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The five best slasher movies on Netflix

There’s something comforting about watching a maniac chase a bunch of teens across some cornfields before they all meet their grisly end. Of course, in real life, that’s the kind of thing we all try to avoid. But in a movie theatre, this is a sight as warm and nourishing as a bowl of steaming porridge. Below, we’re bringing some of that back into your lives as we give you the five best slasher movies on Netflix.

There is a bunch of fan-favourite slasher films on Netflix from acclaimed directors like Alexandra Aja, Eli Roth, Wes Craven and others. Before the film debuts on Netflix, it is only fair for horror aficionados to give in to their sadomasochistic voyeurism and revel in the glory of the slasher films available for streaming. 

All of them should be given ample room to enjoy. The idea of a slasher movie as mindless fun may appeal to some, but the reality is that things have changed over the years. Horror fiction, which had once seemed a sensationalist pursuit, is now regarded as some of cinema’s most eagerly critiqued genre.

The reality is, if you’re a fan of horror movies, you will likely be more of a fan of those scary stories than an average cinema goer. The knowledge of who and what you’re going to see will already be meticulously noted and reassessed at every turn.

Below, though, we’re doing the hard work for you, as we’ve got the five best slasher movies on Netflix.

The best slasher movies on Netflix:

5. The Babysitter (McG, 2017)

The Babysitter is set in the modern world yet has a classic 1970s aesthetic that pays tribute to the classic slasher era. Starring Judah Lewis and Samara Weaving in lead roles, the film abounds in cult horror, humour, blood, gore, and madness, which will keep the viewers entertained.

The film revolves around the scrawny loser teen Cole and his babysitter, Bea, who are great friends. One night when his parents are away, Cole stumbles upon his babysitter’s affinity towards blood and worshipping demons from where things go wrong. 

4. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (Jonathan Liebesman, 2006) 

Two brothers and their girlfriends embark on a road trip to enjoy themselves before one of the brothers is enlisted in the army. They are captured by the deranged Sheriff who brings them to his family home full of sick, twisted cannibals and thus ensues a tale of horror and gore. 

One of the most classic and feared villains in the history of horror, Leatherface and his sadistic brood are portrayed in the film. The story is grisly and shows the notoriety of the psychopathic killer. It pays perfect homage to the 1974 flick and is worth the watch. 

3. House of 1,000 Corpses (Rob Zombie, 2003)

Curiosity killed the cat and the film is no different as it sees four friends take the roads less travelled and explore the various urban legends about a local serial killer. Soon, they are taken hostage by a hitchhiker’s deranged family of psychopaths that begins a night of torture, terror and madness. 

An absolute murder carnage as is expected of Zombie, the film abounds in blood, gore and gruesome violence. The title itself hints at the disturbing premise that gets worse with the film’s progression. A brilliant and artistic take on the grindhouse genre of cinema, the tense environment is a welcome delight for fans of this genre. 

2. Hush (Mike Flanagan, 2016) 

Starring his long-time collaborator and wife Kate Siegel, the film focuses on a deaf and mute author who lives in a solitary cabin in the woods when she becomes the victim of a home invasion where a masked killer, thirsty for her blood, attempts to kill her.

The shocking danger heightens the unsettling premise of a home invasion that a deaf and mute author faces. Laced with plenty of jump-scares, the masked killer with the knife is terrifying and goes down as one of Flanagan’s creepiest filmography.

1. Creep (Patrick Brice, 2014)

A videographer finds himself responding to a Craigslist ad in a remote town. Slowly, the requests begin getting weirder and more morbid by the day. He soon discovers the sinister nature of his client and realises the danger he is in. 

Creepy and unusual, the film is shot in a documentary style and delivers psychological horror. Mark Duplass is excellent in the film that, despite the number of cynical jump-scares, manages to keep the suspense and ominous nature of the film intact. It is well-developed and a must-watch for horror and slasher aficionados.