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Here Are the 50+ Best Horror Movies on Netflix You Can Stream Tonight

Ready for a frightening night in?

If you're a year-round horror fiend, then Netflix is here to serve up the scares. In addition to must-see nightmares like Candyman, The Conjuring, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Zombieland, Netflix also offers exclusive screams like zombie horror Cargo or the recent Stephen King/Joe Hill-inspired horror thriller In the Tall Grass. You can also get your screams from international fare like Sinister Circle, Medium, Rampant, May the Devil Take You, and more. Then, of course, there's the hotly anticipated Christmas Day release of Blumhouse's new survival horror Sweetheart

All said, it's shaping up to be a terrifying end to 2019.  

Don't be afraid to settle in for a night of fright with these terrifying horror movies. Dim the lights, lock the doors, and start streaming some of the best horror movies on Netflix now. 

Updated December 2019

Coming Soon:

It Comes At Night

Available on 12/9/19

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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.

Sweetheart

Available on 12/25/19

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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.

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Rosemary's Baby

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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.

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Eli

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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.

Temple

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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.

Related: 7 Creepy Japanese Horror Movies

6 Souls

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Forensic psychologist Cara Harding (Julianne Moore) is a firm believer in hard science and a skeptic of unexplainable phenomena. When her husband dies suddenly, Harding throws herself into her work. Then her father introduces her to a peculiar psychiatric case. Adam (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is a patient with multiple personality disorder, but who has the abnormal quirk of adapting physical characteristics of his various personalities. When Cara discovers that a majority of Adam’s personalities are actual real-life murder victims, she suddenly finds herself and her loved ones in the middle of unthinkable danger.

The Influence

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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

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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?

Cargo

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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.

The Monster

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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.

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Ravenous

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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.

Related: Zombies! Run! Or Don’t. You’ll Live.

Clinical

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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.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

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The subject of countless sequels and remakes, this 1974 original slasher is now streaming on Netflix! Loosely inspired by the atrocities of real-life killer and grave robber Ed Gein, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre follows five young friends as they travel through Texas on their way to visit a relative’s grave. On their journey they stop at an old homestead, where they unfortunately encounter Leatherface and his cannibalistic family. The subject of a series of sick torments, the friends fight to survive their night out in the middle of nowhere.

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Truth or Dare

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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.

Head Count

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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.

Tusk

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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.

Creep

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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.

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Cabin Fever

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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.

Emelie

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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

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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.

Zombieland

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With Zombieland: Double Tap released this October, now's the perfect time to return to the first flick in the franchise. The world is overrun by zombies. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is an awkward college student just trying to reach his family in Ohio. Together with a gun-toting tough guy named Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and sisters Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), the survivors embark on a blood-spattered trek across America.

He's Out There

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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.

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In the Tall Grass

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Who knew grass could be so terrifying? Based on the novella In the Tall Grass 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.  

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Fractured

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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.  

Sinister 2

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James Ransone (IT Chapter Two) and Shannyn Sossamon star in this sequel to the sleeper horror hit Sinister 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.

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Assimilate

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets Stranger Things in this small-town sci-fi horror. Three friends are busy making a web series about their hometown when they discover something is killing off their neighbors—and replacing each victim with an alien copy. 

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Rattlesnake

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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. 

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XX

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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

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Kids, stay away from the creepy old houses, especially on Halloween night! Four teens in need of a place to party on All Hallows’ Eve make their way into a derelict home. But a bewitching force lurks in the creepy abode, and she won’t be satisfied until all the young revelers are dead. 

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Scream 2

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Wes Craven serves up another gleeful dissection of the slasher flick in this 1997 sequel to 1996’s Scream. As of November 2019 Scream 3 is also available on Netflix, as is the MTV slasher series. Grab your ghost face mask and get streaming.  

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St. Agatha

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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

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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. 

Candyman

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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.  

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Eerie

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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. 

The Heretics

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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. 

Related: 13 Best Horror Anthology Movies for a Night of Terror

Sinister Circle

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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.

The Golem

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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. 

Medium

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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

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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. 

Splatter

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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

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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

The Perfection

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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.

The Witch

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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. 

Gehenna: Where Death Lives

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In this American-Japanese horror movie from 2016, scouts are sent to the remote island of Saipan of the Northern Mariana Islands. They’re searching for a prime location to build a new resort. Instead they stumble into a subterranean WWII bunker—where an ancient evil lies in wait. 

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

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All finished with The Haunting of Hill House? Here's another Shirley Jackson-inspired nightmare for you to sink your teeth into. Based on Jackson ’s classic novel, this 2018 mystery movie stars Taissa Farming, Alexandra Daddario, Sebastian Stan, and Crispin Glover. Two sisters live a secluded life with their ailing uncle at the family estate. But their fragile existence is called into question when their cousin arrives with eyes toward the family fortune. 

Rampant

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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. 

1st Summoning

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Blair Witch fans will devour this found footage occult horror. Student filmmakers set out to investigate an abandoned Arkansas warehouse haunted by its alleged connections to satanic rituals. Yet as they search through the structure’s twisted past, the start to suspect the horror may be closer than they think. 

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

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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

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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. 

Murder Party

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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.

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The Silence

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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. 

Blackcoat's Daughter

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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

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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? 

The Lifechanger

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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

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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.

Insidious

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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

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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. 

Death Note

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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.

13 Sins

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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. 

Mercy Black

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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

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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. 

Malevolent

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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

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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. 

Veronica

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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

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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.

Apostle

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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.

Terrifier

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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.

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The Babysitter

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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.

The Lodgers

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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.

1922

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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. 

Related: 9 Horror Books Recommended by Stephen King

Backcountry

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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

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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

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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

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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 Conjuring

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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.

Related: 25 Terrifying Horror Movies Based on True Stories

The Ritual

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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.

Hush

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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. 

Related: 13 Severely Underrated Horror Movies You Should Watch Tonight

Gerald's Game

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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

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

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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.

The Invitation

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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.

Green Room

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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.

Related: 9 Shocking Horror Movies You Can’t Unsee

The Bar

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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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Published on 02 Apr 2019

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