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20 Scary Movies on Netflix Canada That Will Chill You to the Bone

From pulse-pounding monster movies to gore-free supernatural flicks, these scary movies on Netflix Canada will appeal to even the staunchest non-horror fans.

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Insidious (2010)

This is one lean, mean film—produced on a budget of just $1-million and clocking in at 100 minutes but filled with enough sights and scares to warrant a franchise. After their son, Dalton, inexplicably falls into a coma, parents Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) learn that Dalton has the ability to astral-project; furthermore, they discover evil spirits are attempting to use his mind and body to enter our physical world. If you always thought Tiny Tim’s rendition of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” was slightly creepy, imagine seeing a ghostly boy dance to it in your living room.

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Oculus (2013)

In just under a decade, writer-director Mike Flanagan has established himself as a new American master of horror. But the imaginative mind behind Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass, as well 2019’s Doctor Sleep, first hit the scene with this underrated flick. After being released from a psychiatric hospital for the murders of his parents, Tim (Brenton Thwaites) learns from his sister, Kaylie (Karen Gillan), that their deaths were actually the doing of a supernatural force living in an ancient mirror. Together, the pair aim to destroy the otherworldly object once and for all. Oculus is modern horror filmmaking at its finest.

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The Blair Witch Project (1999)

It’s impossible to re-watch The Blair Witch Project in 2022 without getting into a heated discussion over its hugely successful marketing campaign (remember those fake missing posters?) or its place in film history. To merely dismiss it as a late-Nineties relic, however, would be a shame: this “found footage” of three college students getting lost in a Maryland forest while making a documentary about the titular witch is one of the few horror movies that truly evokes pure, unrelenting evil. If you haven’t seen it yet…what are you waiting for?

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Sinister (2012)

When true crime writer Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) moves with his wife and two children to Pennsylvania, he neglects to tell them that their new abode was once the site of a series of grisly murders—running low on inspiration, he hopes the notorious cold cases will be the subject of a new book. Sinister may check all the modern horror movie boxes (creepy kids, paganism, a helpful professor specializing in the occult), but it also features a lineup of truly terrifying moments in the form of Super 8 home movies Oswalt finds in the attic. (Think: snuff films with wonderfully literal titles like Family Hanging Out ’11, Lawn Work ’86 and Sleepy Time ’98.) It’s truly one of the best scary movies on Netflix Canada.

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The Witch (2015)

Five years before she starred in The Queen’s Gambit and became Hollywood’s most sought-after actor, Anya Taylor-Joy made her big-screen debut in this surprise box office hit. In 1630s New England, a family of English settlers, including daughter Thomasin (Taylor-Joy), is banished from a Puritan colony and forced out into the wilderness. But the clan’s nightmare truly begins when their toddler is abducted and killed by a witch—meanwhile, supernatural forces invade their farm. Boasting ferocious performances and chilling imagery, The Witch is a masterful, ambiguous work of horror.

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His House (2020)

After fleeing war-torn South Sudan, husband-and-wife Bol (Sope Dirisu) and Rial (Wunmi Mosaku) are granted asylum in England and settle in a run-down council estate, where they experience racism from neighbours. Some time later, the pair discover that an apeth, or “night witch,” has followed them to their new home—Bol, as it turns out, committed an unforgivable act during their journey, and the witch has come to collect his debt. His House is a creepy new spin on the immigrant experience.

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Things Heard & Seen (2021)

Meet the Claire family: art restorer Catherine (Amanda Seyfried), history professor George (James Norton) and young daughter Franny. After leaving Manhattan for a sleepy town in New York’s Hudson Valley, the trio learns that their new farmhouse has a fourth occupant: a benevolent spirit trying to warn Claire that her husband is not who he seems. In the world of Things Heard & Seen, family secrets are more terrifying than the supernatural.

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Saint Maud (2019)

In the seaside town of Scarborough in northern England, private nurse Maud (Morfydd Clark, in an astonishing performance) treats Amanda (Jennifer Ehle), a terminally ill dancer with a hedonistic side. Maud, however, is too invested in her patient’s care—a fervent Roman Catholic, she is convinced that God has tasked her with saving Amanda from eternal damnation. But is it really God that has been speaking to Maud…or something more sinister?

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1922 (2017)

Stephen King is the master of killer premises—and 1922‘s plot is a doozy. Arlette (Molly Parker) plans to sell her family’s Nebraska farm, a decision her husband, Wilfred (a wonderfully repressed Thomas Jane) strongly opposes. Realizing that his wife cannot be swayed, Wilfred conspires with their 14-year-old son to murder her. 1922 means to put viewers in a psychological wringer. And it succeeds with flying (red) colours.

