The Best Horror Movies on Netflix – Updated June 2021

Coming Soon

Coming June 1:

Abduction (2011). Tayor Lautner and Lily Collins star in a thriller about a teenager who discovers he looks like the age progression photo of a missing child.

Stand by Me (1986). A coming of age movie, with a Stephen King twist.

The Wind (2018). A horror western about a two couples on the American frontier. One wife and then the other have paranormal experiences while pregnant and believed a demon wanted their unborn child.

Welcome Home (2018). A fighting couple decides a romantic trip to Italy will solve all their problems. Unfortunately, they run into a creepy new problem.

Coming June 9:

Awake (2021). A thriller about a world in which humans become suddenly unable to sleep.

Coming June 10:

A Haunted House 2 (2014). A found footage horror comedy starring Marlon Wayans.

Coming June 13:

The Devil Below (2021). A horror thriller about a group of adventurers who seek out a mysterious town called Shookum Hills.

Coming June 17:

Black Summer (Season 2). A “spiritual sequel” to Z Nation, this series follows the early days of a zombie apocalypse.

Coming June 23:

Murder by the Coast (2021). A documentary about the 1999 murder of Rocio Wanninkoff.

Coming June 24:

The Seventh Day (2021). A well known exorcist begins to train an inexperienced priest as they investigate a boy possessed by demons.

Coming June 25:

The A List (Season 2). Season 2 of the British teen fantasy show.

Coming June 30:

Sophie: A Murder in West Cork (Season 1). A documentary about the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a French woman who was killed while on vacation in rural Ireland two days before Christmas 1996.

Best of Netflix

Our favorite picks of what’s currently streaming, updated every month:

Things Heard & Seen. Based on the novel All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage this murder mystery stars Amanda Seyfried as Catherine Clare, a woman who is 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.

The Clovehitch Killer. 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.

The Woman in the Window. An agoraphobic woman named Anna Fox (Amy Adams) is confined to her New York City townhouse by her disease. She seeks therapy online, gets her groceries delivered, and generally is happy to keep to herself. Anna spends most of her time drinking red wine, watching old movies, playing online chess, and socializing in agoraphobia chat rooms (same). She also loves spying on her neighbors. That is, until a new family moves in across the street and Anna thinks she witnesses a murder.

Oxygen. A woman wakes up in a small cryogenic box with no idea who she is or how she got there. The only thing she does know is that she only has enough oxygen to live for another 43 minutes.

Sons of Sam. A different kind of story about David Berkowitz, the man who terrorized New York City in the summer of 1976 as the Son of Sam or .44 Caliber Killer. In this 4 part doc, journalist Maury Terry argues that there could have been multiple “sons” of Sam killers.

What Lies Below (2020). A new on Netflix sci-fi horror movie about a teenage girl whose mother has a strange new boyfriend. The trio spend time at mother and daughter’s lake house, where the boyfriend claims he has a job studying freshwater species. The movie doesn’t have very good reviews. It’s not “smart” horror, however, if you just want a scary cabin in the woods movie where bad things happen to pretty people, it will hit the spot.

Synchronic. 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.

The Invitation. One of my favorite modern horror movies. This is just a really unsettling psychological thriller about a group of old friends at a dinner party from hell.

The Serpent. A British true crime series about the French serial killer Charles Sobhraj, who spent the 1970s preying on Western backpackers on South Asia’s “hippie trail”. Sobhraj was known as “The Bikini Killer” and “The Serpent”. The series shows his flamboyant lifestyle stealing the identity of his victims and making money trading stolen gems.

The Darkness (2016). A Kevin Bacon led supernatural horror movie about a family who vacations at the Grand Canyon. On the trip, his son finds a rock in a cave and brings it home, unaware of the Anasazi that the cave rocks are actually demons in disguise. Life at home with a demon soon becomes challenging!

