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The best horror movies on Netflix right now

The horror genre is among the most successful, with millions of loyal fans around the world faithfully supporting it. Luckily for them, there’s always something to satiate that hunger for thrills, whether in the movie theaters or at home in streaming. And few streamers have a better collection of horror movies than Netflix. Its extensive library is home to pretty much every kind of film genre, from grueling dramas to riotous comedies and terrifying horror stories that’ll creep under your skin.

Indeed, Netflix’s library of horror films is a hellishly delightful curation that we wholeheartedly recommend. That collection is always changing, with new movies coming and going each month. So grab a blanket and brace yourself for an evening of screams and good, old-fashioned scares.

If you’re not up for the challenge of sifting through rows of terrifying titles, we’ve already done the hard work for you. Here’s our roundup of the best horror movies on Netflix right now.

Looking to get your scares elsewhere? We’ve curated guides to the best horror movies on Amazon Prime Video and the best horror movies on Hulu.

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Annihilation (2018)

79 %
Genre Science Fiction, Horror
Stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez
Directed by Alex Garland

Academy Award winner Natalie Portman stars in Alex Garland’s horror sci-fi movie Annihilation. The plot follows a group of scientists entering “The Shimmer,” a mysterious quarantined zone full of mutated plants and animals caused by an alien presence. Guided by Garland’s unflinching hand on the director’s chair and anchored by Portman’s daring performance, Annihilation is a deeply unsettling and cerebral sci-fi and a nearly unbearable exercise in tension.

Mr. Harrigan's Phone (2022)

Mr. Harrigan's Phone
55 %
Genre Drama, Thriller, Horror, Mystery
Stars Donald Sutherland, Jaeden Martell, Kirby Howell-Baptiste
Directed by John Lee Hancock

Slowly but surely, Jaeden Martell has become a modern scream king through his consistent contributions to the horror genre. John Lee Hancock’s Mr. Harrigan‘s Phone sees him playing Craig, a young man who discovers he can communicate with his recently-deceased friend through an iPhone. Aided by a creepy and scene-stealing Donald Sutherland, Martell makes the best out of the intriguing premise, elevating Mr. Harrigan’s Phone past other similar techno-horror movies. The film might not be based on one of Stephen King’s best-known stories, but it is among the best adaptations of the prolific author’s work. 

Lights Out (2016)

Lights Out
58 %
Genre Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Stars Teresa Palmer, Maria Bello, Gabriel Bateman
Directed by David F. Sandberg

David F. Sanberg’s 2016 supernatural horror film Lights Out stars Teresa Palmer and the ever-underrated Maria Bello. Based on Sandberg’s 2013 short, the film follows Rebecca, a young woman who must protect her younger brother from a vengeful supernatural entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother. Unsettling and offering a well-deserved showcase for Palmer and Bello, Lights Out is a superior supernatural nightmare with a compelling story that never forgets about the chills and thrills that audiences love. 

The Babysitter (2017)

The Babysitter
Genre Comedy, Horror
Stars Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell
Directed by McG

Bonafied modern scream queen Samara Weaving stars as the titular character in McG’s 2017 slasher comedy The Babysitter. The plot follows a lonely 12-year-old boy Lewis, who discovers his beautiful and mysterious babysitter, Bee, is the leader of a satanic cult and wants to kill him. Benefitting from Weaving’s deliciously wicked performance and a plot that excels at if not necessarily reinvents the slasher formula, The Babysitter is an entertaining blend of horror and comedy for fans of both genres.

Paranormal Activity (2007)

Paranormal Activity
68 %
Genre Horror, Mystery
Stars Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs
Directed by Oren Peli

Paranormal Activity revolutionized the horror genre in 2007. Presented in found-footage form, the film follows a couple haunted by a paranormal presence in their home. Made independently at a ridiculously low cost, Paranormal Activity was a smashing success and launched a cinematic franchise. The film expertly utilizes its simple, yet chilling setting to deliver an unnerving and anxiety-inducing experience that will keep audiences turning around to make sure there’s no one — or nothing — behind them.

The Ring (2002)

The Ring
57 %
Genre Horror, Mystery
Stars Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman
Directed by Gore Verbinski

Two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts stars in Gore Verbinski’s 2002 horror film The Ring. Based on the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, the film follows Rachel Keller, a journalist who stumbles upon a cursed video that kills whoever watches it in seven days. Racing against time, she must find a way to avoid the video’s wrath. Benefiting from Watts’ committed performance, as well as one of cinema’s most haunting and terrifying sequences, The Ring is one of modern horror’s most effective efforts.

