If you're a year-round horror fiend, then Netflix is here to serve up the scares. In addition to must-see nightmares like The Girl with All the Gifts, Candyman, The Ring, Event Horizon, and The Evil Dead, and Wicker Man, Netflix also offers exclusive screams like survival horror Rattlesnake, the British horror sci-fi hybrid Await Further Instructions, or the new mind-bending psychological drama Horse Girl starring Alison Brie. You can also get your screams from chilling flicks like Sinister Circle, Medium, Rampant, May the Devil Take You, and more. Then, of course, there are the revivals of classic horror movies, from Friday the 13th to Nightmare on Elm Street and The Amityville Horror.
Don't be afraid to settle in for a night of fright with these creepy flicks. Dim the lights, lock the doors, and start streaming some of the best horror movies on Netflix now.
Updated April 2020
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
In this 2017 psychological thriller, talented cardiothoracic surgeon Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) befriends a teenage boy named Martin (Barry Keoghan). But soon after their strange relationship begins, Steven’s wife (Nicole Kidman), daughter (Raffey Cassidy), and son (Sunny Suljic) begin to fall terribly and inexplicably ill. As the threat against the family grows, Steven is left with a terrible choice to make. Then the tensions of the troubled family turn inward.
The Girl With All the Gifts
In this film based on of the , a not-so-distant future brings a fungal disease that ravages mankind. Those infected turn into fast-moving, brainless flesh-eaters called “hungries.” However, there may be some hope for the future of humanity, as a second generation of zombies emerges. These evolved flesh-eaters think and learn. Teacher Helen Justineau (Gemma Arterton) teams up with Dr. Caroline Caldwell (Glenn Close) to educate and study these intelligent yet deadly children. In the wake of an attack, a special “hungry” girl named Melanie (Sennia Nanua) bonds with them.
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
This campy 1988 sci-fi horror flick takes a very different approach to evil space clowns than Stephen King and his monstrous It. The movie follows a group of aliens resembling circus clowns that descends from space to terrorize the town of Crescent Cove. A young couple, Mike (Grant Cramer) and Debbie (Suzanne Snyder), discover their tent-like spaceship full of victims encased in cotton candy cocoons. Can the couple defeat these colorful aliens and their clownish tricks, or will they be the next meal?
This Spanish science fiction thriller takes place in a towering prison with hundreds of floors. The building has one cell per level, which contains two prisoners. Each day, a platform containing food moves through the cells, starting at the top and pausing for only a couple of minutes on each floor. The food is never replenished on its downward journey, leaving those on the lower levels to scrounge through scraps or starve.
In these harsh and inhumane conditions, what measures will the prisoners take in order to survive?
Shutter is a Thai supernatural horror movie that centers on photographer Tun (Ananda Everingham) and his girlfriend Jane (Natthaweeranuch Thongmee). After Tun and Jane are impacted by a tragic event, they start to see mysterious shadows in the photographs Tun takes. Jane believes that the ghost of a young woman is haunting them. As the horrors start to spread to their friends, it gets harder for Tun to deny Jane's eerie theory. But their connection to this mysterious specter may be deeper than previously thought.
This Spanish horror movie is a highly atmospheric story of mental illness, abuse, and toxicity. The plot is centered on two friends, a boy named Abraham (Iván Pellicer) and a girl named Álex (Clare Durant). Tensions rise as Abraham starts to date Anchi (Chacha Huang). Disorienting nightmarish imagery descends upon the friends, as the real horrors of suicide and self-harm close in around them.
This witchy 90s horror movie follows Sarah Bailey (Robin Tunney), the new girl at a Los Angeles Catholic school. The troubled teen falls in with the wrong crowd when she befriends Nancy (Fairuza Balk), Bonnie (Neve Campbell), and Rochelle (Rachel True)—three aspiring witches. Sarah’s natural powers draw in the girls, and they set out on a spree of petty tricks and vicious curses. But magic always has a price.
The 2000 horror movie, which launched the gory Final Destination franchise, is now available for streaming—as are the next three movies in the series. In the first movie, Alex Browning (Devon Sawa) and his friends are about to board a plane to Paris when Alex has a premonition that the plane will explode. Though Alex and his friends board the plane to find their seats, Alex soon begins to panic; the high schooler along with some of his friends are kicked off the flight. Sure enough, soon after taking off, the plane explodes, killing all those on board. Alex and his companions—Clear (Ali Larter), Carter (Kerr Smith), Billy (Seann William Scott), Valerie (Kristen Cloke), Terry (Amanda Detmer), and Tod (Chad Donella)—have escaped death. Yet they're about to learn that death does not give up so easily.
This political action-horror film takes place during the War of 1812. A young Indiginous woman named Oak (Kaniehtiio Horn) argues that her tribe, which has taken a neutral stance in the war, should join the fight as their people are falling at the hands of the new “Americans.” She sets out for revenge with her two lovers, a Mohawk warrior named Calvin (Justin Rain) and a British soldier named Joshua (Eamon Farren). What follows is a bloody and bitter back and forth, full of brutality and senseless death.
