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The Best Horror Movies on Netflix – Updated May 2021

Coming Soon

Coming May 1:

Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) and Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010). Two entries into this action-horror franchise based on the video game.

The Pelican Brief (1993). Not a horror movie, but this Julia Roberts-led thriller is the best of all the John Grisham books and movies and one of my all time favorite court room dramas. I’m including it here for all my true crime fans.

Zombieland (2009). A horror comedy about the end of the world, what’s more hilarious than that? Starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin, the movie follows these four as they adjust to the world after zombies have killed most humans. Bill Murray makes maybe the greatest cameo of all time.

Coming May 4:

The Clovehitch Killer (2018). I loved this fiction movie that seems to be loosely based on life at home with the family of the BTK strangler while he is actively killing people. This is the best horror movie coming to Netflix this month.

Coming May 5:

The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness (2020). A new Netflix original docuseries about the Son of Sam killer. Specifically, this series features a journalist who believes the killer was associated with a satanic cult.

Coming May 12:

Oxygen (2021). A sci-fi thriller about a cryogenically frozen woman who wakes up. She has to remember who she is in order to save her own life.

Coming May 14:

Haunted Season 3. Real people tell their true experiences with hauntings while creepy re-enactments are shown.

The Strange House. A family from the city moves to a small town and two brothers investigate why their house seems so haunted.

The Woman in the Window (2021). A highly anticipated adaptation of the bestselling murder mystery book by the same name. Amy Adams stars as an agoraphobic woman who cannot leave her New York City apartment, even when she sees her neighbor commit murder.

Coming May 19:

The Last Days. Spanish language sci-fi thriller about the end of the world.

Who Killed Sara?: Season 2. Another season of the recently released Mexica thriller series about a man who tries to get revenge on a powerful family for the death of his sister.

Coming May 21:

Army of the Dead (2021). A casino heist movie combined with a zombie outbreak movie.

Coming May 26:

Nail Bomber: Manhunt. Docu-series about terrorist bombings in 1999 London.

Coming May 27:

Black Space (2021). New psychological thriller series about a school shooting.

Coming May 31:

Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story. Season 2 of the Dirty John series. Each season focuses on a new true crime case. This season is the story of Betty Broderick, a woman who was convicted of murdering her ex-husband and his new wife.

Best of Netflix

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

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:

  • House at the End of the Street
  • American Crime: Seasons 1-3
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • The Boy
  • Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz

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