Best Horror Movies on Netflix (Updated September 2022)

What are the best horror movies on Netflix?

Rob Zombie’s vision of The Munsters (2022) hits Netflix in September.

Netflix streams over 3,000 movies at any given moment. The movies change daily. So keeping track of all the best horror movies on Netflix in 2022 can be a chore.

This list though is designed to help you quickly find all the best horror movies on Netflix. It’s updated constantly to ensure every movie is actually still on Netflix. From classics, to hidden gems, to new releases, this article should help you find the best movie to watch.

Best Horror Movies on Netflix

Seven (aka Se7en, 1995)

Seven (1995)
Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, and Gene Hackman were all considered for the part of Detective Somerset, the role brilliantly played by Morgan Freeman.

Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, and Gwyneth Paltrow, Seven is widely regarded as one of the best crime/thriller/horror movies of all time. It’s exceptionally dark for a mainstream murder mystery, and it’s practically required viewing for fans of the genre.

Resident Evil (2002)

Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil (2002)
The success of this first attempt at bringing the Resident Evil video games to the big screen led to a series that lasted about 14 years and includes six movies.

Though video-game purists may grumble about this adaptation of the ground-breaking 1996 game from Capcom, Resident Evil (2002) is a lot of fun. It’s campy while taking itself mostly seriously, there are a bunch of great zombies and various other monsters, and Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez are awesome action/horror stars. The rest of this series from director Paul W.S. Anderson (who wrote all six movies and directed four of them) is uneven at best, but this first entry is quality.

Identity (2003)

John Cusack in Identity (2003).
The strength of Identity is in its clever twists which make it a great film to watch multiple times.

Identity (2003) is a fantastic thriller that looks like a murder mystery on its surface, but it unravels into something else as the movie goes on. John Cusack stars along with Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, Clea DuVall, Rebecca De Mornay, and others as people who becomes stranded at a roadside motel during a rainstorm. As members of the group turn up dead, everyone begins to suspect that there is a murderer in their midst. Unlike a lot of mysteries where the fun is gone once you watch it and find out the truth, Identity is rewarding upon repeated viewings as you discover different meanings behind each character’s actions.

The Mist (2007)

The Mist (2007).
The ending of The Mist is one of the more brutal finales in mainstream horror.

Based on Stephen King’s novella of the same name, The Mist is a standout of late-2000s horror movies. Thomas Jane leads a stellar cast as a father who becomes trapped inside a supermarket when a monster-filled mist rolls into town.

The Girl Next Door (2007)

Blythe Auffarth as Meg in The Girl Next Door (2007).
Though The Girl Next Door was released in 2007, the visual quality of the film makes it look much older which helps give it a timeless feel.

The Girl Next Door (2007) is a disturbing movie about the torture of a teenage girl at the hands of her aunt, cousins, and other children from the neighborhood. The movie is an adaptation of Jack Ketchum’s book of the same name which was inspired by the real-life murder of Sylvia Likens in 1965. Being based on a true story, the movie is able to find a good balance that depicts some of the darkest sides of humanity without sensationalizing the violence.

Insidious (2010)

Insidious (2010)
Insidious is by director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell, the same duo who created Saw (2004).

Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson play parents Renai and Josh Lambert whose son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) falls into a coma after the family moves into a new home. Paranormal events accompany Dalton’s coma, leading the family to bring in investigators who uncover the disturbing truth behind their son’s predicament. Lin Shaye and Barbara Hershey also star in this fun genre flick.

Let Me In (2010)

Chloe Grace Moretz in Let Me In (2010).
John Ajvide Lindqvist, the author and screenwriter of the novel and film Let the Right One In, was very pleased with the American adaptation of his work.

Let Me In (2010) is a remake of the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In. Directed by Matt Reeves (The Batman, 2022) and starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee, the movie is about a lonely 12-year-old boy, Owen, who befriends Abby, a vampire who appears to be a girl about the same age as Owen. Though remakes of popular films from other countries are often difficult to justify, Let Me In manages to stand on its own as a very good film that is worth watching even for fans of the original.

Creep (2014)

Mark Duplass in Creep (2014).
Creep was partially inspired by weird experiences the director/cowriter/costar Patrick Brice had using Craigslist.

Creep (2014) is a strange and darkly humorous found-footage movie about a man, Aaron (Patrick Brice), who answers an ad offering $1000 for a day of “filming services.” The ad was put out by Josef (Mark Duplass), a man who requests that Aaron spend the day recording him as a video diary for his unborn child. Josef claims he has a brain tumor that will kill him soon, but his strange and erratic behavior makes Aaron believe there is something else going on. Creep is a quirky horror film perfect for when you’re in the mood for something very, very different.

It Follows (2014)

Maika Monroe in It Follows (2015).
Writer/director David Robert Mitchell also wrote and directed Under the Silver Lake (2018) starring Andrew Garfield.

It Follows (2014) is a wonderfully atmospheric horror film that at times feels like a monster movie, but at other times really emphasizes psychological terror. Maika Monroe stars as Jay, a young woman who inherits a curse after having sex with her boyfriend for the first time. Jay is stalked by a slow-moving yet completely relentless entity that can take the form of any person, though only Jay can see it.

Hush (2016)

Kate Siegel in Hush (2016).
Kate Siegel appears in many of Mike Flanagan’s films and series.

Director Mike Flanagan has a strong presence on Netflix, and Hush (2016) was his first movie to be released on the site. Hush stars Kate Siegal (who also cowrote the film with Flanagan) as a deaf-mute author who is stalked in her home by a masked killer. Flanagan constructs some incredibly tense scenes, making Hush easily one of the best variations of the home-invasion subgenre of horror and thriller movies.

