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The best horror movies on Netflix right now

Netflix‘s library includes every major film genre, although few are better represented than horror. The best horror movies on Netflix are a remarkably varied collection of cinematic nightmares, providing chills and thrills aplenty while delivering a high-quality experience for terror-starved audiences. To make things better, it stays consistent every month with new and exciting arrivals that make up for whatever movies are leaving the service.

With this list, we’ve found the worthy films and omitted those that might not be the best. From horror comedies to psychological thrillers to good old-fashioned slashers, these are the best horror movies that Netflix has to offer, and we wholeheartedly recommend them. 

Looking to get your scares elsewhere? We’ve curated guides to the best horror movies on Amazon Prime Video and the best horror movies on Hulu.

It (2017)

It
It

Metacritic: 69 %

Imdb: 7.3/10

135m

Genre Horror

Stars Jaeden Martell, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer

Directed by Andy Muschietti

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Andy Muschietti reinvented Stephen King’s seminal novel It with his 2017 remake. Bill Skarsgård plays Pennywise the Dancing Clown, the personification of an ancient creature terrorizing the children of the small Maine town of Derry. The film stars an ensemble of young actors, including Jaeden Martell, Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, and Jack Dylan Grazer. It rises on the strength of the incredible cast, with Skarsgård making the legendary killer clown his own and reinventing him for a modern audience. Chilling without forgetting about the human aspect at the story’s heart, It is among the superior horror films of the 2010s.

Resident Evil (2002)

Resident Evil
Resident Evil

Metacritic: 33 %

Imdb: 6.6/10

100m

Genre Horror, Action, Science Fiction

Stars Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius

Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson

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Milla Jovovich first played her now-iconic heroine Alice in Paul W. S. Anderson’s 2002 horror-action film Resident Evil. Co-starring Michelle Rodriguez and Eric Mabius, the film follows a group of Umbrella Corporation commandos attempting to contain the dangerous T-virus while trapped in a secret underground facility. Loosely based on the first two games of the Resident Evil game series, the film would launch one of the most successful horror sagas in modern cinema. Although far from perfect, Resident Evil remains a worthwhile mix of over-the-top action and horror that does justice to its source material, largely thanks to Jovovich’s fiercely committed lead performance.

Train to Busan (2016)

Train to Busan
Train to Busan

Metacritic: 73 %

Imdb: 7.6/10

118m

Genre Horror, Thriller, Action, Adventure

Stars Gong Yoo, Kim Su-an, Jung Yu-mi

Directed by Yeon Sang-ho

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Train to Busan is among the most successful South Korean movies in recent memory. Set on a KTX high-speed train from Seoul to Busan during a zombie outbreak, the film follows Seok-woo, who, along with his daughter and fellow passengers, must stay alive on the speeding train. A near-perfect blend of thrills, chills, and relevant social commentary, Train to Busan is a successful take on the zombie genre. Emotional without sacrificing the action expected from a zombie movie, Train to Busan excels as a purely entertaining action-adventure and a genuinely harrowing horror picture.

X (2022)

X
X

Metacritic: 80 %

Imdb: 6.5/10

106m

Genre Horror, Thriller, Mystery

Stars Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow

Directed by Ti West

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Ti West’s X is among the best films of 2022 and a brilliant slasher that proves the subgenre is very much alive. Starring an ensemble led by a hypnotic Mia Goth in a dual role, the plot centers on a group of pornographers wanting to shoot a film in an elderly couple’s secluded farmhouse. However, it soon becomes clear they are being targeted by a dangerous killer when they start dying under gruesome circumstances. Excelling as a commentary on sexuality and old age and a loving ode to 1970s cinema, X is a fascinating horror picture from a remarkably daring and unabashed mind.

Anaconda (1997)

Anaconda
Anaconda

Metacritic: 37 %

Imdb: 4.9/10

89m

Genre Adventure, Horror, Thriller

Stars Jennifer Lopez, Jon Voight, Kari Wuhrer

Directed by Luis Llosa

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The campy cult classic that is Anaconda is a master class of absurd terror. Jennifer Lopez stars alongside Ice Cube, Owen Wilson, Eric Stoltz, Danny Trejo, and a scenery-chewing Jon Voight in this story about a documentary film crew in the Amazon rainforest who become prey to a massive green anaconda. With visual effects that are equal parts ridiculous and gruesome and a collection of over-the-top performances, Anaconda is a masterpiece of the elusive so-bad-it’s-good genre. It’s a truly bonkers picture that must be seen to be believed.

The Pope's Exorcist (2023)

The Pope's Exorcist
The Pope's Exorcist

Metacritic: 45 %

Imdb: 6.1/10

103m

Genre Horror, Thriller

Stars Russell Crowe, Daniel Zovatto, Alex Essoe

Directed by Julius Avery

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Oscar-winner Russell Crowe stars in Julius Avery’s 2023 supernatural horror film The Pope’s Exorcist. The plot follows Father Gabriele Amorth, the Chief Exorcist of the Vatican, who stumbles upon a centuries-old conspiracy within the church as he investigates the possession of a young boy. A strange, yet surprisingly effective showcase for Crowe, The Pope’s Exorcist is uneven, but suitably chilling. It might not be the best movie about exorcisms, but a series of creepy sequences and Crowe’s commanding performance make up for any flaws the film might have.

