The Best Horror Movies on Netflix to Watch Right Now

im电竞官网-From prestige psychological scares to hilarious horror-comedy, here's the best the streaming giant has to offer.

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Nowadays, you can tell which kind of horror movie fan you are just by your streaming service of choice. For the die-hards, it’s Shudder. If it’s Hulu or HBO, you’re probably not the most likely person to willingly invite nightmares into your home on the weekends. For really weird shit—we’re talking Tsunambee and Mother Krampus here—it’s Amazon Prime. But for those who like a healthy mix—Stephen King adaptations, foreign horror, the best of A24’s frights, the occasional B movie, it’s Netflix. Here’s the best of what it has to offer in the scares department.

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The Ring

The aughts weren’t exactly the greatest time for the horror genre, but The Ring has to be up there with the best scares of the decade. Its plot was a cultural phenomenon for a whole Halloween season: Watch a cursed videotape featuring a demon girl, said demon girl jumps out of the screen shortly thereafter. Side note: Had to do a double-take at Brian Cox on the cast list. Maybe the entirety of The Ring was really just a sick game of Boar on the Floor.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Who needs Pennywise, when you have Jojo the Klownzilla, the monster space clown? If you truly, truly need a getaway movie, Killer Klowns from Outer Spaceim电竞官网- might be one of your best options on Netflix. Best not to know too much about this one going into it, but rest assured, it’s one big mess of living balloon animals, popcorn-shooting guns, and blood-drinking extraterrestrial clowns.

It Comes at Night

If you’ve watched an A24 screamfest before, you know what you’re getting with It Comes at Night. An A-plus cast (Joel Edgarton and Carmen Ejogo, here), claustrophobic thriller focused on a slowly crumbling family, and scares that will stay with you for a week. At least.


Florence Pugh is a must-watch in just about every role she takes on nowadays, but in a horror movie? After her tortured, weirder-than-hell turn in Midsommar, she’s quickly turning into one of the genre’s best players. Catch Pugh in Malevolent, which follows a group of scam artists who stage hauntings just so they can get paid to exorcise the fake ghosts. Then, they encounter the real deal.

The Evil Dead

You have to be a little twisted yourself (in a good way, of course!) to become a fan of the odd, but storied horror-comedy genre. Regardless, if you’re looking to be alternatingly terrified and amused for two hours, there’s one definitive film you have to start with. It’s Sam Raimi’s The Evil Deadim电竞官网-, which introduced us to Bruce Campbell’s Ash, who has to figure out how to un-possess his closest friends during a cabin getaway.


This 2008 monster film is a thrill ride from start to finish. When a giant monster descends on New York City, a group of friends don't know exactly what they're in for, but they know it's nothing good. Bonus: this was produced by J.J. Abrams, so you know you should be excited.


Ethan Hawke, the lovestruck Jesse Wallace himself, in a horror movie? The actor's genre-switch paid off—his turn as a true crime writer discovering demons in his own house gave some of the best scares of the 2010s.

Final Destination

Even though it's not the scariest flick on this list, Final Destination wins the Most Likely to Make Your Look Every Way Before Crossing the Street Forever award.

As Above, So Below

If you can stand to watch a found-footage horror movie in 2020, you could do a lot worse than As Above, So Below. It follows an archaeologist digging around for an artifact in the creepy Catacombs of Paris. And she... finds a little more than what she was looking for.

Life After Beth

If you need a break from straight up horror, there's always the surprisingly endearing zombie movie, Life After Beth. Starring Aubry Plaza as a teenage girl who falls ill to a sickness that leads to her death, she comes back as a zombie who then wavers between human behavior and, you know, eating people.

Cult of Chucky

Does it really matter which Chucky remake, reboot, or sequel this is? For what it’s worth, Cult of Chucky sees the abominable little doll introduced via group therapy session. Slashing ensues. Never change, Chucky.


In Tuskim电竞官网-, a podcaster flies to Canada to visit the star of a viral video—and some weird-as-hell shit goes down. Tusk is technically a horror-comedy (it’s directed by Kevin Smith, and stars Justin Long, if that tells you anything), but the film’s third-act body horror ride will have you bugging out at your next trip to the aquarium.

In the Tall Grass

In The Tall Grass, the latest in the mill of Stephen King’s book-to-screen adaptations, is basically everyone’s pumpkin patch nightmare come to life—two siblings dive into the titular grass to find a lost boy, where shady business ensues.


Before Jordan Peele’s Candyman sequel , make sure you see the original. The ’90s horror classic stars Tony Todd as the Candyman—a hard-to-forget slasher villain who stalks the residents of North Side Chicago.

Would You Rather

As if the tween-party staple wasn’t horrifying enough, Would You Rather takes the game to an adult dinner party—with, yeah, life-or-death stakes.

The Blackcoat’s Daughter

The Blackcoat’s Daughter is a horror jam that slipped through the cracks amidst the prestige, Get Out and It Followsim电竞官网- wave, but really should be up there with those movies. Produced by A24, it stars Emma Roberts as a student who finds herself in a Catholic schoolkid’s second-worst worst nightmare (demonic possession, second only to getting screamed at for an untucked shirt).


Emelieim电竞官网- is another underrated gem from 2015 that depicts a babysitting gone wrong. In this case, the babysitter goes all psycho-horror-killer, and the babysittees (?) are left to defend themselves.

Velvet Buzzsaw
Fun, Art, Costume, Zombie, Visual arts, Photography, Fictional character, Flesh, Performance,

This horror satire from Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy is a mix of The Square and Eyes of Laura Marsim电竞官网-, with Jake Gyllenhaal starring as an art critic who discovers that the mysterious paintings by an unknown artist have supernatural abilities—and take their revenge on anyone attempting to profit off of them.

