Best Netflix horror movies: the best scary films you can stream right now (2022)

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The best Netflix horror movies are a varied bunch. The uninitiated, or the just plain squeamish, tend to assume that the horror genre is wall to wall arterial spray but the truth is that horror films are far more interesting than that. Sure, body horror and splatter have their place but the genre as a whole is significantly more intelligent than many give it credit for. Psychological horror, creeping dread, societal commentary, exquisite jump scares, and terrifying creatures are all lurking in the best Netflix horror movies.

To pick out the best Netflix horror movies, we’ve endured a lot of nastiness to find you the scream of the crop so whether you’re looking for something to put the laughter into slaughter, or a movie to send you to bed with no intentions of turning off the light ever again it’s all here.

With the competition among streaming services ever more fierce, the battle for horror fans' money is a hard-fought one, especially when Netflix is fighting it out with specialist services like Shudder (opens in new tab) as well as Hulu (opens in new tab)and HBO Max (opens in new tab).

We'll update this list regularly, with a mix of Netflix's own original movies (opens in new tab)and some from other studios. So, let’s break down the best Netflix horror movies available...

Apostle

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When he isn't creating carnage with martial arts masterpieces The Raid and its sequel, British director Gareth Evans is creating carnage of a different kind with this dark horror.

Starring Dan Stevens, Lucy Boynton and Michael Sheen, Apostle is set in 1905 and follows Stevens' Thomas Richardson, who travels to a remote Welsh island to rescue his sister, Jennifer, who has been kidnapped and held for ransom by a mysterious cult.

Determined to free his sister, Richardson comes into conflict with Sheen's Malcolm Howe, the leader of the cult. As his journey goes on, things get murkier and murkier, and, bloodier and bloodier...

It's a film that wears its influences, namely The Wicker Man, on its sleeves. But it's stylish and pacy, and if you fell in love with Midsommar, you'll find a lot here too.

Cadaver

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This Norwegian horror is a stylish, gruesome, gorefest.

Set in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster, a family of three are happy to find themselves invited charitable event at a hotel, which takes a dark turn when other invitees start to disappear. You can guess why...

Not for the faint of heart, or the weak of stomach, but, if you're neither of those things, this is another entry in a fine horror tradition.

His House

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Horror has long been a perfect way to process the true horrors of the challenges we face in society. Whether it’s Dawn of the Dead’s approach to consumerism or The Babadook’s stark grief parable, the monsters at work are usually us. His House is the story of Bol and Rial, a refugee couple from South Sudan who have been given a council house in a small English town.

What they find waiting in the walls is intense and horrifying but director Remi Weekes perfectly balances this with the challenges of acclimatisation to a new culture and the dehumanising nature of the process. It’s searing and it’s issues are real but that doesn’t stop this also from being a terrifying haunted house parable.

Krampus

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There are only so many saccharine Christmas movies (opens in new tab)you can watch without wishing that gingerbread men were attempting to murder all of the characters on screen. No? Just us? Regardless, Michael Dougherty’s festive horror is perfect deadly eggnog with Toni Collette in fine form as the matriarch of an ungrateful family who are spectacularly failing to celebrate the season.

Krampus is firmly in comedy horror territory but there are still some exceptionally fun scares as the family is besieged by festive monstrosities. The best holiday horrors are the darkest ones and Krampus is enjoyably vindictive as it does for Christmas what Dougherty’s previous Trick R Treat did for Halloween. You’ll never see the kids’ letters to Santa in the same way again.

Creep (2014)

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Along with its sequel, the appropriately titled Creep 2, Creep has become a found footage cult classic. It doesn’t quite have the commercial appeal of Paranormal Activity or the raw terror of The Blair Witch Project, but as societal awkwardness descending into horror goes, Creep has it nailed. Following an advert on Craigslist, a videographer called Aaron heads to the home of Josef, played by a truly unnerving Mark Duplass. Josef is eccentric but apparently wants someone to record his final days before he loses his life to an inoperable brain tumor. It might be a wholly inappropriate place to say that’s where the ‘fun’ begins but here we are.

