We don’t always enjoy getting scared out of our minds, but there’s something about fall that makes it semi-mandatory to watch all the thriller, horror and scary movies that we can. So if you’re looking for a real jump-scare (no offense, 31 Days of Halloween), then keep reading for the 22 best Halloween movies on Netflix to watch in the lead-up to the spooky holiday.
The 22 Best Halloween Movies on Netflix Right Now
1. Hush (2016)
A deaf writer isolates herself in a cabin for some much-needed “me” time. Her relaxing experience turns into a silent fight for her life when a masked killer shows up at her doorstep—actually her window. If you enjoyed a A Quiet Place and Scream, this one mixes elements of both.
2. The Ritual (2017)
Four friends embark on a hike in the Scandinavian mountains (we already know where this is going) in honor of their late friend. But not so fast. Things take a horrifying turn when they stumble upon a mysterious forest that is haunted by a Norse legend. More of a psychological thriller, The Ritual is a spookily-satisfying film, with a subpar ending.
3. Insidious (2010)
A suburban family moves away from everything they know in an attempt to leave behind their haunted house. However, they soon learn the home isn’t the root of the problem—their son is. Staring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, Insidious centers on paranormal entities and possession, if you’re into that sort of thing.
4. Gerald's Game (2017)
Based on Stephen King's 1992 novel of the same title, the psychological thriller centers around a couple who try to rekindle their marriage with a romantic getaway. However, when the woman accidentally kills her husband while she’s handcuffed to the bed, she loses all hope. That is, until she begins having strange visions that change everything. It starts off a bit slow, but has terrifying moments.
5. The Babysitter (2017)
In this teen horror-comedy (which is not suitable for children) the events of one evening take an unexpected turn for the worst when a young Cole stays up past his bedtime to spy on his hot babysitter. He later discovers that she’s is part of a satanic cult that will stop at nothing to keep him quiet.
6. The Bye Bye Man (2017)
When three college students move into an off-campus house, they soon discover that they’ve unleashed a supernatural killer, dubbed “Bye Bye Man.” Plus, the movie stars Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend, Cressida Bonas? You had us at Prince Harry.
7. The Perfection (2018)
When a troubled music prodigy becomes friends with a new classmate, they go down a sinister path resulting in horrifying consequences. (Two words: Psychological thriller.) The suspenseful film, co-written with the TV writing-producing team of Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder (known for producing hit series like Supernatural and Ringer), became one of Netflix’s most streamed films of the year, so it’s definitely worth watching.
8. Apostle (2018)
For the history buffs, this slow-burn period piece (which happens to be a Netflix original and take place in London during the early 1900s) is about a man who goes to rescue his sister from a remote cult. Determined to get her back at any cost, Thomas travels to the idyllic island where he quickly realizes that something more sinister and darker is going on.
9. 1922 (2017)
Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, the film follows a farmer who initiates a murderous plot against his wife…but not before convincing his teenage son to participate.
10. The Silence (2019)
In a dystopian society, the world is under attack by carnivorous creatures. Similar to A Quiet Place, the monsters hunt their prey based on sound, forcing a family to seek remote refuge as they learn to live in silence.
11. Verónica (2017)
During a solar eclipse, young Verónica and her friends want to summon the spirit of Verónica's father using (you guessed it) a Ouija board. This Spanish film has a reputation as one of the scariest films on Netflix. You've been warned.
12. The Forest (2016)
A young woman (Natalie Dormer) goes on a search for her twin sister, who disappeared in a notorious area of Japan known as the Suicide Forest. While there, she encounters supernatural and psychological terrors that make finding her sister nearly impossible. The scariest part of the movie? The Suicide Forest is actually a real place.
13. Rattlesnake (2019)
The movie (which infuses both horror and a little mystery) follows a mom whose daughter, after being bitten by a rattlesnake, hence the name, is saved by a mysterious stranger. The catch? She must repay the debt by providing a sacrifice, aka killing another human, before the sun goes down. Yikes.
14. In the Tall Grass (2019)
In case you can’t get enough of Stephen King adaptations, this one is based on a novella King wrote with his son, Joe Hill. The story follows two siblings, Becky and Cal, as they rescue a young boy who's lost in a field (casual). However, the duo quickly realizes that they may not be the only lurking in the woods and there might not be a way out.
15. Little Evil (2017)
Probably the only the horror-comedy on this list, Little Evil follows a newly married man as he desperately tries to bond with his new stepson. Unfortunately for him, it turns out the boy may in fact be a demon—sorry, Antichrist. Rated TV-mature, this silly film is appropriate to watch with older children and young adults, so you can all get in on the fun.
16. Creep (2017)
Exploiting the potential horrors of Craigslist, this indie thriller follows videographer Aaron as he takes a job in a remote mountain town and quickly realizes his client has some pretty disturbing ideas for his final project before he succumbs to an inoperable tumor. Clearly, the name is fitting.
17. Bird Box (2018)
Perhaps one of Netflix’s most popular sensations, Bird Box tells the tale of a post-apocalyptic world (inhabited by Sandra Bullock) where evil beings attack people through their sense of sight and force them to commit suicide. Similar to a Quiet Place, the movie relies on suspense and loud sound effects. The ending isn’t the best, but it’s still worth it to watch Bullock defend her family from evil beings while wearing a blindfold.
18. Eerie (2019)
A famous flick from the Philippines, you’ll have to watch this one with subtitles. When a student's suicide shakes up an all-girls Catholic school, one clairvoyant guidance counselor must use her psychic powers on a ghost to uncover the convent's past. Warning: This one’s chock-full of jump scares.
19. A Babysitter's Guide To Monster Hunting (2020)
When a high school student is recruited by a secret society of babysitters, he embarks on a mission to take down a Boogeyman-slash-kidnapper.
20. Hubie Halloween (2020)
The movie takes place on Halloween night in Salem, Massachusetts. When a man (Adam Sandler) suddenly finds himself in the middle of a real murder investigation, he’s forced to get creative as he tries to convince the police that monsters actually do exist.
21. His House (2020)
Two refugees escape their war-torn country and seek asylum in England. Unfortunately, their new home is even more terrifying than the place they left…