If you’re looking for titles on Netflix for a scary weekend, the site has added some horror movies for the occasion. Some of the best horror movies in recent years were released in 2016 and 2017, and Netflix has added some of those modern hits to their lineup. The movies listed below include only the new additions to the site, and it does not include the usual Netflix staples (titles like Hush, It Follows, The Curse of Chucky, etc.).
Beyond the Gates
After their father goes missing, two distant brothers reunite at their dad’s video store. As they go through his belongings, they find an old VCR board game and soon learn that it may hold the key to their father’s disappearance.
Considered one of the most creative independent horror movies of 2016, Beyond the Gates is a throwback to horror flicks of the ’80s, and of the VCR games that were trendy during that era. Most likely if you spent time in video stores, or playing VCR games, then you will enjoy this Netflix addition that has been described as the horror version of Jumanji. For those Netflix subscribers that decide to watch Beyond the Gates, there is an additional scene at the end of the credits. Variety describes why this is one of the best movies on Netflix for a fun and thrilling time.
“Winner of the audience award in the Los Angeles Film Festival’s midnight section, this fun if unmemorable occult thriller sports — all too faithfully at times — both the typical pleasures and shortcomings of the movies it pays homage to.”
Stake Land II: The Stakelander
This sequel finds Martin struggling alone in a world of vampires, who have destroyed his home of New Eden. Martin relies on the memories and teachings of his mentor, Mister, to survive the horror.
While the first film received rave reviews from both critics and audiences alike, this 2017 sequel on Netflix isn’t garnering much attention thus far. But chances are, if you enjoyed the first film, then you should find something in this horror sequel worth watching.
A pair of brothers, wanted by the law, seek refuge in a town filled with a family of cannibals.
Drifter has largely received negative reviews, but those who enjoy B-movies seem to have liked it. The Los Angeles Times describes why this is one of the best horror movies of 2017 for B-movie schlock.
“There’s a level of wild B-movie ambition here that’s preferable to the usual blandly violent, overly serious genre fare. If nothing else, [director and writer] Von Hoffman clearly has a voice — even if his accents are imitations.”
Two sisters seek refuge in their home when a deadly virus infects the population. But the sisters’ loyalty may be tested as the infection spreads closer to their house.
Many fans feel that the infection subgenre of horror has grown stale. With stellar performances by Sofia Black-D’Elia and Analeigh Tipton, paired with an edge-of-your-seat premise, Viral breathes new life into the genre. The film has received great reviews from critics, and We Got This Covered describes why it’s one of the best horror movies of 2016 on Netflix.
“[Directors] Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman have captured the essence of a bigger genre piece in a much tinier package, and do so with enough technical knowhow to create a sleeker, smoother kind of indie experience. It’s good enough to make you wonder why Blumhouse skated under-the-radar with this one, which is certainly more than anyone can ask for given their track record of similar surprises…”
A father dresses as a clown for his son’s birthday party, but unfortunately for his family, the costume is cursed and the dad begins to feel a change.
Though met with mixed reviews, the majority of avid horror fans and audiences enjoyed this film starring Peter Stomare, Lara Allen, Elizabeth Whitmere, and Eli Roth as Frowny the Clown. Clown has its share of wit, but gore and disturbing imagery are the two main ingredients in this horror flick streaming on Netflix.
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From the 2016 hit Beyond the Gates to 2017’s Drifter, some of the best horror movies are streaming on Netflix in May 2017.
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