Holidays is a 2016 anthology flick full of eight subversive short films centered on—you guessed it—the holidays. The film includes terrifying celebrations of Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. From a lovesick teenager obsessed with her coach to the Kevin Smith-directed short following the disturbing events surrounding an internet sex service, this film is unsettling, gruesome, and chock full of surprises
While it’s not technically a movie, this new Netflix show/anthology series from Norway promises a dark horror romp. The series follows a group of people as they board a spectral bus on its way to a gruesome and mysterious location, with each installment delivering a unique and horrifying tale.
This 1973 British horror film is inspired by the David Pinner novel . Police Sergeant Neil Howie (Edward Woodward) receives an anonymous letter about a missing girl named Rowan Morrison. Upon traveling to the remote island of Summerisle to find her, the devout Christian finds himself appalled by the pagan practices of the island's inhabitants. Doubly unsettling? The locals insist that Rowan never existed.
All those in search of a psychological drama that blends dark humor and a thriller's pacing with a heartfelt exploration of mental health should definitely check out Horse Girl. The movie follows Sarah (Alison Brie), a quiet woman who loves crafts, horses, and supernatural crime shows. Sarah experiences vivid and bizarre dreams—visions that have begun to bleed into her waking world. As the lines of reality blur, she struggles to remain in control. Horse Girl is the latest from Jeff Baena, the filmmaker behind zombie-horror comedy Life After Beth. Horse Girl also blends genres to excellent effect. While not an outright horror movie, it will definitely appeal to fans of dark, mind-bending dramas.
Based on the 2015 short film of the same name, this supernatural horror flick follows shy high school student Bird Fitcher (Kathryn Prescott). After Bird is gifted a vintage polaroid camera from a friend who found it at a garage sale, she slowly discovers that the camera carries a dark and nefarious secret. Anyone who has their picture taken by the camera will soon end up dead.
Deeply troubled by the growing spread of the coronavirus? Assuage your fears of viral annihilation—or inflame them, depending on how you roll—with this blockbuster medical doomsday thriller from 1995. Based on Richard Preston's nonfiction book The Hot Zone, which tracks the Ebola epidemic, Outbreak focuses on a deadly spread of an Ebola-like virus from Zaire to a small town in the United States.
Girl on the Third Floor
This movie, highly praised for its gruesome practical effects, follows lawyer Don Koch (CM Punk) as he moves into a dilapidated house in the Chicago suburbs with his pregnant wife, Liz (Trieste Kelly). As Don attempts to renovate the home, strange and horrifying events meet him at every turn—the result of a curse laid upon the house in the past. As a deformed and mutilated presence stalks Don, he finds that his actions have dire consequences.
Joel Edgerton serves as director, co-producer, and one of the main stars of this psychological thriller. Married couple Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn Callem (Rebecca Hall) move to Los Angeles after Simon gets a promising new job offer, They soon run into one of Simon's old high school classmates, Gordon “Gordo” Moseley (Edgerton). As Gordo inserts himself into their lives, Simon’s nerves start to fray and dark secrets from the past come to light.
This ominous science fiction thriller centers on the young Chloe Lewis (Lexy Kolker). Locked away in an abandoned house by her paranoid and overprotective father (Emile Hirsch), Chloe dreams of seeing the outside world despite its rumored dangers. Then the mysterious Mr. Snowcone (Bruce Dern) lures her out of her confinement and propels her into an adventure she never could have imagined. And the real dangers of the world certainly come as a shock.
The Thai horror film Inhuman Kiss, or Sang Krasue, focuses on a teenage girl, Sai (Phantira Pipityakorn), who has inherited the curse of “Krasue.” During the day she lives a normal life, but come nighttime, her head detaches from her body and embarks on a bloody hunt. Caught between the affections of two boys, Sai must also survive the village hunt for the beast inside her, even as she navigates the complications of adolescence.
For some family-friendly horror, check out Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. After a nervous groom, Victor (Johnny Depp) accidentally delivers his wedding vows to a deceased bride, Emily (Helena Bonham Carter), he finds himself in a marriage with the corpse. Emily drags Victor to the underworld, and Victor is determined to find his way back to his true and living love, Victoria (Emily Watson). However, as Victor struggles to reunite with his love, there may be a nefarious threat to his happiness in the land of the living, too.
Ghost Stories is an Indian anthology horror movie, comprised of four different segments. The film stars Mrunal Thakur, Avinash Tiwary, Janhvi Kapoor, Raghuvir Yadav, Sobhita Dhulipala, Vijay Varma and Pavail Gulati.
The first story follows a young nurse who is sent to care for a bed-ridden old lady, but is unable to find the son the woman insists is in the next room. The second story centers on obsession and paranoia, focusing on a pregnant woman who looks after the son of her deceased sister. In the third story, a man arrives in a town that appears to be empty except for two children, only to be told that the father of one of the children ate everyone in town. Lastly, a woman enters into an arranged marriage with a man who claims to be visited by his dead grandmother each night.
