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    I Ranked The Best Horror Films Available On Netflix Right Now

    Are you scared yet?

    Are you into "Netflix and spooky"? Well, this is the list for you!

    Warner Bros. Animation

    IMPORTANT NOTE: I'm not what one would call a "horror film critic." You won't find me making an hourlong video essay on a movie about alien clowns. I enjoy watching horror from beautiful thrillers to Syfy channel flicks.

    Here's my list of the best horror movies currently on Netflix:

    The Ritual

    Man in the woods looking shocked
    Netflix

    "Four friends with a long-standing — but strained — connection take a hiking trip into the Swedish wilderness, from which they may never return."

    My favorite Netflix movie. It really convinced me to give other Netflix movies a shot. I usually love any "lost in the woods" movie, and any kind of creature feature is fun. There is clearly something out there, but what is it?

    Don't Listen

    Boy looking scared
    Estudio V

    "After a tragic turn of events at the new home he's fixing up, Daniel hears a ghostly plea for help, spurring him to seek out a famous paranormal expert."

    I really loved this film. I thought it was beautifully shot, and it had moments where it almost felt like an old-school horror film. Plenty of creepy moments that actually gave me chills. I've seen a handful of Spanish horror films, but this one takes the cake.

    The Conjuring

    Woman, frightened, looking past a man
    Warner Bros.

    "When a family starts experiencing supernatural terrors after moving into a Rhode Island farmhouse, they seek the help of a pair of noted demonologists."

    This is probably the best overall film on this list. It has become so popular that I think people (including myself) don't give it the credit it deserves.

    The portrayal of Ed and Lorraine Warren by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga is fantastic.

    Insidious

    Woman listening to a baby monitor while looking upstairs
    FilmDistrict

    "A family moves into a new home, where their son falls into a coma and eerie events begin to reveal something far more sinister is lurking in the house."

    A truly eerie film with plenty of jump scares and chilling moments. If you allowed this film to evade your viewing pleasure for so long, please give it a chance. It is a movie unafraid to get weird.

    Apostle

    Boy in a creepy mask standing in a hallway
    Netflix

    "In 1905, a drifter on a dangerous mission to rescue his kidnapped sister tangles with a sinister religious cult on an isolated island."

    This whole film feels like stage performances. Over-the-top acting, and it works. Horror movies dealing with cults usually get a thumbs-up from me, and this one was unique it many ways. Highly recommend.

    Mercy Black

    Child looking at a concerned woman
    Netflix

    "Fifteen years after a traumatic crime, a woman is released from psychiatric care and tries to drive out an evil spirit that continues to haunt her."

    Not "Oscar-worthy" acting or screenplay, but who cares? I thought this movie was a blast and had a real creepy feel to it. Not jump-scare heavy, but an incredibly intriguing story clearly inspired by the Slender Man.

    There is a specific moment of special effects that I absolutely loved.

    The Conjuring 2

    Girl smiling sinisterly
    Warner Bros.

    "After her daughter unwittingly releases a malevolent spirit in their house in London, a woman enlists the Warrens' help to confront the evil presence."

    We've become desensitized to possessed children in horror, but Madison Wolfe (who plays Janet Hodgson) really did a great job.

    There is one scene where Ed speaks to the spirit, and it is one of my favorite scenes in any film. It makes me excited for them to complete the trilogy this year.

    Hush

    Man in a mask holding up a phone.
    Netflix

    "She lives in isolation, a world of silence. It doesn't mean she's easy prey. One intruder finds that out the hard way."

    Very good. A lot of good moments in this one, and as someone who is not a fan of "killer in my house" type of films, this one is by far the best I have seen.

    Shutter

    Young woman looking frightened.
    GMM Grammy

    "After killing a young girl in a hit-and-run accident, a couple is haunted by more than just the deadly memory of their choice."

    Wow, this Thai horror film has a lot of chilling moments that are fantastic. As with all these horror movies on this list, double-check the maturity rating because there is extremely graphic content.

    Our House

    Two children staring at something.
    IFC Midnight

    "A young man invents a device he hopes will generate wireless energy, but instead, it proves to spark sinister, supernatural activity in his home."

    Solid acting by a young cast, and although there aren't overly terrifying ghouls in this movie, it was still a fun watch and a unique take on a typical paranormal encounter film.

