Are we finally living in a time when horror movies are getting their due? The evolution of the genre and its acceptance by audiences certainly indicate that. There is nothing like watching a gripping horror feature that will later have you hesitate to take a trip to the washroom.
Netflix has many scary movies, but do you know what to watch? Want a guide to all the most spooky dungeons, creepy manors, home invasions, and deep, dark woods available through streaming services? Your search for the best horror movies on Netflix has led to your streaming oblivion: The Best Horror Movies on Netflix!
There aren’t just exciting horror movies on Netflix; they’re also part of Netflix’s original horror productions like Gerald’s Game and The Platform.
Best Horror Movies On Netflix
The catch with horror movies is to find the good ones amongst the mountain of bad ones. We compiled a list of some of the best horror movies streaming on Netflix.
All you need to do now is relax, put on the movie and prepare to be spooked.
1922 – Steven King
Director: Zak Hilditch
Stephen King’s films and TV shows have truly dominated 2017, but his latest is a bit of a surprise. Despite no one expecting it to be a box office behemoth, a remake of “It” was inevitable. It took Mike Flanagan personally to bring “Gerald’s Game” to the big/small screen of Netflix after it was in preproduction for years.
The 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel with the same name is one of those rare films that gets the book to screen translation right. A farmer Wilfred James played by Thomas Jane, orchestrates his wife’s murder with his teenage son to avoid losing him and their farm life. His wife (played by Moly parker) inherits some money and wishes to move to the city.
The horror here is deception and the consequences of blood on their hands.
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Director: Paco Plaza
The Spanish movie Veronica made quite a splash as the scariest horror movie to come outside Hollywood in 2017. A part of the film’s appeal is that it is said to be based on a true story. A 15-year-old teenager on the day of solar eclipse uses an Ouija board to conduct a séance with two classmates. An attempt to connect with her late father ends up inviting a demonic presence into their lives. The film is about Veronica trying to ward off evil and protect her family.
Cole is a young quiet boy with only 2 friends, one of them is his babysitter, Bee. Things take an interesting turn when on a particular night, Cole finds out that Bee is a member of a demonic cult. The group is ready to go to any lengths to protect its secrets. Is Cole safe from them? The Babysitter did surprisingly well at the time of its release. Watch it for a mixture of humour and a surprising depth to all the goriness.
Director: David Bruckner
Nothing good has ever come from friends just wandering into the woods. The slow-burning horror film is a testament to that. The film follows a group of friends commemorating a promise they made when one of them passes. They set out in a Scandinavian forest that leads them towards an ancient evil. This is not your typical jump-scare scary movie. The horror is, however, disturbing, deep and scary when it comes our way.
Director: Karyn Kusama
The film begins with a man (played by Logan Marshall-Green) returning to his former house for a dinner party where his ex-wife lives with her current husband. As the film progresses, he discovers the true intentions of the hosts and is worried about the guests. The film is intentionally slow-paced, utilizing every moment to challenge the viewers psychologically and make them uncomfortable. The film tackles grief and human vulnerabilities. Be prepared for gory and violent scenes before you watch it.
Director: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
The 2019 Spanish film is a dystopian horror set in the future where inmates are held in a skyscraper in vertical cells. A platform of food passes through the building, beginning from the top. Upper cells get the food, and lower cells are starved with only scraps and garbage coming their way. The film experiments with elements of science fiction and cannibalism. Watch it for its uniqueness and symbolism to modern-day capitalism.
Director: Mike Flanigan
Mike Flanigan is probably the most successful horror filmmaker of this decade for a reason. The film is an adaptation of Stephen King’s book. It follows a couple on a getaway trip to reignite the spark in their marriage. The unexpected happens when the husband suddenly dies, and the wife is left handcuffed to the bed. They are in a remote house with no one to rescue her. The film teases the viewers with a smart build of suspense and tension. The demon here is not external. She has to fight her inner monster, gather courage and survive.
Watch it for the sheer brilliance of the filmmaker and its interesting take on the demons we carry within ourselves.
As Above, So Below
Director: John Erick Dowdle
There is a vast network of tunnels beneath the streets of Paris, just waiting to be exploited by an enterprising found-footage film crew.
This film uses a found-footage style whereby the characters all have headset cameras to keep the action in view. A handheld camera gives the impression of a third-person perspective in specific scenes.