The Thing (2011)

The Thing
49 %
Genre Horror, Science Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen
Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

A sequel to John Carpenter’s iconic 1982 sci-fi, The Thing stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, and Eric Christian Olsen. The plot follows a scientific crew in a Norwegian research station who discover a parasitic alien buried in the ice. Realizing too late that it’s still alive, the crew tries to protect themselves against the unpredictable and dangerous alien. While it fails to live up to the original, The Thing is an effective and well-crafted film that provides enough thrills to make it worth the audience’s time. 

I See You (2019)

I See You
65 %
Genre Thriller, Mystery, Horror, Crime
Stars Helen Hunt, Jon Tenney, Owen Teague
Directed by Adam Randall

Academy Award winner Helen Hunt stars in the 2019 horror thriller I See You. The plot centers on a small-town detective who uncovers a violent presence in his home as he investigates the disappearance of a 10-year-old boy. With an eerie atmosphere, a surprising twist, and a committed cast, I See You is a chilling thriller that will keep audiences on edge.

Umma (2022)

51 %
Genre Horror
Stars Sandra Oh, Fivel Stewart, Dermot Mulroney
Directed by Iris K. Shim

Umma stars television icon Sandra Oh alongside Fivel Stewart and Dermot Mulroney. The plot centers on a single mother leading a quiet and uneventful life with her homeschooled daughter on a secluded American farm. Things get complicated when her mother’s cremated remains arrive from Korea, and she soon finds herself dealing with a vicious supernatural presence.

Gerald's Game (2017)

Gerald's Game
77 %
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas
Directed by Mike Flanagan

The underrated Carla Gugino stars opposite Bruce Greenwood in Mike Flanagan’s 2017 psychological horror film Gerald’s Game. Adapted from Stephen King‘s 1992 novel, the film follows a married couple at a secluded getaway home. Looking to rekindle their strained relationship, the man handcuffs the woman to the bed; however, he suddenly dies of a heart attack, leaving his wife in a dire situation. With little hope of escaping and a series of demons haunting her mind, the woman must do everything in her power to survive.

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

Ouija: Origin of Evil
65 %
Genre Horror
Stars Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Annalise Basso
Directed by Mike Flanagan

A prequel to the 2014 film Ouija, Ouija: Origin of Evil follows a woman and her two daughters who conduct a fraudulent seance business. Looking to improve their act, the woman introduces a Ouija board into her sessions, unknowingly summoning a vengeful spirit looking to possess her youngest daughter. Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel, and Henry Thomas star, with Mike Flanagan directing.

Old People (2022) new

Old People
r 101m
Genre Horror
Stars Melika Foroutan, Stephan Luca, Bianca Nawrath
Directed by Andy Fetscher
Fearful of old age? Your terrors aren’t unfounded, friend, especially if your elder years turn out to be anything like the frightening geriatrics in director Andy Fetscher’s Old People. When Ella (Melika Foroutan) and her two children arrive home to attend her sister’s wedding, a legion of blood-hungry old folks descends upon the matrimony, hacking and slashing through anything that gets in their way. With films like Bingo Hell and now Old People, our go-to streaming platforms seem to be suggesting that we should heed the wise words of one Lloyd Christmas: Senior citizens, although slow and dangerous behind the wheel, will murder you the first chance they get.
Old People 2022 Official Trailer| Netflix Movies| Media One

The Munsters (2022) new

The Munsters
pg 110m
Genre Comedy, Fantasy
Stars Jeff Daniel Phillips, Sheri Moon Zombie, Daniel Roebuck
Directed by Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie may have made quite the name for himself with his traditional backwoods horror fare, including films like 31 and House of 1,000 Corpses. But in a refreshing change of pace, the maestro of terror takes his genre chops into a more family-friendly kind of playing field with his cinematic reimagining of The Munsters. Starring Jeff Daniel Philips, Sheri Moon Zombie, and Daniel Roebuck as Herman, Lily, and Grandpa Munster, respectively, our story follows Lily and Herman’s ghoulish wooing of one another, serving as a fun-filled prequel to the mid-1960s TV series that we know and love.