Raw (2016)

The writer/director of Raw, Julia Ducournau, also wrote and directed one of the best films of 2021, Titane (2021).

Raw (2016) is a coming-of-age film… with cannibalism. Garance Marillier stars as Justine, a student at a veterinary school. A hazing ritual at the school includes forcing students to eat a raw rabbit kidney. Justine, as a vegetarian, is initially disgusted, but over time she begins to have an increasing craving for meat. As Justine attempts to hide her cravings while also figuring out just what is going on with her own body, she has a hard time controlling her impulses when people get too close.

It: Chapter One (2017)

It (2017).
Bill Skarsgård, Sophia Lillis, and Finn Wolfhard are among the bigger names in the film’s great ensemble cast.

This first chapter of the 2017/2019 adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel focuses on the Loser’s Club, a group of kids who face their darkest fears in the form of a shape-shifting monster who often takes the form of a fiendish clown named Pennywise.

#Alive (2020)

The star of #Alive, Yoo Ah-in, also appears in the Netflix series Hellbound (2021) as cult leader Jeong Jin-soo.

#Alive is one of the high-quality South Korean zombie movies that popped up in the large wake of Train to Busan (2016). In #Alive, a young man named Joon-woo (Yoo Ah-in) is trapped alone in his family’s apartment as a zombie apocalypse rages outside. The movie follows Joon-woo’s struggle for survival as his supplies diminish and his mental state deteriorates until he is forced to either do something or die alone.

Fear Street (2021)

Fear Street (2021).
The Fear Street trilogy was released on three consecutive Fridays in July of 2021.

Fear Street is trilogy of super-fun horror films that combine to tell one large story. The first movie is set in 1994 and feels like a teen slasher movie reminiscent of Scream (1996). The second film is largely told in flashbacks to 1978 and is made as an homage to campground slasher movies like Friday the 13th (1980). And finally, the final part of the trilogy flashes back to 1666 to tell a story of a witch hunt with a strong resemblance to The Crucible (1996).

Incantation (2022)

Incantation became Taiwan’s second highest grossing domestic horror film of all time.

Incantation is a found-footage movie about a mother who is cursed after taking part in the desecration of a religious ritual while she was pregnant. Six years later, the mother is plagued by supernatural events that threaten her daughter’s safety. The movie has been touted as one of the most terrifying movies to come out of Taiwan, and it is at least partially inspired by true events.

New Horror Movies on Netflix

Morbius (2022)

Added to Netflix September 7
Jared Leto and Matt Smith star in Sony’s latest attempt at building a shared universe of Spider-Man characters that exist, at least currently, without Spider-Man.

Morbius didn’t do spectacularly at the box office (even with two attempts), but this much-memed superhero horror movie may finally find its audience after sneaking its way onto Netflix. The movie is fun in a campy way, so if you missed it in theaters, now’s your chance to see what everyone was talking about.

Vampire Academy (2014)

Added to Netflix September 5
Vampire Academy is based on the novel series of the same name by Richelle Mead.

Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch), a half-human half-vampire, trains with others of her kind to protect peaceful vampires, the Moroi, from the evil Strigoi in this teen action-horror-comedy.

Resident Evil Movies

Added to Netflix September 1
Retribution is the fifth movie in the Resident Evil film series starring Milla Jovovich.

Netflix builds its library of Resident Evil shows and movies with the addition of three films from the Milla Jovovich series: Resident Evil (2002), Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), and Resident Evil: Retribution (2012). For those wanting to binge the whole series, those are the first, second, and fifth entries (out of six total). Hopefully Netflix will add the rest at some point.

Day Shift (2022)

Added to Netflix August 12.
Director J.J. Perry is best known for his work as a stunt performer and/or stunt coordinator in movies such as John Wick (2014) and Oldboy (2015).

Jamie Foxx stars as a father who, to make money to provide for his wife and young daughter, works as a vampire hunter. This action-horror-comedy costars Snoop Dogg and Dave Franco.

Upcoming Horror Movies on Netflix

The Munsters (2022)

Coming to Netflix September 27
The Munsters will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital the same day as its Netflix debut.

Rob Zombie reimagines The Munsters in a bright and campy comedy that tells the story about how Herman (Jeff Daniel Phillips) and Lily (Sheri Moon Zombie) first got together.

The Curse of Bridge Hollow

Coming to Netflix October 14
Marlon Wayans stars as a father who helps his daughter Sydney (Priah Ferguson) save their town when evil spirits bring Halloween decorations to life in this family movie.

Wendell & Wild

Coming to Netflix October 28
Wendell & Wild also features the voices of Lyric Ross, Angela Bassett, James Hong, Tamara Smart, and Ving Rhames.

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele provide the voices for demon brothers Wendell and Wild in this dark animated feature from director Henry Selick (director of Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas).

More Streaming/Watch Guides

  • Our list of the best Halloween movies is great for your October movie marathon and has streaming links to all major platforms.
  • If you’re looking for horror Netflix shows to binge, head over to this list of scary TV shows on Netflix.
  • Prefer Hulu? Check out the best horror movies on Hulu with this list.
  • The Creepy Catalog new horror movies guide is updated weekly and has every new release in the genre cataloged, as well as infuriation on where to see or stream the movie.
  • For more of the best-of horror, consider our list of the best horror movies of 2022 thus far and our finalized list of the best horror films of 2021. Or take a stroll down nostalgia lane with our guide to 90s horror movies.

Meet The Author

Chris Catt

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