Scary movies aren’t just for Halloween. Any night can be a horror movie night as long as you have the right film to watch. As movie genres go, horror is a diverse one that encompasses highbrow scares, schlocky slasher movies, and gory comedies. Whether you’re a horror novice or a longtime fan, it can be hard to sort through the sheer volume of creepy movies available to find the good stuff. Thankfully, Netflix has a strong selection of titles that are worthy of your time, and they run the gamut from spooky fun to serious nightmare fuel.
You don’t have to spend all night scrolling to find the scary movie that’s right for you, though. We have you covered with a list of the best horror movies on Netflix right now.
If you’re in the mood for something a little more lighthearted, pick something from the full New on Netflix list that we update monthly.
If body horror freaks you out, then move on to the next movie on this list. Everyone else prepare to be grossed out and impressed by the gory drama of The Perfection. The Netflix original stars Allison Williams as a music prodigy who leads her teacher’s latest star pupil down a shocking path. To say anything more would spoil the dark twists of this well-crafted tale.
The Conjuring has its own extended universe now, but none of it would exist without the exquisite scares found in the 2013 movie that started it all. Ultimately, this is a simple horror film with a familiar premise: a family moves into a creepy house and spooky events start to occur. But it’s James Wan’s careful direction that gives this movie the unique, haunting mood that has pulled in so many fans.
Speaking of Wan, after you devour The Conjuring take his 2010 film Insidious for a spin. When it comes to mainstream horror, he truly is one of the most inspired directors working today. With Insidious he pumped fresh blood into the tired scary kid genre, and began a fruitful working relationship with his frequent star Patrick Wilson.
47 Meters Down
Are you planning on going to the beach this summer? 47 Meters Down might change your mind. Mandy Moore and Claire Holt star in this shark fueled nightmare about two women who find themselves stranded in a cage surrounded by sharks after their diving adventure goes wrong. This intense film will keep you squirming in your seat until the very end.
Set in 1630 New England, a family believes their daughter is practicing witchcraft in this unsettling horror film. The Witch feels like a throwback in all of the best ways. It relies on mood and silence to create an overwhelming sense of dread that permeates every frame. This movie is more than a collection of jump scares, it’s a rumination on all the ways fear can be our biggest enemy of all.
There have been plenty of Stephen King movies at the box office lately, but perhaps the best modern adaptation of his work is Netflix’s Gerald’s Game. The 2017 film stars Carla Gugino as a woman who accidentally kills her husband, leaving herself chained to a bed with no hope of being set free. As her predicament grows more dire, the film becomes more and more claustrophobic as it depicts her growing desperation.
Downton Abbey fans, prepare to see Matthew Crawley as you’ve never seen him before. Dan Stevens stars as a man who returns to his home to find that his sister is being held captive by a religious cult (as one does), and then embarks on a quest to get her back. And there’s lots of creative torture along the way, so maybe don’t eat while you watch this one.
Final Destination is so ’90s it hurts (even though it technically came out in 2000). From the clothes to the creative ways the universe tries to kill a group of unlucky teens who thwarted death, this supernatural slasher movie is just as much fun as you remember it being. In fact, it’s maybe even more fun now that you can forget about the many, many unfortunate sequels that came after it.
Forget the remake. The only Poltergeist you need in your life is the 1982 original starring Craig T. Nelson. This movie brought terror to the suburbs and spawned sequels and rumors of a real-life curse. All of that pales in comparison to the actual film, which is every bit as terrifying now as it was when it was released in the ’80s.
Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven deconstructed slasher films in the brilliant 1996 film Scream, and for at least a decade afterward the genre had nowhere else to go. Yes, the movie is that good. By turns funny and genuinely heart pounding, the story of a teen girl who finds herself stalked by the scary movie loving Ghostface is a romp from beginning to end.
The Invitation is easily one of the most underrated modern horror films of our time. Set during an increasingly unsettling dinner party, the guests slowly begin to realize that all is not as it seems. This intense, slow burn movie is absolutely riveting.
Another King adaptation, the original Carrie is an undisputed masterpiece. Sissy Spacek wows as a young woman who realizes she possesses some interesting powers just in time to serve up some vengeance to the classmates who taunt her. Even if you know what happens in the prom scene, there’s never a bad time to rewatch this classic.
Horror Christmas movies are their own special subset of the genre, and Gremlins is their king. The movie created the adorable, but also dangerous Mogwais that made everyone want a pet named Gizmo. And it also spawned plenty of memorable pop culture moments (including the “don’t feed it after midnight” rule). But what this movie doesn’t get enough credit for is just how scary things get when the Mogwais start multiplying.
Proving that nothing good comes from answering ads on the internet, Creep stars Mark Duplass as a man who is hired to film another guy’s video for his unborn child. The only problem is the other man’s requests just keep getting stranger by the minute. This 2015 film is a reminder that a film doesn’t need a big budget to be an effective horror movie.
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Horror comedies have to strike a tricky balance between making you laugh and incorporating at least a few real scares. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil manages to do both and then some. The movie stars as Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk as two country guys who are just trying to have a nice vacation when a bunch of college kids start killing themselves on their property. Things only get more delightfully twisted from there.
I Am the Pretty Little Thing That Lives in the House
Slow burn horror movies are some of the genre’s best, and I Am the Pretty Little Thing That Lives in the House is a prime example of why these films work so well. Ruth Wilson plays a woman hired to care for an ailing author in a house that seems to hold its share of dark secrets. The movie takes its time getting going, but Wilson’s performance carries it through to an eerie conclusion.
Train to Busan
Train to Busan plays out like a waking nightmare. A dad and his daughter find themselves trapped on a train during a zombie outbreak in this South Korean film. Thanks to some brilliant cinematography and a tight narrative, this movie creates an unrelenting sense of tension and dread that will leave you breathless.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
File this one under the overlooked slasher gem category. Starring Amber Heard, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane starts off as a typical horror movie with a teen heading out to a shady party where two murders clue the viewer in on the fact that the heroine is in a bad situation. However, there’s more to this clever movie than the premise lets on, and that’s exactly why it needs to be added to your Netflix queue, STAT.
Truth or Dare
Every horror movie list needs at least one scary movie that’s just schlocky fun. And Truth or Dare more than fits the bill. This movie about a group of college grads trapped in a demonic game of truth or dare is not great, it’s not even good. But it is so bad that you can build a fantastic movie night around enjoying the cheesiness of it all.
Four college friends embark on a trek through the Scandinavian wilderness in this atmospheric movie that mixes the very human emotions of grief and guilt with a heavy dose of mythology. There are plenty of scares to be had as you watch the men become aware of the dangerous situation that they’re in. However, The Ritual is the rare scary movie that’s just as good on a dramatic level as it is as a genre film.
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