The 25 Best Horror Movies on Netflix

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If you’re after a quick adrenaline rush, from the comfort of your own home, then watching any one of these horror movies on Netflix will do the trick!

We’ve included everything from supernatural horror to hardcore-slasher and even some early classics!

So, without further ado, grab yourself some popcorn, turn the lights off and enjoy any one of the best horror movies on Netflix right now!

Here’s a list of the 25 best horror movies on Netflix right now…


The 25 Best Horror Movies on Netflix

The list of horror movies and figures mentioned below have been compiled from various sources around the web, such as Rotten Tomatoes & Paste Magazine.

These are the 25 best horror movies on Netflix:


25. The Last Exorcism (2010)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - The Last Exorcism (2010)

The first horror movie to kick start our list is The Last Exorcism.

Directed by Daniel Stam and released in 2010, The Last Exorcism is an American supernatural horror movie staring Partick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr and Louis Herthum.

It’s about a slightly odd evangelical minister, who agrees to participate in a documentary that captures his last exorcism and exposes the fraudulent activites in his ministry.

The film was a major box office success, grossing over $67 million, and has a current Rotten Tomato rating of 72%.


24. May The Devil Take You (2018)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - May The Devil Take You (2018)

Released in 2018, May The Devil Take You is an Indonesian horror film, written and directed by Timo Tjahjanto.

The film follows a young girl, Alfie, who’s trying to figure out her father’s illness.

This leads her to visit his old house where she ends up stumbling on a lot more than she bargained for.

The film was officially released by Netflix on 9 August 2018 and the sequel, Chapter 2, was released later the following year.

Rotten Tomatoes gives it a current rating of 83%.


23. The Sixth Sense (1999)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - The Sixth Sense (1999)

The next best horror movie on Netflix is The Sixth Sense.

The Sixth Sense is a supernatural horror-thriller that follows a young boy who’s able to see and talk to the dead.

It was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and released in 1999.

The film was well-received by critics upon release and became the second-highest-grossing film of 1999, accumulating somewhere in the region of $293 million in the US and around $379 million from around the globe.

The Sixth Sense was nominated for six Academy Awards and has a current Rotten Tomato rating of 86%.


22. Apostle (2018)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - Apostle (2018)

Written and directed by Gareth Evans, Apostle is a 2018 horror period film starring Dan Stevens, Lucy Boynton, Mark Lewis and Bill Meaner.

After finding out his sister is being held for ransom by a religious cult, Thomas Richardson travels to the island where his sister’s being held and prepares himself to get her back, whatever the cost the maybe. Whilst on the island, he uncovers an evil secret more sinister than he can imagine.

Apostle premiered at Fantastic Fest in September 2018 and began streaming on Netflix shortly after in October.

Critics gave the film a lot of praise, especially for its cinematography, visuals, performances and blend of horror genres.


21. Ravenous (2018)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - Ravenous (2018)

Coming in at number twenty-one on our list of the best horror movies on Netflix is, Ravenous.

French language Canadian horror film, Ravenous, was written and directed by Robin Aubert and stars Marc André Grondin, Monia Chokri, Brigitte Poupart, Luc Proulx, Charlotte St-Martin and Micheline Lanctot.

The plot follows a small town in Quebec, Canada, as they try to deal with a virus outbreak which leads to a horrific zombie attack.

Ravenous was well received by critics and won the Toronto International Film Festival Award for Best Canadian Film.

It was also nominated for several other awards, like Best Motion Picture.


20. Cargo (2017)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - Cargo (2017)

The twentieth best horror movie on Netflix right now is Cargo.

Cargo is a 2017 Australian horror drama, directed by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke.

It stars, Simone Landers, Anthony Hayes, Martin Freeman, Susie Porter and Caren Pistorius.

The film follows a family as they try to stay alive on a houseboat, as their country is overrun by a strange virus that’s turned everyone into Zombies.

Cargo premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival on 6 October 2017 and was released in Australian cinemas in May 2018.

