Do you like scary movies? [Slightly less Ghostface voice] Do you, like 203 million other human beings on the planet Earth, have a Netflix account? Then, logically, you’ve probably found yourself scrolling around, looking to find the best horror movies on the service. Unlike Jamie Kennedy in Scream, we have answers.
But rather than wade through that ever-shifting glut of films pouring in and out of the service every month trying to separate the wheat from the chaff, we’ve got you covered with a list of our own written and curated by Polygon’s own resident horror aficionados.
We’ve slashed our way through the horror offerings on Netflix to find you a heap of movies worth an evening … alone … with the lights off … and surely … no one watching you … through the window … right now …
The Babysitter: Killer Queen
Sure, The Babysitter: Killer Queen didn’t quite live up to the absolute joy ride that was its predecessor. But it’s still a fun, campy time, made even better by Judah Lewis reprising his pubescent-scaredy-cat portrayal of Cole.
Are you really going to turn down the opportunity to watch (or rewatch!) the Ethan Hawke Horror Movie? Didn’t think so.
If you’re looking for a quick scare that you’ll instantly forget—remember, that’s the preference for some non-horror-heads—Demonic is the move. The plot? Ghost hunters show up at a haunted house. What else do you need to know?
Fear Street Part One: 1994
Slasher fans rejoice: Netflix’s Fear Street trilogy is for you. Fun, fast-paced, and appropriately bloody, it might fill the Jason Vorhees-sized hole in your life. Plus, if you’re missing Stranger Things right about now, Fear Street features Sadie Sink and Maya Hawke in its ensemble.
If you want to watch Insidious—AKA one of the better horror movies of this century—you better act fast. It’ll disappear from Netflix on September 30, which might be for the best. Our hearts can’t take too many watches of this one.
A Classic Horror Story
A Classic Horror Story, if the name didn’t tip you off, is the kind of scary movie you want to keep in your pocket until a rainy night during Halloween season. It’s spooky, but not too spooky. It involves a cabin in the woods and some lost campers. You know, a classic horror story.
What’s a good horror movie list without a Stephen King adaptation? Start your marathon of stories from the horror master with 1922, which follows a murderous rancher who gets his son in on the evil-doing. Once you’re done, check out the novella it’s based on. Or read the novella before watching the movie. Can’t go wrong either way.
Truth or Dare
Truth or Dare! You, uh, hate this game. But you just might enjoy the horror adaptation of the slumber party pastime even your teenage self loathed, which starts with a bunch of kids drinkin’ beers around the campfire, and ends with them bloody, crying, and playing the titular game, of course.
The Conjuring, really, is the haunted-house subgenre at its best—and it’ll surely be remembered by future horror-seekers as an all-timer. (As well as an early high point for the great director James Wan.) Hate to tell you this, but The Conjuring is based on a true story, too. If you like it, the original inspired a whole series of sequels. (One is being released this year, in fact.)
The Conjuring 2
Anotha one! You’re missing out if you waltz into The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It without knowing all of the shit that the franchise’s leading demonologists have gotten into beforehand. Inthe Conjuring 2, Lorraine and Ed Warren go to north London to investigate—what else?—a haunted house. Never gets old.
Sure, Netflix’s Death Note didn’t quite reach the greatness of the anime it’s based on, which sees a kid inherit a book that gives him the ability to kill people. But the film adaptation stars Willem Dafoe as the towering, sniveling demon who haunts this boy. That’s worth the watch alone.
Sure, 2017’s Unfriended—a story of social-media-using-gone wrong told largely through webcam—is already massively outdated. Which is fun! Laugh at these teenagers and their pre-AirPodded plights.
Friends, countrymen, Sandlerites: Hubie Halloween was pretty damn good. There’s a piss joke in the first five minutes, several vomit-inducing images will be burned into your brain, and Steve Buscemi plays a werewolf. But still. Pretty damn good.
Don’t let His House keep going under the radar. In what’s one of Netflix’s best horror originals, His House is as terrifying as it is smart—telling a refugee story through a South Sudanese couple that finds asylum in England.
Nothing is scarier than a pubescent boy coming of age and realizing he’s got a crush on his babysitter. Unless, said babysitter is in a demonic cult that sacrifices random dudes in your parents kitchen.
It Comes at Night
If you’ve watched an A24 screamfest before, you know what you’re getting withIt Comes at Night. An A-plus cast (Joel Edgarton and Carmen Ejogo, here), claustrophobic thriller focused on a slowly crumbling family, and scares that will stay with you for a week. At least.
Florence Pugh is a must-watch in just about every role she takes on nowadays, but in a horror movie? After her tortured, weirder-than-hell turn in Midsommar, she’s quickly turning into one of the genre’s best players. Catch Pugh in Malevolent, which follows a group of scam artists who stage hauntings just so they can get paid to exorcise the fake ghosts. Then, they encounter the real deal.
As Above, So Below
If you can stand to watch a found-footage horror movie in 2020, you could do a lot worse than As Above, So Below. It follows an archaeologist digging around for an artifact in the creepy Catacombs of Paris. And she… finds a little more than what she was looking for.
In the Tall Grass
In The Tall Grass, the latest in the mill of Stephen King’s story-to-screen adaptations, is basically everyone’s pumpkin patch nightmare come to life—two siblings dive into the titular grass to find a lost boy, where shady business ensues.