We had a bit of difficulty rounding up this week's list. With the amount of horror films we feature on the Netflix Guide regularly as well as the horror-themed article we put out for Halloween, we were unfortunately unable to feature some of the more high profile movies on today. Still, we've got a selection of some of the greatest underrated horror films you can find on the streaming service, and hell, if they don't do it for you, why don't you check out our Halloween piece as well? Everyone's a winner.

But even if you don't, we've still got a cracking selection of terrifying flicks for you to sink your teeth into this weekend. In fact, we've got just about all the genre bases covered. From your top psychological thrillers to your straight-up slasher movies, we've gone for a rather diverse pallet when compiling this weekend's films. They might not have been on your radar before today, but all the best horror movies are the ones that have the ability to surprise you. So, without giving away too much, let's jump straight in, shall we?


We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

We Need to Talk About Kevin

"You just can't get uncomfortable enough can you?"

While technically not a straight-up horror, the oppressive and uncomfortable narrative of We Need to Talk About Kevin is just as unnerving as any slasher or zombie film you could get your hands on. Boasting a strong ensemble of performances, this 2011 psychological thriller provides a haunting coming-of-age story that raises moral questions that are almost impossible to answer. As one family struggles to justify the increasingly unusual behaviour of their manipulative and violent son, they're forced to come to terms with the fact that Kevin isn't like other kids. To spoil the finale would be too much of a crime, but just know that the long build-up is worth it for a finish that's as heartbreaking as it is shocking.


Creep (2015)

Creep

"Tubby time."

We've already mentioned how great the unappreciated gem Creepis already on The 405, however, we're still not convinced that enough people have given this idiosyncratic thriller a chance. Although it starts off simple enough, as a videographer is offered $1000 a day to document the final days of a cancer-stricken father, Creep takes some genuinely unexpected turns, constantly twisting expectations before delivering a killer final blow. It also plays with its found-footage set-up in ways that few other movies in the genre are able to, subverting your expectations in refreshingly self-aware ways. Both totally unnerving and surprisingly funny, Creep is one of the most underrated horror films to release last year.


Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

"If she could travel through time why was she staying in this shitty-ass apartment?"

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones was the moment where the entire Paranormal Activity series went off the rails - and thank god it did. After four movies of essentially the same set-up, the horror franchise couldn't have survived (although if last year's The Ghost Dimension is anything to go by, changing up the formula didn't do much to extend its lifespan) any longer by playing it safe. The Marked Ones covers some of the same beats as its predecessors, yet it takes influence from other, more imaginative found-footage movies in the process. What you're left with is an ultimately sillier, but infinitely more enjoyable, late-entry in the series.


The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

"Demons exist whether you believe in them or not."

The Exorcism of Emily Rose, unlike so many other Exorcist rip-offs that you might have seen, genuinely offers more than a retread of head-spinning, bile-spewing clichés. Part courtroom-drama and part body-horror nightmare, this 2005 film surprisingly treats its subject matter with a touch of respect, dealing with the psychology and real-world implications that a supernatural event on this scale could cause. While it doesn't always make these aspects the most visually interesting to watch in the context of the movie, the rather unique questions and themes that the film does bring up more than makes up for it. If you're fancying an exorcist-style movie but are sick of the formulaic familiarity that's plagued so many recent attempts, then The Exorcism of Emily Rose is definitely something you should check out.


The Crazies (2010)

The Crazies

"Don't ask me why I can't leave without my wife and I won't ask you why you can."

The Crazies desperately wanted to emulate the success of 2004's Dawn of the Dead remake. Taking an established George A. Romero horror film, modernising it with some CGI gore effects and throwing a late-era Johnny Cash song over the opening credits is apparently all this studio thinks is needed to make lightning strike twice. Well, they were almost right. While it's perhaps not quite as tight as the 2004 Dawn, The Crazies actually improves on its original movie in a few surprising ways. Sure, it's bigger, more explosive and a little more clichéd than its source material, but the nuance of the story is surprisingly left intact, and in some cases treated more tastefully. It's not some game-changer, but it's one of the better horror remakes out there.