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Best horror movies on Netflix: These titles will scare you half to death

Updated 2 months ago
Published Aug 7th, 2021 1:15PM EDT
Best horror movies on Netflix
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Netflix seems to have the hot hand right now when it comes to new horror movie releases on its platform. In fact, so many that have been released in recent weeks — from the Fear Street trilogy to the Italian-language A Classic Horror Story — have immediately rocketed to the pinnacle of the streamer’s Top 10 movie ranking. Some of the new titles have been on the smaller-scale, indie-feeling side of things. Others have been definite blockbuster material, like Army of the Dead. The bottom line, though, is that there’s a lot of material here for fans of the genre to consider. That’s why, in this post, we’re taking a closer look at the genre. With a goal of sharing our picks for some of the best horror movies on Netflix now available.

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Firstly, we should note that over the past week, we’ve actually taken a look at what we think are some of the other best movies on Netflix to stream right now — across a variety of genres and categories. We’ve looked at the best comedy movies and new Netflix originals released so far this year. And below, you’ll find some of the original horror-related films that we’ve enjoyed the most on Netflix recently.

Best horror movies on Netflix streaming now

We’ll kick things off with a title that was actually a huge hit for the streamer in recent weeks. Netflix said that the Dave Bautista-led Army of the Dead garnered a staggering amount of viewership. Specifically, 75 million member accounts watching at least part of the film in its first four weeks post-release.

Army of the Dead


Netflix’s synopsis: “After a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries takes the ultimate gamble by venturing into the quarantine zone for the greatest heist ever.” Starring Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell and Omari Hardwick.


The Babysitter


Netflix’s synopsis: “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.” The Babysitter stars Samara Weaving, Hana Mae Lee and Judah Lewis.


Bird Box


Netflix’s synopsis: “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.” Bird Box stars Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes and John Malkovich.


Fear Street (trilogy)


Netflix’s synopsis: “After a series of brutal slayings, a teen and her friends take on an evil force that’s plagued their notorious town for centuries. Welcome to Shadyside.” Starring Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch and Benjamin Flores Jr. (Part Two, Part Three).


Gerald’s Game


Netflix’s synopsis: “When her husband’s sex game goes wrong, Jessie — handcuffed to a bed in a remote lake house — faces warped visions, dark secrets and a dire choice.” Starring: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood and Harry Thomas.

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