What is it that makes a movie truly terrifying? Is it the guts and gore, or is it the slow buildup as you ask yourself what exactly will happen, and imagine what is happening off screen?
If you are all about suspense, then check out this list of the ten best suspense movies currently available on Netflix.
While this movie certainly packs a few gory thrills near the end of the film, what sets it apart is the slow build suspense that gets you there.
Set in the early 1900s, Dan Stevens stars as a man who travels to a remote island occupied by a cult in order to save his sister. He must discover what is motivating the leadership of this community and the secrets that it is hiding.
This film starring Noomi Rapace is based on the real-life of famous female bodyguard Jacquie Davis, who worked for the royal family among others.
She is hired to protect a mining heiress who is the target of an assassin. But as she becomes more involved in the case, she discovers that there is more to this threat than meets the eye. She must both protect her client, and teach her how to protect herself.
The Devil All The Time (2019)
This slow-burn psychological thriller by Netflix has a lot of moving pieces to keep track of, but is all about seeing the worst sides of people.
It has an all-star ensemble cast including Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson (who is very creepy), and Sebastian Stan. It plays on the secrets that small towns keep, and the ways that people are able to justify even the most horrific behavior.
While some critics commented that this story developed slowly and there wasn’t enough action, it has just the right level of suspense for fans of the genre.
A boy with a severe auto-immune disorder which means that he is pretty much allergic to everything is living in a safe house. But as he explores his new home, he discovers that it is nowhere near as safe as it seems.
This South Korean mystery thriller tells the story of a man who is abducted and disappears for 19 days. When he returns, he has no memory of what has happened to him.
But his brother is not sure that the man who has returned is even his brother, as he seems to be a completely different person. He embarks on a journey to get to the bottom of what exactly happened to his brother.
Another Netflix original, Sam Worthington stars as a man who is in a car accident with his wife and daughter, or so he thinks.
After falling asleep in the hospital, he goes to check on his family only to be told that he arrived alone and that he has no family. Is his damaged mind playing tricks on him, or is something more sinister at work.
The Little Stranger (2018)
Based on the Sarah Waters novel of the same name, this psychological thriller is set in 1940s England in the closing days of the war.
Domhnall Gleeson plays a doctor who visits an old house where his mother used to work. While the place at first seems welcoming, he soon starts to uncover dark secrets that they may be more connected to him than he could possibly imagine.
Secret Obsession (2019)
While this movie starring Brenda Song and Mark Vogel might not cover new territory, it certainly does a good job delivering its material.
Song plays a young woman who wakes up with no memory of who she is, but knows that she has been running from something. She goes home with a man who she is assured is her husband, but begins to suspect that she is closer to danger than ever.
The Snowman (2017)
This film is based on the popular Harry Hole book series by Norwegian writer Jo Nesbo, with Michael Fassbender playing the popular detective.
He is on the hunt for a serial killer whose calling card is a snowman as he tries to discover what connects the victims. He soon finds that the people that he cares about most are also at risk, and that this may have been part of the killer’s plan all along.
Twin Murders: the Silence of the White City (2019)
A Spanish-language film that many critics have compared to The Silence of the Lambs, it stars Belen Rueda, Javier Rey, and Itziar Ituno.
A detective is called on to solve a case that looks like a copycat of a previously convicted serial killer. But is there a way that the original killer could be back on the loose, and that the original crimes were never truly solved?