If you like your Netflix and chill time with a side portion of "actually, this isn't chill at all," the streaming giant has your back. Alongside all the lighthearted comedies, lurk a variety of horror movies that are just waiting to stress you TF out.
Netflix's selection of horror movies spans a range of different sub-genres, ranging from old school classics like the supernatural Poltergeist and apocalyptic From Dusk Till Dawn to cheesy ’90s teen slashers like I Know What You Did Last Summer. There are Korean zombies, haunted houses, Stephen King adaptations, A24-produced indies, exaggerated splatter movies (which helped to influence an entire hip-hop music genre, horror core), and much, much more.
In fact, Netflix has so many great horror movies to choose from that deciding which film to scare yourself silly with is actually quite a mammoth task. To make things a little easier for you, we've waded through the clutter, gathered our favorite horror movies on Netflix right now, and put them in a list alongside their respective Rotten Tomatoes score, so you really know what you're getting yourself into.
Keep scrolling to find our selection of the 20 best horror movies on Netflix right now.
Year: 2017 Director: Mike Flanagan Rotten Tomatoes: 90 percent
Editor's note: Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House) directs this adaptation of Stephen King's novel, Gerald's Game. The psychological thriller follows Jessie and Gerald, a couple trying to spice up their marriage in a remote lake house. Of course things don't go to plan and events take a turn for the less-than-sexy when Gerald dies and Jessie is left handcuffed to the bed.
Year: 2015 Director: Jeremy Saulnier Rotten Tomatoes: 91 percent
Editor's note: The quarantine life won’t seem so bad once you witness the enclosed space in this film’s secluded music venue. Members of a punk rock band find themselves trapped in the Green Room after watching a violent crime committed by neo-Nazis who want to eliminate all evidence of the crime, including the witnesses. — Emma Li
Train to Busan
Year: 2016 Director: Yeon Sang-ho Rotten Tomatoes: 95 percent
Editor's note: This Korean thriller is a full-on stress-inducing fright fest. Not only is Sang-ho Yeon's zombie horror full of dead folk who can run, but the unlucky souls who find themselves in the middle of this too-realistic apocalypse must flee the zombies, all while being trapped on a train.
Year: 2019 Director: Richard Shepard Rotten Tomatoes: 73 percent
Editor's note: Allison Williams, the hidden villain of Get Out, plays a musical prodigy who finds herself at odds with a new star pupil. The film blurs the line separating reality and fiction, which only escalates as we reach the climax. — Emma Li
Year: 2004 Director: Patrick Kack-Brice Rotten Tomatoes: 40 percent
Editor's note: What Creep may lack in fresh tomatoes, it more than makes up for in satisfactory nope-inducing feels. Those feels are particularly pertinent for anyone who's ever taken the subway alone at night and fear what could be lurking in all those dark tunnels. Creep answers those questions, and you might not want to travel solo again for a while.
Year: 2015 Director: Robert Eggers Rotten Tomatoes: 91 percent
Editor's note: Hailing from A24, director Robert Eggers weaves a hauntingly beautiful narrative that takes place in 1830s New England. This is a story of witchcraft (as the name suggests), black magic, possession, and a demented black goat called Phillip, who became so popular when the movie released he even had his own Twitter account.
Year: 2010 Director: James Wan Rotten Tomatoes: 66 percent
Editor's note: From the mind that brought you The Conjuring, Aquaman, and The Nun, Insidious is another go-to for horror fans familiar with the work of James Wan. A couple takes extra precautions when they move into their new haunted home and find their comatose son possessed. — Emma Li
It Comes at Night
Year: 2017 Director: Trey Edward Shults Rotten Tomatoes: 87 percent
Editor's note: Few survivors are left in an apocalyptic world where two families are left with no choice but to share a home in order to keep the evil out — until they discover that the true horrors lie within their walls. — Emma Li
Year: 2000 Director: James Wong Rotten Tomatoes: 34 percent
Editor's note: The first film in the now five-part strong Final Destination franchise sees Devon Sawa (whom you might know better as the human Casper) starring as our death-cheating protagonist. After saving himself and a handful of fellow classmates thanks to a prophetic premonition, the teenagers begin to understand that they were supposed to die, and death isn't about to let them off the hook so easily.
