The number of digital platforms on which fans of horror movies can find a good scare is just as frightening as the films they have available to stream. In fact, there is even one that specializes in bringing the best the genre has to offer (and then some). Of course, for those who only have so much time and money at their disposal, settling on Netflix to help deliver the spooks would not be a mistake.
There are enough horror movies available on the popular platform to keep you streaming into the wee hours of the night, mainly because you will not be able to sleep. Among the many fears you would be facing during this binge with iconically creepy classics, modern masterpieces of the macabre, and even some of Netflix’s own ominous originals, one you should not have to worry about is the fear of disappointment.
That being said, we understand that some phobias are more challenging to get over than others, so allow us to be a beacon of despair and point you in the right direction of what the best horror movies currently available to stream on Netflix. We figured that 13 would be an appropriate number, starting with an influential cult favorite that arguably pioneered the “cabin in the woods” thriller.
A young man (Ah-In Yoo) lives in isolation to protect himself from a viral outbreak that has affected most of Seoul, Korea, and from flesh-eating, reanimated corpses those infected have become.
Why It's A Good Option for Horror Fans: Now that Train to Busan is no longer available on the streaming platform and its sequel Peninsula has yet to be made available, the Netflix original hit #Alive should do just the trick to satisfy your craving for more Korean zombie carnage
Stream #Alive on Netflix here.
The Babysitter (2017)
A young boy's (Judah Lewis) latest night with the girl of his dreams, his fun and attractive babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving), becomes a living nightmare after discovering that she and her unexpected party guests are hiding a deadly secret.
Why It's A Good Option for Horror Fans: Before starring as the protagonist of Ready or Not, Samara Weaving's reign as Hollywood's champion Scream Queen began when she played the titular antagonist of The Babysitter, McG's comical satanic panic throwback with a sequel, The Babysitter: Killer Queen, which recently debuted on Netflix in September 2020.
Stream The Babysitter on Netflix here.
An author (Kate Siegel) becomes a prisoner of her own secluded home by a masked killer (John Gallagher Jr.) who takes advantage of her deafness to put her through sadistic, psychological torment for his entertainment.
Why It's A Good Option for Horror Fans: If you ask me, Doctor Sleep helmer Mike Flanagan is one of the best storytellers in horror today and Hush - a taut, ceaselessly clever cat and mouse game carried perfectly by its two amazing leads as the heroine and her sinister stalker - is just one of the most profound examples of his talent.
Stream Hush on Netflix here.
Witness a little girl receiving not the Easter Sunday visit she expected, an abusive pimp falling prey to his employees' shocking Halloween trick, a father becoming dangerously obsessed with his son's Christmas gift, and more in this anthology of tales that put a dark twist on our most cheerful seasonal celebrations.
Why It's A Good Option for Horror Fans: Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, the duo behind the 2019 Pet Sematary remake, and Tusk director Kevin Smith are just a few of the notable filmmakers behind the eight segments featured in Holidays, which has more than enough shocking, brutal, and even borderline offensive frights to satisfy the hungriest horror hounds.
Stream Holidays on Netflix here.
House Of 1000 Corpses (2003)
A pair of couples on a cross-country tour of America's hottest spots for deadly urban legends stumble upon their most notorious stop yet - which is destined to be their last - in a dried up Texas town on Halloween 1977.
Why It's A Good Option for Horror Fans: Speaking of shocking, brutal, and even borderline offensive frights, that is a pretty sufficient way to describe Rob Zombie's filmmaking career, which began with his shamelessly graphic, engrossingly gross, and quite visually inventive love letter to old school exploitation cinema, House of 1000 Corpses - the first of a trilogy that continues to chronicle the dastardly deeds of the murderous family at its center.
Stream House of 1000 Corpses on Netflix here.
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
Aliens arrive in a ship disguised as a circus tent and take the form of grotesquely inhuman clowns as part of a deadly invasion.
Why It's A Good Option for Horror Fans: With its visionary production design fusing H.R. Giger with P.T. Barnum, passionately executed gross-out moments of man vs. monster, and a campy tone as delicious as the cotton candy the aliens transform their human victims into, Killer Klowns from Outer Space may be the ultimate choice in trashy, horror/sci-fi cinema.