The Munsters Trailer #1 (2022)

Veronica (2017) new

r 105m
Genre Horror
Stars Sandra Escacena, Bruna González, Claudia Placer
Directed by Paco Plaza

When will the world learn that using ouija boards is a surefire way to get yourself mixed up with supernatural forces that won’t leave, even when you ask them nicely? In director Paco Plaza’s Veronica, the latest victim of the ghoulish phenomena turns out to be the film’s titular character, a 15-year-old girl who begins experiencing paranormal events after going a round with the infamous ouija. Veronica is an unsettling film for sure, effectively relying on tone and atmosphere more than one would expect in crafting what could have been just another possession film.

The Day of the Lord (2020) new

The Day of the Lord
Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller
Stars Juli Fàbregas, Ximena Romo, Héctor Illanes
Directed by Santiago Alvarado
In The Day of the Lord, past demons simply won’t cease the constant plaguing of Menédez (Juli Fàbregas), a retired priest who has opted to live his remaining years in exile, as far away from his memories as possible. But an old friend comes calling with a request that would send chills down anyone’s spine: exorcise a supposed demon lurking inside the mind and body of the man’s daughter. Packed with terrifying visuals and emotive performances from the core cast, The Day of the Lord is a stellar addition to Netflix’s genre library.

Choose or Die (2022)

Choose or Die
43 %
r 85m
Genre Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction
Stars Iola Evans, Asa Butterfield, Robert Englund
Directed by Toby Meakins
Co-written and directed by Toby Meakins, Choose or Die stars Iola Evans as Kayla, a window-cleaning college dropout who stumbles into a world of digitized doom when she accidentally enters herself and her pal, Issac (Asa Butterfield), into the wicked world of CURS>R, an ‘80s survival horror game that meshes into reality, forcing its “players” to make life or death decisions to reach the end of the terrifying campaign. Poking a lot of fun at the gaming subculture, Choose or Die delivers  a Pandora’s box of twisted tropes, and while it may be a bit much for some viewers, it’s hard not to at least appreciate the imaginative world-building of Meakins and his fellow creatives.
Choose or Die | Official Trailer | Netflix

Incantation (2022)

r 80m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Elise Berggreen, Kellan Rhude, Dylan Pierce
Directed by Eric Gibson

Here’s a solid blast of found-footage madness for you and yours to enjoy. Incantation is co-written and directed by Kevin Ko and stars Tsai Hsuan-yen as Li Ronan, a desperate mother who is suffering the consequences of accidental desecration. Years before, Li violated a sacred Chen ritual, leading her newborn daughter to be cursed by an ancient deity. With time running out, Li must now do everything in her power to lift the hex from her child before the deity consumes the innocent girl. While the narrative veers off course here and there, as a whole, Incantation is a mostly cohesive and kinetic bit of shaky-camera scariness that we bet most viewers will thoroughly enjoy.

Incantation | Official Trailer | Netflix

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

Velvet Buzzsaw
61 %
r 113m
Genre Thriller, Mystery, Horror
From the writer/director of Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy brings us another otherworldly Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle in the form of Velvet Buzzsaw, an elevated horror flick with wily, satirical undertones. Gyllenhaal plays Morf Vandewalt, an infamously discerning art critic. When Josephina (Zawe Ashton), Mort’s assistant, stumbles upon a collection of revered paintings by a deceased artist known as Vetril Dease (Alan Mandell), she brings the works to the attention of her employer and an art gallery owner (Rene Russo). But it turns out that Vetril’s paintings have a sinister “life after death” agenda, and they unleash supernatural mayhem onto all those who come into contact with the artisan’s inspired creations. A funny and gory deep dive into the world of elitist and high-browed art, Velvet Buzzsaw runs off the rails one or two times. But the end result is an ultimately original narrative and an ensemble of excitable roles honed by arresting talents.
Velvet Buzzsaw | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Bird Box (2018)

Bird Box
51 %
r 124m
Genre Thriller, Drama, Science Fiction
Stars Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich
Directed by Susanne Bier
Director Susanne Bier’s 2018 genre film Bird Box was released the same year as Jon Krasinski’s A Quiet Place, and both films deal with similar narrative threads — primarily, a reliance on humanity’s keen senses as a means for survival on a near-apocalyptic Planet Earth. In Bird Box, the story is about a world devastated by an omnipotently horrific presence that, if witnessed, renders a person insane and forces them into suicide. Five years after the presence first emerges, Malorie Hayes (Sandra Bullock), who’s caring for two children (one of which is her own), seeks salvation with the two kids, played by Vivien Lyra Blair and Julian Edwards. But in order to live, the trio must traverse a destroyed world without their ability to see. Based on the 2014 Josh Malerman novel of the same name, Bird Box presents an engaging concept that branches off into many exciting directions, and Sandra Bullock commands a relatable lead role. It’s not a perfect film by any means, but it’s definitely immersive and entertaining.
Bird Box | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

