The 11 Best Scary Movies on Netflix Full of Frights
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While Halloween is the perfect time to watch horror films, scary movies can be enjoyed at any time of the year. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of the best scary movies to watch on Netflix.

Whether it’s spooky ghosts, masked killers, or evil creatures that frighten you the most, this list is for you. So why not close the curtains, dim the lights, and grab a pillow to squeeze when things get tense?

1. The Conjuring (2013)

Horror, Mystery, Thriller | IMDb: 7.5 | RT: 86%

What’s spookier than a ghostly campfire story? The answer is one based on actual events. The Conjuring is an extremely scary and suspenseful tale of a family whose home is invaded by something evil. The family seeks the help of a paranormal investigation team played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. And what happens next will give you chills.

2. Hush (2016)

Horror, Thriller | IMDb: 6.6 | RT: 94%

When you live alone, there is one thing that can put a scare into you like no other; a masked killer standing outside your window. Hush, starring Kate Siegel, takes you into the life of a deaf writer who lives in solitude. When she discovers she has become prey for a killer, she must fight for her life. If you’re in the mood for a frightening film, watch Hush when you’re home alone.

3. Insidious (2010)

Horror, Mystery, Thriller | IMDb: 6.8 | RT: 66%

In Insidious, you’ll follow a family attempting to escape a haunted house and save their souls. But when the family realizes it’s their own eldest son that holds the evil, the family has nowhere to run. From James Wan, the same director behind The Conjuring, Saw, and Dead Silence, Insidious will give you chills.

4. Truth or Dare (2017)

Horror, Mystery, Thriller | IMDb: 5.0

Truth or Dare is a game that many kids play in their teenage years. But when a group of friends rent a house for Halloween to play this game that supposedly took the lives of others years before, they’re in for a surprise. Will history repeat itself? Will evil try to take their souls and succeed? Check out Truth or Dare to find out.

5. Scream (1996)

Horror, Mystery | IMDb: 7.2 | RT: 79%

When a serial killer is obsessed with scary movies like those on this list, the results are deadly. In the original Scream, starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courteney Cox, a girl and her friends are terrorized by a killer with a taste for horror. See if you can figure out who is behind the series of murders in Scream, if you’re not too afraid to watch, that is.

You can also catch Scream 2 and Scream 3 on Netflix for a full night of, well, screams.

6. The Sixth Sense (1999)

Drama, Mystery, Thriller | IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 85%

In The Sixth Sense, you follow a small child, played by Haley Joel Osment, who can communicate with spirits. His psychologist, played by Bruce Willis, does his best to help the young boy while he tries to uncover the truth behind it all.

With ghosts showing up around every corner that only the child can see, this spooky story has a surprise that got it nominated for six Academy Awards. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, The Sixth Sense is a must-see scary film.

7. Carrie (1976)

Horror | IMDb: 7.4 | RT: 94%

Even though Carrie is the oldest film on this list, it’s certainly no less horrifying than the rest. This Stephen King story takes you through the world that shy and lonely Carrie White lives in. With her domineering mother and bullying classmates, this telekinetic teenager gives you a movie you’ll never forget.

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8. 47 Meters Down (2017)

Adventure, Drama, Horror | IMDb: 5.6 | RT: 54%

Fights for survival in these types of movies come in all shapes and sizes. And in 47 Meters Down, it comes in the shape of a shark. When two sisters travel to Mexico for an enjoyable vacation, an excursion turns deadly. They become trapped with little oxygen in a shark tank circled by great whites preparing for dinner.

Starring Mandy Moore and Claire Holt, this is one vacation story you’ll want to watch. Unless you’ve booked a vacation in Mexico in the near-future.

9. The Witch (2015)

Horror, Supernatural Horror, Teen Screams | IMDb: 6.7 | RT: 91%

Travel back in time to 1630s New England where witchcraft turns a family paranoid in The Witch. It begins when a young farm boy goes missing and the family places the blame on the oldest daughter who was caring for the boy.

The film not only brings a test of love and faith for a family, but chills to the rest of us who are watching their story unfold.

10. Cabin Fever (2016)

Horror | IMDb: 3.7

Rather than a shark-infested vacation in Mexico, the teens in this movie have to contend with a flesh-eating virus. In Cabin Fever, a group of friends out for a good time end up with a disease that takes them out one-by-one. What is it? What causes it? Where did it come from? You’ll have to visit their cabin to find out… but beware the blood.

11. Would You Rather (2012)

Horror | IMDb: 5.7 | RT:57%

How far would you go for enough money to help your fatally ill brother? In Would You Rather, a seemingly innocent dinner party full of strangers soon turns into an insane game of choices. A merciless millionaire is willing to help those who need it, but at costs that are higher than the group can afford.

Starring Brittany Snow, this movie is more disturbing than spooky, but still scary to watch.

Netflix Knows What Scares You

While this article is all about the best scary movies on Netflix there are plenty of sites to watch horror movies online for free.

Netflix may not offer streaming for popular slashers like Friday the 13th, extra-terrestrial terrors like Alien, demented flicks like Saw, or demonic classics like The Exorcist. But this list does offer you some scary options to satisfy your craving for horror and suspense.

And once you have exhausted this list of frightening movies, you can then add these scary TV shows perfect for binge-watching 15 Scary TV Shows to Binge-Watch Over Halloween 15 Scary TV Shows to Binge-Watch Over Halloween What better way to anticipate Halloween than by binge-watching scary TV shows on your favorite streaming service? Read More to your lineup too.

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  1. Kannon Y
    May 18, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    These are all great films, thanks for writing this Sandy! Are you a horror film fan?

    • Sandy Stachowiak
      May 18, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      Hi Kannon,
      Thanks! And yes, horror is my favorite movie genre, although a good simple scary thriller comes in right after that. How about you?
      Sandy

      • Kannon Yamada
        May 18, 2018 at 9:11 pm

        Moe is also another horror fan. We're both into independent films, but I'm more interested in sci-fi, like "Under the Skin" and "Cube". By the way, aside from Hellraiser, I appreciate the reduced gore on this list!