Horror movie lovers are known for having spines of steel and a very high tolerance for blood and guts. But even fans of the genre have to admit that there are some horror movies one simply does not watch home alone. And, perhaps most importantly, that one does not watch home alone in the dark and before bed. To avoid being scared for your life in your own home, try to avoid these 11 horror movies on Netflix when you're chilling solo.
If you're easily freaked out, then any horror movie is one you should never watch alone. But, some are even more freaky than others, specifically horror films that are essentially about a dark force or villain preying on an innocent victim in a lonely, isolated setting. Movies about home invasions or imprisonment are particularly scary to watch alone. Even when watched with the lights on, movies like Gerald's Game or the claustrophobic 47 Meters Down are guaranteed to send you rushing out for the nearest warm body so as not to be alone. And if you don't have any roommates, you might want to avoid watching these 11 horror movies on Netflix completely, let alone when you're by yourself. Seriously, you might never sleep peacefully again.
Based on the Stephen King novel, Gerald's Game is about a woman, Jessie (Carla Gugino) who ends up alone, handcuffed to a bed, with no food, no water, and no way of getting out alive. Not only will this film make you swear off handcuffs in the bedroom, it will make you swear off any secluded vacations.
Hush is a terrifying home invasion thriller about a deaf writer attacked in her home. If nothing else, it will make you want to get an alarm in your house STAT and make you rethink those fancy noise cancelling headphones.
The moral of Creep is really that you should never answer ads on Craigslist and never be alone with a stranger. The found footage horror film stars the incredibly lovable Mark Duplass, but don't be fooled — it's actually quite terrifying.
Creep 2 follows the found footage model of Creep, and features a similar set up. It is equally scary and also equally not suitable for watching alone.
5'I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In This House'
Don't let the gorgeous visuals fool you, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House isn't all pretty sets and costumes. The movie is about a young nurse who moves into a remote home to take care of an aging author, and it will make you never want to walk down a dark hallway ever again.
6'47 Meters Down'
Technically the two protagonists in 47 Meters Down aren't alone, they're just stuck underwater with man-eating sharks and no way of getting back to shore. Still, the isolating fear is just as scary as being home alone.
Have you ever thought that it would be cool to stay in the school dorms by yourself? Well, think no more. Kristy, about a girl who stays in school over Thanksgiving break, confirms that there is absolutely nothing more dangerous than being the only person on a college campus.
The Nightmare is technically a documentary, which might make it the most effective horror movie ever created. The doc offers a deep dive into sleep paralysis and the terrors it can inflict on those who suffer from it.
9'Honeymoon' ('Luna de miel')
The Mexican horror film Honeymoon is extremely disturbing and not for the faint of heart. The movie is about a man who becomes obsessed with a woman he sees jogging — so obsessed that he kidnaps her and tortures her into becoming his perfect wife. Good luck being willing to do literally anything on your own after watching this.
The Babadook isn't really about being alone, but it does point out the horrors that can be lurking in your own home, the very place you feel safest. Do not watch by yourself and definitely do not watch with your child.
Want to never sleep again? Check out 13 Cameras, a horror movie about a young couple who move into a house that is actually wired with surveillance cameras courtesy of the landlord. The cameras, it turns out, are everywhere — the bedroom, the bathroom, the shower, everywhere. If you want to ensure you never feel safe in your own home, this one's for you.
If any of these films sound appealing to your horror-loving heart, just remember this one thing: friends don't let friends watch scary movies alone.