The 50 Best Horror Movies on Netflix, According to Critics – Newsweek

Horror as a genre has been having a moment, with the style embracing an ever-increasing period of creativity.

That fact, combined with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, has seen many of us turn to movies for entertainment and comfort. And not much else is going to set pulses racing while quarantining so why not scare yourself silly with these critically acclaimed movies that also happen to be easily available via Netflix.

The list below reflects horror films that are ranked by either Metacritic or Rotten Tomatoes that also are currently on Netflix U.S.

I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Metascore rating: 78

The latest film from Charlie Kaufman. Despite second thoughts about their relationship, a young woman (Jessie Buckley) takes a road trip with her new boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to his family farm. Trapped at the farm during a snowstorm with Jake's mother (Toni Collette) and father (David Thewlis), the young woman begins to question the nature of everything she knew or understood about her boyfriend, herself, and the world.

His House

Metascore rating: 72

After making a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, a young refugee couple struggle to adjust to their new life in a small English town that has an unspeakable evil lurking beneath the surface.

Under the Shadow

Metascore rating: 83

After Shideh's building is hit by a missile during the Iran-Iraq War, a superstitious neighbor suggests that the missile was cursed and might be carrying malevolent Middle-Eastern spirits. She becomes convinced a supernatural force within the building is attempting to possess her daughter Dorsa, and she has no choice but to confront these forces if she is to save her daughter and herself.

Creep 2

Metascore rating: 75

A video artist looking for work drives to a remote house in the forest to meet a man claiming to be a serial killer. But after agreeing to spend the day with him, she soon realizes that she made a deadly mistake.

The Blair Witch Project

Metascore rating: 81

On October 21, 1994, Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael Williams hiked into Maryland's Black Hills Forest to shoot a documentary film on a local legend, The Blair Witch. They were never heard from again. One year later, their footage was found. The Blair Witch Project is their legacy.


Metascore rating: 76

Two lifelong friends head up to an isolated Scottish Highlands village for a weekend hunting trip. Nothing could prepare them for what follows.


Metascore rating: 74

When a videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in a remote mountain town, he finds his client is not at all what he initially seems.

The Endless

Metascore rating: 80

Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group's beliefs may be more sane than they once thought.

The Blackcoat's Daughter

Metascore rating: 68

In the dead of winter, Kat and Rose, two very different girls, find themselves spending winter break at their prestigious prep school. What they don't know is that Kat is being stalked by an evil entity, and their lives are about to change forever. Meanwhile, Joan, a young, troubled woman, makes her way across a frozen landscape towards the school. But why?


Metascore rating: 67

A deaf woman is stalked by a psychotic killer in her secluded home.

It Comes at Night

Metascore rating: 78

Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.

Gerald's Game

Metascore rating: 77

When her husband's sex game goes wrong, Jessie (who is handcuffed to a bed in a remote lake house) faces warped visions, dark secrets and a dire choice.

The Ritual

Metascore rating: 57

A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that's stalking them.


Metascore Rating: 62

In 1905, a man travels to a remote island in search of his missing sister, who has been kidnapped by a mysterious religious cult.


Metascore Rating: 65

After being infected in the wake of a violent pandemic and with only 48 hours to live, a father struggles to find a new home for his baby daughter.


Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

In an isolated rural community of Quebec, Canada, some inhabitants attack other people, hungry for human flesh. A few survivors gather and go deep into the forest to escape them.


Metascore Rating: 71

A young camgirl discovers that she's inexplicably been replaced on her site with an exact replica of herself.


Metascore Rating: 63

In this twisted love story, a man seeks out an unsuspecting stranger to help him purge the dark torments of his past. His plan goes awry when he encounters a woman with plans of her own.

Vampires vs. the Bronx

Metascore Rating: 76

Three gutsy kids from a rapidly gentrifying Bronx neighborhood stumble upon a sinister plot to suck all the life from their beloved community.


Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Jenn has washed ashore a small tropical island and it doesn't take her long to realize she's completely alone. She must spend her days not only surviving the elements, but must also fend off the malevolent force that comes out each night.


Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

Madrid, June 1991. After celebrating a session of Ouija with her friends, Vernica is besieged by dangerous supernatural presences that threaten to harm her entire family.


Metascore Rating: 70

A simple yet proud rancher conspires to murder his wife for financial gain, convincing his teenage son to participate.

The Perfection

Metascore Rating: 70

When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte seeks out Elizabeth, the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences.


Metascore Rating: 46

In the aftermath of his girlfriend's mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples.

Before I Wake

Metascore Rating: 68

An orphaned child's dreamsand nightmaresmanifest physically as he sleeps.

The Babysitter

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

When Cole stays up past his bedtime, he discovers that his hot babysitter is part of a Satanic cult that will stop at nothing to keep him quiet.

Elizabeth Harvest

Metascore Rating: 54

The newly married Elizabeth arrives with her new husband, the scientist Henry, at a magnificent house. He tells her that she can do there anything she pleases, except to enter a certain closed room.


Metascore Rating: 56

When Sarah lucks into a sweet one-bedroom at Asilo Del Mar Apartments in Los Angeles, she thinks she's hit the jackpot. It's got plenty of space, friendly tenants, group BBQs and even a cute neighbor next door. All is not what it seems: loud noises start keeping her awake at night; her cat is missing; everyone seems to be a little too helpful and friendly, except for the weirdo, Lester. Soon, Sarah learns she didn't choose this apartmentit chose her.

Dark Skies

Metascore Rating: 50

A thriller centered on an alien disguised as a human and a boy tagged for abduction.

Berlin Syndrome

Metascore Rating: 70

A passionate holiday romance leads to an obsessive relationship when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.

Bird Box

Metascore Rating: 51

Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a survivor and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.

Girl on the Third Floor

Metascore Rating: 65

Don Koch tries to renovate a rundown mansion with a sordid history for his growing family, only to learn that the house has other plans.

The Guest

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