8 Of The Most Disturbing Films Streaming Now On Netflix

We all love horror movies, but after a while, we become a little desensitized. That makes it harder to feel anything and puts us in a bit of a rut. This is why most of us spend so much time scrolling streamers and being uninspired. If this sounds like your last few Friday nights, I’ve got some good news for you. I’m here to disrupt your peace with eight disturbing films streaming on Netflix today! Get ready for some unsettling, jaw-dropping, and anxiety-inducing recommendations below. 

Apostle (2018)

A man heads to an island and infiltrates a religious cult to save his sister in London circa 1905. As he gets to know the community, he discovers this situation is much more sinister than he could’ve imagined. This delightfully disturbing film’s cast includes Dan Stevens and Michael Sheen. While it didn’t need to be two hours and ten minutes long, the deaths are gruesome, and there is a creature reveal right out of hell. When the movie picks up, it really picks up, so I see why so many people are obsessed with this dark tale.

The Autopsy Of Jane Doe (2016)

Father and son coroners receive a Jane Doe in their morgue. As they conduct the autopsy, they find themselves at the center of something supernatural. This movie had no reason to be this creepy. I’ll never forget how distressed I was the first three times I watched it. Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch are the father and son team, and Olwen Catherine Kelly is the Jane Doe. While Kelly has no lines in this movie (she is playing a body after all), she is the reason for the season. The Autopsy Of Jane Doe is a unique entry on the women monsters/villains list, and I love that this Jane Doe is part of one of the most unsettling movies I have ever seen.

Incantation (2022)

A woman who broke a religious taboo six years ago is now trying to protect her daughter from suffering the consequences. This Taiwanese found footage film opens playing with our minds and only gets more unhinged as it unfurls its disturbing plot. Kevin Ko’s film is disturbing from beginning to end, and not nearly enough people have watched it in my salty opinion. Incantation wasn’t just one of the most frightening movies to hit Netflix in 2022. It was one of the most terrifying movies to come out that year. This movie also gets bonus points for adding the creepy kid to the scary soup that is this movie guaranteed to get under your skin.

It Follows (2015)

A teen sleeps with her new boyfriend and wakes up to him explaining how he passed a deadly curse onto her during sex. Not only is the thought of catching demons after mediocre car sex horrifying, but the way these entities appear out of nowhere to stalk their prey is also nightmare fuel. This movie is disturbing on so many levels, and I need way more people to watch it while it’s on Netflix. It’s one of the most fucked up movies of its year, and I stan. This is also a good time for the rest of us to revisit It Follows now that a sequel has been greenlit. 

Oldboy (2003)

An obnoxious drunk is abducted from the street and held prisoner for 15 years. Upon his release, he seeks to find out who his captor is and get revenge. We should all take advantage of Park Chan-wook’s masterpiece being on Netflix right now. This award-winning Korean thriller is one of the most iconic of the millennium, so far. It’s still inspiring filmmakers today, such as Dev Patel and his directorial debut Monkey Man, as it takes a hammer to the hearts of those who missed it in our youth. If you manage to make it to the end without losing your shit, the twist will disrupt your entire night.

The Platform (2019)

Inmates in a vertical prison rely on food coming from the platforms above them. However, the prisoners above eat way more than their share, leaving those below to survive off of the scraps. This seemed like a simple enough Spanish sci-fi film in the beginning. Then a rebellion breaks out, causing things to go from weird and tense to violently chaotic. The Platform is a lot to chew on and gives the audience a lot to unpack.

The Ritual (2017)

Four guys reunite after the violent death of a friend and find an ancient evil in the Scandinavian wilderness. This Netflix find was disturbing even before they headed toward the expected danger of the film. I was not ready for how their friend died. I was also not ready to watch the group of friends basically choose to walk into hell rather than talk about their feelings and fears. If I wasn’t firmly anti-camping trips before watching this movie, I damn sure would be now. Also, this is lowkey one of the weirdest monsters to grace my television screen in a long time. 

Vivarium (2019)

A couple looking for a place to live stumble across a suburban neighborhood with identical homes. They also discover that when they attempt to leave, the road takes them back to where they started. The idea of being stuck in a suburb gives me anxiety even before the rest of the story unfolds. Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg are the leads in this science fiction psychological thriller that’s one of the easiest watches on this list of disturbing titles. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t feel an overwhelming sense of dread and terror as you try to figure out what is going on.


Netflix has so much upsetting content that this list could go on for days. I left off Silent Hill, which is so many levels of WTF and you should also revisit before the next one drops. I also have been hearing good things about Disappear Completely and need to check it out this weekend. Enough about me though. What are your favorite disturbing movies on the streamer this month? Let me know at @misssharai.

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