25 Best Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now
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Whoever told you horror movies are only for spooky season, you've been misled. Every season is spooky season when you're a horror fan — and there are some seriously amazing horror movies premiering all throughout 2023. Even if you're just a casual viewer who enjoys a good scare from time to time, Netflix luckily has a ton of different terrifying movies ready to be streamed.
In the mood for what Jenna Ortega's character called "elevated horror" in 2022's Scream? Check out His House or The Platform. What about a vampire movie? Blood Red Sky and Vampires vs. the Bronx are both great choices. In the mood for a zombie flick? Watch #Alive or Dawn of the Dead. Or, maybe you're wanting to take things back several decades? You can never go wrong with Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho or The Birds.
Whatever subgenre of horror you feel like watching, we've compiled a list that will have something for everyone, from supernatural and psychological, to slasher and creature feature. Be sure to check back here each month, as we'll be updating this when new horror movies hit Netflix (and when they get removed).
We Have a Ghost (2023)
This horror comedy follows what happens when a family captures an actual ghost on video and it goes viral. David Harbour from Strange Things plays the ~spooky~ specter.
Blood Red Sky (2021)
This German horror movie does NOT play around. After terrorists hijack an overnight transatlantic flight, a female passenger's mysterious illness kicks into overdrive to try and save herself, her young son, and the rest of the people on the plane.
Fear Street Trilogy (2021)
This three-part film trilogy brings R.L. Stine's teen horror saga, Fear Street, to life. In Shadyside, horrific murders have plagued the town's history for the last three centuries. After a group of friends accidentally encounter the evil entity responsible for the mayhem, they must examine what happened in the past if they ever hope to have a future.
Stranger Things actresses Sadie Sink and Maya Hawke co-star in the trilogy.
When a zombie attack breaks out, gamer Oh Joon-woo is trapped in his apartment alone, with no means of escape. Feeling hopeless, he soon meets a mysterious girl who helps him keep fighting and live to see another day.
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His House (2020)
After fleeing South Sudan, a refugee couple living in England try to start over, but there is something evil lurking in their new town.
The Rental (2020)
Two years before Barbarian made us terrified of Airbnbs, Dave Franco directed and co-wrote this indie film about two sets of couples who rent a house for a fun weekend getaway. Unfortunately, "fun" is not what ended up happening.
Alison Brie, aka Dave's wife, starred in the movie.
Vampries vs. the Bronx (2020)
In this horror-comedy, three friends must fight a horde of vampires who have invaded their home in the Bronx.
47 Meters Down Uncaged (2019)
This standalone sequel to 2017's 47 Meters Down (which you can stream on Hulu) is arguably more exciting because the protagonists aren't trapped in a cage for most of the movie.
In Uncaged, four teen girls scuba dive to explore a sunken Mayan city. Things go south quickly, however, when the group comes face-to-face with great white sharks.
The Platform (2019)
In this Spanish sci-fi horror film, inmates in a tower-like prison are at the mercy of their peers when a platform of food slowly descends each floor. If the people closest to the top eat most of the food, then the prisoners near the bottom will starve.
Bird Box (2018)
Years after an evil presence forces anyone who sees it to commit suicide, a woman must get herself and her two children to safety — all while being blindfolded.
The Babysitter (2017)
The Babysitter and its sequel, The Babysitter: Killer Queen, are both Netflix original movies. The first film follows a lonely 12-year-old boy who has a big crush on his babysitter. However, his feelings for her quickly change when he learns she's part of a cult that wants to sacrifice him.
Based on the 2013 short film of the same name, Cargo is a post-apocalyptic film about a father desperately trying to save the life of his child while venturing across remote Australia during an epidemic.
Taking place in Madrid 1991, this Spanish film explores the horrors that can arise by playing with a Ouija board.
This movie is supposedly based on an actual police report involving the strange death of Estefania Gutierrez Lazaro.
Lights Out (2016)
If you aren't afraid of the dark before watching this movie, you will be when the credits start rolling. Based on a 2013 short film, Lights Out is about a dysfunctional family that's being haunted by a vengeful supernatural force.
In this found footage movie, a videographer accepts a wanted ad to record a dying man's last words. But when he meets the mysterious man, the videographer begins to question the guy's real motives.
It Follows (2014)
We learned in Scream that one of the quintessential rules for surviving a horror movie is you can't have sex, and It Follows takes that trope and runs with it.
After hooking up with a new guy, Jay learns he gave her a type of paranormal STD. An evil entity will now slowly stalk her (and try to kill her) until she has sex with someone else, passing the curse onto them.
The original Zombieland came out 20 years before the sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap (which you can stream on Prime Video).
In the OG, a ragtag group of four misfits — a loner, a Twinkie fanatic, and two devious sisters — band together to get from Texas to L.A. alive during a zombie apocalypse.
The Mist (2007)
Based on Stephen King's novella of the same name, The Mist centers around a group of people trapped in a grocery store after a mysterious mist engulfs the town. Tensions quickly run high when people learn what kinds of creatures are lurking just outside the door.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
The movie that started the ghostly franchise, Paranormal Activity is a found footage movie about a couple moving into a new home and being haunted by an evil entity.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
A remake of the 1978 movie of the same name, Dawn of the Dead is about a group of strangers who hide out in a shopping mall during a zombie apocalypse.
Red Dragon (2002)
This prequel to The Silence of the Lambs (which you can stream on HBO Max) shows us what happened to Hannibal Lecter before Clarice Starling and serial killer Buffalo Bill entered his life.
Six years after ex-FBI agent Will Graham helped put "Hannibal the Cannibal" in prison, a new serial killer nicknamed the Tooth Fairy begins terrorizing families. Will is dragged back into the FBI life to try and catch the Tooth Fairy, getting help from the imprisoned Hannibal along the way.
Resident Evil (2002)
Based on the popular video game, Resident Evil is the first movie in a long line of films about a group of people who desperately try to contain an outbreak of a deadly virus.
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
Adapted from Lois Duncan's book of the same name, this slasher is a great reminder that if you're going to commit a crime, odds are you won't get away with it unscathed.
Four friends accidentally hit and killed someone with their car, choosing to dispose of the body instead of telling the police. They make a pact to never speak of the tragedy again.
A year later, someone begins sending them cryptic notes to tell them another person knows what they did that fateful night — and wants revenge.
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The Birds (1963)
A horde of birds start randomly attacking people in the San Fransisco area in this classic movie from famed horror director Alfred Hitchcock.
Another Alfred Hitchcock classic, Psycho introduced audiences to Norman Bates, an eccentric motel owner who runs the business with his domineering mother. When a secretary on the lam for embezzling money shows up at the motel one day, she uncovers the horrible secrets hidden at the Bates Motel.
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