The 11 Best Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now
The psychology behind our love of horror films is pretty simple: We love the adrenaline rush, and we feel comparatively safe knowing that a hatchet-wielding clown isn’t lurking outside our window. (Probably. Feel free to go check.)
If you’re ever in the mood for those particular thrills without leaving the comfort of your couch, there’s an easy solution: Kill the lights and check out any one of the best scary movies on Netflix right now.
1. The Perfection (2019)
The dark side of musical genius is explored in this gory and inventive thriller about a cello prodigy (Allison Williams) who returns to her old private school to find her teacher (Steven Weber) taken with a new student (Logan Browning), a triangle of jealousy that only gets twistier—and more twisted—from the first frame to the last.
2. Gerald's Game (2017)
A romantic weekend retreat with her husband turns into a claustrophobic struggle for survival for Carla Gugino after he drops dead and she's left handcuffed to their bed. This adaptation of Stephen King's novel is one of the rare films to do right by the author, preserving his psychological (and visceral) scares.
3. Train to Busan (2016)
A workaholic father and his daughter board a train bound for one of the few territories in South Korea not occupied by zombies. To get there, they’ll have to survive the infected passengers, who totally ignore their seat assignments and sanctioned dinner options.
4. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
An effective B-movie with a clever conceit: A small-town coroner and his son perform what they believe is a routine autopsy on an unidentified female body. Once the exam begins, the corpse begins to reveal an increasingly disturbing series of secrets.
5. Hush (2016)
At a remote retreat, a deaf writer (Kate Siegel) finds her solitude disrupted by a masked intruder who has no apparent motive other than to terrorize her. The film was praised by Stephen King, and director Mike Flanagan would go on to make two King adaptations, including 2017's Gerald's Game and 2019's Doctor Sleep.
6. Emelie (2015)
A couple celebrates their wedding anniversary by inviting a babysitter named Anna to look after their three kids while they go out to dinner. Unfortunately for all parties involved, Anna isn't really Anna, and her motivations go far beyond picking up a few dollars. Emelie commits to one of the largest taboos in the horror genre: It's not afraid to pick on little kids.
7. The Witch (2015)
This tale of a 1630s outcast Puritan family troubled by paranormal activity tends to be divisive. You'll either enjoy the methodically slow burn, or you won't. Give in to the movie's deliberate pacing and you'll likely find that it excels in delivering an unbearable sense of dread. And you'll never look at goats the same way again.
8. Green Room (2015)
Patrick Stewart sheds his proper image to portray a man prone to excessive profanity and ethnic biases in this gritty horror-thriller. When a punk band plays a gig in the middle of nowhere, they're dismayed to discover that all roads lead to a murdering, marauding group of neo-Nazis led by Stewart.
9. Insidious (2010)
Patrick Wilson moves into a new home that has all the signs of being haunted. It's not the property, however, but his son that has become a conduit for evil.
10. The Invitation (2015)
Fans of the slow burn should enjoy this potboiler about a man (Logan Marshall-Green) invited to his ex’s dinner party, which takes a turn for the weird. The last scene is a killer.
11. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Anthony Hopkins became a modern (and Oscar-winning) boogeyman as Hannibal Lecter, the eloquent cannibal who plays mind games with FBI Agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) in this Best Picture Oscar winner.
Reminder: Netflix rotates their library of titles often, so our selection of the best scary movies on Netflix is subject to change. The above titles are part of Netflix's U.S. library.