Suzzanna: Kliwon Friday Night (2023)

Suzzanna: Kliwon Friday Night
Suzzanna: Kliwon Friday Night

Imdb: 6.1/10

132m

Genre Horror, Drama, Fantasy

Stars Luna Maya, Achmad Megantara, Sally Marcelina

Directed by Guntur Soeharjanto

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Suzzanna: Kliwon Friday Night tells the story of a young woman cursed by a shaman and killed by dark sorcery. Resurrected as a vengeful spirit, the woman attempts to reunite with her newborn baby. Blending elements of the revenge thriller with straight-up horror, Suzzanna: Kliwon Friday Night is an unsettling, yet unexpectedly campy film that offers something for everyone. It might not be outright terrifying, but the film will successfully have audiences on the edge of their seats — and might even bring out a terrified scream once in a while.

El Conde (2023)

El Conde
El Conde

Metacritic: 72 %

Imdb: 6.5/10

112m

Genre Comedy, Horror, Fantasy

Stars Jaime Vadell, Gloria Münchmeyer, Alfredo Castro

Directed by Pablo Larraín

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Acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín directed the 2023 horror comedy El Conde. The plot revolves around a fictionalized version of infamous dictator Augusto Pinochet, who is, in this reality, a 200-year-old vampire seeking to end his life after all the pain and disgrace he’s caused. Taking a wicked and subversive approach to one of Chile’s most notorious figures, El Conde is a clever, biting, and unsettling satire whose real-life inspiration is far more horrific than anything depicted on the screen.

Insidious (2011)

Insidious
Insidious

Metacritic: 52 %

Imdb: 6.8/10

103m

Genre Horror, Thriller

Stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye

Directed by James Wan

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Horror king Patrick Wilson stars opposite the ever-underrated Rose Byrne in James Wan’s 2011 supernatural horror film Insidious. The plot centers on a desperate couple whose son falls into a coma and becomes the vessel for numerous demonic entities on a different astral plane. Guided by Wan’s now-distinctive approach to horror, Insidious is a truly terrifying nightmare that will leave audiences shaking. The film launched a wildly successful series, and while the sequels didn’t recapture the original’s quality, they at least maintained its atmospheric terror.

It Follows (2015)

It Follows
It Follows

Metacritic: 83 %

Imdb: 6.8/10

101m

Genre Horror, Mystery

Stars Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto

Directed by David Robert Mitchell

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Maika Monroe stars in the 2015 horror film It Follows. The plot centers on a young woman who becomes terrorized by a supernatural entity after a strange sexual encounter with her new boyfriend. The curse — passed from victim to victim via sexual encounter — will arrive in various forms, driving the young woman to the verge of desperation. Wearing its clever metaphors on its sleeve, It Follows is a perfect example of the elevated horror that dominated the big screen throughout the 2010s. It offers a clever narrative that is as scary as its thought-provoking.

The Strangers (2008)

The Strangers
The Strangers

Metacritic: 47 %

Imdb: 6.1/10

86m

Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Stars Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward

Directed by Bryan Bertino

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Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman star in the 2008 horror thriller The Strangers. The film follows a couple fighting for their lives against three masked attackers while at their vacation home. Featuring three genuinely unsettling antagonists, two compelling performances from Tyler and Speedman, and a screenplay full of unanswered questions, The Strangers is among the most disturbing horror films from the 2010s. The film understands there’s nothing scarier than the unknown and wraps its villains in a cloak of mystery that makes them all the more haunting.

Vivarium (2019)

Vivarium
Vivarium

Metacritic: 64 %

Imdb: 5.9/10

97m

Genre Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Horror

Stars Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg, Jonathan Aris

Directed by Lorcan Finnegan

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Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg stars opposite Imogen Poots in the 2019 horror film Vivarium. It tells the story of a couple trapped within the maze-like houses of a seemingly idyllic suburban neighborhood that hides chilling secrets. Stylish and clever albeit slightly frustrating, Vivarium‘s lofty ambitions might be too much for some viewers. However, a pair of committed leading performances and an intelligent screenplay unafraid to challenge and disturb are enough to elevate this sci-fi horror to new and terrifying heights.

Mr. Harrigan's Phone (2022)

Mr. Harrigan's Phone
Mr. Harrigan's Phone

Metacritic: 55 %

Imdb: 6.0/10

105m

Genre Drama, Thriller, Horror, Mystery

Stars Donald Sutherland, Jaeden Martell, Kirby Howell-Baptiste

Directed by John Lee Hancock

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Slowly but surely, Jaeden Martell has become a modern scream king through his consistent contributions to the horror genre. John Lee Hancock’s Mr. Harrigan‘s Phone sees him playing Craig, a young man who discovers he can communicate with his recently deceased friend through an iPhone. Aided by a creepy and scene-stealing Donald Sutherland, Martell makes the best out of the intriguing premise, elevating Mr. Harrigan’s Phone past other similar techno-horror movies. The film might not be based on one of Stephen King’s best-known stories, but it is among the best adaptations of the prolific author’s work.

