16 Scary Horror Movies on Netflix to Watch Right Now
If you’re looking for some nightmare fuel, Netflix has got you covered. The platform is home to countless scary movies. It has psychological horror films that feed into your innermost anxieties, alongside flicks that involve supernatural terror. Meanwhile, gory horror films are pure bloodbaths that don’t hold anything back when it comes to violence. They can be so graphic that they’ll have you looking away at some points. No matter the subgenre, these horror movies can be equally as scary due to their unpredictable storylines and sudden jump scares.
Whatever you’re into, Netflix thankfully has it all, including Netflix originals like “Malevolent” and “Bird Box Barcelona,” as well as box office hits like “Unfriended” and “Lights Out.” So, if you’re in need of some thrills, here are 16 of the best scary movies on Netflix you can watch right now.
"Bird Box Barcelona"
“Bird Box Barcelona” serves as a spin-off sequel to the hit 2018 thriller “Bird Box,” which is an adaptation of Josh Malerman’s 2014 novel of the same name. In the new film, the world continues to be overtaken by mysterious, invisible entities that cause people to die by suicide if they look at them. Although some people are immune, these “seers” become devout followers of the entities and force others to reveal themselves to the creatures. After Barcelona is targeted, Sebastián and his daughter, Anna, try to make it out of the city alive by teaming up with other survivors.
"Choose Or Die"
“Choose or Die” follows a college student named Kayla who is struggling to make ends meet along with her mother, Thea. When she discovers an old ’80s game that has an unclaimed cash prize, Kayla jumps at the opportunity to play, in hopes that she can win and use the money to help her family. However, Kayla soon realizes the game is cursed, and whatever decisions she makes virtually come with dire consequences in real life.
“Unfriended” is a found-footage horror film that is told entirely through a computer screen. It centers around a group of high-school students who are video chatting online when a mysterious user joins their conversation. They discover the account once belonged to their classmate Laura Barns, who died by suicide after an embarrassing video of hers went viral online. They begin to suspect they’re being haunted by Laura’s spirit, and as the night goes on, the entity forces the friends to confront their darkest secrets or risk death.
In “Umma,” which is the Korean word for “mother,” Sandra Oh stars as Amanda, a Korean immigrant who lives on an isolated farm with her teenage daughter, Chrissy. When Amanda receives her mother’s cremated ashes, she and Chrissy’s seemingly idyllic life begins to unravel as they get haunted by Umma’s ghost. Things only get worse once Umma’s spirit takes over Amanda, which causes her to become overly protective of Chrissy and not allow her to leave the farm. “There is nothing scarier than becoming your mother,” the film’s tagline reads.
"Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
Despite being the ninth film in the franchise, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is meant to serve as a direct sequel to the original 1974 film. In this installment, a group of friends travels to an abandoned Texas town with plans to gentrify it. However, they unknowingly find themselves in Leatherface’s neighborhood. After 50 years of hiding, the notorious serial killer resurfaces to target the group to punish them for trespassing. When Sally Hardesty – the sole survivor in the original film – hears of his reappearance, she embarks on a mission to put an end to him once and for all.
"Ouija: Origin of Evil"
“Ouija: Origin of Evil” is a prequel to the 2014 film “Ouija.” The film stars Elizabeth Reaser as a widow named Alice who makes money by pretending to be a medium. After introducing a Ouija board into her business, Alice tries to use it to contact her late husband. She successfully begins communicating with his spirit, and although she is initially happy, things take a turn when the spirit starts to possess one of her daughters.
“#Alive” centers around a zombie apocalypse that has taken over the city of Seoul. A video game streamer named Oh Joon-woo witnesses the outbreak from his apartment above. Since many of his neighbors have turned, he’s forced to lock himself inside his room so he won’t get infected, too. However, it’ll only be a matter of time before Joon-woo runs out of supplies. So, will he risk dying of starvation inside his apartment or take a chance by fighting off the zombies outside?