Combining all the tension of a disaster flick with the ghoulish thrills of horror, Chernobyl Diaries follows six tourists (portrayed by Jesse McCartney, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Devin Kelley, Jonathan Sadowski, Nathan Phillips, and Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) as they visit the abandoned city of Pripyat under the watch of an extreme tour guide, Yuri (Dimitri Diatchenko). The group explores the forbidden site of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. But before long, they realize they’re in grave danger, because they’re not the only ones there.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
This chilling 2010 remake of the beloved horror classic stars Jackie Earle Haley as the razor-fingered terror, Freddy Krueger. The disfigured specter haunts teenagers Nancy (Rooney Mara), Quentin (Kyle Gallner), Kris (Katie Cassidy), Jesse (Thomas Dekker), and Dean (Kellan Lutz) in their dreams, seeking bloody revenge for their parents’ brutal actions. The harder the kids fight to stay awake, the deeper they fall into dangerous and deadly nightmares—and if they die in their dreams, then they die in real life.
Before I Wake
Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane)—a couple still grieving from the loss of their own son—agree to take in a foster child, Cody (Jacob Tremblay). However, as they care for the gentle young boy, they find that he has the terrifying ability to bring his dreams and nightmares into reality. Desperate to protect their new family, Jessie and Mark search to find the source of Cody’s strange and uncontrollable powers.
This 2009 horror film is set in a world devastated by a lethal global virus. Brothers Brian (Chris Pine) and Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci), Brian’s girlfriend Bobby (Piper Perabo), and their friend Kate (Emily VanCamp) journey to what they hope will be their sanctuary: the secluded beach getaway of their childhood. When the group gets stranded, they team up with Frank (Christopher Meloni) and his daughter Jodie (Kiernan Shipka). But as conditions grow worse and worse, moral dilemmas cause the survivors to start turning against one another.
The Green Inferno
The master of the disturbed, Eli Roth, serves as the director and co-writer of this 2013 horror flick. When New York college student Justine (Lorenza Izzo) joins activist leader Alejandro (Ariel Levy) and his followers on a trip to Peru to protest the misuse of the Amazon rainforest, she finds that even good intentions can lead to very bad places. On their return trip home, their plane crashes in a dangerous part of the jungle. The survivors of the crash soon find that they’re not alone—hunted by a local tribe with insatiable appetites.
David Maddox (Anson Mount) and his pregnant wife, Eveleigh (Isla Fisher), move to a vineyard for a fresh start at life. However, Everleigh starts having dark and disturbing visions that she thinks may be tied to the trauma of their land. As she builds friendships with fellow expectant mother Sadie (Gillian Jacobs) and the strange and eerie Helena (Joanna Cassidy), Everleigh finds that the truth behind her terrifying trances is far worse than she ever could have imagined.
Ann (Lucy Walters) is a survivor of a catastrophic epidemic that has taken the lives of her husband and daughter. Navigating the ruthless wilderness to stay alive, Ann comes across two more survivors—the teenage Olivia (Gina Piersanti) and her injured stepfather, Chris (Adam David Thompson). As she does her best to avoid becoming infected with the plague which causes aggressive unpredictability and severe disorientation, Ann must also learn how to trust her new companions. Or should trust remain a thing of the past in this brutal new world full of predators?
The soon-to-be-married Jonah (Chase Williamson), his brother Mac (Michael Aaron Milligan), and a group of friends head out of town for a bachelor party that soon descends into a hellish nightmare. As the men enter a strange gentlemen’s club, the kind-hearted Jonah mistakes a seductive creature for a sexual captive. Upon releasing Lily (Hannah Fierman), the men are hunted and assaulted by a merciless and single-minded beast from hell—one with a voice that men are powerless to resist.
The Evil Dead
Five college students head to an isolated cabin for a relaxing vacation, only to discover unspeakable horrors waiting for them in the basement. An ancient demonic entity has been resurrected, and it won’t rest until it destroys the group from the inside out. Tune in to discover why this 1981 film retains a massive cult following nearly 40 years after its release.
The Ring’s iconic television scene is permanently etched onto our brains, and little kids with long dark hair will forever creep us out—that is to say, you’ll be haunted by this chilling American remake of the J-horror classic Ringu long after it ends. When a journalist (Naomi Watts) investigates a mysterious videotape that threatens to bring death to its viewers within seven days, she finds herself racing against time to break the curse before she meets her own grisly end.
The depths of the ocean may be prime material for monster movies, but Tremors proves that the earth beneath our feet has its fair share of horrors, too. Kevin Bacon stars in this 1990 horror/black comedy film as a Nevada native trying to ward off a newly discovered desert creature: graboids, worm-like monsters with an appetite for human flesh. The success of Tremors spawned a franchise with six movies in total, all of which are currently streaming on Netflix for your binging pleasure.
What Lies Beneath
Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford co-star as husband and wife in this hair-raising supernatural thriller. After Claire Spencer holds a séance, ghostly encounters convince her that a mysterious woman is trying to contact her from the dead. Her husband initially dismisses her claims, but as Claire gets closer to the truth, she discovers he’s hiding a devastating secret.
