The best Netflix horror movies

Best Netflix horror movies: The Witch

What are the best Netflix horror movies? Thanks to streaming services like Netflix, getting a good cinematic scare has never been easier, but let’s be frank, finding the best horror movies in a vast online library of films can be a nightmare. So what are the best horror movies on Netflix?

The streaming platform has everything from chilling independent films to goosebump-inducing blockbusters. There is so much to pick from that it can be overwhelming to find the scariest movies all by yourself. If you’re stuck wondering what Netflix horror movie will thoroughly destroy your sleeping pattern the most, don’t worry because we’ve got you covered. To help cut down all the Netflix browsing time, we’ve made a list of the scariest movies for all your Netflix-and-thrill convenience.

So, have some holy water at the ready, grab some popcorn, and prepare for the most terrifying film the streaming service has to offer. We’ve left no murderous stone unturned, from age-old classics to the latest modern spooky hits, so sit back and let the nightmare fuel take hold. Here are the best Netflix horror movies.

What are the best Netflix horror movies?

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • The Witch
  • The Conjuring
  • Halloween
  • His House
  • Vampires vs The Bronx
  • Creep
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Run
  • #Alive
  • Midsommar

The best Netflix horror movies: Heather Lagenkamp in A Nightmare on Elm Street

 A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Horror movies don’t come much more iconic than A Nightmare on Elm Street and the legendary slasher Freddy Krueger, the killer who stalks you in your sleep. If you’re feeling brave, viewers in the US can check out this ‘80s classic as part of their Netflix subscription.

There’s a fascinating true story behind Freddy Krueger, but nothing can prepare you for seeing that stripey jumper and knife glove combo for the first time.

The best horror movies on Netflix: The Witch

The Witch (2015)

The feature directorial debut of Robert Eggers, The Witch (known stylistically as The VVicth) is one of the best-period horror movies to grace the big screen in recent years. It is moody, trippy, and, best of all, downright scary in its commentary on New- England’s history and folklore – I mean, what more could a horror fan ask for, right?

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Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch follows the tragic story of a family of English settlers in 1630. Their world is turned upside down after the abduction of their unbaptized baby. It turns out that the child was kidnapped and killed by a nefarious witch in the nearby woods– and all hell breaks loose as a result. As grief and fear take hold, we see the family crumble and turn against one another in a heartbreaking downfall caused by their psyches and, of course, witchcraft.

As you can probably gather, The Witch is laced with spooky themes but also genuinely hits you hard with its stark portrayals of the human mind.

Best Netflix horror movies: The Conjuring

The Conjuring (2013)

From the director of Insidious, James Wan, The Conjuring stands as one of his scariest pieces of work to date. It is the first film in The Conjuring Universe, the popular series of movies inspired by the real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The film is your classic supernatural horror, filled with jump scares, and a handful of haunting related mishaps that, while maybe not every horror lover’s cup of spooky tea, are just plain fun.

The set-up is simple. A family moves into a rundown creepy looking farmhouse that turns out to be haunted as heck. Paranormal happenings start occurring nightly, and a sinister spirit begins to torment the home’s new residents. The story follows the typical haunting horror formula, but despite not being the most original film on our list, The Conjuring is still full of tension, and will make your heart race.

Best Netflix horror movies: Halloween

Halloween (1978)

The archetypical slasher, John Carpenter’s suburban nightmare is still absolutely chilling. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is on babysitter duty in the quiet town of Haddonfield during All Hallow’s Eve when Michael Myers escapes from Smith’s Grove Sanitarium. Out for blood, Michael starts carving his way through the local teens, making his way towards Laurie.

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The blend of Carpenter’s direction in the first Halloween movie, unassuming and easy, with his icy score creates a nail-biting atmosphere. Haddonfield seems delightful during the autumn, all brown leaves and pumpkins, but something altogether more menacing is on its way. A classic in every sense.

If you’re excited for the upcoming Halloween Ends, set for release in 2022, you have to see where the story began.

Best Netflix horror movies: His House

His House (2020)

If you’re looking for genuinely frightening imagery and a film that knows how to shoot its ghosts, this is the Netflix pick for you. A couple manages to escape from war-torn South Sudan, but as they try to adjust to their new life as refugees in England, a dark supernatural force haunts them.

After being among the few survivors to make it across the English channel, Bol (Sope Dirisu) and his wife Rial (Wunmi Mosaku) move into a government-appointed, rundown house. The two try to start a new chapter in their lives, but their past, and an evil force lurking in their home refuses to let go. Like we said before, the imagery in His House is pure nightmare fuel, the cinematography is outstanding, and it will chill your bones.

The movie also shows the oppression, trapped and desperate feelings of the refugee experience through a horror lens, making it timely as well as terrifying.

