12 of the best monster movies on Netflix

Samples come in different shapes and sizes.

There are big ones, little ones, scary ones, cuddly toys, and more than a few bloody kids – all of which come up on this list at some point.

Of the invisible demons of Bird box to the wide-eyed gurgle of Toothless in How to train your dragon 2, we tracked down some of the best monster movies on Netflix.

1. A monster calls

Connor (Lewis MacDougall) finds solace in threats

Connor (Lewis MacDougall) finds solace through threats in “A Monster Calls.”

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Channel the dark fantasy vibes of Pan se labirint (also on this list), JA Bayona’s A monster calls tells the story of a bullied teenage boy, Conor, who struggles to process his mother’s terminal illness. One night, the yew tree behind his house comes alive and visits him, explaining that it would tell him three stories if Conor told it in return. Like all the best fantasies, this beautiful film is chock-full of symbolism, weaving the fantasy elements seamlessly with a gripping story of coming of age. Fair warning: you are probably not going to finish this one with dry eyes. -Sam Haysom, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the United Kingdom

Where to look: Netflix

2. Before I wake up

Kate Bosworth leads the cast

Kate Bosworth leads the cast in ‘Before I Wake’.

If you’ve craving a good scare, you can do much worse than Before I wake up, a cold nightmare-made-real of The Ghost of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan. At the center of the story are Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane), recently grieving parents who welcome a young orphan named Cody (Jacob Tremblay) into their home. But something strange happens when Cody goes to sleep, and soon the couple finds themselves in a nightmare cat-and-mouse with a creature called the Canker Man. The jumps come thick and fast in this one, so make sure you have a large pillow to slide behind. -SH

Where to look: Netflix

3. Bird box

Do not remove your blindfold "Bird box."

Do not remove your blindfold in ‘Bird Box’.

OK, so the monsters in Bird box are not technically visible, but that does not make them any less real / frightening. Directed by Susanne Bier and based on Josh Malerman’s novel of the same name, Bird box is a post-apocalyptic thriller set in a world where everyone has to cover their eyes when they go outside – anyone who sees the monsters die by suicide. It’s a premise that takes care of some nervous scenes, with Sandra Bullock playing Malorie Hayes, a woman who is forced to take two children on a nightmare blindfolded journey in an attempt to get to safety. This is one of those movies that is more than two hours long, but that you still want more of, though it is not without fair criticism. It’s important that Netflix is ​​currently streaming the edited version. -SH

Where to look: Netflix

4. Bleach

“Bleach” is worth it for the battle series alone.

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If you like your giant monsters and your battle scenes are full of daring swordplay, Shinsuke Sato’s Bleach – based on Tite Kubo’s manga series – may be the one for you. The story draws back the curtain on an invisible war played out between ‘magicians’ (spirits responsible for guiding departed souls to the hereafter) and ‘cavities’ (monstrous beings who want to devour the souls of the innocent people) . In the middle of this stands the high school student Ichigo Kurosaki (Sôta Fukushi), who is caught in the middle of the fight after a chance encounter with the mysterious Rukia (Hana Sugisaki). It’s worth watching alone for the swordfighting series – the end of the movie is awesome – and the creepy masked cavities, which are really the nightmares. -SH

Where to look: Netflix

5. Doem


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson deals with some very serious weaponry in ‘Doom’.

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You get almost exactly what you expect Doem: a popcorn-squeezing testosterone storm filled with guns, blood pressure and dialogue lines like, “Let’s see if we can find the body that goes with the arm.” In short, it’s very silly, very messy fun, it’s a fitting tribute to the video game series on which it’s loosely based. In the plot, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson leads a group of marines through a portal to a research facility on Mars that is apparently overrun by something nasty. Come for the suspense and jumps, stay tuned for the amazing POV section at the end, which is a direct tribute to the first person’s film. -SH

Where to look: Netflix

6. How to train your dragon 2

The dream team.

The dream team.