The year is 2047, and the long-missing starship Event Horizon has just mysteriously reappeared near Neptune. Responding to the ship’s distress signal, the crew of the Lewis and Clark decides to investigate and dispatch a rescue mission. But when they board the experimental vessel, they find its crew has been brutally murdered by an unseen entity from another dimension, and the only people left who need rescuing are themselves.
Every kid’s worst nightmare comes true in this 80s slasher movie featuring a homicidal toy doll. Single mom Karen gifts her six-year-old son Andy a Good Guy doll for his birthday. She knew the toy was supposed to be cutting-edge, but Chucky is a little too lifelike...When mysterious deaths plague Chicago and Andy claims Chucky is responsible, everyone from his mother to the cops think he’s making it up—and they’re willing to bet their lives on it.
The Bye Bye Man
Shortly after moving into their off-campus apartment, three college friends begin experiencing bizarre events. The housemates have eerie visions, coins disappear and reappear in the same place every night, and a strange hound lurks around their property. They soon learn that these are omens of the Bye Bye Man, a cursed figure who kills whoever dares to speak or even think of his name. And he’s coming for them next.
The Devil and Father Amorth
On-screen exorcisms may be terrifying, but the real thing would keep you up at night. Just ask William Friedkin, the director of The Exorcist. Friedkin’s fascination with demonic possession didn’t end with the release of his 1973 award-winning film. He also directed the 2017 documentary The Devil and Father Amorth, featuring the former Exorcist in Chief of the Vatican, Father Gabriele Amorth. Father Amorth walks us through a real-life exorcism of an Italian woman, and the documentary touches on all facets of the ritual, including discussions with neurologists and other medical experts.
Friday the 13th
This 2009 reboot of the 1980 slasher film attempts to answer lingering questions from the original franchise, while preserving the gore and suspense that made it a classic in the first place. Clay Miller arrives at Camp Crystal Lake to search for his missing sister and enlists the help of the vacationing teens there. Their plans quickly turn to mayhem when the machete-wielding, hockey mask-wearing Jason Voorhees stalks them one by one.
This tropical creature feature from Blumhouse and starring Kiersey Clemons premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to largely positive reviews. A terrible storm sends Jenn and her friends into the ocean, sinking their boat. Luckily for Jenn, she finds her way to the shore of a small remote island. Her luck ends, however, when she discovers that she not only has to struggle to survive the elements of the island, but defend herself from the unnatural creature that prowls its shore.
The Amityville Horror
This is a fresh spin on the story of the home at 412 Ocean Avenue, where real-life killer Ronald DeFeo Jr. slaughtered his family, and the next family to move in was tormented by their vengeful spirits. Ryan Reynolds stars as George Lutz, the family patriarch. His quiet life spins out of control soon after moving to the mysterious Amityville house, where things that go bump in the night escalate to aggressive attempts at possession.
It Comes At Night
A mysterious and unnatural sickness devastates the planet, leaving a family to quarantine themselves in a remote house in the woods. Paul, Sarah, and their teenage son Travis have a careful system of survival in place—one that is disturbed when a desperate family arrives in search of shelter. Both of the families reluctantly agree to cohabitate, but a growing tension proves as deadly as the disease that ravaged the human race.
In this classic horror film from 1968, Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her husband Guy (John Cassavetes) move into the peculiar Bramford apartment building. Shortly after forging a friendship with their unusual and overbearing neighbors (Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer), Rosemary discovers she’s pregnant. As Rosemary’s difficult pregnancy progresses, stranger and stranger things happen around her. It’s not long before she begins to suspect that her unborn baby might be at risk of something dark and sinister.
This recent Netflix horror release starring Charlie Shotwell, Kelly Reilly, Max Martini, Lili Taylor, and Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink is full of shocking twists and turns. Eleven-year-old Eli suffers from a dangerous auto-immune disorder that keeps him sheltered away from the world. When he and his family arrive at a hermetically sealed treatment facility, Eli is given hope for a normal life. When he notices a strange and nefarious supernatural presence in the old converted house, his hope dissolves into an isolated fear.
Three Americans—Chris, his friend Kate, and Kate’s boyfriend James—travel to Japan together on a journey of study and recovery. Kate becomes interested in an ancient temple set deep in the mountains and proposes a visit. But several locals ominously warn against the expedition. As the trio entangle themselves in personal drama, their journey to the temple conjures malicious spirits.
This Spanish Netflix horror flick is based on the 1988 novel by Ramsey Campbell, who was also a screenwriter for the film. Alicia, a nurse, moves back to her childhood home in order to care for her mother, who has been struggling with a terminal illness. Alicia’s husband and daughter follow her to the small town, and though she reunites with her younger sister, not all things from her youth are things she cherishes. As Alicia grapples with the reemerging memories of her troubled past, a dark presence threatens the safety of her little girl.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Guillermo del Toro presents this remake of the 1973 film of the same name. The remake stars Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, and Bailee Madison. A withdrawn young girl, Sally, is sent to live with her father and his girlfriend as they restore an old and ominous Rhode Island mansion. Despite warnings about the home’s dark past, the family ventures into the basement, where Sally awakens the vicious creatures that live in the ash pit. But will anyone believe her before it’s too late?
