14 Scariest Movies: If You Love Scary Movies, You Should Watch These Right Now on Netflix

Looking for scary things to watch from your couch in the summer of 2022? Stop looking. Good news: Netflix has a virtual library full of great horror movies, both old and new classics of the genre that are sure to scare you.

What scares you the most on Netflix? Here are some very scary horror movies from all over the world that you can stream right now on Netflix and are highly recommended.

This list has both traditional horror movies and horror comedies, as well as thrillers with scary parts. We have both Netflix originals and movies from other countries. We’ve also included a few scary honorable mentions.

1). The Exorcist

Release date: 1973

The Exorcist

The well-known There’s a reason why “The Exorcist” is a classic. The strange things a young girl does keep getting worse until it’s decided that traditional diagnoses and treatments won’t work.

Regan is sure that a demon is inside her, and an exorcism is the only way to get rid of it. When The Exorcist first came out, people were so scared that they stood in long lines to get into the theaters. There were also rumors that the set was cursed. For example, a fire shut down the set for six weeks, and many of t

The actors and crew got hurt, had family problems, or died. At some point, director William Friedkin had a Jesuit priest come to the set to bless it. After that, everything seemed to go well. -Alyse Wax

2). Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Release date: 2019

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

If you were a kid in the 1980s or ’90s, or maybe even later, the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series by Alvin Schwartz probably gave you nightmares. The first of three collections of horror stories came out in 1981.

It had illustrations and stories like “The Big Toe,” “The Thing,” and “The Haunted House” that were very scary and had a lot of atmosphere. The Shape of Water director and Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro produced and co-wrote the series. It came out in 2019.

3). Insidious: Chapter 2

Release date: 2013

Insidious: Chapter 2

Three years before The Conjuring was praised by critics and made a lot of money, Insidious, a ghost story about a young married couple who go into an astral dimension to save their son, was a quiet success for director James Wan.

The Insidious series is a great example of how scary movies can make a lot of money. The four movies in the series (Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2, Insidious: Chapter 3, and Insidious: The Last Key) have made $539 million worldwide on a budget of $26.5 million.

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4). The Conjuring

Release date: 2013

The Conjuring

The Conjuring, a scary movie about a haunted house that became an instant classic and spawned a franchise, if not an entire universe, will be one of the scariest movies on any streaming service that has it.

It works because of how well it is written, how well the actors play their parts, and how well the director and cinematographer use their skills.

The Conjuring is a movie about demonologists and paranormal experts Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) who are trying to rid the Perron family of their paranormal pestilence.

It was directed by James Wan (Insidious, Saw) and shot by John R. Leonetti, who has worked with Wan for a long time and shot movies like The Mask and Mortal Kombat (1996).

It doesn’t waste any time. Right away, it sets up the tension and the presence of the supernatural by introducing Annabelle.

Sound, reflections, and special effects are all used in a masterful way to create the final effect needed to show how scary the threat in the old Abbot Estate is.

5). The Conjuring 2

Release date: 2016 

The Conjuring 2

The Conjuring 2 looks and sounds a lot like the PG-13 horror franchise Insidious, which was also directed by James Wan. The washed-out colors of The Conjuring are covered up by shades of blue that fill the screen.

Ed and Lorraine Warren are back as the sweet detectives who are trying to help a family in England. The Possession of Madison Wolfe is scary because it shows blasphemous and scary things and because a very talented child actress gives an amazing performance.

Based on a true story about Ed and Lorraine’s investigations, the sequel has a lot of new scary ghosts, including The Nun, and plays with the idea that the couple might be looking into a fake haunting.

It’s an interesting plot point with a lot of dramatic irony, as the viewer watches the investigators’ troubles happen behind their backs.

It goes a little too far, but its ambition makes up for its flaws because it sets the stage for more movies in The Conjuring series.

6). Crimson Peak

Release Date: 2015

Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak was Guillermo del Toro’s return to directing, and it was a scary, colorful tribute to gothic romances. A-List actors, opulent production design, and Guillermo’s gothic take on the story make the movie feel like a vivid, scary fever dream.

It takes time to build up the rich Victorian setting and time period, but the beautiful costumes, dramatic lighting, and over-the-top acting create a unique atmosphere that carries the viewer through the first act.

It’s a movie where the audience is scared for the main character because they know how dangerous things are for her. The fact that the Sharp family is lying doesn’t try to trick the audience in Crimson Peak.

Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Jessica Chastain (Interstellar) plan to steal from Mia Wasikowska and kill her (Alice in Wonderland). Crimson Peak is the main setting, and whether Edith (Mia Wasikowska) will live is the mystery.

