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

Horror Movies on Netflix

Are you looking for the best horror movies to watch on Netflix in 2021? Then you are at the right place, my friend.

This article has a list of all the best horror movies on Netflix that you must watch.

I love scary movies and but only for entertainment purposes, horror movies make you brave enough to confront the things you fear the most.

For this list, I spent almost 72 hours finding the top best horror movies on Netflix right now.

So without further ado let’s see the following list of best scary movies on Netflix for the best binging experience. 

List of Best Horror Movies On Netflix to Stream in 2021

1.  1BR (2020)

Cast: Nicole Brydon Bloom, Giles Matthey, Taylor Nichols

Writer & Director: David Marmor

Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

The story revolves around Sarah (Nicole Brydon Bloom) starting a new life in Los Angeles moves into a sweet one-bedroom with a beautiful neighborhood, group BBQ, and friendly tenants, everything seems too good to be true until loud noises and movement around her apartment keep her awake at night.

Strange things start to happen and her cat goes missing and soon she figures out that her choosing this apartment was not a coincidence – the apartment chooses her. 

2. 1922 (2017) 

Cast: Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid

Director: Zak Hilditch

Writer: Stephen King, Zak Hilditch 

In the year 1922, A proud farmer plots 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.

3. Apostle (2018)

Cast: Dan Stevens, Richard Elfyn, Paul Higgins

Writer & Director: Gareth Evans

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror

In 1905, a drifter on a horrific mission to rescue his kidnapped sister encounters a sinister religious cult on a deserted island.

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

4. As Above, So Below (2014)

Cast: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge

Writer & Director: John Erick Dowdle

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A team of explorers ventures into Catacombs, the city of death, lies beneath the streets of Paris and unearths some dark secrets about the home of countless souls. 

As Above, So Below is a journey of terror and insanity that reveals the personal demons of the human psyche. 

5. The Babysitter (2017)

Cast: Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell

Writer: Brian Duffield | Director: McG  

Genre: Horror, Comedy

Babysitter is one of the most-watched Horror movies on Netflix. 

The story begins 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.

6. Before I Wake (2016)

Cast: Kate Bosworth, Oleksandr Reshetilov, Thomas Jane, Jacob Tremblay

Writer & Director: Mike Flanagan

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A couple, Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane) adopts an 8-year-old boy, Cody and later they find that the child is afraid of falling asleep because of his dreams and nightmares. Soon, they discover that when he sleeps his dreams manifest reality. The couple embarks on a terrifying journey to discover the truth behind Cody’s dreams. 

7. Berlin Syndrome (2017)

Cast: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich

Writer: Shaun Grant, Melanie Joosten | Director: Cate Shortland

Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery

Clare, an Australian photojournalist meets a charismatic man Andi on her holiday in Berlin. Their love blossoms quickly, followed by a night of passion. The romantic relationship takes a sinister turn when Clare finds herself alone in Andi’s apartment the next morning and could not find a way out. 

8. Bird Box (2018)

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich

Writer: Eric Heisserer, Josh Malerman  | Director: Susanne Bier

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

An unknown global terror driving most of the society to commit suicide, a mother attempting to save her two children must flee the society and cross the treacherous river. However, to save from unseen deadly forces the terrifying journey must be done blindly. 

9. The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015)

Cast: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton

Writer & Director: Oz Perkins

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Two Catholic schoolgirls found themselves battling against Satanic forces when they get left behind alone at their boarding school over a winter break. 

10. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Cast: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard

Co-Writer & Director: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

Genre: Horror, Mystery

Three amateur documentarians disappeared after traveling into Black Hills Forest to shoot a documentary on the legendary Blair Witch. No sign of the student filmmaker was found, other than raw footage they left behind. It is hands down one of the best horror movies on Netflix. 

11. Cadaver (2020)

Cast: Gitte Witt, Thomas Gullestad, Thorbjørn Harr

Writer & Director: Jarand Herdal

Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

A starving family of three takes shelter in a charitable hotel after a nuclear disaster. Soon, things get horrifying when people start to disappear inside of the hotel. 

12.  Calibre (2018)

Cast: Jack Lowden, Martin McCann, Tony Curran

Writer & Director: Matt Palmer

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Two childhood friends take a hunting trip for a weekend into a remote area that quickly turns into a nightmare when they face a thrilling situation. Both are tested to the limit, now they have to hide their paranoia and act normal. 

13. Cam (2018)

Cast: Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters

Writer & Director:  Daniel Goldhaber

Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery

Alice, an erotic webcam performer, faces an issue of identity theft of supernatural kind when a doppelganger takes over her show, hijacks the channels, and pushes the erotic envelope much further. 