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There are not many monsters on this list that will make amazing pets, but Toothless – the fire-breathing star of the always-magical How to teach your dragon trilogy – is an exception. The second installment in Dean DeBlois’ animated adventure series takes place five years after the original version of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his winged companion against a troublesome group of dragon riders. It’s funny, imaginative and will instantly make you long for a world in which dragonfly is a real thing. -SH

Where to look: Netflix

7. I am legend

Will Smith with his trusted dog companion in

Will Smith with his trusted dog company in ‘I Am Legend’.

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Will Smith faces a horde of nocturnal mutants in this tense adaptation of Richard Matheson’s post-apocalyptic novel of the same name. With only his trusted German shepherd, Samantha, for company, Robert Neville (Smith) walks alone the deserted shell of New York City, going door-to-door for food while constantly working on a possible cure for the genetically engineered virus which is destroying the planet. This one was shot brilliantly and packed full of suspense, but be warned: there are some * difficult * scenes. -SH

Where to look: Netflix

8. Little Monsters

This delightfully wholesome forgotten gem starring Fred Savage and Howie Mandel is like a live action Monsters, Inc. which was released years before Pixar became a household name. Savage plays Brian Stevenson, an 11-year-old boy who feels lonely as the new kid in town. However, all this changes when he meets and traps his own personal monster under the bed – it’s Mandel. The two embark together on an adventure that introduces Brian to the fantastic world under each child’s bed … and the dark secrets lurking there. * –AR

Where to look: Netflix

9. Okja

Mija (Seo-hyun Ahn) and her genetically modified super pig, Okja.

Mija (Seo-hyun Ahn) and her genetically modified super pig, Okja.

To combine drama with fantasy / adventure and to weave a very real message about the horrors of the meat industry, Bong Joon-ho Okja is a beautiful unique creature feature. The film follows Mina (Seo-hyun Ahn), the granddaughter of a farmer in South Korea who raised a genetically modified super pig named Okja for the past ten years as part of a breeding project led by a grim American corporation. . The film is dark here and there, in other magic and gripping in general, and asks us to stop and reflect on the dark side of an industry that the majority of us are involved with. Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal also provide an entertaining pair of villains. . -SH

Where to look: Netflix

10. Pan se labirint

Do you really want to make friends with this guy?

Do you really want to make friends with this guy?

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Another film that does a great job of weaving genres seamlessly, Guillermo del Toro Pan se labirint is certainly up there among the greatest movies of the 2000s. The film is set in 1944 in a civil war-torn Spain telling the story of a 12-year-old girl, Ofelia (Ivana Baquero), who disappears into a fantasy realm to escape the real violence raging around her. There are some images and moments in this film that will stay with you for a long time: the sinister figure of the faun, the creeping fear of the pale man and the nightmare reality of Ofelia’s stepfather Capitán Vidal (Sergi López), whose brutal rule over his men and household makes him a genuinely anxious antagonist. * – SH

Where to look: Netflix

11. The ritual

In director David Bruckner’s scenic tour through a hell statue, four pals walk through northern Sweden to honor a deceased friend. Of course, their journey soon turns into a torturous and never-ending nightmare – with a murderous performance by Rafe Spall. Smooth and divisive, this film begs to be picked out. More likely you will love the world it creates, but hate the way it ends. Or, like me, you will love the world that creates it and how it ends. Enjoy it! And pack bug spray! * -Alison Foreman, Entertainment Reporter

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12. Wildling

Fritz Böhm’s fantasy drama begins with the holding of a young girl in a locked room by a man who calls himself her father, and from there only becomes stranger. It’s one of those movies that is cut to the genre, about which it’s hard to say too much without giving away the game, but suffice it to say that things are not going in the direction you initially expected. Bel Powley delivers a dazzling performance as Anna, the mysterious girl in the middle of the story, while Liv Tyler plays the lead role as the sheriff who takes her. -SH

Where to look: Netflix

* This show setup also appeared on a previous OilGasJobz list.

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