Best Horror Movies on Netflix: The Scariest Movies To Stream Now (July 2021) – Rotten Tomatoes

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Looking for the best scary movies on Netflix? After a guided map of the most terrifying dingy dungeons, creaky manors, home-invaded houses, and deeply dark woods you can find on the streaming service? Then your search has led you to your glorious streaming doom: The Best Horror Movies on Netflix!

Not only does Netflix have a strong rotating library of scary movies, they sit along their horror original efforts, like Gerald’s Game, Fear Street, and Bird Box.

How did we whittle down our list of horror? We took every last scary movie on Netflix that had at least 20 reviews. What emerges is a portrait of which films unnerved and spooked out critics, have the potential to get audiences’ heart racing, and maybe even broke new ground and bones for the genre. So enough delaying the inevitable: Here are the best Netflix horror movies to stream and scream right now!

#41

Adjusted Score: 68.729%

Critics Consensus: If you only watch one art-world satire with horror overtones this year — or most others — it should probably be Velvet Buzzsaw.

Synopsis: Velvet Buzzsaw is a satirical thriller set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, where big money artists… [More]

#40

Adjusted Score: 68.845%

Critics Consensus: Unfriended subverts found-footage horror clichés to deliver a surprisingly scary entry in the teen slasher genre with a technological twist.

Synopsis: Unfriended unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks… [More]

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#39

Adjusted Score: 69.548%

Critics Consensus: Bird Box never quite reaches its intriguing potential, but strong acting and an effectively chilly mood offer intermittently creepy compensation.

Synopsis: When a mysterious force decimates the world’s population, only one thing is certain: if you see it, you take your… [More]

#38

Adjusted Score: 66.611%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: In this intense and heart pounding supernatural thriller, Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane) decide to take in a… [More]

#37

Adjusted Score: 71.249%

Critics Consensus: We Summon the Darkness makes the most of its rather pedestrian plot with palpable affection for genre formula, an appealing cast, and a sharp sense of humor.

Synopsis: The killing spree of murderous Satanists has already led to 18 deaths throughout America’s Heartland. Three best friends Alexis (Alexandra… [More]

#36

Adjusted Score: 76.928%

Critics Consensus: With little gore and a lot of creepy visuals, The Ring gets under your skin, thanks to director Gore Verbinski’s haunting sense of atmosphere and an impassioned performance from Naomi Watts.

Synopsis: A disturbing videotape appears to hold the power of life and death over those who view it in this offbeat… [More]

#35

Adjusted Score: 75.457%

Critics Consensus: Led by a pair of compelling performances, The Perfection is a smart, gripping thriller that barbs its wild twists with cutting wit.

Synopsis: When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte (Allison Williams) seeks out Elizabeth (Logan Browning), the new star pupil of her former school,… [More]

#34

Adjusted Score: 72.321%

Critics Consensus: Enjoyable if not particularly original, The Babysitter makes the most of its familiar genre ingredients with energetic direction and a killer cast.

Synopsis: The Babysitter, directed by McG, follows Cole (Judah Lewis), who is madly in love with his babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving)…. [More]
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#33

Adjusted Score: 76.594%

Critics Consensus: Stylish with a sadistic streak, Piercing pairs gripping lead performances with a smartly macabre story that delivers unpredictable thrills.

Synopsis: Reed (Christopher Abbott) is going on a business trip. He kisses his wife and infant son goodbye, but in lieu… [More]

#32

Adjusted Score: 77.327%

Critics Consensus: Director David Bruckner makes evocative use of the Scandinavian setting and a dedicated cast to deliver a handsome — if familiar — horror story.

Synopsis: Following the sudden, violent death of their best mate, four young men reunite for a hike through the Scandinavian wilderness…. [More]

#31

Adjusted Score: 81.222%

Critics Consensus: Apostle resists easy scares in favor of a steady, slow-building descent into dread led by a commanding central performance from Dan Stevens.

Synopsis: London, 1905. Prodigal son Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) has returned home, only to learn that his sister is being held… [More]

#30

Adjusted Score: 79.093%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Chucky returns to prey upon Nica (Fiona Dourif), who’s been confined to an asylum for four years. Chucky’s nemesis from… [More]

#29

Adjusted Score: 83.363%

Critics Consensus: While it may feel muddled at times, The Platform is an inventive and captivating dystopian thriller.

