45 best horror movies and series on Netflix to watch right now – The Sun

ON the hunt for some terrifying flicks to watch whilst in lockdown?

Look no further than this detailed and varied guide to Netflix's most frightening horrors.

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1. The Hole In The Ground

Directed by Lee Cronin, The Hole in the Ground is a 2019 supernatural horror which premiered at The Sundance festival in January.

The film has just been added to Netflix and fans have described it as the scariest horror film of 2019.

The spooky movie follows a single mother who has moved and now lives in a remote location in a forest, but soon discovers her young son is starting to behave in a very peculiar manner.

But what is the connection between a sinister woman they encounter and a huge gaping hole that happens to be developing close by?

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 84%

2. Panic Room

Less gory than some of the other films on the list, Panic Room offers a more psychological thriller.

The movie more or less plays out within the setting of one house as Jodie Foster and a young Kristen Stewart try to defend themselves against intruders.

Many critics have compared director David Fincher's masterpiece to the work of Alfred Hitchcock.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 75%

3.Hush

This heart-pounding thriller by director Mike Flanagan follows the story of a deaf woman living alone in the woods.

Secluded and existing in a silent world, this young woman has to fight her way to safety after a psychotic killer appears outside her window. With no one around for miles, it proves to be a bloody battle for survival.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 73 %.

4. Scream (2016)

Based off the hit horror film, this series follows the murder of an entitled teen.

Art loner Audrey and her nerdy friend Noah are impacted by the death after the masked serial killer targets their friend Emma.

Whilst the trio try and solve the mystery of the killer, the town sheriff investigates the murder and fears that it may connected to the a dark chapter in the town's history.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 62%

5. Gerald's Game

Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) and his wife Jessie (Carla Gugino) try and rekindle the lost spark in their marriage with a retreat to a remote lake house.

However, a dangerous sex game leaves Gerald dead and Jessie handcuffed to the bed.

During this time she must battle hallucinations and the sheer panic of being unable to do anything.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 91%

6. Cult of Chucky (2017)

The 2017 iteration of Chucky is the seventh in its franchise.

Fortunately the sequel did not disappoint, with many critics hailing it just as strong as the original films.

It followed 2013's Curse of Chucky and centres around the iconic main protagonist Chucky doll, upon whom the films are based.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 78%

7. Scream (1996)

The 1996 slasher film is the first in the franchise, which gave way to a further three sequels.

It's inspired by the real-life Gainesville Ripper case and follows High Schooler Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) as she is targeted by an unknown killer wearing a ghost face mask.

The classic features an all-star cast including Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Drew Barrymore to name a few.

And it also spawned the Halloween costume go-to – the Scream mask or 'ghostface,' so we can also thank it for that.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 79%

8.IT (2017)

This iconic horror is based off os Stephen King's best selling novel of the same name.

IT is the clown that has been terrifying children in the town of Derry, Maine.

IT only appears to children and reels them in by talking to them, making himself seem like the perfect 'friend'.

In 1989, a group of high school kids decide they want to solve the mystery of the missing children, only to find the disappearances stretching back centuries.

The brave teens have to remember one thing: IT feeds off of their fear.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 84%

9. Truth or Dare

Whilst admittedly low on the Rotten Tomatoes scale, Truth Or Dare does have an interesting premise.

The famous game initially seems like a  harmless way to pass the time for a bunch of friends.

That was until someone – or something – started punishing people who lied about their truth or refused the dare.

When the game turns deadly it's up to the group to find out how to end the cycle before the next game reaches a new group.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 22%

10. Mother!

While it wasn't a commercial hit, Mother! is a horror movie that's certainly worth checking out – particularly if you're a fan of US actress Jennifer Lawrence.

The Oscar award-winning star gives a chilling performance in the lead role alongside her on-screen husband, portrayed by Javier Bardem.

The couple has their relationship tested when a number of invited guests arrive at their home, bringing all sorts of chaos to their tranquil existence.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 69%

11. A Quiet Place

For the chatterboxes who don't know when to stop, what would you do if you had to keep your lips shut or risk dying?

This spine-chilling thriller shows the lengths that parents Emily Blunt and John Krasinski go to when making any sounds threatens their survival in an Earth invaded by aliens.

If they hear you, they hunt you.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 83 %.

12. Annabelle: Creation

A couple who are still mourning the loss of their child, decide to adopt children from their local orphanage.

However, all is not as it seems when the family are terrorised by a demented doll known as Annabelle.

The horror is the sequel to Annabelle and is the The Conjuring's origin story.

Warning: if you keep vintage dolls in your house, it may be time to get rid of them.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 71%

13. V Wars

If you get scared of films like Contagion or simply want to be scared out of your wits in the midst of a pandemic, then this series is for you.