The only bad things about the movie are that it is meant to be a tribute to gothic horror, so it follows the same path as many other stories, and that GDT spoiled the movie when he was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2015.

7). The Strangers: Prey at Night

Release Date: 2018

The Strangers: Prey at Night

The horror hit by Bryan Bertino about a young couple who were followed and preyed on in their own home seemed to be done for no reason. Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman star.

A decade later, there was a sequel called The Strangers: Prey at Night, which was less scary but still fun and creepy. It was about a family on a road trip from hell that turned into a fight for survival in a remote mobile home park.

8). Raw

Release Date: 2017


The cannibal drama by Julia Ducournau is so gruesome and intense that it caused grown men to pass out at the TIFF, necessitating an ambulance.

A story of a young veterinary student (Garance Marillier) becoming her own person, resisting patriarchy, and giving in to her innermost impulses is punctuated by horrific violence and frightening imagery in this wickedly creative allegory.

Raw will almost certainly either make you adore it or make you despise it; it’s nearly difficult to have a mixed reaction to a picture like this. Raw, which runs a short 98 minutes, is punchy and lean, powerful and muscular, demonstrating Ducournau’s command of her art.

Raw is a visionary’s work, one of 2017’s most unyielding and singular cinematic endeavors, albeit it may not be to everyone’s taste (pun intended).

9). Halloween

Release Date: 2007


The popularity of Marcus Nispel’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre sparked a wave of horror remakes in the early 2000s.

Rob Zombie’s re-enactment of Halloween, which generated over $80 million worldwide despite mediocre (at best) reviews, was one of the most profitable.

10). Bird Box

Release Date: 2018

Bird Box

Bird Box stars Sandra Bullock as Malorie, a pregnant mother who is forced to become a survivalist after otherworldly forces wipe off the world’s population.

One glimpse at these creatures—who we never see—causes your eyes to glaze over and wet, and you go wild, killing yourself with whatever means are available.

Malorie and her unborn child make it to a house where numerous strangers who have also escaped the breakout have sought refuge after surviving a chaotic early set piece of slaughter and destruction on a massive scale.

Bird Box shattered Netflix’s records and is still one of the streaming service’s biggest hits.

11). A Nightmare on Elm Street

Release Date: 1984

A Nightmare on Elm Street

With this humorous, imaginative supernatural thriller about a charred, scarred dream-demon with a bladed glove that preys on youngsters as they sleep, writer/director Wes Craven’s career reached a new high.

Underneath the fantastically nasty and creepy imagery (this is polished, true surrealism, not gore for the sake of gore) comes unsettling thematic material about a younger generation being punished for the sins of their fathers, substantial and intriguing material that will never be out of date.

Some clichéd characterizations and a shaky third act keep Nightmare from being a masterpiece, but make no mistake: this is one of the best horror movies of all time, a work of dark wonder and inspired ingenuity.

12). Creep

Release Date: 2014


Creep is a charming mockumentary film about a filmmaker hired to record a dying man’s message to his unborn son. Aaron, the cameraman played by writer/director Patrick Brice, begins to fear Josef (Mark Duplass) isn’t terminally ill, but rather dangerously insane.

With his spooky and disturbing portrayal, Duplass portrays quite the predator. The creators are the only characters in this unsettling, unsettling film, which is a two-man performance.

The film’s preference for intimate dread over grandiose set pieces, similar to that of rival docu-style horror film The Blair Witch Project, serves to distinguish it.

It’s discovered footage since it’s a mockumentary, but it’s so authentic that it feels like watching someone slowly realize they’re in danger and can’t get out.

13). The Ring

Release Date: 2002

The Ring

Gore Verbinski’s stylish, atmospheric adaptation of Ringu, about a mysterious killer videotape, starring Naomi Watts (in a breakout role).

The Ring doesn’t quite rival Ringu for raw fear in the form of a cold hand on the back of the neck, but it’s fun and eerie. It was a huge box office success that generated a sequel.

14). The Platform

Release Date: 2019

The Platform

The Platform is one of the most original and scary dystopian thrillers to come out in the past few years. The movie is about a group of people who live in a concrete tower.

Some of them are there voluntarily, and others are there because they did something wrong. Here, people are fed by a platform that starts at the top of the building.

Those who live closest to the top get as much food as they want, while those at the bottom get little to none. Every month, the people who live there are switched at random.

The story is often scary and violent, and the creative plot and great acting make it hard to watch but also very compelling. The message it sends and the questions it brings up are more important than ever. – T. Gates

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