Looking for the best scary movies on Netflix? Are you after the dingiest dungeons, creakiest manors, and deepest darkest woods that you can find? Then your search has led you to the right place.
Not only does Netflix have a strong rotating library of scary movies, but they also sit alongside their horror original efforts, like Gerald’s Game, Fear Street, and Bird Box.
So what are you waiting for? All aboard the Ship, we’re about to sail into the dark!
Army of the Dead (2021)
The divisive Zack Snyder returns to the world of zombie action years after his breakthrough with a remake of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. And the result is a bit of mindless undead fun. Dave Bautista stars as the leader of a ragtag group of former soldiers who are tasked with breaking into the zombie-overrun city of Las Vegas to retrieve millions in a safe under the city.
Fear Street (2021)
Leigh Janiak co-wrote and directed a trilogy of adaptations loosely based on the books by R.L. Stine. These great horror films tell the story of Shadyside, a small town cursed by a witch generation ago in a way that has led to waves of murders ever since. Smart, funny, and truly bloody, they first seem like mere homages to classic horror (and there are a ton of fun references for genre fans) but they also stand firmly on their own two feet.
Alexandre Aja returns to the art of the confined space with his follow-up to Crawl in this French-language thriller. It is about a woman (Melanie Laurent) who wakes up in a cryogenic chamber with no memory of how she got there or really even who she is. As she runs out of oxygen, she has to piece together the fragments of her memory. Laurent is fantastic in one of the best recent Netflix originals.
We Summon the Darkness (2020)
An indie horror movie is making a quick turnaround to Netflix. This 2020 genre flick stars Alexandra Daddario as one of three women who meet a bunch of guys at a metal show and end up taking them back to the house they’re sharing. Against a backdrop of Satanic murders, Marc Meyers flips the expected script in this tight, clever little thriller.
The Platform (2020)
This Spanish hit has been one of the most-watched new films on Netflix for all of March 2020. As the world deals with a pandemic, there’s something about watching a futuristic society that falls apart because of greed and selfishness. The concept is a great hook — a futuristic prison sends a platform of food down floor by floor, and there’s not much left by the time it gets to the bottom. Grisly and smart, this is a movie people will be talking about long after the pandemic.
His House (2020)
One of the best horror movies on Netflix, this Sundance darling is the tale of a pair of Sudanese refugees who flee to London only to discover ghosts have fled with them. It’s a harrowing, terrifying piece of work, elevated even further by its impressive commentary about how much people bring with them when they leave. Houses aren’t haunted; people are.
So, what are waiting for? Open your Netflix and Treat yourself!
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