After a fast-spreading disease turns people into blood-sucking fiends, two best friends must team up in order to save humanity.

Starring Ian Somerhalder in another vampire-esque role this is a blood-soaked blend of action and tension.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 96%

14. Orphan

A spine-chilling horror that's guaranteed to serve jump scares and take the viewer through a world of confusion.

After the loss of their unborn child, Kate and John decide to look past their crumbling marriage and adopt a child.

Going to the local orphanage, they stumble upon a young lady named Esther.

However, all is not as it seems when she arrives and an alarming series of events start to unfold.

Kate notices and tries to save her family before it's too late, with limited success…

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 63 %.

15. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

A re-imagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch with all the dark twists and horror that come with the world of witchcraft.

Sabrina Spellman (Keirnan Shipka) reconciles with her half-Witch, half-mortal nature while fighting off evil forces that threaten her family, friends and the entirety of the human world.

If you like Riverdale, then this Archie Comics series will be right up your street.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 84%

16. The Purge

The Purge is set in a nightmarish US where all crime is legal for 24 hours once a year.

With people waiting all year round to 'purge their sins', both the native population and tourists from overseas jump at the chance to legally commit crime.

This harrowing film shows what the country would do if they were able to commit unspeakable crimes without repercussions, exploring the darkest facets of human nature.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 56%

17. The Invitation

This violent, psychological thriller is dripping with tension as a dinner party where Will (Logan Marshall-Green) turns up to his ex-wife's new house while she's hosting a dinner party with her new husband.

The pair's tragic past comes back to haunt them after a dark evening unveils a hidden agenda.

The layers of paranoia, mystery and horror all collide when the Hollywood Hill's couple get a shock of deadly proportions.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 88%

18. Beetlejuice

After a careless dog gets into an accident, two newlyweds are killed.

Upon their arrival at the outskirts of Heaven, the couples finds a long waiting list to be admitted.

In order to kill time, they opt to haunt their old house for 50 years.

However, the new couple inhabiting their house seem to get on their last nerve.

Cult-classic with Alec Baldwin, Catherine O'Hara, Geena Davis and Jeffrey Jones.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 82%

19. The Haunting of Hill House

Turn the lights out and get ready to be scared out of your wits. With guaranteed jump scares, this series is not for the faint-hearted but perfect for avid horror fans.

The story hops from past to present, following a family who are confronting their memories of living in their old home and what drove them away from it.

There are some disturbing themes in the series, but the plot had fans demand a second season after the first outing, so that should tell you all you need to know.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 91%

20. Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo is haunted by two ghouls who resemble humans.

However, these ghouls feast on the flesh of the humans they inhabit.

As a ghoul-human hybrid, Ken Kanecki is caught between two worlds.

This horror anime series has two seasons, dark themes and is different from your usual Netflix series.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 65%

21: The Ring (2002)

The Ring was a massive hit when it was released in 2002, making a whopping $250 million at the box office.

A remake of a 1998 Japanese horror movie Ring, the film famously sees a scary woman crawl out of a well and through a TV screen from a cursed videotape.

Anyone who watches the videotape dies seven days later, leading a journalist to investigate what is actually going on.

Director – the aptly named Gore Verbinski – manages to do a sterling job in the notoriously tricky remake genre and paved the way for even more English-language remakes of Asian horror films.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 48%

22: The Evil Dead (1981)

If you're after a horror classic, look no further then The Evil Dead.

Starring Bruce Campbell, this film is seen as a cult classic in the horror genre and spawned a whole franchise including two sequels, video games and more recently, a television series.

The Evil Dead follows a group of college students who visit a remote woodland cabin and play a mysterious audio tape which releases demons and spirits.

Members of the group end up suffering from demonic possession, leading to plenty of slasher gore and bloodshed.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 84%

23: Get Out (2017)

A real breath of fresh air for the horror genre, Get Out follows Chris Washington, a young African-American man who uncovers a disturbing secret when he meets the family of his Caucasian girlfriend, Rose Armitage.

The film stars Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams and received praise for the themes running through the horror flick.

It grossed $255 million at the worldwide box office and has often been cited as one of the best films of the 2010s.

24: Final Destination (2000)

The film that spawned four spin offs, the original film – a supernatural horror – is difficult to beat.

Devon Sawa plays a teenager who cheats death after having a premonition of a catastrophic plane explosion after boarding the aircraft. He and several of his classmates leave the plane before the explosion occurs, but Death comes looking for them throughout the film and tries to claim their souls in a number of unique and horrifying ways, leaving viewers jumping out of their seats.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 68%

25: The VVitch (2015)

Collider has described this film as "one of the scariest (and prettiest) horror movies in recent memory. Which is a pretty strong statement to make.