Best Netflix horror movies: Vampires vs The Bronx

Vampires vs The Bronx (2020)

What it says on the tin – a bunch of young residents of the Bronx have to protect their community from some vampires. Airy, fun, and very aware of its influences, Oz Rodriguez’s comedy-horror distills the energy of ’80s movie The Lost Boys, and combines that with modern social commentary on gentrification.

While petitioning for a local to be kept open, three friends, Miguel, Bobby, and Luis, discover some vampiric creatures are prowling their neighbourhood. They decide to do what any sensible kids would do – watch Blade, and then go vampire hunting. Charming and often hilarious, Vampires vs The Bronx is the kind of Netflix horror watch that’ll remind you of stumbling on a gem at the old video store.

Best Netflix horror movies: Creep

Creep (2014)

Creep is a found footage horror that lives up to its namesake. The film creates fear through uncomfortableness, unsettling you with cringe-inducing intimacy that makes you want to log out of your Netflix account, chuck your TV out the window, and then lock your doors. Aaron, a filmmaker, travels to a remote cabin in the woods after accepting a job to film Josef – a terminally ill man who wants to leave a video diary for his unborn child before he passes away.

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The film relies on its character interactions, and focuses on Josef’s pushing of personal boundaries, and his increasing aura of hostility as the plot moves forward. Creep is a short watch, being only 77 minutes long, but that’s why it works. It never overstays its welcome or pretends to be a grand in-depth narrative.

We know what is going to happen from the get-go, but it’s seeing the journey to that expected violent climax which is morbidly fascinating, and what makes Creep a frighteningly memorable flick.

Best Netflix horror movies: Dawn of the Dead

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

For his first studio movie, Zack Snyder remade the greatest zombie movie ever produced, George A Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. And y’know what? He nailed it, with a gnarly take on Romero’s concept that builds on the 1978 classic by often doing the opposite of what the master of the Living Dead did.

When the world is plunged into chaos by an outbreak of some mysterious infection that us into ravenous ghouls, a small group huddle together in a shopping mall. The undead gather outside, as our unwitting protagonists try to wait out the calamity.

Pre-Marvel Cinematic Universe, James Gunn wrote the screenplay, decidedly more acidic that Romero’s upbeat dialogue and mannerisms. Relentless and quick like its running zombies, this remake has more brains than you might expect.

Best Netflix horror movies: Run

Run (2020)

If you can’t trust your mother, who can you trust? Run is part thriller, part psychological suspense, and all parts twisted. Directed by Aneesh Chaganty, and co-written by Sev Ohanian, there is a beautiful simplicity to this horror. The film has a straightforward plot, focusing on a mother and daughter relationship turned hostage scenario, and as the movie moves forward, a truly messed up story is revealed (and who doesn’t love those?).

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Chloe starts to notice strange behaviours from her mother and some weird anomalies about the new medication she is taking. It turns out that her caring mother has a few skeletons in her closet. Trapped emotionally and physically, we get to see Chloe try and get out of her situation, gripping the edge of our seats while we do so. The film looks great, the acting is top-notch, and overall, Run is a film that is definitely worthy of your Netflix time.

Best Netflix horror movies: Alive

#Alive (2020)

Zombie movies always manage to hit that terror sweet spot but are especially effective when they stick to simple and contained storylines. #Alive is a South Korean horror that presents the standard zombie survival narrative in its purest form. It is a film that focuses on the adrenaline-inducing feeling of being trapped, completely isolated, and terrified that an undead horde may just be around the corner.

Telling the story of Joon-woo, the film centres around his time alone in his family’s apartment during a mysterious infectious outbreak that causes those afflicted to crave fresh human flesh.

There are some moments of the writing being predictable and character choices feeling forced. But despite this, #Alive is still wildly entertaining. It manages to focus on the basic instinct and emotions of human fear, and weirdly, as it shows loneliness, and the frantic hoarding of basic supplies, it feels somewhat relatable after the events of Covid-19.

Best Netflix horror movies: Midsommar

Midsommar (2019)

The year following Hereditary, Ari Aster put out Midsommar, a piece of folk horror about a nightmarish holiday break-up. Left reeling from a family tragedy, Dani Ardor (Florence Pugh) accompanies her emotionally distant boyfriend, Christian (Jack Reynor), and his friends to a midsummer retreat that occurs every 90 years in Sweden.

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Needless to say, their research trip yields fascinating results, for us and them. Written and directed by Aster, age-old ritual and psychedelic substances blur the lines of reality. Eventually, Dani realises she could do better than Christian, which spells bad news. Or good, depending on where you stand. One that yields good conversation either way. And plenty of Halloween costume inspiration, too.

And there you have it guys and ghouls, the best horror movies that Netflix has to offer. However, we all know that Netflix likes to keep us on our toes with fresh new releases. Be sure to keep up to date with our guide for any spooky streaming updates, and check out the best horror movies of 2021 for more contemporary chills.

Emma-Jane Betts

Staff Writer

Updated: Aug 12, 2022


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