What Are the Top 10 Thriller Horror Movies on Netflix?
When you look at the quality of what Netflix has to offer in 2022, it’s easy to see that their horror library is a real mixed bag. As other services, especially genre-specific ones like Shudder, keep adding to their horror movie collections, it gets harder and harder for Netflix to give the impression that it has everything.
Its library also stays the same and depends more and more on Netflix Originals every month. In the past year, Netflix has had movies like Raw, His House, The Haunting of Hill House, Midnight Mass, and It Follows, as well as recent indie, hits like The Witch, The Descent, and The Babadook.
All of those movies no longer exist, and low-budget, direct-to-VOD movies have mostly replaced them with one-word titles like Demonic, Desolate, and Incarnate.
Top 10 Thriller Horror Movies on Netflix List
Raw (French: Grave) is a coming-of-age horror drama from 2016 that stars Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, and Rabah Nait Oufella. The movie was written and directed by Julia Ducournau, and it was called Grave in France. The story is about what happens to a young vegetarian during her first year of veterinary school when she tries meat for the first time and starts to want it.
The film’s premiere was on May 14, 2016, at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. It came out in theatres in the United States on March 10, 2017, through Focus World, and in France on March 15, 2017, through Wild Bunch. The film was well-liked by critics, who praised Ducournau’s direction and screenplay. However, some people were upset by its graphic content.
9. His House
His House is a horror-thriller movie coming out in 2020. It was written by Remi Weekes and directed by Toby Venables. Wunmi Mosaku, Sope Dirisu, and Matt Smith are in it. The movie is about a South Sudanese couple who are forced to leave their home country and start over in England.
They have a hard time getting used to their new life in a town where something bad is hiding. On January 27, 2020, it was shown for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival. It came out on Netflix on October 30, 2020, and most critics liked it a lot.
8. The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House is the first story in the anthology series The Haunting. It was written and directed by Mike Flanagan and produced by Amblin Television and Paramount Television for Netflix. It is mostly based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 book of the same name.
The story goes back and forth between two different times. In the present, five adult siblings are still haunted by their paranormal experiences at Hill House. In the past, events leading up to the night in 1992 when the family ran away from the mansion are shown in flashbacks.
Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, and Victoria Pedretti play the grown-up siblings. Carla Gugino and Henry Thomas play the parents Olivia and Hugh Crain, and Timothy Hutton plays an older version of Hugh.
The first episode of the show came out on Netflix on October 12, 2018. The acting, directing, and production values in The Haunting of Hill House were praised by critics. Flanagan’s follow-up series, The Haunting of Bly Manor, came out on October 9, 2020. It had most of the same crew and some of the same cast, but a different story and different characters.
7. Midnight Mass
Mike Flanagan wrote and directed the American supernatural horror streaming TV miniseries Midnight Mass, which stars Zach Gilford, Kate Siegel, Hamish Linklater, Samantha Sloyan, Rahul Kohli, and Kristin Lehman, and Henry Thomas.
The story is about a small group of people who live on an island by themselves. When a mysterious priest shows up, strange things start to happen. On September 24, 2021, it came out on Netflix, and people liked it.
After spending four years in prison for killing someone while driving drunk, a young man goes back to his small hometown on Crockett Island to try to start over. He comes at the same time as a mysterious young priest with a lot of charisma who starts to bring the town’s faith back to life. But the priest’s actions soon make the community even more split, and strange things start to happen in the small town.
6. It Follows
It Follows is a supernatural psychological horror movie from the United States that came out in 2014. David Robert Mitchell wrote and directed the movie. It stars Maika Monroe as a young woman who has sex with a supernatural being and is then chased by it until she has sex with another person. Daniel Zovatto, Keir Gilchrist, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, and Lili Sepe all have small roles.
It Follows made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 and was later bought by RADiUS-TWC to be shown in theatres. After a successful limited release that started on March 13, 2015, the movie was shown in theatres everywhere on March 27, 2015. It got good reviews from critics, who liked how original it was and how Monroe acted in it. It made $23.3 million around the world, but only cost $1.3 million to make.
5. I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Charlie Kaufman wrote and will direct the American surrealist psychological thriller I’m Thinking of Ending Things, which will come out in 2020. It is based on the 2016 book by Iain Reid by the same name.
In the story, a young woman (Jessie Buckley) and her boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) go on a trip to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis). Throughout the movie, scenes of a janitor (Guy Boyd) going to work are cut in with the main story. In the third act, the two stories come together.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things came out in some theatres on August 28, 2020, and on September 4, 2020, it was available on Netflix. It got good reviews from critics, who liked how the two main actors played their parts and how the movie was shot.
4. Crimson Peak
Crimson Peak is a gothic romance movie that came out in 2015. It was written by Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins. Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, and Jim Beaver all have roles in this movie.
