11 Underrated Horror Movies on Netflix – 2020 Update

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Netflix is full of horror movies we never even consider due to poor ratings and terrible reviews. However it is often the case that many of these movies have got a bad rep for the wrong reasons and really do deserve your time.

11 underrated horror movies worth watching on Netflix – 2020 update

  1. Clown
  2. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
  3. The Lodgers
  4. Murder Party
  5. Invaders From Mars
  6. The Island of Dr Moreau
  7. As The Gods Will
  8. The Vatican Tapes
  9. Pizza (2014)
  10. Dark Skies
  11. Would You Rather

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1. Clown

clown-on-Netflix
clown-on-Netflix
IMDB RatingRotten TomatoesHow to Watch
5.767/100Access Japanese Netflix with NORD VPN 30 Day Trial

Clown is a rather simple scripted movie and probably the perfect clown movie. The father discovers a clown suit one day to wear to his son’s birthday party. Suddenly he finds himself unable to remove the costumes as it slowly consumes him and turns him into a killer clown. Its not a perfectly polished movie but the acting is good, the clown is very scary and well played and the plot is both original and easy to follow. It appears to be a little underrated on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes however a lot of horror movies are and especially when so many people have a fear of clowns.

Why I think it has been underrated – too many viewers have real clown fears.

2. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

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I-Am-the-Pretty-Thing-That-Lives-in-the-House
IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
4.552Netflix – Worldwide

The plot follows a young woman takes care of an elderly women suffering from dementia, however, the mansion is haunted. I have included this movie despite its low ratings as it is a classic type of ghost story, with eerie spectral and blurry figures and a silent creep atmosphere. The House seems to be some form conduit between this world and the next allowing the dead spirits to communicate. I think the low ratings are due to the fact it is a slow quiet movie focusing mostly on atmospheric and suspense scaring rather than big jumpy and horrific demon faces. I think if you are looking for a classic spooky ghost tale then this is perfect.  

Why I think it has been underrated – is not targeted for a thrill seeking audience but perhaps a more mature audience looking for a spooky ghost story.

3. The Lodgers

the-lodgers-on-netflix
the-lodgers-on-netflix
IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
5.159Netflix – US version

The Lodgers is an Irish ghost story about twins who live in a family manor and have a strange connection to the place. At night, the manor becomes a domain of a sinister presence. This is a movie more on the eerie ghost story genre without the jump scares, just the spooky atmosphere and interesting story concept. It has a lot of bad ratings, but I feel like this is likely because viewers were looking for a jumpier movie with demonic faces and blood spitting monsters.

Why I think it has been underrated – Same as the previous movie on this list, it is not targeted for a thrill seeking audience but perhaps a more mature audience looking for a spooky ghost story.

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4. Murder Party

murder-party-on-netflix
murder-party-on-netflix
IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
5.869US Netflix

Murder Party is a nice little indie movie well executed and original. I have included in this list as it is low budget so some bad acting and hilariously bad graphics. That is as far as I can say about it being bad as it actually a very entertaining and funny watch. The story is about a man who finds an invitation for a Murder Party. The invitation is sent form a group of psychotic killers who didn’t really expect anyone to show up. The maniacs start to have internal conflict and a trail of killings begins in ridiculous gory mess of a movie.

Why I think it has been underrated – too low budget for some snobby critiques who dont apprciate script and originality.

5. Invaders From Mars

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invaders-from-mars-on-netflix
IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
5.651UK Netflix

Unfortunately this is not a comedy or spoof of the original 1950s classic but a serious remake. The image above shows the dorkiest looking alien not at all scary. the plot follows a boy as he tries to stop an invasion of his town by aliens who take over the the minds of his parents. With the aid of the school nurse the boy enlists the aid of the U.S. Marines. If you approach this movie in the right mind set it is hugely enjoyable and worth a lot more than IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes has given it. See it as a cheesy bit of entertainment not a serious movie and you will have a blast.

