The Best Horror Movies on Netflix to Watch Right Now

From prestige psychological scares to hilarious horror-comedy, here's the best the streaming giant has to offer.

The Best Horror Movies on Netflix to Watch Right Now
The Best Horror Movies on Netflix to Watch Right Now

You recognize, we might all take a lesson from Hubie Halloween’s Hubie Dubois—the latest lovable dum-dum performed by Adam Sandler. Dwell life to the fullest. Preserve a utility thermos on hand always. Do not let the bullies get to you. And dedicate your total life to the good, nice holiday of Halloween.

If you wish to reside like Hubie, it means embracing all issues Halloween, scary, spooky, and thrilling. And there is actually no higher place to begin than Netflix, the place Hubie Halloween debuted in the first place. There, Hubie Halloween has horror-comedy friends in The Babysitter and Killer Klowns from Outer Area. (You learn that Right.) For thrill-seekers, you’ve legitimately terrifying films in His Home, in the Tall Grass, and The Invitation. There isn’t a scarcity of excellent horror (and horror-adjacent) movies for the taking. All you need to do is look.

So make like Hubie, soar in your metaphorical bike, and read by our checklist of the perfect horror films on Netflix.

As Above, So Below

As Above, So Below
As Above, So Below

Director: John Erick Dowdle
Writers: John Erick Dowdle (screenplay), Drew Dowdle (screenplay)
Stars: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge
Genres: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English | French | Latin
Runtime: 93 min
Release Date: 29 August 2014

If you can stand to watch a found-footage horror movie in 2020, you could do a lot worse than As Above, So Below. It follows an archaeologist digging around for an artifact in the creepy Catacombs of Paris. And she… finds a little more than what she was looking for.

Hubie Halloween

Hubie Halloween
Hubie Halloween

Director: Steven Brill (as Steve Brill)
Writers: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Julie Bowen
Genres: Comedy | Fantasy | Mystery
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 7 October 2020
Runtime: 102 min

Friends, countrymen, Sandlerites: Hubie Halloween was pretty damn good. There’s a piss joke in the first five minutes, several vomit-inducing images will be burned into your brain, and Steve Buscemi plays a werewolf. But still. Pretty damn good.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Director: Stephen Chiodo
Writers: Charles Chiodo, Stephen Chiodo
Stars: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson
Genres: Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 88 min
Release Date: 27 May 1988

Who needs Pennywise, when you have Jojo the Klownzilla, the monster space clown? If you truly, truly need a getaway movie, Killer Klowns from Outer Space might be one of your best options on Netflix. Best not to know too much about this one going into it, but rest assured, it’s one big mess of living balloon animals, popcorn-shooting guns, and blood-drinking extraterrestrial clowns.

Malevolent

Malevolent
Malevolent

Director: Olaf de Fleur Johannesson (as Olaf De Fleur)
Writers: Ben Ketai (screenplay by), Eva Konstantopoulos (screenplay by)
Stars: Florence Pugh, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Scott Chambers
Genres: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Country: UK
Language: English
Runtime: 89 min
Release Date: 5 October 2018

Florence Pugh is a must-watch in just about every role she takes on nowadays, but in a horror movie? After her tortured, weirder-than-hell turn in Midsommar, she’s quickly turning into one of the genre’s best players. Catch Pugh in Malevolent, which follows a group of scam artists who stage hauntings just so they can get paid to exorcise the fake ghosts. Then, they encounter the real deal.

It Comes at Night

It Comes at Night
It Comes at Night

Director: Trey Edward Shults
Writer: Trey Edward Shults
Stars: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo
Genres: Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 91 min
Release Date: 9 June 2017

If you’ve watched an A24 screamfest before, you know what you’re getting with It Comes at Night. An A-plus cast (Joel Edgarton and Carmen Ejogo, here), claustrophobic thriller focused on a slowly crumbling family, and scares that will stay with you for a week. At least.

In the Tall Grass

In the Tall Grass
In the Tall Grass

Director: Vincenzo Natali
Writers: Vincenzo Natali, Stephen King (based on the novella by)
Stars: Laysla De Oliveira, Avery Whitted, Patrick Wilson
Genres: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Country: Canada | USA
Language: English
Runtime: 101 min
Release Date: 4 October 2019

In The Tall Grass, the latest in the mill of Stephen King’s story-to-screen adaptations, is basically everyone’s pumpkin patch nightmare come to life—two siblings dive into the titular grass to find a lost boy, where shady business ensues.