It received mainly positive reviews from critics and holds a firm rating of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes.


19. Candyman (1992)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - Candyman (1992)

Candyman is a classic 1992 American horror film that’s based on the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker.

It follows a graduate student in Chicago as she’s writing her thesis on Urban legends, and in doing so, she comes across the legend of the Candyman.

The film stars Virginia Madsen, Kasi Lemmons, Vanessa Williams, Tony Todd and Xander Berkely.

After its release, it went onto gross over $25 million and was followed up with two sequels, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995) and Candyman: Day of the Dead (1999).

Candyman is regarded by many film critics as a contemporary classic of horror cinema.


18. Emelie (2016)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - Emelie (2016)

The next best horror film on Netflix is Emelie, which was directed by Michael Thelin and written by Richard Raymond Harry Herbeck.

It stars, Sarah Bolger, Joshua Rush, Carly Adams, Thomas Bair, Susan Poufar and Chris Beetem.

The film is about a young boy who tries to protect his two siblings from his psychotic babysitter.

It was released in 2016 by Dark Skies and has an overall rating on Rotten Tomatoes of 88%, based on 33 reviews to date.


17. Hush (2016)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - Hush (2016)

Hush is an American slasher film, released in 2016, directed and edited by Mike Flanagan.

It stars Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr., Micheal Trucco, Samatha Sloyan and Emilia Graves.

Hush follows the story of a deaf writer who escapes city life to find solitude in the woods. However, she quickly finds herself fighting for her life when a masked killer appears at her window.

The film premiered at South by Southwest on March 12, 2016, and was later released by Netflix on April 8, 2016.

Hush has received positive reviews and compliments from numerous authors, and currently has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 92%, based on 24 reviews.


16. It Comes at Night (2017)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - It Comes at Night (2017)

“It Comes at Night”, follows two families that are forced to share a home after the world is overrun by a mysterious apocalypse.

They soon discover that the danger isn’t just on the outside, but also lies within.

The film was written and directed by Trey Edward Shults and stars, Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Riley Keough.

It premiered at the Overlook Film Festival at Timberline Lodge in Oregon on April 29, 2017.

It was well regarded by critics and managed to gross over $19 million worldwide.


15. Geralds Game (2017)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - Geralds Game (2017)

Geralds Game is a 2017 psychological American horror thriller film, based on Stephen King‘s 1992 novel of the same name.

Mike Flanagan directed and edited the film and the screenplay was written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard.

The film stars Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood, who play a married couple that goes on holiday to an isolated house.

Things turn south when the husband dies of a sudden heart attack and his wife is left handcuffed to the bed trying to find a way to survive.

The film premiered at BFI Southbank on September 19, 2017, and was released by Netflix that same month.

It received positive reviews from critics and has a current Rotten Tomatoes rating of 91%.


14. The Invitation (2015)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - The Invitation (2015)

The next best horror movie on Netflix is The Invitation.

The film follows a man who receives an invitation from his ex-wife to attend a dinner party, when he gets there he relives the trauma of his child’s death and starts to see his ex-wife in a new light, believing that she might have an ulterior motive.

Written by Phill Hay and Matt Manfredi and Directed by Karyn Kusama, this American horror-thriller stars Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman and Emayatzy Corninealdi.

It premiered at SXSW in 2015 and ran a limited release in April 2016 by Drafthouse Films.


13. Carrie (1976)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - Carrie (1976)

Carrie is a 1976 supernatural horror film, directed by Brian De Palma which was taken from a screenplay by Lawerence D. Cohen and adapted from Stephen King’s 1974 novel of the same name.

The film stars Carrie White and Sissy Spacek and follows Carrie throughout high school as she suffers from bullying and abuse from her classmates.

She then discovers that she might have supernatural abilities and things quickly take a dark and violent turn.

The film was a critical and commercial success, managing to gross over $33.8 million.

It has a current Rotten Tomato rating of 92%.


