Netflix Movie Night: 10 Of The Scariest, Goriest, Grittiest Horror Flicks Ever

It’s officially the weekend! Kick back and relax — or don’t, because these horror flicks will keep you up all night.

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SAW is an absolute horror classic. Two men, waking up chained and trapped in a tiny dank dark bathroom with no way out, and no idea why they’re there. Don’t watch this if you like the idea of keeping all your limbs. Watch it now on Netflix.

Netflix: Would you kill to live? That’s what two men have to ask themselves when they’re abducted by a serial killer and paired up in a deadly situation.

IMDb: Two men awaken in the secure lair of a killer who forces them to play a deadly game that will determine life or death.


Pandorum is part sci-fi, part horror. It follows two regular ol’ guys, crew members and workmen on a spaceship, who wake up with amnesia and with horrible, horrible things happening around them. Watch it now on Netflix.

Netflix: After waking from hyper-sleep, two spacecraft workmen discover startling gaps in their collective memory — including the nature of their mission.

IMDb: A pair of crew members aboard a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities.

The Tunnel

The Tunnel was one the early successes of crowd-funding, selling individual digital frames of the movie through the “$135K Project”. 90 minutes, 135,000 frames, one dollar each, and a $135,000 filming budget. What emerged was a great Australian horror flick in the tradition of The Descent and other claustrophobic, dark, downright creepy monster thrillers. Watch it now on Netflix.

Netflix: After the government abandons plans to revamp old railway tunnels, a journalist and her crew discover that something menacing is haunting the depths.

IMDb: An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them.

Eden Lake

Eden Lake is rough. Send the kids to bed before you settle down with this one. An idyllic, typically American lake holiday goes horribly, horribly wrong when a gang of unfriendly youths take an interest in the young holidaymaking couple. Watch it now on Netflix.

Netflix: Jenny and Steve are about to get engaged during a calm lake getaway — but first they’ll have to survive a pillaging and murderous gang of kids.

IMDb: Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.


[REC] was actually re-made a few years later by Hollywood, and credit to its original storyline that it was recreated shot-for-shot. Take a dark, run-down apartment block, introduce a deadly and horrifying, horrifying virus, and you have this film. Watch it now on Netflix.

Netflix: Trapped in a quarantined building with a horde of ravenous zombies, a television reporter and her cameraman record the brutal events that transpire.

IMDb: A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

Let The Right One In

Let The Right One In is beautiful, and is another film that well deserved — but also surpassed — its Hollywood remake. A soft-spoken Swedish “romantic horror” film that will really hold your attention, until it sinks its fangs into your neck. Watch it now on Netflix.

Netflix: A 12-year-old victim of bullies in a town plagued by murders spends his time plotting revenge — until he meets a misfit vampire who steals his heart.

IMDb: Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

Black Water

Black Water is horror with an Australian flavour, and in true Australian style it stars a particularly angry croc. Said croc doesn’t really like the fact that three pesky holidaying city slickers are out vacationing in his waterways. Cue the bloodshed. Watch it now on Netflix.

Netflix: This terrifying tale follows three vacationers through Australia’s mangrove swamps as they fight for their lives against a ferocious crocodile.

IMDb: A terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia.

Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead ain’t exactly scary, but it definitely deserves a place on the list. It’s Simon Pegg and zombies, why would it not? Watch it now on Netflix.

Netflix: Shaun has no clue what to do with his life or with his relationship, but motivation comes in the form of a freak zombie attack.

IMDb: A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.

The Loved Ones

The Loved Ones has one unforgettable scene that involves a power drill and someone’s head. That’s really all you need to know about it. Sit down, strap in, and try not to cringe. Watch it now on Netflix.

Netflix: A high school student’s plans for prom go awry when his secret admirer and her father kidnap him for their own macabre evening in this spine-chiller.

IMDb: When Brent turns down his classmate Lola’s invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge.

Red Dragon

Red Dragon isn’t quite as much of a classic as Silence Of The Lambs, but it’s a different kind of movie. Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter is still peerless, and the sense of dread you’ll get while watching is every bit as real. Watch it now on Netflix.

Netflix: Former FBI agent Will Graham must turn to his old enemy, the savage Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter, to help him catch a new serial killer.

IMDb: A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down “The Tooth Fairy”, a mysterious serial killer; aiding him is imprisoned criminal genius Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter.

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