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The best horror movies on Netflix right now (October 2022)

It’s that spooky time of year again. And while horror movies can be enjoyed in the throes of summer or on Christmas Eve, there’s truly no better time to enjoy a terrifying flick or two throughout the hallowed month of October. That’s why we’ve put together this roundup of the best horror movies on Netflix you can stream right now. Whether you’re into supernatural tales, slashers, or something with a sci-fi bent, we guarantee there’s something on our list for everyone. 

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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Piranha 3D (2010) new
Piranha 3D
53 %
r 88m
Genre Comedy, Horror
Stars Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Steven R. McQueen
Directed by Alexandre Aja
After terrorizing audiences with films like High Tension, the remake of The Hills Have Eyes, and Mirrors, director Alexandre Aja decided to delve into the bloody waters of the creature-feature sub-genre with his 2010 horror entry, Piranha 3D. Elisabeth Shue stars as police officer Julie Forester. After an earthquake-induced tremor awakens an army of prehistoric, sharp-toothed fish in Lake Victoria, the hungry batch of gilled killers starts chomping away at Spring Break swimmers. It’s up to Julie and a ragtag band of misfit individuals to put an end to the aquatic feasting before it’s too late. A fun and gory thrill ride that leans on the campiness of its premise, Piranha 3D is a wild rollercoaster you’ll be begging to take again and again (or maybe just once is enough).
Choose or Die (2022) new
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) new
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) new
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.
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
The Mist (2007)
The Mist
58 %
r 126m
Genre Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars Thomas Jane, Laurie Holden, Toby Jones
Directed by Frank Darabont
Nothing says Stephen King like a small town in Maine sinking into the depths of hell. In the 2007 film The Mist, Thomas Jane stars as David Drayton, an artist, husband, and father who sits through a powerful summer thunderstorm with his wife Stephanie (Kelly Collins Lintz) and son Billy (Nathan Gamble). Surveying damages the morning after, David and members of the community take note of a thick mist overspreading their idyllic town. After venturing to the grocery store with Billy and a neighbor, Lovecraftian terrors begin emerging from the ensnaring fog, destroying every human the creatures come in contact with. Forced to barricade inside the cramped store, David and the rest of the civilians must do battle with the otherworldly foes while contending with the religious fervor of a town zealot (Marcia Gay Harden). While it’s not the best King adaptation out there, The Mist scores big by delivering some fairly epic thrills and a deeper exploration of the darkest parts of humanity, where sacrifice and survival go hand in hand.
It (2017) new
69 %
r 135m
Genre Horror, Fantasy
Stars Jaeden Martell, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis
Directed by Andy Muschietti
On the surface, the town of Derry is just your typical suburban stretch of heaven, but lurking underneath the streets is something far more sinister. In director Andrés Muschietti’s 2017 film It, the first of a two-part adaptation of the thousand-plus-page Stephen King novel, a collective of outcast pre-teens, referred to as “The Loser’s Club,” are forced to live out the summer of their nightmares when a cosmic, shape shifting clown begins picking off Derry’s children. When Georgie Denbrough (Jackson Robert Scott), the younger brother of The Loser’s Club self-appointed leader, Bill (played by Jaeden Martell), is one of Pennywise the Clown’s many victims, Bill and his pals take vengeance into their own hands. Transposing an ’80s backdrop over the book’s original ’50s setting, It stands as one of the strongest Stephen King adaptations to date, complete with incredible performances, excellent camerawork and editing, and some truly unnerving sequences centered around the horrifying Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård).
IT - Official Trailer 1
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
61 %
pg-13 108m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Zoe Colletti, Dean Norris, Michael Garza
Directed by André Øvredal
Based on the Alvin Schwartz book series of the same name, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark follows the story of three Pennsylvania teens, Stella (Zoe Colleti), Auggie (Gabriel Rush), and Chuck (Austin Zajur), a group of friends who happen upon an enchanted book in the supposedly haunted Bell manor, an infamous staple of their hometown. After fleeing the decrepit residence with the tome, a series of new stories magically begin appearing in the anthology, each featuring one of the teens. As one might guess, these novellas start bleeding off the page into reality as terrors of all shapes and sizes begin to plague the core trio. A loyal homage to its source text, Scary Stories features some great performances as well as some truly horrifying visual effects and makeup for its armada of ghouls. 
