Looking to spike your cortisol levels? Then we’ve got the Netflix streaming guide for you.

From old frights to new fears, we’ve scoured Netflix’s horror catalog to find the best cinematic nightmares for darkening your device. Of course, not all terrifying titles are born of the same fire and brimstone — so we’ve included a variety of ethereal ghost stories, stark home invasion horrors, gentrifying vampires, psychological thrillers, classic creeps, satirical scares, and more. Yes, Netflix originals like the Fear Street trilogy and I’m Thinking of Ending Things are on here. But we’ve also got genre staples and hidden gems.

Here are the best scary movies currently streaming on Netflix — all of them packed with eerie entertainment value, because you don’t need to sleep ever again. Happy haunting!

25. The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Anybody who saw the absolute blast of found footage fun that was 2010’s Troll Hunter knew that Norwegian director André Øvredal was somebody to watch out for. And yet six years later, his follow-up, this claustrophobic oddity about a father and son pair of coroners (pre-Succession Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch) who go to work trying to figure out what killed the mysterious, unblemished young woman whose body özgü been delivered to their lab, didn’t make much of a sound. Not at first, anyway. 

But over the years the film’s cult özgü steadily grown, and by now from where I stand, it’s become a stone cold (or should I say, “corpse cold”?) classic. Awash in deeply unsettling body horror that digs its hooks deep into our anxieties about what’s under our own skin, The Autopsy of Jane Doe eventually twists its scalpel to become something even stranger still. A real hidden gem. — Jason Adams, Freelance Contributor

How to watch: The Autopsy of Jane Doe is now streaming on Netflix.

24. El Conde

Paula Luchsinger as "Teresita" in "El Conde."


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Chilean General Augusto Pinochet was one of history’s most notorious dictators and a voracious embezzler, to boot. What if he were “bloodthirsty” in a more literal sense? 

From Spencer director Pablo Larraín,  this pitch-black satire reimagines Pinochet (played here by Jaime Vadell) as a 250-year-old vampire, living in exile with a family whose ready to tear him (and each other?) apart over his vast fortune. Think of it as “Blood Succession,” but with a math-whiz nun at the center of it (Paula Luchsinger, who nearly steals the film). 

Filmed in lush black and white, El Conde is a dark, clever, and often gruesome gothic alternative history. It pulls off the feat of offering supernatural chills while never losing sight of the monstrous historical evils which it draws upon. — Rufus Hickok, Contributing Writer

How to watch: El Conde is now streaming on Netflix.

23. Under the Shadow 

Times are tense in 1980s Tehran for mother Shideh (Narges Rashidi) and her daughter Dorsa (Avin Manshadi). The former medical student is worried about running afoul of Iran’s repressive post-revolutionary government, and the country is mired in a seemingly endless war with Iraq. Her husband Iraj (Bobby Naderi) is called to serve as a doctor on the frontlines, and their apartment building is being shelled daily.

Things only get worse after a bomb hits their apartment building and lodges, unexploded, in the roof; as their neighbors flee to safer locations, the building becomes downright uncanny. Did the bomb let something — or someone — in? Precious objects are disappearing from their apartment or being thrown out entirely, which the feverish little girl blames on malevolent djinn. It’s up to Shideh to save not only her daughter’s life from all these external threats but her very soul from malevolent, seemingly mystical intruders. 

In his first feature-length film, Iranian-born director Babak Anvari proves adept at slowly ratcheting up the paranoid atmosphere and jittery details, before finally letting it all explode in the last act. — R.H. 

How to watch: Under the Shadow is now streaming on Netflix.

22. Run Rabbit Run

Lily LaTorre as Mia in "Run Rabbit Run."