Lights Out (2016)

Lights Out
Lights Out

Metacritic: 58 %

Imdb: 6.3/10

81m

Genre Horror, Thriller, Mystery

Stars Teresa Palmer, Maria Bello, Gabriel Bateman

Directed by David F. Sandberg

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David F. Sanberg’s 2016 supernatural horror film Lights Out stars Teresa Palmer and the ever-underrated Maria Bello. Based on Sandberg’s 2013 short, the film follows Rebecca, a young woman who must protect her younger brother from a vengeful supernatural entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother. Unsettling and offering a well-deserved showcase for Palmer and Bello, Lights Out is a superior supernatural nightmare with a compelling story that never forgets about the chills and thrills that audiences love.

The Babysitter (2017)

The Babysitter
The Babysitter

Imdb: 6.3/10

85m

Genre Comedy, Horror

Stars Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell

Directed by McG

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Bonafied modern scream queen Samara Weaving stars as the titular character in McG’s 2017 slasher comedy The Babysitter. The plot follows a lonely 12-year-old boy Lewis, who discovers his beautiful and mysterious babysitter, Bee, is the leader of a satanic cult and wants to kill him. Benefitting from Weaving’s deliciously wicked performance and a plot that excels at if not necessarily reinvents the slasher formula, The Babysitter is an entertaining blend of horror and comedy for fans of both genres.

I See You (2019)

I See You
I See You

Metacritic: 65 %

Imdb: 6.8/10

98m

Genre Thriller, Mystery, Horror, Crime

Stars Helen Hunt, Jon Tenney, Owen Teague

Directed by Adam Randall

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Academy Award winner Helen Hunt stars in the 2019 horror thriller I See You. The plot centers on a small-town detective who uncovers a violent presence in his home as he investigates the disappearance of a 10-year-old boy. With an eerie atmosphere, a surprising twist, and a committed cast, I See You is a chilling thriller that will keep audiences on edge.

Umma (2022)

Umma
Umma

Metacritic: 51 %

Imdb: 4.7/10

83m

Genre Horror

Stars Sandra Oh, Fivel Stewart, Dermot Mulroney

Directed by Iris K. Shim

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Umma stars television icon Sandra Oh alongside Fivel Stewart and Dermot Mulroney. The plot centers on a single mother leading a quiet and uneventful life with her homeschooled daughter on a secluded American farm. Things get complicated when her mother’s cremated remains arrive from Korea, and she soon finds herself dealing with a vicious supernatural presence.

Gerald's Game (2017)

Gerald's Game
Gerald's Game

Metacritic: 77 %

Imdb: 6.5/10

104m

Genre Horror, Thriller

Stars Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas

Directed by Mike Flanagan

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The underrated Carla Gugino stars opposite Bruce Greenwood in Mike Flanagan’s 2017 psychological horror film Gerald’s Game. Adapted from Stephen King‘s 1992 novel, the film follows a married couple at a secluded getaway home. Looking to rekindle their strained relationship, the man handcuffs the woman to the bed; however, he suddenly dies of a heart attack, leaving his wife in a dire situation. With little hope of escaping and a series of demons haunting her mind, the woman must do everything in her power to survive.

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

Ouija: Origin of Evil
Ouija: Origin of Evil

Metacritic: 65 %

Imdb: 6.2/10

99m

Genre Horror

Stars Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Annalise Basso

Directed by Mike Flanagan

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A prequel to the 2014 film Ouija, Ouija: Origin of Evil follows a woman and her two daughters who conduct a fraudulent seance business. Looking to improve their act, the woman introduces a Ouija board into her sessions, unknowingly summoning a vengeful spirit looking to possess her youngest daughter. Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel, and Henry Thomas star, with Mike Flanagan directing.

Old People (2022) new

r 101m

Genre Horror

Stars Melika Foroutan, Stephan Luca, Bianca Nawrath

Directed by Andy Fetscher

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Fearful of old age? Your terrors aren’t unfounded, friend, especially if your elder years turn out to be anything like the frightening geriatrics in director Andy Fetscher’s Old People. When Ella (Melika Foroutan) and her two children arrive home to attend her sister’s wedding, a legion of blood-hungry old folks descends upon the matrimony, hacking and slashing through anything that gets in their way. With films like Bingo Hell and now Old People, our go-to streaming platforms seem to be suggesting that we should heed the wise words of one Lloyd Christmas: Senior citizens, although slow and dangerous behind the wheel, will murder you the first chance they get.

The Munsters (2022) new

The Munsters Trailer #1 (2022)

pg 110m

Genre Comedy, Fantasy

Stars Jeff Daniel Phillips, Sheri Moon Zombie, Daniel Roebuck

Directed by Rob Zombie

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Rob Zombie may have made quite the name for himself with his traditional backwoods horror fare, including films like 31 and House of 1,000 Corpses. But in a refreshing change of pace, the maestro of terror takes his genre chops into a more family-friendly kind of playing field with his cinematic reimagining of The Munsters. Starring Jeff Daniel Philips, Sheri Moon Zombie, and Daniel Roebuck as Herman, Lily, and Grandpa Munster, respectively, our story follows Lily and Herman’s ghoulish wooing of one another, serving as a fun-filled prequel to the mid-1960s TV series that we know and love.

