17+ Best Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now (September 2023)

What are the best horror movies on Netflix right now?

Jaws (1975) is essential viewing for all film fans.

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Netflix streams over 3,000 movies at any given moment. The movies change daily. So keeping track of all the best horror and scary movies on Netflix in 2023 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. If you’re looking for a good scary movie on Netflix, this is the best place to start.

Also, inspired by the recent addition to Netflix of Russell Crowe and his Italian accent in The Pope’s Exorcist, we’ve also compiled a list of spooky supernatural horror movies to watch in September: 12 Supernatural Horror Movies on Netflix in September 2023

Best Horror Movies on Netflix — September 2023

Jaws (1975)

Jaws (1975)
The world’s most famous killer shark returns to Netflix, with all four Jaws movies available to stream now.

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere officially ends in September, but any time of the year is perfect for a shark movie. Netflix now has the best shark movie, Jaws, and its three sequels of diminishing greatness.

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.

Crimson Peak (2015)

Crimson Peak (2015)
Crimson Peak was influenced by classic ghost films including The Innocents (1961) and The Haunting (1963).

Crimson Peak (2015) is a dark and gorgeous story of a tragic romance. Mia Wasikowska stars as Edith Cushing, an author who marries an inventor named Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). Edith moves into the Sharpe family mansion which is also home to Thomas’s conniving sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain). What follows is a classically-told ghost story involving secrets, betrayal, and, of course, the supernatural brought to life by one of the masters of visual storytelling, Guillermo del Toro.

Under the Shadow (2016)

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)

With her husband away during the Iran-Iraq War, Shideh (Narges Rahidi) and her young daughter are left behind in their apartment under the constant threat of attack. Shideh is determined to not let outside forces, both war and her country’s restrictive laws, keep her from living her life as she chooses. However, a dark presence inside her home threatens to break down what remains of Shideh’s will.

The Babysitter (2017)

The Babysitter (2017)
The Babysitter was directed by McG (Terminator Salvation, Charlie’s Angels) and written by Brian Duffield (Love and Monsters, Underwater). (pictured: Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Samara Weaving, Hana Mae Lee, and Andrew Bachelor)

Cole, a shy 12-year-old boy who lacks in self-confidence, has the best babysitter, Bee. Cole decides to see what Bee does whenever she’s babysitting him and he’s supposed to be asleep, but what he finds puts Cole in serious danger: Bee and her friends are part of a secret satanic cult. The Babysitter is a blast of a horror comedy that plays out like a cat-and-mouse chase as Cole tries to escape Bee and her friends, and people keep winding up dead.

Verónica (2017)

Veronica (2017)
Verónica is inspired by the real-life case of Estefanía Gutiérrez Lázaro who died in 1991 under mysterious circumstances.

Verónica is a Spanish film about a teenage girl who becomes possessed after using a Ouija board with two of her classmates. In the days after trying to contact her deceased father, Verónica (Sandra Escacena) is seemingly the focal point of an increasing amount of supernatural activity. Part haunted house movie and part demonic possession story, Verónica feels familiar in many ways, but it is still a highly effective horror movie. Verónica is so effective and scary that some people reported that they couldn’t even finish it.

Annihilation (2018)

Annihilation features a stellar cast including Natalie Portman, Tess Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Oscar Isaac.

Annihilation is a gorgeous and thought-provoking sci-fi horror film from writer/director Alex Garland. The story follows a group of people who investigate a mysterious phenomenon which transforms plant and animal life by scrambling their DNA. While its story may come across as too ambiguous for some, it is a strange and wondrous journey for those who wish to take it.

Cam (2018)

Cam (2018).
Cam was written by Isa Mazzei and is partially inspired by her own experiences as a camgirl.

Cam is a psychological thriller about a camgirl, Alice (Madeline Brewer), whose identity is stolen by woman who looks and acts exactly like her. Is this an extremely convincing case of identity theft, or is there something else going on? Cam is tense and creepy, and it is a great first feature from director Daniel Goldhaber and writer Isa Mazzei.

47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)

47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)
47 Meters Down: Uncaged is a standalone sequel to 47 Meters Down (2017).

47 Meters Down: Uncaged is a fun survival horror movie about a group of young women who become trapped in the submerged ruins of a Mayan city with a few ferocious sharks. The setting is interesting, the action is good, and for a shark-attack movie is has enough of a gimmicky twist to help it stand out from the rest.

Inhuman Kiss (aka Sang Krasue, 2019)

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).

Part monster movie and part tragic romance, Inhuman Kiss is a fantastically unique horror movie. The monster in question is a krasue, a supernatural entity that takes the form of a floating head with some of the missing body’s internal organs still attached to its neck. In Inhuman Kiss, a young woman in a love triangle who is cursed to roam around at night as a krasue.

Vampires vs. The Bronx (2020)

Vampires vs. The Bronx (2020)
Vampires vs. The Bronx is a great PG-13 horror comedy.

The looming threat of gentrification takes the form of a group of vampires in Vampires vs The Bronx. Three teens (played by Jaden Michael, Gerald Jones, and Gregory Daz IV) discover a plot to infest the Bronx with nests of vampires, and they take it upon themselves to save their community.

#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. It may also be the scariest movie currently streaming on Netflix.

Re/Member (2022)

Re/Member (2022)
Re/Member is based on the web novel (and later manga series) Karada Sagashi (translation: Body Search) first published beginning in 2011.

Re/Member is a time loop movie and a that unfolds like a survival game mixed with Japanese supernatural horror. It is about a group of high-school students who are tasked with participating in a morbid scavenger hunt. At night, they must search their school to find the body parts of a murdered girl so they can put them back together. They are stalked through the building by the “red person” who kills them in horrible ways, but when they die they wake up at home and are forced to relive the same day over and over until they complete the “body search.” Re/Member is a bit campy and cheesy in a Japanese-teen-horror kind of way, but it’s also a lot of fun.

Run Rabbit Run (2023)

Run Rabbit Run (2023)
Daina Reid, the director of Run Rabbit Run, previously directed episodes of Shining Girls (2022) and The Handmaid’s Tale (2018-2019). (pictured: Sarah Snook)

Run Rabbit Run is a psychological horror movie from Australia that follows a single mother, Sarah (Sarah Snook), whose young daughter Mia (Lily LaTorre) begins acting strangely. It’s as if Mia is becoming another person entirely, someone who brings up a dark past that Sarah doesn’t want to face.

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead is based on a manga which also served as inspiration for an anime series of the same name.

Akira Tendo is overworked and underappreciated in a career that turned out to be nothing like he expected. But when a zombie apocalypse breaks out in Japan, Akira is finally free to live life the way he wants. Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead is a fun zombie comedy that isn’t afraid to get extremely goofy with its premise.

Horror Movies New to Netflix and Coming Soon

Killer Book Club (2023)

Added to Netflix August 25, 2023.
A group of friends with a dark secret are stalked by a killer in a clown mask in this Spanish slasher.

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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.