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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. 

Gerald’s Game

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.

The Conjuring

Year: 2013
Director: James Wan
Rotten Tomatoes: 85 percent

Stacked with old-school scares, The Conjuring is a great choice for anyone looking to dive into a horror cliche and emerge screeching. Directed by James Wan (Aquaman), this is a story of paranormal activity set in the 1970s. The narrative centers around a paranormal investigator-slash-demonologist duo who are summoned to investigate a family and their new secluded and super-haunted farmhouse.

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: 1982
Director: Tobe Hooper
Rotten Tomatoes: 86 percent

Editor’s note: If it’s an old school horror classic you’re after, look no further than Tobe Hooper — who also directed ’74’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre — and Poltergeist. The narrative circles the story of a young American girl who’s sucked through her family’s TV set by demonic ghosts haunting her home, and is consistently unsettling from start to finish.


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.

The Witch

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.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Year: 1997
Director: Jim Gillespie
Rotten Tomatoes: 42 percent

Editor’s note: Another horror movie that is so much more than the sad tomato splat it’s been stamped with. This horror flick is pure ’90s teen slasher gold, one that centers around a hit-(ditch-the-body)-and-run situation, a creepy note, and some of the biggest movie stars that decade had to offer: Freddie Prince Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Philippe, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.


Year: 1990
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Rotten Tomatoes: 48 percent

Editor’s note: From one underrated ’90s horror to another. Flatliners — not to be confused with the recent remake — sees Keifer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Kevin Bacon playing on operating tables, attempting to explore what happens after — as the name hints — the EEG machine line goes flat.

Final Destination

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: 2005
Director: Eli Roth
Rotten Tomatoes: 61 percent

Editor’s note: Cabin Fever‘s Eli Roth directs Hostel, a completely fucked up (in the best way) movie that centers on three backpackers and the completely demented situation they find themselves in after checking in at a Slovakian city hostel. Advisable to avoid if your summer holiday plans of interrailing through Europe are already in place.


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.

The Invitation

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.

Cape Fear

Year: 1991
Director: Martin Scorsese
Rotten Tomatoes: 75 percent

Editor’s note: Martin Scorsese directs this epic Robert De Niro-starring crime thriller that follows a recently-released convicted rapist who seeks revenge on the family of the lawyer to originally defended him. Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Joe Don Baker, Juliette Lewis, Robert Mitchum, and Gregory Peck also star.


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.

Pan’s Labyrinth

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.

The Silence of the Lambs

Year: 1991
Director: Jonathan Demme
Rotten Tomatoes: 96 percent

Editor’s note: Potentially one of the most iconic thrillers of all time, Silence of the Lambs will fill you with fear quicker than you can say, “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” The movie is directed by Jonathan Demme and stars Jodie Foster as a young F.B.I agent named Clarice, Anthony Hopkins as a cannibalistic killer, and Ted Levine as the victim-skinning psychopath, Buffalo Bill.

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.

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