Calibre

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If you fancy spending the evening pulling at your own face with tension, there’s nothing quite as excruciating as Calibre. Two friends going hunting? What’s the worst that could happen? Yes, take a swig of your Dr Pepper because this trip to the Scottish Highlands isn’t exactly what Nessie’s home country would choose to put on its tourist site. The politics of a small village mix perfectly with some Very Bad Decisions to make this a must watch horror thriller. Even if that entails watching through your fingers and from behind a cushion.

Hush

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Haunting of Hill House and Bly Manor (opens in new tab)creator Mike Flanagan has a lot to answer for. Not only has he made two of arguably the most successful horror TV shows of the last few years as well as directed an excellent sequel to The Shining (Doctor Sleep), back in 2015 he quietly directed an intelligent slasher movie. Co-written with his wife and Hush star Kate Siegel, this is the story of Maddie, a deaf horror writer who lives in a remote cottage with only her cat for company. When a masked man arrives and assumes she is easy pickings, her fight to survive is nail-bitingly brilliant stuff.

The Perfection

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It's important to enter The Perfection with one thing in mind. This is not a societal commentary to be accompanied by chin scratching like a lot of modern horror. This is a scuzzily violent horror thriller with no rules. It won't be to everyone's taste but Alison Williams' excellent turn as a cellist with a passion for revenge makes for an exceptionally twisted thriller. Perhaps not one to watch with your parents, there's also one of the most realistic recreations of being unwell on public transport of all time. Yes, on this list, that's a selling point…

Under the Shadow

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Of all the genres, horror is often one of the bravest to tackle the hardest of topics. On one level Babak Anvari's Persian haunting is a traditional ghost story as a woman is plagued by spirits in her home, on another it's a biting commentary on the oppression facing women in 1980s Tehran. Like the Babadook's manifestation of grief, the monsters here might seem fictional but there's a depressing reality to these specters. Scary and thought provoking, Under the Shadow is a modern classic.

The Platform

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Another societal commentary – this time a skewering of capitalist culture from Spain – The Platform is an uncomfortable watch. High concept doesn't come much higher than this. Literally. A luxurious kitchen furnishes a platform with delectable edibles which then descends through hundreds of two person cells. If everyone would just have a few bites then there would be enough for all but of course, that's not how the world works. Following one man on his journey as he wakes up on new levels, The Platform is an unpredictable nightmare.

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FAQs

What is the #1 scariest horror movie? ›

1. The Exorcist (1973) You may not agree that The Exorcist is the scariest movie ever, but it probably also isn't much of a surprise to see it at the top of our list — with a whopping 19% of all the votes cast.

What scary movie is based on a true story? ›

The Amityville Horror (1979)

Arguably the most famous horror film based on horrifying, allegedly real events, The Amityville Horror has spent more than four decades giving audiences a permanent case of night terrors with the story of a young couple and their house in Amityville, New York haunted by violent spirits.

Is Veronica the most scariest movie? ›

Netflix has dropped a new Spanish horror movie, Veronica, which has been described as the “scariest movie ever”– and viewers are going mad for it. The movie was put online earlier this week (February 26), and people have taken to Twitter to warn fellow users about their nail-biting viewing experience.

What is the scariest thing to watch? ›

These 30 spooky movies make the perfect case for a fright-night with your gang:
  1. The Exorcist collection (US), 1973 – 2005. ...
  2. The Ju-On series (Japan), 1998 – 2015. ...
  3. The Ringu trilogy (Japan), 1998 – 2000. ...
  4. 1408 (US), 2007. ...
  5. A Tale Of Two Sisters (South Korea), 2003. ...
  6. Shutter (Thailand), 2004. ...
  7. The Conjuring series (US), 2013 – 2016.
13 Mar 2015

Who is streaming scary movie? ›

Watch Scary Movie | Netflix.

