Looking for the best horror on Netflix? Here are the best (and up to date) horror movies and television shows currently streaming on Netflix!
Horror movies have always been my favorite. I’m sure it’s easy to tell that I’m drawn towards the strange, the weird, the unusual, and the morbid so I’m thinking me liking horror movies is no surprise. Luckily, there are plenty of options. If you’re looking for the best horror on Netflix – whether movies or shows – I’ve got you!
It seems the horror genre gets a lot of bad ones. Or, maybe all genres do and I just notice the horror ones more. In their own right though, B-grade horror movies can be pretty great too.
As Netflix changes up their collection, I’ll make sure to keep this best horror on Netflix list updated as much as possible.
Best Horror on Netflix – Movies
The world is under attack by creatures who hunt their human prey by sound alone. The movie centers around one family specifically and one of the children happens to have lost her hearing at 13 so the family has the advantage of knowing sign language. It is a German (English speaking) horror film that came before A Quiet Place but has a similar vibe.
In The Tall Grass
A brother and sister enter a field of tall grass to rescue a boy, but they soon realize they cannot escape and something evil lurks in the grass. This movie is based on Stephen King and Joe Hill’s (King’s son) 2012 novella of the same name. I think that’s all I need to say for you to understand what this is like. If you like suspenseful films with weird twists and turns, you’ll like this one.
Train to Busan
A man (Gong Yoo), his estranged daughter and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a zombie outbreak in South Korea.
I was actually surprised by how much I really enjoyed this film. It was a corny zombie movie like I expected and others must agree because it has 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
If you’re having a bad day, remember it’s not as bad as Ig Perrish’s (Daniel Radcliffe) day. After Perrish is blamed for the rape and murder of his girlfriend, he wakes to find he has grown a pair of devilish horns. Armed with newfound supernatural powers, he sets out to find her killer. Based on Joe Hill’s novel of the same name.
Possibly a cult movie, but it still freaks me out. Not so much the movie itself, but the idea of being haunted because yes I do believe it’s possible. When a couple move into their new home, they become increasingly disturbed by a supernatural presence. They set up video cameras in hopes of capturing evidence, but are not prepared for what’s to come.
I had this one on my “list” for a long time before I actually got to watch it. When I finally watched it, I was kind of angry with myself for taking so long, I can assure you that you’ll never anticipate how this ends. The synopsis is a troubled musical prodigy and a new star pupil embark down a sinister path.
The Green Inferno
I’m a bit of an Eli Roth fan after Hostel so maybe I’m of the minority who enjoyed this movie. Activists head to the Amazon to protest the destruction. However, their plane crashes in the jungle and they are taken captive by a tribe of hungry cannibals.
Definitely a cult classic, I love the Final Destination movies. I’ve never driven behind a semi truck the same since. The series (there are five of them) focuses on groups of people trying to avoid Death after living past when they were supposed to die causing a rift in Death’s design.
This Netflix original is underrated in my opinion. I had no idea what to expect but it was way different than I anticipated. Reuniting after the tragic death of their friend, four college pals set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. A wrong turn leads them into the mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil exists and stalks them at every turn.
Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
The remake of this classic horror film is currently on Netflix for your streaming pleasure. Teenagers Nancy, Quentin, Kris, Jesse, and Dean are all neighborhood friends who begin having the same dream of a horribly disfigured man who wears a tattered sweater and a glove made of knives. The man, Freddy Krueger, terrorizes them in their dreams, and the only escape is to wake up. But when one of their number dies violently, the friends realize that what happens in the dream world is real, and the only way to stay alive is to stay awake.
Friday the 13th (2009)
The remake of this classic horror film is also on Netflix. Against the advice of locals and police, Clay (Jared Padalecki) scours the eerie woods surrounding Crystal Lake for his missing sister. But the rotting cabins of an abandoned summer camp are not the only things he finds. Hockey-masked killer Jason Voorhees lies in wait for a chance to use his razor-sharp machete on Clay and the group of college students who have come to the forest to party. Definitely watch this on Friday the 13th while also learning about all the Friday the 13th superstitions and traditions.
I think this was probably the first A24 movie I watched and I was hooked ever since. The Witch is set in 1630 New England. Panic and despair envelop a farmer, his wife, and their children when the youngest son Samuel suddenly vanishes. The family blames Thomasin, the oldest daughter who was watching the boy at the time of his disappearance. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, twin siblings Mercy and Jonas suspect Thomasin of witchcraft, testing the clan’s faith, loyalty, and love to one another.
Another Eli Roth film (and one that a lot of people don’t like I think). A college student vacationing with friends in the mountains mistakenly shoots a local man with a skin infection while hunting in the woods. Panicking, he abandons the scene and leaves the man for dead. When the man stumbles into a reservoir, he infects the water supply, and soon one of Bert’s friends becomes infected. The friends struggle to stop the contagious, flesh-eating disease while on the run from a group of ornery backwoods locals out for revenge.
Best Horror on Netflix – Shows
American Horror Story
American Horror Story is a long-running horror show – arguably the best horror tv show? AHS is an anthology horror drama series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Each season has a different theme, but as you find out, they’re somehow connected from season to season. Many of the same cast returns each season but as different characters.
One of my favorite seasons? Coven (season 3) which was filmed in New Orleans.
A series adaptation of the hit horror film franchise. Instigated by a cyberbullying incident that goes viral, a brutal murder in Lakewood stirs memories of a crime spree from the town’s past that has haunted some, intrigued others and maybe just spawned a new executioner. At the center of the story is a group of teenagers — with two old friends struggling to reconnect at its heart — who, says the network, “become lovers, enemies, suspects, targets and victims of a killer who’s out for blood.”
The Haunting of Hill House
One of the creepiest shows on Netflix (or anywhere) is the reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same name. This series follows siblings who grew up in what became the most famous haunted house in the country. As adults, they return in the face of tragedy where they must confront the ghosts of their past and the actual ghosts of Hill House.
Both binge and cringe-worthy, Bates Motel follows Norma Bates and her son, Norman. Norma buys a motel in the coastal town of White Pine Bay after her husband’s death. The two share an intensely and uncomfortably close relationship. The series is inspired by the 1960 horror film Psycho explores the formative years of Norman bates and how his complicated bond with his mother forged a serial killer.
This reimagining of Bram Stoker’s Dracula was refreshing and creepy. Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to meet a new client and finalize the sale of a stately house in London but finds himself trapped in a terrifying maze-like castle of undead brides with a vampire Count whose ambition is to conquer the world.
Penny Dreadful brings together classic literary characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. This show brings those and more together by exploring their origin stories woven together in this very dark thriller.
Sarah Bennett’s parents were murdered by a killer known as “The Executioner” 30 years ago. Now, she returns to the quiet community of Waterbury, where the killings occurred, to start over with her husband Dylan, but upon arriving they discover that things haven’t changed much. Sarah quickly finds herself at the center of a series of murders that revolve around the seven deadly sins, which appear to be the work of “The Executioner.” But the original killer who went by that name, Tom Winston, is in prison so it can’t be him.