In search of spine-chilling flicks that will make you jump and grin at the same time? Your hunt ends here! We’ve handpicked a collection of delightfully thrilling horror movies available for streaming on Netflix. Don’t expect the ultimate horror classics or the most hair-raising tales, but these films guarantee an entertaining mix of excitement and shivers.
Prepare yourself for a variety of horror genres, ranging from quirky campy films to hilarious horror comedies. These movies will occasionally tickle your funny bone while also delivering genuine goosebumps. So, if you’re craving some enjoyable and mildly unsettling horror, dive into these Netflix gems.
1. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
Starring Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil skillfully flips the script on the typical cabin-in-the-woods stereotype, all while delivering a healthy dose of spine-chilling humor. Tucker and Dale, two simple-hearted country folks, are on their way to their dilapidated lakeside cabin when they unexpectedly encounter a group of college kids seeking a getaway.
In no time, a string of misinterpretations escalates into a frantic struggle for survival, as the youngsters wrongly perceive Tucker and Dale, the unsuspecting locals, as their menacing adversaries.
2. From Dusk Till Dawn
From Dusk Till Dawn is a wild mix of gore, humor, and vampires set in the modern-day west. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, this film not only showcases the early talent of George Clooney but also delivers memorable performances from Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Tom Savini, Fred Williamson, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, and many more.
In the movie, Tarantino and Clooney portray bank-robbing brothers who hijack an unsuspecting family and their RV to help them cross the border. Although it takes some time for the story to reach its destination – a vampire-infested strip club with a rather unsavory name – once they arrive, things take a bizarre turn at lightning speed.
3. The Conjuring
The Conjuring is definitely one of the most notable fun horror films on Netflix. It’s set in the Perrons’ haunted Rhode Island farmhouse, and the story centers around paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren who are there to assist the terrified family in comprehending and conquering the sinister presence in their home.
The movie features a fantastic cast including Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, and Lili Taylor. These talented actors portray the exaggerated characters, bringing to life the true story on which The Conjuring is based.
4. The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Sometimes, all you want is a good old-fashioned creepy ghost story that keeps you on your toes. Well, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, directed by André Øvredal, is here to deliver just that. Øvredal, known for his work on Trollhunter and 2019’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, brings plenty of atmosphere to this spine-chilling film.
The story takes place primarily in the basement of a family-owned funeral home, where a father and son, played by Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch, perform an autopsy on a mysteriously preserved body named Jane Doe. As they dig deeper into the layers of this enigmatic case, strange happenings begin to unfold within the funeral home.
However, the real strength of the film lies in its ability to create an atmosphere of anticipation and foreboding. The Autopsy of Jane Doe excels at building up ominous portents, keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout.
5. Final Destination
The Final Destination series is widely known for its unique blend of fun and horror. It revolves around a concept where lives are taken through intricate chains of coincidences and circumstances, reminiscent of Rube Goldberg machines. Unlike many other horror movies where you wait for a character’s demise, the lead-up to the deaths in the Final Destination films is exceptionally captivating. The films excel in building tension as small details accumulate, often unbeknownst to the characters.
If you’re already familiar with the first Final Destination movie and can recite the body count by heart, don’t fret. Netflix has got you covered with the second and third installments. These movies feature unforgettable scenes, such as a devastating traffic accident and a roller coaster catastrophe. So, dive into the nail-biting and thrilling world of Final Destination once again!
6. Ghost Ship
Ghost Ship starts off with an opening sequence that is hard to top – an on-deck dance that goes terribly wrong. From there, the film unfolds in the classic gory ghost movie style that only Warner Bros.’s Dark Castle Entertainment can deliver. (By the way, Dark Castle also brought us the remakes of House on Haunted Hill and Thirteen Ghosts in the late ’90s and early 2000s.)
The story revolves around the discovery of a 40-year-old abandoned grand passenger liner. As the search crew explores the ship, they come across more than just old artifacts. Brace yourself for gruesome makeup effects, early-2000s CGI that may seem a bit dated now, and a whole bunch of witty one-liners. This oceanic ghost tale will keep your heart racing for most of its duration.
7. Would You Rather
In the movie “Would You Rather”, Jeffrey Combs, known for his role in “Re-Animator”, portrays a sinister “philanthropist” who hosts a dinner party with a unique twist on the popular game. Guests are presented with two unpleasant options and are forced to choose one and act it out. These options often involve self-harm or harming another guest.
Each participant in the party has their own motivations for wanting to be the last one standing. While the events can be brutal for those involved, there is a certain dark satisfaction in witnessing Combs’s character manipulate and torment his guests. It becomes a guessing game, trying to anticipate who will make which choice and who will be affected by it.
8. My Bloody Valentine
Patrick Lussier’s 2009 remake of the 1981 slasher classic, originally filmed and released in 3D, is a gory and enjoyable ride even without the 3D effects. The movie, titled “My Bloody Valentine,” is based on a screenplay by Todd Farmer, known for his work on “Jason X” and “Drive Angry.” It’s a film that fully embraces the slasher genre, but does so with a playful nod to its exploitative nature.
In a supporting role, cult movie legend Tom Atkins, known for his appearances in “The Fog” and “Night of the Creeps,” portrays the sleuth named Burke. Meanwhile, Supernatural’s own Jensen Ackles takes on the lead role, playing a character with a troubled past who returns to his hometown just in time to witness the unfolding horrors.
9. I Know What You Did Last Summer
Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Geller, the iconic stars of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, team up to face a menacing killer armed with a hook in a movie that screams ’90s nostalgia. With ska posters adorning the bedroom walls, this flick, penned by the brilliant writer of Scream, Kevin Williamson, is none other than I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Prepare to be transported back to the ’90s as you witness a star-studded cast of fresh faces, all ready to take on the thrilling mystery. And let’s not forget the catchy cover of “Hush” by Kula Shaker that sets the mood just right.
In this gripping tale, four friends find themselves entangled in a web of secrets. Desperate to keep their dark past hidden, they soon realize that someone outside their inner circle knows more than they bargained for. Get ready for a suspenseful ride as the truth unravels, and the tension rises.
10. Eight Legged Freaks
In 2002, David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, Doug E. Doug, and Scarlett Johansson teamed up to battle an army of computer-generated giant spiders in the horror comedy Eight Legged Freaks. These creepy crawlies swarm all over the place, creating eerie sounds reminiscent of the creatures in Gremlins. Surprisingly, they also manage to inject some comedic slapstick into the mix.
Now, this movie may not be the most serious flick out there, but it does serve as a precursor to the kind of entertaining absurdity we see in SyFy channel’s original programming, like Sharknado. So, if you’re looking for a good time and some laughs, Eight Legged Freaks is definitely worth checking out.
11. My Bloody Valentine