Looking for your next horror movie fix but not sure what to watch? Well, look no further because Movie Aroono has you covered! Here are five underrated horror flicks you can stream on Netflix right now.

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1. The Forest

Ranking lowest on both IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, The Forest is a truly underrated horror movie. It follows a young woman’s search for her twin through Japan’s Aokigahara Forest– a popular suicide destination. 

This horror movie received negative criticism by some for not being “that” scary. The writing stuck too closely to generic horror tropes when it should have capitalized more on the dark, psychological distortion of the forest. However, that doesn’t mean this horror movie isn’t worth watching.

Natalie Dormer gives a great performance showcasing her range by playing two sisters. The horror movie also does a nice job showing the picturesque, quiet-as-the-grave ambiance of a forest where hopeless souls go to die. It has enough jump scares to entertain. There’s a decent twist-ending and enough atmospheric haunting to be thoroughly unsettling.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 10% | IMDb: 4.8

2. Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark

An interestingly grotesque spin on a “fairy” tale, Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark is a movie that doesn’t disappoint. Despite warnings to leave well enough alone, Sally snoops around the basement of her family’s new home and accidentally unleashes a horde of hideous, mini-demons. The demons whisper conspiratorially to themselves and flee from the light.

A little simple in its scares, this horror movie relies more on suspense, dread and creepy missing teeth to sew the seeds of a true horror classic. Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark features great performances by Katie Holmes and Guy Pierce. It has a well-layered storyline. It’s a bit campy, seriously underrated and a lot of fun.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 66% | IMDb: 5.6

3. Sinister

Sinister follows true crime author, Ellison Oswalt after he moves his family into a new house whose backyard is the scene of a ghastly murder. In the attic, he uncovers a collection of twisted home movies featuring similar killings and realizes something demonic is stalking the families in the tapes.

Though it relies on many of the same tropes that drive the horror movie genre, Sinister is an underrated supernatural whodunit with plenty of jump-scares and gory death tapes to thoroughly entertain. The twists in the story are intriguing and the payoff is a good balance of saw it/didn’t see it coming. Plus, it’s Ethan Hawke!

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Rotten Tomatoes: 64% | IMDb 6.8

4. The Ring

It’s an oldie-but-goodie. This horror movie features Naomi Watts as Rachel Keller, a journalist investigating a cursed videotape said to kill anyone who watches it in seven days.

This horror movie paved the way for many other Japanese remakes, such as The Grudge, One Missed Call, and Mirrors (all worth checking out). Due to its groundbreaking status, what set The Ring apart is now considered “overdone” by the horror genre. But don’t let that scare you away. 

This horror movie does a great job keeping to the somber, flat and quick-paced atmosphere of the original movie. It’s full of off-putting suspense and plenty of jump-scares, not to mention grotesque and uncomfortable video footage. The Ring is definitely different, a little out there and wholly horrifying. 

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Rotten Tomatoes: 71% | IMDb: 7.1

5. District 9

Last, but certainly not least, is District 9. When a population of sick insectoids are discovered in a spacecraft over Johannesburg, the South African government confines every “Prawn” onboard to an internment camp called District 9. Twenty years later, we follow Christopher Johnson, a Prawn with a plan to escape earth and return home with his son. 

With four Academy Award nominations, including Motion Picture of the Year, you might ask- how did this movie make a list of underrated horror films? Well, District 9 is more aptly labeled science fiction, and that is precisely where the underrated part comes in. 

The apartheid parallels still feel relevant today. The Prawns’ situation in the movie resembles modern-day refugees. Not needing to rely on shock value or jump scares, its stark commentary on the human race makes District 9 one of the most underrated horror movies of all time. 

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Rotten Tomatoes: 90% | IMDb: 7.9

So there you have it: five seriously underrated horror movies you can stream on Netflix this very moment. Pop a comment down below and tell us what you thought. As always, be sure to stop back to Aroono for more movie mayhem. Happy watching!