The best horror on Netflix

Want to play a game? Your Netflix scare-a-thon starts here

Netflix can be a time sink. For the horror junkies out there, there’s plenty to feast on.

While Malaysians are still getting only a fraction of the full catalog, notable new stuff gets added all the time. And in the case of Stranger Things, it doesn’t disappoint.

Scream

In Scream, Nightmare on Elm Street director Wes Craven riffs on the horror movie tropes that he himself helped define: the masked killer here sticks slavishly to the rules set by older scary films.

What could easily have turned out as a schlocky parody actually works as both a tension-packed slasher movie and an amusing meta-comment on the genre, helped in part by a strong cast (the most famous member of which is bumped off in the first ten minutes) and a solid script.

Words by the Stuff TV team.

From Dusk Till Dawn

Robert Rodriguez’s movie starts out not as a horror but a typically stylish, snappily-scripted 90s action drama. You could call it Tarantino-esque, in fact, all the more so because Quentin himself (in rare actor mode) is one of its main stars, alongside Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis and a pre-superstardom George Clooney.


In spite of its grounded-in-reality beginnings, there’s a point – and it’d be shameful if we spoiled precisely when that point is – where things take an unexpected turn for the supernatural. It’s then that a film that was merely wildly entertaining becomes almost transcendentally fun – not to mention fraught and compelling. A bloody blend of action, horror and comedy that never goes too heavy on any of those elements.

Words by the Stuff TV team.

Creep

It’s “found footage” time once more in this micro-budgeted indie flick concerning a videographer hired by a mysterious man for a job - one that initially seems simple but turns out to be anything but.

With a lean cast (it’s basically a two-hander starring writer/director Patrick Brice and co-writer Mark Duplass - yes, he of mumblecore movie fame) and a lean 77-minute running time, Creep relies more on mood and tone than special effects or gore – and it’s well worth sticking around until the conclusion.

Words by the Stuff TV team.

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