It Follows (2014)
It Follows
83 %
r 101m
Genre Horror, Mystery
Stars Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto
Directed by David Robert Mitchell
It Follows came along in 2015 to prove to genre fanatics that with a little ingenuity and the employment of some trusted genre tropes, horror films can still be very original. Our story follows Jay (Maika Monroe), your typical suburban teen with not a care in the world. That is until a supernatural, sexually transmitted curse befalls her and her group of friends. The only way to ward off inevitable death? You have to pass the plague onto someone else by having sex with them. Packed with disturbing visuals, an amazing score, and an excellent roundtable of performances, It Follows will stand as a modern horror-classic for years to come.
It Follows Official Trailer 1 (2015) - Horror Movie HD
The Boy (2016)
The Boy
42 %
pg-13 97m
Genre Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Stars Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell
Directed by William Brent Bell
In the world of horror films, babysitting gigs are ripe targets for inexplicable terrors. In director William Brent Bell’s The Boy, Greta (Lauren Cohan), an American woman, answers the call for a babysitting job in a remote English village. Shockingly, the job isn’t for a human — it’s for a doll. It turns out the couple that employs Greta treats the eerie, porcelain family member as their actual child, a coping mechanism for the loss of their son years earlier. When Greta unceremoniously violates some of the couple’s strict rules for caring for the unreal family member, a host of paranormal events start unfolding. It may not join the ranks of other classic doll or puppet horror flicks, but with its strong performances and dreadful atmosphere, The Boy is a potent addition to your next horror binge.
The Boy Official Trailer #1 (2016) Lauren Cohan Horror Movie HD
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) new
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 Old Ways (2020) new
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) new
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) new
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.
1BR (2019)
56 %
r 90m
Genre Thriller, Drama, Horror
Stars Nicole Brydon Bloom, Giles Matthey, Taylor Nichols
Directed by David Marmor
Neighbors can be weird. They make a ton of noise, create odd smells, and park their cars in our favorite spots. But at least they’re not as hellbent as the creepy next-door folks in 1BR. Our story follows Sarah (Nicole Brydon Bloom), a recent Los Angeles transplant that moves into an idyllic apartment complex. But as she begins to get familiar with others in the building, she discovers a disturbing underbelly that quickly ensnares her.
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) new
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.
Ghostland (2018)
44 %
r 91m
Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Stars Crystal Reed, Mylène Farmer, Anastasia Phillips
Directed by Pascal Laugier
Ghostland (also known as Incident in a Ghostland) plays by its own rules. An amalgamation of slasher, camp, and “grindhouse” brutality, our story follows a mother and her two teenage daughters on their way to a secluded estate they’ve inherited from the mom’s aunt (sound familiar?). Little does the family know they’re being stalked. Arriving at the house, the women are attacked and held captive by a pair of psychopaths. Events transpire, and many years pass. And even though there are more survivors than victims, the trauma from the inciting incident still holds strong over the sisters — or so it seems. Ghostland is on a path of misdirection from the moment the film begins, so be prepared to pay close attention. 
Incident in a Ghostland Official Trailer #1 (2018) Horror Movie HD
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
Identity (2003)
64 %
r 90m
Genre Mystery, Thriller
Stars John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet
Directed by James Mangold
It’s a dark and stormy night in the outskirts of Nevada, the perfect evening for a group of strangers to get stranded. Due to flooded roads, the travelers are all forced to take up residence for the evening at a seedy motel. As the night wears on, a murderer amongst them starts picking off the denizens one by one. These sequences of murder and mystery are juxtaposed against the trial of one Malcolm Rivers, a killer awaiting trial for a series of murders he carried out in an apartment building. There’s plenty to keep you glued to the pervading whodunnit horrors of Identity, but the big twist is one you’ll carry with you for weeks. 
Identity (2003) Official Trailer 1 - John Cusack Movie
Raw (2016)
81 %
r 99m
Genre Drama, Horror, Mystery
Stars Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella
Directed by Julia Ducournau

