If you're in the mood to watch a horror movie, the options abound on Netflix.
Netflix has made a ton of original horror movies, and some of them pair well with theatrical movie releases.
In addition to all the original horror movies, Netflix also has a large catalog of horror movies from other studios, including classics that are considered some of the best in the genre of all time.
From horror movies to award-winning classics, monster concoctions, and spooky ghost stories, Netflix has something for everyone.
Here's a look at the best horror movies on Netflix as of this month.
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Updated January 2022: Every month, Netflix makes big moves and removes a lot of movies from its library, replacing them with new ones. That means some of our best picks are gone, with more great movies coming to replace them.
A Stranger's Prey in the Night (2018)
In 2008, The Strangers was a surprising addition to the home invasion movie, one of the best in its subgenre. It took 10 years, but a sequel came.
Unlike the original, which was a tense home invasion horror film, the sequel, Prey at Night, was more stylized and went for a more retro look.
The result was an entertaining horror movie, another surprise entry to the franchise.
The three masked strangers are back and killing once more. Although seen as a critical disappointment, horror film critics gave it almost universal praise.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
One of the most financially successful films ever made was the 2007 independent horror film Paranormal Activity.
The first film in this franchise was directed by Oren Peli and produced by Jason Blum, it cost $15,000 and grossed $193 million worldwide. Since Paramount only paid $350,000 for the rights, it was the highest-grossing film ever.
The movie was a ghost story, shot as found footage, where a camera in a house showed different spooky events leading up to the spooky conclusion.
The movie spawned sequels and prequels, but it's still the best in the franchise.
It Follows is a 2014 horror thriller about a supernatural entity that haunts teenagers after sexual encounters.
The film takes the old horror trope of teenagers dying after having sex and makes the actual sexual act the triggering device for this entity, which begins to follow the children until it eventually kills them or they go on to have sex. sexual with another person. .
The film was a success, grossing $23 million on a budget of only $1.3 million. It also has a fantastic 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Francis Ford Coppola created his own film set in the universe of Universal's classic Dracula's Monster. It was Bram Stoker's Dracula, with Gary Oldman playing the vampire.
Although the casting was questionable in some areas, especially with Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker, the film was a huge success.
Dracula brought a gothic atmosphere to the story and focused more on that than on actual terror. He ended up winning three Oscars, including one for Makeup and one for Costume Design.
Crimson Peak (2015)
Guillermo del Toro returned to gothic horror in 2015 for the film Crimson Peak.
The cast was terrific, with aspiring author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) moving to England with her new husband (Tom Hiddleston) and sister (Jessica Chastain).
However, when the three of them move into the large, creepy, dilapidated mansion, Edith begins to see mysterious ghosts in the house and begins to fall into madness as everything collapses around her.
The Conjuring (2013)
The Conjuring (and its sequel) arrived on Netflix in February 2021.
The movie is based on real life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren and the stories of their famous cases.
In The Conjuring, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play Ed and Lorraine as they investigate a house that its residents believe is haunted.
However, before they can convince the Catholic Church to authorize an exorcism, they must first prove that an exorcism actually exists.
Shutter Island (2010)
Martin Scorsese made a genre film with Shutter Island, a horror thriller that plays with the viewer's expectations.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo are two special agents sent to Shutter Island to investigate a disappearance from an asylum for the criminally insane.
As they investigate, things start to change and it seems something supernatural might be to blame.
With Scorsese at the helm, the film is a masterclass, with everyone involved leading the audience through a twist-and-turn masterpiece.
Released in 2018, Apostle has a powerful talent behind the making of this movie.
First up is director Gareth Evans, best known for one of the best action movies in modern history in The Raid (2011). He directs Dan Stevens, best known for Marvel's Legion, in this period horror film.
Stevens plays a man who travels to a remote Welsh town in 1905 to rescue his sister from a mysterious cult.
If this all sounds a lot like classic The Wicker Man, then you're well on your way to understanding what this haunting horror movie is all about.
Eli is a Netflix horror movie that has a very scary premise.
A boy suffers from a rare disease that prevents him from leaving home. They keep him indoors and protected, but I heard of a facility that might be able to help him.
When they arrive, Eli is placed in a bubble and the doctors begin experimenting on him, often in painful and horrific ways. Soon, the boy and his parents discover that there may be more to this medical center than they bargained for and that his son's life may be in danger.
This terrifying Netflix movie has one of the most shocking endings you can imagine.
The Devil All the Time (2020)
Not all horror movies are about scary monsters or serial killers.
emthe devil all the time, Tom Holland stars as Arvin, the son of a World War II veteran named Willard, who came home with severe PTSD and instilled the fear of God in his family.
However, after a chance meeting between Willard and Carl, the two men go their separate ways that lead to dead bodies and broken dreams, as the father's sins are passed down as torture to the son.
Robert Pattinson also stars as a young preacher who comes to town with a lot more on his mind than just spreading the gospel.
Hell Party (2018)
Hell Fest is a 2018 slasher horror film currently streaming on Netflix.
Hell Fest is a traveling theme park that brings scares to the cities it visits. However, there is a masked man called "The Other" who is killing people behind the scenes.
He then leaves the corpses among the props that people pass through in the haunted houses. Like in most horror movies, it's up to a group of young adults to figure out what's going on and stop this killer.
The twist at the end is heartbreaking.
In 2016, Netflix released the original horror film Hush, directed by Mike Flanagan (Doctor Sleep).
The film stars Kate Siegel, who co-wrote the film, as a deaf woman named Maddie who has been unable to hear or speak since she was 13 years old.
A man shows up at Maddie's house in the woods, kills her close friend, and begins to stalk and torment Maddie.
The entire movie plays out like a game of cat and mouse as Maddie tries to fight off the man who's after her.
Gerald's Game (2017)
Another Stephen King horror movie on Netflix is Gerald's Game.
Unlike the other two on this list, this one was based on one of King's complete novels.
Mike Flanagan, who also directed Hush, directed this film that stars Carla Gugino as a wife who goes on vacation to a remote cabin with her husband (Bruce Greenwood).
When a sex game goes wrong and her husband ends up dead, she realizes she's handcuffed to the dead-end bed, and then she hears something outside, something hungry that might be coming for her.
Before Agreeing (2016)
Before I Wake, released in 2016, is another Mike Flanagan movie. It is the director's third on this list.
The film is a dark fantasy starring Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane as a husband and wife raising a foster child.
Their biological son drowned and died in the bathtub, and they soon discover that their new adopted son believes in a creature that haunts him called the Canker Man.
It soon turns out that the boy manages to control the monster, but it threatens to overwhelm him and destroy everything around him.
O Ritual (2017)
One of the most underrated and underrated horror movies of 2017 was The Ritual.
The movie has the same setting as all forest horror movies.It starts out like a dramatic movie., but it quickly turns into horror.
the ritual continuesFour college friends head into the woods for a walk in Sweden in memory of a friend who was killed in a robbery.
However, as they enter the forest, they begin to see and hear things and suddenly realize that something might be following them. When they end up lost, they begin to realize that something is hunting them.
This terrifying Netflix movie was made in the UK.