Set in 1630s New England, it follows a family who are banished from a Puritan plantation for being too religious.

Living in seclusion near some woods, their baby is kidnapped and the parents fall further into madness as the sinister dial is ramped up.

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26. Hereditary

This 2018 supernatural horror stars Australian actress Toni Collette as a woman called Annie, whose family is haunted by a mysterious presence following the death of her mother.

Annie and her daughter both turn to the supernatural to help deal with their grief.

However, they each begin to have disturbing, otherworldly experiences linked to the sinister secrets and emotional trauma that has been in their family for generations.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 67%

27. Cloverfield

This 2008 film was a massive hit when it was released, and sees a huge monster descend on New York City.

A group of friends have no idea where the monster came from, or how to deal with it, leading to a gripping watch.

The film is shot like it's being recorded on a personal video camera, adding to the panic and fear the characters feel as they scramble to survive.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 68%

28. Sinister

Ethan Hawke plays a true-crime writer called Ellison Oswalt in this 2012 supernatural horror.

Ellison discovers a box of home movies depicting grisly murders in the loft of his new house, and it subsequently puts his own family in danger.

Sinister was inspired by fellow horror movie The Ring, after co-writer C. Robert Cargill had a nightmare about the 2002 film.

The movie's success spawned an equally scary sequel in 2015.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 61%

29. Candyman

This 90s horror classic is a must for any fans of the genre.

It follows Tony Todd as the Candyman—a slasher villain who stalks the residents of North Side Chicago.

The Candyman can be summoned by saying his name five times to a mirror, causing him to appear and kill the summoner with a hook attached to the bloody stump of his right arm.

A student called Helen tries to discredit the Candyman's urban legend, but soon finds herself in bloodied peril.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 62%

30. Cam

Madeline Brewer stars in this Netflix original from 2018 as a enterprising cam girl, Alice.

Alice is obsessed with her ranking on a camgirl site, but soon discovers someone else – who looks identical to her – is also streaming videos on the same site.

This sends Alice on an increasingly violent and disturbing quest to find out who her doppelgänger is and how to stop them.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 53%

31. Apostle

A distinct slow burner but stick with it because it's filled with blood, gore, twists and suspense that'll have you scratching your head for days after watching.

The 2018 film follows a Thomas as he attempts to rescue his sister Jennifer from an evil cult on a remote island.

After infiltrating the gang to find his sibling he reveals the many secrets the island has to tell and must fight his way out.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 80%

32. The Babysitter

If you like your demon-worshiping horror with a side helping of easy-on-the eye actors and plenty of gratuitous violence then look no further.

Cole is 12-years-old and is being babysat by hot blonde, Bee, played by Samara Weaving – the most popular girl in his school.

After going to bed he creeps back downstairs to find out what Bee and her pals are doing but unwittingly interrupts them taking part in a demonic ritual.

This 2017 film also stars Bella Thorne as one of Bee's hot friends and although gory, is quite a 'fun' watch that'll have you reaching for the cushion and laughing in equal measures.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 72%

33. Bram Stoker's Dracula

This 1992 classic stars Gary Oldman, as Dracula, and Winona Ryder, as Mina/Elisabeta, is really a love story but with loads of blood, suspense, jumpy moments and the mystical beings that rampage London and Romania.
It tells the origin story of Dracula and how he came to be a vampire his search for his lost love.

Directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, the film refused to use contemporary special effects techniques such as computer-generated imagery, instead opting to use antiquated effects techniques from the early history of cinema.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 71%

34. A Nightmare on Elm Street

A remake of the 1984 Wes Craven cult film that spawned the famous franchise, it's not as good as the original but still well worth a watch with plenty of jumpy moments and hide-behind-your-cushion scenes.

It follows the same storyline as its predecessor, but goes to a darker level making the murderous Freddy Kruger a child molester and using CGI to create the monster's appearance to be closer to that of a burn victim.

Wes wasn't happy about not being consulted on the film but Robert Englund, who portrayed Freddy in the previous eight films, voiced his support of the remake.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 17%

35. The Ravenous

This 2017 French-language Canadian horror film is set in a small town in rural Quebec, and follows a small group of survivors as they deal with an outbreak that lead to zombies.

The whole atmosphere of the film is dark and misty and there's an overwhelming sense of urgency as the viewer watches a desperate father trying to save his daughter from the hordes of brain-eating monsters.

There are lots of twists and turns as the group realise what's about to happen. Add to that plenty of undead children intent on eating you and you've got yourself a great zombie film.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 78%

36. Ratched

Ratched is an origin story about the iconic character first introduced in Ken Kesey's 1962 novel, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, and made unforgettable in the 1975 Academy Award-winning film of the same name.