    As Above, So Below

    Woman and a bloodied man in a cave
    Universal

    "A beautiful tomb raider and her crew hunt for treasure in the catacombs of Paris and find themselves in a hellish underworld."

    If you can handle "shaky-cam" movies, this one was pretty fun. I wouldn't say it is really scary, but it was still a solid watch.

    I thought the story was pretty unexpected (I also never saw the trailer), so it really started on the right foot with the setting in the catacombs of Paris.

    The Blair Witch Project

    A scared woman crying.
    Artisan Entertainment

    "Three student filmmakers march into the woods to make a documentary about a fabled witch credited with a string of murders dating back 200 years."

    The ultimate example of a film you have to watch...even if you think it isn't good.

    I kind of like it, but it is more about what this movie means to the many found-footage films that followed in its footsteps.

    It Comes at Night

    Young man with a lamp looking terrified
    A24

    "As danger stalks the world outside his isolated home, an overprotective father faces a tough decision when another family shows up seeking help."

    I enjoy the feel of this movie, and although I didn't fall in love with it, I'd say it is still worth the watch. The acting was compelling, and the mystery of the "it" in It Comes at Night really keeps you on edge.

    For some reason, the style feels like a blend of 10 Cloverfield Lane and Children of Men.

    Malevolent

    Woman staring forward in a poorly lit house.
    Netflix

    "A brother-sister team who fake paranormal encounters for cash get more than they bargained for when a job at a haunted estate turns very, very real."

    A cool feel to this movie and although not really scary, it was still a good watch with some fun moments. It felt like there were some loose ends and a little predictable, that being said, plenty of worth-while moments.

    Polaroid

    A girl taking a picture with a polaroid camera
    Vertical Entertainment

    "It's supposed to take pictures, but it's taking lives, too. This is more than a camera. It's a stone-cold killer."

    A decent story that is funny with a lot of cool horror elements. Without spoiling anything, I will say the snow throughout the film was very distracting.

    Kuntilanak (2018)

    A girl standing in the dark and there is someone behind her
    Netflix Originals

    "Five youngsters discover that an antique mirror found in their orphanage is home to an evil ghost who kidnaps children and imprisons them inside it."

    This film was pretty fun and a cool take on an Indonesian monster that has been redone so many times. The monster itself was very cool and the set up of it being in an orphanage was perfect based on the dark entity's motives.

    House of the Witch

    Girl with a nosebleed pointing
    MarVista Entertainment

    "A group of daring teens finds themselves in a fight for their lives inside a haunted house when a sinister spirit crashes their Halloween party."

    Big "Syfy Channel" vibes for this one, and I loved it. Anything "witchy" usually makes me buy in, especially when done right.

    Sweetheart

    Woman on beach staring confused.
    Blumhouse Productions

    "A woman shipwrecked on a remote island discovers she's not alone and begins a fight for survival against a deadly presence that emerges each night."

    If you go into this totally clueless on what it is about, it is a very interesting film. There is one shot that introduces the "deadly presence" in this and it is just: *chef's kiss*.

    Ghosts of War

    Five soldiers approaching a chateau
    Vertical Entertainment

    "Five battle-worn allied soldiers guarding a château previously occupied by Nazis start experiencing unexplained and terrifying supernatural horrors."

    I won't say much about this one, but it is such a simple story that it works. The description alone made me want to dive right in, and I'll say this: You will either love it or loathe it.

    Pan's Labyrinth

    A Faun cowering.
    Picturehouse

    "Young Ofelia meets a mythical faun who believes she is destined to become princess of the Underworld. But first she must carry out three perilous tasks."

    Not quite a horror film, but a classic you need to see. Not the most rewatchable movie, but it is so pretty and Guillermo del Toro is truly a master story-teller.

    Shutter Island

    Man reaching for a woman holding a bottle
    Paramount

    "A US marshal's troubling visions compromise his investigation into the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane."

    This is technically a thriller, but I read the book by Dennis Lehane three times in school. There are plenty of creepy moments, and although I can't recall a jump scare, the island itself is very eerie.

    We Summon The Darkness

    A girl with her arms wrapped around two friends inside of a gas station.
    Saban Films

    "Ritualistic murders have been happening in their town. This group of metalheads is about to have one hell of a night."

    Clicked for Alexandra Daddrio, stayed for the humor. A really slow opening, and although predictable, it was a fun film.