Synopsis: One day Goreng wakes up with his future colleague Trimagasi in the 33rd level of a prison style place, crossed… [More]

#28

Adjusted Score: 87.051%

Critics Consensus: Fear Street Part One: 1994 kicks off the trilogy in promising fashion, honoring the source material with plenty of retro slasher appeal.

Synopsis: A circle of teenage friends accidentally encounter the ancient evil responsible for a series of brutal murders that have plagued… [More]

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#27

Adjusted Score: 91.708%

Critics Consensus: The Killing of a Sacred Deer continues director Yorgos Lanthimos’ stubbornly idiosyncratic streak — and demonstrates again that his is a talent not to be ignored.

Synopsis: Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna… [More]

#26

Adjusted Score: 89.841%

Critics Consensus: The Conjuring 2 can’t help but lose a bit of its predecessor’s chilly sting through familiarity, but what remains is still a superior ghost story told with spine-tingling skill.

Synopsis: Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up In the Air,” TV’s “Bates Motel”) and Patrick Wilson (the “Insidious” films),… [More]

#25

Adjusted Score: 78.289%

Critics Consensus: A yuletide nightmare full of familial angst and slithering scares, Await Further Instructions is a genre treat that pretty much any horror fan will want in their stocking.

Synopsis: It’s Christmas Day and the Milgram family wake to find a mysterious black substance surrounding their house. Something monumental is… [More]

#24

Adjusted Score: 84.393%

Critics Consensus: Smart, stylish, and well-acted, What Keeps You Alive proves it’s still possible to spin an engrossing horror yarn without fundamentally altering established formula.

Synopsis: How much can you really know about another person? The unsettling truth that even those closest to us can harbor… [More]

#23

Adjusted Score: 84.746%

Critics Consensus: Girl on the Third Floor proves a good old-fashioned haunted house story can still be entertaining — and put a fresh spin on established genre formula.

Synopsis: At the heart of the film is Don Koch (CM Punk), a man who is failing as a husband. For… [More]

#22

Adjusted Score: 94.628%

Critics Consensus: Well-crafted and gleefully creepy, The Conjuring ratchets up dread through a series of effective old-school scares.

Synopsis: Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. “The Conjuring” tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson,… [More]

#21

1BR (2020)
87%

#21

Adjusted Score: 89.621%

Critics Consensus: 1BR’s occasionally ordinary storytelling is more than outweighed by tight direction, interesting ideas, and an effective blend of horror and thoughtful drama.

Synopsis: After leaving behind a painful past to follow her dreams, Sarah scores the perfect Hollywood apartment. But something is not… [More]

#20

Adjusted Score: 97.614%

Critics Consensus: It Comes at Night makes lethally effective use of its bare-bones trappings while proving once again that what’s left unseen can be just as horrifying as anything on the screen.

Synopsis: Imagine the end of the world. Now imagine something worse. Award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults follows his incredible debut feature… [More]

#19

Adjusted Score: 88.114%

Critics Consensus: Well-acted, genuinely unsettling, and occasionally even funny, #alive proves the crowded zombie genre still has fresh stories to tell.

Synopsis: The rapid spread of an unknown infection has left an entire city in ungovernable chaos, but one survivor remains alive… [More]

#18

Adjusted Score: 88.519%

Critics Consensus: Uncommonly restrained for a movie about a flesh-eating menace, Ravenous offers a satisfyingly nuanced entry in the crowded zombie apocalypse subgenre.

Synopsis: A group of people transform into zombies in a small Canadian town. Labeled the “hungry,” they feast upon their loved… [More]

#17

Adjusted Score: 90.498%

Critics Consensus: Cargo takes a refreshingly character-driven approach to the zombie genre that’s further distinguished by its Australian setting and Martin Freeman’s terrific lead performance.

Synopsis: Stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, an infected father desperately seeks a new home for… [More]

#16

Adjusted Score: 90.859%

Critics Consensus: Stocked with solid performances, Freaks is a clever sci-fi/horror hybrid that suggests a bright future for co-writers/co-directors Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein.

Synopsis: Kept locked inside the house by her father, 7-year-old Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world, where… [More]

#15

Adjusted Score: 89.494%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: As their parents head out for a date in the city, the three young Thompson children immediately take to their… [More]

#14

Adjusted Score: 89.181%

Critics Consensus: A smart, odball take on found-footage horror, Creep is clever and well-acted enough to keep viewers on the edges of their seats.

