It can be hard enough to find a movie you want to watch on Netflix, but finding a good horror movie that’s actually scary and you haven’t seen is absolutely daunting. There are lots of options, but which ones are actually worth your time? Lucky for you, we did all the heavy lifting and watched the good and the bad to give you the recommendations you probably skipped over. Now obviously there are some classics on Netflix, but these are the ones you might have missed.
1. “The Babadook” (2014)
The Babadook isn’t full of blood and gore with a killer running around stabbing teenagers. Instead, it’s a story of dread that sticks with you long after it’s over. And best of all, it’s a fantastic story of a mother and son figuring out their relationship in the midst of hardship. It’s sad, moving and has one of those endings you’ll be thinking about for weeks.
2. “Event Horizon” (1997)
The ’90s were definitely a rough decade for horror, but one of the most overlooked gems was the deep space horror flick “Event Horizon.” Sam Neill is at his creepiest, as Laurence Fishburne and the crew of a spaceship have to figure out what happened on an abandoned ship and where the crew could have possibly gone.
3. “Dead Silence” (2007)
Before James Wan was making “The Conjuring,” “Insidious” and “Furious 7” he made a little, underrated movie called “Dead Silence.” The story follows a man trying to figure out what caused his wife’s horrific death and how it could all be connected to an old children’s saying about a creepy ventriloquist. Because we all know there is nothing scarier than puppets.
4. “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare” (1994)
The first “Nightmare on Elm Street” was terrifying. Wes Craven was at the helm and gave us a truly horrifying tale. Then the sequels came along and turned Freddy into a silly cartoon-like villain spouting off puns and catch phrases. “New Nightmare” was the triumphant return of Wes Craven to the franchise and he did not disappoint. This is the vintage, terrifying Freddy that gave us nightmares as kids. Outside of the original, this is the best “Nightmare on Elm Street” movie.
5. “Hush” (2016)
Mike Flanagan blew us away with the absolutely fantastic “Oculus,” but this time around it’s not about evil mirrors or demons. “Hush” is about a deaf woman who lives in a large, secluded house that becomes the target of a masked murderer. The tension is nearly unbearable at times and the performances are great. This one is only on Netflix and fairly new so add it to your list as soon as possible.
6. “The Pact” (2012)
“The Pact” was one of those movies that I scrolled past dozens of times without giving it a second thought, until I finally watched it on a whim and was thoroughly impressed. It follows two sisters that go back to their childhood home after their mom dies, but something just doesn’t feel right. I don’t want to give away what happens, but it’s certainly not anything you’d see coming. The sequel is also on Netflix and is worth checking out as well.
7. “The Den” (2013)
This was another wonderful surprise. “The Den” is about a woman doing a study of how people behave on web cam chats, like Chat Roulette. Then, of course, she witnesses what appears to be a violent murder and everything quickly goes to hell. If there’s any lesson to be learned here it’s don’t chat with strangers on the internet because you’ll probably end up getting murdered?
8. “Honeymoon” (2014)
A couple takes a trip to a secluded lake house for their honeymoon and, you guessed it, things get dark and weird. There are so many great things to mention about “Honeymoon.” It’s shot well, the performances are fantastic and it keeps you engaged from beginning to end. Plus it features Rose Leslie from “Game of Thrones.”
9. “Pontypool” (2008)
We’ve seen the zombie apocalypse from the eye of the storm, but what about in a secluded building where information on the outbreak can only trickle in small bits at a time? “Pontypool” takes place inside a radio station where what you don’t see is way more terrifying than monsters running around and chasing everyone. Things take a very different turn toward the end that might not be the ideal ending for some viewers, but you certainly can’t fault it for a lack of originality.
10. “Creep” (2014)
Mark Duplass plays a creepy guy in a secluded cabin who hires a cameraman to come in and film him for the day. The premise is simple, but the scares certainly aren’t scarce. Not only do Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass make a fantastic little horror movie, they show that you don’t need a big budget to pull it off. Even if you aren’t into horror it’s worth watching just to appreciate the writing and vision.
11. “V/H/S 2” (2013)
All of the “V/H/S” anthology movies are on Netflix and the first one is definitely worth checking out, while the third one has some good moments, but will leave you pretty underwhelmed. Most of the segments are solid in the second one, but the cult scene is worth the price of admission alone. It’s absolutely incredible and is shot so well you’ll forget it’s found footage. It proves that found footage can be compelling and natural without your having to suspend disbelief as to why someone would be recording.
12. “The Horde” (2009)
A group of cops take the law into their own hands and go after a building full of gangsters. That seems like a scary night on its own, but in the middle of everything the zombie apocalypse begins. Now the two groups that were trying to murder each other have to attempt to work together to survive the night. If you need your bloody zombie fix, this is the one for you.
13. “Would You Rather” (2012)
What would you be willing to do to have your biggest debts wiped clean? In “Would You Rather” a crazed man brings together a group of desperate people with that very promise, but then pushes them into a sadistic game of murder and horror. Imagine “Saw,” but everyone is sitting around a dinner table.
14. “Contracted” (2013)
What’s the worst thing that could happen after a one-night stand? If you said a pregnancy you clearly haven’t watched “Contracted.” If you’re planning a Netflix and chill night with something a little extra afterwards, this certainly isn’t the movie for you because sex has never looked less appealing and caused you to hold down vomit like it does here. And, oh yes, there are plenty of maggots.
15. “Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy” (2010)
This isn’t a horror movie per say, but any fan of horror absolutely must watch “Never Sleep Again.” You get an amazing look at the rise of Freddy and the behind-the-scenes process that brought him to life. Nowhere else can you get more interviews and inside information on every unforgettable scene than this in-depth documentary. It’s all the Freddy you need.