Veronica (2017) new

Veronica
Veronica

Imdb: 6.2/10

r 105m

Genre Horror

Stars Sandra Escacena, Bruna González, Claudia Placer

Directed by Paco Plaza

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When will the world learn that using ouija boards is a surefire way to get yourself mixed up with supernatural forces that won’t leave, even when you ask them nicely? In director Paco Plaza’s Veronica, the latest victim of the ghoulish phenomena turns out to be the film’s titular character, a 15-year-old girl who begins experiencing paranormal events after going a round with the infamous ouija. Veronica is an unsettling film for sure, effectively relying on tone and atmosphere more than one would expect in crafting what could have been just another possession film.

The Day of the Lord (2020) new

The Day of the Lord
The Day of the Lord

Imdb: 4.9/10

93m

Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller

Stars Juli Fàbregas, Ximena Romo, Héctor Illanes

Directed by Santiago Alvarado

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In The Day of the Lord, past demons simply won’t cease the constant plaguing of Menédez (Juli Fàbregas), a retired priest who has opted to live his remaining years in exile, as far away from his memories as possible. But an old friend comes calling with a request that would send chills down anyone’s spine: exorcise a supposed demon lurking inside the mind and body of the man’s daughter. Packed with terrifying visuals and emotive performances from the core cast, The Day of the Lord is a stellar addition to Netflix’s genre library.

Choose or Die (2022)

Metacritic: 43 %

Imdb: 4.7/10

r 85m

Genre Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction

Stars Iola Evans, Asa Butterfield, Robert Englund

Directed by Toby Meakins

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Co-written and directed by Toby Meakins, Choose or Die stars Iola Evans as Kayla, a window-cleaning college dropout who stumbles into a world of digitized doom when she accidentally enters herself and her pal, Issac (Asa Butterfield), into the wicked world of CURS>R, an ‘80s survival horror game that meshes into reality, forcing its “players” to make life or death decisions to reach the end of the terrifying campaign. Poking a lot of fun at the gaming subculture, Choose or Die delivers  a Pandora’s box of twisted tropes, and while it may be a bit much for some viewers, it’s hard not to at least appreciate the imaginative world-building of Meakins and his fellow creatives.

Incantation (2022)

Incantation | Official Trailer | Netflix

Imdb: 6.9/10

r 80m

Genre Horror, Thriller

Stars Elise Berggreen, Kellan Rhude, Dylan Pierce

Directed by Eric Gibson

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Here’s a solid blast of found-footage madness for you and yours to enjoy. Incantation is co-written and directed by Kevin Ko and stars Tsai Hsuan-yen as Li Ronan, a desperate mother who is suffering the consequences of accidental desecration. Years before, Li violated a sacred Chen ritual, leading her newborn daughter to be cursed by an ancient deity. With time running out, Li must now do everything in her power to lift the hex from her child before the deity consumes the innocent girl. While the narrative veers off course here and there, as a whole, Incantation is a mostly cohesive and kinetic bit of shaky-camera scariness that we bet most viewers will thoroughly enjoy.

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

Velvet Buzzsaw | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Metacritic: 61 %

Imdb: 5.7/10

r 113m

Genre Thriller, Mystery, Horror

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From the writer/director of Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy brings us another otherworldly Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle in the form of Velvet Buzzsaw, an elevated horror flick with wily, satirical undertones. Gyllenhaal plays Morf Vandewalt, an infamously discerning art critic. When Josephina (Zawe Ashton), Mort’s assistant, stumbles upon a collection of revered paintings by a deceased artist known as Vetril Dease (Alan Mandell), she brings the works to the attention of her employer and an art gallery owner (Rene Russo). But it turns out that Vetril’s paintings have a sinister “life after death” agenda, and they unleash supernatural mayhem onto all those who come into contact with the artisan’s inspired creations. A funny and gory deep dive into the world of elitist and high-browed art, Velvet Buzzsaw runs off the rails one or two times. But the end result is an ultimately original narrative and an ensemble of excitable roles honed by arresting talents.

Bird Box (2018)

Bird Box | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Metacritic: 51 %

Imdb: 6.6/10

r 124m

Genre Thriller, Drama, Science Fiction

Stars Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich

Directed by Susanne Bier

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Director Susanne Bier’s 2018 genre film Bird Box was released the same year as Jon Krasinski’s A Quiet Place, and both films deal with similar narrative threads — primarily, a reliance on humanity’s keen senses as a means for survival on a near-apocalyptic Planet Earth. In Bird Box, the story is about a world devastated by an omnipotently horrific presence that, if witnessed, renders a person insane and forces them into suicide. Five years after the presence first emerges, Malorie Hayes (Sandra Bullock), who’s caring for two children (one of which is her own), seeks salvation with the two kids, played by Vivien Lyra Blair and Julian Edwards. But in order to live, the trio must traverse a destroyed world without their ability to see. Based on the 2014 Josh Malerman novel of the same name, Bird Box presents an engaging concept that branches off into many exciting directions, and Sandra Bullock commands a relatable lead role. It’s not a perfect film by any means, but it’s definitely immersive and entertaining.