Is Veronica a true story? ›

It is loosely based on true events from the 1991 Vallecas case where Estefanía Gutiérrez Lázaro died mysteriously after she used a ouija board.

What is scientifically the scariest movie? ›

These are the Scariest Movies EVER according to Science
  • “Host”, 2020.
  • “Sinister”, 2012.
  • “Insidious”, 2010.
  • “The Conjuring”, 2013.
  • “Hereditary”, 2018.
  • “Terrified”, 2017.
  • “It Follows”, 2014.
  • “A Quiet Place Part II”, 2021.
5 Oct 2021

How scary is the ring? ›

Parents need to know that The Ring is a 2002 remake of a Japanese film that is very, very scary. Four people and a horse die on-screen, with the potential for many more untimely demises throughout.

How scary is the black phone? ›

The Black Phone has some jump scares that work to shock the audience, but the true horror lies in the trauma that is conveyed through the relatable characters. This is an intelligent thriller that takes its time to establish its narrative and tension. While the jump scares are present, they are few and far between.

Is Scary Movie 6 coming out? ›

It is the sixth installment of the Scary Movie franchise. Paramount Pictures announced the film on September 13, 2019, and gave it a February 3, 2021 release.

Who is Michael Myers based on? ›

'Michael Myers' was the real-life name of the head of the now dissolved British company Miracle Films. Myers, after meeting producer Irwin Yablans, distributed John Carpenter's previous film Assault on Precinct 13 in England in 1977. His name was chosen as a tribute to this success.

Is Pennywise real? ›

Pennywise is not real, no, and neither is It (although they are technically the same thing.) According to data analytics company SEMrush, It was the second most Googled film by audiences, meaning many have wondered whether the movie has truth behind it.

Is mercy Black a real thing? ›

Mercy Black is a 2019 American horror film written and directed by Owen Egerton. It stars Daniella Pineda as a woman who is released from a psychiatric hospital 15 years after stabbing a classmate because of an urban legend about a ghost known as Mercy Black.
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Mercy Black
Box office$200,046
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Can a 14 year old watch Veronica? ›

Definitely not for kids.

Is Netflix Veronica scary? ›

The 2017 horror movie Veronica is one of the scariest movies on Netflix. Set in 1991 Madrid, Veronica is about a teen girl who finds herself besieged by an evil supernatural force after she plays Ouija with two classmates.

Is Veronica movie really scary? ›

Netflix horror movie 'Veronica' is so scary people are turning it off halfway through. NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! Horror movie fans are being pushed to their limit by a new Netflix original, with many having to turn it off halfway through as it's so scary.

What is the scariest thing to watch on YouTube? ›

The Best Original Horror On YouTube
  • Marble Hornets. ...
  • Don't Hug Me I'm Scared. ...
  • Petscop. ...
  • Local58. ...
  • POSTcontent. ...
  • AshVlogs. ...
  • Hi I'm Mary Mary. ...
  • Louise Is Missing.
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How scary is sinister? ›

After crunching all the data, Broadband Choices said the title of scariest movie goes to 2012's Sinister, which tallied a terrifying average of 86 beats per minute with a spike of 131 beats per minute after one of the film's jump scares.

Does Netflix have the exorcist? ›

Watch all you want.

What are the best 1 2 3 4 scary movies? ›

Best to Worst: Scary Movie franchise (in my opinion)
  • Scary Movie (2000) R | 88 min | Comedy. 6.2. 7/10.
  • Scary Movie 3 (2003) PG-13 | 84 min | Comedy. 5.5. 6.5/10.
  • Scary Movie 2 (2001) R | 83 min | Comedy, Horror. 5.3. 6/10.
  • Scary Movie 4 (2006) PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy. 5.1. 5/10.
  • Scary Movie V (2013)

How can I watch scary movies without being scared? ›

To not be scared after watching a scary movie, try distracting yourself by watching a funny TV show or movie. You can also try dancing, jogging, or doing some jumping jacks for 5 minutes to let off steam so you feel less tense.

