Part 1 listed sixteen movies from 1920 to 2001 that are available for streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Part 2 features sixteen more, all from the last ten years.
17. The Mist (2007) (Amazon)
Another Stephen King adaptation, this one with monstrous creatures appearing in a mist that mysteriously envelops a small town and traps a group of people in a grocery store. What surprises is that the monsters inside are as dangerous as the monsters outside. One of the great, bleak endings too.
18. 1408 (2007) (Amazon)
The final Stephen King adaptation on the list, this one features John Cusack as a paranormal debunker who spends a night in a haunted hotel room and finds out that maybe not every ghost story is fake. This movie has some great psychological games going for it.
19. Cloverfield (2008) (Amazon)
Producer J.J. Abrams, director Matt Reeves, and writer Drew Goddard blended the Godzilla-style monster movie with the found footage genre and created a scary adventure through the streets of New York in the wake of a monster attack as a group of friends try to get to a friend stranded across the city. It’s still one of the best found footage movies to this day.
This Swedish film got an American remake in 2010 with Chloe Grace Moretz, but the original 2008 film still stands superior. A young, pick on boy becomes friends with a girl who moves in next door who turns out to be a child vampire. It’s a welcomed alternative to the Twilight-ification of vampires that occurred. The movie looks great and the story is complex too. Not just one of the best horror movies of this centruy, but one of the best overall movies of this century.
21. Pontypool (2008) (Netflix)
Pontypool is a great little gem from 2008 that is about a virus that spreads and makes people crazed killers and a small group of people who get trapped in a radio station studio as a result during a blizzard. What is unique about the disease is that the infection does not spread through normal means but through words. Stephen McHattie is great as the shock jock in the middle of it all. It’s a unique riff on the zombie movie.
22. Splinter (2008) (Amazon)
I haven’t seen this one in a few years, but I do remember that it was an effective, small-budget film that features another group of people trapped by something outside trying to get in. In this case, a group of people are trapped in a gas station with infected people outside who have this black mold-like substance contort their bodies and make them creatures who hunt for food. Whole bodies or even dismembered body parts come back to life and seek to get them.
23. Dead Snow (2009) (Netflix)
Nazi snow zombies come back to life when a group of young college students find their gold hidden at a remote campground. The film definitely does not take itself too seriously, and really revels in the Nazi zombie mayhem it creates.
Maybe the most purely comical of the films listed here, Tucker and Dale is about two guys who have the look of two hillbilly villains in a horror movie, but are really just two normal hillbillies who are trying to help the teenagers that are in danger. It’s a great send up of the horror genre and has a lot of fun playing with some of the slasher tropes. It’s not all just comedy though. If you’ve seen a lot of horror movies you will really appreciate this movie.
25. The Sacrament (2013) (Netflix)
Sacrament is about a documentary crew that goes to a remote cult compound in South America to try and find family members that have disappeared. It no doubt borrows elements from the real-life events of Jonestown. It’s a slow build, but there is an unmistakable sense of dread that build over the course of the movie and reaches an unsettling peak. Cults simultaneously fascinate me and creep me out. I have done my fair share of deep internet dives reading about Jonestown and other similar events, and this movie really caters to that curiosity. It’s directed by Ti West, who has made quite a few quality horror flicks (House of the Devil and The Innkeepers).
26. The Babadook (2014) (Netflix)
The Babadook came in at #7 in my year-end list for 2014. It’s an Australian import, about a single mother caring for a difficult, hyper 7 year old son when a mysterious children’s book appears on her doorstep and turns their lives upside down. Mr. Babadook is a spooky figure with influences as far back as Caligari and Nosferatu in his appearance. It’s a great movie about parenting and the maternal instinct.
27. Creep (2014) (Netflix)
This indie falls into the found footage category. Mark Duplass plays a disturbed loner who lures a videographer to his cabin through a Craigslist add for shooting a series of personal videos for his unborn son, which ends up being a ruse. The tension builds and builds until a final third act that is definitely creepy.
28. Spring (2015) (Amazon)
This film is a bit of an outlier in that it’s not overtly horror based, but has horror elements while also having strong romance elements. It’s maybe best described as the horror version of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise as an American meets a mysterious woman in a small coastal Italian village and falls in love, only to discover she harbors a dark, primordial secret. It’s a unique combination, but it really works.
29. Goodnight Mommy (2015) (Amazon)
This German film is downright creepy and unsettling. When their mother comes home from plastic surgery, two twin boys begin to suspect that the person underneath the gauze and bandages is not their mother. The paranoia and the suspense builds and the film toes a fine line keeping you doubting which side of this in this should have your sympathies. The ending is pretty captivating. I reviewed it last year.
30. The Invitation (2016) (Netflix)
The Invitation is a bottle episode of a horror movie, as a group of friends reunite in the Hollywood Hills for a house party after one of them returns from having mysteriously vanished for two years down in Mexico. One of the people is her ex, and he can’t shake the feeling that there is something sinister bubbling beneath the surface of it all, and soon they are being pitched about the religious commune she and her new husband were at down in Mexico all this time. Is something really up or is it all in his head from the shared trauma they experienced that led to the dissolution of their marriage? I reviewed it back in April.
31. Hush (2016) (Netflix)
I just watched this film after having heard about it for a few months online and having it recommended by a couple of friends more recently. It’s about a deaf mute woman who lives by herself in the woods and has a masked killer appear on her doorstep. It’s a classic cat and mouse horror scenario with a unique twist. Probably owes a little bit to Wait Until Dark starring Audrey Hepburn.
32. The Witch (2016) (Amazon)
A film that is almost certainly going to make my Top 20 at the end of the year, The Witch is a great psychological horror movie about a doomed family on the edge of civilization in the 1600s that has mysterious things happening around them, from the disappearance of a baby to the sickness of other children and other stranger occurrences. Some of the musical cues reminded me of The Shining. It’s a slow burn, but builds to an unnerving finale. I reviewed it back in February. And the best animal performance of 2016 goes to Black Phillip.