This 2017 post-apocalyptic horror puts a fresh spin on zombie horror, infusing Australian and Aboriginal culture into the plot. A horrifying virus has swept across Australia, turning people into zombies a mere 48 hours after being bitten by the infected. After Andy (Martin Freeman) suffers a bite, he journeys out across the Australian landscape in search of someone who can keep his one-year-old daughter Rosie safe. As time slips through his fingers, Andy meets obstacle after obstacle on the most important mission of his fading life.
Melding a terrifying monster movie with a gripping family drama, The Monster delivers a whopping emotional impact. Kathy (Zoe Kazan) is a volatile and abusive alcoholic. A dark familial story unfolds as she drives her ten-year-old daughter Lizzy (Ella Ballentine) to her father’s house. When Kathy’s car breaks down on the side of an isolated road, a deeper darkness lurks in the woods. Their tumultuous mother-daughter bond comes to a head as a vicious monster terrorizes them.
This French-Canadian film is a stunning reinvention of the zombie genre, delivering shocks and laughs in equal measure. A terrible plague has ravaged a small village in Quebec, decaying the infected and turning them against their loved ones. A band of unlikely survivors must navigate this harsh new reality, coping with dwindling supplies, growing distrust, and the unusual behavior of their plague-ridden enemies.
Netflix delivers a twisted thriller with this 2017 film. Two years ago, renowned psychiatrist Dr. Jane Mathis (Vinessa Shaw) was brutally attacked by a young woman she was treating. Though she’s still suffering from severe PTSD, Jane believes she can still help patients. She takes on a new client who is badly disfigured and brings along his own traumatic past. Jane is thrown into vivid flashbacks, and the film descends into a mind-bending journey where no one can be certain what’s real.
Truth or Dare
Not to be confused with the 2018 film of the same name which generally received with negative reviews, this 2017 flick premiered on Syfy to an overall positive response. Eight college students rent a haunted house together on Halloween and become tormented by the vengeful spirit who died during a game of Truth or Dare. Under the threat of death, the friends must answer increasingly humiliating truths about themselves and commit an array of violent, horrifying dares.
This spine-chilling creature feature opens with a group of college friends traveling together to Joshua Tree National Park in California for a nice weekend getaway. Unbeknownst to them, the friends have accidentally summoned a dark paranormal entity. The evil entity stalks the group, preying on them one by one. Its goal? Using the unfortunate souls to complete the deadly ritual.
If you like offbeat comedy and gruesome body horror, then Kevin Smith’s Tusk is for you. A derisive and arrogant podcaster named Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) sets out to Canada to interview a viral sensation, only for his plans fall through. After taking up a free room in the home of the reclusive Howard Howe (Michael Parks), Wallace hopes to get some interesting stories out of the unusual man. When Howard expresses an interest in walruses that goes far beyond the norm, Wallace gets a lot more than he bargained for.
This unusual found footage horror film builds suspense with a two person cast. Young videographer Aaron (Patrick Brice) answers an advertisement online to record the last words of a dying man, Josef (Mark Duplass). Josef takes Aaron out to a remote location to film his messages, but his increasingly bizarre and erratic behavior unsettles Aaron. The more time that the two men spend together, the more Aaron begins to suspect that there’s more to the story than Josef is letting on.
A remake of Eli Roth’s 2002 film of the same name, Cabin Fever follows a group of five friends on a weekend getaway in the woods. Trapped in their out of the way cabin, the friends become victims of a deadly and contagious flesh-eating disease. With outside threats closing in on them, the teens desperately try to survive their virus-ridden vacation.
Putting a reversal on the “babysitter victim” trope, Emelie puts the babysitter in the role of the aggressor. When a couple leaves their three young children with a new babysitter, the children quickly discover the woman in charge of their care is not everything she claims to be. The kids are subjected to a series of increasingly unusual events, unaware of the danger waiting for them.
Don't Knock Twice
This 2016 British horror film draws off of the well-known Slavic folk legend of Baba Yaga. When Jess (Katee Sackhoff) tries to reconnect with her estranged daughter, Chloe (Lucy Boynton), she finds herself drawn into the fallout of a horrific urban legend. Upon knocking twice on the door of an old abandoned house, Chloe has marked herself a victim of a demonic child-stealing witch.
He's Out There
In this terrifying 2018 film, Laura (Yvonne Strahovski) takes her two young daughters, Kayla (Anna Pniowsky) and Maddie (Abigail Pniowsky), to a secluded lake house for a vacation. But a twisted axe murderer has set his sights on the family, and he intends to lure the family into his dark and violent game. Alone in the woods, the family must fight their way out of a living nightmare.
