The 13 Best Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now
Gerald's Game (2017)
This adaptation of Stephen King's 1992 novel was a labor of love for director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush) who would routinely take a copy of the book to Hollywood meetings in case he was asked about his dream project. Carla Gugino stars as a woman left handcuffed to a bed in a remote house after her bondage-fan husband (Bruce Greenwood) dies of a heart attack.
Cult of Chucky (2017)
Fiona Dourif's character Nica from 2013's Curse of Chucky returns to be further terrorized by everyone's favorite killer-doll, this time within the confines of a mental institution. Writer-director Don Mancini's film succeeds in delivering bucketloads of fan-service (thanks to the presence of franchise veterans Jennifer Tilly, Alex Vincent, and, of course, the Chucky-voicing Brad Dourif), while also being a nicely nasty addition to the franchise in its own right.
Train to Busan (2016)
There's not much new about this South Korean movie — it’s essentially "zombies-on-a-train." But filmmaker Yeon Sang-ho weaves together all the best bits from half a century of undead tales to create a genuine heart-pounder of a film.
We Are Still Here (2015)
Filmmaker Ted Geoghegan's debut movie has terrifying ghosts, a wonderful central performance from Barbara Crampton, and the best ever onscreen demise of filmmaker Larry Fessenden (which, as aficionados of the Habit auteur's death-filled acting resume will be aware, is really saying something).
The Invitation (2015)
You're best off knowing as little as possible about this slow-burn movie, which stars Logan Marshall-Green from Prometheus and The O.C. But we do promise it features the worst movie dinner party since the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
The always great Lauren Ashley Carter plays the title role of a young woman who agrees to look after Sean Young's spooky old New York house — despite the awful thing which happened to the last caretaker. Mickey Keating's black-and-white chiller is a micro-masterpiece.
The Babadook (2014)
Has the titular monster's recent transformation into a gay icon robbed writer-director Jennifer Kent's film of its ability to terrorize the viewer? Hell. No.
This tricksy haunted house tale from New Zealand effectively turns into a different kind of movie every half hour or so — and they are all great.
It Follows (2014)
Maika Monroe plays a teen who has sex with her new boyfriend, only to discover that she is now being slowly, but relentlessly pursued by a terrifying entity. The best John Carpenter movie not actually made by John Carpenter.
The found footage horror anthology franchise reached a deranged peak with its second entry and, in particular, with Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto's Indonesia-set apocalypse cult tale, Safe Haven.
Cabin Fever (2002)
Want to see a really disgusting film about a highly aggressive virus eating the flesh of some friends out in the boonies? Hey, that's why God created director Eli Roth!
The Craft (1996)
This tale of four high school witches (Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True) is a horror-adjacent highlight of the dire-for-the-genre '90s. Want to learn more? Then check out our recent oral history.
Clive Barker's movie introduced a genuine horror icon in the form of Doug Bradley's Pinhead and remains an entertainingly weird slice of sadistic supernatural mayhem.