Netflix has become one of the most popular destinations for horror fans in recent years. Not just because of its ever-growing library of recognizable horror titles to stream, but because of its original productions that allow established and up-and-coming horror filmmakers to shoot for horror movie glory.
The result is a pretty impressive library of titles that includes both terrifying long-running series and horror movies that you can easily queue up at a mini film festival for yourself.
But if you’re aiming to build a little horror movie marathon for a Saturday night on the couch, what should you watch first, what should you follow it with, and where to go from there? We are here to help you.
From Netflix Originals to the best studio releases added to the service, these are the scariest horror movies on Netflix right now.
1. 1BR (2019)
“A person finds a seemingly perfect apartment only to find it’s less than perfect” is a commonly used horror premise, and with good reason. Corn 1BR does not follow the more predictable rules of its configuration. The film centers on an aspiring costume designer (Nicole Brydon Bloom), who moves into a new apartment surrounded by a remarkable group of close-knit neighbors who aren’t exactly fashionable. It’s a film that escalates the tension almost immediately, then pushes the scares into unexpected and heartbreaking territory. The result is an extremely efficient small-scale chiller that will have you double-checking your local property listings.
2. Apostle (2018)
If you like The wicker manthen chances are you will become obsessed with Apostlethe period folk horror film of Lowering director Gareth Evans.
Like Wicker Man, is the story of a man who travels to a remote community to rescue a woman, only to discover something very dark and disturbing happening there. contrary to The wicker man, the supernatural elements of this odd commune are considerably more apparent. Featuring a beautifully creepy production design and an excellent central performance from Dan Stevens, it’s a staple of modern folk horror.
3. Cam (2018)
A horror film focused on a very specific internet subculture, Cam follows a rising camgirl star (Madeline Brewer) who likes to bring horror elements to her live shows to help her rise through the ranks. However, when real-life horror begins to creep into the game shows, she’s sent on a frantic, paranoid search for a saboteur who may not be entirely human. Filled with tension and entrenched fears, Cam is a remarkable exploration of the horrors of a very particular kind of parasocial engagement.
4. Conspiracy (2013)
There’s a reason James Wan’s original film about famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren launched a seemingly unstoppable horror franchise, and it’s not just because the Warrens left many different records behind. With compelling performances from Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine, respectively, Wan’s now-legendary ability to ease considerable tension before a jump scare, Conspiracy is the rare horror hit that balances scares with truly touching and moving moments.
5. The Street of Fear Trilogy (2021)
Of course, technically street of fear it’s three movies instead of one, but there’s an interconnection with the street of fear movies that not only means you need watch all three to get the whole story, but that you won’t be able to stop.
Adapted from RL Stine’s young adult horror book series of the same name, the street of fear The trilogy abandons standalone horror adventures in favor of an overarching mythology told over 300 years, through the eyes of three different young women. Filled with horror homages, excellent production design, and unforgettable death scenes, Fear Street doesn’t disappoint on the binge front.
6. Gerald’s game (2017)
In a landscape full of Stephen King adaptations, Gerald’s game felt like one of the few books that might never make the leap, or at least never make the leap satisfactorily. Enter horror author extraordinaire Mike Flanagan and star Carla Gugino. In their expert hands, Gerald’s game has become one of the most pleasant surprises in the Stephen King film canon, a dark exploration of trauma and survival that slowly infuses the supernatural into its narrative, and features one of the most memorable gore scenes of the past decade. of horror.
seven. Girl on the third floor (2019)
Wrestler and actor Phil “CM Punk” Brooks headlines this haunted house clash, which is more engaging than you might think after reading that it stars a professional wrestler. Brooks carries the film through much of its runtime, as a man slowly unravels as his own past – and the specters of the house he repairs – slowly begin to tear his life apart. What begins with mysterious stains and strange substances on the walls quickly turns into an all-out assault of gruesome imagery, complete with one of the best ghost drawings in recent memory. The finale just might give you a permanent case of night terrors.
8. His home (2020)
One of the best horror movies of 2020, that of Remi Weekes His home is basically just two people in a haunted house. The action sometimes goes beyond these limits, but most of the genius of the film comes from confining us to this haunted place with our two main characters: Two refugees from South Sudan (Wunmi Mosaku and Sope Dirisu). After moving to the UK, they struggle to get used to their new home only to find that something from their homeland seems to have followed them into their new life in England. This presence is not human and very tenacious, which leads to a shocking outcome for our characters. Driven by incredible central performances and some of the most inventive haunting sequences of the past decade, His home is both an effective supernatural horror film and a chilling meditation on the toll of survival.
9. It follows (2014)
by David Robert Mitchell It follows appears on many “Best of the Decade” horror lists for good reason. The simple story is full of complex and compelling potential: a young woman (Maika Monroe, in a star-making performance) must run away with her friends when she discovers she is the victim of a deadly entity that seems transmitted from human to human through sexual contact. It Follows is a film that works both as a conceptual metaphor for lost innocence and as an engrossing, low-fi exercise in the tension that comes from being constantly dogged by invisible, yet sometimes tangible, fear. Plus, even when you get used to the film’s clever premise, the notion of the entity changing shape as you go makes for some incredibly effective scares.
ten. Pet sematary (1989)
Still considered one of Stephen King’s finest adaptations, King himself wrote the screenplay for this 1989 adaptation of one of his darkest novels, and Mary Lambert directed the hell out of it. After a family moves into a new home near the titular supernatural graveyard, this family quickly falls apart when tragedy forces them to take advantage of the graveyard’s dark gifts. More than 30 years after its release, Pet sematary remains a deeply disturbing supernatural drama. Whether it’s Rachel Creed’s flashbacks to her sister Zelda or the legendary resurrection of Gage Creed, you’re sure to find something here that will terrify you.
11. Raw (2016)
Julia Ducournau’s first feature reveals that her remarkable ability to create tension and fascinate us through horrific imagery was present long before her Palme d’Or Titanium. The film follows a vegetarian veterinary student (Garance Marillier) who, once at school, is forced to eat her first bite of meat as part of a busy week ritual. Once started, she seems unable to stop, and the rest of the film is a descent into voracious madness. Like Titaniumit’s both horrifying and, ultimately, heartwarming.
12. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)
André Øvredal’s adaptation of the children’s book series of the same name will no doubt spark a lot of nostalgia among good viewers. But setting aside its connection to childhood fears, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a very effective horror film. The screenplay by Kevin and Dan Hageman (Star Trek: Prodigy) does a very effective job of blending several of the title’s stories into a single mythology, while forming a meditation on the Vietnam War era, an ode to the Period horror and a love letter to young spooky lovers everywhere. Then there’s the cast, led by a remarkable Zoe Colletti, who give the whole thing a young adult adventure feel, while still preserving the essential scares. It’s a gem that many people missed when it hit theaters.
13. Under the Shadow (2016)
Is it possible to make a slow-burn horror movie when the characters are surrounded by horrors for the entire runtime? This is the challenge Bakak Anvari set himself with Under the Shadowand it is a film for which this filmmaker is more than a game.
Centered on a mother and her daughter living in Tehran during the city wars of the 1980s, Under the Shadow begins as the story of a woman who has been taken away from everything she wants in life by the oppressive world around her, only to retreat to an apartment where the horrors of war constantly threaten the little life that she managed to preserve. Throw in a little jinn-focused lore and you have a recipe for a highly effective horror movie that continues to infuse new supernatural tension until the very last moments.