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20 Best Horror Movies On Netflix – Streaming Tonight

7. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Three film students go missing after hiking into the woods of Maryland to make a documentary about the local Blair Witch legend. The original found footage movie, the one that kicked-started the a whole horror sub-genre. Today it doesn’t work too well on the small screen, and doesn’t stand up well to repeat viewings. But if you’ve never seen it before then you’re in for a unique and creative experience. If it gets you, it’ll really get you.

6. Misery (1990)

A famous novelist is “rescued” from a car crash by an obsessed fan. He soon realises he’s a prisoner in her home and his life is in danger with every mood swing from his unhinged host. What makes Kathy Bates’ Annie Wilkes so frightening is that we’ve all encountered someone who’s kinda like her – a humourless, lonely personality with a puritanical moral code that’s quite detached from reality – the horror feels quite plausible. Kathy Bates won an Oscar and James Caan gives arguably the best performance of his career too, especially since he can’t tell her what he’s really thinking and so has to communicate it to us through other nuances.

5. The Others (2001)

Harnessing the kids-gone-weird creepiness of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw and garnishing it with a thick layer of starry sheen, in the slender shape of Nicole Kidman, this first English-language outing for Alejandro Amenábar is spot-on enough as to make you regret that he’s failed to produce anything of the same calibre since. Perhaps the most strikingly successful aspect of this modern haunted house tale is that it manages to be genuinely scary without the walls of the Jersey mansion in which it’s set being splattered with gore. Great twist too.

4. Ravenous (1999)

This uniquely offbeat and disturbing tale of cannibalism in California in the 1840s has so much going for it. Superb direction by Antonia Bird (who passed away this week), intense performances by an excellent cast (Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, Jeremy Davies, Jeffrey Jones, David Arquette, Neal McDonough), and a brilliantly different score by Michael Nyman and Damon Albarn. The story, which takes some inspiration from the real life case of the Donner Party, bristles with tension and springs a couple of great twists that feel like they ‘reset’ the movie.

3. Sinister (2012)

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Ethan Hawke plays a whistle-blowing journalist who uproots his family in pursuit of his next big story. When he discovers a box of old home movies in his new attic, he realises this grisly footage could be the basis of his greatest book yet, but only if he can piece together the string of murders they show, murders that took place in his new home. From the director of the excellent ‘Exorcism Of Emily Rose’, the opening shot alone lets you know you’re in the hands of a director who’s mastered his craft.

2. Scream (1996)

A masked killer known as Ghostface is murdering teenagers and as the body count rises one girl and her friends find themselves contemplating the “Rules” of horror films, while living a real-life one. Deservedly praised for injecting a dose of post-‘Pulp Fiction’ self-awareness into the moribund slasher subgenre. The knowing audience-nudging works because it understands when to knuckle down and be plain scary. It’s all thanks to screenwriter Kevin Williamson’s witty, surprising storyline, superbly implemented by genre-pro Wes Craven.

1. An American Werewolf In London (1981)

Released along with The Howling in 1981, this represented a new Year Zero for the werewolf movie, finally dragging it out of the long shadow cast by Universal’s The Wolfman and carrying it the era of limb-bending, flesh-rending, hyper-visceral transformations by which it is still defined. Scripted by an inspired teenage John Landis in 1969, the story is simple but wonderfully nuanced. Rick Baker’s Oscar-winning makeups are often breathtaking and the werewolf transformation scene remains the best ever committed to film. The movie is also a vivid record of the sights and sounds of early 80’s London which is strangely fascinating in its own right. If you want to see comedy, horror and pathos done perfectly in a three minute scene, watch the clip above.


NETFLIX UK – The Amityville Horror (2005), Psycho II (1983), Candyman (1992), The Devil’s Rejects (2005), I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), Phenomena (1985), Army Of Darkness (1992), Planet Terror (2007)

Let us know your favourites in the comments. Do you agree or disagree with the order?

Also See: 10 Best Thrillers On Netflix / Top 2013 Horror Movies

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  • Jake said

    Blair Witch Project is not streaming on Netflix.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Thanks for the heads up. It’s available in the UK but not the US. To avoid confusion I’ve now split the US Netflix and the UK Netflix into two different lists.

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  • Jake said

    Excellent taste in film though.

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  • HoboWithAShotgun said

    No Evil Dead/Evil Dead 2?

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  • Irene said

    pretty sure henry life of a serial killer is not on there cause i looked it up the other day and it was unavailable

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  • Streamline Putcher said

    In my opinion the best Netflix horror movies (right now) are Devil, A Tale of Two Sisters and The Frighteners 🙂

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  • william hamel said

    Horror is my favorite genre, whenever a new one comes out I go to the cinema to see it. Although the old horror movies on Netflix are much better than the new.

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  • Bailey Hyatt said

    Dead end is not streaming anymore 🙁

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