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33 Scary As Shit Movies You Can Watch On Netflix

At least you'll have some great movies to watch when you can't sleep.

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the scariest movie they've watched on Netflix. Here are their ~spookiest~ recommendations...

1. Hush (2016)


Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"It's not necessarily the absolute scariest, but it is severely underrated and relies on creepiness rather than cheap jump-scares. The main character is deaf, so a lot of the movie is completely silent as life is for her. The climax and ending are beautifully pieced together, and it's overall one of the best horror movies of the decade." – randompotato

2. The ABCs of Death (2012)

Magnet Releasing

Watch on: Netflix US, India, France, and more

"It's 26 short films by 26 different directors from all around the world. It has horror, creepiness, suspense, gore, you name it. It's beautifully done and weird and definitely worth the watch." – Liana Coccovizzo, Facebook

3. Train to Busan (2016)

Next Entertainment

Watch on: Netflix US, Canada, Australia, and more

"It's a South Korean zombie horror film that's gonna make you scream at all the characters for their stupidity and bravery. Highly recommend it!" – machupallia

4. You're Next (2011)


Watch on: Netflix UK, Canada, Brazil, and more

"It starts out as a standard home invasion, but then it turns out one of the intended victims was brought up in a survivalist compound and by the end of the film, I actually felt kinda sorry for the bad guys!" – Beverley Carry, Facebook

5. Oculus (2013)

Relativity Media

Watch on: Netflix Canada, India, and Japan

"I'm a huge horror movie buff, and I'd say 90% of them don't scare me at all and are very disappointing (or just do jump-scares, which I hate). Oculus is completely disturbing and frightening. Almost the entire time, you're just sitting there completely tense and both creeped out and truly frightened." – vivianr4b09520a7

6. Holidays (2016)

Vertical Entertainment

Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"It's the only movie on Netflix that's made me recoil in horror. Not only one of the best horror movies on Netflix but one of the best horror anthology movies overall." – Kate Murphy, Facebook

7. Insidious (2010)


Watch on: Netflix UK, Spain, and Japan

"I've seen it three times and each time I've had trouble sleeping after." – Lindsey Collett, Facebook

8. The Babadook (2014)

Entertainment One

Watch on: Netflix US, UK, Australia, and more

"There is no doubt in my mind that it's the freakiest, scariest movie on Netflix. The concept is scary on its own, but the amazing performances by the mother and the son take this movie to the next level." – gabbym48cf0b576

9. The Invitation (2015)

Drafthouse Films

Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"It's kind of a slow burn but worth it. Super, super eerie. Keeps you guessing what the hell is going on. The last scene gave me chills." – verifieddog

10. The Houses October Built (2014)

Image Entertainment

Watch on: Netflix US

"I love scary movies, but I hate going to haunted houses. This movie is about a group of friends on a road trip trying to find the scariest 'underground' haunted houses. The ones they find blur the lines so you won't know which parts are staged and which parts of the attractions are real." – t403516055

11. It Follows (2014)


Watch on: Netflix US, Canada, Mexico, and more

"It takes such a simple concept and scares the crap out of you. Not only could I not sleep the night after watching it, but I was also terrified of anyone walking towards me for weeks afterwards." – jeanniem4bf78b9ac

12. Pontypool (2008)

Maple Pictures

Watch on: Netflix US and Japan

"It's wholly original, arguably not scary in the traditional sense, but it's a masterfully paced tension builder with stellar acting. While there is definitely freaky gore in it, the scariest scenes are easily the ones where the action happens offscreen while the protagonists listen in. It's a must-watch – and not to spoil too much, but pay attention from the very start because EVERY. WORD. MATTERS." – gavadajoe

13. #HORROR (2015)

IFC Midnight

Watch on: Netflix US, UK, Canada, and more

"It is completely underrated and it is amazing! It's weird but it also has a definite psychological thriller thing going on. I would recommend watching with a friend; it amplifies the scare factor." – constanzaruizdev

14. Would You Rather (2012)

IFC Films

Watch on: Netflix US, UK, Canada, and more

"It sort of has the same concept as the Saw movies, but at least in Saw there is a chance of survival most of the time. In Would You Rather someone has to die each round until there's one person left. And even the options they have are super fucked up." – tabethap

15. Monsters (2010)

Vertigo Films

Watch on: Netflix US, Canada, Japan, and more

"It's such an awesome movie. It's not some huge crazy action-packed film – until it is. It's got two great leads, lots of intense scary stuff, and great locations. It's very, very rewatchable." – steinbeck32

16. Dig Two Graves (2014)

Area 23a

Watch on: Netflix US, UK, Canada, and Australia

"It isn't really a horror movie but is definitely unsettling enough to keep you up at night. It's about a young girl who feels responsible for her brother's tragic death and a band of local gypsy brothers who offer to bring him back for a price. In doing so, they hope to exact revenge on the girl's grandfather for his past transgressions against their family." – caitlinm18

