Modern horror fans have the gift and the curse of endless selection. I have personally scrolled Netflix for over an hour without finding anything satisfactory to watch. This list is an ongoing collection of GOOD horror movies currently streaming on Netflix. Every month we’ll update this post with what’s coming to Netflix that month and our favs that are still on the platform.
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Coming Soon to Netflix
Coming September 1:
Agatha Christie’s Crooked House (2017). A star-studded adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel by the same name.
Level 16 (2018). A sci-fi thriller about girls at a private academy who realize what the school is meant to teach them.
Coming September 8:
Into the Night (Season 2). A second season of the Belgian thriller series about the passengers of a doomed plane.
Coming September 9:
The Women and the Murderer (2021). Documentary about a serial killer on the loose in 1990’s Paris.
Coming September 10:
Prey (2021). Horror movie about a group of friends on a hiking trip who are tormented by a man with a gun.
Coming September 15:
Nightbooks (2021). Horror movie about a boy whose obsessed with scary stories.
Coming September 24:
Midnight Mass (Season 1). New series from Mike Flannagan who previous directed two seasons of Hill House for Netflix.
Best Scary Movies on Netflix
Our top 10 horror movies currently streaming on Netflix:
The Fear Street trilogy (2021). A group of kids in Shadyside, Ohio investigate their town’s creepy history, especially as it relates to the dreaded Fear Street. The first movie introduces Deena and Josh Johnson, a brother and sister living in the “murder capital of the world”, Shadyside, home of the fictional Fear Street. The two realize that all of the murders in Shadyside are connected to a local urban legend about a real witch named Sarah Fier who now has her sights set on Deena’s girlfriend Sam. Part two goes back in time to a previous mass murder in Shadyside, the Camp Nightwing massacre of 1978. Part three is about the origin of the town’s curse and Sarah Fier.
The Strangers (2008). One of the best summer horror movies and worth a watch before any cabin trip. The plot follows a couple returning to remote cabin after a wedding and failed engagement. Exhausted and preoccupied by their troubles the couple slowly realizes they are being stalked by three masked strangers. The sequel, Strangers: Prey at Night (2018), is also on Netflix.
The Clovehitch Killer (2018). This is a really well done independent horror movie and it was finally added to Netflix this week. I love how this is a fully fictional story that is scary and compelling in it’s own right, but it also draws on a lot of not well-known info about the BTK Strangler. It’s about a boy who suspects his father might be his small town’s famed “Clovehitch” serial killer. To me, it sounds exactly like BTK’s daughter’s account of her upbringing she wrote about in her memoir, A Serial Killer’s Daughter. You can read about which parts of the movie are directly based on BTK and which are made up here.
Synchronic (2020). A thriller about two best friends who are paramedics together. One night, they begin to respond to a series of creepy calls related to a new drug on the streets with some pretty bonkers side effects. It turns out, the designer pills can induce time travel. One of our main characters starts experimenting with the drug while the other remains skeptical.
Crimson Peak (2015). New on Netflix on Friday, this is Guillermo del Toro’s gothic horror movie about star-crossed lovers. American Edith marries Thomas against the wishes of her family and runs away with him to England. At his definitely haunted countryside castle, she begins to regret her decision. This movie is so visually beautiful it could be about paint drying and it would still be in my top 10.
What Keeps You Alive (2018). An underrated LGBTQ horror movie about a couple who intend to have a romantic vacation at an isolated cabin in the woods.
Rust Creek (2018). A college student gets lost while on her way to a job interview. Unfortunately, she hasn’t told anyone about her trip and when she runs into some shady locals she realizes the danger she’s in as no one knows where she is. From there, things get horrifying (and methy). For true crime fans, this story may be a possible explanation for what happened to Maura Murray.
Things Heard & Seen (2021). Based on the novel All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage this murder mystery stars Amanda Seyfried as Catherine Clare, a woman who was axe-murdered in 1979. In a flashback to a year before the murder, Catherine and her husband George (played by James Norton) purchase their dream home in small-town New York and move from the city with their daughter Franny. Catherine is unaware the previous owners died by murder-suicide in the home. George teaches at a local college, and Catherine fixes up their new home. She hires the orphaned boys of the home’s previous owners to help her, though George suspects they resent the couple for buying their childhood home.
Cam (2018). Get ready to submerse yourself in the neon pink world of online sex work. Cam is a Netflix original horror movie about a cam girl who discovers her account has been taken over by a doppelgänger. Super creepy, anxiety-inducing, and fun to watch!
His House (2020). Horror fans are obsessed with this dark thriller about a refugee couple seeking asylum in England. The couple is granted public housing while they await their hearing, though it is made clear that any small infraction could get them deported. Following the rules gets a lot harder when they realize their house is haunted af. His House currently has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Leaving Netflix Soon:
- Abduction (2011)
- Angel Eyes (2001)
- Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
- Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
- Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
- Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
- The Fourth Kind (2009)
- The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
- The Possession (2012)
- The Ring (2002)
- America’s Book of Secrets (1 Season)
- Ancient Aliens (Season 3)
- As Above, So Below (2014)
- Cold Case Files Classic (Season 1)
- Click for Murder (2017)