The Best Horror Movies on Netflix as Picked by a Hardcore Horror Fan

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Spooky season is upon us, which means that it’s time for some Netflix and Chills. After you’ve loaded up on that pumpkin spice and decked out your space with the best Halloween decor, there’s nothing left to do other than to settle in for a good ‘ole fashioned horror movie marathon. There are a ton of streaming sites out there, but Netflix offers an array of spooky selects that will satisfy any scary movie craving. The best horror movies on Netflix encompass everything from:

  • Home invasion movies
  • Possession movies
  • Haunted house movies
  • Classic horror movies
  • Horror movies with twist endings
  • Found footage horror movies
  • Lost in the woods horror movies
  • And, of course, a little Stephen King

Looking for something paranormal? They’ve got The Ritual and Poltergeist. How about something a little more grounded in reality, like Hush or The Silence of the Lambs. No matter what Halloween 2020 looks like during lockdown, these 13 horror movies will send shivers down your spine. Don’t forget to stick around till the end for some honorable mentions, including a Jennifer Lawrence horror movie and a mind-bending thriller.

So check under the bed and don’t turn off the lights –– here are the best horror movies on Netflix right now.


1. Hush (2016)


Watch this if you like: The Strangers, You’re Next

Synopsis: An ordinary evening turns into a night of survival for a deaf and mute writer when a sadistic masked killer arrives at her doorstep. The terrifying-because-it-could actually-happen fright flick stars Kate Siegel (The Haunting of Hill House). She also co-wrote the script alongside her real-life husband, director Mike Flanagan (Doctor Sleep).

Best horror movie Netflix Hush Image courtesy of Netflix

2. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)


Watch this if you like: Seven, Psycho

Synopsis: A young F.B.I. trainee (Jodie Foster) turns to a convicted cannibal killer, Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins), in order to catch another sadistic serial killer who is still on the loose. The film is inspired by real-life killer Ed Gein, who also served as the basis for the villains in Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Best horror movies Netflix Silence of the Lambs Image courtesy of Orion Pictures

3. Insidious (2010)


Watch this if you like: The Conjuring, The Amityville Horror

Synopsis: A family (Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne) is tormented by evil spirits that will stop at nothing to harm their young son. Desperate for relief, they turn to a psychic medium for guidance. However, they soon discover that a spine-chilling family secret might be the root of all their problems.

Best Horror movie Netflix Insidious Image courtesy of Blumhouse Productions

4. The Boy (2016)


Watch this if you like: Annabelle, Dead Silence

Synopsis: A young nanny (Lauren Cohan, The Walking Dead) takes a job to watch over an elderly couple’s son, but when she discovers that the boy is actually a doll, things begin to happen that make her question her own sanity.

Best horror movie Netflix The Boy Image courtesy of STX Films

5. As Above So Below (2014)


Watch this if you like: The Descent, Quarantine

Synopsis: A crew of treasure hunters experience a trip from hell as they search for the philosopher’s stone in the Catacombs of Paris. The film came out at the tail end of the found footage boom that was kicked-off by Paranormal Activity in 2009 but stands out as a fresh entry within the sub-genre.

best horror movie Netflix As Above, So Below Image courtesy of Universal Pictures

6. The Ritual (2018)


Watch this if you like: The Blair Witch Project, The Witch

Synopsis: A group of friends on a hiking trip through the Swedish wilderness begin to realize that they’re far from alone in the desolate setting, and mysterious occurrences start to rattle the members of the group. The atmospheric flick was a film festival darling, playing at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 and selling to Netflix for a reported $4.75 million afterward.

Best horror movie Netflix The Ritual Image courtesy of Netflix

7. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)


Watch this if you like: The Exorcist, The Possession

Synopsis: Horrific occurrences happen at a morgue as two coroners (Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox) attempt to unravel the mysterious cause of death behind their latest arrival.

Best horror movie Netflix The Autopsy of Jane Doe Image courtesy of IFC Midnight

8. Green Room (2016)


Watch this if you like: Don’t Breathe, The Belko Experiment

Synopsis: Members of a traveling rock band (Anton Yeltsin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat) land a gig at a Neo-Nazi skinhead bar, but after witnessing a murder occur backstage, the job turns into a fight for survival.

Best Horror Movies Netflix Green Room Image courtesy of A24

9. Creep (2014)


Watch this if you like: Paranormal Activity 

Synopsis: A videographer (Patrick Brice) accepts a job in a remote mountain town. The task? Document the client’s (Mark Duplass) every move –– but it soon becomes apparent that one of them might be harboring dark secrets of their own. Creep 2 is also on Netflix, so this could make for a spooky double feature.

Best horror movies Netflix Creep Image courtesy of Blumhouse Productions

10. Poltergeist (1982)


Watch this if you like: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Synopsis: A family living in a quiet suburban neighborhood experiences mounting paranormal phenomena around their home, ultimately culminating in the disappearance of the youngest daughter, Carol Anne. The horror classic spawned two big-screen sequels, a short-lived television series, and a theatrical remake in 2015.

Best horror movies on Netflix Poltergeist Image courtesy of MGM

11. 1BR (2020)


Watch this if you like: The Invitation, Get Out

Synopsis: A young woman new to Los Angeles struggles to find comfort in her bizarre apartment complex. The film, directed by first-timer David Marmor, scored positive reviews from critics, which is a rarity in the horror genre.

Best horror movie on Netflix 1br Image courtesy of Dark Sky Films

12. Would You Rather (2012)


Watch this if you like: Saw, Escape Room

Synopsis: A group of strangers (Brittany Snow, Sasha Grey, Logan Miller) is invited to a dinner party at a wealthy businessman’s estate, but there’s a twisted catch: only one of them will be making it out alive.

Best horror movie on Netflix Would You Rather Image courtesy of IFC Midnight

13. Gerald’s Game (2020)


Watch this if you like: IT, The Shining

Synopsis: Following an intimate rendezvous gone wrong, a woman (Carla Gugino) finds herself handcuffed to a bed frame at a remote lake house. As she attempts to find an escape, her past comes back to haunt her. The film, directed by Mike Flanagan (Doctor Sleep), is based on a short story by Stephen King.

Best Horror Movies on Netflix Gerald's Game Image courtesy of Netflix


Honorable Mentions

best horror movies on Netflix house at the end of the street Image courtesy of FilmNation Entertainment

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