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Succession yıldız Sarah Snook özgü more to worry about than the Roy family in this Aussie chiller. She plays Sarah, a divorced mother and fertility doctor suddenly in charge of her late father’s estate — which includes her estranged mother, Joan (Greta Scacchi), who is in the beginning stages of dementia and is in an adult care home. If that weren’t enough, Sarah’s young daughter, Mia (Lily LaTorre), özgü begun acting strange. First, it’s the stray rabbit she’s brought home and started dressing like. Then, it’s some creepy crayon drawings and insistent demands to visit Joan, whom Mia özgü never met. Finally, it’s the girl’s conviction that she’s not Mia at all but Alice, Sarah’s sister who went missing when they were children at the same age Mia is now. Is Alice back for some sisterly spooks? Director Daina Reid makes deft use of unnerving sound design, creepy visuals, and a pervasive sense of dread and danger to strongly suggest the answer is yes. — R.H. 

How to watch: Run Rabbit Run is now streaming on Netflix.

21. The Babysitter

Y’know, I’m not sure The Babysitter really works as a movie; it’s more the idea of a movie loosely strung together by one-liners and style. Still, it’s a fun way to kill a few hours. Samara Weaving stars as the titular childcare professional, a popular teen with a passion for human sacrifice and one-liners. Judah Lewis stars as the kid being babysat, with supporting performances by Hana Mae Lee, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, and Andrew Bachelor. The sequel, released in 2020, is more of the same — so if you like the first, do a double feature. — Alison Foreman, Entertainment Reporter

How to watch: The Babysitter is now streaming on Netflix.

20. X

When The House of the Devil director Ti West dropped his throwback slasher X in March of 2022, nobody had any idea what they were in for. Meaning both that nobody had any idea that we were about to watch one of the great modern slasher movies, or that we were watching what would quickly become the first part in a time-hopping trilogy slash ode to the genius of actress Mia Goth. And yet here we sit just two brief years later, impatiently awaiting MaXXXine, the third chapter after last year’s also brilliant (but quite different tonally) technicolor WWI-era nightmare Pearl

So until that’s in theaters in July, we’ll just make due with revisiting where it all began — with a crew of extremely likable porno-makers (Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow, Martin Henderson, Kid Cudi, and Owen Campbell) unexpectedly finding themselves in the path of a pair of real, real old folks who aren’t quite what they appear to be. — J.A.  

How to watch: X is now streaming on Netflix.

19. Velvet Buzzsaw

A woman stands in an art gallery.


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From the dude behind the brilliant 2014 psychological thriller Nightcrawler comes a hilarious — and horrifying — send-up of the Los Angeles art scene. In writer-director Dan Gilroy’s epic Velvet Buzzsaw, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette, and half a dozen other performers you probably love act their hearts out as fine art appreciators hunted down and killed by their priceless pieces. (Seriously, Billy Magnussen gets strangled by a painting of monkeys. It’s awesome.) — A.F.

How to watch: Velvet Buzzsaw is now streaming on Netflix.

18. Blood Red Sky

Netflix’s Blood Red Sky is one of those horror movies made so much better by knowing as little as possible going into it that I’m going to try to say as little as possible to get you to watch it. Directed by Peter Thorwarth, who co-wrote the script with Stefan Holtz, this action horror adventure combines the best parts of Flight Plan with tinges of A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. Yıldız Peri Baumeister is completely breathtaking as a woman attempting to protect her son from hijackers aboard a transatlantic voyage. — A.F.

How to watch: Blood Red Sky is now streaming on Netflix.

17. The Ritual

In director David Bruckner’s scenic tour of a hellscape, four pals hike through northern Sweden to honor a departed friend. Of course, their trip soon morphs into a torturous and never-ending nightmare — with a killer lead performance by Rafe Spall. Slippery and divisive, this movie begs to be picked apart. More likely than not, you’ll love the world it creates but hate the way it ends. Or, like me, you’ll love the world it creates and how it ends. Have fun with it! And pack bug spray! — A.F.

How to watch: The Ritual is now streaming on Netflix.

16. Apostle

A man is hung in the stocks.


