#Alive tells the story of two people struggling to survive as a mysterious illness spreads throughout Seoul.
#Alive tells the story of two people struggling to survive as a mysterious illness spreads throughout Seoul. (Image credits: Spackman Entertainment Group)

#Alive

We already wrote about how pretty damn #good this movie is. I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest fan of zombie movies, but #Alive is one I really enjoyed.

It’s a cool concept, throwing a gamer in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, and seeing how he survives. The film excels at its great acting and breathtaking cinematography and effects. You won’t regret watching this one; it comes much #recommended.

Gerald's Game is one of the best Stephen King adaptations available on Netflix.
Gerald’s Game is one of the best Stephen King adaptations available on Netflix. (Image credits: Intrepid Pictures)

Gerald’s Game

Gerald’s Game is one of the better Stephen King film adaptations (I’m looking at you, In the Tall Grass). Left handcuffed to the bed after sex-gone-deadly (her husband dies of an inconvenient heart attack), main character Jessie is trapped.

The rest of the film centers around Jessie’s attempts at escaping, and surviving, all the while facing her inner demons. It’s a surprisingly gripping and intense movie.

Bird Box is a fun, unique, and engaging Netflix original that deserves the praise.
Bird Box is a fun, unique, and engaging Netflix original that deserves the praise. (Image credits: Netflix)

Bird Box

I’ll be the first to admit: it doesn’t quite live up to the original book (one of the best horror novels of the century). Still, Bird Box is still a really good adaptation of a piece of literature I didn’t think could be pulled off as a movie. Leave it to Netflix of all things to prove me wrong, though.

It’s a unique psychological thriller: long story short, one look at the monster leads to your demise. The best way to survive is to blindfold yourself so you’ll never accidentally see it. It’s been compared to A Quiet Place, but that isn’t fair; the book it’s based off of was written long before A Quiet Place came out.

Regardless if you prefer A Quiet Place or not, though, Bird Box is a fun, unique, and engaging thriller that led to tons of memes and Netflix making lots of money. It’s a matter of time before there’s a sequel!

The Babysitter and The Babysitter: Killer Queen make for a wildly entertaining Netflix double-header.
The Babysitter and The Babysitter: Killer Queen make for a wildly entertaining Netflix double-header. (Image credits: TYLER GOLDEN/NETFLIX © 2020)

The Babysitter / The Babysitter: Killer Queen

Horror comedies are always fun, and Netflix really lucked out with this one.

It has a cool premise: we meet a strange kid with an even stranger babysitter (strange, in this case, meaning “cult leader”). And the sequel actually expands on the established plot and brings something new to the table. Both of them are wild, funny, and thrilling films that make for a great Netflix double-header.

Have you seen any of these Netflix Original horror movies? Which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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