The Perfection (2018)

The Perfection
60 %
Genre Horror, Thriller, Drama
Stars Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Steven Weber
Directed by Richard Shepard
In co-writer/director Richard Shepard’s The Perfection, the pursuit of music is the burning heart of the story, an artistic perdition that the film’s cast of characters is forced to reckon with. Allison Williams stars as Charlotte, an esteemed cellist who had to leave a prestigious music school in Boston to care for her dying mother. Upon returning, she becomes envious of a new student named Lizzie (Logan Browning), and the deep-seated jealousy leads to a loss of vital limbs, among other things. Bold in its visual execution and narrative beats, The Perfection has a wicked agenda, and as audience members, all we can do is attempt to enjoy the onslaught — a fairly easy feat considering the great tone, pacing, and performances.
The Perfection | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight (2020)

Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight
r 102m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Julia Wieniawa-Narkiewicz, Wiktoria Gąsiewska, Stanisław Cywka
Directed by Bartosz M. Kowalski
In Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight, B-movie chills meet modern-day, reality-driven horrors when a group of unsuspecting teenagers arrive at a wilderness retreat where ditching phones, tablets, and laptops is the name of the game. Settling into this temporary way of life, it just so happens that an inventive serial killer is stalking the campground, forcing the tech-less heroes to do battle without the aid of their treasured devices. Writer-director Bartosz M. Kowalski serves up some familiar genre fare with Nobody Sleeps, creating enough of a stir in the horror community to warrant a sequel to the original tale. 

1922 (2017)

70 %
r 102m
Genre Horror, Crime, Drama
Stars Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid
Directed by Zak Hilditch
Based on the Stephen King novella of the same name, 1922 stars Thomas Jane as Wilfred James, a Nebraskan farmer at odds with his wife, Arlette (Molly Parker), over the land he considers their livelihood. Things get real when Arlette wants to sell the acreage and move to the city, but Wilfred wants no part of his spouse’s plans, so he instead decides to murder her with the assistance of his teenage son (Dylan Schmid). With the crime in the bag, local authorities become suspicious of Mrs. James’ disappearance, forcing the guilty son into a state of hysteria as the psychological weight of his misdeed weighs heavy on him. Powered by a compelling story and strong performances from its core cast, 1922 may not have the dazzle and clout of heavyweight Stephen King adaptations like It or The Shining, but it’s an excellent book-to-screen entry you won’t want to miss.
1922 | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

The Rental (2020)

The Rental
62 %
r 88m
Genre Horror
Stars Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand
Directed by Dave Franco
The directorial debut of actor Dave Franco, The Rental stars Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand, and Jeremy Allen White as two couples who journey to a remote oceanic home for a romantic retreat. What begins as the idyllic trip soon devolves into a nightmare as the couples soon realize that they’re being vicariously observed by the property owner. A film that lives and breathes by its tension and incredible cast, The Rental promises a solid filmmaking career for the youngest Franco brother.
The Rental - Official Trailer | HD | IFC Films

The Old Ways (2020)

The Old Ways
67 %
r 90m
Genre Horror, Fantasy
Stars Brigitte Kali Canales, Andrea Cortés, Julian Lerma
Directed by Christopher Alender
In The Old Ways, Brigitte Kali Canales stars as Cristina, a journalist operating in the deep rainforests of Veracruz. When the reporter is captured by a suspecting witch doctor and forced into a number of sacred rituals to exorcise the evils inside her, Cristina must fight against her captor with everything she’s got in order to stay alive. A unique take on the typical “exorcism” sub-genre, The Old Ways delivers solid chills and surprises by effectively leaning on its close-quartered jungle environments and primitive religious practices.

