As a cord-cutter, you might be exploring the world of online streaming services. But when it comes to streaming services, Canadians have a lot to choose from.
Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Crave TV are a few of the many platforms that stream live TV and movies. But with so many options out there, Canadians could be missing out on some truly great movies.
That said, Netflix is a great service, but it doesn’t have everything that people are usually looking for. The great thing about Netflix is that it offers a vast selection of horror movies to watch.
Since horror films have always been popular with the general public, this is why Netflix has become a great hub for scary movies available to viewers everywhere. This list includes some of the scariest films on Netflix Canada, all of which will keep you up at night.
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To help you decide what to watch next, here is a list of the top horror movies on Netflix Canada. The following suggestions will give you some ideas of what to watch at night that will give you the creeps.
1 – Doctor Sleep
Doctor Sleep is a 2019 movie sequel to “The Shining” one of the best frightening movie. It’s based on a Stephen King book directed by Mike Flanagan (Hush and Oculus). But in this film, we see what happens to Jack Torrance as an adult. Ewan McGregor played this character who does an outstanding job acting like the adult Jack.
Later on, the movie starts with him working in a hospice, where he helps dying people cross over. It is where he summons the spirits and can talk to them.
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Run Hour: 2h 31m
2 – IT Chapter 2
IT Chapter 2, released in 2019, is the sequel to the 2017 horror movie, IT. The film is set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, and it features an ensemble cast made up of Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, and more.
The second season of the cult classic film IT is available on Netflix, and the internet is buzzing with excitement. Likewise, the 1990 miniseries was an instant classic and one of the most memorable horror films ever made.
Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Run Hour: 2h 49m
3 – The Endless
The Endless released in 2017, and it is a sci-fi horror film that is one of the most underrated films of the year. It tells the story of two brothers who return to the site of a UFO sighting to find answers about their past.
The film has an eerie atmosphere that makes you feel like there’s something dangerous lurking in the shadows. Indeed, it is a horror film, but it isn’t all jump scares and gore. It deals with the idea that aliens might be real, but the evil in this film comes from human beings.
Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
Run Hour: 1h 51m
4 – Hereditary
This movie is one of the scariest movies ever made. It’s about a family that has to deal with their grandmother’s death. Later, they move to their grandmother’s house after she dies but soon discovers something haunts the place.
The movie explores a grief-stricken family trying to cope with tragedy throughout the movie. And how the chilling turn of events unveils in front of the audience.
Rotten Tomatoes: 68%
Run Hour: 2h 7m
5 – The Cabin in the Woods
The film follows five friends (played by Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, and Jesse Williams) who rent a cabin in the woods, where evil creatures attack them.
A group of teenagers takes off on a trip to an isolated cabin deep in the woods. Thus, on their way, they are lost and encounter a maniac that goes by the name of Marty.
Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Run Hour: 1h 45m
6 – Orphan
The movie stars Vera Farmiga as Kate, a single mother who, after releasing from prison for manslaughter, agrees to take in a young girl named Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman) to help her get on her feet.
Later on, the movie takes a turn and reveals that the girl has no family, which leads the woman to search for her past. She finds that the girl is not who she says she is and was involved in a child murder case long ago.
Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
Run Hour: 2h 3m
7 – Insidious
Insidious is a horror movie from 2011, written and directed by Leigh Whannell. It stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, and Barbara Hershey. The plot revolves around a husband-and-wife team of psychic investigators who help a teenager terrorized by a presence in her home.
It’s a great scary movie that is easy to watch and doesn’t take itself too seriously. That’s what makes it scary. Moreover, this film is full of great jump scares, creepy imagery, and loud noises.
But the film does have its fair share of gore, though, so it may not be for everyone. So it is a recommendation to anyone who has enjoyed the Paranormal Activity series or the Saw franchise.
Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
Run Hour: 1h 41m
8 – Apostle
Apostle, released in 2018, is a British horror film with a religious twist. Also, this film is intense, provides some good scares, and focuses on the character more than the plot.
This movie is produced by Gareth Evans, the director of the first two films in The Raid series. Apostle shares many similarities with his previous films. So it is a gothic-tinged film with slow cinematography, lots of violence and action, and lots of blood.
Apostle is a dark fantasy movie that stars Dan Stevens as the main character, who travels to a remote island to rescue his sister after a religious cult kidnaps her.
Rotten Tomatoes: 53%
Run Hour: 2h 9m
9 – The Babysitter
The Babysitter is a 2017 horror film directed by McG and written by Brian Duffield, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, and Chad Feehan. The Netflix original movie has received mostly positive reviews from critics, but it has also generated some controversy.
Since its release, the Babysitter has become one of the most popular new Netflix original movies. In this thriller drama, Cole (Judah Lewis) must manage his babysitter, Bee (Samara Weaving), when his parents go away for the weekend.
