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Here you’ll find the best horror movies on Netflix right now. It’s a genre that is particularly prevalent on streaming platforms, perhaps because there are so many horror movies. It’s as wild and as varied as a genre gets, and whatever the brand of horror you’re in the mood for, there’s something on there for you. So let’s take a look at the best scary new releases in horror on Netflix right now, including many of the top recent horror movies from 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015, as well as many of the all-time greatest classics. It’s horror for fans of all kinds, whether it’s Halloween or not!
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Please note: This list pertains to U.S. Netflix subscribers. Some titles may not currently be available on international platforms.
Best Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now
Final Destination 1-3
One of the best modern horror franchises has three great installments on Netflix, all of them about people who narrowly avoid horrifying tragedies, only to be chased down by death itself because they were supposed to die. All of the Final Destination movies are breathtakingly elaborate murder machines, as “death” manipulates the world around these characters, trying to kill them by creating nearly impossible freak accidents. Ingenuity is the name of the game, and the first three Final Destination movies play it brilliantly!
Steven Spielberg’s first blockbuster wasn’t an action movie, it was a horror thriller about a man-eating shark. Jaws lives up to its reputation over 40 years later, telling a fantastic story about a vacation community besieged by a monster, and the monsters who are willing to risk human lives in order to keep the island’s businesses afloat. Jaws beget one terrible sequel after another but the original is still one of the best movies, and one of the best horror movies, ever made.
Eli Roth’s best thriller, Hostel, is a vicious and mean-spirited trip to eastern Europe, where boorish and immature American tourists are kidnapped and used as fodder in the torture trade. These are the type of heroes you’d normally want to die in a low-budget horror movie, but Roth’s brutal violence and his lingering looks at their torment pushes Hostel beyond those familiar, mindless thrills and into the realm of the tragic and horrifying.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
One of the creepiest and most original horror movies in years, The Autopsy of Jane Doe stars Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch as a father-son team of morticians who are tasked with performing an autopsy on a mysterious corpse that turned up at an inexplicable crime scene. As they dissect the body they discover one impossible medical mystery after another, until they find – too late – that the horrors haven’t stopped now that “Jane Doe” is dead. it’s suspenseful, fascinating, and scary as heck.
Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning dark fairy tale tells the story of a young girl in early Francoist Spain, as she retreats into a world of horrifying magic to escape her fascist, violent new stepfather. Her world is so grim that even her imagination is tainted, and her childhood fantasy life more closely resembles a waking nightmare, filled with gruesome monsters and cruel temptations. Del Toro’s film is haunting, earnest, and beautifully eerie.
A married couple is so distracted by their latest spat that they don’t seem to notice that, in the background behind them, masked weirdos have already infiltrated their apartment. They’re so oblivious to the danger that The Strangers hardly has to do anything to give you goosebumps; you just know that something bad is going to happen, the protagonists are completely unprepared, and you, the audience, are helpless to stop it. Once the attack goes down the terror ratchets up. The Strangers is a masterful exercise in suspense with a ghoulish payoff.
Any list of the best Stephen King adaptations should have John Carpenter’s Christine on it. Keith Gordon stars as a nerdy teen who buys a beat up Plymouth Fury and restores it to glory, getting so close to his car that he loses his humanity. When a group of bullies desecrates his beloved Christine they set in motion a series of horrifying events, brought to stunning life by visual effects that still impress today. Great performances and terrifying car chases make Christine an all-time horror favorite.
My Bloody Valentine
For whatever reason there just aren’t a lot of great slasher movies on Netflix, but at least we’ve got Patrick Lussier’s splashy remake of My Bloody Valentine. Jensen Ackles (Supernatural) takes the lead here, as a serial killer in a mining uniform starts rampaging though a small town on Valentine’s Day. Lussier fills his film with bizarre sequences and fun characters, and although it’s probably not one of the best slasher movies ever made, it definitely scratches the itch to watch gory kills in the safety of your own home.
Martin Scorsese’s terrifying remake of the classic 1962 thriller Cape Fear stars Robert De Niro as a brutal, manipulative criminal who vows revenge against his lawyer, played by Nick Nolte, who helped put him in jail. Cape Fear is filmed with Hitchcockian flourishes, making even fireworks seem ominous, and De Niro’s sleazy, grotesque performance turns Max Cady into one of the all-time greatest movie monsters.
From Dusk Till Dawn
Before Quentin Tarantino became “Quentin Tarantino,” he wrote a strange and unpredictable screenplay about two thieves and kidnappers, who accidentally wander into a strip club full of vampires. After Tarantino rose to acclaim, he pulled out the script, gave directing duties to Robert Rodriguez, and co-starred in the ensuing cult classic alongside up-and-coming movie star George Clooney. The result is a weird film, which spends half the running time as a plausible crime thriller and the other half as a wildly over the top vampire siege film, complete with oddball violent flourishes and clever, unusual dialogue.
A family that’s too Puritan for 1630s colonial America, which was spectacularly Puritan, is forced to live on their own, on the outskirts of the world. Grief, deception, hypocrisy and religious paranoia take hold, and the family starts tearing each other apart. Robert Eggers’ instant, modern classic is a masterpiece of mood, and captures the historical era with immersive specificity. You’ll feel like you’re trapped on this farm with these people, and going mad right alongside them.
