Netflix offers a ton of movies, but unless a movie is on the front page of the platform you might miss out on some great titles. The horror genre in particular is filled with a cluster Hollywood blockbusters, indie-horror or campy B-Horror some of them are great movies and some may leave you feeling unsatisfied. Lucky for you, I've watched approximately 80% of them so that you don't have to.
I will summarize what I believe to be the top 10 best horror movies on Netflix as well as a list of honorable mentions featuring blockbuster horror movies hidden on the platform.
10. Hush (2016)
Maddie (Kate Siegal, The Haunting Of Hill Haus) is a deaf writer who retreats to a house in the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life when a masked killer intends to make her his next victim. This home invasion movie relies very heavily on camera tricks to create suspense since there is almost no dialog through out the film. And for fans of The Haunting Of Hill House, if the suspense or feeling of dread in the Hush feels familiar it's because the director Mike Flannigan also created the Netflix blockbuster series.
9. The Invitation (2015)
The tension in this psychological thriller is palpable. The invitation is filled with taut dialog and intense character development. Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Upgrade, Prometheus) accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard). As the night continues Will begins to suspect his ex-wife and her new husband David (Michiel Huisman, Game of Thrones) have sinister plans in store for their guests.
8. Into The Forest (2015)
This post-apocalyptic thriller follows two sisters, Nell (Ellen Page, Juno) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld) as they try to survive on their own after a huge power outage knocks out all the electricity on earth.
7. In The Tall Grass (2019)
This Netflix original horror/psychological thriller, based on a novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill, will keep you on the edge of your seats. Brother and sister Becky and Cal DeMuth are on a road trip when they hear a boy crying from a field. Soon after entering the long glass field they realize they cannot escape and have stumbled upon an parallel universe filled with horrors.
6. Hold The Dark (2018)
Another Netflix original, Hold The Dark is a eerie horror thriller with spectacular cinematography. After three children are killed by wolves, writer and wolf expert Russel Core (Jeffrey Wright, Quantum of Solace) is hired by the mother (Riley Keough, American Honey) of a missing six year old boy to track down and locate her son in the Alaskan Wilderness.
5. Life After Beth (2014)
Life After Beth is an American zombie comedy starring Audrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) as Beth Slocum and Dane Dehaan (A Cure For Wellness) as Zach Orfman. After his girlfriend Beth dies Zach is left devastated. He begins to spend a lot of time with Beth's parents as a source of comfort. Suddenly Beth's parents begin to ignore Zach, not to intentionally distance themselves but because their daughter Beth has returned from the grave. When Zach discovers Beth is not dead his joy slowly turns to horror as she undergoes a horrible transformation.
This horror comedy rivals that of Tucker & Dale vs. Evil or Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse. It's deadly funny and full of gore.
4. Green Room (2015)
Green Room has to be one of the most underrated movies on Netflix. This horror/thriller is gritty, violent and filled with an amazing punk soundtrack. While on tour the band ,the Ain't Rights, discover their next gig is canceled. Instead of taking a day off a local radio host offers them an opportunity to play at a dive bar. Upon arriving at the venue the band discovers the venue is a neo-nazi hangout, they are reluctant to play the set, but need the money. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the Ain't Right witnesses a gruesome murder in the green room. The band is forced to fight for their survival as the neo-nazis attempt to cover up the murder.
3. Terrifier (2016)
Terrifier may be a campy slasher movie, but among it's peers it is an outlier. The film has since reached cult status with a sequel in the works. On Halloween night, Tara (Jenna Kanell) becomes the obsession of a murderous clown, Art The Clown. If the you have seen the poster you might recognize the maniacal clown. He has made appearances in two other films, the short film The 9th Circle and All Hallows' Eve.
2. The Ritual (2017)
The Ritual is a British supernatural horror film that follows four university friends reunited after the death of their friends. They decide to hike the Scandinavian forest in honor of their friend who passed away. However, one wrong turn leads them deep within the forest where they encounter an ancient evil presence.
I highly recommend this film, it's mysterious and suspenseful. The ending might leave you confused, but extremely intrigued.
1. The Autopsy Of Jane Doe (2016)
I saved the best one for last. Although the movie received a stellar reception I do not think this movie reached the potential level of success it could have achieved. The Autopsy Of Jane Doe follows a father and son, both coroners, as they perform an autopsy on a mysterious dead girl who was sent to them by the local police who were investigating a house where gruesome murder took place. The deeper they investigate Austin (Emile Hirsch, Into The Wild) and his father, Tommy (Brian Cox, X2 X-Men United) begin to realize this young girl may be harboring a sinister past.