"In the Tall Grass"
“In the Tall Grass” is a movie adaptation of Stephen King and Joe Hill’s short story of the same name. It begins with siblings Cal and Becky driving through rural Kansas. They’re making their way to San Diego when they hear a young boy named Tobin crying out for help in the grasslands. The pair stops to help, but they end up getting lost. After realizing the tall grass contains an evil entity hiding inside, the siblings desperately try to find a way to escape before it consumes them.
“The Ritual” begins with five friends enjoying drinks together while discussing ideas for a group trip. Rob says they should go hiking in Sweden, but the rest of the guys turn the idea down. However, after Rob gets killed in a burglary incident, Phil, Dom, Hutch, and Luke reunite months later to turn the trip into a reality. While traveling through the woods, the group realizes they’re not alone and are being stalked by an evil force.
"47 Meters Down: Uncaged"
“47 Meters Down: Uncaged,” which is a sequel to the 2017 film “47 Meters Down,” follows a new group of victims who become targeted by great white sharks. In this movie, four teenage girls scuba dive into a submerged Mayan city. After accidentally knocking over a row of stone columns underwater, the girls attract the attention of several deadly sharks. When they discover the sharks are blind, the girls attempt to outsmart the creatures by luring them away using sounds while they plan their escape to the surface.
"No One Gets Out Alive"
“No One Gets Out Alive” is about a Mexican woman named Ambar who moves to Ohio following her mother’s death. Due to her undocumented status, she has to work under-the-table jobs and is forced to live in an old boarding house owned by a mysterious man named Red. Shortly after moving in, Ambar begins to hear strange noises around the building and appears to see supernatural figures. She’s convinced the house is holding a dark secret and that Red is somehow involved. When she tells him she wants to leave, Red does everything he can to keep her trapped.
“Eli” is about a young boy living with a rare disease that causes him to get sick whenever he’s outside. In order to help their son live a normal life, Eli’s parents take him to a medical facility run by Dr. Horn, who’s confident she can cure his condition. The treatments turn out to be very painful, but she insists they’re necessary. Although Eli initially trusts Dr. Horn, he starts to question her motives once he has supernatural encounters that warn him of the facility’s dark past.
“Malevolent” stars Florence Pugh as a scam artist named Angela who makes a living as a fake medium. She and her brother, Jackson, run a business where they visit people’s homes and pretend to get rid of the ghosts lurking inside. It makes them easy money; however, their lies soon catch up with them during their latest assignment, when the siblings encounter real supernatural entities. While Angela is too scared to take on another job, her brother insists they continue so he can pay back the money he owes to loan sharks.
“The Wretched” centers around a teenage boy named Ben whose parents are in the middle of a divorce. After moving in with his father, Ben gets a new job at the marina and even befriends his neighbor, Dillon. As he gets closer to him, Ben realizes that Dillon’s mother, Abbie, has been demonstrating strange behavior. He soon discovers that she’s been possessed by a witch who feeds on people. He tries to warn the townsfolk but no one believes him, leading him to try and stop the witch all by himself.
“Lights Out,” which is based on the 2013 short film of the same name by David F. Sandberg, is about a woman named Rebecca who discovers that her mother is being haunted by a ghost named Diana. As a result, she takes on the responsibility of protecting her stepbrother, Martin, from their mother and the mysterious entity. The creature can only be seen in the dark and disappears when the lights are turned on. As Rebecca tries to help her family, she’s forced to confront her traumatic past as well.
“Creep” is a found-footage horror film that focuses on a young videographer named Aaron. After accepting a job offer online, Aaron goes to meet his client, Josef, at a remote cabin in the mountains. Josef claims he’s sick and wants to film a video for his unborn child before he dies. Once the pair begin filming, Josef reveals disturbing confessions to the camera that cause Aaron to become uncomfortable. The videographer tries to call off the job but Josef won’t let him get away that easy.