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20 Best Netflix Horror Movies

20 Best Netflix Horror Movies

Why spend hours scrolling through Netflix’s endless selection of horror movies? There’s a ton. Some of them are decent. Many of them are crap. A few are true gems.

Save yourself some time and instead check out the films on this list. There’s films for every horror movie fan and you can be guaranteed these films are among the best Netflix horror movies available.

How many have you seen?

20. Oculus (2013)

Best for: Fans of “mainstream” horror movies who missed it’s theatrical release.

oculus movie posterPoor, Tim and Kaylie. The siblings had a rather rough childhood growing up. Trapped in a new house while growing up, their parents chained them to bedroom walls, starved them of food, and attempted to beat and murder them on multiple occasions. Typical horror movie stuff really, that all is to blamed on a possessed mirror their father picked up as an office decoration. Also typical horror movie fare.

Their torture only ends when their psycho mom is killed by dear old crazy dad before their eyes. When dad comes for them next, Tim guns him down in a hail of bullets. As the police arrive to arrest Tim for murder  the siblings agree to reunite one day and destroy the mirror they are convinced possessed their parents and drove them insane.

11 years later Tim is a free man, convinced after years of psychiatric care the demonic mirror is just a fabrication of his psyche to explain the awful events surrounding his youth. Kaylie, however has worked to get a job at a local auction house and has possession of the very mirror she still blames for killing her parents. In order to keep their promise Tim and Kaylie take the mirror back to their parents house rigged with security cameras and a heavy anchor raised above the mirror on a “kill switch” to destroy it when the time arises. But not before the mirror’s supernatural powers can be documented and their family name redeemed.

It all seems like a good plan on the surface, but the evil mirror isn’t willing to go down without a fight and soon enough Tim and Katie begin experiencing hallucinations and possessions just as their parents did 11 years ago. Let’s just say history has a way of repeating and the mirror won’t stop racking up a body count until the every end.

Oculus is chalk full of good old fashioned creepy unnerving scares instead of the blood, guts, and cheap shocks that are the norm for horror films these days. The film is slick and looks good from start to finish, smart, and of course, scary as hell. If you missed it in the theaters then Netflix has given you a second chance at redemption. Just like Tim and Kaylie in the movie.

Stay away from any mirrors.

19. The Awakening (2011)

Best for: A cold rainy date night on the couch, wrapped under a warm blanket with a hot cup of tea.

the-awakening-poster02Fans of ghost stories and mysteries should definitely check out The Awakening as it’s a good cross between both. Set in the English countryside shortly after World War I, the film is as beautiful to watch as it is scary.

The Awakening revolves around a woman named Florence who is a published author and expert on supernatural hoaxes. Florence is asked to investigate a troubled boys boarding school for orphans where the death of a recent student has been blamed a supernatural spirit. As an orphan herself Florence feels compelled to investigate and makes the trip. A thorough investigation reveals the deceased boy was often the victim of hazing by school bullies and was last seen by a teacher who forced him to stand outside in an attempt to toughen him up only. Unfortunately it was at that point the ghost made itself known to the boy who became utterly frightened and died of a fatal asthma attack on the spot. Case closed.

But while trying to leave Florence faints into a pond after seeing a hand rise out from the water. She is rescued and kept at the school by a handsome teacher named Robert who is afraid for her sanity. With the school closed for break only Florence, Robert, the housekeeper Maud, the groundskeeper and little Tom, a lonely Indian boy, are left. However Florence soon finds herself seeing things that cannot be explained. One rape and murder later Florence’s past crosses paths with the ghost and her life will never be the same again.

Thick in atmosphere and visually detailed, The Awakening is a haunting ghost story that will keep you thinking until the twist ending turns the entire movie on it’s side.

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  • Jeanne B

    Worst list ever.

    • lol, What would yours be? maybe we have different tastes.

  • StormRaging

    Still on the first page of the list but it would be nice to have a description without spoilers. Saying a movie has a twist is just a big of a spoiler as ruining the ending.

    • Agreed. I did try to give a synopsis without giving away the last act or important twists. Cause I agree. Spoilers suck.

  • Jardine Patten

    I skipped to see what the number one is… The Babadook is not on par with The Omen which is at number two. Hell, most of this list is fucking terrible. Did you just select the first twenty movies you saw on the list? Because there is no way that The Exorcist is not in the top 5. Rosemary’s Baby, Nightmare on Elm Street, Nightbreed, House of the Devil, Monsters, Let the Right One In, Prophecy, Hellraiser, Devil’s Rejects, Invasion of the Body Snatchers…

    You know what? Your list sucks ass. MAJOR ASS!

  • Brandon Hall

    I created an account to oppose the other people who have commented here. This list is filled, so far as I can tell, with Gold.The people below are just haters. A) The Babadook was a true masterpiece. B) Calling someone else’s list garbage is pathetic. This is his opinion of some free-to-view horror films.
    Thank you, Cameron. I will be watching some of these I’ve never given attention for sure.

    • Gracias!

    • James P

      “There’s films for every horror movie fan and you can be guaranteed these films are among the best Netflix horror movies available.”

      That sounds more matter of fact than an opinion.

      I agree with you on the other points, however.

    • Thank you!