As the weekend progresses, it becomes apparent that Bee isn’t the nice girl she pretends to be. Likewise, the babysitter is about to learn that Cole is not the victim she believes him to be.
Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
Run Hour: 1h 53m
10 – Bird Box
Bird Box is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Susanne Bier and written by Eric Heisserer. It stars Sandra Bullock and Trevante Rhodes. Also, it bases on the 2014 novel of the same name by Josh Malerman.
Bird Box is a psychological thriller that stars Sandra Bullock as Malorie, a woman on a desperate and dangerous journey. Malorie finds herself trapped in an apocalyptic world where she must evade deadly creatures after her and her children.
But while it’s easy to go into this movie to watch Sandra Bullock try not to get killed by these scary monsters, there’s something else going on in this film.
Rotten Tomatoes: 57%
Run Hour: 2h 4m
11 – Cargo
Cargo on Netflix is a 2017 horror movie that takes place in a post-apocalyptic Australia. The movie is set in rural Australia and features Martin Freeman as Andy, a man of a child that the zombie virus takes control of.
The movie tells the story of how the father tries to protect his child from both the zombies and other survivors after he accidentally shoots her mother. Thus, the movie is enjoyable and does a great job of capturing what it would be like to be in this situation.
Rotten Tomatoes: 66%
Run Hour: 1h 45m
12 – It Comes At Night
It Comes At Night is a 2017 horror film by Trey Edward Shults. It’s a surprisingly thoughtful and nuanced take on the genre. It’s about a man (Joel Edgerton) who lives with his wife and son in a cabin out in the woods. They’re trying to survive in a world where mysterious creatures hunt people at night.
The movie is unsettling and scary, but it also makes you think about what matters in life, which we don’t often see in horror movies.
Rotten Tomatoes: 44%
Run Hour: 1hr 37m
13 – The Killing of a Sacred Deer
The story focuses on Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell), a surgeon in Dublin whose life changes when his daughter begins to show an interest in Steven’s teenager acquaintance, teenage Martin.
Followed by some eerie condition that doctors fail to comprehend, his children and wife develop an illness. Martin insinuates some curse had struck the family that can be avoided with a sacrifice.
The film has received mixed reviews from critics. Some have praised the movie for its originality, but others have criticized it for being too disjointed and confusing.
Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
Run Hour: 2hr 1m
14 – Piercing
The plot follows Sam (Mia Wasikowski), who moves to Los Angeles to be with her boyfriend, only to force her into a sadistic relationship with his manager. So, Pierce decides to make the film after casting its lead actress Mia Wasikowska.
The movie shoot took place for over 20 days in spring 2017 in Los Angeles.
Rotten Tomatoes: 41%
Run Hour: 1hr 22m
15 – Unfriended: Dark Web
In 2018, the movie Unfriended released on Netflix. The film is a cyber-horror thriller that depicts the dangers of the dark web. The movie centers around a group of high school friends haunted by an anonymous presence on their computer screen after a gruesome death.
The film uses social media as a plot device to further the storyline and create a unique experience for the audience. Thus, the genius behind this is that it places the viewer directly in front of their computer screens, making the movie more interesting.
Rotten Tomatoes: 39%
Run Hour: 1hr 23m
16 – The Conjuring
The Conjuring is a 2013 horror film series based on an allegedly possessed family. The films take place in the 1970s, and their stories are the real-life experiences of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.
The films focus on the entity known as the “Demonologist.” Since its release in 2013, the film has gained popularity for its spooky atmosphere and terrifying scenes.
It’s not a movie for the faint of heart, but it holds your interest throughout. But the creators did a great job of creating realistic and frightening situations. Also, it has its moments of humor, which breaks up the tension at times during the movie.
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Run Hour: 1hr 52m
17 – 1922
The movie 1922 is a horror mystery based on a Stephen King short story. The story revolves around a farmer who murders his wife and children, then moves in with his son’s family. But one of the striking things about the film is how it unfolds over the course of just three days.
It’s well-acted, with Thomas Jane as the main character, and he carries the film well. Besides, there are also some excellent supporting performances from Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid, and Kaitlyn Bernard.
Uniquely, it was an exciting way of telling a story using the perspective of Wilfred. He was the son of a farmer who committed murder and tells his story in a series of flashbacks and hallucinations.
Rotten Tomatoes: 57%
Run Hour: 1hr 41m
18 – Creep
The movie follows Brice (who also stars in the film) as he interviews Josef (Mark Duplass). He is a man who has responded to his Craigslist ad for a videographer seeking to make a documentary about his life.
But, later on, Josef quickly becomes suspicious of Brice, and the two begin to play psychological games with each other.
Rotten Tomatoes: 65%
Run Hour: 1hr 22m