The Best Horror Movies to Stream on Netflix for Halloween
Whether you spend every month counting down the days until October (aka the real most wonderful time of the year), or you’re just a casual fan of spookiness, the weeks leading up to Halloween are for one thing and one thing only: Watching scary movies. With all the streaming services and endless titles available, it can be difficult to make that crucial game-time decision, which is why we’ve put together this handy list of the best horror movies to stream on Netflix this Halloween.
Here, in no particular order, are 25 awesome horror movies (plus a couple of bonus titles) on Netflix to fit a variety of tastes and styles. From ghosts to found footage to witches and Stephen King — and everything in between — you’re sure to find the perfect thing to stream for Halloween (I’m a poet!).
1. The Witch
Directed by Robert Eggers
Cast: Anya-Taylor Joy, Ralph Ineson, and Kate Dickie.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: A 17th century exercise in moral dread featuring a creepy and weirdly meme-able goat. It’s like The Crucible, but scarier.
2. The Ritual
Directed by David Bruckner
Cast: Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, and Robert-James Collier.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: Woods-based horror with a folklore slant, featuring a really cool and original monster design created with mostly practical effects.
3. It Follows
Directed by David Robert Mitchell
Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, and Olivia Luccardi.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: Classic boogeyman-stalker vibes with a contemporary twist – a relatable (but not puritanical) allegory about casual sex.
4. The Void
Directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski
Cast: Aaron Poole, Kenneth Welsh and Daniel Fathers.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: A visually cool throwback to ’70s cult thrillers that takes a page out of the John Carpenter playbook (practical VFX included).
5. A Dark Song
Directed by Liam Gavin
Cast: Steve Oram and Catherine Walker.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: Witchy business that’s more focused on character development and rituals than jump scares.
6. The Devil’s Candy
Directed by Sean Byrne
Cast: Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby and Pruitt Taylor Vince.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: A satanic horror flick that shreds.
7. Under the Shadow
Directed by Babak Anvari
Cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, and Bobby Manderi.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: A movie that’s equal parts heavy and horrifying. Set in 1980s war-torn Tehran, Under the Shadow is the perfect terrifying companion piece for another movie on this list — The Babadook.
8. The Conjuring
Directed by James Wan
Watch when you’re in the mood for: A ghost story based on actual events. The Conjuring is peak James Wan, and would make an excellent double feature with The Amityville Horror (the original, not the Ryan Reynolds one).
9. The Boy
Directed by William Brent Bell
Cast: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, and James Russell.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: Creepy, campy doll horror without all that Child’s Play.
10. Murder Party
Directed by Jeremy Saulnier
Cast: Chris Sharp, Kate Porterfield, and Macon Blair.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: A movie that you haven’t seen from the director of Green Room and Blue Ruin.
11. Gerald’s Game
Directed by Mike Flanagan
Cast: Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: A Stephen King adaptation that’s actually as good as the source material…and an extended squirm-inducing sequence that’s great with a crowd.
12. Creep / Creep 2
Directed by Patrick Brice
Cast: Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice (Creep); Desiree Akhavan (Creep 2).
Watch when you’re in the mood for: An exceedingly dark horror comedy double feature that makes clever use of the tired found footage approach. (And also full frontal Mark Duplass nudity, if you’re in the market for that sort of thing.)
13. The Invitation
Directed by Karyn Kusama
Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, and Michiel Huisman.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: Grown-up slow-burn horror at its finest with a jaw-dropping third act.
14. The Babadook
Directed by Jennifer Kent
Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman and Daniel Henshall.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: Heady horror with a terrifying ghoul and a terrific lead performance. (Would make for an excellent double feature with The Shining.)
15. Train to Busan
Directed by Sang-ho Yeon
Cast: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, and Dong-seok Ma.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: A movie that proves the zombie genre isn’t dead.
16. Oculus / Hush
Directed by Mike Flanagan
Cast: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites and Katee Sackhoff (Oculus); Kate Siegel and John Gallagher Jr. (Hush).
Watch when you’re in the mood for: Prep for Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House series; a creepy and clever double feature from a contemporary horror master-in-training.
Directed by Jon Watts
Cast: Andy Powers, Laura Allen, and Peter Stormare.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: A horror movie from the director of Spider-Man: Homecoming; scary shenanigans that are campy but totally self-aware.
18. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
Directed by Oz Perkins
Cast: Ruth Wilson, Paula Prentiss, and Bob Balaban.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: A good old-fashioned haunted house that’s all about mood.
19. Under the Skin
Directed by Jonathan Glazer
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, and Lynsey Taylor Mackay.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: Atmospheric horror sci-fi where the scariest thing isn’t an alien who looks like Scarlett Johansson and eats men, but what happens when she tries to become a real human woman.
Directed by Lucile Hadzihalilovic
Cast: Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, and Julie-Marie Parmentier.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: More dreamy sci-fi horror vibes like Under the Skin.
21. Interview With the Vampire
Directed by Neil Jordan
Cast: Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Kirsten Dunst.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: An odd couple dark comedy about two immortal men with beautiful hair trying to raise a tiny vampire child together.
Directed by Julia Ducournau
Cast: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, and Laurent Lucas.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: A stunning female coming-of-age story…with a cannibal twist.
23. The Childhood of a Leader
Directed by Brady Corbet
Cast: Liam Cunningham, Robert Pattinson, and Berenice Bejo.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: Unconventional, existential horror — like an exploration of the childhood of a fictional fascist ruler presented in the style of Michael Haneke, perhaps.
24. The Eyes of My Mother
Directed by Nicolas Pesce
Cast: Kika Magalhães, Will Brill, and Diana Agostini.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: Gory arthouse character study about an isolated and repressed young woman — think May, but with a more sophisticated filmmaker behind the camera.
25. Scream 4
Directed by Wes Craven
Cast: Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, and Neve Campbell.
Watch when you’re in the mood for: Giving this delightful meta-horror sequel another chance — it deserves it.