14. Cargo (2018)

Cast: Martin Freeman, Anthony Hayes, Susie Porter

Directors: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke | Writer: Yolanda Ramke

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

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 the 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.

15. Creep (2014)

Cast: Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass

Writer & Director: Patrick Brice

Genre: Horror, Thriller

A videographer answers Craigslist advertisements and takes a one-day job to record the last message of a dying man in a remote mountain town. Things start getting strange when the last message gets darker and he finds himself unable to leave. 

16. Elizabeth Harvest (2018)

Cast: Abbey Lee, Ciarán Hinds, Carla Gugino

Writer & Director: Sebastian Gutierrez

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A beautiful woman Elizabeth (Abbey Lee) marries a brilliant scientist Henry (Ciarán Hinds) and goes to her husband’s magnificent house for the very first time. Henry starts giving a house tour and states that the house belongs to hers except for the one locked-off room, where she is not allowed to enter. When her husband leaves, Elizabeth sneaks into the room out of curiosity and pays the price when he returns. 

17. The Endless (2017)

Cast: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Callie Hernandez

Writer & Director: Justin Benson

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Two adult brothers receive a cryptic message from an old videotape encouraging them to revisit the UFO death cult that they narrowly escaped as kids. In an attempt to find closure, an ineffable phenomena surrounding the camp brings them back to the starting point.

18. The Forest of Love (2019)

Cast: Kippei Shîna, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Kyoko Hinami

Writer & Director: Sion Sono

Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror

Based on the life of a Japanese serial killer Futoshi Matsunaga about how he manipulated and abused a group of student filmmakers and a shy girl to become involved in his murders. 

19. Gerald’s Game (2017)

Cast: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Chiara Aurelia

Writer & Director: Mike Flanagan

Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

A romantic evening turns into a fight for survival when a couple takes a vacation to a remote lake house. Trying to revive the spark in their marriage the couple tries some sex games, things take an ugly turn when the husband dies unexpectedly and leaving the wife handcuffed to the bed frame. The wife must confront her inner demons in the empty house. 

20. Girl on the Third Floor (2019)

Cast: C.M. Punk, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Sarah Brooks

Writer: Greg Newman, Trent Haaga | Director: Travis Stevens

Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery

A husband Don Kock and his pregnant wife Liz decide to move to the suburbs to raise a family with children. The couple buys an old house and starts renovating it. Unbeknownst to them, the house has a sordid history.  

21. Gothika (2003)

Cast: Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr.

Writer: Sebastian Gutierrez |  Director: Mathieu Kassovitz

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Dr. Miranda Gery is a female psychiatrist who works in the mental institution sector. One day she has a car accident, when she wakes up she finds herself as an inmate of asylum with charges of terrible crime of which she has no memory. 

22. The Guest (2014)

Cast: Dan Stevens, Sheila Kelley, Maika Monroe

Writer: Simon Barrett  | Director: Adam Wingard

Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller

A soldier meets the Peterson family claiming to be a friend of their dead son. The family welcomes him and lets him stay in their house. Soon, a series of mysterious deaths happens that seems to be connected with the soldier. 

23. He Never Died (2015)

Cast: Henry Rollins, Booboo Stewart, Kate Greenhouse

Writer & Director: Jason Krawczyk

Genre: Comedy, Horror

Jack is an anti-social who spends most of his day sleeping and watching television. His existence comes to light when some thugs stir up his life and thrust him out of his comfort zone.  

24. His House (2020)

Cast: Sope Dirisu, Wunmi Mosaku, Malaika Wakoli-Abigaba

Writer & Director: Remi Weekes

Genre: Horror, Thriller

A refugee couple makes a dreadful escape from war-torn South Sudan to turn over a new leaf in an English town. The struggle begins when they find out about the evil lurking beneath the surface of the town.  

25. Horns (2013)

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella

Writer: Keith Bunin, Joe Hill | Director: Alexandre Aja

Genre: Comedy, Horror, Drama

Iggy is suffering from the trauma of his longtime girlfriend’s death and the whole town suspects him as a murderer. One morning he awakens with the horns on his forehead that led townspeople confess their sins.

26. Hush (2016)

Cast: John Gallagher Jr., Kate Siegel, Michael Trucco

Writer & Director: Mike Flanagan

Genre: Horror, Thriller

A deaf-mute writer living a solitary life in the woods finds herself fighting for her life when a masked killer appears at her windows. 

27. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)

Cast: Ruth Wilson, Paula Prentiss, Bob Balaban

Writer & Director: Oz Perkins

Genre: Horror, Mystery

Lily is a young nurse hired to take care of an ageing writer in a haunted vacant mansion. Lily starts encountering shadowy sightings of spooky female ghosts that blur her imagination between reality and fantasy. 