The Perfection (2018)

Metacritic: 60 %

Imdb: 6.1/10

90m

Genre Horror, Thriller, Drama

Stars Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Steven Weber

Directed by Richard Shepard

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In co-writer/director Richard Shepard’s The Perfection, the pursuit of music is the burning heart of the story, an artistic perdition that the film’s cast of characters is forced to reckon with. Allison Williams stars as Charlotte, an esteemed cellist who had to leave a prestigious music school in Boston to care for her dying mother. Upon returning, she becomes envious of a new student named Lizzie (Logan Browning), and the deep-seated jealousy leads to a loss of vital limbs, among other things. Bold in its visual execution and narrative beats, The Perfection has a wicked agenda, and as audience members, all we can do is attempt to enjoy the onslaught — a fairly easy feat considering the great tone, pacing, and performances.

Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight (2020)

Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight
Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight

Imdb: 4.9/10

r 102m

Genre Horror, Thriller

Stars Julia Wieniawa-Narkiewicz, Wiktoria Gąsiewska, Stanisław Cywka

Directed by Bartosz M. Kowalski

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In Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight, B-movie chills meet modern-day, reality-driven horrors when a group of unsuspecting teenagers arrive at a wilderness retreat where ditching phones, tablets, and laptops is the name of the game. Settling into this temporary way of life, it just so happens that an inventive serial killer is stalking the campground, forcing the tech-less heroes to do battle without the aid of their treasured devices. Writer-director Bartosz M. Kowalski serves up some familiar genre fare with Nobody Sleeps, creating enough of a stir in the horror community to warrant a sequel to the original tale.

1922 (2017)

1922 | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Metacritic: 70 %

Imdb: 6.2/10

r 102m

Genre Horror, Crime, Drama

Stars Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid

Directed by Zak Hilditch

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Based on the Stephen King novella of the same name, 1922 stars Thomas Jane as Wilfred James, a Nebraskan farmer at odds with his wife, Arlette (Molly Parker), over the land he considers their livelihood. Things get real when Arlette wants to sell the acreage and move to the city, but Wilfred wants no part of his spouse’s plans, so he instead decides to murder her with the assistance of his teenage son (Dylan Schmid). With the crime in the bag, local authorities become suspicious of Mrs. James’ disappearance, forcing the guilty son into a state of hysteria as the psychological weight of his misdeed weighs heavy on him. Powered by a compelling story and strong performances from its core cast, 1922 may not have the dazzle and clout of heavyweight Stephen King adaptations like It or The Shining, but it’s an excellent book-to-screen entry you won’t want to miss.

The Old Ways (2020)

The Old Ways
The Old Ways

Metacritic: 67 %

Imdb: 5.4/10

r 90m

Genre Horror, Fantasy

Stars Brigitte Kali Canales, Andrea Cortés, Julian Lerma

Directed by Christopher Alender

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In The Old Ways, Brigitte Kali Canales stars as Cristina, a journalist operating in the deep rainforests of Veracruz. When the reporter is captured by a suspecting witch doctor and forced into a number of sacred rituals to exorcise the evils inside her, Cristina must fight against her captor with everything she’s got in order to stay alive. A unique take on the typical “exorcism” sub-genre, The Old Ways delivers solid chills and surprises by effectively leaning on its close-quartered jungle environments and primitive religious practices.

Blood Red Sky (2021)

Blood Red Sky | Official Trailer | Netflix

Metacritic: 43 %

Imdb: 6.1/10

r 121m

Genre Horror, Thriller, Action

Stars Peri Baumeister, Carl Anton Koch, Kais Setti

Directed by Peter Thorwarth

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After a band of terrorists hijack a transatlantic flight, their goal is to collect a handsome ransom. What they weren’t expecting was that two of the onboard passengers possess a dark gift that could spell big trouble for both the travelers and their captors. If you can imagine the claustrophobic thrills of Red Eye crossing paths with the vampire sub-genre, you’re halfway home to unpacking the tantalizing horrors of Blood Red Sky, a great horror film set in the sky.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022)

TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE Trailer (2022)

Metacritic: 34 %

Imdb: 4.8/10

r 81m

Genre Horror

Stars Sarah Yarkin, Elsie Fisher, Mark Burnham

Directed by David Blue Garcia

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a franchise that has seen many peaks and valleys through its near-50-year saga. The latest entry, 2022’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre, is a direct sequel to the 1974 original film, ignoring all the other titles in the franchise. Our story follows Dante (Jacob Latimore), a social media influencer, and his close-knit band of friends. Arriving in a small Texas town that they plan to gentrify (much to the chagrin of the remaining locals), what the posse of pals doesn’t plan for is the emergence of a chainsaw-wielding brute that isn’t ready to vacate a dilapidated orphanage. While it lacks some of the tension-building and sensible character motivations of other Chainsaw flicks, this straight-to-Netflix iteration brings bold slasher sensibilities, exciting camera work, and an inventive (if not challenged) storyline to the fold.

