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. Blood Red Sky (2021)

This creepy and inventive German-language chiller has become a standout hit on the service. When a group of terrorists hijacks a transatlantic flight, they're surprised to discover that one woman on board will go to any lengths to protect her son—up to and including unleashing her vampire side.

2. The Perfection (2019)

The dark side of musical genius is explored in this gory 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). It's a triangle of jealousy that only gets twistier—and more twisted—from the first frame to the last.

3. Gerald's Game (2017)

A romantic weekend retreat turns into a claustrophobic struggle for survival for Carla Gugino after her husband 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.

4. The Conjuring (2013)

The cinematic universe of paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren begins with the 2013 original. Here, a Rhode Island farmhouse is the setting for their spooky investigation.

5. The Ritual (2018)

Four friends on a hiking trip in the Swedish wilderness find forces both natural and unnatural could interfere with their return home.

6. 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 the aforementioned Gerald's Game and 2019's Doctor Sleep.

7. Creep (2014)

Mark Duplass stars in this low-budget found-footage chiller about a very strange man named Josef who solicits the help of a videographer. As the bizarre behavior mounts, Josef seems to be looking at his new hire more like a victim than an employee.

8. Tales From the Hood 2 (2018)

Keith David headlines this anthology horror movie executive produced by Spike Lee and featuring five tales of socially conscious terror.