How can I enjoy scary movies? ›

Watch the movie during the day, if possible.
  1. If you're watching a horror movie at night, turn on a few lights in a nearby room to make the atmosphere feel less scary. ...
  2. Watching a horror movie at night, however, can be fun if you enjoy feeling frightened while watching scary movies.

What means Veronica? ›

Meaning. she who brings victory, true image.

Is Veronica an Italian name? ›

Veronica is a Biblical name of Latin origin, given to the woman who used a cloth to wipe Jesus's face on his way to crucifixion. That gave the name its meaning—true image.

How many people can watch Veronica? ›

According to Netflix, only 1 in 100 people was able to complete the Spanish horror film “Veronica.” Veronica was released in 2017, and the horror film is based on a true story. Some say it is the scariest movie ever made.

Which is the No 1 horror movie 2020? ›

91% Critics Consensus: The Dark and the Wicked delivers on its title with an unsettling horror story whose deep dread and bleak outlook further compound its effective jolts.

What is the number 1 scariest movie 2020? ›

1. Possessor: Uncut. Possessor, Brandon Cronenberg's second feature, does what all great horror movies should: it haunts, with both its images and narrative takeaways staying with you long after the credits roll.

How scary is the new IT movie? ›

It's very scary, and not just in a typical gory slasher or jump scare way; it generates actual tingles. (And if you're scared of clowns, it's even worse.) Things get pretty gory; characters are stabbed, impaled, and beaten with rocks and blunt objects.

What movie does Stephen King think is the scariest? ›

Believe it or not, Stephen King does get scared, and he isn't afraid to admit when something gets under his skin. He famously referred to "The Babadook" as "deeply disturbing and highly recommended," noting that audiences don't watch the film so much as experience it.

What Sinister is the scariest? ›

As reported by Bloody Disgusting, the Science of Scare project announced the winner of scariest horror flick of the year, with 2020's Host taking the title. It narrowly took the crown over Sinister, which found itself in 2nd place.

What made Sinister so scary? ›

There's enough true crime with Ellison Oswald's books, the video tapes, the police detective, and Ellison's murder board to engage the true crime junkie, while the demonic nature of Mr. Boogie and the strange curse he's laid on the children of the different murdered families provides the perfect paranormal scare.

What age is appropriate for? ›

Great film, but not for kids under 13

It's very gory and contains adult language.

Is The Ring kid appropriate? ›

The MPAA rated The Ring PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, language and some drug references.

What is the age rating for scream? ›

Scream is rated R by the MPAA Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout and some sexual references.

Who is the best movie in the world 2022? ›

  • Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Post-production. ...
  • The Batman (2022) ...
  • Top Gun: Maverick (2022) ...
  • The Northman (2022) ...
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) ...
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) ...
  • Jurassic World Dominion (2022) ...
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

Who is the best movie in the world? ›

IMDb Top 250 Movies
  1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 9.2.
  2. The Godfather (1972) 9.2.
  3. The Dark Knight (2008) 9.0.
  4. The Godfather Part II (1974) 9.0.
  5. 12 Angry Men (1957) 8.9.
  6. Schindler's List (1993) 8.9.
  7. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 8.9.
  8. Pulp Fiction (1994) 8.8.

Who makes the most money on a film? ›

Let's take a look at five of them.
  • Executive Producer. Top of the list is the executive producer – the person who controls the entire project. ...
  • Director. ...
  • Screenwriter. ...
  • Editor. ...
  • Other opportunities. ...
  • Media Schools.

What is an R rated film? ›

Restricted: R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.

How old is rated R? ›

An R rated film is unsuitable for children. In this case, content is not suitable for under 17 years of age. Those under 17 must be accompanied by an adult (at least 18 years old). It may include strong brutal and graphic violence (including blood), excessive strong language, nudity, and drug use.