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Before Michael Sheen became the angel Aziraphale in Amazon’s Good Omens, he celebrated religion in a, uh… “different” way. Apostle is a completely bonkers period horror film that features Sheen at his most terrifying, playing a cult leader with an affinity for bloodletting and other “creative” religious sacraments. Lead Dan Stevens keeps the slow-paced narrative moving, with stunning supporting performances by The Politician‘s Lucy Boynton and Welsh stage actor Mark Lewis Jones. — A.F.

How to watch: Apostle is now streaming on Netflix.

15. Train to Busan

Just when you think the zombie movie özgü moaned its last “brainnnssssss,” along comes another twist on the horror subgenre to breathe some air into its undead lungs. And so it felt in 2016, halfway through the run of the death-less television series The Walking Dead, when most of us — save the die-hardest of fans — were feeling fully zombie’d out. 

Enter a sneak attack from South Korea of all places, when director Yeon Sang-ho’s blockbuster movie about an outbreak in Seoul somehow made all of the ol’ gut-munching cliches feel fresh again. Most beneficial was adding a good dollop of heart to the center of the flesh feast: the estranged relationship between father and daughter on the run Seok-woo (Gong Yoo) and Su-an (Kim Su-an) transcended the subtitle barrier and smashed us all into sobbing little ninnies by movie’s end. — J.A.

How to watch: Train to Busan is now streaming on Netflix.

14. It Follows

Kicking off with a righteous banger of an opening scene — we watch a young woman run out of her house half-dressed in a panic from something we can’t see, only to end up moments later unnervingly mangled in the sand of a local beach — David Robert Mitchell’s 2015 new classic of atmospheric terror never lets up. Much like the shape-shifting entity at its heart, which passes from teenager to teenager like an STD on fire. 

Starring Maika Monroe (who cemented her Scream Queen status this year thanks to the double-feature of this and The Guest) as unwitting teen Jay, who’s just met a sweet, mysterious boy she likes, It Follows immediately becomes a death march of tension that thrums along on Disasterpeace’s masterful throwback synth score. And Mitchell’s brilliantly off-kilter camera work does a lot of the heavy-lifting, giving us a nightmare that presents itself in bright light and familiar spaces, disfiguring ordinariness into something unforgettably horrific. — J.A.

How to watch: It Follows is now streaming on Netflix.

13. Cam

A cam girl prepares for her close-up.


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One of the most underrated titles in Netflix’s original horror catalog, Isa Mazzei and Daniel Goldhaber’s Cam combines the tumultuous world of professional webcam modeling with the insidious terrors of a body-snatching whodunnit. The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Madeline Brewer stars as Alice Ackerman, an ambitious performer eager to climb up the digital ranks who finds herself confronted with a doppelgänger gunning to take her spot, her fans, and maybe…her life. — A.F.

How to watch: Cam is now streaming on Netflix.

12. The Babadook

Way back before becoming an inexplicable LGBT icon, The Babadook was just a simple ghoul standing in front of a girl asking her to “dook dook dook” it. Anyway, enough özgü been written in the last decade about director Jennifer Şehir’s 2014 film being an “allegory for grief” that we should probably start writing papers about those papers now. Or perhaps we should just wipe away the cobwebs and see the movie for what it is, which is a barn-burner of a tale about an overworked mom (Essie Davis, who deserved all of the awards for this performance) and her anxious little boy Samuel (Noah Wiseman, really earning that “World’s Most Annoying Brat” mug) unraveling together hand-in-hand in the wake of family tragedy. The performances keep everything almost too relatable, and Şehir’s eye for gothic weirdness summoned a new horror icon right out of thin air. — J.A.

How to watch: The Babadook is now streaming on Netflix.