In the Tall Grass
Who knew grass could be so terrifying? Based on the novella co-written by Stephen King and Joe Hill, this hotly anticipated horror flick starring Patrick Wilson is at the top of our must-stream horror list for October. Siblings Cal (Avery Whitted) and Becky (Laysla De Oliveira) hear a frightened child calling out from an overgrown field of tall grass. They venture in to help, only to become lost in the overgrowth. As they search for a way out, the siblings discover that they're not alone—some of these lost souls mean well, while others are far more sinister.
No one can be trusted in this paranoid thriller starring Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, and Stephen Tobolowsky. After an accident at a highway rest stop leaves their daughter injured, Ray and Joanne rush their daughter to the nearest emergency room. Joanne accompanies her daughter to a back room for additional tests while Ray falls asleep in the waiting room. Upon waking up, however, Ray’s family is gone, with no record of having ever checked in.
James Ransone (IT Chapter Two) and Shannyn Sossamon star in this sequel to the sleeper horror hit starring Ethan Hawke. Set in the aftermath of the events from the first film, Sinister 2 follows Courtney (Sossamon), a mother of twin sons who are tormented by ghostly children at their rural farmhouse.
Carmen Ejogo stars in this Netflix survival thriller. Ejogo plays Katrina, a single mother desperate to save her little girl Clara after a venomous rattlesnake bites the child. When a mysterious woman offers to heal Clara, Katrina readily accepts. The miracle cure works—but now the mysterious woman demands Katrina repay the debt of life by killing a stranger.
In the mood for a fresh sampling of terror? In this horror anthology, filmmakers Jovanka Vuckovic, Roxanne Benjamin, Karyn Kusama, and Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) present four twisted tales from a female point of view—from Clark’s bloody birthday party nightmare and Benjamin’s deadly camping trip in the desert to Kusama’s story of a single mother who must confront a child from hell.
House of the Witch
Count your blessings before streaming this scary nun horror flick set in 1950s Georgia. Mary, an unwed young pregnant woman played by Sabrina Kern, flees to a convent in rural Georgia. She seeks sanctuary; instead, she finds a house of unholy horror.
The Open House
You can’t lock out what’s already inside. Dylan Minnette and Piercey Dalton star in this creepy house horror. After suffering a tragedy, mother Naomi Wallace (Dalton) and her son Logan (Minnette) move into a relative’s empty vacation home. But sinister forces lurk in the gloom, forces that are conspiring against them.
Say his name five times—we dare you. In this groundbreaking supernatural slasher film from 1992, a graduate student named Helen (Virginia Madsen) researches ghost stories and superstitions that haunt a Chicago housing project. Among the tales she investigates is the legend of Candyman, a murderous spirit who can be summoned in the mirror and will kill you with the hook jammed into the bloody stump of his right arm. Helen is skeptical. But when she unintentionally summons Candyman, she discovers the urban legend is all too real. Jordan Peele is set to produce a Candyman reboot, which is slated to hit theaters sometime in 2020.
Netflix horror fans have been screaming about Eerie—with some viewers claiming that watching the Filipino horror flick left them sleeping with the lights on. A student’s grisly death shocks the student body of a Catholic school for girls. Pat Consolacion (Bea Alonzo), a clairvoyant guidance counselor, sets out to unravel the eerie mystery, exposing the sinister force lurking within the school.
Dangerous cults, dark magic rituals, demonic possession… what more could you want? As a child, Gloria (Nina Kiri) was kidnapped by a notorious cult, only to survive a grisly mass suicide that left all the other cult members dead. But something still lingers deep within Gloria’s being—and it’s about to wake up.
Break out your Ouija board. In this supernatural horror movie from Peruvian filmmaker Dorian Fernández-Moris, and the sequel to Fernández-Moris’s Cementerio General, a psychologist and her mute son face down spirit boards, malevolent forces, and a sinister sect at the site of a terrible tragedy.
This supernatural tale mixes ancient folklore with modern horror sensibilities to chilling effect. Set in 1673 Lithuania, the film follows Hanna (Hani Furstenberg), a mystical woman determined to save her small Jewish community from foreign invaders and an outbreak of the plague. But the powerful entity she conjures for protection ends up being a far more menacing threat.
In this 1985 cult horror movie from Poland, strangers gather in an old village, where they’re tasked with reenacting a murder ritual that took place decades ago.
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
Ruth Wilson stars in this haunted house horror directed by Osgood Perkins. Wilson plays a live-in nurse tasked with caring for Iris Blum (Paula Prentiss). Iris is an elderly and reclusive horror author who suffers from dementia—and, as it turns out, her house is most definitely haunted.
Film legend Roger Corman returns with this blood-splattered serial killer tale starring Corey Feldman. After killing himself, a washed-up rocker named Jonny Splatter (Feldman) returns from the great beyond in search of revenge, tormenting the people who betrayed him in life.
Mad Ron’s Prevues from Hell
Take a terrifying trip down memory lane. In Prevues from Hell, a deranged projectionist presents the best, weirdest, and bloodiest clips and trailers from dozens of gory oldies, including Bay of Blood and The Blood Spattered Bride.