His House

His House
His House

Director: Remi Weekes
Writers: Remi Weekes (screenplay), Felicity Evans (story)
Stars: Sope Dirisu, Wunmi Mosaku, Malaika Wakoli-Abigaba
Genres: Drama | Horror | Thriller
Country: UK
Language: English | Dinka
Runtime: 93 min
Release Date: 30 October 2020

Don’t let His House keep going under the radar. In what’s one of Netflix’s best horror originals, His House is as terrifying as it is smart—telling a refugee story through a South Sudanese couple that finds asylum in England.

Would You Rather

Would You Rather
Would You Rather

Director: David Guy Levy
Writer: Steffen Schlachtenhaufen
Stars: Brittany Snow, June Squibb, Jeffrey Combs
Genres: Horror | Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 93 min
Release Date: 6 June 2019

As if the tween-party staple wasn’t horrifying enough, Would You Rather takes the game to an adult dinner party—with, yeah, life-or-death stakes.

Scary Movie 5

Scary Movie 5
Scary Movie 5

Directors: Malcolm D. Lee, David Zucker (uncredited)
Writers: David Zucker, Pat Proft
Stars: Simon Rex, Ashley Tisdale, Charlie Sheen
Genres: Comedy | Horror

The Scary Movie scary movies aren’t very scary. Nor are they very good. But there are five of them. And you must come to terms with that.

In reality, the parody series is probably a good inroad for whomever in your life wants to “be into horror movies” without actually experiencing a horror movie.

The Blackcoat’s Daughter

The Blackcoat’s Daughter
The Blackcoat’s Daughter

Director: Oz Perkins (as Osgood Perkins)
Writer: Oz Perkins (as Osgood Perkins)
Stars: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton
Genres: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Country: Canada
Language: English
Runtime: 93 min
Release Date: 16 February 2017

The Blackcoat’s Daughter is a horror jam that slipped through the cracks amidst the prestige, Get Out and It Follows wave, but really should be up there with those movies. Produced by A24, it stars Emma Roberts as a student who finds herself in a Catholic schoolkid’s second-worst worst nightmare (demonic possession, second only to getting screamed at for an untucked shirt).

The Babysitter

The Babysitter
The Babysitter

Director: McG
Writer: Brian Duffield
Stars: Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell
Genres: Comedy | Horror
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 85 min
Release Date: 13 October 2017

Nothing is scarier than a pubescent boy coming of age and realizing he’s got a crush on his babysitter. Unless, said babysitter is in a demonic cult that sacrifices random dudes in your parents kitchen.

Velvet Buzzsaw

Velvet Buzzsaw
Velvet Buzzsaw

Director: Dan Gilroy
Writer: Dan Gilroy
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton
Genres: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Country: USA | Canada
Language: English | Chinese | Italian
Release Date: 1 February 2019

This horror satire from Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy is a mix of The Square and Eyes of Laura Mars, with Jake Gyllenhaal starring as an art critic who discovers that the mysterious paintings by an unknown artist have supernatural abilities—and take their revenge on anyone attempting to profit off of them.

Bird Box

Bird Box
Bird Box

Director: Susanne Bier
Writers: Eric Heisserer (screenplay by), Josh Malerman (based on the novel by)
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich
Genres: Horror | Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 124 min
Release Date: 21 December 2018

Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Trevante Rhodes, and John Malkovich star in this dystopian thriller (and Netflix original film) about a woman who must travel blindfolded along with her children to safety as an unseen force stalks them on their journey.

Cam

Cam
Cam

Director: Daniel Goldhaber
Writers: Isa Mazzei, Daniel Goldhaber (story by)
Stars: Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters
Genres: Drama | Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 94 min
Release Date: 16 November 2018

Madeline Brewer plays an enterprising camgirl who discovers that she’s somehow been replicated in various videos that have been uploaded to her own website in this Internet-inspired horror thriller and Netflix original.

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

Director: Oz Perkins (as Osgood Perkins)
Writer: Oz Perkins (as Osgood Perkins)
Stars: Ruth Wilson, Paula Prentiss, Bob Balaban
Genres: Drama | Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Country: Canada
Language: English
Runtime: 89 min
Release Date: 28 October 2016

Director Osgood Perkins (son of Psycho star Anthony Perkins) helms this mystery about a live-in nurse, Lily (Ruth Wilson), who moves into the remote New England mansion owned by her patient, an elderly horror novelist who suffers from dementia. Soon Lily starts to question if the unsettling things that are taking place in this house came straight from one of her patient’s books.