28. The Invitation (2015)

Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michiel Huisman

Writer: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi | Director: Karyn Kusama

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Will, separated from his wife (Eden) for two years after she disappeared, receives an invitation to a dinner party from Eden. Will’s suspicion grows over the course of the dinner party that Eden has a terrifying agenda behind inviting him. 

29. It Comes at Night (2017)

Cast: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo

Writer & Director: Trey Edward Shults

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Amidst global unnatural threat, a man establishes a tenuous domestic order in an isolated home with his wife and son. The order is put to a test when they welcome a young family seeking refuge that follows a series of mistrust and paranoia between both families as the horror outside sneaks closer. 

30. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Cast: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson

Writer & Director: Stephen Chiodo

Genre: Horror, Comedy

Aliens who like circus clown invade a small town and start killing the townspeople. Only a few young people realize the danger since no one believes clowns look-alike aliens. It is one of the few old-school horror classics available on Netflix.

31. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan

Writer & Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Genre: Horror, Mystery

Steven, a respected cardiothoracic surgeon, takes a 16-year old boy under his wings after his father died on the operating table. Little did Steven know that the boy is sinister.

32. Knock Knock (2015)

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas

Writer & Director: Eli Roth

Genre: Thriller

A nice family man helps two stranded young women by allowing them to stay in his house while his family is away for the weekend. Two young women take advantage of his kind gesture and begin a deadly game of seduction.

33. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Cast: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López

Writer & Director: Guillermo del Toro

Genre: Fantasy, War

A girl fond of fairy-tales lives with her stepfather, a sadistic Spanish officer, and pregnant mother in the post-civil war Spain of 1944. One night she meets a fairy who takes her to a charismatic fantasy world and tells her that she is the princess of this place but she must pass her royalty test by surviving three horrific tasks.

34. Piercing (2018)

Cast: Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa

Writer & Director: Nicolas Pesce

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A man leaves for a seemingly business trip after giving a good-bye kiss to his wife and baby. In reality, he checks into the hotel, calls an escort service, and kills an innocent prostitute to accomplish his dream – commit a perfect crime. 

35. The Platform (2020)

Cast: Ivan Massagué, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan

Writer: David Desola, Pedro Rivero |Director: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

A mysterious vertical prison with a deep hole and countless number of levels. Each level has one cell and two people. A single food platform descends on each level and gives two minutes to eat per day. Thus, begins an inhuman fight for survival. 

36. Ravenous ( Les Affamés , 2018)

Cast: Marc-André Grondin, Monia Chokri, Charlotte St-Martin

Writer & Director: Robin Aubert

Genre: Adventure, Horror

After a flesh-eating plague outbreak in a small remote village, turning people into ravenous zombies, the survivors flee in the woods looking for other survivors.

37. The Ritual (2017)

Cast: Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier

Writers: Joe Barton, Adam Nevill | Director: David Bruckner

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Old college friends reunite after a long time and plan a hiking trip in Sweden. A raging rainstorm forces them to spend a night in a forest where they encounter a series of threatening events. 

38. Rust Creek (2018)

Cast: Hermione Corfield, Jay Paulson, Sean O’Bryan

Writers: Julie Lipson, Stu Pollard Genre | Director: Jen McGowan

Genre: Crime, Thriller

A young female overachiever college lost her way to a job interview. She takes a wrong turn and unknowingly ends up in a dense Kentucky forest. The girl must defend herself from harsh elements and ruthless criminals in the forest.

39. Shutter (2004)

Cast: Ananda Everingham, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, Achita Sikamana

Co-Writer & Director: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom

Genre: Horror, Mystery

After escaping a tragic accident, a young photographer (Thun) and his girlfriend (Jane) find mysterious shadows in the photographs that unveil some past secrets of Thun that he has not told to Jane. 

40. Shutter Island (2010)

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo

Writers: Laeta Kalogridis, Dennis Lehane | Director: Martin Scorsese

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

In 1954, Teddy Daniels, a US Marshal, comes to Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital to investigate the disappearance of a criminally insane murderer. The mysterious vibe of Shutter Island makes Teddy doubt everything, including his own sanity. 

41. Sinister 2 (2015)

Cast: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan

Writers: Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill  |  Director: Ciarán Foy

Genre: Horror, Mystery

A young mother and her twin sons encounter a supernatural occurrence when they move to a haunted rural house. 

42. Sinister (2012)

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

Writer: Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill  | Director: Scott Derrickson

Genre: Horror, Mystery

Sinister revolves around Ethan Hawke as true-crime novelist Ellison Oswalt. To work on a new book, he 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.