Justine (Garance Marillier) is entering her first year of veterinary school. A devoted vegetarian for years, a hazing ritual involving animal entrails introduces Justine to a newfound taste for meat. Struggling to contend with her new appetite, a hunger for meat soon evolves into a sinister longing for human flesh. Writer-director Julia Ducournau’s feature debut is a brutally bold vision of the coming-of-age genre, albeit flipped on its head and splattered with blood.

What Lies Below (2020)
What Lies Below
35 %
Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction
Stars Mena Suvari, Ema Horvath, Trey Tucker
Directed by Braden R. Duemmler
Welcoming a parent’s new romantic partner is never an easy feat — especially when there’s something rather otherworldly about the new lover. In director Brandon R. Duemmler’s What Lies Below, Libby (Ema Horvath) is introduced to her mother’s new boyfriend, John (Trey Tucker). Though he’s an endearing man on the surface, Libby begins to sense there’s something very off about mom’s new squeeze — predictions that prove to be all too true. A blast of genre-camp, What Lies Below owes its narrative and performances to a number of sci-fi mashups that came before it. That being said, Duemmler’s unique vision is strong enough to raise this aquatic terror-flick to the top of the Netflix-original-horror trove.

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.

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.

Ravenous (1999)
46 %
Genre Horror, Western, Comedy, History
Cast Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette
Zombie films are a dime-a-dozen, but don’t let that steer you from Robin Aubert’s off-the-beaten-path take on a genre that has most of us rolling our eyes at this point. Focusing on a band of post-apocalyptic survivors in rural Quebec, Ravenous plants us right in the middle of the quiet carnage. As the straddlers lay out plans to escape their besieged hamlet, hordes of the living dead stand between them and any hope of escape. Favoring an indie aesthetic over a cookie-cutter undead splatter-fest, Ravenous may not land with everyone, but its fresh approach to a tried-and-true sub-genre is a mighty effort to behold.

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

The Conjuring 2 (2016)
The Conjuring 2
65 %
r 134m
Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Stars Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Madison Wolfe
Directed by James Wan
Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), a husband-wife paranormal investigation team, are calling it quits after Lorraine receives a harrowing vision of her spouse’s death during a visit to the infamous Amityville house. One year later, the Hodgson family of London begins to experience a host of paranormal events after Janet (Madison Wolfe) plays with a Ouija board. As the home’s occurrences grow more sinister, media coverage of the haunting reaches the Warrens, who decide to travel to London to assist the troubled family. But the Hodgson investigation could be their last. In this full-bodied sequel to The Conjuring, James Wan doesn’t back down from his directorial chops in any way, delivering a follow-up just as rich as the original.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The Babysitter (2017)
The Babysitter
Genre Horror, Comedy
Cast Bella Thorne, Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving
Bee (Samara Weaving), the babysitter, and Cole (Judah Lewis), the preteen, are the ideal babysitting setup. The two get along great and really trust each other. That is until Cole, at the urging of a close friend, decides to stay up late to see what Bee does when the boy goes to bed. What Cole discovers is beyond anything he could ever imagine, as it turns out that Bee is part of a satanic cult that’s out for blood, and Cole is one of their next victims. A solid genre pic with homages to several camp classics of the ’80s, The Babysitter doesn’t break any horror boundaries, but fans of the genre will love the many hat-tips.
THE BABYSITTER Trailer (2017) Netflix

The Bad Batch (2017)
The Bad Batch
62 %
r 119m
Genre Drama, Horror, Science Fiction
Stars Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Giovanni Ribisi
Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
In a mysterious potentially post-apocalyptic Texas wasteland, Arlen (Suki Waterhouse) finds herself completely alone and severed from civilization. As she fights for her survival, Arlen is captured by a band of cannibals led by Miami Man (Jason Momoa). Suddenly in more danger than she was before, Arlen must use every ounce of cunning to survive among the cannibals as she tries to make her way to someone she believes can save her, The Dream (Keanu Reeves). But goodness or badness is really all relative.
The Bad Batch Trailer #1 (2017) | Movieclips Trailers

Cam (2018)
71 %
Genre Mystery, Thriller, Horror
Cast Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters
Alice Ackerman (Madeline Brewer) works for FreeGirlsLive as a cam model, a job she’s quite attached to. Alice hides her employment from her mother and is obsessed with being a top-ranking performer on the site. After a date with one of her loyal cam followers, Alice attempts to log into her FreeGirls account, only to discover that her account is being used by a disturbed doppelganger of herself. As Alice attempts to unravel the mystery around her new foe, her own life and celebrity begin crashing down around her. Director Daniel Goldhaber’s electric erotica horror show is a macabre exploration of identity and exactly how much power we give to our digital selves and spaces.