Blood Red Sky (2021)

Blood Red Sky
43 %
r 121m
Genre Horror, Thriller, Action
Stars Peri Baumeister, Carl Anton Koch, Kais Setti
Directed by Peter Thorwarth
After a band of terrorists hijack a transatlantic flight, their goal is to collect a handsome ransom. What they weren’t expecting was that two of the onboard passengers possess a dark gift that could spell big trouble for both the travelers and their captors. If you can imagine the claustrophobic thrills of Red Eye crossing paths with the vampire sub-genre, you’re halfway home to unpacking the tantalizing horrors of Blood Red Sky, a great horror film set in the sky.
Blood Red Sky | Official Trailer | Netflix

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre
34 %
r 81m
Genre Horror
Stars Sarah Yarkin, Elsie Fisher, Mark Burnham
Directed by David Blue Garcia
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a franchise that has seen many peaks and valleys through its near-50-year saga. The latest entry, 2022’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre, is a direct sequel to the 1974 original film, ignoring all the other titles in the franchise. Our story follows Dante (Jacob Latimore), a social media influencer, and his close-knit band of friends. Arriving in a small Texas town that they plan to gentrify (much to the chagrin of the remaining locals), what the posse of pals doesn’t plan for is the emergence of a chainsaw-wielding brute that isn’t ready to vacate a dilapidated orphanage. While it lacks some of the tension-building and sensible character motivations of other Chainsaw flicks, this straight-to-Netflix iteration brings bold slasher sensibilities, exciting camera work, and an inventive (if not challenged) storyline to the fold.

No One Gets Out Alive (2021)

No One Gets Out Alive
43 %
r 85m
Genre Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Stars Cristina Rodlo, Marc Menchaca, David Figlioli
Directed by Santiago Menghini
When Ambar (Cristina Rodlo) takes up residence at at a boardinghouse in Cleveland, her new living quarters prove troublesome. Encountering unplanned money issues, Ambar has no choice but to confront her landlord, a mysterious man named Red (Marc Menchaca) — a confrontation that plummets Ambar down a rabbit hole of ancient, sacrificial terrors. A stunning feature debut from director Santiago Menghini, No One Gets Out Alive is a visceral and haunting film that effectively leans on genre tropes to tell its story of a single fish in a big, terrifying new city. 

A Classic Horror Story (2021)

A Classic Horror Story
r 95m
Genre Drama, Horror, Mystery, Comedy
Stars Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Francesco Russo, Peppino Mazzotta
Directed by Roberto De Feo, Paolo Strippoli

Elisa (Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz) isn’t having the greatest days of late. On her way to Calabria with folks she’s never met before (her travels are arranged through a rideshare app), the RV ends up getting wrecked and one of the passengers injured. What’s more peculiar is that when Elisa awakens the next morning, she discovers that she and her fellow travelers are stranded in the woods. Soon after, the members of a mysterious cult descend on the wayward companions, forcing everyone to fight for their lives.

There's Someone Inside Your House (2021)

There's Someone Inside Your House
45 %
r 96m
Genre Thriller, Horror, Mystery
Stars Sydney Park, Théodore Pellerin, Asjha Cooper
Directed by Patrick Brice
Makani (Sydney Park) relocates from Hawaii to rural Nebraska, moving in with her grandmother to finish high school. All is normal until a sadistic killer emerges from the woodwork, terrorizing his victims with masks identical to their faces. It’s only a matter of time before the psychopath reaches Makani and those surrounding her. A decent slasher with enough scares to keep us all watching, There’s Someone Inside Your House owes plenty to genre kingpins like Scream and even Happy Death Day — although these other two films are a notch or two better in a few ways.

Till Death (2021)

Till Death
66 %
r 89m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Megan Fox, Eoin Macken, Aml Ameen
Directed by SK Dale
Nothing says “travesty” like waking up chained to a dead man. In S.K. Dale’s tantalizing genre pic Till Death, Megan Fox stars as Emma, the wife of a prominent New York attorney. When a retreat to the couple’s isolated cabin goes haywire, Emma is left stranded in the woodlands as a band of hired killers descend on the terrorized woman. In order to stay alive, Emma will have to think fast to evade the wicked fate that, beyond her knowledge, was already awaiting her. Till Death does more than its fair share to shine as an imaginative horror-thriller, combining plenty of tight action sequences and dedicated performances to deliver a top-shelf film.

Coming Home in the Dark (2021)

Coming Home in the Dark
64 %
r 93m
Genre Thriller, Horror
Stars Daniel Gillies, Erik Thomson, Miriama McDowell
Directed by James Ashcroft
From first-time writer-director James Ashcroft comes Coming Home in the Dark. When Alan, his wife, and two stepsons opt for a coastline retreat, their weekend of paradise becomes a masterful nightmare when two men known as Mandrake (Daniel Gillies) and Tubs (Matthias Luafutu) crash their little vacation. A seemingly innocuous encounter with the drifters soon turns malevolent, especially as the family realizes that this chance encounter may have been in the works for over two decades. A powerful debut with standout performances, particularly from Gillies, Coming Home in the Dark is sure to make us all think twice about hitting the beaches.