    Demonic

    A group of ghost hunters in a home
    Dimension Films

    "When amateur ghost hunters visit an abandoned house, their investigation turns into a massacre, leaving questions for a detective and a psychologist."

    To warn you, Scotty (Scott Mechlowicz) from Eurotrip is in this, and his character can't explain the weird things that are happening. I guess you could say, Scotty doesn't know.

    Killer Klowns From Outer Space

    A killer clown...from outer space...smiling
    TransWorld Entertainment

    "An alien band of killer clowns descends from the cosmos to harvest scores of small-town victims, cocooning their prey in cotton candy to eat later."

    A classic, and of course, I was introduced to it thanks to my uncle (sounds about right). As goofy as the film is, plenty of people have always been legitimately freaked out by the design of these alien clowns.

    They have a face only a clown-alien mother could love.

    The Forest

    Woman looking down a path in the woods
    Gramercy Pictures

    "It's a sacred Japanese forest, haunted by tortured spirits, where people go to commit suicide. And enter she must."

    The Netflix description does not do this movie justice. It is actually an intriguing story about two sisters, and it has legitimate moments that are chilling.

    Incarnate

    Boy staring with red and yellow eyes.
    BH Tilt

    "When a demon takes over a body, a scientist takes on the battle deep inside the mind. Just don't call the good doctor an exorcist."

    A great concept, but not overly compelling. Had some great moments, and the concept and opening "eviction" is enough to give this film a shot.

    Devil's Gate

    A cop, detective, and handcuffed man looking baffled
    IFC Midnight

    "Arresting their prime suspect will be frightening. Discovering what's in the basement will be terrifying."

    This movie was anything but predictable. I'll say this: I enjoyed it more than Sharknado. But also, I am comparing this to Sharknado.

    Winchester

    A woman in an attic.
    Lionsgate

    "The heiress to a vast firearms fortune constructs a mansion with a maze-like interior to ward off the spirits of those killed by her family's product."

    I could not get into this one, but it had potential and a jump scare that actually got me. Give it a chance, and at least you get to enjoy Dame Helen Mirren.

    Sinister 2

    Bogeyman standing in a dark hallway
    Focus Features

    "A single mother and her twin sons move into a rural house, unaware of its history of being inhabited by an evil spirit that preys on young children."

    As someone who loved the first one, this one was pretty disappointing, but I have always dug the bogeyman's look. I remember people in the crowd heading out during the first Sinister, terrified by the film.

    The Boy

    A doll laying in bed.
    STX Entertainment

    "A nanny is hired by a couple to look after their boy. She's shocked to learn that her charge is actually a doll that the couple treats like a human."

    Boy...that was weird. Not my cup of tea, but give it a shot if you know nothing about it.

    Doom

    Mutated monster screaming
    Universal

    "A special ops squad investigating a distress signal from a distant planet discovers that mutant aliens have already wiped out most of the population."

    How would you like to shoot some mutated creatures...with The Rock!?

    This movie is so ridiculous...nothing to do with the video game...wacky direction...and dare I say, just a bad movie? I have, however, watched it four or five times because it's fun/funny to watch.

    The Green Inferno

    Woman tied up in a canoe
    Universal

    "Determined to save an Amazon tribe being squeezed by logging, a group of students finds nothing but trouble when their plane crashes in the jungle."

    I did not like this movie, simply because I am not into gore, but if that is your type of movie, this might be just the thing for you. Seriously, though, you might need a vomit bag.

    Assimilate

    Wild man trying to break into home.
    Gravitas Ventures

    "The residents of an isolated Missouri town aren't feeling themselves these days. Not even close."

    It is pretty obvious that this film was inspired by Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It honestly felt like if Disney Channel decided to make a horror movie. One jump scare did get me, and there were other elements that were pretty creative.

    Temple

    Faceless statues inside a temple
    Screen Media Films

    "Seeking adventure, they threw caution to the wind and paid dearly for it. Not your typical 'innocents abroad.'"

    It is not what I'd call an exciting movie but had a few creepy moments.

    Train of the Dead

    Woman pointing a gun.
    Pranakorn Films

    "Five teenagers on the lam hide out in an empty train. Little do they know the train is inhabited by ghosts on their way to final judgement."

    This was seriously in the category of "Birdemic horror" movies. I'll leave it at that.

    Don't see your favorite? Odds are I have not watched it yet. If you have suggestions, please recommend them in the comments, because I am adding films weekly.

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