Charlotte (Allison Williams) is a musical prodigy who put her career aside to take care of her sick mother. But after she passes away, Charlotte reconnects with her old mentors in Shanghai. She meets the current protege, Elizabeth (Logan Browning), and the two instantly connect and express how much they admire each other. As they continue getting to know each other, their relationship becomes a twisted, gory mess that will leave you stunned.
This buzzy historical horror flick from 2016—billed as a New England Folktale—centers on a family in 17th century America who are banished from their Puritan village and forced to live in the surrounding wilderness. A witchy presence lurks in the dark and dreary wood, and it’s set its sights on the family’s eldest daughter, Thomasin.
The undead take a bite out of the distant past in this South Korean historical action horror. After years of exile, Prince Lee Cheong returns to his kingdom, only to find it infected by a growing zombie plague.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
When a group of vacationing college students encounter two harmless hillbillies in the woods, they immediately see the pair as backwoods killers. The pair try to prove they mean no harm—but when a real killer strikes, everyone's life is in jeopardy.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
This visceral chiller is not for the squeamish. Father-and-son coroners begin their autopsy on the body of an unidentified young woman. As the dissection progresses, they uncover increasingly bizarre clues about the dead woman’s true identity.
This hilariously twisted comedy centers around Christopher (Chris Sharp), a lonely and relatively boring man who gets invited to a Halloween party called “Murder Party.” When he arrives in his terrible knight costume made of cardboard, he discovers that the event is an actual murder party, and he’s their guest of honor.
Fans of A Quiet Place will appreciate this film that follows a similar premise. Based of the 2015 novel of the same name by Tim Lebbon, The Silence follows a family trying to survive in a world where violent creatures kill anything that makes a sound. Ally (Kiernan Shipka), the deaf teenage daughter of the family, becomes a target after they stumble upon a cult that wants to take advantage of Ally’s deafness for mysterious reasons.
This bone chilling supernatural thriller centers on two Catholic boarding school girls who get left behind during their winter break. The once familiar school grounds begin to take on a sinister presence as the girls deal with an unseen evil force that’s out to hurt them.
The Last Exorcism
After years of deluding his followers, Louisiana minister Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) is beset by guilt. To atone for his sins, Marcus lets a documentary crew film his upcoming exorcism—thus exposing him for the huckster he believes himself to be. But could this demonic case be the real deal?
No one can be trusted in this scary twist on the serial killer thriller. A vicious shapeshifter prowls the streets; he must kill and inhabit his victims lest he die. As the bodies pile up, and his own grim reality catches up with him, the shapeshifting killer sets out to make things right with the woman he loves.
Await Further Instructions
On what was supposed to be a cozy Christmas morning, a family finds themselves trapped in their own home. The family receives messages on their television from an unknown source that tells them to “Stay indoors and await further instructions.” But when they are given grotesque commands, their panic turns into pure bloody terror.
From the creators of Paranormal Activity and the Saw franchise, Insidious is a spooky melting pot of everything that makes a solid horror film. After their son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) inexplicably slips into a coma, distraught parents Josh (Patrick Watkins) and Renai (Rose Byrne) Lambert struggle to adjust to their new life. But their sadness turns into terror when they begin to experience hauntings from various ghosts, and a demon that seeks to possess Dalton’s body.
As Above, So Below
Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks) is an archaeologist who has spent her career chasing after the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—an object that grants immortality and turns metal into gold. When she learns of a rumor that states the artifact is hidden underground in the Catacombs of Paris, she gathers a crew to help her locate and unearth the stone. However, as they delve deeper into the labyrinth, Scarlett and her crew experience horrors like no other.
Based off the manga of the same name, Death Note focuses on Light Turner (Nat Wolff), a high schooler who finds a supernatural notebook that can kill anyone whose name is in it. When he begins to test the limits of the book, he successfully sends terrorists and criminals to their graves. But his power catches the attention of an international detective who begins to track Light down.
Saw meets Black Mirror in this twisted horror thriller that tests the limits of its main character as well as its viewers. A struggling salesman named Elliot (Mark Webber) is lured into playing a game that promises great reward—provided he completes thirteen tasks, each more disturbing than the last.
Marina Hess (Daniella Pineda) was sent to a psychiatric ward for fifteen years after she stabbed a classmate to conjure a spirit called Mercy Black. After she’s released and is sent to live with her sister and nephew, Marina is forced to confront the consequences of her action. Not only has she become a viral sensation, but now even her own nephew has become obsessed with the phantom. As she tries to dissuade him from delving any deeper into the lore, the twosome unknowingly get swept up in a horrific nightmare that threatens to destroy them both.
Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil
This spooky film is a retelling of an old Basque fable that centers on a blacksmith named Paxti (Kandido Uranga) who imprisons a demon in his forge. When an orphan named Usue (Uma Bracaglia) stumbles upon the twosome, she accidentally releases the creature into their world. Now it’s up to the blacksmith to recapture the demon, except an angry mob of villagers are also at his tail since they believe he kidnapped the missing orphan girl.
