Director: Mike Flanagan
Starring: Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Jacob Tremblay
Mike Flanagan appears on this list frequently, and for good reason. The critically beloved horror director has made several hits with Netflix, including the series The Haunting of Hill House. Netflix even assisted with distribution of Before I Wake, which languished in limbo for two years when its original distribution company filed for bankruptcy. The long-delayed flick follows foster parents Mark (Thomas Jane) and Jessie (Kate Bosworth) as they welcome their new son Cody (Jacob Tremblay) home. When their dead biological son appears in their house, however, they discover that Cody has a horrifying ability: his dreams and nightmares come true. Before I Wake feels like a dark fantasy as well as a horror movie, and is bolstered by an appropriately creepy (and very early) performance from Tremblay. Before I Wake is another knock out of the park from one of our best horror auteurs.