Netflix Viewers ‘Scarred For Life’ As They Struggle To Sleep After Watching New Horror

Netflix viewers have been left 'scarred for life' and are struggling to sleep after watching its latest horror, The Strays.
Credit: Netflix

Netflix viewers have been left ‘scarred for life’ and struggling to sleep after watching its latest horror film

There have been plenty of movies for horror fans to rave about recently, from The Menu to the gory Terrifier 2, which left cinemagoers fainting.

Now, one of Netflix’s latest horror movies has got viewers on the edge of their seats and unable to sleep at night.

The new movie is going viral on social media and it’s even being compared to Jordan Peele’s hit film Get Out.

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The Strays tells the story of Neve (Ashley Madekwe), a light-skinned Black woman struggling in London’s working class who abruptly runs away from all her problems.

Eighteen years later, she’s living a picture-perfect life in a middle-class, predominantly white suburb in the UK with her husband (Justin Salinger) and their two children.

She has a loving family and a fulfilling job as deputy headmistress of a private school. However, her meticulously crafted life of privilege unravels when two strangers suddenly appear in her quiet town.

The facade begins to crack as she keeps spotting the mysterious people in her suburban neighbourhood and she’s convinced don’t belong there.

The menacing sightings drive her to her wit’s end. But who are they? And are they really there?

The Strays (2023)
Netflix viewers have been left ‘scarred for life’ and are struggling to sleep after watching The Strays. Credit: Netflix

Along with Madekwe (The Umbrella Academy) and Salinger (Hanna), the film stars BAFTA winner Bukky Bakray (Rocks), Jorden Myrie (Shepherd’s Delight), Samuel Small (The Nest) and Maria Almeida (Pretty Red Dress).

Those who have already watched The Strays are taking to X, formally known as Twitter, and warning others to not watch it before going to bed.

“I could have been asleep. Don’t watch The Strays on Netflix,” one viewer warns.

Another adds: “If you’re trying to sleep well tonight, don’t watch The Strays right before bed.”

Somebody else writes: “Just finished watching The Strays on Netflix and I think I’m scarred for life because what the hell did I just watch!”

The Strays was straight up crazy, it gave a Get Out vibe,” a fifth person pens.

On YouTube, one fan writes: “Absolute masterpiece in every way. The story, casting, direction, light, editing, music, and sets, great job everyone!”

Another fan adds: “This gives me Get Out and Don’t Worry Darling vibes.”

“I just watched it on Netflix. Incredible movie! Bravo! Loved the ending,” one fan pens.

Watch the trailer for The Strays here…

The Strays is just one of many scary movies to have dropped on Netflix this year.

Recently, people have also been talking non-stop about a brutal new horror film called The Outwaters, which is being dubbed the ‘next Blair Witch Project‘.

It follows four friends as they plan to make a music video out in the desert.

However, their plans are interrupted when they encounter unusual animal behaviour and weird vibrations.

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Discussing the movie online, one fan writes: “The Outwaters is the first film to give me nightmares since childhood.

“I love when a film connects with me in a special way, knowing others could interpret it differently.”

While a second says: “I’m still processing The Outwaters.

“[It] made me so uncomfortably dizzy that I had to leave the theatre to vomit. This never happened to me before.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.