From beloved classics to Netflix Originals, from haunted houses to evil creatures, Netflix has something for every type of horror fan. Here’s a look at the best scary movies streaming on Netflix.
Update, 6/23/23: We’ve gone through our guide and we’re still sure that there are the best horror movies on Netflix.
Alfred Hitchcock made terrifying inactive and seemingly innocuous winged creatures with his horror classic. The birds. The sudden and inexplicable way in which the birds begin to attack humans is what makes the film so terrifying, as the inhabitants of the sleepy seaside town of Bodega Bay are forced to flee for their lives from the animals. that pounce and peck.
Hitchcock connects the revolt of nature with the psychological turmoil of socialite Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) as she pursues handsome lawyer Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor). With no musical score, it’s a hair-raising dive into an external and internal nightmare.
Guillermo del Toro delivers a masterful take on vintage gothic horror with crimson peak. Del Toro channels the horror productions of the Brontë and Hammer sisters in equal measure with this ghostly romance set in the late 19th century. Mia Wasikowska plays a young heiress in love with an English baronet (Tom Hiddleston). He marries her and takes her to her dilapidated mansion, which is full of dangerous secrets, most of it held by her cruel sister (Jessica Chastain).
A pair of South Sudanese refugees are haunted by traumatic memories and an evil spirit from their homeland when they take up residence in government housing in London. His house blends the traditional haunted house spook with a meditation on trauma and displacement, putting an engaging (and haunting) new spin on a type of family story.
I’m the pretty thing that lives in the house
Beginning with its haunting title, writer-director Oz Perkins I’m the pretty thing that lives in the house creates a sustained mood of discomfort. Ruth Wilson stars as a live-in nurse caring for an elderly writer in a house that may be the site of the tragic real events depicted in the author’s most famous novel.
Both the nurse and the ghost of a woman who died in the house wander the mostly empty rooms, their fates intertwined as Perkins plunges the audience into an atmosphere of languid dread.
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One of the scariest things in horror movies is unrelenting, inexplicable danger, and that’s what the characters face in David Robert Mitchell’s film. Go on. Youngsters transmit a curse through sexual contact, and whoever the current recipient is is stalked by a slow, silent presence that takes the form of strangers or sometimes familiar faces. Mitchell creates an eerie and out-of-place atmosphere, with the constant specter of death hanging over his leads.
The found-footage horror subgenre had already gotten a bit stale by the time Paranormal activity was released, but filmmaker Oren Peli reinvigorated the format with his innovative take on the haunted house movie.
Peli’s film is as much about the breakup of a relationship as it is about the possible infestation of demons in the new house that leads Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat) move into. Using only the basic video camera that Micah carries with him at all times, Peli creates an immersive and terrifying experience that puts the audience alongside the tormented main characters.
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Allison Williams and Logan Browning star as dueling cellists in Richard Shepard’s twisted and over-the-top psychological horror film. 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 to expectations through multiple plot twists, keeping the audience guessing at the characters’ true relationships, even as they torment each other mercilessly.
by john carpenter The thing it’s a sci-fi horror masterpiece, which means any sequel or remake will be judged harshly by comparison. The 2011 version of The thing it’s part remake, part prequel, and while it lives in the shadow of Carpenter’s version, it’s remarkably successful on its own, finding different ways to explore the same premise.
Once again, it’s set on a remote Antarctic base, where an unearthed ancient murderous alien wreaks havoc. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is excellent as the steel scientist who makes a survival plan, bringing a welcome new angle to a familiar story.
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under the shadow
Set in the Iranian capital of Tehran during the 1980s, Babak Anvari’s film under the shadow combines the terror of living in a war zone with the terror of a supernatural threat. Navari creates a harrowing war drama that is also a hair-raising horror film based on Middle Eastern folklore.
While her doctor husband is away serving in the army, Shideh (Narges Rashidi) stays in town with her little daughter. They endure missile attacks, as well as the possible presence of a djinn, an evil spirit that attaches itself to people through personal items.
Acting out an entire story solely through the images on a computer screen may sound like a ridiculous gimmick, but the clever and intricately crafted horror film Hostile it achieves this with its basic but effective story about a group of teenagers seeking revenge from beyond the grave. The film perfectly captures the online lives of its characters while also delivering a satisfying and terrifying ghost story.