43. Sweetheart (2019)

Cast: Kiersey Clemons, Emory Cohen, Hanna Mangan Lawrence

Writer & Director: J.D. Dillard

Genre: Adventure, Horror, Mystery

Jenn finds herself alone on an uninhabited tropical island after surviving a sea storm. To stay alive, she must fight off the malevolent force each night. 

44. Under the Shadow (2016)

Cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi

Writer & Director: Babak Anvari

Genre: Fantasy, Horror

In 1980s war-torn Tehran, a mysterious evil haunts a mother and daughter who struggle to overcome the terror of post-revolutionary Iran and Iraq war

45. Unfriended (2014)

Cast: Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson

Writer: Nelson Greaves  | Director: Levan Gabriadze 

Genre: Horror, Mystery

Unfriended is one of the most hyped horror movies on Netflix because of its unique take of embedding the horror genre with the digital medium.

A group of high school friends having a video chat when they receive a message from their dead classmate. What appears to be an innocent prank turns out to be a mysterious force when she starts to disclose the dark secrets of the group. 

46. Vampires vs. the Bronx (2020)

Cast: Jaden Michael, Gerald Jones III, Gregory Diaz IV

Writer & Director: Oz Rodriguez

Genre: Comedy, Horror

This original Netflix horror movie is a story about a group of young teenage friends from the Bronx trying to protect their society from gentrification, figures out they have to deal with a much bigger threat – the vampires. 

47. Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton 

Writer & Director: Dan Gilroy

Genre: Horror, Mystery

The actor-director duo of Nightcrawler collab again to offer one of the scariest spine-chiller horror movies to watch on Netflix.

After paintings of an anonymous artist are discovered, big money artists and mega-collectors decide to satisfy their greed with those unknown paintings. Little did they know that the paintings are possessed with supernatural spirit. 

48. Veronica (2018)

Cast: Sandra Escacena, Bruna González, Claudia Placer 

Writer & Director: Paco Plaza

Genre: Horror

Madrid, June of 1991. Veronica, a teenage girl who recently lost her father, calls her two friends to play Ouija to contact the recently deceased, the game goes horribly wrong when an evil spirit besieges Veronica.

49. We Summon the Darkness (2020)

Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Keean Johnson, Maddie Hasson

Writer: Alan Trezza | Director: Marc Meyers

Genre: Horror, Thriller 

We summon the demons is one of the latest horror movies on Netflix.

In the middle of satanic ritual homicides tension, three friends take a road trip to a heavy metal concert. On the way, they meet three young hard rockers and decide to go for an after-party at one of the girl’s country houses where a series of deceit, seduction, and murder begins. 

50.  What Keeps You Alive (2018)

Cast: Hannah Emily Anderson, Brittany Allen, Martha MacIsaac 

Writer & Director: Colin Minihan

Genre: Horror, Thriller 

A young lesbian couple, Jackie and Jules, decide to celebrate the first anniversary in an isolated cabin surrounded by majestic mountains. All hell breaks loose when Jackie’s mannerism changes and she reveals her unknown dark side to Jules. 

51. The Ring (2002)

Cast: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, and Brian Cox

Writer: Ehren Kruger | Director: Gore Verbinski

Genre:  Horror, Mystery

A mysterious videotape kills anyone within seven days who watches it. After the niece of the journalist (Rachel Keller) dies along with four other teenagers, Rachel starts investigating the videotape in order to save her and her son’s life.

The Ring has a very interesting storyline, one best of the best horror movies on Netflix, and a great horror remake. Special shout out to Verbinski’s strong grip on creating a gloomy tone and maintaining tension.

52. The Boy (2016)

Cast: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell

Writer: Stacey Menear |  Director: William Brent Bell

A babysitter 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 is surrounded by paranormal events, which finally makes her believe the doll is really a human boy cursed by a demon.

53. The Conjuring (2013)

Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston

Writer: Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes |  Director: James Wan

Genre: Horror, Thriller

The Conjuring is one of the greatest horror movies on Netflix. Based on true events, this spine-chiller tells the story of a New England family who begins having encounters with spirits in their farmhouse. 

54. The Conjuring 2 (2016)

Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe

Writers: Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes |  Director: James Wan

Genre: Horror, Thriller

The paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to London for the aid of a single mother of four children living alone in a house plagued by a malicious spirit.

55. The Nun (2018) 

Cast:  Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet

Writers: Gary Dauberman, James Wan  | Director: Corin Hardy

Genre: Horror, Mystery

A priest with a haunted past and novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent to investigate a suicide case of a young nun in Romania and encounters a supernatural force in the shape of a demonic nun. 

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Wrapping:

So, what are you waiting for? grab a blanket, turn on the AC, turn off the lights and start streaming the best horror movies on Netflix.

 

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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