Why Did You Kill Me?. Also new on Netflix, this docuseries follows the family of Crystal Theobald, a 24-year-old mother of two who was mistakenly executed by a gang in Riverside, CA in 2006. Crystal’s family wanted answers about why the mom was was murdered. They created fake social media accounts and began catfishing gang members.

The Conjuring 2. Added last month, this horror movie follows real life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren as they investigated one of the most sinister hauntings of all time, the Enfield Haunting. Also, casual reminder that this movie is so scary, someone literally died watching it.

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. To be honest, this movie is so visually beautiful I don’t even care about the plot.

Deadly Illusions. A thriller about a famous writer who hires a nanny to care for her children while she battles with writer’s block. It premiered Thursday on Netflix so it’s brand new. Kristin Davis, Dermot Mulroney and Kelsey Grammer’s daughter star. I’m gonna be honest and say I think this movie looks very enjoyable but it also seems like it might be the same plot as ObsessedInconceivable, and Unforgettable. I’m not sure yet if this is just another spin on the “hot/evil girl trying to steal your husband” trope or something that can stand on its own.

The Block Island Sound. Indie horror movie about one family deteriorating in the isolated community of Block Island, RI.

I Care A Lot. This is not a horror movie! But it is such a good black comedy that I feel certain almost all horror fans are going to love it! Rosamund Pike stars as a scammer who has created an elaborate ruse of faking dementia in elderly people in order to get herself appointed as their legal guardian and steal their money. If you don’t ask too many questions, you could consider this the sequel to Gone Girl.

Murder Among the Mormons. Netflix series following the case of Mark Hofman, a conman and bomber who killed 3 people in Salt Lake City in 1985.

There’s Someone Inside Your House. Netflix is blessing us with a new murder mystery movie this weekend based on the best-selling Young Adult horror novel of the same name. The film adaptation seems super promising because of how well the book was received. One reviewer compared the book to an “homage to classic slasher movies like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer.” James Wan, co-creator of the Saw and Insidious franchises and creator of the Conjuring franchise, produced the adaptation. Patrick Brice, who directed Creep and Creep 2 directed.

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel. This Elisa Lam docuseries just dropped yesterday and it’s already #1 on Netflix. It explores the gruesome history of Los Angeles’ Cecil Hotel. Since its opening in 1927, the hotel has been the site of an extreme amount of violent deaths, most notable in recent memory is the disappearance and death of Elisa Lam. It’s only four parts, so you can certainly fit it into one night if you’re ambitious.

Behind Her Eyes. This week Netflix dropped their new thriller miniseries, Behind Her Eyes. The 6-episode series will be based on the book of the same name by Sarah Pinborough. Stephen King called the book “bloody brilliant” and the story promises a juicy twist ending.

The Unsettling. New series on Netflix. A girl is brought to a new foster home only to find herself trapped in a house of horrors. 😱

Gothika. This is a really great thriller from the early 00s. Halle Berry stars as a psychiatrist who wakes up as a patient in the mental hospital where she used to work. Part murder mystery, part ghost story this is a good way to engross yourself in something for 90 minutes.

Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer. This documentary just dropped on the platform Wednesday. It follows two Los Angeles detectives in 1985 as they struggle to catch the Night Stalker killer that had the city living in fear.

Death of Me. A mind-bending horror movie about a couple on vacation who think they got too drunk to remember the previous night. When they check their camera, they find a 2.5 hour video of one of them murdering the other. It’s really too bad they wasted the awesome horror movie title I Know Who Killed Me on that awful Lindsay Lohan movie.

The Vanished. A psychological thriller about a girl who disappears while on a camping trip with her family. It’s been in Netflix’s top 10 all week and people’s reactions to it is one of the main reasons it’s #1 on my watch list for this weekend:

Wanna guess the ending with me? Also worth noting that this movie was written and directed by Carlisle Cullen from Twilight.

Rust Creek. I watched this new release randomly because it’s currently trending on Netflix’s top 10. The beginning was the perfect landscape for something creepy to happen and I love how unsettling it was. It even sounded familiar enough that I became convinced that this is a possible explanation for what happened to Maura Murray. The plot is about a college student who gets lost while on her way to a job interview she hasn’t told anyone about. She runs into some shady locals and realizes the danger she’s in as no one knows where she is. From there, things get spooky (and methy).

