26 Best Horror Movies on Netflix to Watch (Updated 2021)

26 Best Horror Movies on Netflix to Watch (Updated 2021)

Since the summer is getting hotter, this is the best time to become a binge zombie. Turn the air conditioner on and hit the couch! There is tons of content on Netflix to watch.

However, there are two types of binge lovers out there:

  1. Who love to watch horror movies and face their fears.
  2. Who refuse to watch horror movies.

So, if you are the one who loves to watch horror movies, this article has a list of all the horror movies on Netflix that you must watch in.

Apart from entertainment, another reason to watch horror movies, it makes you brave enough to confront the things you fear the most.

For this, I spend almost 72 hours to find the top best horror movies on Netflix right now on the platform.

So without wasting any time let’s see the following list of best scary movies that will turn scorching hot summers into binge paradise.

Best Horror Movies On Netflix to Stream in 2021


Director: Scott Derrickson

Writer: Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone, Michael Hall D’Addario, Clare Foley

Sinister revolves around Ethan Hawke as true-crime novelist Ellison Oswalt. To work on a new book moves his family into a home where the previous owners were brutally murdered, however, he is not aware of this fact.
Ellison stumbles upon a box of Super 8 reels of photos of an evil deity, Bughuul. It is believed that the images of Bughuul function as an opening point for him to step into our world.

2.Event Horizon

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Writer: Philips Eisner

Cast: Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne, Kathleen Quinlan, and Joely Richardson

Event Horizon blends time-twisting sci-fi narrating with really shocking body horror to terrible results. This 1997 film takes place in the year 2047 and tells the story of a group of astronauts sent on a rescue mission. The film is filled with aplenty nightmare-inducing scenes.

3.The Ring

Director: Gore Verbinski

Writer: Ehren Kruger

Cast: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, and Brian Cox

The Ring has a very interesting storyline, horror remakes are tough, but this one succeeds a big deal, thanks to Verbinski’s strong grip on creating a gloomy tone and maintaining tension.
The movie was released in 2002 and was a massive hit grossing $250 million, considering the genre, that’s a financial success as well.

4. Cargo (Netflix Original)

Cast: Martin Freeman, Anthony Hayes, Susie Porter
Directors: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke
Writer: Yolanda Ramke

This Netflix Original movie will take your horror movie experience to another level since its story is not like regular horror movies.

Cargo is a new take on Zombie genre, where you will see a struggle of a father to find a family that can take care of his daughter after a pandemic spreads of the Zombie virus in Australia.

5. IT (2017)

Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard
Directors: Andy Muschietti
Screenplay Writer: Chase Palmer, Cary Joji Fukunaga
Based On: Stephen King Novel

This horror movie is one of my favorites since it is based on the book of one of the finest novel writer Stephen King.

IT is all about the summer in small-town “Maine”, where a group of bullied children unites to destroy the shapeshifter scary clown who lives on kids of Derry.

And it starts getting deadly horrifying when children disappear from the town. Surprisingly a group of kids faces their biggest fear to kill that seemingly invincible clown.

6. Poltergeist (1982)

Cast: JoBeth Williams, Heather O’Rourke, Craig T. Nelson
Director: Tobe Hooper
Screenplay Writer: Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais

Malevolent otherworldly forces invade a suburban home and transform the house into a supernatural sideshow centered on the family’s young daughter.

Long story short, Poltergeist is a story regarding a family’s home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts.

7. The Boy (2016)

Cast: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell
Director: William Brent Bell
Writer: Stacey Menear

A baby sitter is so excited about the new job until she gets to know the kid she is going to take care of is actually a life-sized doll.

However, after she violates the list of rules while taking care of that boy, she surrounded by paranormal events, which finally makes her believe the doll is really a human boy cursed by a demon.

