If you’re looking for modern horror and you have Netflix, look no further. These are the 5 best new horror films available for streaming right now. So flip open that laptop, or turn on your Apple TV, and dig in.
WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD (2015)
What’s it about? During the zombie apocalypse, a mechanic sets out with a group of survivors to find his sister who is being tested on by a mad scientist.
Why should I watch it? The poster for this reads: Mad Max meets Dawn of the Dead. While that’s an apt comparison, I would say it’s more like Day of the Dead, in that it has the whole “zombie lab experiment” angle to it. Sprinkle in some Evil Dead and you’d be very close to the feel of Wyrmwood. It’s one of the best zombie films I’ve seen in a while and absolutely a good time.
Best Moment? It has the best use of a nail gun since Nail Gun Massacre.
A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (2015)
What’s it about? Welcome to Bad City, a decrepit place where dead bodies litter ditches, drug dealers beat prostitutes, and a vampire stalks the streets at night looking for her next meal.
Why should I watch it? AGWHAAN is a beautiful film and you really can’t say that with a lot of horror. It’s like if Jim Jarmusch met Jean Luc Godard and they got tangled up in a spaghetti western. It’s very arthouse, but still maintains an interesting horror aesthetic that one would hope to find from the very first Iranian vampire film.
Best Moment? A drug dealer (who looks just like Ninja from Die Antwoord) gets fingered.
What’s it about? Creep tells the story of a cinematographer hired to film the final days of a man dying from cancer… at least that’s what he thinks he’s hired for.
Why should I watch it? Mark Duplass, the mumblecore poster boy – he absolutely crushes it in Creep. His performance is Norman Bates level crazy. This film also showcases how you can take something as tired as the “found footage” genre and use it in a fresh and interesting way.
Best Moment? The bathtub scene will definitely stay with you.
THE BABADOOK (2014)
What’s it about? The Babadook came out at the end of last year and centers around a single mother and her child who start being haunted by a nefarious monster from a creepy pop-up book.
Why should I watch it? It’s one of the few films you’ll find on Netflix that’s legitimately scary. The director’s use of dull colors, eerie sound design (including Babadook’s voice), and an excellent sense of tension, that’s stretched throughout the film, makes for a terrifying time.
Best Moment? The ending is the kind of psychological mindf#%K that’ll make you question the film for days to come.
JOHNS DIES AT THE END (2012)
Ok, so technically this came out in 2012, but it deserves to be here.. and 2012 wasn’t that long ago.
What’s it about? A group of teens find a drug called “Soy Sauce” that starts giving them heightened powers of perception, interdimensional travel, and the ability to see nasty creatures from beyond.
Why should I watch it? Director Don Coscarelli started his career in the 70’s creating one of the greatest horror films ever made (Phantasm) and he’s still able to produce something as awesome as this. John Dies at the End is the perfect stoner horror, with perfect writing, and the perfect blend of both practical effects and CG. It’s funny, stupid, and an elevated midnight movie that’s guaranteed to keep your attention.
Best Moment? Within the first 10 minutes there’s already a battle with a monster made out of every cut of meat from the butcher’s counter at the grocery store… including a turkey head.