The 2014 film follows a group of explorers who venture into the Paris catacombs, where they discover the dark secrets that lie in the city of the dead. It is one of those films shown through found footage of the troop. The movie is a great escape movie with its fast pace and plenty of conventional horror tropes.
The Blair Witch Project
Writers/Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez
Cast: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard
As we all know, The Blair Witch Project is not a piece of “found footage,” but a documentary about a horrible, unexplainable death, as it was initially advertised in 1999.
In fact, watching the film with the awareness that it is a crafted work of fiction (in this case, semi-improvised fiction) only adds to the degree of storytelling confidence on display. This movie has a simple premise: Teenagers go into the woods to film a documentary about the Blair Witch, only to find her.
Although The Blair Witch Project is a simple film with simple scares – tents being shaken, sticks tied into odd shapes – shows just how deeply rooted our fears are when you get down to their bare, unadorned essence. An ending to remember!
Director: James Wan
The Conjuring is an astounding new take on the haunted house story, and it can’t be topped.
It follows a family with a history of ghosts and demons who move into a new home and meet Ed and Lorraine Warren, two paranormal hunters who face one of the most terrifying cases of their lives.
Wan’s signature style is on full display here, leading to some of the most enduring creature creations and scariest scenes of his career (I’m particularly fond of/terrified by the work Joey King does in her “there’s something behind the door” scene).
Vampires vs. The Bronx
Director: Osmany Rodriguez
Cast: Jaden Michael, Gregory Diaz IV, Gerald W. Jones III, Joel Martinez, Shea Whigham
This delightfully titled Vampires vs. The Bronx is one of those modern horror movies with such an original twist on a familiar genre that you wonder why it didn’t happen sooner.
A group of kids living in a Bronx neighborhood discover that a cabal of vampires controls the real estate company that’s buying up local businesses. Since gentrification primarily means sucking a community dry, the concept is a home run. Yet director Osmany Rodriguez, who has made several SNL segments, including “A Kanye Place,” also has a great time.
Stranger Things has many parallels with Attack the Block, but with grit and attitude.
Director: Leo Gabriadze
Cast: Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson, Heather Sossaman
Screenlife, a form of found-footage filmmaking in our digital era, presents a movie from the standpoint of computers, tablets, and smartphones. The haunted Skype horror film Unfriended was one of the first Screenlife movies to succeed with mainstream audiences.
Filmmakers know everyone’s secrets already- they see all our deleted texts, and they have access to everything that’s tucked into our secret files and deleted texts.
An inescapable, malicious spirit starts killing teens one by one during a digital hangout after a classmate commits suicide due to online bullying. While Unfriended may sound goofy, it really works better than you might imagine, and since we’re basically forced to hang out however we want, now’s the perfect opportunity to revisit.
The Blackcoat’s Daughter
Writer/Director: Oz Perkins
Cast: Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton, Emma Roberts, James Remar, Lauren Holly.
It sat on the shelf for a few years before The Blackcoat’s Daughter (previously titled February) finally found an audience.
Oz Perkins was previously known for last year’s chilling haunted house flick I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, even though The Blackcoat’s Daughter is technically his first feature film.
This same talent for hypnotic dread is evident in Perkins’s first feature, an occult drama laced with a spellbinding, nightmarish menace. The creepy slow-burning sequences and the moments of violence are punctuated by a melancholy undercurrent of loneliness and remorse, which pays off in the film’s explosive conclusion.
In The Blackcoat’s Daughter, every moment of cryptic action builds tension and anticipation for the final blow. When that blow arrives, even though it might not be entirely surprising, it is a gut punch straight to the solar plexus that will leave you reeling.
As evasive as the film is, there are moments of brilliance that scratch at the subconscious and leave a raw feeling long after the credits start rolling.
In the Tall Grass
Director: Vincenzo Natali
Writers: Vincenzo Natali, Stephen King & Joe Hill (novella)
Cast: Laysla De Oliveira, Avery Whitted, Patrick Wilson, Will Buie Jr., Harrison Gilbertson
Stephen King has become a big part of Netflix’s library. By adapting In the Tall Grass, they’ve also been able to tap into the next generation of horror writers. People pleading for help call passersby into a vast field of tall grass, and they cannot find their way back out. In this case, nevertheless, they must be prepared for abject horror as they walk through the greenery.
There are times when In the Tall Grass does not work, but when it does, it is a compelling, gorgeous film and another film you should add to your Netflix queue.” That should be more than enough reason to add it to your list today.