13 Chilling Netflix Movies That Will Make You Sleep With The Lights On

Horror movies are fun to watch any time of the year, not solely during the month of October. Now, when I say “fun” it’s not that I necessarily enjoy being scared to death and unable to sleep for nights on end, but there is nothing to shock you out of a funk or distract you from your own menial problems quite like a truly terrifying film.

That being said, these are just a few of the most unnerving, spine-tingling horror films Netflix currently has to offer. Please do not watch them alone and keep at least one light on. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

1. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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If you’ve never seen the infamously terrifying film The Blair Witch Project and for some reason happen to be in the mood to get scared shitless, now is your chance. This late 90s classic follows the story of three film students who vanish after attempting to make a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend in Maryland. Only their footage was found left behind and it will keep you from sleeping for weeks.

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2. The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

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If psychological thrillers are your forte, this film is a must-see. From the ingeniously disturbed mind of Clive Barker, comes a chilling story about a photographer’s obsession with the dark subject matter that resides in his city. One night, while commuting on the subway, he witnesses a brutal murder and soon finds himself on the coattails of a twisted serial killer. Needless to say, you may never want to use public transportation again after seeing this movie.

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3. The Awakening (2011)

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Personally, I find stories of ghosts and the “unknown” to be much more unnerving than the typical gory slasher. That’s probably why this particular movie kept me up a solid 24 hours after watching it. The Awakening follows the story of a young author and ghost hunter (played by Rebecca Hall) who is sent to investigate some mysterious and inexplicable happenings at an all-boys boarding school. She arrives as a skeptic, but what she finds there is far from fiction. A word of advice, do not attempt to watch this alone.

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4. The Rite (2011)

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If Hollywood has taught us anything, it’s never to underestimate a film starring Anthony Hopkins. Though, in this particular movie, he may not be portraying his infamous Dr. Hannibal Lecter persona—who has an unyielding appetite for human flesh—Hopkins still manages to leave viewers utterly terrified. The actor plays Father Lucas, a veteran exorcist at the Vatican, who along with his young apprentice Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue) encounters a demonic force that causes him to question everything, including his own faith.

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5. The Pact (2012)

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Another twisted tale about the powers of the “undead”, The Pact will make you never want to go near another haunted (or even remotely old and creaky) house. After the devastating passing of her mother and the mysterious disappearance of her sister, a woman struggles to face the events of her past. She returns to her childhood home to find that an unwelcome presence has taken over the house and isn’t taking kindly to visitors. Let’s just say, you’ll probably need several blankets and a big stuffed animal to watch this one with.

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6. Sinister (2012)

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Oh, lord. I’m not sure if I can even find the right words to describe how truly horrifying this move is. I’ve seen it once and I never ever wish to see it again. Not because it’s not well made, because it is and the casting is excellent, but it scared the living shit out of me. Ethan Hawke stars as true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt who’s hit a bit of a lull in his career. After moving into a new home with his family, Oswalt discovers a series of home movies that appear to link his current investigation to a series of killings dating back to the 1960s. Spoiler alert: this film has no happy ending and you will probably scream several times, just saying.

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7. Would You Rather (2013)

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We’ve all played the game “Would You Rather?” at some point or another, but this movie will most likely cause you to never want to utter those three words again. Starring the likes of  Brittany Snow, June Squibb and Jeffrey Combs this twisted horror film follows a young woman, desperate to help her sick brother, who unknowingly agrees to a murderous game with a sadistic host. Nope, nope, nope.

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8. Mercy (2014)

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If horror stories about possession an dark magic strike your fancy, then Mercy should be your next Netflix watch. A single mother and her two sons step in to take care of their ailing grandmother when her nursing home can no longer help her. Soon, the two boys realize that their grandmother has a knack for practicing black magic and there’s much more to her past than meets the eye.

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9. The Babadook (2014)

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The deeply unnerving tale of The Babadook will leave you wide-eyed and restless for weeks. A single widowed mother desperately tries to cope with the death of her husband must battle with her son’s fear of a monster living in their house. Before long she realizes there is something much more sinister afoot. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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10. 13 Cameras (2015)

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To those of you planning on moving into a new home anytime soon, I do not suggest watching this movie. It honestly, might be one of the most realistically terrifying titles on this list and should NEVER be watched alone. A young couple moves into a new house across the country only to discover that their creepy AF landlord has planted cameras on every inch of the property and has been watching them from day one. If that doesn’t make your skin crawl, I don’t know what will.

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11. The Silenced (2015)

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This Korean horror film tells the story of a young girl who is transferred into an eery boarding school. Not long after her arrival, other students begin to mysteriously disappear and she must discover the truth before she becomes the next victim. Though you’ll most likely need to watch the film with subtitles, this does not distract from the suspenseful scenes and all-star cast. Maybe watch it with the lights on, just saying.

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12. The Ones Below (2015)

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When a young couple expecting their first child move into a new neighborhood, they discover their downstairs neighbor are also expecting their first child, but something about them doesn’t seem quite right. This psycho-drama takes viewers on a rollercoaster of suspense, never knowing what to expect next. Never test, a mother’s instinct. Tbh, I would not recommend this movie to new or soon-to-be mothers, just in case that wasn’t already obvious.

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13. Hush (2016)

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Last, but certainly not least is a recently released psycho-thriller directed by Mike Flanagan. What would you do if a masked killer showed up at your house in the middle of nowhere and you couldn’t hear or speak? Kate Siegel plays a reclusive writer who is both deaf and mute. She’s chosen to move her life into the solitary environment of a desolated woods, but her quest for solitude may come at a terrible price.

Again, lights on and stuffed animal close by!

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