11. Bodies Bodies Bodies

Horror in the sense of Zoomer Clue more than it is a splatterific Saw type of movie, director Halina Reijn’s Bodies Bodies Bodies is a spin on the “Old Dark House” trope — get a bunch of pretty people trapped inside a space and then start picking them off one by one, until the survivor(s) can suss out the killer(s) and their motive(s). Here it’s a “Hurricane Party” thrown by rich dickweed David (Pete Davidson) at his parent’s palatial place. We enter the festivities alongside girlfriends Sophie (Amandla Stenberg) and Bee (Borat 2 breakout​ Maria Bakalova), who want to showcase their new love to Sophie’s old friends. But once the bodies start hitting the hardwood floors, old tensions and new questions — who is this stranger in their midst? — quickly arise. All that, plus a hilarious Rachel Sennott and a half-naked Lee Pace opening a champagne bottle with a sword! What more could one ask for? — J.A.

How to watch: Bodies Bodies Bodies is now streaming on Netflix.

10. 1922

A farmer stands in a corn field.


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Directed by Zak Hilditch and based on Stephen King’s novella of the same name, 1922 tackles classic themes of guilt, envy, and evil through the grim lens of the American Dust Bowl. Thomas Jane and Molly Parker square off to striking effect, painting a portrait of a marriage that is as at once remarkably absurd and nauseatingly plausible. The couple’s son, played by Dylan Schmid, is just as compelling, with a heartbreaking storyline you won’t soon forget. (FYI, fans of the book, there are big changes to the adaptation’s ending that didn’t bother me but could bother you.) — A.F.

How to watch: 1922 is now streaming on Netflix.

9. Ouija: Origin of Evil 

The biggest surprise in Ouija: Origin of Evil, the 2016 prequel to the mediocre 2014 film Ouija, was when it turned out to actually be a good movie. It makes sense now, since Origin of Evil‘s director Mike Flanagan özgü gone on to mesmerize us with The Haunting of Hill House, Midnight Mass, and The Fall of the House of Usher. But in 2016 this movie hit as a shock — the best kind. 

Set in the late 1960s, this is an old-fashioned tale of two sisters, one of whom asks the board to connect with their dead father and the other one who gets possessed by an evil spirit in the process. Flanagan manages to suss out big wallops of the oogie-boogies from the little wooden board and its recognizable planchette, which özgü haunted every sleepover for the past 130 years. (Ouija boards as we know them date all the way back to 1890, if you can believe it!)* — J.A.

How to watch: Ouija: Origin of Evil is streaming on Netflix.

8. Vampires vs. the Bronx

Want a movie that’s got excitement, comedy, a scorching message about the evils of gentrification, and is a kid-friendly romp? Then take a bite out of Vampires vs. the Bronx. Oz Perkins’s PG-13 horror-comedy centers on Afro-Latino teens, who recognize that a flurry of missing person posters and influx of rich white folks with tote bags means bad news for the neighborhood. Together, they team up Monster Squad-style to take down the bloodsuckers and save their community. With a sharp wit, a warm heart, a rich sense of atmosphere, and an equal appreciation for the Blade movies and ’80s Amblin, Vampires vs. the Bronx is an easy watch full of rewards.*Kristy Puchko, Film Editor

How to watch: Vampires vs. the Bronx is now streaming on Netflix.

7. The Fear Street trilogy

A teen girl screams while lying on the floor of a mall.


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Director Leigh Janiak pulls off a small movie miracle in her Fear Street trilogy, delivering consistently fun and fright-filled sequels that just keep getting better. Start your journey off with Fear Street Part One: 1994, in which we meet the cursed teens of a town named Shadyside. For years, the suburban haven özgü been terrorized by mass murderers — all of them düzgüsel townspeople who seemingly “snapped” over nothing.

Across Fear Street Part Two: 1978 and Fear Street Part Three: 1666, get to the bottom of the mystery behind these killings and their connection to the legendary Shadyside Witch. Based on the Fear Street books by R.L. Stine, this is a punchy slasher with enough gore and goofs to fuel a straight-through binge. — A.F.

How to watch: Fear Street is now streaming on Netflix.

