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 that is 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. The Babadook (2014) [No Longer Available]
Drama, Horror | IMDb: 6.8 | RT: 98%
A single mother whose husband died a violent death soon has even more danger to confront. The Babadook rolls the mysterious appearance of a children’s book and an evil presence at every turn into one gripping, terrifying tale. With mystery and monsters, this psychological thriller is one bedtime story that might just give you nightmares.
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4. Stephen King’s Children of the Corn (1984) [No Longer Available]
Horror, Thriller | IMDb: 5.6 | RT: 36%
From the master of horror stories, Stephen King, comes Children of the Corn. While the movie may be older than the others on the list, the creep factor hasn’t diminished over time. A young couple ends up in a small town after becoming lost on their travels across country roads. They soon discover that the children have taken over the town and the corn fields hold all the secrets.
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5. Seven (1995) [No Longer Available]
Crime, Drama, Mystery | IMDb: 8.6 | RT: 80%
Starring Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, Seven is a crime mystery that’s scary in its own way. A serial killer is on the loose and they are the detectives on the case. The killer they hunt is on a disturbing mission to teach lessons to others about the seven deadly sins. What makes this movie frightening isn’t just the horrific scenes left by the killer, but the entire film concept as well. And of course, there is a twist in the tale.
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. Hellraiser (1987) [No Longer Available]
Horror, Thriller | IMDb: 7.0 | RT: 68%
Demons, dimensions, and the dead are what you will find in the original Hellraiser movie. When a man leaves earth and enters the underworld of an undead dimension, who better to direct that story than horror novelist Clive Barker? Open the puzzle box and prepare to meet the most frightening creatures imaginable, if you dare. And if you survive, check out Hellbound: Hellraiser II on Netflix [No Longer Available] as well.
8. The Shining (1980) [No Longer Available]
Classic Movie, Classic Thriller, Cult Movie | IMDb: 8.4 | RT: 88%
Starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, The Shining is based on the 1977 Stephen King novel of the same name. When Jack takes a job as a caretaker at the secluded Overlook Hotel in Colorado, it becomes anything but a relaxing winter in the mountains for him and his family. As the hotel’s spirited past and cabin fever set in for the author-turned-caretaker, Jack soon turns homicidal. The Shining is a classic thriller that is sure to give you goosebumps.
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 watching their story unfold.
10. Deep Blue Sea (1999) [No Longer Available]
Action & Adventure, Action Thriller, Sci-Fi Thriller | IMDb: 5.8 | RT: 57%
It’s not always movies with killers, hauntings, or ghosts that scare people the most. Deep Blue Sea offers up its own type of frights when a group of scientists fight for their lives against hungry sharks. While working as researchers on a remote island, something goes terribly wrong and the sharks begin their attack on the group. starring Samuel L. Jackson, Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, and LL Cool J, Deep Blue Sea is one of the best shark movies to watch online.
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 give you some scary options to explore that might just satisfy your craving for horror and suspense.
And once you have exhausted this list of scary movies, you can then add these scary TV shows perfect for binge-watching to your lineup too.