Don't Listen (2020)

Don't Listen
r 98m
Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller
Stars Rodolfo Sancho, Ramón Barea, Nerea Barros
Directed by Ángel Gómez Hernández
Don’t Listen stars Rodolfo Sancho as Daniel, a husband and father that is moving into a new home with his family. In the wake of an unforeseen tragedy, a grieving Daniel begins to experience paranormal events in his new home. Seeking out a paranormal expert to get to the root of the supernatural occurrences, what Daniel will discover will change his life forever. A creepy and foreboding haunted house chiller, Don’t Listen will have listening for every creak in your home a little extra carefully.

The 8th Night (2021)

The 8th Night
pg-13 115m
Genre Mystery, Thriller, Horror
Stars Lee Sung-min, Nam Da-reum, Park Hae-jun
Directed by Kim Tae-hyoung
Nothing says “tantalizing fear” like the laid-on-thick stylings of a Korean horror film, and director Tae-Hyung Kim’s The 8th Night is no exception to this frightful formula. Following a once-exorcist-turned-monk named Park Jin-soo, the man is called upon by the Buddhist faith to do battle against a horrific ancient-evil — a centuries-old demon that is possessing humans and wreaking havoc. Filled with unusual shocks and beholden to an ultra-haunting atmosphere, The 8th Night is a spine-tingler for sure and a film you don’t want to miss.
The 8th Night | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB]

Nightbooks (2021)

65 %
pg 103m
Genre Fantasy, Family
Stars Winslow Fegley, Lidya Jewett, Krysten Ritter
Directed by David Yarovesky
Based on the horror-fantasy children’s book of the same name by J.A. White, Nightbooks stars Winslow Fegley as Alex, a creative kid with a penchant for coming up with scary stories. When captured by a witch (Krysten Ritter), the malevolent woman demands that Alex tell her a new spooky tale every night in order to stay alive. Can Alex’s ambitious ideas keep him from being destroyed? Nightbooks leans more toward a younger audience, and that’s OK in our book. After all, horror movies should be for everyone (well, not all horror movies). Delivering a dread-laced tone and immersive performances from the main cast, Nightbooks is a great horror flick for the whole family to take in.
Nightbooks | Official Trailer | Netflix

Malevolent (2018)

Genre Horror
Cast Florence Pugh, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Celia Imrie
Perusing the annals of the top streaming platforms, there’s a number of documentaries that chronicle the rise and fall of major startups — scam-artists that finally pay their penance. Such a premise is at play in the 2018 Netflix original, Malevolent. Starring Florence Pugh (Midsommar, Black Widow) and Ben Lloyd-Hughes as a fraudulent paranormal-investigation duo, the brother-sister team is called to a supposedly haunted estate to carry out their con-artist workflow — a job that takes a wicked turn when the decrepit homestead has plans of its own. A chilling haunted-house flick that doesn’t break the mold but lives comfortably in the confines of the tropes that laid its foundation, Malevolent is a fun plunge into a world of creepy whispers, slamming doors, and disturbed psyches turning on our main characters.
Malevolent | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Oxygen (2021)

67 %
Genre Science Fiction, Thriller, Horror
Cast Mélanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric, Malik Zidi
The director of The Hills Have Eyes (2006), Horns, and Crawl, Alexandra Aja takes a deep plunge into the popular crossover world of horror-meets-sci-fi with 2021’s Oxygen. The film stars Mélanie Laurent as Elizabeth Hansen, a woman who wakes up in a cryogenic pod with depleting oxygen levels, with no clue about how she got there. As the air pours out of her cell, Liz must fight to reclaim any semblance of who she is and why she’s been in a cryo-induced slumber. While the narrative may not be entirely fresh, you’ll want to watch Oxygen for the breathtaking lead performance from Mélanie Laurent, an actor who brings mighty chops to a role that a run-of-the-mill talent could easily phone in.
Oxygen | Official Trailer | Netflix

Fear Street: 1994 (2021)

Fear Street: 1994
67 %
r 107m
Genre Horror, Mystery
Stars Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr.
Directed by Leigh Janiak
Based on the R.L. Stine book series of the same name, the Netflix adaptation encompasses three films, kicking off with Part One: 1994. Our story follows Deena Johnson (Kiana Madeira) of Shadyside, a community plagued by a history of horrific murders. Many locals believe this to be the result of a hex from an ancient witch named Sarah Fier, but Deena doesn’t buy into the mythos. That is until several of Shadyside’s most wicked begin enacting savage acts upon the small town, thrusting Deena and her friends into an all-out fight for survival. An effective slasher and faithful homage to its source material, you can enjoy all three legs of the Fear Street chronology on Netflix.
FEAR STREET PART 1: 1994 | Official Trailer | Netflix

