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The Best Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now

With countless titles available on Netflix, it sometimes takes a few minutes or maybe forever to pick a worthy movie to watch until your girlfriend tiredly falls asleep on the couch. With nearly twenty movie categories, it is for a fact tough to navigate through the giant catalogue. So, we here at the National JFMF HQ decided to cruise through the library and accumulated a bunch of Horror Movies that you should not miss watching. You're welcome!

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Gerald's Game

Director - Mike Flanagan
Starring - Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood

Written and directed by Mike Flanagan ('Oculus' and 'Ouija: Origin of Evil' fame), Gerald's Game is a psychological horror film based on Stephen King's 1992 novel of the same name and stars Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood in the lead roles. The narrative involves a middle-aged couple striving to keep their marriage together as they take a weekend off to spend quality time together at their deserted vacation home.

Involving only three or four characters at best and encompassed within a limited setting, the tightly written script by Jeff Howard and Mike Flanagan is the film's strong suit here. The interactions and the dialogue between the characters, the emotional connotations, the self-discovery aspects develop an interesting character study of Jessie, played by Carla Gugino, who does an impeccable job showcasing the pain, anguish and adversity that her character had to go through while remaining handcuffed to the bedpost. Overall, Gerald's Game is a riveting thriller of a film carried by some splendid performances, first-class writing, and a topnotch directorial job by Flanagan. Don't miss it!


Director - Alex Garland
Starring - Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac

Directed by one of the best directors working right now, Alex Garland, Annihilation was shot beautifully. Everything from the production design, cinematography, and CGI looked exquisite and is a true cinematic experience. The direction by Garland was exceptional, but, the film is a slow-burn, it's filled with social commentary, creepy imagery, and exciting subplots which makes it special and also very confusing.

Overall, Annihilation is not your conventional science-fiction flick, it has quite a lot to unpack with no coherent ending and will pretty much baffle your brain with alternate theories and social commentary. On the contrary, it is a beautifully shot, wonderfully acted, masterfully directed and gorgeous looking film that you should not miss if you're up for a discrete science-fiction drama.


Director - Gareth Evans
Starring - Dan Stevens and Lucy Boynton

A period horror film, Apostle (2018), a Netflix production, revolves around Thomas Richardson, a former missionary set on rescuing his sister who has been kidnaped and held ransom by a religious cult. Following the concept of tense and creepy atmospheric films like The Invitation and The Innocents, Apostle, is an intense yet steady descent into terror.

It is pleasing to see how horror film directors are slowly learning to let slide cheap thrills and horrible jump scares in favour for slow-building storylines and unsettling dread. While he has contributed to the anthology horror film 'VHS 2' in 2013, this is director Gareth Evan’s first attempt at a full-length horror feature. Having carved a name for himself through violent martial arts epics like 'The Raid' films, Evans has retained his signature choreographic style and penchant for blood while venturing into dark horror territory. It has a ruthless storyline and has a masterful way of narrating its story. It is very transparent and wants you to understand that there is something around the corner that will scream at you in time to come. There is mastery in its execution, but the extremities of the content as well as the jerkiness in the tone might be off-putting to some.

The Ritual

Director - David Bruckner
Starring - Rafe Spall and Arsher Ali

Starring Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier, and Sam Troughton in the lead roles, The Ritual is a horror film directed by David Bruckner (V/H/S fame) and follows the perilous hike of four middle-aged men to the King's Trail in Northern Sweden. After paying respects to their recently deceased friend, the lads take a different route on their way back into a dense forest where eerie things start to appear.

When it comes to the technical aspects, this movie was breathtaking. The grand extravagant panorama of Northern Sweden was captured masterfully and was an absolute treat to the eye. The sound design, sound mixing, and the ominous background score complimented the camera work as the film felt like an experience which should not be missed. Overall, The Ritual is one of the best Horror / Thriller films on Netflix, watch it on a big screen with the volume rocked up to the maximum.


Director - Zak Hilditch
Starring - Thomas Jane

Based on another novella of the same name by Stephen King, 1922 is a character study of Wilfred James (played by Thomas Jane), a typical corn-field farmer who prides himself by saying that "A man's pride was a man's land". Soon after few altercations with his wife, Wilfred convinces his son, Henry, to accompany him in murdering his mother as the film moves along with few nightmarish consequences. 

Extending the point I made before, this movie is a character study and enhances the concepts of Karma, foolishness, intolerance and guiltiness masterfully. The three or four characters in the film were all written and utilized appropriately by director Zak Hilditch, primarily, the lead character of Wilfred, who undergoes massive trauma and regrets almost everything happened in the year 1922 in his otherwise happy family life. Overall, 1922 is a horrific psychological drama filled in with profound meanings of different aspects about life. A top priority if you're a movie fan.

-A Just Stream Editorial by Team JFMF
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