Midnight Sky.  This Netflix science-fiction original is directed by George Clooney who also stars as a scientist in a remote research station who finds himself alone after a mass extinction event. Anyone else who is spending the holiday without their loved ones will appreciate the horrifying isolation vibes of this movie. Head over to Facebook to discuss the movie with other horror shut-ins on our watch thread.

The Ripper. Netflix’s new docuseries dropped this week. It’s about the tragic murders of 13 women at the hands of Peter William Coonan, known at the time as the Yorkshire Ripper. While the four episode series is as creepy as any well done true crime show, one of the most interesting and horrifying aspects of this case is how the Ripper’s victims are treated by the police and the public. Because he (like many murderers before and after him) preyed on sex workers, they are viewed as imperfect victims and “deserving” to die because of their professions.

Cam. Get ready to submerse yourself in the neon pink world of online sex work. This is a Netflix horror movie about a cam girl discovers her account has been taken over by a doppelgänger. Super creepy, anxiety-inducing, and fun to watch!

His House. 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. This gets a lot harder when they realize their house is haunted af. His House currently has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Blackcoat’s Daughter. A boarding school empties out for spring break and two students are left behind, one who is trying to avoid her parents and one whose parents neglect to pick her up. The religious school is super creepy in the winter darkness and I love this creepy, slow burn movie. Pay attention to the different POVs the story is told from and buckle up for the ending.

Calibre. A dark thriller about two friends on a hunting trip. After an accident, they engage in a coverup. As you can guess, it doesn’t end well.

Rebecca. This is a wonderful (and spooky!) remake of the Alfred Hitchcock movie from 1940 based on a 1938 gothic Daphne du Maurier novel. It’s perfect for a date night!

#Alive — What would you do if your balcony overlooked the end of the world? This Korean horror movie is about a man trying to survive a zombie pandemic from his apartment building. You might be thankful for your own cozy quarantine when you watch this movie and realize at least Coronavirus isn’t creating fast-moving zombies.

The Haunting of Bly Manor. This is a big premiere for Netflix, season 2 of last year’s super successful The Haunting of Hill House. This season is a riff off of one of the most famous horror stories of all time, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. It’s about a nanny who uncovers a series of disturbing secrets in her new employer’s mansion. In addition to horror, it’s being referred to as a “gothic romance” so we’ll probably get some sexy scenes as well. 

Vampires vs. The Bronx — This Netflix original stars a trio of young boys as their neighborhood becomes gentrified by vampires. It’s the perfect movie to watch with a horror lightweight who can’t handle too many scares, or as a little appetizer before something really scary. 

American Murder: The Family Next Door — If you haven’t seen this Netflix original documentary about Chris and Shannan Watts and their daughters… run, do not walk to your couch. At least, if you are a true crime fan. This doc was R-I-V-E-T-I-N-G but also terrifying. If you watch it, Chris Watts is going to be living rent free in your head for awhile. Know that.

The Babysitter: Killer Queen — This is the sequel to 2017 Netflix original The Babysitter. It was a modern camp classic about a boy (Cole) with a crush on his babysitter… who turns out to be a cold-hearted Satanic killer. You know, normal high school stuff. Equally funny and scary, Killer Queen follows up with Cole two years after the first film ends. It looks like fun!

1BR — A woman tries to start a new life in Los Angeles, but something in her apartment building isn’t right. Is it just LA or is there something wrong? This Netflix original is getting great reviews in the horror community and should definitely be on your to-watch list if it isn’t already.

Leaving Soon:

  • Satan & Adam (2018)
  • The Blair Witch Project (1999)
  • The Boy (2016)
  • The Fear of 13 (2015)
  • Hannibal (Seasons 1-3)
  • The Cell (2017)
  • Dark Skies (2013)

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