No One Gets Out Alive (2021)

No One Gets Out Alive
No One Gets Out Alive

Metacritic: 43 %

Imdb: 5.3/10

r 85m

Genre Horror, Thriller, Mystery

Stars Cristina Rodlo, Marc Menchaca, David Figlioli

Directed by Santiago Menghini

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When Ambar (Cristina Rodlo) takes up residence at at a boardinghouse in Cleveland, her new living quarters prove troublesome. Encountering unplanned money issues, Ambar has no choice but to confront her landlord, a mysterious man named Red (Marc Menchaca) — a confrontation that plummets Ambar down a rabbit hole of ancient, sacrificial terrors. A stunning feature debut from director Santiago Menghini, No One Gets Out Alive is a visceral and haunting film that effectively leans on genre tropes to tell its story of a single fish in a big, terrifying new city.

A Classic Horror Story (2021)

A Classic Horror Story
A Classic Horror Story

Imdb: 5.7/10

r 95m

Genre Drama, Horror, Mystery, Comedy

Stars Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Francesco Russo, Peppino Mazzotta

Directed by Roberto De Feo, Paolo Strippoli

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Elisa (Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz) isn’t having the greatest days of late. On her way to Calabria with folks she’s never met before (her travels are arranged through a rideshare app), the RV ends up getting wrecked and one of the passengers injured. What’s more peculiar is that when Elisa awakens the next morning, she discovers that she and her fellow travelers are stranded in the woods. Soon after, the members of a mysterious cult descend on the wayward companions, forcing everyone to fight for their lives.

There's Someone Inside Your House (2021)

There's Someone Inside Your House
There's Someone Inside Your House

Metacritic: 45 %

Imdb: 4.8/10

r 96m

Genre Thriller, Horror, Mystery

Stars Sydney Park, Théodore Pellerin, Asjha Cooper

Directed by Patrick Brice

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Makani (Sydney Park) relocates from Hawaii to rural Nebraska, moving in with her grandmother to finish high school. All is normal until a sadistic killer emerges from the woodwork, terrorizing his victims with masks identical to their faces. It’s only a matter of time before the psychopath reaches Makani and those surrounding her. A decent slasher with enough scares to keep us all watching, There’s Someone Inside Your House owes plenty to genre kingpins like Scream and even Happy Death Day — although these other two films are a notch or two better in a few ways.

Coming Home in the Dark (2021)

Coming Home in the Dark
Coming Home in the Dark

Metacritic: 64 %

Imdb: 5.7/10

r 93m

Genre Thriller, Horror

Stars Daniel Gillies, Erik Thomson, Miriama McDowell

Directed by James Ashcroft

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From first-time writer-director James Ashcroft comes Coming Home in the Dark. When Alan, his wife, and two stepsons opt for a coastline retreat, their weekend of paradise becomes a masterful nightmare when two men known as Mandrake (Daniel Gillies) and Tubs (Matthias Luafutu) crash their little vacation. A seemingly innocuous encounter with the drifters soon turns malevolent, especially as the family realizes that this chance encounter may have been in the works for over two decades. A powerful debut with standout performances, particularly from Gillies, Coming Home in the Dark is sure to make us all think twice about hitting the beaches.

Don't Listen (2020)

Don't Listen
Don't Listen

Imdb: 6.1/10

r 98m

Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller

Stars Rodolfo Sancho, Ramón Barea, Nerea Barros

Directed by Ángel Gómez Hernández

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Don’t Listen stars Rodolfo Sancho as Daniel, a husband and father that is moving into a new home with his family. In the wake of an unforeseen tragedy, a grieving Daniel begins to experience paranormal events in his new home. Seeking out a paranormal expert to get to the root of the supernatural occurrences, what Daniel will discover will change his life forever. A creepy and foreboding haunted house chiller, Don’t Listen will have listening for every creak in your home a little extra carefully.

The 8th Night (2021)

The 8th Night | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB]

Imdb: 5.3/10

pg-13 115m

Genre Mystery, Thriller, Horror

Stars Lee Sung-min, Nam Da-reum, Park Hae-jun

Directed by Kim Tae-hyoung

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Nothing says “tantalizing fear” like the laid-on-thick stylings of a Korean horror film, and director Tae-Hyung Kim’s The 8th Night is no exception to this frightful formula. Following a once-exorcist-turned-monk named Park Jin-soo, the man is called upon by the Buddhist faith to do battle against a horrific ancient-evil — a centuries-old demon that is possessing humans and wreaking havoc. Filled with unusual shocks and beholden to an ultra-haunting atmosphere, The 8th Night is a spine-tingler for sure and a film you don’t want to miss.

Nightbooks (2021)

Nightbooks | Official Trailer | Netflix

Metacritic: 65 %

Imdb: 5.7/10

pg 103m

Genre Fantasy, Family

Stars Winslow Fegley, Lidya Jewett, Krysten Ritter

Directed by David Yarovesky

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Based on the horror-fantasy children’s book of the same name by J.A. White, Nightbooks stars Winslow Fegley as Alex, a creative kid with a penchant for coming up with scary stories. When captured by a witch (Krysten Ritter), the malevolent woman demands that Alex tell her a new spooky tale every night in order to stay alive. Can Alex’s ambitious ideas keep him from being destroyed? Nightbooks leans more toward a younger audience, and that’s OK in our book. After all, horror movies should be for everyone (well, not all horror movies). Delivering a dread-laced tone and immersive performances from the main cast, Nightbooks is a great horror flick for the whole family to take in.

