Love sitting on the edge of your couch and binge-watching movies about creepy, otherworldly terrors? These are some of the scariest films now streaming in South Africa, delivering everything from blockbuster-level frights to unexpected indie twists. Thank us later – when you’ve recovered.
15. IT (2017): Showmax
Overcoming your fears is a liberating achievement, but for seven young kids, getting over their fears turns into a horrific nightmare that won’t end.
14. The Woman in Black: Angel of Death (2014): Showmax
Fleeing Nazi bombs, a couple evacuate orphans to Eel Marsh House. But the longer they stay, the more evil starts to grow there in this terrifying, blood-curdling horror.
13. Get Out (2017): Netflix
Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed movie follows the experience of a young black man who is anxious about meeting his white girlfriend’s parents. It turns out he had good reason to be nervous.
12. Hell Fest (2018): Showmax
A group of friends plan a fun night out at a horror festival. But someone is killing people in plain sight and no one can tell whether it’s part of the show or not.
11. Pet Sematary (1989): Showmax
You may have seen the 2019 version of this horror flick, but now it’s time to watch the original. The Creed family moves to a new home located near a pet cemetery on an ancient Indian burial ground. They discover that it has the power to bring back the dead but it’s not quite what they think. (The 2019 remake of Pet Sematary is also on Showmax.)
10. Invitation (2015): Netflix
If there was ever a good reason to decline a dinner invitation from an ex, this movie is it! After accepting to attend his ex-wife’s dinner party, a man finds himself in an unsettling situation.
9. The Strangers Prey at Night (2018): Showmax
Two teenagers visit their aunt and uncle in a trailer park but end up making a gruesome discovery. Their relatives are murdered, and their killers are at large. Will they leave to save themselves or fight to avenge the death of their aunt and uncle?
8. Overlord (2018): Showmax
Two paratroopers caught behind enemy lines on D-Day find themselves fighting not only Nazis, but also mysterious supernatural forces that were the result of a secret Nazi experiment.
7. The Silence (2019): Netflix
A family tries to stay alive after the world falls under attack by deadly creatures who prey by sound. Starring Stanley Tucci and The Chilling Adventure of Sabrina’s Kiernan Shipka.
6. Bedeviled (2016): Showmax
This horror flick will have you looking at your smartphone in a whole new light. A group of friends is terrorised by a paranormal presence after they download a mysterious app called Mr Bedevil.
5. The Meg (2018): Showmax
Jason Statham is in full action-hero mode, but this time he’s out in the ocean trying to rescue researchers from the depths of the Pacific who are being hunted by the largest marine predator in history: the Megaladon.
4. The Perfection (2019): Netflix
A music prodigy reconnects with her former mentors, only to find out that they have all been captivated by a new talented student in this twisted horror-thriller. Like Get Out, this one stars Alison Williams.
3. Captive State (2019): Showmax
Two brothers are part of a rebel movement planning to overthrow the alien race ruling Earth, 10 years after they first invaded the planet.
2. In the Tall Grass (2019): Netflix
After hearing a boy’s cry for help, a pregnant woman and her brother go searching through a field of (yes, you guessed it) tall grass, and discover that there may be no way out. Starring Patrick Wilson.
1. Hereditary (2018): Showmax
In this eerie horror, a family mourning the loss of its matriarch makes some frightening discoveries about their ancestry. Starring Toni Collette and Alex Wolff.