Is The Black Phone 18+? ›

MPAA. Rated R for violence, bloody images, language and some drug use.

When was the last Scary Movie? ›

Box office performance
FilmRelease dateBox office ranking
All time domestic (US)
Scary Movie 4April 14, 2006#606
Scary Movie 5April 12, 2013#2,109
Total
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How many horror movies does Netflix have? ›

How many horror movies are there on Netflix? There are 117 horror movies currently on Netflix.

How many Scary Movie are there? ›

Scary Movie

What is the scariest movie on Netflix RN? ›

Weak stomachs need not apply.
  • Scream. ...
  • Se7en. ...
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) ...
  • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. ...
  • The Conjuring. ...
  • The Haunting of Bly Manor. ...
  • The Haunting of Hill House. ...
  • The Mist.

Is Netflix Fear Street scary? ›

Fear Street is Netflix's biggest horror gambit to date — a gambit that, in some alternate universe, would have played itself out on the big screen. An interconnected story told across three films, Leigh Janiak's trilogy adapted R.L. Stine's young-adult book series into tongue-in-cheek slashers with style to burn.

Is Annabelle scary? ›

Parents need to know that Annabelle is a prequel to the horror movie The Conjuring, about a possessed doll. There's lots of bloody horror, splattering blood, and scary images, plus some jump-shock moments, shooting, fighting, and dead bodies. A pregnant woman and, later, a small child are in jeopardy.

How scary is The Conjuring? ›

Parents need to know that The Conjuring is a truly scary horror movie that's based on a true story about a haunted house, a demon possession, and an exorcism. It's more frightening than gory; no characters die (except a dog), and not much blood is shown, except during an intense demon-possession scene at the climax.

What is the scariest thing to watch? ›

These 30 spooky movies make the perfect case for a fright-night with your gang:
  1. The Exorcist collection (US), 1973 – 2005. ...
  2. The Ju-On series (Japan), 1998 – 2015. ...
  3. The Ringu trilogy (Japan), 1998 – 2000. ...
  4. 1408 (US), 2007. ...
  5. A Tale Of Two Sisters (South Korea), 2003. ...
  6. Shutter (Thailand), 2004. ...
  7. The Conjuring series (US), 2013 – 2016.
13 Mar 2015

Who is streaming scary movie? ›

Watch Scary Movie | Netflix.

Is Fear Street ok for a 12 year old? ›

So, while the Fear Street trilogy is based on books geared toward a young adult audience, the movies aren't for kids. They're for older teens and will likely have crossover appeal for adult horror watchers, as well.

What's the scariest Fear Street movie? ›

1 Fear Street Part Three: 1666

Interestingly, the final installment of the Fear Street trilogy was the strongest. Fear Street Part Three: 1666 takes viewers back to 1666 to discover the origins of the curse.

Why is Fear Street a 18? ›

MPAA explanation: Strong bloody violence, drug content, language and some sexual content.

Is Annabelle ok for 12 year olds? ›

It's good for ages 14+

How old is Chucky? ›

In Chucky, flashbacks (which are expanded upon to include a birthday party) put Charles Lee Ray around 8 years old in 1965. As such, the character was born in 1957 and is subsequently 31 at the time of his original human death.

Is The Conjuring 18+? ›

How old do you have to be to watch The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It? You have to be 17 to watch any R-rated movie alone in theaters. If you're underage and want to watch The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It at your local AMC, you'll have to get an adult to take you.

What age is appropriate for? ›

Great film, but not for kids under 13

It's very gory and contains adult language.

How scary is the black phone? ›

The Black Phone has some jump scares that work to shock the audience, but the true horror lies in the trauma that is conveyed through the relatable characters. This is an intelligent thriller that takes its time to establish its narrative and tension. While the jump scares are present, they are few and far between.

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