Unfriended (2015)

59 %
r 82m
Genre Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Stars Shelley Hennig, Heather Sossaman, Renee Olstead
Directed by Levan Gabriadze
Blaire (Shelley Hennig) and her close friends are having a Skype chat when an unknown user joins their conversation, known only as “billie227.” The friends attempt to remove the unknown participant from their chatroom, only to discover that the username belongs to Laura Barns, Blaire’s best friend who committed suicide after a humiliating video of her went viral and is now a spirit seeking revenge against all those who defiled her. Blaire and her friends are forced into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse as the afterlife-incarnate of Laura enacts her wretched plan. It may sound cheesy on the surface, but Unfriended is a horror film that works in more ways than one, with a surprising amount of tension emitting from the tiny confines of the teens’ Skype windows.
Unfriended | Official Trailer | MTV

Things Heard & Seen (2021)

Things Heard & Seen
49 %
Genre Horror, Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Cast Amanda Seyfried, James Norton, Natalia Dyer
After relocating to the Hudson Valley from Manhattan, the Clare family takes up residence in an antique farmhouse. Enamored by his new teaching position (the reason for the family’s move), George Clare (James Norton) all but abandons his wife and daughter and begins a lusty affair with one of his students. Catherine (Amanda Seyfried) spends her days at their new home, feeling isolated and increasingly haunted by a presence roaming throughout. As a host of otherworldly apparitions and artifacts begin making themselves known to Catherine, George’s own skeletons begin creeping up on him and his family. A movie less about ghosts than the disintegration of one American household, Things Heard & Seen presents an atmospheric home and the helpless victims doomed to walk its halls forever.
Things Heard & Seen starring Amanda Seyfried | Official Trailer | Netflix

Army of the Dead (2021)

Army of the Dead
57 %
r 148m
Genre Action, Adventure, Horror, Crime
Stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick
Directed by Zack Snyder
Zack Synder’s Army of the Dead finds the DC Comics auteur back in his horror stomping grounds (Synder’s breakout hit was 2004’s Dawn of the Dead remake). Set in a zombie-ravaged present day, the film follows Scott Ward (Dave Bautista), an ex-pat living on the fringes of a desolate Las Vegas. When handed the opportunity of a lifetime by casino magnate Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada) — break into the quarantine zone to make off with a large surplus of cash before the city is nuked — the anti-hero assembles a wrecking team of hardened warriors and experts to carry out the heist with. A massively staged amalgamation of action and horror, the carnage is abundant and the story is rich for Synder’s return to the world of the undead.
Army of the Dead | Official Trailer | Netflix

#Alive (2020)

Genre Action, Drama, Horror
Cast Yoo Ah-in, Park Shin-hye
When hordes of the undead have taken over, sometimes the only thing left to do is hole up and pray for better days. In #Alive, Yoo Ah-in stars as Oh Joon-woo, a stranded survivor of a zombie overtaking. Sanctioned off in his apartment and cut off from any kind of communication, all hope seems lost when Joon-woo discovers his family is gone. That is until a red dot from a laser pointer lands in his apartment. With the promise of another survivor nearby, Joon-woo picks himself up and attempts to find a way out of his hell-infested residence. Fast-paced, packed with gore, and gripping performances, #Alive unearths terrors in big and surprising ways through its hour-plus runtime.
#Alive | Official Trailer | Netflix

Crimson Peak (2015)

Crimson Peak
66 %
r 119m
Genre Horror, Thriller, Romance, Mystery
Stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Edith (Mia Wasikowska), the American heiress to a mighty family fortune, agrees to marry the elusive but charming Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). Whipped away to England, the bride spends her days roaming the ruinous halls of Allerdale Hall, her lofty husband’s decaying residence. After a series of horrific apparitions make themselves known to Edith, the young woman learns that her dashing groom may have a closet packed to the brim with skeletons and other horrific revelations. An exciting addition to the haunted house sub-genre, packed with exquisite visuals and terrifying ghosts, Crimson Peak is an unforgettable foray into a nightmarish mansion that only Guillermo del Toro could imagine.
Crimson Peak - Official International Trailer (Universal Pictures) HD

The Block Island Sound (2021)

The Block Island Sound
r 103m
Genre Horror, Science Fiction
Stars Michaela McManus, Chris Sheffield, Neville Archambault
Directed by Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus
When unexplained phenomena begin plaguing the island and surrounding waters of Block Island, Harry (Chris Sheffield), the son of a fisherman, and Audry (Michaela McManus), an Environmental Protection agent and Harry’s sister, are put on the trail of a mysterious and malevolent force. Premiering at the Fantasia International Film Festival, The Block Island Sound spends its time building a lush atmosphere of dread, a moody tone buttressed by believable performances from the main ensemble and tactful directing on the part of Kevin and Matthew McManus.

