Even if you're firmly in the "too scared to even look at a Paranormal Activity poster" camp, there's still something undeniably appealing about being terrified by a movie. And if you're in the "watches The Shining with the lights out while staying at a hotel" camp, chances are, you've exhausted the horror section of Netflix.
To help expand your scary movie universe, we've gone through the catalogue of Netflix UK and found the scariest movies that you probably haven't seen. But don't blame us if you have problems sleeping, yeah?
After breaking out with the excellent Vin Diesel-launching sci-fi horror Pitch Black, all eyes were on David Twohy for his next move. But fewer eyes were anywhere near the resulting project: a 40s-set supernatural thriller that takes place on a submarine. Which is still a shame as it's a creepy, classically told ghost story, full of suspense and jump scares. It's also co-written by Darren Aronofksy and features a pre-fame Zach Galifianakis, in case you're interested. Check out the perfectly edited trailer here.
The process of pregnancy, giving birth and then being a mother has fuelled many classic horror films, from Rosemary's Baby to The Omen to underseen French thriller Inside. Grace takes a unique, and horrifying, spin on the subgenre by taking a mother's fear over the health of her son to extremes. After her baby is stillborn, a woman is surprised when she comes to life yet problems soon arise, such as the baby's desperate need for blood...
The House of the Devil
A wonderfully realised tribute here to 70s and 80s horror, this breakout film from director Ti West manages to be stylised but still scary, It focuses on a college student who accepts a babysitting job only to discover that there isn't a baby to look after. Spoiling more would be a crime but needless to say things get very very very nasty. The reliance on suspense and mood elevates this from other films of its ilk, with the slow-burn proving to be almost unbearable as the frenzied climax begins.
Sadly not a biopic of the inspirational Ninja Turtles mentor, this is actually a low budget body horror that rattles past at an effectively sustained pace. It takes two couples and throws them in the middle of a nightmarish situation as a parasitic creature threatens to infect them. What follows is a blood-splattered fight for survival that uses its small scale to maximum effect.
A horror film starring a teen actress from 90210 doesn't exactly sound like something worth making a note of but this is far from cookie cutter stuff. It's the disturbingly perverted story of a high school student obsessed with surgery which finds moments of dark humour but also an extreme amount of gore. Not for the easily repulsed.
The increased popularity in vampire movies has led to almost every possible take on the genre being shoved our way, most of which have hoped to emulate Twilight's monstrous success. This gritty low budget offering has no interest in romanticising blood-suckers as it shows us a brutal post-apocalyptic wasteland overrun with feral vamps. It's bloody, tough and thrilling.
What's worse then a massive hurricane? Being stuck in a house during a massive hurricane with a Bengal tiger, that's the situation our poor heroine finds herself in this underseen gem. It might sound a bit far-fetched and, well, yes it is but that doesn't stop this high concept thriller being any less tense.
Victims of bullying make for powerful horror movie characters, as shown by Stephen King's Carrie, and May makes for a well-matched bedfellow. Our beleagured anti-heroine is a lonely and emotionally damaged woman who decides that the best way to get a new friend is to make one. Cue violence.
A remake of a 1978 cult favourite, this deliberately lurid shocker is a gothic treat, full of mist and shadows, knowingly ramping up the atmosphere, without ever losing sight of the story. The titular character is a brain dead patient being experimented on by an unhinged scientist. But Patrick has some rather nasty tricks up his sleeve...