"The Babadook" (2014)
stars as a single mother who is horrified to discover the monster from her son's nightmares might be real. It's a brilliant psychological character study about a struggling mother on the brink of collapse, but then evolves into a truly fantastical horror parable.
New World Pictures
Written and directed by Clive Barker, "Hellraiser" is the first in a nine-film series about the gateway to the world of Cenobites, monsters that harvest and torture human souls.
's found footage horror film follows a man who begins to suspect he's in danger after he responds a cryptic Craigslist job listing. And be sure to also check out the new sequel!
A recent overlooked gem, "Oculus" finds a brother and sister dealing with an evil mirror that may have been responsible for the deaths of their parents when they were children.
"The Human Centipede: The First Sequence" (2009)
As gross as it gets, this twisted body horror film imagines humans being stitched together, connected by their gastrointestinal systems. The sequel is also on Netflix, but you'll have to venture to Hulu to see the end of the trilogy.
"Let Me In" (2010)
"Let Me In" is a remake of the (better) Swedish vampire movie "Let the Right One In" about a young female vampire (Chloe Moretz) who befriends a timid boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee). But Matt Reeves' chillingly lensed film has themes of American politics that the Swedish version didn't touch on and help this remake stand on its own.
"It Follows" (2014)
A monster that can take any human form slowly stalks and kill you unless you have sex and pass along the bug. It's a killer premise and has an even better synth score that would put "Stranger Things" to shame. David Robert Mitchell's indie horror gem preys upon the idea of always looking over your shoulder and carrying around the guilt and shame of past sexual encounters.
"The Invitation" (2015)
Karyn Kusama's "The Invitation" is a remarkable character study where the real horror comes from the socially awkward dynamics between old friends. It has a few remarkable twists as you decipher whether something is really wrong or if you're just being paranoid.
Pitched as a cautionary tale against male violence towards women, "Teeth" is about a girl who harbors a monstrous pair of teeth inside her, well ... down there.
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"The Sixth Sense" (1999)
No matter how many times you've heard the twist or Haley Joel Osment's "I see dead people" line, M. Night Shyamalan's breakout film is still a remarkably taut horror/thriller.
"Tale of Tales" (2015)
For some arthouse horror, check out the black comedy fantasy of Matteo Garrone's "Tale of Tales." The film is a bloody, yet colorful and satirical take on several ancient Italian fables with themes of attachments, vices and being corrupted by power.
Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton star in Neil Jordan's undead horror movie about two young women seeking refuge in a small, deserted guest house. They secretly have been alive for 200 years and subsist on human blood, which attracts the attention of unwanted guests.
This collection of four short horror films features all-female directors, Karyn Kusama ("The Invitation"), Roxane Benjamin (producer on "V/H/S"), Jovanka Vukovich and indie rock guitarist St. Vincent making her directorial debut.
BONUS: "Friday the 13th" (1980)
Unfortunately, the original '80s "Friday the 13th" isn't on Netflix, but you can find it on Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, or Epix.