April 2020 Horror Preview…and Netflix Recommendations!

Saying the last few weeks have been strange is the understatement of the year. Among many, far more pressing issues around the globe, all theater chains have essentially shut down for the foreseeable future, and the release slate is virtually wiped clean of any high-profile movies until the summer. In April, there is only one horror film of note coming to VOD: The Other Lamb, which follows a young woman born into a cult who begins to question the leader. Other than that, we’re all on our own for our horror fix. Not even the VOD and DVD releases of the month provide much of a reprieve:

Sea Fever – April 10th (VOD)

Butt Boy – April 14th (VOD)

Why Don’t You Just Die! – April 21st (VOD and DVD)

Dreamkatcher – April 28th (VOD and DVD)

Luckily, we have this thing called “Netflix”. Maybe you’ve heard of it.


For this month’s preview, I’m sharing 30 horror/thriller recommendations that you can watch on Netflix — one for every day of the month as you stay indoors and social distance. Whether you’ve seen these films or not, now’s the time to work through some of the best (and hilariously terrible in some cases) Netflix has to offer in the genre:

The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Yorgos Lanthimos’ most repulsive English language film. (Comes to Netflix on April 5th) MovieBabble Review

Friend Request – Watch this one for the unintentional comedy in lines such as “unfriend that bitch!” MovieBabble Review

The Ritual – It teases you until its final act, but the payoff is certainly worth it. MovieBabble Review

Circle – Stands alongside Cube as one of the better close quarters movies.

It Comes at Night – Intensely frustrating to watch, but that’s exactly the point. MovieBabble Review

The Blackcoat’s Daughter – Oz Perkins’ debut that’s dripping with disturbing atmosphere.

Murder Party – Jeremy Saulnier’s first movie. The title is fairly self-explanatory.

Cam – A Lynchian descent into madness following a cam girl. MovieBabble Review

The Bye Bye Man – One of the best unintentional comedies of the last five years. MovieBabble Review

Enemy – Thank you, Denis Villeneuve, for making me feel overwhelmingly disturbed and gross.

The Gift – I’ll say nothing about this movie. Just watch it, and thank me later.

The Occupant – A great Spanish thriller that doubles as a discussion on masculine tendencies. MovieBabble Review

1922 – A super moody Stephen King adaptation with a super Southern (and good!) Thomas Jane performance. MovieBabble Review

Blue Ruin – Another great Jeremy Saulnier movie, and one of the best thrillers of the 2010s.

Under the Skin – Maybe it’s not a horror movie, but it sure grosses me out. (Any chance to recommend this iconic movie is worth bending the rules.)

Train to Busan – A must-see Korean zombie flick. MovieBabble Review

The Invitation – A slow burn with one of the better endings of the 2010s.

Sweet Virginia – Anything Christopher Abbott does as an actor should be studied.

The Endless – A fascinatingly odd, low-budget movie about a cult and time distortion.

Green Room – Once again, watch Jeremy Saulnier’s stuff.

Apostle – Dan Stevens fighting a cult is enough for me. MovieBabble Review

I am the Pretty Thing that Lives in the House – Another Oz Perkins mood piece.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe – It just gets creepier and creepier by the second.

The Witch – Now’s your chance to finally watch one of the best horror movies of the 2010s!

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil – A very, very funny cult movie.

Tales from the Hood 2 – Don’t worry, you don’t need to see the first Tales from the Hood before seeing the sequel. MovieBabble Review

Hold the Dark – Jeremy Saulnier is a good director. MovieBabble Review

The Perfection – It thinks it’s far more clever than it actually is, but this is one wild ride. MovieBabble Review

Gerald’s Game – Carla Gugino sure knows how to hold my attention while strapped to a bed for almost 90 minutes.

The Platform – A movie I’m not crazy about, but is worth a viewing for its strong WTF factor. MovieBabble Review

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Nick Kush

A current young professional in the greater Washington, D.C. area, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016 when he was a bored college student with nothing else to do. (And he kicks himself every day that his story isn't better.) Nick is also a member of the Internet Film Critics Society and the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association. His love for horror began with A Nightmare on Elm Street as a kid and has scarred him ever since.

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