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Malevolent (2018)

Imdb: 4.8/10

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Genre Horror

Cast Florence Pugh, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Celia Imrie

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Perusing the annals of the top streaming platforms, there’s a number of documentaries that chronicle the rise and fall of major startups — scam-artists that finally pay their penance. Such a premise is at play in the 2018 Netflix original, Malevolent. Starring Florence Pugh (Midsommar, Black Widow) and Ben Lloyd-Hughes as a fraudulent paranormal-investigation duo, the brother-sister team is called to a supposedly haunted estate to carry out their con-artist workflow — a job that takes a wicked turn when the decrepit homestead has plans of its own. A chilling haunted-house flick that doesn’t break the mold but lives comfortably in the confines of the tropes that laid its foundation, Malevolent is a fun plunge into a world of creepy whispers, slamming doors, and disturbed psyches turning on our main characters.

Oxygen (2021)

Metacritic: 67 %

Imdb: 6.5/10

tv-14

Genre Science Fiction, Thriller, Horror

Cast Mélanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric, Malik Zidi

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The director of The Hills Have Eyes (2006), Horns, and Crawl, Alexandra Aja takes a deep plunge into the popular crossover world of horror-meets-sci-fi with 2021’s Oxygen. The film stars Mélanie Laurent as Elizabeth Hansen, a woman who wakes up in a cryogenic pod with depleting oxygen levels, with no clue about how she got there. As the air pours out of her cell, Liz must fight to reclaim any semblance of who she is and why she’s been in a cryo-induced slumber. While the narrative may not be entirely fresh, you’ll want to watch Oxygen for the breathtaking lead performance from Mélanie Laurent, an actor who brings mighty chops to a role that a run-of-the-mill talent could easily phone in.

Fear Street: 1994 (2021)

Metacritic: 67 %

Imdb: 8.7/10

r 107m

Genre Horror, Mystery

Stars Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr.

Directed by Leigh Janiak

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Based on the R.L. Stine book series of the same name, the Netflix adaptation encompasses three films, kicking off with Part One: 1994. Our story follows Deena Johnson (Kiana Madeira) of Shadyside, a community plagued by a history of horrific murders. Many locals believe this to be the result of a hex from an ancient witch named Sarah Fier, but Deena doesn’t buy into the mythos. That is until several of Shadyside’s most wicked begin enacting savage acts upon the small town, thrusting Deena and her friends into an all-out fight for survival. An effective slasher and faithful homage to its source material, you can enjoy all three legs of the Fear Street chronology on Netflix.

Things Heard & Seen (2021)

Metacritic: 49 %

Imdb: 5.3/10

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Genre Horror, Mystery, Drama, Thriller

Cast Amanda Seyfried, James Norton, Natalia Dyer

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After relocating to the Hudson Valley from Manhattan, the Clare family takes up residence in an antique farmhouse. Enamored by his new teaching position (the reason for the family’s move), George Clare (James Norton) all but abandons his wife and daughter and begins a lusty affair with one of his students. Catherine (Amanda Seyfried) spends her days at their new home, feeling isolated and increasingly haunted by a presence roaming throughout. As a host of otherworldly apparitions and artifacts begin making themselves known to Catherine, George’s own skeletons begin creeping up on him and his family. A movie less about ghosts than the disintegration of one American household, Things Heard & Seen presents an atmospheric home and the helpless victims doomed to walk its halls forever.

Army of the Dead (2021)

Army of the Dead | Official Trailer | Netflix

Metacritic: 57 %

Imdb: 5.8/10

r 148m

Genre Action, Adventure, Horror, Crime

Stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick

Directed by Zack Snyder

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Zack Synder’s Army of the Dead finds the DC Comics auteur back in his horror stomping grounds (Synder’s breakout hit was 2004’s Dawn of the Dead remake). Set in a zombie-ravaged present day, the film follows Scott Ward (Dave Bautista), an ex-pat living on the fringes of a desolate Las Vegas. When handed the opportunity of a lifetime by casino magnate Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada) — break into the quarantine zone to make off with a large surplus of cash before the city is nuked — the anti-hero assembles a wrecking team of hardened warriors and experts to carry out the heist with. A massively staged amalgamation of action and horror, the carnage is abundant and the story is rich for Synder’s return to the world of the undead.

#Alive (2020)

#Alive | Official Trailer | Netflix

Imdb: 6.3/10

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Genre Action, Drama, Horror

Cast Yoo Ah-in, Park Shin-hye

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When hordes of the undead have taken over, sometimes the only thing left to do is hole up and pray for better days. In #Alive, Yoo Ah-in stars as Oh Joon-woo, a stranded survivor of a zombie overtaking. Sanctioned off in his apartment and cut off from any kind of communication, all hope seems lost when Joon-woo discovers his family is gone. That is until a red dot from a laser pointer lands in his apartment. With the promise of another survivor nearby, Joon-woo picks himself up and attempts to find a way out of his hell-infested residence. Fast-paced, packed with gore, and gripping performances, #Alive unearths terrors in big and surprising ways through its hour-plus runtime.