Angela (Florence Pugh) and Jackson (Ben Lloyd-Hughes) are a pair of sibling paranormal investigators who scam dozens of their clients out money. Their fake business nets them a load of cash, and clients continue to line up get their help. When they get another assignment surrounding a haunted estate, the two think they’re in for some easy money. But it turns out the haunting is entirely real, and the two just signed up for more than they bargained for.
May the Devil Take You
This gory possession horror from Indonesia is sure to delight the Evil Dead fans in the room. After her estranged father slips into a mysterious coma, Alfie (Chelsea Islan) and her family set out to the sick man’s old villa in search of answers. There they uncover a horrifying truth from the past.
This Spanish horror film is another example as to why ouija boards are a bad idea. After a group of high school girls play with the spirit board, one of the teens brings back a malevolent spirit that threatens her and her younger siblings. The film is loosely based off a real 1991 case in Spain where a young woman named Estefanía Gutiérrez Lázaro mysteriously passed away after playing with a ouija board.
Under the Shadow
One of our favorite foreign horror movies of the last few years, Under the Shadow takes place in 1980s Tehran, where a family’s home has been hit by a missile. Afterwards, mother Shideh (Narges Rashidi) and daughter Dorsa (Avin Manshadi) find themselves haunted by nightmares… nightmares that seem to be coming to life.
This Netflix original hit the web in October of 2018, and it’s been quietly (and effectively) creeping us out ever since. If you liked the folk horror aspect of The Witch, but felt that there just wasn’t enough creepiness or action to justify the skin-crawling tone, Apostle is for you. Dan Stevens stars as a man who goes undercover into a cult to save his sister. There, he discovers an all-too-real mystical force that governs the island. And it all comes together in a horrifically bloody, explosive ending.
This Netflix original was a pleasant surprise upon its 2017 release. No one expected much from a movie by McG that starred Bella Thorne and couldn’t get a theater release. But The Babysitter gives horror lovers far more than they may have bargained for. Following in the footsteps of teen horror from the 80s, you’ll find a few good scares and some great performances in this tight 80-minute flick.
Considering the many beloved tropes found in The Lodgers, it’s a bit baffling that it slid so thoroughly under the radar. Ghost! Creepy twins! Family grudges! You’ll find it all in The Lodgers, along with some truly shocking scares.
If you're someone who cannot find the merits of Kubrick’s take on The Shining, preferring the smaller, more character-focused version of Jack Torrance slipping into insanity found in King’s original novel, you’ll like1922. This movie, based on a King novella, follows Wilfred James (Thomas Jane) as he loses his grip on reality after killing his wife to ensure that his land stays in his hands.
The Eyes of My Mother
Don’t be put off by the foreign language or the black-and-white film–The Eyes of My Mother is not just another art film masquerading as horror. It’s truly terrifying. Young Francisca is taught by her mother to remove eyeballs from their farm animals. Soon, she’s putting her talents to far more nefarious uses.
47 Meters Down
If you love a good (or bad) shark movie, Netflix has you covered. 47 Meters Down stars Mandy Moore as a goody-two-shoes encouraged to be more adventurous by her badass younger sister. But when said younger sister convinces her to go shark watching on a rather questionable boat, the situation gets hairy fast.
Train to Busan
This South Korean flick has quickly catapulted itself to the highest echelons of modern horror. As our main characters take a train to Busan, a zombie apocalypse breaks out. To keep themselves safe, Seok-woo and his daughter Su-an must fight their way through the zombies to the first class car, where passengers remain hidden and safe.
Based on Adam Nevill’s chiller of a novel, The Ritual follows five old university friends as they plan a hike in Sweden. After one of the friends gets murdered while they’re planning, the remaining four vow to undertake the journey in his memory. The group find themselves tortured by nightmares–both real and imagined–as they venture through a stark Scandinavian landscape.
When Netflix announced their upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game, we were hesitant. After all, most of the “action” of the book takes place with its heroine handcuffed to a bed. But once again, Mike Flanagan of Hush fame puts his expertise to terrifyingly good use, delivering a claustrophobic flick that manages to measure up to the King novel.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
This under-the-radar flick stars Amber Heard as an unpopular high school student who hits puberty and returns to school looking like, well, Amber Heard. Suddenly, the boys in her class are showing all kinds of interest in her. The grindhouse-inspired movie has more twists and turns than you could possibly see coming.
Look, there are a lot of dinner party/cult horror movies out there. But The Invitation is one of the best. Director Karyn Kusama expertly builds tension throughout an evening of uncomfortable appetizers and presentations.
Sir Patrick Stewart plays aggressively against type as a neo-Nazi skinhead in this escape-the-room thriller. When a punk band accidentally plays a neo-Nazi bar outside of Portland, the bassist (Anton Yelchin) stumbles across a body hidden in the green room. Now that they’re a liability, the skinheads want the band dead too. The four must fight their way out, whatever it takes.
This Spanish, indie horror elevates a common premise. When a group of strangers are trapped inside a bar by an unexplained and unanticipated attack, they must work together to escape–or die trying.
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