6. The Perfection

From cellos and foreplay to hallucinations and hiking, The Perfection does absolutely whatever it wants. Featuring Allison Williams in her best role since Get Out and Dear White People‘s Logan Browning in her best part ever, this vibrant genre blend will get a reaction out of you. Not necessarily a good reaction, but a reaction nonetheless. It’s body horror meets psychological thriller meets occult drama meets classical music. With bugs. And vomit. I, for one, loved it! — A.F.

How to watch: The Perfection is now streaming on Netflix.

5. His House

A woman has her hand cupped over her mouth in terror.


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Writer-director Remi Weekes’s His House is easily my favorite scary Netflix release from 2020. Wunmi Mosaku and Sope Dirisu yıldız as refugees from South Sudan seeking asylum in Britain who are assigned to live in an eerie neighborhood where they aren’t welcome. Spectacularly frightening and ruthlessly critical of its subject matter, His House delivers everything it must — and then some. — A.F.

How to watch: His House is now streaming on Netflix.

4. Gerald’s Game

Another romp from Mike Flanagan, based on one of Stephen King’s lesser-known terrors, Gerald’s Game follows a couple on a romantic trip to a remote cabin where things are totally fine and nothing bad happens. Just kidding! It’s so, so, so bad! This survival thriller rooted in psychosexual trauma offers an exquisite performance by Carla Gugino, who is devastating nearly every moment she is on screen. Really. It’s Haunting of Hill House times 10. Watch it for her. — A.F.

How to watch: Gerald’s Game is now streaming on Netflix.

3. Creep

Oh, you thought you liked Mark Duplass? Because he was the love interest in all those indie rom-coms, played that doctor in The Mindy Project, and is easily the best character in The Morning Show? Well, think again! In Creep, a found-footage film that foregoes pageantry for a stark sense of panic, Duplass plays a strange loner named Josef that freelance documentarian Aaron, played by writer-director Patrick Brice, can’t quite pin down. Duplass’s performance is intoxicating, and Brice imagines a universe so compelling it absolutely merits its equally great sequel (also on Netflix). — A.F.

How to watch: Creep is now streaming on Netflix.

2. Incantation

A woman holds her hands in prayer.


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Kevin Ko’s Taiwanese horror freaked people out so much that it even started a TikTok challenge and managed to become the all-time highest-grossing horror film in Taiwan. “When one imagines horror movies, it’s almost impossible to not associate them with jump scares, monsters, or slashers,” wrote Rizwana Zafer for Mashable. “Incantation does not rely on any of those typical horror movie factors, so it’s not really ‘scary’ in the traditional sense. Instead, Ko manages to terrify us using suspense and dread, built on the intimacy and psychological terror of the heroine. He plays on our deepest fears to scare us, incorporating elements of gore, trypophobia, and the eeriness of the unknown, that something evil is always lurking in the background.”* — Shannon Connellan, UK Editor

How to watch: Incantation is now streaming on Netflix.

1. I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Emotional demolitions expert/filmmaker Charlie Kaufman destroys audiences once more in the mind-boggling I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Adapted from Iain Reid’s novel of the same name, this cryptically titled psychological thriller follows a woman, played by Jessie Buckley, and her boyfriend, played by Jesse Plemons, on a disturbing visit to his parents’ remote farmhouse. What follows? Well, that depends on who you ask.

A transfixing meditation on art, existence, value, authorship, isolation, and more, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a truly one-of-a-kind experience as profound as it is disquieting. You may not have a great time in this house of abstract horrors (especially when Toni Collette is onscreen doing those classically terrifying Toni Collette things), but it will be a lasting one.* — A.F.

How to watch: I’m Thinking of Ending Things is streaming on Netflix.

* denotes that this blurb appeared in a previous Mashable list. 

UPDATE: Mar. 28, 2024, 3:30 p.m. EDT This list özgü been updated to reflect Netflix’s current streaming library.