There’s nothing better than a good scare, and no better way to find one than indulging in some super scary movies on Netflix after dark.
Netflix seems to be particularly strong when it comes to horror, mixing with classics, modern masterpieces, and a strong Netflix Original offering.
It can be hard to know where to start, so we have picked out ten favorite scary movies that should top your list. They will also lead you to a lot more great content.
The story written by Stephen King and starring Thomas Jane, this movie has all the cards stacked in its favor, and it manages to deliver.
Jane plays Wilfred Jane, a farmer who convinces his son to help him kill his wife, so that they can take her family money and start a new life in the city.
But much more harrowing than the murder itself is the dark place that it takes them, as they now believe that they are cursed as a result of their actions.
Dan Stevens stars in this period horror about a man who goes to retrieve his sister who has joined a cult on an isolated island.
When he arrives, he discovers that the community is more than just a fringe religious group. Their prosperity is based on darker forces.
It mixes both monstrous terrors with the horrors of mankind. Gripping until the very last minute.
Bird Box (2018)
This Netflix Original made a huge splash when it was released, and if you haven’t seen it, this one is worth catching up on.
Sandra Bullock stars in a world that is invaded by an invisible force, which when you see it, will make you want to keep your eyes covered.
Bullock finds herself responsible for leading some small children to safety, all while avoiding catching a glimpse of the terrible sight.
Martin Freedman stars in this underrated horror movie about a man trying to get his baby daughter to safety in a post-apocalyptic zombie world. Plus he’s in Australia, where everyone wants to kill you anyway.
More character-driven than most zombie flicks, we see both acts of kindness and acts of depravity scarier than whatever is happening with the zombie.
But the particular zombies that we do encounter in this film have a twist that does make them slightly scarier than your regular fare.
The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)
One of the most refreshing updates of the zombie genre since 28 Days Later, we find ourselves in a dystopian world.
We find ourselves in a military camp where they are experimenting on other monsters in order to find a way to fight the deadly threat. They end up creating a human-zombie hybrid, children that are normal, until they smell blood.
When one of the children seems to have more self-control than the others, she is taken beyond the walls of the camp by a group of soldiers.
The incredible Kate Siegel, recognizable from The Haunting of Hill House, stars in this surprisingly good home invasion thriller.
The killer makes his way to his victim’s house, only to find that the woman inside is deaf and mute, which increases the level of menace as she is unable to hear the threatening sounds of the killer, though the audience can.
Hush is refreshing in that it focuses on psychological thrills rather than overtly sexual assault.
This small budget film made a big splash when it was released in 2010, overtaking a lot of the bigger titles that dropped around the same time.
Starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, they are the parents of a young family that moves into a new home. Their son finds himself drawn into the attic, and falls into a coma. Paranormal activity begins to take place.
The family finds themselves trapped in a world of horrors as they try everything possible to save themselves from the forces at work.
In The Tall Grass (2019)
Another great story from Stephen King, and starring Patrick Wilson, who has made quite a name for himself in the genre (he is also Ed Warren in The Conjuring series).
The film starts simply, as a group of passersby find themselves drawn into a giant field of grass, and are then unable to find their way back out.
Another Netflix original, director and co-author Vincenzo Natali has the time to let the horror unfold without pressure.
The Ritual (2017)
This story starts with a group of former college friends who plan a getaway in the woods, but things do not go as planned.
What results is a mix of a monster thriller and a scary psychological drama, which makes it smarter than your average “guy movie”.
The ensemble cast deliver powerful performances, and there are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing right to the final moments.
This is an American remake of a Thai film that is just as creepy as the original.
A young couple finds themselves working in Japan, one working as a photographer. But when one of them is involved in a tragic accident that results in the death of a young girl, strange blurs start to appear in photos. They begin to suspect that this may be related to the accident.
Probably the best American remake of an eastern horror flick since The Ring.
Once you get through this list, there is plenty more amazing scary content that you can get your hands on. You can check out this list of horror movies available on Hulu, or these 15 movies based on Stephen King’s writings (including the two that appear on this list).