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10 Horror Movies Trending on Netflix Right Now

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Ever wonder what’s trending on Netflix; what people are watching that sets their algorithm on fire? It’s probably not what you would expect. With nearly 4K movies currently in their catalog, it’s surprising what rises to the top, especially on the horror tab.

These trending movies are aggregated by a lot of precise criteria that range from the time of day to the time of week. It also takes into account the real-time interest of subscribers. That means if there is an award show happening or a special event or holiday, members are more likely to search for a specific movie trending in that timeframe. One wonders if the Monkeypox outbreak has anything to do with why It Follows is getting so many views.

Add in a pinch of data processing, or how many times a movie was viewed, and voila you have a trending title. The science is probably more complicated than that, but you get the idea. Since Netflix is a data-driven platform these titles aren’t just randomly selected.

We pulled 10 movies that Netflix has marked as “trending” for our FOMO readers and those who just want in on the “secret.” Below are 10 horror movies in no particular order that are being watched the most on Netflix.

It Follows (2014)

This is a modern masterpiece of storytelling. Even though it was released seven years ago it’s even more timely today. Director David Robert Mitchell tells the tale of a supernatural STD that can only be cured one way. When it was released this was critically praised. In fact, it still holds a 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

With its cautionary tale about casual sex and the consequences that can happen if you decide to indulge, It Follows is terrifying in an original way.

Blood Red Sky (2021)

What will a mother do if her child is in danger? Anything. Blood Red Sky is an action-packed thrill ride at 30,000 feet with plenty of gore to appease genre fans. It’s nice to see the vampire trend making a comeback in such an original way.

Synopsis: A woman with a mysterious illness is forced into action when a group of terrorists attempts to hijack a transatlantic overnight flight.

Fear Street Part I & II (2021)

You may have questions about this title. Not about the plot, but why only parts one and two are trending; there are three. Depending on who you ask, the third part isn’t as good as the second which only makes sense if you watch the first.

Still, this is a great series that should be enjoyed in all three chapters. It’s a great homage to the slasher genre with just enough supernatural surprises to make it an interesting crossover. It said they are working on more chapters to the R.L. Stein adapted work, and we can’t wait to return to Shadyside.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022)

One of the most polarizing films of the year, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (’22) spiked in genre conversation all over social media back in February. Some loved its brazen attempt at a requel, while others deemed it a hubristic punchdown to the classic Tobe Hooper original.

Nevertheless, it’s trending now which means it still holds interest in the community, and it left enough room for a sequel.

Apostle (2018)

This slow descent into madness has a two-hour runtime, but it’s filled with enough tension and dread to make you squirm throughout. As cult/folk horror goes this is a good one to watch if you’re thinking of joining an organized religion or know someone who has.

Synopsis: In 1905, a drifter on a dangerous mission to rescue his kidnapped sister tangles with a sinister religious cult on an isolated island.

The Old Ways (2020)

Does being a journalist mean selling yourself to the devil? No, not at first. But in The Old Ways a young journalist is accused of harboring Satan inside her which leads to a spiritual battle with a witch doctor in the middle of the Veracruz jungle.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

This classic slasher will probably never stop trending on Netflix. Wes Craven’s masterwork still holds up even beyond the insipid remake released in 2010. The original is a powerhouse of 80’s practical effects, memorable monster-making, and teen angst.

For those who don’t know about the plot, A Nightmare on Elm Street follows teenager Nancy Thompson who is having bad dreams about a scar-faced man with knives for fingers. Turns out her friends are having the same dreams which are incredibly lucid. The dream world crosses into reality as those who die in their dreams are killed in real life. But why? Who is this fedora crowned phantom? Perhaps their parents know.

Eli (2019)

This is a surprisingly effective film. My first thought is that nobody has ever heard of it, but Netflix seems to think otherwise. It might be because the film stars Sadie Sink, the Kate Bush-loving teen of Stranger Things fame. She plays Max in that series.

In this movie, a young boy is undergoing treatment for a deadly disease, but nothing seems to be working. His parents move into an old mansion that now serves as a medical facility. Visions of ghosts and phantom writings lead Eli to certain truths for which there is no cure.

If you like supernatural mysteries with twists and turns then Eli should be on your watchlist.

No One Gets Out Alive (2021)

This one has been getting great word of mouth. Director Santiago Menghini takes us on a creepy journey following a female immigrant forced to live in a boardinghouse while she pursues her American dream. Her new dwellings are dark and she is often visited by spirits.

Even though the material is derivative, there’s enough here to satiate the genre fans looking for a supernatural mystery.

Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 (2022)

This comedy from India has everything you need for a good time: ghosts, creepy mansions, and vibrant dance numbers. This is Bollywood after all. This is a stand-alone sequel to the 2007 original which has become a cult favorite.

