Looking for a fresh take on the horror genre without being able to predict the ending straight off the bat? Or maybe you’re bored of scrolling endlessly through streaming sites? Here is something that horror fans might find of interest!
Terrifying, unsettling and psychologically thrilling, there is something for everyone here, and they’re all easily accessible! Take a look at my list (in no particular order) of 15 innovative, underappreciated horror flicks that deserve to be watched at least once!
1. Would You Rather (2012)
Struggling with debt, Iris (Brittany Snow) attends a dinner party, where she and the other guests are forced to partake in a deadly game in order to secure financial aide. Twisted, sickening and shocking to the core, Would You Rather will leave you re-evaluating your own morality.
Would You Rather is available on Netflix
2. Bone Tomahawk (2015)
A small-town sheriff (Kurt Russell) enlists a posse on a rescue mission into barren territory occupied by an indigenous clan of cannibals. The Old West meets horror in S. Craig Zahler’s directorial debut, complete with a gripping story and compelling characters.
Bone Tomahawk is available on Amazon Prime
3. The Visit (2015)
Two siblings take a short vacation to meet their estranged grandparents in an attempt to reconnect, but instead uncover a horrifying secret. The Visit keeps you guessing from beginning to end, truly spine-tingling and wraps up neatly with an unforgettable finish!
The Visit is available on Netflix
4. Rogue (2007)
Stranded on a sinking mud island, a group of tourists in the outback come face-to-face with a vicious man-eating crocodile. One of the most exhilarating croc-features yet. For the most part, you are kept in suspense, anticipating whether or not this ferocious beast will strike!
Rogue is available on Amazon Prime
5. Gerald’s Game (2016)
After her husband has a heart attack, Jessie (Carla Gugino) is left confided to the bed by handcuffs, and begins a slow descent into insanity whilst trying to stay alive. Gerald’s Game is psychologically unsettling, and will make you wince in horror at the lengths Jessie is willing to go for freedom.
Gerald’s Game is available on Netflix
6. Killing Ground (2016)
A serene camping trip turns south after a couple stumble upon a bloodied toddler and a distressing crime scene. Deeply unnerving, excruciatingly realistic, and clever intertwining storylines, it is hard not to feel anything other than shock when watching.
Killing Ground is available on Amazon Prime
7. The Shallows (2016)
Whilst surfing at a secluded beach, Nancy (Blake Lively) is attacked by a great white shark, leaving her stranded 200 meters from shore with the tide quickly rising. This one will make your heart race like never before. Lively gives a tremendously nail-biting performance, her determination is something to be admired as you desperately root for her to survive.
The Shallows is available on Amazon Prime
8. The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019)
Inspired by the 1969 Tate murders, a heavily pregnant Sharon Tate is tormented by horrifying premonitions after encountering members of the Manson Family. A poignant glance into what could have been in a notoriously disturbing crime scene, bringing even your own beliefs on fate into question. Not your typical horror flick, but certainly one to visit for a historical insight.
The Haunting of Sharon Tate is available on Netflix
9. Cargo (2017)
As a worldwide pandemic surges, an infected father (Martin Freeman) desperately searches for a haven for his infant daughter whilst protecting her from his evolving nature. Cargo is a harrowing story which emphasises how far a father is willing to go to save his child. Full of stunning visuals and a stellar performance from Freeman, it’s not one to be missed.
Cargo is available on Netflix
10. Mother’s Day (2010)
An evening of celebration amongst friends is disrupted when three criminals return to their childhood home with their sadistic mother close behind. Terror lies quite literally at your own doorstep as Rebecca De Mornay’s callous mothering tendencies make a reprisal from The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.
Mother’s Day is available on Amazon Prime
11. Hush (2016)
A young, deaf writer living in a remote cabin is terrorised by a masked assailant, and must begin a silent fight for survival. Innovative, intense and genuinely frightening, Mike Flanagan excels in setting the tone for this dark horror, and will have you shouting at your screen.
Hush is available on Netflix
12. Backcountry (2014)
A camping trip goes awry when a couple encounter an aggressive, man-eating bear. Based on true events, Backcountry is a terrifyingly traumatic and upsetting depiction of everything that could go wrong when out in the wilderness. Raw performances, stunning cinematography, this one will be in the back of your mind the next time you go camping.
Backcountry is available on Amazon Prime
13. 31 (2016)
For 12 hours, five carnival workers must fight to stay alive after they are held captive in an abandoned compound alongside a horde of psychopathic maniacs. The Hunger Games meets The Purge as Rob Zombie and Sheri Moon Zombie team up yet again for another grotesque homage to B-movies. It’s sinisterly delightful and everything you’d expect and more from the real-life couple.
31 is available on Amazon Prime
14. Howl (2015)
An overnight train to London is almost derailed after striking a deer. Forced to stop in the middle of nowhere, the passengers are stalked by a hungry pack of lycanthropes. An enjoyably camp independent feature that takes you back to the element of early horror.
Howl is available on Amazon Prime
15. The Seasoning House (2013)
A woman forced into aiding a sex trafficking brothel plots revenge against the owner and the soldiers who kidnapped her. A brutally realistic depiction of an otherwise taboo subject. It is tough to watch and bleak, but opens your eyes to a world that is begging to be seen.
The Seasoning House is available on Amazon Prime