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Relic (2020)

From Get Out’s incisive take on anti-Black racism to The Babadook’s exploration of grief, this past decade has had no shortage of creepy flicks that are metaphors for real-life horrors. Kay (Emily Mortimer) fears that her mother’s increasingly volatile behaviour is the result of her worsening dementia, but after a series of unexplainable events, she and her daughter (Bella Heathcote) realize that a more nefarious presence may be at work.

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Hereditary (2018)

Writer-director Ari Aster’s Hereditary is truly the kind of horror movie that is best experienced by going in blind. So, we’ll opt for just two lines. When her mother passes away, Annie (Toni Collette), her husband (Gabriel Byrne), son (Alex Wolff) and daughter (Milly Shapiro) begin to unravel their family’s disturbing ancestry. Oh, and Hereditary‘s final 30 minutes might just be the scariest movie climax of the decade—a harrowing assault on the senses.

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The Platform (2019)

For many filmgoers, the Academy Award-winning Parasite was 2019’s defining work on class warfare, but a lesser-known Spanish sci-fi horror film was even more unrelenting in its vision. The Platform is set in a tower-style prison called the “Vertical Self-Management Center.” Two inmates live on each level, and each day a platform containing food descends the facility. Live on the higher floors? Eat to your heart’s content. Live on the lower floors? Eat scraps. And the sickest joke in a film full of them: none of the inmates know how many floors there actually are.

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Under the Shadow (2016)

In war-torn Tehran in the late 1980s, former medical student Shideh (Narges Rashidi) and her daughter, Dorsa, struggle to survive while her husband works as a surgeon on the front lines. Soon, the pair begin to suffer increasingly disturbing nightmares. But what at first seems to be unresolved trauma turns out to be something else entirely: Shideh and Dorsa are being haunted by a supernatural entity. Under the Shadow is a stunningly original and well-crafted horror gem.

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The Ritual (2017)

Four friends from university embark on a hiking trip in northern Sweden in honour of their late friend. After one of them is injured, the group decide on a quicker route and cut through the forest. Nothing, however, can prepare them for the horror that lurks within. Emotionally raw and brimming with creepy atmosphere, The Ritual is a clever exercise in horror filmmaking.

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Hush (2016)

With Hush, writer-director Mike Flanagan (Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House) adds an irresistible twist to the home invasion genre. Author Maddie Young (Kate Siegel) lives in complete isolation in the woods while working on her novel. Her world quickly unravels, however, when she discovers that a psychopath has been stalking her home—and aims to make her his next victim. The twist? Maddie just so happens to be deaf and mute. Hush is perfect white-knuckle entertainment.

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

In 1897, English lawyer Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves) travels to Transylvania to settle the affairs of his aristocratic new client, Count Dracula (Gary Oldman). Unbeknownst to him, Dracula is actually a 500-year-old vampire. Intent on seducing Harker’s fiancée (Winona Ryder), Dracula sets sail for London, while legendary vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing (Anthony Hopkins) is hot on his trail. Devilishly fun and unabashedly over-the-top, Bram Stoker’s Dracula remains an underrated work of Gothic horror.

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)

Troubled by the death of his mother, Swiss scientist Victor Frankenstein (Kenneth Branagh) becomes obsessed with conquering death. After exhaustive research, Frankenstein achieves the unthinkable: using spare body parts and a killer’s cadaver, he creates the Creature (Robert De Niro). Initially docile, the Creature runs away from the fearful townspeople—and later returns to his maker demanding a bride for himself.

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Color Out of Space (2019)

After a meteorite lands on their farm, Nathan (Nicolas Cage), his wife Theresa (Joely Richardson) and his family are forced to do battle against a seemingly unstoppable alien organism that can possess their minds and bodies—and colour the world around them. Based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft.

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I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)

Relying less on jump scares and more on creepy atmosphere, I Am the Pretty Thing… is a modern update on the haunted house story. When Lily (The Affair’s Ruth Wilson) becomes the live-in nurse for retired horror writer Iris Blum (Paula Prentiss), she begins seeing strange things throughout the house. Most alarming is the ghost of Polly (Lucy Boynton), who may have inspired Blum’s most famous character.

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In the Tall Grass (2019)

In Kansas, Becky (Laysla De Oliveira) and her brother Cal hear the cries of a young boy lost in a field. They venture in to rescue him, only to become lost—soon, it becomes apparent that a supernatural force is preventing them from leaving. Based on the novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill, In the Tall Grass also stars Patrick Wilson and Rachel Wilson (Breaker High).

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