Written by Nirmal Thrideep
Do you feel like the world outside is disintegrating while you are forced to stay home all day? Are you a little bit unprepared for an apocalypse that might become a reality any day now? Does the news of horrors taking place around you making you want to just escape to somewhere else? Well then, we have something for you. Escape the horrors of the real world by plunging headfirst into the horrors of another (far more fantastical) world. Here are some of the best horror movies on Netflix India that you can immerse yourself into right now.
Marion Crane, a secretary, finds herself on the run after embezzling forty thousand dollars from her boss. As she escapes, she is overcome by doubt and decides to stay the night at an empty motel run by a young man, seemingly dominated by his mother.
Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller is one of the most iconic horror films of all time, inspiring many that followed. The famous shower scene is widely praised even today for its masterful direction and editing. Based on a novel by Robert Bloch, which in turn was inspired by real events, this one is a must-watch if you haven’t already, sure to leave you impressed by its final reveal.
The Conjuring (2013)
Ed and Lorraine Warren are famous paranormal investigators and authors, who are called to help the Perron family with the increasing number of paranormal occurrences taking place at their house in 1971.
Directed by James Wan, this film proved that the shared cinematic universe could be successful even outside the superhero genre. With its many successful sequels and spin-offs, this film is almost a certified classic and is assured to make you want to leave the light on when you go to sleep.
A Quiet Place (2018)
A family of a father, a mother, and their two children try to survive in a world that has been taken over by extraterrestrial creatures that hunt using sounds. They must try to lead a normal life while dealing with the loss of a child and the imminent arrival of another.
This was actor-director John Krasinski’s first major directorial venture, and it was met with unprecedented success, partly due to its innovative concept of using sound sparingly and carefully. It has a sequel coming out soon, so make sure you’re all caught up before that.
A woman, who was rendered deaf and mute in her teenage years, lives in a cottage in a remote area to help her achieve her dreams of being an author. Everything turns upside down when a masked killer decides her as his next target and she must try to survive long enough to get help.
Yet another film that finds a new way to use sound, Hush has a deaf protagonist, meaning that many times the movie does away with cliched sound cues. This keeps the film refreshing, while also making sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a movie that writer-director Mike Flanagan did before he came out with The Haunting Of Hill House.
The Ritual (2017)
Four friends embark upon a hike in Northern Sweden as a tribute to their friend who had died a few months earlier. Their trip is interrupted when one of them is injured, causing them to take a shortcut through a forest that is not as innocent as it appears.
This British horror film offers a variety with its setting and is effective in building up the horror elements before revealing the truth and the horror that has them in its sights.
The Shining (1980)
Jack Torrance, a writer, takes up a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel while it is closed for the winter, and moves into the hotel with his family. A combination of loneliness and supernatural elements causes Jack’s sanity to deteriorate, making him more and more unstable.
Back to one of the classics once again, Kubrick’s adaptation is notorious for being hated by Stephen King, who wrote the book the film is based on. Despite this, the film is generally considered to be one of the best ever and effectively dispels the myth that horror films need to be shrouded in darkness all the time.
Gerald’s Game (2017)
A couple decides to take a vacation to a remote area in order to spice up their marriage and sexual life. But when the husband dies of a sudden heart attack with his wife still cuffed to the bed, she must find a way to escape the demons inside and possibly outside her.
Closing the list with a film that draws from other entries, this film is based on another Stephen King novel and directed by Mike Flanagan. The film stands out with its grounded horror and claustrophobia-inducing setting and manages to be more than a simple horror flick.