12. Creep (2014)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - Creep

Creep is a 2014 American psychological horror film directed by Patrick Brice and is based on a story written by Brice and Mark Duplass.

The film follows a videographer, Aaron, who answers an online ad for a job, however when he arrives at the house it becomes clear that this is not what he signed up for, and he might be in grave danger.

The film premiered on March 8 2014, at South By Southwest and was later released on video by demand on June 23, 2015.

Creep did well with critics upon release and now has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


11. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

Next up, we have “The Autopsy of Jane Doe”, released in 2016 and directed by André Øvredal.

The film stars and follows Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox as they examine the body of an unidentified woman and begin to experience supernatural phenomena whilst performing their autopsy.

It premiered on September 9, 2016, at the Toronto Film Festival and successfully grossed over $6 million at the box office.

Rotten Tomatoes currently gives it an 86% rating.


10. The Conjuring (2013)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - The Conjuring (2013)

Coming in at number ten on our list of the best horror movies on Netflix is The Conjuring.

The American supernatural horror film was written by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes and directed by James Wan.

Paranormal investigators, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, are called to a house where a supernatural presence has made itself known.

They’re tasked with ridding the house of the evil presence, but this proves more difficult than they thought; as they discover the house has an evil past.

The film was praised by critics for its screenplay, direction, atmosphere and musical score, and went on to gross over $319 million worldwide.

Its current rating on Rotten Tomatoes is 85%.


9. Insidious (2010)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - Insidious (2010)

Insidious is an American-Canadian supernatural horror film written by Leigh Whannel and directed by James Whan.

The cast includes Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey, and it’s the first instalment in the Insidious franchise.

The film follows the parents of a young boy, who bizarrely enters into a comatose state and begins to become possessed by entities from an astral dimension.

It was released in theatres on April 1, 2011, and was the first release from FilmDistrict.

Insidious grossed over $13 million at the box office upon release and has since gone on to gross $97 million worldwide.


8. Green Room (2015)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - Green Room (2015)

The 2015 American horror-thriller film, Green Room, was written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier and produced by Neil Kopp, Victor Moyers and Anish Savjani.

The film is about a punk band that find themselves witnessing a murder at a remote nightclub in the pacific northwest, and subsequently find themselves being attacked by neo-nazi skinheads.

The cast includes Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots and Patrick Stewart.

It was well-received by critics and is widely regarded by many as one of the best films of 2016, going onto receive an Empire Award nomination for Best Horror in 2017.

However, on a $5 million budget, it only managed to bring in $3.8 million at the box office.

It has a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of writing.


7.  The Golem (2019)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - The Golem (2019)

The next best horror movie on Netflix is the 2018 Israeli supernatural horror film, The Golem.

The film was written by Ariel Cohen and directed by Doron and Yoav Paz. It stars Hani Furstenberg, Ishai Golen, Brynie Furstenburg, and Konstantin Anikienko.

It’s based around the Jewish legend of the same name and follows a woman as she tries to save her community from a deadly plaque and foreign invaders.

So, she decided to conjure a supernatural entity that turns out to be eviler than she anticipated.

Critics praised the film for its cinematography, atmosphere and performance, and it was nominated for several industry awards.


6. Train to Busan (2016)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - Train to Busan (2016)

Zombie apocalypse action thriller, “Train to Busan” was directed by Yeon Sang-ho and stars Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi and Ma Dong-Seok.

The film is set, the majority of the time, on a train to Busan during a zombie apocalypse, which threatens the safety of the passengers as they become trapped with nowhere to go.

The film premiered at the 2016 Cannes film festival on 13 May and set a new Korean record for the best Korean film of 2016 to break the audience record of over 10 million theatregoers.

It became the highest-grossing Korean film in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore, and grossed over $93 million worldwide.


5. The Perfection (2019)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - The Perfection (2019)

The Perfection is an American physiological thriller, directed by Richard Shepard.

