From beloved classics to Netflix originals, from haunted houses to evil creatures, Netflix has something for every horror fan. Here’s a rundown of the ten best horror movies to stream on Netflix.
Two teenage girls abandoned at a boarding school during the winter break experience strange behavior in the moody, atmospheric The Blackcoat’s daughter. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star Kiernan Shipka shows her early flair for creepy characters as a potentially unhinged young woman, while Perkins builds a pervasive sense of fear in the snowy environment.
The evil death
Sam Raimi’s low-budget horror debut The evil death is still a marvel of independent filmmaking. Five students accidentally summon demons while on vacation in a remote cabin. In this film, Bruce Campbell’s charismatic performance as Ash Williams helped make him a genre star, and Raimi’s ingenuity with camera work and visual effects set him on the path to a long Hollywood career.
A few refugees from South Sudan are haunted by traumatic memories and an evil spirit from their homeland as they settle in government residences in London. His house blends traditional spooky spookiness with a meditation on trauma and displacement, putting an engaging (and disturbing) new spin on a familiar kind of story.
Before making the hit Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly ManorMike Flanagan directed the thrilling home invasion thriller Quiet, about a deaf woman (Kate Siegel) who fends off an unrelenting intruder. Flanagan ingeniously incorporates the protagonist’s deafness into the suspense, putting the audience in her shoes as she fights for her life.
A dinner goes very wrong at Karyn Kusama’s The invitation, which begins as a talkative drama about former friends and loved ones reconnecting before taking a dark turn. Has the host invited everyone over for dinner and a chat, or is there some more sinister motif associated with a strange cult’s doomsday prediction? The creepy movie teases those possibilities before erupting into intense confrontation and violence.
It comes at night
What exactly comes at night? Trey Edward Shults’s post-apocalyptic film It comes at night never quite answers that question, but there can be some of the dangers facing a family hiding from a deadly disease that has ravaged the world. When a mysterious stranger arrives to seek help for his own family, the two clans must determine which dangers come from without and which dangers come from within.
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
Just the title should be enough to get you watching Killer Klowns from Space, which of course is about killer clowns from outer space. Aliens that resemble clowns come to Earth and use circus-themed death tools (cotton candy cocoons, popcorn guns, etc.) to kill and consume the people of a small town. This bizarre horror comedy has become a cult classic (or cult classic) since its release in 1988.
The Labyrinth of Pan
The haunting, beautiful fable of Guillermo del Toro The Labyrinth of Pan is set in World War II Spain, where a young girl discovers a mysterious labyrinth populated by fantastic creatures. Del Toro entwines the fairytale world with the real world of rising fascism in Spain, as the mystical creatures help the protagonist fight back against her sadistic military commander, stepfather.
Kiersey Clemons is the only person on screen for most Lover‘s run as the seemingly lonely survivor of a shipwreck stranded on a desert island. Or is the island actually deserted? Director JD Dillard uses the menacing threat of a monster from the deep to tell a story about a woman who finds her reserves of inner strength and takes back her power.
Displaying an entire story only through the images on a computer screen might sound like a ridiculous gimmick, but the clever, intricately designed horror movie Without friends succeeds with its simple yet effective story about a group of teenagers who are targeted for revenge from beyond the grave. The film perfectly captures the online lives of its characters while delivering a satisfying and scary ghost story.