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The Best Horror Movies on Netflix February 2017

Does this sound familiar: you’re looking for something scary on Netflix, but keep coming across films with titles like Blood Glacier? Isn’t there a better way to find good horror movies that are streaming? Perhaps you tried to Google “What are the best horror movies on Netflix right now?” Allow us to help! Each month, we’ll highlight the best of the best streaming horror titles on Netflix.

1. Mulholland Dr.

Blonde Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia (Laura Harring). Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman’s identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project. | Arguably David Lynch’s masterpiece, Mulholland Dr. is a twisty, twisted trip through the dark side of Hollywood. Drawing on nightmares and dreams, Lynch creates a hypnotic, haunting portrait of fame and misery, and gives you the creeps in the process.

2. The Blair Witch Project

Three student filmmakers march into the woods to make a documentary about the fabled Blair Witch, who’s credited with a string of murders dating back 200 years. But when the trio loses their way, they find themselves besieged by a malignant terror. | The Blair Witch Project may not have been the first “found footage” film, but it was definitely the film that kicked-off the found footage craze that has yet to die down. Yet The Blair Witch Project remains the best of the bunch; a subtle, chilling portrait of terror and hopelessness. Extreme hype may have hurt the film’s legacy for some, but The Blair Witch Project still holds-up as the best example of how to build so much dread with so little.

3. Sinister

After moving to a new town, a true-crime writer discovers a cache of videotapes depicting brutal murders that took place in the very house he just bought. As he tries to solve the mystery behind the crimes, a sinister force threatens his own family. Sinister is one of the best examples of the modern “terror in suburbia” trend that Blumhouse has perfected, mostly due to Ethan Hawke’s committed performance as a washed-up True Crime novelist and due to the detail-driven script. Much of Sinister relies on Hawke’s character putting pieces together, and the film lays all this out perfectly.

4. The Wailing

In a tiny village in the mountains of South Korea, everyone knows one another. So, when a sudden spate of deaths occur shortly after a stranger arrives in town, he quickly falls under suspicion. | Na Hong-jin’s The Wailing certainly lives up to its name — this gonzo horror extravaganza shrieks and hollers its way under your skin, spinning a confusing, unsettling saga. Na’s film plumbs the depths of the horror genre and dregs up a narrative that’s part Exorcist-style possession tale, part ghost story, part monster-attack movie.

5. Under the Shadow

As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home. Under the Shadow is a potent thriller that’s bolstered by a fierce performance from Narges Rashidi. Rashidi is in nearly every single frame of this film, and she commands the screen as we watch her character crumble before our eyes. The crumbling is understandable — there’s a palpable weight pressing down on Under the Shadow; an uneasy feeling that no matter what the outcome of the story things will never be the same again. A large chunk of horror films don’t even consider trafficking in the type of heavy concepts that are peppered through Anvari’s script, and that’s what truly makes Under the Shadow remarkable.

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Chris Evangelista is the Executive Editor of Cut Print Film & co-host of the Cut Print Film Podcast. He also contributes to /Film, The Film Stage, Birth.Movies.Death, The Playlist, Paste Magazine, Little White Lies and O-Scope Musings. 'The House on Creep Street' and 'Beware the Monstrous Manther!', two horror books for young readers Chris co-authored with J. Tonzelli, are available wherever books are sold. You can follow him on Twitter @cevangelista413 and view his portfolio at chrisevangelista.net

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