The cast includes Allison Williams, Logan Browning and Steven Weber.

The film is about a troubled musical prodigy who runs into the new star pupil of her former school, not by a coincidence; which then leads to a sinister sequence of events that have tragic consequences.

It made its world premiere at Fantastic Fest on September 20, 2018, and was available to watch on Netflix on May 24, 2019.

The Perfection has a current rating on Rotten Tomatoes of 73% based on 88 reviews.


4. Under The Shadow (2016)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - Under The Shadow (2016)

Under the shadow is a Persian language supernatural horror film written and directed by Babak Anvari.

The film follows a mother and daughter that are continually haunted by a mysterious evil in Tehran during the 1980s, alongside the War of the Cities.

The films cast includes Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Ray Haratian and Arash Marandi.

Produced by Wigwam Films, a British film company; Under The Shadow made its film debut at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was then acquired by Netflix.

Based on 87 reviews, Under the Shadow has a current rating on Rotten Tomatoes of 99%.


3. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - Rosemary's Baby (1968)

This 1968 American psychological horror film is based on the novel of the same name by Ira Levin.

The films cast includes Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans, Ralph Bellamy, Angela Dorian, Clay Tanner and Charles Grodin.

The film is about a pregnant woman who thinks that an evil cult wants to kidnap her child to use in their rituals and realises that her child might not be of this world.

Rosemary’s baby won numerous awards and was highly praised by film critics.

It went on to be selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, by the Library of Congress; as it was deemed culturally, historically and aesthetically significant.


2. The Witch (2015)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - The Witch (2015)

The second-best horror movie on Netflix right now to watch is “The Witch”.

It’s a supernatural period horror film written and directed by Robert Eggers.

The cast includes Anya-Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger and Lucas Dawson.

The film follows an English family who comes into contact with forces of evil in the woods surrounding their home.

When their youngest son suddenly vanishes, things begin to escalate and the family suspect that the oldest daughter is practising witchcraft.

It premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2015, and was a massive box office success; grossing over $40 million on a $4 million budget.


1. Creep 2 (2017)

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - Creep 2 (2017)

The best horror movie on Netflix right now is Creep 2.

The American Physiological horror movie was directed by Patrick Brice and written by Brice and Mark Duplass.

Its cast includes Mark Duplass, Desiree Akhavan and Karen Soni.

It’s the sequel to the 2014 film Creep, number twelve on the list, and follows the journey of a videographer who’s on the lookout for her next shocking story.

She realises that she’s made a terrible mistake this time when she goes to a cabin and meets a serial killer; which is not what she was expecting at all.

The film premiered at Sitges Film Festival on October 6, 2017, and a further sequel has been confirmed, titled Creep 3.

Rotten Tomatoes currently rates Creep 2 at 100% from 23 reviews.



We hope you enjoyed our list of the 25 best horror movies on Netflix.

We love a good horror movie, however, until we put this list together, we hadn’t watched any good ones in a long time.

But now we’d recommend number 2, 6 and 10! They’re exciting and terrifying at the same time!

Here’s a quick recap of the 25 best horror movies on Netflix:

  1. Creep 2 (2017)
  2. The Witch (2015)
  3. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  4. Under The Shadow (2016)
  5. The Perfection (2019)
  6. Train to Busan (2016)
  7. The Golem (2019)
  8. Green Room (2015)
  9. Insidious (2010)
  10. The Conjuring (2013)
  11. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
  12. Creep (2014)
  13. Carrie (1976)
  14. The Invitation (2015)
  15. Geralds Game (2017)
  16. It Comes at Night (2017)
  17. Hush (2016)
  18. Emelie (2016)
  19. Candyman (1992)
  20. Cargo (2018)
  21. Ravenous (2018)
  22. Apostle (2018)
  23. The Sixth Sense (1999)
  24. May The Devil Take You (2018)
  25. The Last Exorcism (2010)

What’s your favourite horror movie on Netflix? Leave a comment below.

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