10 Best Horror Movies on Netflix in the UK | TheReviewGeek Recommends

From found-footage fears to psychological creature features, Netflix has a wealth of great (and admittedly not-so-great) horror films available to stream. We’ve combed through the archives to find the best titles that are (at the time of writing anyway!) currently available on Netflix in the United Kingdom.


Saw

James Wan’s horrible little tale opens with two men waking up to find themselves mysteriously chained in a squalid room. And from such chilling beginnings things spiral into darkness as vicious serial killer Jigsaw uses the pair as his personal playthings across 103 disgusting minutes.

Hugely influential – with nine sequels – it might not be to all tastes, considering it led to a series of ‘torture-porn’ films of variable quality in its wake. But Wan’s gruesomely inventive set-pieces was the kick-start to a directorial career that took in modern genre masterpieces such as The Conjuring and Insidious. More on the latter, later.


Gerald’s Game

Husband and wife attempt to get away from it all in rural America, only for Gerald’s titular game to go rather awry with horrific consequences.

Based on one of Stephen King’s more experimental novels, Netflix horror stalwart Mike Flanagan builds the tension as Carla Gugino works as hard as any actor could possibly do while laying in bed for most of the movie, as the handcuffed Jessie, who might or might not be starting to hallucinate terrible things. Although one particular scene depicting Jessie’s bid for freedom with a shard of glass feels all too horribly real, particularly if you’ve not got a strong stomach for a bit of hand-based blood and gore.


Scream

Wes Craven’s post-modern spin on cliched horror movie tropes might poke fun at what was becoming a tired slasher genre, but its still got a fair share of scares.

Indeed, you know it’s not messing around as soon as it bunks off its major star in the very first scene. And, despite its cast knowing they’ll be in mortal peril if they drink, take drugs, or say ‘I’ll be right back’, it doesn’t stop them doing so with fatal consequences at the hand of a masked terror, or two.


A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place II

Released this month on the platform, John Krasinski returns to the director’s chair – and, in a flashback opener at least, as family patriarch Lee – for this often-silent chiller. This time, Emily Blunt’s Evelyn joins reluctant forces with former family friend Emmet (Cillian Murphy) as they survive day by day against an invading alien species with a keen ear.

It’s not quite as exciting as the inventive original, but Millicent Simmonds silent struggle through a narrow, devastated train carriage will have viewers feeling more dread than reading the words ‘replacement bus service’ at the station.


Paranormal Activity

Oh Micah: Paranormal Activity’s resident idiot boyfriend is in more trouble than he releases when he takes on a fella who has his eyes set on his girlfriend. Micah’s macho attitude and video diary only encourages his rival for Katie’s attention. Unfortunately, this is no match for a stalking demonic entity, which reveals itself, little-by-little over the series of a few nights in Oren Peli’s found-footage shadowy slow-burner, which spawned numerous sequels.


Cloverfield

A monster movie filmed from the ground up, Matt Reeves blockbuster spin on the found-footage genre eschews the news report and daring-do of military prowess usually seen in creature features and instead follows a group of friends as they attempt to survive a night after a giant mutant from the deep lays waste to New York City.

It’s just one story from potentially millions of others who face overwhelming horrors as the city’s last moments play out from recording’s made by the friends as they flee one giant foe (the Cloverfield creature) and several smaller ones (metro-based bugs; the US Army).


Hannibal

Ridley Scott’s 2001 follow-up to the Oscar-winning Silence of the Lambs might not feature Jodie Foster, but it does see Anthony Hopkins return as the cannibalistic killer titular character, still on the loose after his jail break in the original.

Hopkins is clearly having a riot getting back into the skin of the vengeful monster, and soon he’s not only chewing on the scenery but several cast members too, including for one particularly stomach-churning head-candy treat.


Insidious

A roller-coaster of chilling set-pieces including one of the best jump scares in movie history, James Wan truly filled the house full of horrors in 2010 of a family that fears their son has the unwanted attention of a cruel and malevolent spirit.

A relentless watch, the scares don’t let up – a tricky watch for anyone with an aversion to creepy attics. Or weird voices on a baby monitor. Or grinning, long-fingered demons.


Midsommar

Following on from Hereditary, director Ari Astor once again explores the horrors of cults with his spin on a break-up movie. It’s a film that’s unsettling from the start with Florence Pugh’s Dani failing to find any warmth or comfort from her neglectful boyfriend, Christian (Jack Reynor) after a devastating family tragedy. Desperate to find some meaning, she follows him and a group of friends to rural Sweden to study and join pagan festivities at a time and place where the sun rarely sets.

With sacrifices looming, things get pretty gross until a finale that will leave you wondering if Dani truly gets a happy ending.


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Get Out

Jordan Peele’s masterpiece from 2017 follows a young black man, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), who visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend, only to find himself in a nightmare realm of racial prejudice.

Peele’s unnerving screenplay, detailing a supernatural take on exploitation and bigotry, deservedly won an Oscar, and launched a career that has also taken in the critically acclaimed Us and Nope.


So there we have it, our 10 picks for the best horror movies currently streaming on Netflix in the UK.

What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!


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