From beloved classics to Netflix originals, from haunted houses to evil creatures, Netflix has something for every kind of horror fan. Here’s a look at the 10 best horror movies streaming on Netflix.
Best Scary Movies on Netflix
Killer doll Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) reached his peak with Child’s Play 2. The second movie in the long-running franchise is livelier and more clever than the original, showcasing more of Chucky’s sardonic personality.
But it also avoids tipping into full-on comedy like some of the later installments. Chucky is still scary as he stalks young Andy (Alex Vincent) and Andy’s new foster family, and the movie balances gruesome set pieces with its appealingly morbid sense of humor.
Starting with its eerie title, writer-director Oz Perkins’ I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House creates a sustained mood of discomfort. Ruth Wilson plays a live-in nurse caring for an elderly writer in a house that may be the site for actual tragic events depicted in the author’s most famous novel.
Both the nurse and the ghost of a woman who died in the house drift through the mostly empty rooms, their fates become intertwined as Perkins immerses the audience in an atmosphere of languid dread.
Allison Williams and Logan Browning play dueling cellists in Richard Shepard’s twisty, over-the-top psychological horror movie The Perfection. Both Charlotte (Williams) and Lizzie (Browning) are students of the same strict and demanding teacher (Steven Weber), who provokes their increasingly violent rivalry. Shepard plays with expectations via multiple plot twists, keeping the audience guessing about the characters’ true relationships even as they torment each other mercilessly.
A pair of refugees from South Sudan are haunted by traumatic memories as well as an evil spirit from their homeland when they settle into government housing in London. His House blends traditional haunted house spookiness with a meditation on trauma and displacement, putting an engaging (and disturbing) new spin on a familiar kind of story.
Before creating the popular Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor, Mike Flanagan directed the tense home-invasion thriller Hush, about a deaf woman (Kate Siegel) fighting off an implacable intruder. Flanagan ingeniously incorporates the main character’s deafness into the suspense, placing the audience in her shoes as she fights for her life.
A dinner party goes very wrong in Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation, which starts as a talky drama about former friends and lovers reconnecting before taking a darker turn. Has the host invited everyone over just to eat and converse, or is there a more sinister motive related to a strange cult’s doomsday prophecy? The eerie movie teases those possibilities before erupting into intense confrontations and violence.
What, exactly, comes at night? Trey Edward Shults’ post-apocalyptic movie It Comes at Night never quite answers that question, but it could be any number of dangers faced by a family hiding from a deadly disease that has ravaged the world. When a mysterious stranger arrives seeking help for his own family, the two clans must determine what dangers come from outside, and what dangers come from within.
Guillermo del Toro’s haunting, beautiful fable Pan’s Labyrinth is set in World War II-era Spain, where a young girl discovers a mysterious labyrinth populated by fantastical creatures. Del Toro intertwines the fairy-tale world with the real world of rising fascism in Spain as the mystical beings help the main character fight back against her sadistic military commander stepfather.
Kiersey Clemons is the only person onscreen for most of Sweetheart‘s running time as the apparent lone survivor of a shipwreck who is stranded on a deserted island. Or is the island actually deserted? Director J.D. Dillard uses the looming threat of a monster from the deep to tell a story about a woman finding her reserves of inner strength and taking her power back.
Depicting an entire story solely via the images on a computer screen may sound like a ridiculous gimmick, but the clever, intricately designed horror movie Unfriended pulls it off with its basic but effective story about a group of teenagers targeted for revenge from beyond the grave. The movie perfectly captures the online lives of its characters while also delivering a satisfying and scary ghost story.