Crimson Peak (2015)

Crimson Peak - Official International Trailer (Universal Pictures) HD

Metacritic: 66 %

Imdb: 6.5/10

r 119m

Genre Horror, Thriller, Romance, Mystery

Stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston

Directed by Guillermo del Toro

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Edith (Mia Wasikowska), the American heiress to a mighty family fortune, agrees to marry the elusive but charming Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). Whipped away to England, the bride spends her days roaming the ruinous halls of Allerdale Hall, her lofty husband’s decaying residence. After a series of horrific apparitions make themselves known to Edith, the young woman learns that her dashing groom may have a closet packed to the brim with skeletons and other horrific revelations. An exciting addition to the haunted house sub-genre, packed with exquisite visuals and terrifying ghosts, Crimson Peak is an unforgettable foray into a nightmarish mansion that only Guillermo del Toro could imagine.

The Block Island Sound (2021)

The Block Island Sound
The Block Island Sound

Imdb: 5.3/10

r 103m

Genre Horror, Science Fiction

Stars Michaela McManus, Chris Sheffield, Neville Archambault

Directed by Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus

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When unexplained phenomena begin plaguing the island and surrounding waters of Block Island, Harry (Chris Sheffield), the son of a fisherman, and Audry (Michaela McManus), an Environmental Protection agent and Harry’s sister, are put on the trail of a mysterious and malevolent force. Premiering at the Fantasia International Film Festival, The Block Island Sound spends its time building a lush atmosphere of dread, a moody tone buttressed by believable performances from the main ensemble and tactful directing on the part of Kevin and Matthew McManus.

Before I Wake (2016)

Metacritic: 68 %

Imdb: 6.2/10

pg-13 97m

Genre Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Stars Kate Bosworth, Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane

Directed by Mike Flanagan

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Reeling from the death of their young son, Mark and Jessie (Thomas Jane and Kate Bosworth) decide to take in a foster child named Cody (Jacob Tremblay). When Cody tells his adoptees of his nighttime fears, the parents dismiss his terrors as nothing more than childlike wonder at play. But when Cody’s dreams start coming to life before the family’s eyes, what begins as a benign series of projections quickly devolves into horrific nightmare creatures that Mark and Jessie are forced to contend with. We’ve all seen horror flicks about kids dealing with their fears. What sets Before I Wake apart from the flock is its focus on the paternal point of view and emotional complexities of welcoming new love while stomaching grief.

His House (2020)

HIS HOUSE | Official Trailer | Netflix

Metacritic: 72 %

Imdb: 6.5/10

r 93m

Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller

Stars Sope Dirisu, Wunmi Mosaku, Matt Smith

Directed by Remi Weekes

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A powerful debut from director Remi Weekes, His House follows Bol (Sope Dirisu) and Rial (Wunmi Mosaku), a South-Sudan couple fleeing their war-torn confines across the English Channel. Suffering a hardship on their way across the water, the pair are granted probational asylum in Britain. Settling into a shanty tenement unit, Bol does what he can to acclimate to U.K. culture as Rial clings to her Sudanian roots. When a series of haunting entities make themselves known to the couple, Bol and Rial begin to question their own sanity as they grapple with the torments and stigma of refugees. A well-balanced amalgamation of social commentary meets unsettling horror film, His House is an absolute must-see.

Apostle (2018)

Apostle | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Metacritic: 62 %

Imdb: 6.3/10

r 130m

Genre Horror, Mystery, History, Thriller, Drama

Stars Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, Lucy Boynton

Directed by Gareth Evans

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It’s 1905, and Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) is on a search-and-rescue mission for his own sister, Jennifer. Imprisoned and held for ransom by a religious cult on a remote Welsh island, Thomas journeys to the isle under the guise of a convert. After meeting with several cult members and learning of their less-than-lovely intentions, Thomas is plunged headfirst into a mad world of blood sacrifice and a dark mythos brought to life. Filled with nightmarish imagery, impressive acting, and a hearty story, Apostle is a breathtaking addition to the folk horror sub-genre.

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)

Metacritic: 68 %

Imdb: 4.6/10

r 89m

Genre Horror, Thriller

Stars Ruth Wilson, Paula Prentiss, Bob Balaban

Directed by Oz Perkins

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Writer/director Osgood Perkins’ I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is a chilling ghost story about a live-in nurse named Lily (Ruth Wilson) who is hired to care for an ailing horror author, Iris (Paula Prentiss). Taking residence in Iris’s historic New England manor, Lily starts experiencing paranormal events, leading her to question the elder Iris about the history of the house. Denying any kind of phenomena, Lily begins investigating the domicile herself, leading to a series of shocking discoveries and grim truths about the manor’s past. This is a fantastic piece of horror cinema that really drives home the “less-is-more” mindset of filmmaking. A big slow burn of a movie, I Am the Pretty Thing… relies on eerie sound design, lingering camera-work, and a moody score to effectively sell its scares.