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Stephen King Recommends 16 Creepy Horror Movies & Shows You Should Watch on Netflix

The King of Horror shares his frightening faves.

When it comes to the scariest horror movies and spine-chilling TV, you could do a lot worse than testing out recommendations straight from the King of Horror himself. Fortunately, Stephen King frequently uses his Twitter account to recommend scary movies and shows on Netflix that you can stream tonight! They range from quietly unnerving thrillers to shockingly gruesome monster flicks, and they all earned the horror master's seal of approval. Here are the best of the best that you can stream on Netflix right now…

1. Hush (2016)

 

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Stephen King said that this Mike Flanagan thriller about a deaf woman stalked by a masked killer at her remote home is “up there with Halloween,” which is high praise indeed. Flanagan later went on to adapt several Stephen King stories to film, including Gerald’s Game on Netflix and the theatrical release Doctor Sleep.

2. Bird Box (2018)

 

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Adapted from the hit horror novel by Josh Malerman, King said that he was “absolutely riveted” by the Netflix original movie Bird Box, further urging his readers not to believe the “lukewarm reviews.”

3. Marianne (2019)

 

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“If you’re one of those sickos – like me – who enjoys being scared,” Stephen King says, then the French Netflix original series Marianne “will do the job.” The premise certainly sounds up King’s alley: a famous horror writer returns to her hometown, only to find that an ominous figure from her nightmares is loose in the real world.

Related: Here are All the New Horror Movies Coming to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video This May 

4. Designated Survivor (2016-2019)

 

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This political thriller series, which stars Kiefer Sutherland as a low-level U.S. official who suddenly finds himself thrust into the presidency after a deadly mass attack, only got better after its transition from ABC to Netflix. King called the Netflix season “tough-minded, complex, and involving.”

5. La Mante (2017)

 

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When Stephen King tells you that something is “surveying previously unexplored realms of gruesomeness,” you better pay attention. “I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a man slowly drowning in an industrial washer before,” King mused about this brutal French crime drama.

6. Calibre (2018)

 

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“It’s got a Hitchcock vibe with a little bit of The Wicker Man tossed in for good measure.” If that description from Stephen King doesn’t grab your attention, we don’t know what will. King also called this 2018 British thriller a “genuine nail-biter.”

7. Mindhunter (2017-)

 

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Sometimes, it doesn’t take very many words to sell us on something. When Stephen King said this chilling crime thriller from David Fincher is “strongly recommended,” we added it to our queue immediately…

Related: 13 True Crime Books for Fans of Mindhunter 

8. Fauda (2015-)

 

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With three seasons under its belt so far, this Israeli thriller—featuring a soldier on the hunt for a Palestinian fighter that he thought he had killed—has been called the best show to come out of Israel. See why for yourself why Stephen King remarked that “with episodes only a little longer than your average sitcom,” Fauda is “all killer and no filler.”

 9. Dracula (2020-)

 

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The latest attempt to adapt Dracula to the small screen—this time courtesy of BBC and Sherlock co-creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat—may have received somewhat mixed reviews, but Stephen King called it “smart, involving, and bloody terrific.” And, after all, who knows vampires better than King?

10. Money Heist (2017-)

 

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Not every Netflix title that Stephen King recommends falls squarely in the horror arena—but each suggestion certainly is thrilling! The hit Spanish series Money Heist sees eight thieves locking themselves, along with hostages, inside a vault at Spain’s Royal Mint. That’s just the beginning of this twisty series that King not only calls a “firecracker,” but even tweeted again to beg Netflix for more episodes.

11. Hotel Beau Sejour (2017-)

 

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Not usually a fan of supernatural horror? King’s still got you covered with this Belgian series about a woman investigating her own murder, which he calls “supernatural fare for those who don’t ordinarily like it.”

Related: 33 Horror Movie Quotes Every Horror Fan Needs to Know 

12. Cam (2018)

 

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Cam made a big splash with reviewers and audiences alike when it first hit Netflix back in 2018—it boasts a whopping 93% at Rotten Tomatoes. But if you missed out on this techno-thriller film about a cam girl who finds herself replaced by an eerie doppelganger, you’ll be pleased to note that it counts King as one of its fans. In his complimentary tweet, he singled out the lead performance by actress Madeline Brewer.

13. Black Summer (2019-)

 

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“Just when you think there’s no more scare left in zombies,” Stephen King says of this Netflix original series from the producers of Z Nation, “THIS comes along.” With a second season having just been announced, there’s no better time to catch up on the zombie show that King calls “existential hell in the suburbs, stripped to the bone.”

14. The Stranger (2020-)

 

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Adapted from a novel by acclaimed mystery writer Harlan Coben, this British series stars Richard Armitage as Adam Price, a family man who becomes embroiled in a series of dark secrets after a mysterious stranger tells him shocking truths about his wife. King himself is no stranger to tales of towns with dark secrets, and he calls this new series, which just premiered on Netflix this year, “addictive.”

15. Pine Gap (2018-)

 

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“No explosions,” King says of this tense Australian political thriller series, “no fights,” but it “ramps up the tension” and “the whodunit aspect is beautifully handled.” Sounds like a perfect thinking person’s thriller. Unfortunately, King’s hope for a second season seems unlikely, given that the first aired back in 2018 and there’s been no word on a follow-up since.

16. The Haunting of Hill House (2018-)

 

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Having already showered Mike Flanagan’s Hush with some high praise, King reserved even stronger words for Flanagan’s remix of Shirley Jackson’s classic novel. “I don’t usually care for this kind of revisionism, but this is great,” King said. “Close to a work of genius, really.”

Related: 14 Horror Books to Read While You Wait for The Haunting of Bly Manor 

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Published on 14 May 2020

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