The best horror movies on Netflix - the scariest Netflix films, revealed
Scares on subscription, with these best horror movies on Netflix.
The catharsis of a good horror film is hard to beat. And when you watch one of the best horror movies on Netflix, there’s no creepy walk home or waves of dread as you cross the cinema car park afterwards.
Just keep those lights on a bit later than usual though, ok?
A generous scoop into everything tense, horrific and gory on Netflix reveals a few surprises.
First: how good have the last few years been for horror? We’ve seen handfuls of modern classics recently, and several of them are ready and waiting on Netflix.
The service could also do with a bunch more scares, so we'll keep an eye on the Netflix library and add top titles are they appear. You can submit your own suggestions at the bottom of this article.
Upvote your favourite to get these horror movies ranked in an order the devil would give a thumbs-up to.
NOTE:These are the best horror movies on Netflix in the UK and the US. Please check your region to see if these movies are available.
Best horror movies on Netflix
1. HushStream now on Netflix
Hush isn't as much of a horror-show as the Kula Shaker song, but it is a terrifying home invasion drama with a twist - the lead protagonist is deaf. This means that when a masked killer comes into her home and she is oblivious, you will no doubt be shouting at the screen. It's tense, taught and Mike Flanagan directs. The star of the show, though, is actress (and Flanagan's real-life wife) Kate Siegel. She's great as the deaf writer who faces a night of terror.
More ways to watch:Prime Video
2. CreepStream now on Netflix
A two-sentence summary of Creep does not make it sound original. It’s a found footage horror film in which a creepy guy advertises for a camera operator online. Events ensue.
However, it’s an incredibly memorable and taut micro-budget horror you won’t forget, largely thanks to the efforts of star and co-writer Mark Duplass. It’s an exercise in uncomfortable closeness with a single creepy character brought to unnerving life by an excellent performance. It fits more memorable moments into 77 minutes than many films manage in two hours or more.
It also beats the law of diminishing returns. Creep 2 is great as well.
More ways to watch:HD Digital download
3. ApostleStream now on Netflix
Gareth Evans was fresh from directing to of the best action movies of all time, The Raid and The Raid 2, when he took on Apostle. The movie is quite the departure for the director but still a brilliant, unnerving watch. Based on Dan Steven's character coming back home to find the occult has taken his town and, most importantly, his sister, this is turn of the century fable that's a pretty frightening watch.
4. Gerald’s GameStream now on Netflix
Director Mike Flanagan's first Stephen King movie (he also made Doctor Sleep) is a brilliant slow burn of a movie, with the fantastic Carla Gugino taking centre stage. Given most of the movie takes place in one room (it's based on a sex game gone wrong, which sees Gugino handcuffed to a bed), it's a masterful film full of suspense and one of the most gruesome scenes that is not for the squeamish!
5. His HouseStream now on Netflix
This is a brilliant new horror from Netflix, focusing on some refugees who are finally given a place to live after escaping the horrors of South Sudan and being stuck in the UK’s immigration system. Their new house is not as it seems, though. This is a great debut from writer-director Remi Weekes and stars Wunmi Mosaku, Sope Dirisu and Matt Smith.
6. 1922Stream now on Netflix
Another Stephen King adaptation (of a short story), this is a brilliant tale of revenge on a man who conspired to kill his wife for financial gain. Thomas Jane and Molly Parker star - both brilliant actors who are fantastic in this film. This may be one of King's lesser known works but it's a good 'un.
7. A Classic Horror StoryStream now on Netflix
This Italian movie plays on the concept of horror movie cliches to great effect. It's all based around a couple lost in the woods and, well, it all goes very wrong from there. This is a refreshing take on horror and we reckon it needs to be seen by more people.
8. EliStream now on Netflix
Eli is about a boy who can't go outside because he's allergic to lots of things. When he arrives at a medical facility that's sealed off from the outside, he finally starts to feel normal again. Well, until things take a very odd and sinister turn. This movie is scary, tense and full of twists - perfect for Halloween.
9. VeronicaStream now on Netflix
Billed as the 'scariest Netflix horror' of all time when it was first released, this is certainly a spine chiller. Director Paco Plaza (REC) adds in a whole host of scares to this movie, about a seance done be teenagers that seems to have brought a nasty spirit into the world.
10. Fear Street 1994Stream now on Netflix
One of the new horror movies on the list and one of the most fun. The whole Fear Street series plays with horror conventions in different eras, but it is the first that is the best for us. It's about a group of teenagers that seemingly get caught up in some witch-based antics.
11. IncantationStream now on Netflix
One of the newer Netflix horror films on this list, Incantation is a Chinese horror which plays on the premise that a woman is cursed and she must prevent the curse being passed to her child. There's a chill factor throughout the movie but it's the ending that really resonates and makes this one of the best of the recent spate of movies in the now well-worn found footage genre.
12. CamStream now on Netflix
Cam is a really interesting take on the horror genre with a sex-positive movie that focuses on the obsession of wanting to be liked. Madeline Brewer is Alica, a cam girl who is trying to break into the top 50 of cam girls, with a show that’s not seedy but fun. She gets there but then something happens and the whole film flips on its side. It’s a great low-budget horror that offers more than meets the eye, thanks to the way it never looks down on the sex workers portrayed.
13. Under The ShadowStream now on Netflix
Under The Shadow isn't about blood and gore shocks but a film that has an utter feeling of fear and dread permeate throughout it. Based during the Iran/Iraq conflict, this is the tale of a mother and daughter hiding from the horrors of war in a house that seems to be haunted. At times beautifully shot, this is a wonderful movie about horror - real life and otherwise.
For all your other Netflix needs head to the following guides:
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