The Perfection

The Perfection
The Perfection

Director: Richard Shepard
Writers: Eric C. Charmelo (as Eric Charmelo), Richard Shepard
Stars: Allison Williams, Alaina Huffman, Steven Weber
Genres: Drama | Horror | Music | Thriller
Country: USA | Canada
Language: English | Mandarin
Runtime: 90 min
Release Date: 24 May 2019

The Perfection is the age old tale of two world class cellists who go absolutely insane over their art. By the end, there are six lost limbs, hallucinations, three pant suits, and one of the wildest horror rides that Netflix originals has developed in its history.

Creep

Creep
Creep

Director: Patrick Brice
Writers: Patrick Brice (story), Mark Duplass (story)
Stars: Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass
Genres: Horror | Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 77 min
Release Date: 23 June 2015 (USA)

Aaron, a videographer (played by director Patrick Brice), answers an ad to work for a mysterious guy named Josef (Mark Duplass), whose awkward and uncomfortable behavior immediately makes Aaron uneasy. But his erratic behavior only becomes more and more bizarre in this indie psychological thriller.

The Ritual

The Ritual
The Ritual

Director: David Bruckner
Writers: Joe Barton, Adam Nevill (novel)
Stars: Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier
Genres: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Country: UK | Canada
Language: English | Swedish
Runtime: 94 min
Release Date: 9 February 2018

Never go in the woods. Ever. There’s just not a reason for it. In The Ritual, four friends head into the woods to honor their late friend, but the Norse legends within the forest aren’t as welcoming as they’d hoped. Essentially, nothing wrong with just… you know, getting a cake and honoring your friend that way.

The Invitation

The Invitation
The Invitation

Director: Karyn Kusama
Writers: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Stars: Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michiel Huisman
Genres: Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 100 min
Release Date: 8 April 2016

A gathering of friends at a swank Hollywood Hills mansion turns deadly in Karyn Kusama’s chilling and unsettling thriller, which sees a seemingly innocuous dinner party devolve into a cult-inspired killing spree.

Gerald’s Game

Gerald's Game
Gerald’s Game

Director: Mike Flanagan
Writers: Mike Flanagan (screenplay by), Jeff Howard (screenplay by)
Stars: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Chiara Aurelia
Genres: Drama | Horror | Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 103 min
Release Date: 29 September 2017

One of Stephen King’s underrated novels thanks to its lack of supernatural fights, Gerald’s Game still packs a heavy psychological punch. A sexy tryst goes wrong when Gerald handcuffs his wife Jessie to a bed, only to immediately have a heart attack—leaving her imprisoned in both a remote cabin and her own delusional mind.

Under the Shadow

Under the Shadow
Under the Shadow

Director: Babak Anvari
Writer: Babak Anvari
Stars: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi
Genres: Drama | Fantasy | Horror | Thriller | War
Country: UK | Jordan | Qatar | Iran
Language: Persian
Runtime: 84 min
Release Date: 7 October 2016

Set in the post-revolution era of 1980s Tehran, a mother must protect her daughter from a demonic possession in their home—all while a war rages on outside, leaving them fighting for safety from both manmade and supernatural evils.

Hush

Hush
Hush

Director: Mike Flanagan
Writers: Mike Flanagan, Kate Siegel
Stars: John Gallagher Jr., Kate Siegel, Michael Trucco
Genres: Horror | Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English | American Sign Language
Release Date: 8 April 2016
Runtime: 82 min

This creepy slasher flick follows a deaf writer (Kate Siegel) who lives a solitary life in the woods. But her peaceful retreat is changed forever when a masked killer appears, and she must fight—in silence—for her life.

Veronica

Veronica
Veronica

Creator: Rob Thomas
Stars: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni
Genres: Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 44 min
Release Date: 22 September 2004

Inspired by a true story (just like the best horror movies always are), this acclaimed Spanish film follows the 15-year-old Veronica who conducts a séance with a Ouija board—already a tricky situation, one that’s heightened by the fact that she does it during a solar eclipse. Things, naturally, do not go well for her afterward.

 

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