8. Apostle (Netflix Original)

Cast: Dan Stevens, Richard Elfyn, Paul Higgins
Director: Gareth Evans
Writer: Gareth Evans

In 1905, a drifter on a dangerous mission to rescue his kidnapped sister tangles with a sinister religious cult on an isolated island.

Apostle is a unique angle in the horror movie genre that you will love if you like to watch scary movies.

9.Shutter (2004)

Cast: Parkpoom Wongpoom, Banjong Pisanthanakun
Director: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom
Writer: Ananda Everingham, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, Achita Sikamana

This Thai movie is full of scary events in the life of a young couple. The horror events start happening just after the couple killed a young girl in a hit and run accident.

After that, the couple finds anonymous shadows in their photographs after the tragic accident. Shutter also gives us a lesson that you cannot run from your past if you did wrong to someone.

10. The Village

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan

When a young man tries to venture beyond his sequestered hamlet, his actions set off a chain of chilling incidents that alter the community forever.

A series of events tests the beliefs of a small isolated countryside village.

11. Hostel

Cast: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eythor Gudjonsson
Director: Eli Roth
Writer: Eli Roth

Three absent-minded students travel to Slovakia searching for a hostel end up with evil women, who use them as objects of unbearable torture.

12. 1922 (Netflix Original)

Cast: Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid
Director: Zak Hilditch
Writer: Stephen King (novel), Zak Hilditch (screenplay)

In the year 1922, A proud farmer plot to murder his wife to get all financial gain, brainwash his son to support him in this devilish plan.

However, their plan turns into horrifying consequences after his wife’s death, based on the Stephen King novel.

13. I am the Pretty Thing that Lives in the House (Netflix Original)

Cast: Ruth Wilson, Paula Prentiss, Bob Balaban
Director: Osgood Perkins
Writer: Osgood Perkins

This horror movie is based on somewhat typical scary stories but full of terrifying events.

I am the Pretty Things that Lives in the House” is a story about a nurse who is taking care of a writer in a haunted house.

14. The Babysitter (Netflix Original)

Cast: Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell
Director: McG
Writer: Brian Duffield

When Cole stays up past his bedtime, he discovers that his hot babysitter is part of a satanic cult that will stop at nothing to keep him quiet.

The Babysitter is a super horror comedy movie where one evening takes an unexpected turn for the worst for a young boy trying to spy on his babysitter.

15. The Conjuring

Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston
Director: James Wan
Writer: Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes

Based on true events, this spine-chiller tells the story of a New England family who begins having encounters with spirits in their farmhouse.

16. Train to Busan

Cast: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma
Director: Sang-ho Yeon
Writers: Joo-Suk Park, Sang-ho Yeon (screenplay)

While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan. Train to Busan is full of scary events that will make you hide your face behind something.

17. A Dark Song

Cast: Steve Oram, Catherine Walker, Susan Loughnane
Director: Liam Gavin
Writer: Liam Gavin

Grieving the death of her son, a woman hires an occult expert to lead her through a psychologically grueling ritual to contact her child’s spirit.

A Dark Song is the ultimate horror movie that you should not miss in summers.

18. The Ritual (Netflix Original)

Cast: Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier
Director: David Bruckner
Writer: Joe Barton, Adam Nevill (novel)

A group of college friends reunites for a trip to the forest but encounters a menacing presence in the woods that’s stalking them.

Best Horror Seasons to Watch on Netflix

Why waste a time when you are done with watching above mentioned best horror movies on Netflix? If the above-mentioned horror movies do not satisfy your binge craving with old horror flicks or, here is the list of Best Horror Series on Netflix:

  • Legacies
  • The Haunting of Hill House
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • American Horror Story
  • Bates Motel
  • iZombie
  • Penny Dreadful
  • Stranger Things
  • The Walking Dead
Salman Ahmed
Salman Ahmed

A tech geek, movie buff, a binge watcher, and online gaming enthusiast. Salman Ahmed loves to blog about all the latest movies, TV shows, trends and happenings in the IT industry.

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