15 Best Horror Movies on Netflix

 

The horror movie genre has seen a wide resurgence over the past few years and Netflix has not fallen short in this category. The popular streaming service has a great selection of horror movies that you can watch from the comfort of your own home. Since Halloween is fast approaching, we’ve decided to put together a list of the best horror movies you can watch on Netflix right now, that are guaranteed to give you a few good spooks. Without any further ado, here are our top 15 picks:

1. It Follows (2014)

Release Date on Netflix: January 13, 2017
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix USA, Netflix Canada, Netflix Australia

After sleeping with her boyfriend, Jay is followed by a slow but relentless creature that is visible only to her and can take on any appearance. Writer-director Mitchell says he based the idea on a reoccurring dream he had as a child. As well as being a genuinely scary movie and one of the best horror movies on Netflix, its high-concept premise has led people to interpret the film in many ways: from a parable about sexually transmitted diseases to a metaphor for fear of intimacy. The film is set in a timeless suburbia, but the score by Disasterpiece is a treat for fans of ’80s horror movie soundtracks.

 

2. The Babadook (2014)

Release Date on Netflix: April 14, 2015
Director: Jennifer Kent
Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.8
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%
MPAA Rating: NR
Streaming on: Netflix USA, Netflix Australia

First-time writer-director Jennifer Kent’s movie, based on her short, “Monster”, was a critical hit. It was filmed in Australia to get money from the government there, but Kent didn’t want the location to look Australian, so she raised $30,000 on Kickstarter to build a set that looked more universal. The Babadook is also one of the best Haloween movies on Netflix because, even though not explicit or violent, it spooks viewers through the power of suggestion.

3. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Release Date on Netflix: February 1, 2017
Director: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez
Runtime: 1 hour, 20 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.4
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix USA, Netflix Australia

This film invented the modern “found footage” horror subgenre, earning it a place as one of the top horror movies on Netflix. It’s about a group of film students who go into the woods to film a documentary but encounter a malevolent force. The actors were actually sent out into the woods by the directors to film themselves; they improvised their lines and followed GPS coordinates to sets of instructions. An unusual way to make one of the best horror movies on Netflix!

Fun fact: The iconic face shot was an accident. Actress Heather Donahue didn’t realize she had the camera zoomed in.

4. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Release Date on Netflix: April 30, 2014
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Runtime: 1 hour, 48 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix USA, Netflix UK

Two bank robbers kidnap a religious family and hide out in a bar on the Mexican border. There, things get messy. It was George Clooney’s first Hollywood film and the first script that Quentin Tarantino was paid for; an early draft included the famous Ezekiel 25:17 speech that ended up in Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”. As you’d expect from Rodriguez and Tarantino, there’s lots of blood. Less expected is that some of it is green. Rodriguez realized he could include more violence without getting an NC-17 rating if the blood had another color than red. That’s how you make one of best horror movies on Netflix!

5. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Release Date on Netflix: January 16, 2017
Director: John Landis
Runtime: 1 hour, 37 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix USA

Before he changed music videos forever with his work on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, John Landis wrote and directed this cult classic, certainly one of the best horror movies on Netflix. In it, an American hiking in England gets bitten by a giant beast and starts to go through some changes. The werewolf effects, particularly a grisly transformation scene, were revolutionary at the time and 10 hours each day to apply his makeup. In general, it wasn’t an easy shoot for him: he was also locked in a cage with live wolves.

6. The Shining (1980)

Release Date on Netflix: January 3, 2017
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Runtime: 1 hour, 59 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.4
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway

Based on the book by Steven King, this classic stars Jack Nicholson as a hotel caretaker who can’t cope with the demands of the job. Kubrick was a notorious perfectionist, and the shoot lasted almost a year. A scene with Shelly Duvall holds the record for the most number of takes for a single scene, and it took 60 doors to make the iconic “Here’s Johnny!” scene. Although it’s an easy pick for the best horror movie on Netflix, it wasn’t always thought of so favorably. Kubrick and Duvall were nominated for “Razzies”, and King has said he dislikes the movie.

7. The Omen (1976)

Release Date on Netflix: March 1, 2017
Director: Richard Donner
Runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix USA

This is the original creepy-kid movie and a great choice if you’re looking for the best horror on Netflix. When his own son dies shortly after birth, an ambassador akes the advice of a priest and adopts an orphan. The deaths in the film are disturbing enough to put this on our list of the best horror movies on Netflix, but a series of unfortunate events during production makes it even scarier. Planes carrying the cast were struck by lightning, an animal wrangler was mauled to death by a tiger, and an assistant was cut in half in a car accident. The movie’s choral music, which won an Oscar, has been reused in countless horror trailers and endlessly parodied.

8. The Awakening (2011)

Release Date on Netflix: March 30th, 2013
Director: Nick Murphy
Runtime: 1h 42 min
IMDb Rating: 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix USA, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Australia, New Zealand

This chilling horror movie was directed by Nick Murphy and tells the story of a hoax debunking author named Florence Cathcart, who is invited to an all-boys boarding school where a ghost child is believed to be terrorizing the children.

However, instead of quickly debunking the story, Florence discovers that there are actual spirits present there and a troubled past that’s waiting to be unraveled. The action is set in 1921 England and is sure to make your hair stand up on the back of your neck.

The movie boasts some top of the line British actors, such as Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, and Isaac Hempstead Wright.

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