From Dusk Till Dawn
Year: 1996 Director: Robert Rodriguez Rotten Tomatoes: 63 percent
Editor's note: The lovechild of Robert Rodriguez (The Faculty and Sin City director) and Quentin Tarantino, From Dusk Till Dawn is a pulp-horror action flick with a cult following. The narrative follows sadistic siblings (played by George Clooney and Tarantino) and their hostages as they stop off at a desert strip joint called Titty Twister, which turns out to be populated by a bunch of vampires.
Year: 2002 Director: Gore Verbinski Rotten Tomatoes: 71 percent
Editor's note: In this modern classic, a newspaper reporter comes to terms with what appears to be an urban legend: a videotape viewing leads to a phone call notifying the viewer of their death in precisely seven days. Our trusty skeptic takes the task into her own hands when she finds that she has only seven days to resolve the mystery. — Emma Li
Year: 2016 Director: Mike Flanagan Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92 percent
Editor's note: Kate Siegel (The Haunting of Hill House) is our protagonist in Hush, an American slasher movie courtesy of Blumhouse. Siegel stars as Maddie, a deaf writer living a peaceful, isolated existence in the woods with her cat. That is, until a masked killer appears at her window and she's forced to fight for her life in total silence.
Year: 2015 Director: Karyn Kusama Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88 percent
As if having dinner at your ex-wife's house with her new husband in tow wasn't a nightmare-inducing setting enough as it is, The Invitation adds so many more layers of "no thanks." The evening kicks off by discussing the tragic death of their child, and gets increasingly deranged from there.
The Wicker Man
Year: 1973 Director: Robin Hardy Rotten Tomatoes: 89 percent
Editor's note: A police sergeant arrives on the island of Summerisle to investigate a missing child case. Along the way, he encounters the inhabitants’ pagan rituals and sexual practices in what could be mistaken as the origin story of Midsommar. — Emma Li
Year: 2017 Director: Zak Hilditch Rotten Tomatoes: 88 percent
Editor's note: Zak Hilditch (These Final Hours) helms 1992, a horror movie that's been championed as one of the more compelling Stephen King adaptations. The story follows a provincial man called Wilfred James who, after being forced to choose between divorce and giving up his farm land, winds up murdering his wife and manipulating his teenage son into helping him do so.
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
Year: 2016 Director: Oz Perkins Rotten Tomatoes: 58 percent
Editor's note: A classic, goose-bump inducing ghost story, this Netflix Original horror may not be the most original movie on this list but it certainly delivers the desired effect, and that's scaring you silly. Directed by Oz Perkins (aka the actual son of Psycho's Norman Bates and therefore horror royalty), the story follows a young nurse who cares for an elderly author living in a haunted house.
Year: 2006 Director: Guillermo del Toro Rotten Tomatoes: 95 percent
Editor's note: Guillermo del Toro's fantastical drama Pan's Labyrinth might not technically be classed as a horror, but it's safe to assume that anyone that has seen the Pale Man — aka the banquet demon with eyeballs on his hands — will agree that there are creepy elements in this film that are, frankly, haunting AF.
Year: 2004 Director: Masayuki Ochiai Rotten Tomatoes: 58 percent
Editor's note: Skip straight past the English-language 2008 remake and head straight for the original 2004 Thai horror, for not only is the Shutter OG much better, but it's also one of the few decent foreign horror flicks on Netflix at the moment. It tells the story of a young photographer and his girlfriend who, after a tragic accident, start to find mysterious shadows hiding in their photographs.
Year: 2018 Director: Susanne Bier Rotten Tomatoes: 63 percent
Editor's note: Bird Box exploits the importance of vision in horror films by introducing a world that’s plagued with an unknown force which kills those that cross its path. A woman and her children set their sights on a sanctuary even though it means they’ll need to complete their entire trip blindfolded. — Emma Li
Under the Skin
Year: 2013 Director: Jonathan Glazer Rotten Tomatoes: 84 percent
Editor's note: Perhaps more unnerving than classically scary, Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin is an absorbing and unnerving story of a young woman (Scarlett Johansson) driving around Scotland alone at night, seducing lonely men, and luring them into the void. Much of the movie was filmed with hidden cameras and most characters were played by non-actors.