For some of us, the best horror movies are filled with slashers and gore. For others, it’s not really a horror story unless it has an element of the supernatural… monsters, evil ghosts, possession. Then there are the psychological thrillers filled with wonderful mind games and twisted characters.
Whatever kind of horror movie you like, Netflix has an excellent selection and we’ve hand picked 30 of the current top picks for your screeching enjoyment.
30. Tales From the Darkside: The Movie
Tales From the Darkside: The Movie is a combination of multiple stories weaved into one--three stories told through a character reading them in the fourth story. The first part is about students stalked by a mummy. The second story is about an unkillable cat that might be from Hell, and leaves a trail of dead victims. In the third tale a man sees a strange killing and then makes a promise to never tell anyone what he saw. The ongoing fourth story is about a woman who is making plans to cook supper, with her newspaper boy as the main course.
29. Come Back to Me
Sarah McLaren and her husband Josh live on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Soon after they are in a car accident, Sarah starts having lapses in her memory. As her blackouts grow more frequent she worries that she's losing her mind. To make things worse, she learns that she is pregnant--but her husband is sterile. Desperate to find out what's happening to her life and her marriage, she installs a hidden camera inside her home. What she discovers involves a horrifying secret about her neighbor that seems impossible to believe.
28. Hell and Back
This animated movie might arguably be a comedy, or comedic horror at best. It's unique and a great watch. Hell and Back is bout three guys who travel into the deepest parts of Hell to rescue one of their friends. In the midst of escaping, they catch the attention of a horde of demons, a sexy angel, and even the Devil.
27. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
This movie is done in a style that's less common than for modern horror movies, but that's part of its appeal. It's something of a horror movie, something of a western, and something of a quirky romance. It's in black and white and subtitled, because the story is set in a small ghost town in Iran. The town feels like it's already dead and shrouded in loneliness, but there are still people who continue living there. They don't know, however, that they're being stalked by a lonely female vampire.
26. The Queen of the Damned
Lestat is a famous, powerful vampire who has been sleeping in the dark for decades. When he wakens, he decides he wants to walk among mortals instead of hide, so he becomes a rock star. His music is powerful enough to reach around the world and wake the sleeping Akasha, an ancient queen who sleeps in a crypt underneath the ice in the Arctic. Queen Akasha is the mother of all Vampires, and she has been waiting for the best time to wake and take over the world.
Grant Mazzy is a radio DJ who takes a shock and awe approach in his broadcast. This gets him kicked off of radio stations in the big city though, so he goes to the only place he can get a job. The small town of Pontypool has a radio station in the basement of a church, and Mazzy begins a morning broadcast with them. One morning brings a deadly snowstorm, and strange reports start coming into the station about people becoming violent and speaking weirdly. Before long, Grant and his radio crew discover they're trapped in the basement, and that they might actually be the cause of the insane behavior.
24. Burying the Ex
Max is an all-around nice guy who thought it would be great to move in with his gorgeous girlfriend Evelyn. He is quickly horrified to learn that she is a manipulative and controlling nightmare of a person. Max decides he has to break up with her but the thought of doing so terrifies him. Luck seems to swing his way when Evelyn is killed in a freak accident and Max begins moving on. But when he finds what he thinks may be the girl for him, Olivia, Evelyn returns from the grave and tries to get him back.
23. The Den
A young woman starts a study of web cam chat users, and accidentally ends up witnessing a horrible murder. Although she believes she is safe because she is working in private from her home, somehow strange things begin to happen in her life afterwards, and she starts fearing that someone has discovered what she saw.
22. Wolf Creek 2
Paul is an exchange student who wants to take a holiday vacation in Australia, at a famous location known as Wolf Creek Crater. This dream adventure in the Outback soon turns terrifying when he runs across a notoriously dangerous local at the site, who chases Paul ruthlessly across the deserted outback, catches him, and them takes him back to his personal prison underground. Paul has to use every bit of his wits to survive and escape, when no one else has been able to do so before.
Kristy is a college girl who decides to stay alone in her dorm when everyone goes home for Thanksgiving break. A murderous cult takes notice of her, and they decide to target and terrorize her. Kristy fights back by outwitting them and facing some of her deepest fears.
20. Would You Rather
A young woman is desperate to find a bone marrow donor for her sick and dying brother. As a way to do that, she agrees to compete in a potentially deadly game of "Would You Rather"--one was hosted by a wealthy sadist determined to torture the players in progressively more sinister ways.
19. Curse of Chucky
Nica's mother dies mysteriously, which is only the beginning of a surge in other chaos and bloodshed around her. Nica starts suspecting that the connection is actually the red-haired Chucky doll brought by her niece when she came to visit--and she's right. This is a more recent installment in the Child's Play horror franchise, and one of the better ones.
Ravenous is set in the mid-1800s, where an army captain is snowbound with eight other people, in a fort deep in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The extended isolation pits all of the people against each other for food, where they are tempted to cannibalism. The captain must prevent the other members from giving in to that temptation, while also keeping his own hunger in check.
17. The Veil
Twenty five years ago there was a mass suicide by the members of a religious cult, but one of those members survived. That survivor comes back to the location of the tragedy to record a documentary of the event. But the dead cult members are not all resting peacefully.
16. Out of the Dark
A young woman moves her family to South America so that she can take over running her father's manufacturing plant. The plant unfortunately, is haunted by the ghosts of several young kids. Researching into the history of the plant reveals dark actions over the years, by the American company that owns it.
