The absolute best horror movies on Netflix

Netflix is ​​home to such an impressive range of horror movies that this introduction is going to be a list of the titles that did not make the top recommendations. Try Blood Red Sky (2021), a British-German action horror; Forgotten (2017), a South Korean psychological thriller; or the British horror film The Ritual (2017). There’s also It (2017), based on the novel by Stephen King; The Rental (2020), directed by Dave Franco and starring Alison Brie; horror black comedy The Journey (2021); the psychological thriller Coming Home in the Dark (2021); Mike Flanagan’s Hush (2016) and Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016); the Fear Street trilogy (2021); Supernatural Western The Wind (2018); Spanish supernatural horror Veronica (2017) and South Korean zombie horror #Alive (2020).

Scroll down for the best horror movies (with Metacritic scores of 70 or higher) currently on Netflix. Note that some of these are incredibly dark and should be approached with great caution.


From Netflix’s impressive stash of international movies comes Spanish sci-fi horror The Platform. Its high-concept story centers around a tower that delivers food to people on each of its many levels via a platform. Those at the top get the best and most abundant margin, which is gobbled up as the platform drops levels. Social commentary resonates throughout this dystopian thriller, which takes shocking, occasionally gruesome, turns until the very end.

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A word of warning: The Nightingale depicts extreme graphic scenes of violence and rape. With that in mind, continue with this harrowing story and you’ll see an important part of the story that is rarely told on screen. The Nightingale follows a young convict seeking revenge in the Australian bush of 1825. The second film from Jennifer Kent, who directed the mighty The Babadook, is a force to be reckoned with.

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If you’re looking for more proof that the Duplass brothers really are evil, here’s an easy sell. Patrick Brice (also director and co-writer) plays a cameraman responding to a Craigslist ad from Josef (Mark Duplass), who wants to make a movie for his supposed unborn child. I generally enjoy performance-based horror movies to make you nervous, because they’re incredibly hard to pull off. And I have to give it to Mark Duplass. He is, in fact, super creepy.


Before the flawless The Haunting of Hill House series, Mike Flanagan brought us this clever adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Gerald’s Game. Carla Gugino is huge as Jessie, a woman who vacations with her husband in an isolated house on a lake in Alabama. When Jessie ends up handcuffed to the bed with no one to help her escape, it becomes as much a matter of survival as it is of escape. Another chapter of Flanagan’s brooding horror that emerges in quiet triumph for his haunted characters.


Two movies called The Call were released in 2020. Check out the one from South Korea, a time-travel thriller that revolves around, yes, a phone call. Twenty-eight-year-old Seo-yeon finds a phone buried in a closet at her childhood home. He rings, and it turns out that the person he calls lives in the same house. 20 years earlier. The twists to the final moment, plus a wild cat-and-mouse chase that alters past and present, make this a must-see.

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Like a few other titles on this list, this superb psychological horror subtly doubles as an allegory for larger social issues like oppression. Set in Tehran in the 1980s, during a series of air raids known as the War of the Cities, it follows a mother and daughter tormented at home by a mysterious evil. With echoes of The Babadook as well as its own fresh ideas, Under The Shadow is an excellent horror entry.

One of Stephen King’s most successful adaptations, this horror drama based on the 1922 novel is slow-paced with riveting acting at its core. Thomas Jane, who you’ll also meet from Boogie Nights and 2004’s The Punisher, gives one of the best performances of his career as the ever-proud Wilfred James, a farmer who makes the wise decision to murder his wife with the help of his son. Teen. . The consequences are harrowing on multiple levels (if you don’t like rats, you really won’t like them after this).


This clever psychological horror is partially drawn from co-writer Isa Mazzei’s experiences as a camgirl (or webcam model). However, Cam is not a documentary, it follows Alice Ackerman, a young camgirl who one day discovers that an exact replica of herself has taken over her show. This unique thriller flashing red with the threat of technology is an excellent feature to play.


Vampires vs. the Bronx (2020)

Vampires vs. the Bronx is a unique horror comedy in more ways than one. Set in New York’s borough of the Bronx, it follows young Miguel Martinez, a big-hearted kid who helps raise money for his struggling local bodega. But it’s not just the new designer clothing stores that are threatening to move in: the creepy pale neck biters are eating people and their property. A commentary on gentrification with goofy charm, twists, and thrills, Vampires vs. the Bronx is a fresh and entertaining twist on the genre.


This tense thriller set in the remote Scottish Highlands is far from an idyllic getaway. Get ready for a harrowing nightmare from which its protagonists are desperate to wake up. Vaughn and Marcus embark on a boys’ weekend hunting trip, but after a night of drinking, they find themselves faced with events they never could have planned. Caliber lives up to its name, delivering an elegant package of dark and gripping drama. Let the full force of it hit you.


The expertly crafted horror movie that quietly doubles as an STD allegory. You read that correctly: It Follows focuses its lens on a supernatural entity that lives on the fringes, constantly chasing its prey at a slow, zombie-like pace. Our heroine Jay (played by the modern Scream Queen Maika Monroe) is trapped in the center of this pool of anxiety, facing a terrifying stalker. A modern classic, with an original score inspired by John Carpenter.

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Before Black Widow, Cate Shortland made a name for herself directing great independent movies, including Berlin Syndrome. This psychological horror stars Teresa Palmer as Clare Havel, a young Australian girl who goes backpacking in Berlin, only to find a man holding her captive in her apartment. A game of cat and mouse ensues between captor and captive. While at times slower-paced in its confined environment, Berlin Syndrome surely delivers a gripping thriller.


A horror that strikes… close to home. Revealing its supernatural evils through a harrowing human story, His House follows Bol and Rial, a refugee couple from Sudan, as they struggle to adjust to their new life in an English town. Don’t expect direct fears: His House plays with the psychological specters of the past, adding yet more corridors of torment. A heartbreaking and powerful piece.

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Haven’t you seen what is considered the best horror movie of all time yet? The 1973 Exorcist stars Ellen Burstyn as Chris MacNeil, a well-to-do actress whose daughter becomes possessed by a demonic entity. Who are they going to call? A couple of Catholic priests to perform an exorcism. The Exorcist was so good that it became the first horror film to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture.

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After seeing this movie, you might have a new favorite director in Julia Ducournau. Raw follows Justine, a vegetarian freshman at vet school, who gives in to peer pressure, eats raw meat, and ends up with a rash all over her body. The film tackles questions of identity in a viscerally powerful and symbolic way, and is a must-watch from Netflix’s standalone bench.

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Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

What’s more fitting for a horror list than one of the best horror movies ever made? The 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street launched the franchise and the career of Johnny Depp. Depp debuted in the supernatural slasher about a girl who realizes she has to stay awake to prevent a killer from killing her friends in her dreams. Sequels, a remake, and more spawned from the chilling genre piece. See where it all began in this clever classic that still stands today.

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