With the coming of the new year, we lost some of the horror classics we've gotten used to watching (and re-watching) on Netflix. But never fear–a whole new batch of horror movies has arisen to give you the terrifying Netflix experience you deserve. Plan a night or two in with the best horror movies on Netflix available now.
I Know What You Did Last Summer
The quintessential teen slasher has come to Netflix at last. 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer mashed together 80s style slasher, urban legend, and revenge tropes to create the beginning of a powerhouse franchise. Teen heartthrobs Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. star, as four teens decide to bury the evidence that they killed a pedestrian on their way home from a party. The evidence–and the dead–won’t stay buried for long...
Yes, Raw is just as disturbing as you’ve heard. Blood, gore, cannibalism, and messed-up parties alike populate this coming-of-age/horror extravaganza. When Justine goes off to college, she begins to challenge the ideals of her youth, like her vegetarianism. She does go … a bit further than most youth, eating raw animal flesh, a human finger, and eventually her own flesh.
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 rarely-mentioned gem combines a retro 80s-style slasher film with the pure freakiness of a killer clown. If you make it through without covering your eyes once, you may have nerves of steel.
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.
Pro tip: Never go camping. Just don’t do it. Based (loosely) on a true story, Backcountry follows a young couple on a camping trip together. When they reach their destination, Alex plans on proposing to his girlfriend, Jenn. Instead, they encounter a bear who is quite hungry, and not too discerning about what type of animal–or human–will satisfy its appetite.
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.
Although initial reviews of The Strangers were mixed, its horror legacy has only been strengthened in the decade since its release–even resulting in a sequel in 2018. This terrifying home-invasion film is made all the more scary by the fact that the “why” and the “who” are never revealed.
47 Metres Down
If you love a good (or bad) shark movie, Netflix has you covered. 47 Metres 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.
The first of a now-omnipresent franchise, The Conjuring takes its inspiration from the haunting of the Perron family as investigated by Ed and Lorraine Warren. If you’ve somehow managed to avoid The Conjuring movies until now, there’s no time like the present to dip your toe into the terrifying waters.
A strange infection is spreading through the South Korean village of Gokseong, and it’s just infected Sergeant Jong-goo’s daughter. Soon, the village and Jong-goo suspect a mysterious newcomer of bringing the infection, which causes violent outbreaks and death. The Wailing is a stranger, atmospheric cult horror film that no fan of the genre should miss.
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.
From Dusk Till Dawn
Quentin Tarantino’s first screenplay became a movie that boasts a rather strange mixture of vampires, crime, thriller, and terror. But somehow, it all works. The pulpy cult-classic stars George Clooney in his breakout movie role (filmed in the midst of his ER run), along with Tarantino himself as brothers and bank robbers who get caught up in a vampire strip club. Yep, it’s a weird one, but well worth the watch for any Tarantino fans.
The intense power of Mike Flanagan’s Hush lies in its unexpected premise: Our heroine is deaf and mute. When a killer realizes that his prey is unable to hear him coming, he thinks he has a grand old time ahead of him. Luckily, Maddie is even tougher than she appears.
Is Ghost Ship really one of the best horror movies made? No. But there is much to be said for its silliness–and its terrifying opening scene. The ghosts of Ghost Ship may not haunt you evermore, but it is a memorable viewing experience.
Before I Wake
If Room taught us anything, it's that Jacob Tremblay has a gift for the blank-faced yet utterly terrified child roles. Mike Flanagan puts that skill to use in Before I Wake. A couple adopts a boy who has bounced around in foster homes after losing their first son in a tragic accident. They soon discover that the reason he couldn’t stay in one home is more terrifying than they could have imagined.
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.
Related: The 6 Scariest Stephen King Books
The Sixth Sense
M. Night Shyamalan may have a less than stellar reputation thanks to more recent films, but The Sixth Sense stands the test of time. Thanks to Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, and Bruce Willis, this thoroughly unsettling movie about a kid who sees dead people will still freak you out.
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.
Eli Roth’s first venture in directing will gross out gore lovers with the strongest of stomachs. When a group of college students head out to a remote cabin in the woods to celebrate spring break, it doesn’t take a horror connoisseur to know that they’re going to encounter something horrible. But you may expect a human killer rather than the truly horrifying entity that infects them soon after their arrival ...
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.
Starting as a Kickstarter pipe dream, The Void became a gory, Lovecraftian, 80s-inspired reality in 2016. Think of it as Stranger Things steeped in cosmic dread and slithering out from a mouth of madness, and you’ll have a good idea of what the movie’s like–and whether or not you’ll like it, too.
Sir Patrick Stewart plays aggressively against his 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.
Featured still of 'Apostle' via One More One Productions