17. The Void (2016)

D Films

Watch on: Netflix US

"If you have an itch for Clive Barker-esque horror, with gross practical effects Γ  la The Thing, this will scratch it. It's classic horror, in a sense that anyone born in the mid-’80s will understand. Creepy, gory, fun, with a mind-bending twist and one of the scariest basement-discovery scenes ever put on film." – jjd5

18. The Nightmare (2015)

Gravitas Ventures

Watch on: Netflix US, Canada, Australia, and more

"It may be a documentary, but the way they describe what happens during sleep paralysis still gives me chills. Especially knowing that there's nothing you can really do to stop it." – emilya4af7a813e

19. The Eyes of My Mother (2016)

Magnet Releasing

Watch on: Netflix US and Canada

"I am a huge scary movie fan, and this movie had me more nervous than any other one I have seen in recent years. It doesn't rely on jump-scares or gory images. It is a must-watch for any horror fan – you won't be disappointed." – deannaonthecoast

20. Housebound (2014)

Semi-Professional Pictures

Watch on: Netflix US and UK

"It's part ghost story, part murder mystery, part comedy, and part family drama. I love it!" – libbbbby

21. Creep (2014)

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"It's about a terminally ill man who puts out a Craigslist ad for someone to help him make a video for his unborn child. When someone replies to the ad, let's just say it gets creepy real quick. There's only two people in the whole movie, it's shot like a home video, and it's not much more than an hour long! But it was so terrifying, I was scared of both Craigslist and sleep for a week! Lesson learned: don't talk to strangers, especially online." – acarbonaro23

22. Lights Out (2016)

Warner Bros.

Watch on: Netflix Australia, Japan, and more

"As a person who thrives on the macabre and lives with demon children who are scared of nothing anymore, this is the only thing that scared me or them. Will have you turning on all the lights in the house for an entire week" – sarahb4b8f69523

23. As Above, So Below (2014)

Universal Pictures

Watch on: Netflix Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and more

"By far the most terrifying film I've seen, 10/10 would recommend if you enjoy crapping your pants." – kamaribrowng

24. Lavender (2016)

Samuel Goldwyn Films

Watch on: Netflix US, UK, Australia, and more

"I just watched Lavender and holy crap, it was so good, scary, and thrilling, with an incredible plot. An awesome Netflix find." β€“ estherm4f83ea10e

25. The Descent (2005)


Watch on: Netflix UK and Italy

"What a movie. I'm not usually into monster movies, but this is amazing. The claustrophobia just makes it more scary." – melissar4245c10bd

26. The Silenced (2015)

Lotte Entertainment

Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"It's a Korean film that takes place in the 1930s. It's about a sick girl who is sent to a boarding school to get better. When she arrives, students start to disappear or get really sick. The girl also sees the ghost of a previous student who looks really scary and creepy." – mexicannt

27. Banshee Chapter (2013)

XLrator Media

Watch on: Netflix UK

"Creepy as all heck. It's really disturbing due to the fact that it's based on the very real MK Ultra testing the military admitted to when the Freedom of Information Act came in to effect." – k465b1fa28

28. They Look Like People (2015)


Watch on: Netflix US and Canada

"It's one of the best horror movies I've seen in a while. It is terrifying without relying on jump-scares and gore and it is well-paced. The characters have good chemistry and the story is very believable in a 'holy shit, this could actually happen to me' way. I loved it and have been recommending it to all my friends." – jamminwithsusie

29. The Taking of Deborah Logan (2015)

Millennium Entertainment

Watch on: Netflix Canada and India

"A masterpiece of the pseudo-documentary genre." – freoni

30. The Host (2006)

Magnolia Pictures

Watch on: Netflix US, Canada, Japan, and more

"If you are looking for something a little stranger and you gravitate towards horror films with a message, I would definitely suggest Bong Joon Ho's superbly directed, satirical, clever, genre-bending monster film The Host. It is unlike any other horror movie out there and in my opinion one of the best monster movies ever made." – meanderingmind

31. Last Shift (2014)

Magnet Releasing

Watch on: Netflix US

"It's about a female police officer who is tasked with babysitting an empty police station the night before it closes. Horrific shit ensues. I went into this expecting a typical low-budget horror flick, and I ended up screaming at my husband to turn on every light in the house." – cultsncake

32. The Wailing (2016)

20th Century Fox

Watch on: Netflix US, UK, and Canada

"It's a Korean movie and, boy, do they know how to make them. I've seen it twice, and both times I had nightmares. If you like ghost stories and urban legends this one's for you." – angelah414a158d0

33. Grave Encounters (2011)

Tribeca Film Festival

Watch on: Netflix Canada, France, and Japan

"It's filmed like a ghost hunters documentary, so you're actually going through what the characters are dealing with. An abandoned mental hospital mixed with night-vision POV makes for great jump-scares." – darlingvioletta

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