Looking for a terrifying Netflix movie to watch? Any moment is a good time to see a scary film. It’s the old way to obtain your tricks and treats, like renting from Blockbuster or not utilising Treatster to figure out whose houses give out the greatest candy, to wait until October to watch scary movies. No, thanks to Netflix’s booming streaming content, you can sit back and enjoy your scares from the comfort of your own sofa in the modern world.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the Best Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now, an ever-evolving list that will supply you with both classic and contemporary horror films to satisfy your fear cravings. There are modern adaptations of Stephen King stories such as Gerald’s Game and In the Tall Grass, as well as horror franchises such as The Conjuring and Fear Street. There’s something for everyone here, and more is on the way as Netflix expands its library. “Beware, viewer! You’re in for a shock!”
FREDDY VS JAYSON
Freddy Kruger has been exiled to Hell, and the children of Springwood have forgotten about him. He tracks down Jason Voorhees, who is also trapped in Hell, and manipulates him into a plan to free them both. The killings resume, and Jason’s rage shifts from nubile teenagers to Freddy himself when he realises he’s been duped. The movie is fantastic, largely because who hasn’t longed to watch Freddy vs. Jason? It’s a little cheesy, a lot of fun, and a lot of gore. Everything you’d expect from a Freddy or Jason film. Alyse Wax (Alyse Wax)
CHOOSE OR DIE
When Kayla (Iola Evans) discovers an old ‘80s computer game that comes with a yet-to-be-claimed $100,000 cash prize for anyone who beats it, her curiosity and family’s need for money drive her to give the game a try. However, the game is more than just a simple choose-your-own-adventure meets horror campaign. It has the ability to warp reality and force Kayla to make deadly decisions that affect people in real life.
Forced to continue playing, Kayla and her friend Isaac (Asa Butterfield) try to find a way to stop the game for good — it is just code after all. But as they learn of the malevolent forces that went into the game’s conception, they realize that winning and staying alive may not be as easy as they think.
Choose or Die feels both nostalgic and fresh, paying homage to classic video games while delivering a narrative that hasn’t been done to death. Its short 84-minute runtime is an asset, not a hindrance, allowing the movie to dive straight into the horror without unnecessary fluff dragging it down. Choose or Die is honestly a lot of fun and a great casual watch for horror buffs and novices alike! – Brynna Arens
OUIJA: THE ORIGIN OF EVIL
Mike Flanagan had already established himself as a steadfast horror filmmaker by 2016, but the feeling of “holy crap, this guy can do anything” was cemented when he took on a prequel to a critically panned picture about an evil ouija board and produced one of the scariest films of the decade. Following the death of Alice’s husband, Lina (Annalise Basso) and Doris (Lulu Wilson), false psychic Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) and her two daughters, Lina (Annalise Basso) and Doris (Lulu Wilson), perform seances for paying people in the 1970s. Doris, the youngest, adds some spice to the act by introducing a ouija board, but the cursed device brings matters all too close to home when it not only puts a malevolent spirit into the girl’s body but also reveals the Zanders’ house’s deep-seated wickedness.
To be clear, there’s no reason for Ouija: Origin of Evil to be excellent in the first place, thus it’s a complete surprise that it’s so terrifying and effective. And, because we’re talking about Flanagan here, there’s a powerful dramatic heart pounding behind all those bumps in the night. Vinnie Mancuso (Vinnie Mancuso).
THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT
Ok, so this is more of a “best scene” than “best movie”. In full honesty, the first half of The Strangers: Prey at Night is a bit of a stilted drag, and not much of anything that the characters do makes much sense. But hoo boy, the second half of the movie is a wild bit of throwback fun, and the film’s highlight sequence is a five-minute fight scene set in and around a neon-lit pool with “Total Eclipse of the Heart” full-on blasting in the background. It’s a great piece of pop-horror; colorful, fun, and thrilling, and it’s the cherry on top of a final act that makes the first bits worth trudging through. — Haleigh Foutch.
If you’re looking for a modern take on the haunted home story, James Wan’s The Conjuring is a must-see. The film follows a family who is afflicted by ghosts and demonic forces in their new house, and it features Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who are faced with one of the most horrifying cases of their lives.
While The Conjuring’s legacy has grown into a billion-dollar franchise, the 2013 original still stands on its own as a super-scary, self-contained horror film (I’m particularly fond of/terrified by the work Joey King does in her “there’s something behind the door” scene), and while Wan’s signature style is on full display here, leading to some of the most enduring creature creations and scariest scenes of his career.