Why I think it has been underrated – too dated for anyone not into cult, classic or old movies.

6. The Island of Dr Moreau

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island-of-dr-moreau-on-netflix
IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
5.956UK Netflix

The Island of Dr Moreau is about a man who shipwrecked on an island that he discovers is inhabited by creatures that turn out to be horrible human/animal creatures gone wrong from scientific experiments. This film is clearly a poplar HG. Wells story as it has been made several times with this being neither the first or last version of the movie. The story is a highly regarded story from Wells and this is probably the most popular film version.

Why I think it has been underrated – too dated for many.

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7. As The Gods Will

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as-the-gods-will-on-netflix
IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
6.550Access Japanese Netflix with
NORD VPN 30 Day Trial

As The Gods Will is a crazy and fun Japanese Horror, it is not scary but terribly gory and has all that over the top Japanese entertainment. The plot is simply a higher force of power (supposedly Gods) take over a high school and force the students to plat games of death. The games played are mostly well known games famous at kids parties with the exception being as soon as you are out you die a gruesome death. The movie has lots of sound effects, lots of colours and lots of laughs. If you like other popular Japanese movies such as Battle Royal then you will enjoy this.

Why I think it has been underrated – not sure, maybe too over the top and cheesy for some along with the laziness of having to read subtitles.

8. The Vatican Tapes

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the-vatican-tapes
IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
4.857Netflix

Finally a film on this list which is pretty much all about exorcism. A priest and two Vatican exorcists must do battle with an ancient satanic force to save the soul of a young woman this time the forces are a little more powerful with basically God Versus Satan which gives it a bit more than other exorcism movies. The story has been done dozens of time, its always a young women and a couple of priests. Its not a bad little movie and perhaps even a little under rated.

Why I think it has been underrated – Most likely strong religious story line.

9. Pizza (2014)

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pizza-2014-on-netflix
IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
6.248Netflix or 30 day trial to Amazon Prime

Firstly there are 2 Indian horror movies called Pizza of the same story, I am not entirely sure the reason behind this but the version available on Netflix is the 2014 version, sadly its not as highly rated as the 2012 version but still a good watch. A Pizza delivery boy’s mundane life takes a horrifying turn when he is sent to make a delivery to the home of a family who have a dark secret. I cant help but love the originality of the film (despite being a remake). Although it is not suppose to be a comedy it does have a kind of comic charm at times, similar to The Evil Dead. I feel like it is under rated as it is being compared to the 2012 version which scored a massive 8/10 on imdb.

Why I think it has been underrated – clearly being compared to the 2012 version.

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10. Dark Skies

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dark-skies-on-netflix
IMDBRotten TomatoesHow To Watch
5.258Netflix

As the Barrett family’s peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them, one which may have arrived from beyond the stars. Dark Skies is a Sc-Fi horror which are normally some of the best. The movie is full of twists and turns and is very entertaining and scary. It will appeal to many US citizens who love alien encounter stories as it is still an idea that haunts many.

Why I think it has been underrated – not sure, alien horrors seem to always struggle with reviews but I’m a fan!

11. Would You Rather

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would-you-rather-on-netflix
IMDB RatingRotten TomatoesHow to Watch
5.765/100Netflix

Would You Rather is a nasty little physiological type horror where guests are invited to a dinner party and forced to play a game of would you rather. However they must act out there choices which involves doing unspeakable acts to themselves or others. The whole film is set in a single room and uses emotion and intrigue to entertain the audience. Similar to other movies such as The Platform, The Circle or even a cross between a classic such as 12 Angry Men and SAW. I watched this movie late one night and if you are on your own or with some like minded friends I would definitely recommend. However, I would not recommend watching with your wife or any other family members, even on Halloween, its just not that sort of movie. Kind of like the first time you watch the Human Centipede Hostel.

Why I think it has been underrated– Probably a bit too messed up for a lot of people.

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