In the Tall Grass (2019)
In the Tall Grass
46 %
Genre Horror, Drama, Thriller
Cast Patrick Wilson, Harrison Gilbertson, Laysla De Oliveira
Stephen King aficionados are sure to be thrilled by this 2019 adaptation of a 2012 novella he co-wrote with his son, Joe Hill. When siblings Becky and Cal (Laysla De Oliveira and Avery Whitted) make a pit stop on their road trip to their aunt’s house, the pair hears a boy named Tobin calling for help in a field of tall grass. The duo dips into the crop themselves, but soon find themselves at the center of a wicked plot involving Tobin, his parents, a grim time loop, and an ancient stone with potentially mystical properties, all within the never-ending rows of grass. A bit of a head-spinner, In the Tall Grass feels like an elongated (and much gorier) Twilight Zone episode. While some have argued that the film overstays its welcome, those in search of a King-flavored fable about literally losing against nature will be more than pleased with director Vincenzo Natali’s novella adaptation.
In the Tall Grass | Official Trailer | Netflix

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

Gerald's Game (2017)
Gerald's Game
77 %
r 104m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas
Directed by Mike Flanagan
Based on Stephen King’s 1992 thriller of the same name, Gerald’s Game was one of Netflix’s earliest successes in the original film game. This profound, provocative story follows a married couple, Jessie (Carla Gugino) and Gerald (Bruce Greenwood), on a weekend vacation to their lakeside cabin in hopes of reigniting their stagnating relationship. They decide to spice it up with some bondage but Gerald suffers a heart attack in the midst of passion, leaving Jessie handcuffed to the bed with nobody to free her. Bound and plagued by hallucinations of Gerald and of people from her past, Jessie struggles to free herself and suffers a psychological breakdown. Another fine output from director Mike Flanagan, of Hush (which is next up on our list) and Oculus fame, Gerald’s Game will get the blood pumping despite the story’s bottled setting.

Hush (2016)
67 %
r 82m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr., Samantha Sloyan
Directed by Mike Flanagan
Mike Flanagan strikes again with the nail-biting Hush, a smart horror film that feels extra uncomfortable because the terror of the film seems like it could easily happen to anyone. Author Maddie Young (Kate Siegel) lives a quiet life in the wilderness with her cat — that is until a masked killer (John Gallagher Jr.) murders Maddie’s closest neighbor, and plans to knife Maddie next. What ensues is a uniquely horrific game of cat-and-mouse, as Maddie must fight for her life against the mysterious madman, a feat made 10 times more difficult because Maddie is deaf. Something the masked invader eventually learns. With Hush, Flanagan flips the killer sub-genre on its head, delivering a film filled with rapid-fire terrors both big and small, and a third act that will have you bound to the edge of your couch.
Hush Official Trailer 1 (2016) - Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr. Movie HD

Eli (2019)
r 98m
Genre Horror
Stars Charlie Shotwell, Lili Taylor, Kelly Reilly
Directed by Ciarán Foy
Ciarán Foy, who brought us Citadel and Sinister II, directs Eli, a slow-burn creeper about an adolescent boy with a rare disease that makes him fall ill when exposed to the outdoors without protection (an ailment similar to the family and children from The Others). When his parents (Kelly Reilly and Max Martini) decide to take him to a remote medical facility, a converted mansion run by the outwardly pleasant Dr. Isabella Horn (Lili Taylor), all is well for some time. The boy, Eli (Charlie Shotwell), is glad to be rid of his intense protective gear, reveling in his newfound freedom. However, outside of his disease shield, supernatural events begin to mount, and Eli tries desperately to convince those around him that things within the house are quite amiss. Performances and atmosphere are top-notch in this Netflix original, which features shades of both The Others and The Omen.

Under the Shadow (2016)
Under the Shadow
83 %
pg-13 84m
Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller, War
Stars Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi
Directed by Babak Anvari
The Persian film Under the Shadow drew a lot of comparison to the 2014 film The Babadook, and it’s easy to see why. Both films follow mothers caring for troubled children while supernatural forces torment them. Under the Shadow begins during the war between Iran and Iraq in the ’80s. Shideh (Narges Rashidi), a former medical student who had to abandon her career after the theocratic government took power in the Iranian revolution, became a housewife, living with her husband, Iraj (Bobby Naderi), and their daughter Dorsa (Avin Manshadi) in an apartment in Tehran. When Iraj, a doctor, is sent to the field as part of the war effort, Shideh must care for Dorsa alone. After a missile strikes their building, Dorsa begins behaving strangely, convinced that a spirit is haunting the building, and as strange events unfold, Shideh must confront the possibility that something supernatural is happening. Under the Shadow is a moody movie, as much a study of Rashidi’s disenchanted housewife as it is an exercise in terror.
Under the Shadow Official Trailer #1 (2016) Horror Movie HD