Before I Wake (2016)

Before I Wake
68 %
pg-13 97m
Genre Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Stars Kate Bosworth, Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane
Directed by Mike Flanagan
Reeling from the death of their young son, Mark and Jessie (Thomas Jane and Kate Bosworth) decide to take in a foster child named Cody (Jacob Tremblay). When Cody tells his adoptees of his nighttime fears, the parents dismiss his terrors as nothing more than childlike wonder at play. But when Cody’s dreams start coming to life before the family’s eyes, what begins as a benign series of projections quickly devolves into horrific nightmare creatures that Mark and Jessie are forced to contend with. We’ve all seen horror flicks about kids dealing with their fears. What sets Before I Wake apart from the flock is its focus on the paternal point of view and emotional complexities of welcoming new love while stomaching grief.
Before I Wake | Official Trailer | Netflix

His House (2020)

His House
72 %
r 93m
Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller
Stars Sope Dirisu, Wunmi Mosaku, Matt Smith
Directed by Remi Weekes
A powerful debut from director Remi Weekes, His House follows Bol (Sope Dirisu) and Rial (Wunmi Mosaku), a South-Sudan couple fleeing their war-torn confines across the English Channel. Suffering a hardship on their way across the water, the pair are granted probational asylum in Britain. Settling into a shanty tenement unit, Bol does what he can to acclimate to U.K. culture as Rial clings to her Sudanian roots. When a series of haunting entities make themselves known to the couple, Bol and Rial begin to question their own sanity as they grapple with the torments and stigma of refugees. A well-balanced amalgamation of social commentary meets unsettling horror film, His House is an absolute must-see.
HIS HOUSE | Official Trailer | Netflix

Apostle (2018)

62 %
r 130m
Genre Horror, Mystery, History, Thriller, Drama
Stars Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, Lucy Boynton
Directed by Gareth Evans
It’s 1905, and Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) is on a search-and-rescue mission for his own sister, Jennifer. Imprisoned and held for ransom by a religious cult on a remote Welsh island, Thomas journeys to the isle under the guise of a convert. After meeting with several cult members and learning of their less-than-lovely intentions, Thomas is plunged headfirst into a mad world of blood sacrifice and a dark mythos brought to life. Filled with nightmarish imagery, impressive acting, and a hearty story, Apostle is a breathtaking addition to the folk horror sub-genre.
Apostle | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Piercing (2018)

63 %
r 82m
Genre Thriller, Horror, Mystery
Stars Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa
Directed by Nicolas Pesce
From writer/director Nicholas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother), Piercing is an adaptation of the Ryü Murikami novel of the same name. Reed (Christopher Abbot) has been having a tough time at home. A husband and father with an urge to do something sinister, the family man hires a call girl so he can do the unthinkable to her. What Reed didn’t expect was Jackie, a cunning and unpredictable sex worker, a woman just as twisted and violent as her wannabe-murderer. What unravels is a wicked game of cat and mouse, with hard bets as to who will come out on top.
PIERCING Official Trailer (2019) Mia Wasikowska, Thriller Movie HD

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
68 %
r 89m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Ruth Wilson, Paula Prentiss, Bob Balaban
Directed by Oz Perkins
Writer/director Osgood Perkins’ I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is a chilling ghost story about a live-in nurse named Lily (Ruth Wilson) who is hired to care for an ailing horror author, Iris (Paula Prentiss). Taking residence in Iris’s historic New England manor, Lily starts experiencing paranormal events, leading her to question the elder Iris about the history of the house. Denying any kind of phenomena, Lily begins investigating the domicile herself, leading to a series of shocking discoveries and grim truths about the manor’s past. This is a fantastic piece of horror cinema that really drives home the “less-is-more” mindset of filmmaking. A big slow burn of a movie, I Am the Pretty Thing… relies on eerie sound design, lingering camera-work, and a moody score to effectively sell its scares.
I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

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