The best horror movies on Netflix

Netflix has such a great selection of horror movies that this introduction would be a list of titles that didn’t make the main recommendations. Try The Rental (2020), directed by Dave Franco and starring Alison Brie, the horror comedy Black Flight (2021), psychological thriller Coming Home in the Dark (2021), Mike Flanagan’s Hush (2016), The Fear Street Trilogy (2021), The Wind Supernatural Western (2018), Spanish Supernatural Horror Veronica (2017) and South Korean Zombie Horror #Alive (2020).

Scroll down for the best horror movies (with 70 or higher Metacritic Score) currently on Netflix. Note that some of them are incredibly dark and should be handled with extreme caution.

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This adult black comedy has surprisingly pops of voice. It spontaneously follows Mara (Katherine Langford) and Dylan (Charlie Plummer), two teenagers who fall in love amid a terrifying ordeal: their classmates automatically begin to explode, one by one, at any shocking moment. Inexplicable events force teens to put their fears about the future aside and focus on living and enjoying the moment. The high concept is handled logically and the romance never becomes cheesy. A clever, sharp and often funny ride.

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Warning: Nightingale depicts extreme graphic scenes of violence and rape. With that in mind, follow this horrific story and you’ll see an important piece of history that is rarely told on screen. The Nightingale follows a convicted young woman seeking revenge in the Australian bush in 1825. The second film by Jennifer Kent, who directed The Great Babadook, is a force to be reckoned with.

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If you’re looking for additional proof that the Duplass brothers are indeed evil, here’s an easy sell. Patrick Price (also director and co-writer) plays a videographer who answers a Craigslist ad for Joseph (Mark Duplass), who wants to make a movie of his supposed unborn child. I usually enjoy horror movies that rely on shows to get you excited, because they are very challenging. And I have to give it to Mark Duplass. It is, in fact, very scary.


Before the impeccable series The Haunting of Hill House, Mike Flanagan gave us this clever adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Gerald’s Game. Carla Gugino is gorgeous as Jesse, the woman who goes on vacation with her husband to a secluded lake house in Alabama. When Jesse ends up handcuffed to the bed with no one to help her escape, it becomes a matter of survival and escape. Another chapter of Flanagan’s melancholy horror that turns into a quiet triumph for his haunted characters.


Two films called The Call came out in 2020. Watch the South Korean movie, a time-travel thriller about, yes, a phone call. 28-year-old Seo-yeon finds a phone buried in a closet in her childhood home. It rings – and it turns out that the caller lives in the same house 20 years Previously. The ups and downs until the last minute, plus the unbridled cat-and-mouse chase that alters the past and the present make this one worth watching.

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Like some of the other titles on this list, this fascinating psychological horror subtly doubles as an allegory for broader social themes, such as persecution. Set in Tehran in the 1980s, during a series of air raids known as the Urban War, the film follows the story of a mother and daughter who are haunted by a mysterious evil in their home. With echoes of The Babadook as well as its own new ideas, Under The Shadow is an excellent horror entry.

One of Stephen King’s most successful adaptations, this horror drama inspired by the 1922 novel is slow-burning with a magical performance at its core. Thomas Jane, who you’ll also know from 2004’s Boogie Nights and The Punisher, delivers one of his best career shows as Wilfred James, a farmer who makes the perfectly wise decision to kill his wife with the help of their teenage son. The consequences are horrific on multiple levels (if you don’t like mice, you won’t really like them then).


This clever psychological horror derives in part from co-writer Issa Mazzi’s experiences as a cam girl (or webcam model). Cam is not a documentary, however, after Alice Ackerman, a young cam girl who one day discovers a replica of herself and has taken over her show. This one-of-a-kind movie that glows red with the threat of technology is an excellent start-up.


Vampires vs Bronx (2020)

Vampires vs. The Bronx is a unique horror comedy in more ways than one. Set in the Bronx, New York, the film follows young Miguel Martinez, a big-hearted kid who helps raise money for a struggling local bodega. But it’s not just new clothing stores threatening to relocate: Creeping pale arcs are devouring people and their possessions. Improvement commentary with goofy magic, twists and excitement, Vampires vs. the Bronx is a new and entertaining spin on the genre.


This thriller set in the remote Scottish Highlands is far from the ideal escape. Get ready for a nerve-wracking nightmare that the heroes are desperate to wake up from. Vaughn and Marcus set out on a weekend fishing trip for the boys, but after a night of drinking, they find themselves faced with events they never could have planned. Caliber lives up to its name, and delivers a great package of grim drama. Let the full power of this person overwhelm you.


This expertly crafted horror movie quietly doubles as an allegory of sexually transmitted diseases. You read this correctly: it tracks training its lens on a supernatural entity that lives in the ocean, constantly chasing its prey at a slow, zombie-like pace. Our heroine Jay (played by modern scream queen Mika Munroe) is trapped in the middle of this gathering of anxiety, up against a terrifying stalker. A modern classic, with an original recording inspired by John Carpenter.

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Berlin Syndrome (2017)

Prior to Black Widow, Kate Shortland made her name for directing excellent independent films, including The Berlin Syndrome. This psychological horror star Teresa Palmer stars as Claire Havel, a young Australian backpacker in Berlin, to meet a man who is holding her captive in his apartment. The game of cat and mouse begins between the captor and the captive. While it does at a slower pace at times in its confined surroundings, The Berlin Syndrome certainly makes for a thriller.

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After watching this movie, you might have a new favorite female director in Julia Ducournau. Raw follows Justin, a vegan in her first year of veterinary school, who is affected by peer pressure, who eats raw meat and ends up with rashes all over her body. Addressing questions of identity in a powerful and deeply symbolic way, the film is a must-watch from the independent Netflix platform.


Horror strikes… near the house. His home reveals his supernatural evils through a harrowing human story, and follows Paul and Real, a refugee couple from Sudan, as they struggle to adjust to their new life in an English town. Do not expect fears of a direct jump – his house plays a role in the psychological ghost of the past, adding more corridors of doom. A powerful and heart-warming piece.

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What is widely considered the best horror movie ever made? 1973’s The Exorcist starring Elaine Burstyn as Chris McNeil, a wealthy actress whose daughter has become possessed by a demonic entity. Who will they call? Two Catholic priests to perform an exorcism. The Exorcist was so good that it became the first horror film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.


From Netflix’s impressive lineup of international films comes the Spanish horror and sci-fi thriller The Platform. Its highly conceptual story centers around a tower that serves people at each of its many levels via a platform. Those on top get the best and most abundant spread, which gets swallowed up when the platform lowers levels. Social commentary rings throughout this dystopian thriller, which takes a shocking and sometimes gruesome turn to the bottom.

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