Creep (2014)
74 %
r 82m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Mark Duplass, Patrick Brice, Katie Aselton
Directed by Patrick Brice
Found-footage horror may be a dying art form, yet one of the very few iterations of the genre is a Netflix must-see. Starring Mark Duplass as Josef and the film’s director, Patrick Brice, as its cameraman Aaron Franklin, Creep is a rare breed of horror filmography. Much like The Invitation, Creep takes a while to build momentum, yet still elicits many a cringeworthy experience throughout its entire runtime. Duplass is phenomenal as the oddball neighbor, evoking the perfect blend of comic relief and terror upon his every portrayal. Creep keeps viewers guessing from start to finish, and it’s not until the very end where the real story is brought to life in its most provocative and unsettling dimension. If the first just wasn’t enough, Netflix likewise has its terrifying sequel to get lost within.
Get In (2019)
Get In
Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller
Cast Adama Niane, Stéphanie Caillard, Paul Hamy
The French horror-thriller Furie (Get In) may not feature any well-known Hollywood stars nor English-speaking dialogue, yet its chilling tale recreated from a Japanese short story is a must-see for every terror junkie. After arriving home from a cleansing family vacation, the Diallos are met by an out-of-place group of residents, whose way of life strays far too close to the disturbing. With an unseen clause written into their lease, which basically bars the police from assisting, the family must learn to live with their new house guests no matter how challenging their newly shared lives may become. Loosely based upon Kobo Abe’s Intruders, a short story in his compilation Beyond the Curve, Get In portrays an experience that is all too real and horrifying: Losing not only one’s living quarters, but also privacy and freedom.
The Ritual (2017)
The Ritual
57 %
Genre Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Cast Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier
After the death of a close friend mere months before leaving on an expedition together, a group of four decide to make a ritual of the event by way of a hiking trip in Sweden. The getaway seems to serve its purpose with the four, Phil (Arsher Ali), Dom (Sam Troughton), Hutch (Robert James-Collier), and Luke (Rafe Spall), all coming together to mourn the loss of their dear friend. Things start to take a turn for the worse when Dom injures his leg and the four must then embark through an eerie forest that reeks of malcontent and evils unnamed. As the cyclical woodlands draw each party member further and further apart, the reality of their being followed becomes ever-more blatant. Can the expedition escape unharmed, or were they doomed from the very moment of their friend’s untimely demise?
Vampires vs. the Bronx (2020)
Vampires vs. the Bronx
76 %
pg-13 86m
Genre Comedy, Horror
Stars Jaden Michael, Gerald W. Jones III, Gregory Diaz IV
Directed by Oz Rodriguez
Have you ever realized that your neighborhood is no longer yours? Gentrification rears its ugly head in Vampires vs. the Bronx. And, as the title suggests, some literal bloodsuckers are literally killing the neighborhood while cleaning up on real estate prices. Miguel (Jaden Michael) already took up the call to save his neighborhood before learning that the undead were moving in. Once he knows the truth, Miguel aka “Lil Mayor” needs some help from his friends, Bobby Carter (Gerald W. Jones III) and Luis Acosta (Gregory Diaz IV), to take on the vamps. The film deftly mixes its horror with genuinely hilarious moments of comedy. The pop culture references are all very timely, and it’s one of the most enjoyable horror movies of the year.
VAMPIRES VS THE BRONX | Official Trailer | Netflix
Sweetheart (2019)
pg-13 82m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Kiersey Clemons, Emory Cohen, Hanna Mangan Lawrence
Directed by J.D. Dillard
J.D. Dillard directed and co-wrote Sweetheart, one of the best films to come out of Blumhouse. Kiersey Clemons gives a very strong performance as Jennifer “Jenn” Remming, a young woman who finds herself shipwrecked and alone on a seemingly deserted island. Unfortunately for Jenn, there’s something else with her on the island. Something monstrous. But is Jenn truly contending with a monster or is the real monster within her mind? In this tale of terror, Jenn’s past calls her credibility into question, but the chills and the scares are very rewarding. Clemons carries the movie from start to finish.
Sweetheart Official Trailer - 2019

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