Netflix has a wide variety of horror films to choose from. Horror aficionados surely have a gala time surfing through endless content on the site, trying to find films that appease their horror-loving selves. From Netflix Originals to classic horror films, the streaming giant has endless content to binge on this spooky season.
Some of the weirdest horror films in the world are headlined by David Lynch’s Eraserhead which is bizarre and idiosyncratic and defines the stranger side of scary movies. However, it is a pity that Netflix does not stream this Lynchian masterpiece.
Yet, there is a huge collection of films on Netflix that do provide their audience that blur the usual elements of horror and add a bizarre, morbid shock value. It is these kinds of titles that confirm the platform as one of the best.
Here are some of the weirdest horror films on Netflix that transcend the usual definition of horror:
The 5 weirdest horror films on Netflix
No One Gets Out Alive (Santiano Menghini, 2021)
Ambar, a woman who crosses the border from Mexico to the United States without a valid identity card. She manages to bag a mundane job with a minimum wage that manages to pay for her living expenses. She seeks shelter in the haunted Victorian apartment, and when things start looking up, she soon gets engulfed in the mysterious past of the apartment and the sinister events that took place.
Starring Marc Menchaca, Cristina Rodlo, Victoria Alcock, David Figlioli, David Barrera and Moronke Akinola in major roles, the film is perhaps one of Netflix’s weirdest horror flicks. Although the build-up of tension and horror was quite good, despite the lack of actual scares, the demon with vaginal dentata that looks like a love child of a serpent and a giant arachnid adds more questions than answers.
Nobody Sleeps In The Woods Tonight (Bartosz M. Kowalski, 2020)
Teenagers who cannot stay without technology go to an offline camp where they expect to partake in normal camp activities including hiking. However, unbeknownst to them, dangers are lurking in every corner and they soon find themselves fighting for survival.
The dangers that pervade the film test love, friendships and the meaning of sacrifice in this Polish slasher film. It is a Polish concoction of Wrong Turn and Cabin In the Woods with considerably creepy elements. Despite the abrupt ending, the overall influence from films like The Hills Have Eyes was palpable.
The Swarm (Just Philippot, 2020)
La Nuée or The Swarm is one such Netflix film that terrified users and left them squeamish. Based in rural France, the film sees a desperate and frustrated woman trying to make ends meet for her family by partaking in locust farming. Despite initial hindrances and lack of profitable production, she soon comes to know that locusts thrive well on human blood and goes to extreme lengths to provide them with the same.
The film is extremely disturbing and harrowing, to say the least as it dabbles in the intrinsic relationship between economic crisis and psychological disintegration and depravity. The woman even starts supplying her own blood to the locusts to help them thrive to provide for her family.
Starring Sofian Khammesas, Marie Narbonne and Suliane Brahim, the film is what our worst nightmares are made of.
Anatomy (Stefan Ruzowitzky, 2000)
Eerie and sinister, this German horror flick sees a young German woman attending the University of Heidelberg and encountering the dangerous anti-Hippocratic society that considers harrowing experiments on undesirable living humans. As she delves deeper into this atrocious rabbit hole, she discovers bitter secrets that also endanger her life.
The premise of the film is extremely violent and gruesome but somehow the amount of blood and gore is at a surprising low the film. Watch out for the accurate replicas of the dissected bodies that are grotesque yet surreal with incredible details.
If you are looking for a gory horror flick, you might want to go for something different. This macabre film, with its orbit and sinister atmosphere that boasts suspense and exceptional performance, is far more than gore.
Cadaver (Jarand Herdal, 2020)
After a devastating nuclear disaster, a Norwegian town is overpowered by unemployment and starvation and the class divides are too evident. A family of three, ridden by poverty, receive an invite into a lavish hotel with an enigmatic owner. However, they are soon met with a carnivalesque event that soon makes them question fantasy and reality as they become a part of the spectacle.
The film is a sociological commentary on society and the existing class divides that add to the morbid horror of the film. The weird and bizarre spectacle often makes the viewers question if it really is a horror film or just a surreal social documentary.
It was a great analogy among the existing human conditions of loneliness, love, despair, inequality and bloody horror.