The Monster
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im电竞官网-Zoe Kazan stars in this claustrophobic thriller about a young mother whose complicated relationship with her 10-year-old daughter is more complicated after a mysterious car accident leaves them stranded on the road—and stalked by a mysterious monster that plans to do them both in.

Art, Organism, Fictional character, Visual arts, Collection,
Magnet Releasing

Four women directors—Jovanka Vuckovic, Annie Clark, Roxanne Benjamin, and Karyn Kusama—deliver four delirious horror shorts in this anthology film that will give you multiple opportunities to freak the hell out.

Bird Box
Water transportation, Watercraft rowing, Boats and boating--Equipment and supplies, Boating, Vehicle, Boat, Recreation, Oar, Skiff, Fisherman,

Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Trevante Rhodes, and John Malkovich star in this dystopian thriller (and Netflix original film) about a woman who must travel blindfolded along with her children to safety as an unseen force stalks them on their journey.

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im电竞官网-Madeline Brewer plays an enterprising camgirl who discovers that she's somehow been replicated in various videos that have been uploaded to her own website in this Internet-inspired horror thriller and Netflix original.

Darkness, Werewolf, Mask, Headgear, Fur, Room, Night, Costume, Fictional character, Fiction,
The Orchard

Aaron, a videographer (played by director Patrick Brice), answers an ad to work for a mysterious guy named Josef (Mark Duplass), whose awkward and uncomfortable behavior immediately makes Aaron uneasy. But his erratic behavior only becomes more and more bizarre in this indie psychological thriller.

Gerald's Game
Leg, Sitting, Photography, Black hair, Bed, Foot,

One of Stephen King's underrated novels thanks to its lack of supernatural fights, Gerald's Game still packs a heavy psychological punch. A sexy tryst goes wrong when Gerald handcuffs his wife Jessie to a bed, only to immediately have a heart attack—leaving her imprisoned in both a remote cabin and her own delusional mind.

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This creepy slasher flick follows a deaf writer (Kate Siegel) who lives a solitary life in the woods. But her peaceful retreat is changed forever when a masked killer appears, and she must fight—in silence—for her life.

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
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Director Osgood Perkins (son of Psycho star Anthony Perkins) helms this mystery about a live-in nurse, Lily (Ruth Wilson), who moves into the remote New England mansion owned by her patient, an elderly horror novelist who suffers from dementia. Soon Lily starts to question if the unsettling things that are taking place in this house came straight from one of her patient's books.

The Invitation
Youth, Event, Conversation, Performance, Interaction, Room, Adaptation, Audience, Drama, Acting,
Drafthouse Films

A gathering of friends at a swank Hollywood Hills mansion turns deadly in Karyn Kusama's chilling and unsettling thriller, which sees a seemingly innocuous dinner party devolve into a cult-inspired killing spree.

Train to Busan
Zombie, Human, Fictional character, Flesh, Jaw,
Next Entertainment World

A group of train passengers must face off against an army of the undead in this inventive and terrifying zombie apocalypse thriller from South Korean director Yeon Sang-ho.

Under the Shadow
Sitting, Human, Eye, Fun, Mouth, Digital compositing, Room, Screenshot, Portrait, Photography,
XYZ Films

Set in the post-revolution era of 1980s Tehran, a mother must protect her daughter from a demonic possession in their home—all while a war rages on outside, leaving them fighting for safety from both manmade and supernatural evils.

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Film Factory Entertainment

Inspired by a true story (just like the best horror movies always are), this acclaimed Spanish film follows the 15-year-old Veronica who conducts a séance with a Ouija board—already a tricky situation, one that's heightened by the fact that she does it during a solar eclipse. Things, naturally, do not go well for her afterward.

The Witch
Natural environment, Forest, Tree, Beauty, Human, Outerwear, Woodland, Photography, Branch, Wood,

Robert Eggers directs Anya Taylor-Joy in this brooding horror film about a young girl whose family is ousted from their Puritan New England village. As they rebuild their lives in the wilderness, their infant child disappears—which sets in motion a psychological thriller in which the family members' sanity slowly unravels as mysterious forces threaten to destroy them.

The Perfection
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The Perfection is the age old tale of two world class cellists who go absolutely insane over their art. By the end, there are six lost limbs, hallucinations, three pant suits, and one of the wildest horror rides that Netflix originals has developed in its history.

Cabin Fever
Fun, Human, Adaptation, Tree, Photography, Long hair, Happy, Smile, Scene, Fictional character,

im电竞官网-Who among us doesn't love a flesh eating virus? The 2002 film follows a group of college graduates who rent a cabin in the woods and the end game is absolutely grotesque and completely horrifying. Objective: complete.

47 Meters Down
Fun, Vacation, Summer, Friendship, Photography, Smile, Selfie, Leisure, Mouth, Room,

There are only four words: Mandy Moore shark movie. Every good TV actor has to have a side project in their spare time, and this is Moore's. A quick bite (pun intended) of a film, 47 Meters Downim电竞官网- follows two sisters down on vacation in Mexico when the two of them run into some serious diving issues when they make some big toothed friends below.

The Ritual
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Never go in the woods. Ever. There's just not a reason for it. In The Ritualim电竞官网-, four friends head into the woods to honor their late friend, but the Norse legends within the forest aren't as welcoming as they'd hoped. Essentially, nothing wrong with just... you know, getting a cake and honoring your friend that way.

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