Netflix has a massive library of movies, but if you're not browsing the front page, you might be missing out on some real gems. The horror genre, in particular, is a mixed bag of Hollywood blockbusters, indie scares, and those cheesy B-Horror flicks. Trust me, I've seen about 80% of them so you won't have to go through the hassle.
So here's the deal—I've handpicked what I consider to be the top 10 absolute best horror movies on Netflix. These spine-chilling films will keep you on the edge of your seat and give you that satisfying thrill you're looking for. But wait, there's more! I'll also hook you up with a list of honorable mentions that include some blockbuster horror movies hiding in the shadows of the platform. So get ready to have your Netflix horror game elevated to a whole new level.
10. Hush (2016)
In the suspenseful thriller "Hush," we follow the story of Maddie, portrayed by Kate Siegal (known for her role in "The Haunting of Hill House"). Maddie, a deaf writer seeking solitude, finds herself in a fight for survival when a masked killer sets his sights on her in the secluded woods. This home invasion flick takes a unique approach, relying heavily on camera techniques to build tension and create suspense since dialogue is kept to a minimum throughout the film.
If you're a fan of "The Haunting of Hill House," you might notice a familiar sense of suspense and dread in "Hush." That's because the director of the Netflix blockbuster series, Mike Flanagan, also helmed this thrilling movie, adding his signature touch to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Prepare yourself for a gripping experience as Maddie battles against all odds to outwit her relentless assailant in this intense and captivating film.
9. The Invitation (2015)
Get ready for a nail-biting ride with "The Invitation" a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This flick is all about the tension, with every scene brimming with suspense. You won't be able to tear your eyes away!
The story revolves around Will, played by Logan Marshall-Green (you might recognize him from "Upgrade" and "Prometheus"), who reluctantly accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife, Eden, portrayed by Tammy Blanchard. As the night unfolds, Will's suspicions start to rise, sensing that something dark and sinister is brewing behind the scenes. Adding to the mix is Eden's new husband, David, played by Michiel Huisman (yes, the dude from "Game of Thrones").
"The Invitation" weaves a web of intrigue, cleverly balancing taut dialogue and intense character development to keep you guessing until the very end. So grab some popcorn, buckle up, and prepare for an unforgettable evening filled with twists, turns, and an escalating sense of unease.
8. Into The Forest (2015)
This super intense movie about these two sisters named Nell and Eva (played by Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood) who are trying to make it in a post-apocalyptic world where there's no electricity. It's a crazy survival story that'll have you on the edge of your seat the whole time!
7. In The Tall Grass (2019)
A Netflix original movie based on a spine-tingling novella by the dynamic duo Stephen King and Joe Hill, this horror/psychological thriller is one wild ride. Meet Becky and Cal DeMuth, a brother-sister duo going on a road trip when they suddenly hear a boy crying from a nearby field. Curiosity piqued, they venture into the mysterious field, only to realize they've stepped into a parallel universe packed with nightmarish terrors. Trust me, once they're in, there's no way out. Get ready for a pulse-pounding journey as they face unimaginable horrors and fight for their lives. It's a mind-bending tale that'll have you questioning reality and holding your breath until the very end. So grab your popcorn and get ready to be thrilled!
6. Hold The Dark (2018)
Hold The Dark, a seriously eerie horror thriller that'll give you goosebumps. This one's got some top-notch cinematography that'll blow your mind. After three kids meet their demise at the paws of ruthless wolves, a wolf expert named Russel Core (played by Jeffrey Wright "Quantum of Solace") is hired by a mother of a missing six-year-old boy (played by Riley Keough from "American Honey"). She desperately wants her son found, and that's where our hero comes in. Prepare yourself for a thrilling ride through the vast and chilling Alaskan Wilderness as Russel ventures into the unknown to track down the boy. It's a wild journey filled with suspense, danger, and unexpected twists that'll keep you at the edge of your seat. Get ready to be captivated by Hold The Dark, a Netflix original that'll leave you craving for more!
5. Life After Beth (2014)
Life After Beth is an American zombie comedy that'll have you rolling on the floor. Audrey Plaza, who plays Beth Slocum, while the talented Dane Dehaan from "A Cure For Wellness" plays Zach Orfman. The story kicks off with Zach devastated by the death of his girlfriend, Beth. To find solace, he finds himself spending a lot of time with Beth's parents, seeking comfort in their presence. Beth's parents unintentionally start ignoring poor Zach, and you know why? Because their beloved daughter Beth has risen from the grave! As Zach discovers the horrifying truth behind Beth's return, his initial joy morphs into pure horror as she undergoes a grotesque transformation. This horror comedy is on par with the likes of "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil" or "Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse." It's a deadly funny ride packed with gore and laughs that'll keep you entertained from start to finish.
4. Green Room (2015)
Green Room is hands down one of the most criminally underrated gems you'll find on Netflix/Amazon Prime Video. Prepare yourself for a gritty and violent ride that'll leave you breathless. Oh, and did I mention the amazing punk soundtrack?
The Ain't Rights, a hardcore punk band on tour, hit a major bump when their next gig gets canceled. A local radio host offers them up a last minute show at a sketchy dive bar instead. The band arrives at the venue, all ready to play, only to find themselves smack dab in the middle of a neo-nazi hangout.
As one of the Ain't Rights witnesses a gruesome murder in the green room, everything spirals out of control. Suddenly, survival becomes the name of the game as the neo-nazis go to extreme lengths to cover up their heinous act. It's a battle for their lives, my friends, and the tension is through the roof.
3. Terrifier (2016)
Terrifier, a slasher flick that may seem campy at first glance, but let me tell you, it stands out from the crowd. This movie has achieved cult status and has even got a sequel in the works.
It's Halloween night, and our main character Tara, played by Jenna Kanell, finds herself caught in the twisted gaze of Art the Clown, a murderous and deranged clown. Trust me, once you've seen that poster, you won't forget his maniacal face. In fact, Art the Clown has made appearances in two other films, the short film The 9th Circle and All Hallows' Eve. So, if you're into slasher horror and want something that's both creepy and a little campy, Terrifier should definitely be on your radar. It's a cult classic in the making, and I can't wait to see what the sequel brings.
2. The Ritual (2017)
The Ritual, a British supernatural horror film that brings together four university friends after the tragic loss of their friend. Seeking to pay tribute to their departed comrade, they embark on a hiking trip through the Scandinavian forest. Little do they know, a single misstep takes them deep into the heart of the woods, where they come face to face with an ancient malevolent force.
Believe me when I say, this film is an absolute must-watch. It's filled with mystery and suspense. The ending might leave you with a mix of confusion and fascination. But that's what makes it all the more intriguing. So, if you're up for a thrilling supernatural experience, give The Ritual a go.
1. The Autopsy Of Jane Doe (2016)
Brace yourselves for The Autopsy Of Jane Doe, a movie that, in my humble opinion, deserved even greater recognition than it received. This gripping horror flick takes us on a chilling journey alongside a father and son duo who work as coroners. Their seemingly routine autopsy takes a spine-tingling turn when they receive the lifeless body of a mysterious girl, sent to them by the local police investigating a gruesome murder scene.
As they delve deeper into their examination, Austin (played by Emile Hirsch, known for his role in Into The Wild) and his father, Tommy (portrayed by the Brian Cox from X2 X-Men United), soon realize that this seemingly innocent girl holds a dark and sinister past.