12 Best Horror Movies on Netflix for April 2023

This is what you should be watching on Netflix in April.

I See You (2019) quickly climbed to the #1 spot for movies on Netflix.

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Netflix has a lot of horror. So, as a supplement to our more extensive, ongoing article covering the Best Horror Movies on Netflix, this list is specifically designed to highlight the best horror and thriller movies on Netflix available in April of 2023. Special attention is paid to recent arrivals, popular horror, and all-time Netflix greats. We’ve also added some quick descriptors for each movie, so no matter what kind of horror you like, you’ll be able to quickly find what you’re looking for.

Must Watch Netflix April 2023

1. I See You (2019)

Helen Hunt as Jackie Harper in I See You (2019).
A dysfunctional family’s home is the site of unusual happenings in I See You. (pictured: Helen Hunt)

Director: Adam Randall | Runtime: 98 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: psychological thrillers, crime dramas, dark mysteries

When it begins, I See You is reminiscent of a supernatural film about a family fracturing after a mother’s (Helen Hunt) indiscretion, but as the mystery unfolds, the movie turns into something else entirely. With interesting characters and a clever plot, I See You is a solid choice for thriller fans.

2. Inhuman Kiss (aka Sang Krasue, 2019)

A krasue floats ominously in Inhuman Kiss (2019).
Inhuman Kiss was very successful in its home country, and it was Thailand’s entry for Best International Feature Film at the 2020 Academy Awards (though it didn’t make the final nominations).

Director: Sitisiri Mongkolsiri | Runtime: 121 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: folk horror, supernatural monsters, tragic love triangles

Featuring a krasue, a fascinating monster unique to Southeast Asian folklore, Inhuman Kiss challenges notions of “good” and “evil.” Sai, a young woman with a supernatural curse, is caught in a love triangle with two friends from her childhood. Inhuman Kiss is an emotional and bloody movie with a fantastic finale.

3. Play Misty for Me (1971)

Evelyn (Jessica Walter) scream while brandishing a knife in Play Misty for Me (1971).
Jessica Walter earned a Best Actress nomination at the 1972 Golden Globes for her role as Evelyn in Play Misty for Me.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Runtime: 102 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: classic thrillers, psychological terror, Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood is great as a radio DJ in Play Misty for Me, but Jessica Walter steals the show as Evelyn, an obsessive and dangerously jealous fan of Eastwood’s character. Play Misty for Me is a masterclass in the art of building tension throughout a film.

4. Kingdom: Ashin of the North (2021)

A pile of zombies eat a man in Kingdom: Ashin of the North (2021).

Director: Kim Seong-hun | Runtime: 93 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: revenge movies, South Korean zombies, dark themes

Kingdom: Ashin of the North is a prequel to the Netflix series Kingdom. It tells the story of Ashin, a woman whose entire village is massacred as part of a far-reaching conspiracy. Growing up amid hardship after hardship, Ashin finds herself on a path of revenge… a path which is filled with zombies.

5. The ‘Burbs (1989)

Tom Hanks looks wary in The 'Burbs (1989).
Tom Hanks (pictured on left) leads a phenomenal cast that also includes Carrie Fisher, Bruce Dern, Rick Ducommun, and Corey Feldman.

Director: Joe Dante | Runtime: 101 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: horror comedies, great casts, nosy neighbors

Prompted by boredom and spurred on by late-night horror movies, Ray (Tom Hanks) suspects his new neighbors of murderous deeds. Built on a mystery and enhanced with classic horror aesthetics, The ‘Burbs is suburban horror at its most comedic.

6. It Follows (2014)

The entity in It Follows (2014) stands way too close to someone in a doorway.
Writer/director David Robert Mitchell was inspired to make It Follows based on anxiety dreams he use to have about being followed.

Director: David Robert Mitchell | Runtime: 100 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: creeping dread, supernatural entities, timeless aesthetics

For some people, It Follows is just a supernatural monster movie about an entity that follows people like a curse. For others, It Follows is a cautionary tale symbolic of sexually transmitted diseases. Either way, it’s a fantastically chilling horror movie.

7. The Platform (2019)

A man tied to a bed is threatened with a bloody knife in The Platform (2019).
The Platform (El Hoyo, or The Hole in its original Spanish) won Best Special Effects at the 2020 Goya Awards in Spain.

Director: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia | Runtime: 94 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: sci-fi thrillers, dystopian themes, isolation horror

Set in a vertical prison where inmates are fed via a platform that descends from top to bottom, The Platform delivers sharp social commentary while giving its audience a thoroughly entertaining experience. Fans of dark science fiction movies are sure to enjoy The Platform.

8. Under the Shadow (2016)

Narges Rashidi in Under the Shadow (2016).
Under the Shadow is set in Tehran, Iran during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s during a time when Iraq performed “strategic bombing” on various Iranian cities. (pictured: Narges Rashidi)

Director: Babak Anvari | Runtime: 84 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: ghost movies, movies from a female perspective, psychological horror

Under the constant threat of war and the restrictive laws of her country, Shideh (Narges Rashidi) and her young daughter are targeted by a ghostly presence. Under the Shadow is a smart horror film that does a remarkable job of conveying the emotions of someone struggling to find their way and learn what matters to them in the face of insurmountable resistance.

9. The Call (2020)

The Call (2020)
The Call is inspired by the British/Puerto Rican film The Caller (2011).

Director: Lee Chung-hyun | Runtime: 112 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: South Korean thrillers, movies about time manipulation, serial killer movies

A telephone connects two women separated in time by 20 years, allowing them both to change the course of their lives. Tense, dark, and chilling, The Call is a must-see for fans of South Korean cinema.

10. His House (2020)

Sope Dirisu as Bol in His House (2020).
For South Sudanese refugees Rial (Wunmi Mosaku) and Bol (Sope Dirisu, pictured), horrors exist inside their new home, in the outside world, and within themselves. The horror is inescapable.

Director: Remi Weekes | Runtime: 93 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: haunted houses, an oppressive atmosphere, strong metaphors

His House tells the story of two refugee from South Sudan who discover a malevolent presence within their new home in London. The tense atmosphere of His House grabs a hold of you early, and it doesn’t let go until the final scene.

11. Andhaghaaram (2020)

Andhaghaaram (2020)
Andhaghaaram translates to “darkness” from its original Tamil language.

Director: V. Vignarajan | Runtime: 171 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: supernatural thrillers, slow burns, suspense, clever plotting

Andhaghaaram interweaves the stories of three men who experience supernatural phenomena. The connection between these men is where the heart of the movie resides. At nearly three hours, Andhaghaaram is for patient horror fans who want to sink themselves deep into a movie while watching a mystery unfold.

12. Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021)

Cindy (Emily Rudd) attacks Tommy in Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021).
Fear Street 1978 is the middle part of a trilogy that aired on Netflix over three consecutive weeks.

Director: Leigh Janiak | Runtime: 110 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: slasher movies, teen horror, supernatural killers

Fear Street Part Two: 1978 emulates the feeling of an old-school campground slasher flick. It probably qualifies as a teen horror, but it has enough gore to please a wide range of slasher fans.

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Chris has a degree in film studies at Temple University’s campus in Tokyo, Japan. He is a renowned expert on horror cinema.