The series delves into Nurse Ratched's past and how she became a terrifying medical overlord in an asylum.

The bone-chilling trailer shows Mildred Ratched arriving in California shortly after World War II to seek employment at a leading psychiatric hospital, where new and unsettling experiments have begun.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 59%

37. 1922

Rancher Wilfred James conspires to murder his wife Arlette for financial gain and convinces his teenage son Henry to participate.

Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, 1922 is full of suspense and it explores what guilt can do to the human mind.

Written and directed by Zak Hilditch, even Stephen King, infamously known for panning adaptations of his work, praised the film.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 91%

38. Wounds

This unnerving supernatural thriller – starring the Call My By Your Name star Armie Hammer and the Fifty Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson alongside Deadpool 2's Zazie Beetz – sees the characters' inner demons pulled into the real world to mess with their heads.

These demons take the form of cockroaches, gaping wounds, sickness and a mysterious portal.

The plot synopsis reads: "Wounds is a probing thriller from BAFTA winning writer/director Babak Anvari, following his 2016 debut feature Under the Shadow.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 50%

39. Eerie

Horror flick Eerie is so scary, viewers are having to sleep with the lights on after watching.

The Filipino thriller has even been lauded as the year's most terrifying film since it debuted on the streaming service.

Eerie is set at an all-girls Catholic school in the Phillipines. When a student unexpectedly commits suicide, others claim they are being haunted by her ghost.

A clairvoyant guidance counsellor, played by Filipino actress Bea Alonzo, then decides to investigate,

In doing so, she uncovering some horrific truths about the convent's dark past.

40. Veronica

Netflix's latest horror film Veronica is based on a true story and is so scary viewers can't make it to the end.

The Spanish original, directed by Paco Plaza, tells the story of a young girl called Veronica and her siblings who try and summon their dead father's spirit using a Ouija board.

However, things take a dark turn when Veronica passes out during the ritual. From that moment on she starts to notice supernatural and spooky goings on that escalate over a three day period.

So far, so standard, but what makes Veronica interesting is that it's based on a file from the Madrid police force in which a girl mysteriously died after dabbling with the occult in the early 90s.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 90%

41. The Haunting of Bly Manor

Following on from The Haunting of Hill House, this nine-episode series is sure to give you the creeps.

Bly Manor is based on the the 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.

The story is about a young woman who moves to the English countryside to care for two orphaned children.

While Hill House was the story of family struggle and trauma, Bly Manor is about broken hearts that never heal and tragic star-crossed romance.

Bly Manor intertwines more than one supernatural and love-centric story by Henry James, also including The Jolly Corner and The Romance of Certain Old Clothes.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 87%

42. The Conjuring 

Based on true events, this spine-chiller tells the story of a New England family who begins to have encounters with spirits in their farmhouse.

The 2013 supernatural horror is directed by James Wan and stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmigaa as the main characters.

The Conjuring focuses on the alleged real-life exploits of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a married couple who investigated paranormal events.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 86%

43. American Horror Story: Hotel

This is the fifth instalment of American Horror Story – and potentially one of the best.

It features Lady Gaga as The Countess and also sees the return of AHS faves such as Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates and Evan Peters.

The plot centres around the mysterious Hotel Cortez in Los Angeles, California, that catches the eye of an intrepid homicide detective.

The Cortez is host to many disturbing scenarios and paranormal events, and is overseen by its enigmatic matron, The Countess, who is a bloodsucking fashionista.

The hotel is loosely based on an actual hotel built in 1893 by H. H. Holmes in Chicago, Il. for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.

It became known as the 'Murder Castle' as it was built for Holmes to torture, murder, and dispose of evidence just as is the Cortez.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 76%

44. Misery

Misery is a 1990 psychological thriller film directed by Rob Reiner based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of the same name, starring James Caan and Kathy Bates.

The plot is about an obsessive fan who holds an author captive and forces him to write a story.

Bates won the Academy Award for Best Actress at the 63rd Academy Awards, making Misery the only film based on a Stephen King novel to win an Oscar.

King himself has stated that Misery is one of his top ten favourite film adaptations.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 90%

45. Insidious

Insidious is guaranteed to scare you out of your wits and leave you sleeping with the lights on.

The 2010 supernatural horror film directed by James Wan, stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, and Barbara Hershey.

It is the first instalment in the Insidious franchise, and the third in terms of the series' in-story chronology.

The story centres on a couple whose son inexplicably enters a comatose state and becomes a vessel for a variety of entities in an astral dimension known as 'The Further' who want to inhabit his body.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 66%

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