The new year always brings out the best in Netflix. This January, the streaming giant welcomes a slew of great new movies and TV shows for us to scarf down. Now, you're likely familiar with the popular stuff that's always on the Netflix homepage, but what else is out there? You'll probably be surprised to learn some of the best scary movies of the past couple years are all available right now. Here are five you need to see right away.
[Selections are made from the U.S. Netflix menu. Apologies if any aren't available in your area.]
1. Super Dark Times (2017)
Starring: Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, Elizabeth Cappuccino, Max Talisman
The setup is familiar and fun — high schoolers killing time talking comics and girls — but the road this movie follows will disturb you. A tragic accident and subsequent coverup drives the suspense of Super Dark Times. It's an artful horror film wrapped in the cloak of mainstream sensibilities. Directed by first-timer Kevin Phillips, it was hailed by critics and audiences alike in 2017.
2. Killing Ground (2017)
Starring: Harriet Dyer, Ian Meadows
As the title suggests, this is a hunt horror film where the woods become the scariest place imaginable (as if they weren't already). A romantic camping weekend turns into madness when a couple finds a site abandoned with no trace of anyone around. They soon discover a baby left alone and that's not all.
3. Shelley (2016)
Starring: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Cosmina Stratan
From Denmark, Shelley is a new inclusion in the horror pregnancy genre that manages to generate its own identity. At a house with no electricity, where a couple lives humbly in the Danish countryside, a housekeeper arrives and soon becomes the couple's surrogate. But things don't feel right. Shelley, the housekeeper, wakes up with blood on her mouth and everyone gets that Rosemary's Baby feeling. But the film isn't explicit about the evil. It's a psychological thriller made with delicate restraint. We love the poster, an homage to Polanski.
4. 47 Meters Down (2017)
Starring: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine
Moore stars as Lisa in 47 Meters Down, a heartbroken girlfriend who wants to prove she has some adventure in her. She and her sister decide to take a charter boat out with some guys where they can get up close and personal with sharks from inside a cage. But, when Lisa gets in, the cage breaks free and she finds herself stuck on the ocean floor with the man-eaters circling.
5. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)
Starring: Ruth Wilson, Paula Prentiss, Bob Balaban, Lucy Boynton
Ruth Wilson stars as a live-in nurse caring for a retired horror author. They room together in an old New England house where a murder may or may not have once occurred. Strange happenings scare Lily (Wilson) into investigating the connections between the author's novel and the house's true history, and it may get her killed. This is an atmospheric horror film of real suspense. Trust in Wilson (The Affair), one of the most underrated actresses around.