Synopsis: When strangers Reet and Ruhan cross paths, their journey leads to an abandoned mansion and a dreaded spirit who has been trapped for 18 years.

There you have it; 10 horror movies trending on Netflix right now. Have you seen any of these recently and what do you think of the trending titles? Let us know.

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Another Creepy Spider Movie Hits Shudder This Month

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Good spider films are a theme this year. First, we had Sting and then there was Infested. The former is still in theaters and the latter is coming to Shudder starting April 26.

Infested has been getting some good reviews. People are saying that it’s not only a great creature feature but also a social commentary on racism in France.

According to IMDb: Writer/director Sébastien Vanicek was looking for ideas around the discrimination faced by black and Arab-looking people in France, and that led him to spiders, which are rarely welcome in homes; whenever they’re spotted, they’re swatted. As everyone in the story (people and spiders) is treated like vermin by society, the title came to him naturally.

Shudder has become the gold standard for streaming horror content. Since 2016, the service has been offering fans an expansive library of genre movies. in 2017, they began to stream exclusive content.

Since then Shudder has become a powerhouse in the film festival circuit, buying distribution rights to movies, or just producing some of their own. Just like Netflix, they give a film a short theatrical run before adding it to their library exclusively for subscribers.

Late Night With the Devil is a great example. It was released theatrically on March 22 and will begin streaming on the platform starting April 19.

While not getting the same buzz as Late Night, Infested is a festival favorite and many have said if you suffer from arachnophobia, you might want to take heed before watching it.

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According to the synopsis, our main character, Kalib is turning 30 and dealing with some family issues. “He’s fighting with his sister over an inheritance and has cut ties with his best friend. Fascinated by exotic animals, he finds a venomous spider in a shop and brings it back to his apartment. It only takes a moment for the spider to escape and reproduce, turning the whole building into a dreadful web trap. The only option for Kaleb and his friends is to find a way out and survive.”

The film will be available to watch on Shudder starting April 26.

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Part Concert, Part Horror Movie M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Trap’ Trailer Released

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In true Shyamalan form, he sets his film Trap inside a social situation where we aren’t sure what is going on. Hopefully, there is a twist at the end. Furthermore, we hope it’s better than the one in his divisive 2021 movie Old.

The trailer seemingly gives away a lot, but, as in the past, you can’t rely on his trailers because they are often red herrings and you are being gaslit to think a certain way. For instance, his movie Knock at the Cabin was completely different than what the trailer implied and if you hadn’t read the book on which the film is based it was still like going in blind.

The plot for Trap is being dubbed an “experience” and we aren’t quite sure what that means. If we were to guess based on the trailer, it’s a concert movie wrapped around a horror mystery. There are original songs performed by Saleka, who plays Lady Raven, a kind of Taylor Swift/Lady Gaga hybrid. They have even set up a Lady Raven website to further the illusion.

Here is the fresh trailer:

According to the synopsis, a father takes his daughter to one of Lady Raven’s jam-packed concerts, “where they realize they’re at the center of a dark and sinister event.”

Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Trap stars Josh Hartnett, Ariel Donoghue, Saleka Shyamalan, Hayley Mills and Allison Pill. The film is produced by Ashwin Rajan, Marc Bienstock and M. Night Shyamalan. The executive producer is Steven Schneider.

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Woman Brings Corpse Into Bank To Sign Loan Papers

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Warning: This is a disturbing story.

You have to be pretty desperate for money to do what this Brazilian woman did at the bank to get a loan. She wheeled in a fresh corpse to endorse the contract and she seemingly thought the bank employees wouldn’t notice. They did.

This weird and disturbing story comes via ScreenGeek an entertainment digital publication. They write that a woman identified as Erika de Souza Vieira Nunes pushed a man she identified as her uncle into the bank pleading with him to sign loan papers for $3,400. 

If you’re squeamish or easily triggered, be aware that the video captured of the situation is disturbing. 

Latin America’s largest commercial network, TV Globo, reported on the crime, and according to ScreenGeek this is what Nunes says in Portuguese during the attempted transaction. 

“Uncle, are you paying attention? You must sign [the loan contract]. If you don’t sign, there’s no way, as I cannot sign on your behalf!”

She then adds: “Sign so you can spare me further headaches; I can’t bear it any longer.” 

At first we thought this might be a hoax, but according to Brazilian police, the uncle, 68-year-old Paulo Roberto Braga had passed away earlier that day.

 “She attempted to feign his signature for the loan. He entered the bank already deceased,” Police Chief Fábio Luiz said in an interview with TV Globo. “Our priority is to continue investigating to identify other family members and gather more information regarding this loan.”

If convicted Nunes could be facing jail time on charges of fraud, embezzlement, and desecration of a corpse.

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