Ryan Reynolds stars in one of the creepiest and most unexpected serial killer movies, about a happy-go-lucky guy who goes home every night to his cat and dog, who talk to him and tell him to do things. He means well, but he just seems to keep killing people and hiding the body parts around his apartment. Most horror movies settle for depicting how scary it would be to get killed by a maniac. As directed by Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), The Voices tackles the nightmare of living inside a serial killer’s mind, and being completely oblivious to just how mentally unstable you are. Reynolds gives his finest performance, and Satrapi’s eccentric, comedic storytelling style only dips us further into his skewed perspective.
This unexpected, creepy hit from 2016 stars Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) as a babysitter hired by eccentric millionaires to take care of their… doll? At first she thinks it’s the easiest gig in the world, but she gradually begins to suspect that the doll is more alive than it appears. Spooky atmosphere and some very unexpected developments make The Boy a standout creepfest.
The Sixth Sense
The film that made M. Night Shyamalan a household name is just as creepy and effective as it’s ever been. Bruce Willis stars as a child psychologist whose latest patient is a young boy, played by Haley Joel Osment, who thinks he can see and talk to the dead. The scares are subtle and mysterious, but the real draw here is Willis and Osment, playing perfectly off of each other as huge realizations dawn on them, filling their respective lives with fear. And the ending is still a classic.
David Fincher’s grotesque and disturbing thriller Se7en stars Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt as detectives on the hunt for a serial killer whose victims are all guilty of “The Seven Deadly Sins.” He’s obviously a monster, but Fincher portrays the whole world as a monstrous cesspool in which good cannot thrive, creating an uncomfortable backdrop against which unspeakable acts of violence almost make perfect sense. A cynical horror/thriller, but a brilliant one.
A bumbling cop investigates a series of mysterious deaths in his small town, and discovers that the real horror may be closer to home than he realizes. The Wailing sprints from genuine dread to broad horror comedy and back again, keeping you on your toes the whole time. You’ll never know where exactly this movie is going, but you’ll be glad it went there.
Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play supernatural investigators who take on a job protecting a large family from a malevolent presence. James Wan directs the hell out of The Conjuring, crafting memorable characters and scary set pieces that will make you jump right out of your seat, shrieking like nobody’s business. It’s as frightening as it is classy.
A college student and lifelong vegan is forced to eat raw meat as part of a hazing ritual, and soon she realizes that she wants more meat. A lot more. Raw is one of the most disturbing and, at times, grotesque horror movies in recent years, with an unsettling look at addiction and primal desires in their most destructive forms.
Carla Gugino travels to an isolated cabin with her husband to spice up their marriage, but he dies while she’s handcuffed to the bed, and now she’s trapped, starving, and staring down a feral dog that’s found its way into the house. Mike Flanagan’s impeccably constructed adaptation of the Stephen King novel is a suspenseful film, but also a bravura showcase for Gugino’s incredible acting talents.
Logan Marshall-Green is invited to his ex-wife’s house for a dinner party, but there’s something… off. He can’t quite put his finger on it but there are suspicious little details everywhere, and director Karyn Kusama skillfully keeps us on a knife edge the whole movie, wondering what the heck is really going on. The Invitation is a subtle horror thriller, but if you like a movie with a slow burn, and impressive psychological insight, it’s a must see.
Under the Shadow
A single Iranian mother is trapped in her apartment with her frustrating young child and, after a missile strikes her building, a demonic djinn which starts manipulating them. Babak Anvari’s eerie and emotionally charged horror movie takes on a greater significance when placed against the political backdrop of Iran in the 1980s, but whether you’re picking up on all the subtext or only watching Under the Shadow as a straight-up supernatural thriller, you’re going to be impressed.
Train to Busan
The zombie apocalypse has been unleashed in South Korea, and a group of total strangers are stuck on a speeding train when the outbreak starts. Sang-ho Yeon’s breathless horror-thriller figures out every possible way to make “zombies on a train” seem new and exciting, and builds a whole cast of characters you won’t want to watch get eaten, even though you know most of them will. Train to Busan is one of the most pulse-pounding zombie movies ever.
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Eli Craig’s brilliant horror comedy takes the Texas Chain Saw Massacre genre and flips it upside down. Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine star as two lovable southerners who just bought a vacation home in the woods, but when they’re discovered by a gang of visiting urbanites, they’re mistaken for killers and have to defend themselves against the violent city dwellers. Impeccable comic timing and some really gruesome gags make a great idea for a movie into a truly great example of 21st century splatstick.
A group of friends are backpacking through the woods, but after spending the night in an abandoned cabin with a bizarre religious icon inside, they start to experience inexplicable phenomena. There are some familiar elements in David Bruckner’s The Ritual, but the film’s got a great cast and eventually leads to unusual, horrifying conclusions.
So there you have it: what to watch on Netflix right now in the world of horror movies. Check back here each month for new titles as Netflix adds them!
Note: This article is frequently amended to remove films no longer on Netflix, and to include more horror films that are now available on the service.