The story takes place in England during the Edwardian era. It is about a woman who wants to be a writer and goes with her new husband and his sister to a remote Gothic mansion in the English hills. There, she has to figure out what’s going on with the ghostly visions that keep coming to her in her new home.
In 2006, Universal Pictures bought a spec script written by Del Toro and Robbins, with Del Toro set to direct. Development took longer than planned because of scheduling problems. The movie was called a “ghost story and gothic romance,” and it was heavily influenced by horror movies like “The Haunting,” “The Innocents,” and “The Shining.”
On February 10, 2014, the main filming began at Pinewood Toronto Studios in Toronto, Ontario. Other filming took place in Hamilton, and the main filming ended on May 16, 2014. The movie was made by Legendary Pictures and Double Dare You Productions, which is Del Toro’s company.
Crimson Peak had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest on September 25, 2015. It came out in standard and IMAX formats in the United States on October 16, 2015. Most critics liked the movie. Many praised the production values, performances, and direction, but they didn’t like the plot or the characters.
Even so, it did poorly at the box office, making only $74 million worldwide on a budget of $55 million. At the 21st Empire Awards, the movie was up for three awards, including Best Horror. At the 42nd Saturn Awards, it was nominated nine times and won three, including Best Horror Film, Best Supporting Actress for Jessica Chastain, and Best Production Design for Thomas E. Sanders.
3. We Summon the Darkness
About 30 minutes into We Summon the Darkness by Marc Meyers, everything changes. The twist isn’t easy to see coming. People with hyperosmia can smell when milk has gone bad before opening the carton.
Paranoid viewers might get a whiff of something “off,” but spotting the clues that Meyers, screenwriter Alan Trezza, and the film’s main cast—Alexandra Daddario, Maddie Hasson, and Amy Forsyth—leave on the screen takes some deduction and a lot of psychological studies.
Nobody gives away anything. Instead, Meyers carefully pulls the truth out of the set-up, which hints that he enjoys it quite a bit. It’s fun for him. We Summon the Darkness does have a good twist, and it is fun. However, Meyers, Trezza, and especially Daddario seem to know that the fun part of a twist isn’t finding out what it is but figuring out how to hide it in plain sight.
At first, this is a scary story about how teenagers in 1980s America came together under the banner of heavy metal. This was a time when God-fearing Christian bedwetters saw evidence of devil worship everywhere they looked and blamed the rise of Satanism on things like Dungeons & Dragons and Dio, which were awesome.
We Summon the Darkness is still telling the same story after half an hour but from the point of view of religious vultures who take advantage of the fears of the flock to make money for the church. It’s a lot of fun to watch, especially because We Summon the Darkness keeps secrets well.
It would be easy to give away too much information; the tells only show up after the fact, in the form of a word choice here, a moment of hesitation there, or a dose of forced enthusiasm there. Even though things get out of hand, it’s the initial control that stands out.
2. Gerald’s Game
Gerald’s Game is an American psychological horror thriller movie that came out in 2017. Mike Flanagan directed and edited the movie, and he and Jeff Howard wrote the script. It is based on Stephen King’s 1992 book of the same name, which many people thought could never be made into a movie.
Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood play a married couple who go on vacation to a remote house. When the husband has a sudden heart attack and dies, his wife is left handcuffed to the bed without the key and with little hope of being saved. She must find a way to stay alive while fighting her own inner demons.
Gerald’s Game was shown for the first time at BFI Southbank on September 19, 2017, and it came out on Netflix on September 29. It got great reviews from critics, who praised Gugino’s performance as well as Flanagan’s direction and the way the film’s themes were handled.
1. The Platform
The Platform is a 2019 Spanish social science fiction horror movie directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia. The title in Spanish is El Hoyo, which means “the hole.” The movie takes place in a large “Vertical Self-Management Center” that looks like a tower.
The people who live there move to a different floor every 30 days. They are fed by a platform that starts on the top floor with food and slowly moves down the tower, stopping at each level for a set amount of time. The people at the top levels get to eat as much as they want, while the people at each level below them only get the leftovers from the level above them.
Iván Massagué, Antonia San Juan, Zorion Eguileor, Emilio Buale Coka, and Alexandra Masangkay are all in the cast of the movie. It made its debut at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where it won the Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award. At TIFF, the film also got a deal with Netflix to be shown all over the world. On March 20, 2020, it was added to the streaming service.
When you look at how good Netflix’s horror movies are in 2022, you can see that they are a real mixed bag. Its library also stays the same and depends more and more on Netflix Originals every month. In the past year, Netflix has had movies like Raw, His House, The Haunting of Hill House, Midnight Mass, and It Follows, as well as recent indie, hits like The Witch, The Descent, and The Babadook.