Stream Killer Klowns from Outer Space on Netflix here.
The Evil Dead (1981)
A weekend getaway and an old cabin becomes a night of unrelenting carnage for one man (Bruce Campbell) after his four friends are possessed by an ancient spirit that turns them into grotesque and cruel creatures.
Why It's A Good Option for Horror Fans: Writer and director Sam Raimi became the patron saint of low budget indie horror with The Evil Dead, that remains a timeless classic of astonishing influence that spawned two campy sequels, a brilliantly brutal remake, and a hilarious TV series that serves as a perfect send-off for Bruce Campbell's chainsaw-handed hero, Ash Williams.
Stream The Evil Dead on Netflix here.
A family seeks help when their youngest daughter is kidnapped by malevolent spirits that have invaded their suburban home.
Why It's A Good Option for Horror Fans: From producer Steven Spielberg and directed by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre creator Tobe Hooper (well, depending on who you talk to), Poltergeist is an essential haunted house picture for how it expertly taps into traumas that people of all ages an relate to and may lead you to develop new fears as well, such as television static, perhaps.
Stream Poltergeist on Netflix here.
The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
To catch a deranged murderer who skins his victims, ambitious FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Academy Award winner Jodie Foster) enlists Hannibal Lecter (Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins), a former psychiatrist and notorious cannibal, to help get into the mind of a criminal.
Why It's A Good Option for Horror Fans: While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may prefer their choice for the Best Picture Oscar in 1992 not be called "horror," with Anthony Hopkins' chilling performance and breathlessly suspenseful direction by Jonathan Demme, it is hard to imagine The Silence of the Lambs in any other category.
Stream The Silence of the Lambs on Netflix here.
Desperate for another bestseller, a true crime writer (Ethan Hawke) moves his family into a house where a disturbing murder took place, which he plans to research for his latest masterpiece, only to learn that the truth behind the incident is much worse than he could have imagined.
Why It's A Good Option for Horror Fans: Oscar-nominee Ethan Hawke became an unexpected "scream king" after playing the tragic hero of Sinister, from Doctor Strange and The Exorcism of Emily Rose director Scott Derrickson, which is, arguably, the most ferociously unsettling supernatural crime thriller ever made.
Stream Sinister on Netflix here.
An amateur filmmaker accepts a request over Craigslist to film a terminally ill man's final message to his son, but quickly comes to regret the decision when his host's progressively concerning actions lead him to question if he is the one about to expire.
Why It's A Good Option for Horror Fans: Conceived by its own stars Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice (the latter of which also directs), Creep is an underrated found footage gem that mostly lives up to its name (with a almost equally haunting 2017 follow-up that is supposedly the second of a planned trilogy), but the biggest shocker is how mumblecore pioneers Duplass and Brice essentially improvised the entire story from scratch.
Stream Creep on Netflix here.
The Invitation (2015)
A man brings his girlfriend to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife and her new lover, but is immediately, and unshakably, convinced that something sinister is afoot.
Why It's A Good Option for Horror Fans: As this tenuous, high-wire act from director Karen Kusama progresses, you may not be sure who among these party guests, even Logan Marshall Green's protagonist, is worth your trust, but one thing I can confidently guarantee is is that the final moment of The Invitation will rupture your brain.
Stream The Invitation on Netflix here.
In The Tall Grass (2019)
A pregnant woman (Laysla De Oliveira) and her brother (Avery Whitted) follow a young boy's cry for help into a large field of high-growing grass, but it soon it becomes apparent that there is no way out.
Why It's A Good Option for Horror Fans: Based on a novella by father/son writing duo Stephen King and Joe Hill, In the Tall Grass is a survivalist thriller with startling fantasy, engrossing mystery, and a menacing performance by "scream king" and The Conjuring star Patrick Wilson that makes this Netflix original one of the coolest surprises in horror of its year.
Stream In the Tall Grass on Netflix here.
What do you think? Have we captured all the best haunts on Netflix, or is the absence of your own favorite horror flick the scariest thing you saw on our list? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check back for additional information and updates on the freakiest genre in cinema, as well as even more rattling recommendations of movies and TV shows you can stream, here on CinemaBlend.