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5 Best Psychological thrillers on Netflix to binge on!

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If you’re looking for storylines that will keep you wondering and give you a heart-pounding experience? Look no further, Netflix got you covered!

Affecting your audience’s subconsciousness is on a whole different level from terrifying them for days. The psychological thrillers on Netflix are the ideal fusion of a narrative that is skillfully developed, characters that are unpleasant, and disturbing visuals.

Here is our list of the top 5 spooktacular psychological thriller series available on Netflix right now.

1- BIRD BOX (2018)

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich

IMDb rating: 6.6

Run-time: 2 hours 4 minutes


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The film Bird Box, on Netflix, is based on the same-named book by Josh Malerman, and is set in a post-apocalyptic world where people must avoid viewing otherworldly creatures otherwise they go insane and commit suicide. The main character, played by Sandra Bullock, sets out blindfolded with her two children on a journey to safety.

Bird Box is directed by Susanne Bier and written by Eric Heisserer. The film wasn’t nominated for any Oscars, but it did give rise to the wildly popular “Bird Box challenge,” where participants tried to perform everyday tasks while wearing blindfolds and recorded videos of tasks and shared them on social media. This gained so much popularity that Netflix posted a Twitter warning informing viewers of the risks.

2. THE VANISHED (2020)

Cast: Thomas Jane, Anne Heche, Peter Facinelli, Jason Patric

IMDb rating: 5.7

Run-time: 1 hour 55 minutes


The Vanished, an American Psychological thriller is written and directed by Peter Facinelli. It revolves around Paul and Wendy Michaelson (Thomas Jane and Anne Heche), who is pushed to conduct their own investigation after their daughter mysteriously vanishes while the family is on vacation. They learn deadly secrets about the lakeside campground, which magnifies the tension. The Vanished is full of surprising turns and shocks but the fact about Taylor’s disappearance is absolutely astounding. Trust us, you’ll surely get thrilled with this Netflix series!

3- CLINICAL (2017)

Cast:  Vinessa Shaw, Kevin Rahm, India Eisley, Aaron Stanford, Nestor Serrano, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, and Wilmer Calderon.

IMDb rating: 5.1

Run-time: 1 hour 44 minutes

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Clinical thriller is directed by Alistair Legrand and written by Luke Harvis and Alistair Legrand. It might be best to watch this with the lights on. Available on Netflix, Clinical is about Dr. Jane Mathis (Vinessa Shaw), a psychiatrist who experiences sleep paralysis and PTSD as a result of a horrible attack on one of her patients. Despite the advice of her doctor, she carries on with her business and attends to a new patient whose face has been terribly scarred in a vehicle accident. Strange things start to happen in her home as soon as she accepts this new patient.

4. SE7EN (1995)

Cast:  Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey

IMDb rating: 8.6

Run-time: 2 hours 7 minutes

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In this gripping Netflix film, Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, who plays a detective team, take centre stage. This heart-wrenching thriller is directed by David Fincher and written by Andrew Kevin Walker. The story has the ability to drag you down a rabbit hole of concerns about reality and life. You might grasp the movie more clearly if you are familiar with the idea of the seven deadly sins. If not, do some research before binge-watching this one.

This film is nominated for an Oscar for Best Film Editing.

5. Ghoul

Cast: Radhika Apte, Manav Kaul, Rohit Pathak and Mallhar Goenka 

IMDb rating: 7.0

Run-time: 3 episodes (each around 45 minutes)

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Who knows what happens in detention centres behind closed doors? People may be compelled to act immorally in the name of patriotism. These topics are covered in Ghoul available on Netflix.

This thriller miniseries of 2 episodes, which features Radhika Apte in a lead role, is based on Arabic legend. It is written and directed by Patrick Graham. It is set in a dystopian world and centres on a strange prisoner who is hauled in for questioning at a military facility in India. However, the prisoner strikes back by disclosing his captors’ darkest secrets and calling forth supernatural forces. Ghoul stands out for its analysis of patriotism and service to one’s nation. The show illuminates the negative effects of toxic, state-sponsored intolerance.

The movies like the ones mentioned above stick in our minds long after the credits have finished rolling, prompting us to reconsider a casual invitation for a camping trip in the outdoors by not very known people or the extremely quiet neighbour who lives next door and has draped windows. These psychological thriller films on Netflix will undoubtedly scare you to the core. Prepare yourself to be scared like never before.

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