Synopsis: Looking for work, Aaron (Patrick Brice) comes across a cryptic online ad: “$1,000 for the day. Filming service. Discretion is… [More]

#13

Adjusted Score: 92.61%

Critics Consensus: The Invitation makes brilliant use of its tension-rich premise to deliver a uniquely effective — and surprisingly clever — slow-building thriller.

Synopsis: In this taut psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus)… [More]

#12

Adjusted Score: 97.467%

Critics Consensus: Wickedly funny and featuring plenty of gore, Zombieland is proof that the zombie subgenre is far from dead.

Synopsis: A cowardly shut-in named Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is forced to join up with a seasoned zombie slayer named Tallahassee (Woody… [More]

#11

Adjusted Score: 90.857%

Critics Consensus: In the sharp, socially conscious battle of Vampires vs. the Bronx, comedy and horror blend brilliantly — and the audience is the winner.

Synopsis: A group of young friends from the Bronx fight to save their neighborhood from a band of vampires…. [More]

#10

Adjusted Score: 91.65%

Critics Consensus: A smart and subversive twist on slasher horror, Fear Street Part II: 1978 shows that summer camp has never been scarier thanks to stellar performances from Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, and Ryan Simpkins.

Synopsis: Shadyside, 1978. School’s out for summer and the activities at Camp Nightwing are about to begin. But when another Shadysider… [More]

#9

Adjusted Score: 92.004%

Critics Consensus: Thanks to director Zak Hilditch’s patient storytelling and strong work from lead Thomas Jane, 1922 ranks among the more satisfying Stephen King adaptations.

Synopsis: 1922 is based on Stephen King’s 131-page story telling of a man’s confession of his wife’s murder. The tale is… [More]

#8

Adjusted Score: 93.598%

Critics Consensus: Carla Gugino carries Gerald’s Game’s small-scale suspense with a career-defining performance.

Synopsis: When her husband’s sex game goes wrong, Jessie (Carla Gugino) — handcuffed to a bed in a remote lake house… [More]

#7

Adjusted Score: 93.793%

Critics Consensus: Hush navigates the bloody waters of home invasion thrillers and incisive slashers for a contemporary horror puree.

Synopsis: In this heart-pounding thriller from acclaimed writer and director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Before I Wake), silence takes on a terrifying… [More]

#6

CAM (2018)
93%

#6

Adjusted Score: 96.603%

Critics Consensus: Smart and suspenseful, CAM is a techno-thriller that’s far more than the sum of its salacious parts — and an outstanding showcase for Madeline Brewer in the leading role.

Synopsis: CAM is a technology driven psychological thriller set in the world of webcam porn. It follows Alice, an ambitious camgirl,… [More]

#5

Adjusted Score: 95.792%

Critics Consensus: Carried by Kiersey Clemons’ performance, Sweetheart balances smart subtext and social commentary against effective genre thrills.

Synopsis: Jenn has washed ashore a small tropical island and it doesn’t take her long to realize she’s completely alone. She… [More]

#4

Adjusted Score: 103.335%

Critics Consensus: Pan’s Labyrinth is Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups, with the horrors of both reality and fantasy blended together into an extraordinary, spellbinding fable.

Synopsis: Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to the phantasmagorical cinema that defined such early fare as Cronos and The Devil’s… [More]

#3

Adjusted Score: 101.927%

Critics Consensus: Under the Shadow deftly blends seemingly disparate genres to deliver an effective chiller with timely themes and thought-provoking social subtext.

Synopsis: Shideh (Narges Rashidi) and her family live amid the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war, a period known as The War… [More]

#2

Adjusted Score: 100.139%

Critics Consensus: Creep 2 has everything that made the original work and more — more laughs, more awkwardness, more unsettling terror.

Synopsis: Desiree Akhavan (“Girls”, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) stars as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men…. [More]

#1

Adjusted Score: 104.431%

Critics Consensus: Featuring genuine scares through every corridor, His House is a terrifying look at the specters of the refugee experience and a stunning feature debut for Remi Weekes.

Synopsis: After making a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, a young refugee couple struggle to adjust to their new life… [More]

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