Need some urban fantasy movies to fill your time with?
Good news! We’ve put together a list (accurate for April 2018) of all the Urban Fantasy movies on Netflix right now. I make no promises to their quality (especially since Netflix nixed the star rating system!) but here they are:
Queen of the Damned
Ann Rice’s vampire novel comes to life in this 2002 film starring the late Aaliyah. Vampire Lestat wakes from his slumber during a heavy metal concert – and quickly takes the group over to become its lead singer. His music awakens the Vampire Queen Akasha. The film received generally negative reviews, but as a film version of an Ann Rice novel, I can’t leave it off this list. Queen of the Damned is rated R and is 1 hr 41 min long.
Of course Bright is on this list! Netflix’s original Urban Fantasy movie won’t ever slide out of availability, which is a big bonus. Will Smith stars in this 2017 film about a police officer in an alternate universe where humans and fantasy creatures live side-by-side. His new partner is an Orc, and they must work together to find a dangerous weapon that threatens everyone, human and fantasy creature alike. Critics hated this film, but many UF fans loved it. Check out Urban-Fantasy.com’s review of it here. Rated TV-MA, 1 hr 57 min long.
Stardust is one of my favorites, and one of the few stories that I’ll admit to the movie being better than the original book! This is more of a fairy tale urban fantasy story, so if that isn’t your thing, maybe pick something else. Very little of the movie is spent in the “real world”. It instead follows young Tristan as he crosses the wall in his hometown to come to the magical world of Stormholde. A shooting star has crashed to Earth, and Tristan’s lady love wants it as an engagement present. Imagine Tristan’s surprise when he finds out that in Stormholde, stars aren’t hunks of metal and rock – they’re beautiful women. But he isn’t the only one after the star. Soon he finds himself facing off with witches and Princes to save Yvaine, the beautiful constellation who only wants to return to the sky. Charlie Cox, who has come to later fame as Matt Murdoch in Netflix’s Daredevil, stars in this fun and engaging romp opposite Claire Danes. Other fun cameos include Dustin Hoffman as the sky pirate Shakespeare, Mark Strong as the evil prince Septimus, and Michelle Pfeffier as Lamia, the Queen of the Witches. Rated PG-13, 2 hr and 7 min long.
Beautiful Creatures is a 2013 movie set in the south. Small town boy Ethan is planning his escape from rural South Carolina when he meets Lena, a girl he’s been seeing in his dreams. Soon they become friends and a magical locket causes them share memories of the Civil War. Secrets, magic, and small town drama are hallmark traits of the film. The movie is based on the novel by the same name written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Rated PG-13, 2 hr and 4 min long.
The Brothers Grimm
Brothers Grimm is another one for the fairy tale Urban Fantasy sub-subgenre. This is a period movie, not a modern one. I enjoy the twisted fairy tale horror elements of it, but it seems to generally be a love it or hate it kind of movie. The Brothers Grimm travel all over the land, performing fake exorcisms and other cons to earn their bread. But when they encounter real magic and a real curse, they’ve got to find their courage and do more than just pretend to save people. This Terry Gilliam film stars Matt Damon and the late Heath Ledger. Rated PG-13, 1 hr 58 min long.
The Curse of Sleeping Beauty
The Curse of Sleeping Beauty is a 2016 fairy tale style urban fantasy movie. Male lead Thomas sees the beautiful girl Briar Rose in his dreams. But when he tries to kiss her, he wakes up and is plagued by terrible headaches. Then he inherits a mysterious garden after his uncle’s suicide, and there he finds mystery, magic, and terrible demons. Rated TV-14, 1 hr 29 min long.
Solomon Kane is another period UF film that perhaps leans into the traditional fantasy genre. This 2006 movie based on the pulp stories of Robert E. Howard is an origin story, about how Solomon Kane gives up his live privateering and rescues a little girl. This turns him into the Puritan Avenger that many of us know and love. The film generally has mixed reviews, and was originally meant to be the beginning of a trilogy. Rated R, 1 hour 44 min long.
Here is our Urban Fantasy Thriller for the list. American Fable was released in 2016. An eleven year old girl finds a man who can grant wishes hidden in a silo. Does she make the moral choice, or does she put her family first? And then other fairy tale creatures come into the mix. No rating, 1 hr 26 min long.
Here we skirt a little bit into the vicinity of Sci-Fi with Spectral, a 2016 film about a special-ops team trained to fight the supernatural. Much of the movie centers on special glasses that allow the soldiers to see the evil apparitions, and creative modern weapons using iron. Rated PG-13, 1 hour 47 min long.
This classic needs little introduction, and honestly, if you’ve never seen it watch it first. Three parapyschology professors open their own ghost hunting company when they lose their funding at the University. Their business, Ghostbusters, operates out of an old firehouse in New York. A doomsday cult and its destructive god soon threaten the city, and they are the only ones who can save it. Rated PG, 1 hr 45 min long.
In this 2012 Wesley Snipes movie, a cursed gunman and his new warrior sidekick must defeat a horde of zombies. The twist is that the gunman’s curse brings back all his victims from the dead. Gallowwalkers has a very low rating, but the concept is kind of cool. Let us know in the comments what you think of it if you decide to watch it. Rated R, 1 hr 30 min long.
This is another film I greatly enjoyed watching, and if you’re a fan of fairly low magic/low supernatural Urban Fantasy settings, definitely check this one out. Trollhunter is a 2010 Blair Witch Project style movie following a collection of university students investigating terrible animal attacks in Norway. Soon they start to follow a man name Hans around, and discover that he is a secret troll hunter working for the Norwegian government. What starts out as a typical day of troll management turns into a hunt when several dangerous trolls leave their territory and Hans must take care of them. This film hits just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek adventure. Make sure you watch the interviews with the politician at the end. Rated PG-13, 1 hr 47 min long.
My Babysitter’s A Vampire: The Movie
This is a PG-rated, YA kind of Urban Fantasy movie. My Babysitter’s A Vampire later launched its own TV series by the same name. Nerdy high school freshman Ethan isn’t deemed responsible enough to watch his little sister on his own, so his parents hire a babysitter. He soon realizes that not everything is right with the babysitter his parents picked. Then they both must stop an evil plot to resurrect a cult of really bad vampires. This Canadian horror comedy clocks in at 1 hr 25 min.