The Most Bone-Chilling Horror Movies Streaming Now On Netflix

Though dramas are gripping and comedies are fun, odds are, you feel most alive while watching a horror movie. Your brain and body react in tandem, creating a visceral cinematic experience. Watching a good horror film feels a bit something like this: “On your mark. Get set. Scream!” Each moment, you’re waiting for a trap door in the plot to swing open, and plunge you into a wormhole of terrifying action and ideas.
But don’t fall under the misconception that all horror movies are alike. Rather, they each offer a distinct flavor of fright. Ranging from cult classics to gory slashers, there’s a horror to suit every mood. One thing they have in common? Across genres, each of these horror films will haunt you like the ghosts they depict.
Our advice? Save these for Netflix and Chills, sleepovers, and parties. Watch alone at your own risk, lest you want to read deeply into each of your home's creaks, noises, and sounds.
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What We Become (2015)

For a while, the Johanssons were a normal family, whittling away summer at their vacation home. Then, a zombie apocalypse sweeps over the countryside, and they're the last (human) family standing. While upholding the quintessential aspects of a zombie film, What We Become transcends expectations by focusing on family dynamics. Empathizing with likable characters makes their difficult decisions in the wake of a zombie apocalypse all the more wrenching.
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Let Us Prey (2014)

Following a hit-and-run, a mysterious stranger named Six (Liam Cunningham) is taken in to a remote police station in Scotland. Soon, Six begins to infiltrate the emotional states of the police station's staff an inmates, to some bloody, bloody results.

After watching, consider director Brian O'Malley's theory that Let Us Prey actually takes place in purgatory, not Inveree, Scotland, and Six is Lucifer, bringing the souls of the damned to the underworld after they commit one last awful crime.
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Monsters (2010)

Monsters will make you reconsider whether humans should investigate alien life, after all.

When a probe returning from Jupiter's moon, Europa, crash-lands in Mexico, it unleashes a breed of extraterrestrials. Now, that entire swath of land in Mexico gets labeled the Infected Zone, and is cut off from the United States by a massive wall ( sound familiar?). The action centers on photographer Andrew Kaulder (Scoot McNairy) and Samantha Wynden (Whitney Able), his boss' daughter, as they travel north to flee Mexico.
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The Nightmare (2015)

Fictional horror flicks are one thing. But documentaries based on possible events? That's horror on another level.

The Nightmare explores sleep paralysis, a disorder in which a person is trapped between sleeping and waking life — completely unable to move. The documentary dramatizes the accounts of eight people who suffered from sleep paralysis, horrendous hallucinations and all.
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Housebound (2014)

This New Zealand horror comedy exploits the horror genre to hilarious, and terrifying, degrees. After a judge sentences teenager Kylie Bucknell (Morgana O'Reilly) to home detention, she's forced to move back to her childhood home. There, her mother rants and raves about a spirit being amongst them. Soon, Kylie's convinced the house is haunted, too. The only issue? She's trapped on house arrest.
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The Babadook (2014)

Six year after the death of a woman's husband, a mysterious children's book arrives at the doorstep of the widow and her young son, Samuel (Noah Wiseman). Samuel's convinced the book has unleashed a monster into the house. In this psychological thriller, Amelia (Essie Davis) must battle her son's fear, her grief over her husband's violent death, and of course — the Babadook. By the movie's end, you'll wonder who the real monster is.
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Creep (2014)

Aaron (Patrick Brice), a videographer, answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day gig. He drives out to a remote house, where a dying man (Mark Duplass) wants Aaron to film a message for his unborn child. But as the day wanes on, his requests get stranger, and much darker. In a riff on the found-footage horror movie, Creep doesn't need bloodshed or violence to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

Moral of the story? Beware Craigslist ads.