15. John Dies at the End
This bonkers horror-fantasy-comedy starts out with a pair of college dropouts working as paranormal troubleshooters, and then it starts getting weird. These two seem like the least likely people to save humanity, but they'll give it a try. It turns out a popular new drug called Soy Sauce is allowing users to travel into other dimensions and across time. But some of these drug users come back as nonhumans from another world. Since the drug is getting so popular, it doesn't take long before these nonhumans are invading our world.
14. A Haunting at Silver Falls
The small town of Silver Falls is haunted by the ghosts of two twin daughters of an innocent man who was convicted wrongfully of a crime. Jordan is a young teenager living in the town who decides to try and find out who the real killer was in order to end the haunting. But in the midst of the investigation, she turns up evidence that she really doesn't want to confront.
Lisa Johnson will be sixteen tomorrow, but she starts feeling as if she's being haunted by a ghost. Olivia, the supposed ghost, tries to help Lisa understand that Lisa and her family are actually all dead, repeating the last day of their lives--and have been doing so for years. Together, Olivia and Lisa discover that the house they live in was previously owned by a serial killer who kidnapped multiple teenage girls. But when the killer died, he also became an evil spirit haunting the house.
Cujo is the movie version of the bestselling Steven King novel. In this psychological thriller, a young mother and her son are trapped inside their car by a rabid dog--an extremely large and relentless Saint Bernard. The mother and child become increasingly desperate as the heat of the day turns the car into a deathtrap.
This is a horror movie with lots of gore and special effects. The story revolves around a man and his wife moving into a creepy old house and discovering it's haunted by a horrendous creature. It turns out that the creature is the wife's former lover, and her husband's half-brother. The man had lost his body to a group of demons, but a single drop of blood on the floor begins the process of his return. He manages to force the wife to help him by bringing a human sacrifice, and things escalate horrifically from there.
10. Wes Craven's New Nightmare
This isn't exactly a sequel to the Nightmare on Elm Street series, because it takes place in the "real" world where Freddy Krueger is a fictional character. But an evil, demonic presence chooses to use the Freddy Krueger character as a portal to cross over into the real world. A couple who work in the film industry--an actress and a props and effects artist--must battle the evil to save their son and banish it for good.
9. The Pack
An Australian sheep rancher and his family live in near isolation in a remote area of the Outback. One terrifying night, a pack of wild rabid dogs surrounds their farmhouse. With no neighbors for miles around to help them, the rancher, his wife and their two teenage kids frantically work together to survive.
In this horror-comedy, Kylie Bucknell gets in trouble with the law and is put under house arrest. She returns to her childhood home to serve her sentence and she has to put up with living with her mother again. Her mother is now convinced that her family home is haunted. Kylie thinks her mom just talks about the house being haunted as a way to get attention and have things to talk about. But when she begins hearing things herself, she starts wondering whether if it's just her imagination or not.
7. From Dusk Till Dawn
Two brothers who are on the run from the law hold up a man and his two children at gunpoint. They then spirit the family away to Mexico. The plan is to meet up with some other criminal friends of theirs at a biker bar across the border. The brothers only need to hole up in the bar overnight to make it to safety--but the bar turns out to be full of vampires.
When Eveleigh learns that she is expecting a baby, she decides to give up living in the busy city and move to a vineyard in the country with her husband David. After arriving, though, she begins to see visions of a scary hooded figure and hearing inexplicable noises. She is the only person who sees or hears these terrifying things however, and David starts worrying about her sanity. To prove that she isn't insane, Eveleigh decides to research her new home by talking to local people who have lived in the area most of their lives. As she begins talking to them, she discovers there is a haunted and potentially dangerous history attached to her new home.
5. The Lazarus Effect
Frank and Zoe are the leaders of a team of researchers who have made a breakthrough discovery: they learned how to bring dead people back to life. Or so it seemed. After an unauthorized but successful trial on a dead animal, they were emboldened to reveal their successes publicly, but the University Dean learned about the experiments early and ordered them to shut it down. While trying to secretly continue their research, Zoe gets killed. Frank is so grief stricken that he decides to try their experiment on Zoe as the first human subject. What seems at first to be a complete success quickly turns horribly wrong.
4. Odd Thomas
Odd Thomas is a small town cook who seems like an everyday, ordinary kind of guy. He has a secret though: he can see dead people everywhere he looks. One day a particularly creepy stranger arrives in his town, followed by a group of predatory paranormal entities who thrive on pain and destruction. Thomas and his girlfriend join with the town Sheriff to stop an apocalyptic disaster from destroying their town.
3. The Shining
The Shining is a brilliant adaptation of what may be Stephen King's scariest novel. In an attempt to get some peace and quiet to concentrate on his writing the frustrated author Jack Torrence, takes a winter job as a caretaker at a remote hotel in the mountains. He, his wife, and his son discover after their arrival that the caretaker before them had gone insane. It doesn't take long for Jack to also start falling under the influence of an evil presence that permeates the hotel.
2. The Rite
As a young student priest, Michael Kovak is sent to the Vatican to study exorcism. He's highly skeptical of the practice, and has deep doubts that possession even exists--he finds himself arguing that psychiatric problems are more likely to be the problem than demonic possession. But Michael is assigned to work with a skilled priest who has worked on thousands of exorcism cases, and the intensity of the case they work on together has him questioning everything he thought he believed and knew.
Maddie Young became deaf as a teenager and now lives her life isolated from others. When a murderer kills her friend just outside her door, Maddie realizes she is the next target. The sadistic killer thinks an isolated deaf girl will be easy to torment and kill, but it turns out that Maddie is more than willing to fight back.