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Creature Features: 8 Vampire Movies to Watch This Halloween
All sorts of things go bump in the night. Ghosts, ghouls, werewolves, witches — creatures that haunt our nightmares and ignite our imaginations. Then, there are vampires. These denizens of the dark hold a special place in human history; our ancestors were genuinely afraid to travel when the sun was down, lest vampires bleed them dry. Entire communities feared bats and wolves, believing them to be bloodsuckers in disguise. Vampire hunting became a legitimate profession in 18th century Europe. We really can’t overstate how much these monsters have messed with our minds over the years.
Maybe that’s why vampires have experienced so much success on the big screen. Vampires have frightened and excited audiences for decades — changing with the times and reflecting some of our darkest desires. As much as we dread these creatures of the night, there’s a small part of us that’s utterly fascinated with them.
Spooky season is in full swing this year, and many of us will participate in the festivities at home. Looking for a way to liven up the night? Here are eight iconic vampire movies to watch this Halloween.
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (or Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens in German) is a staple of the horror genre. This German Expressionist masterpiece was helmed by director F. W. Murnau and stars Max Schreck as the infamous Count Orlok.
Special effects and robust film sets weren’t exactly a thing in the early 20th century. Murnau instead relied on mind-bending camera angles, striking shadows and innovative set design to scare audiences. This film’s impact on the history of cinema can’t be exaggerated — many horror film franchises likely wouldn’t exist if Nosferatu hadn’t crept onto the scene and paved the way.
Nosferatu’s popularity spread across Europe like wildfire. It didn’t take long for American filmmakers to catch wind of F.W. Murnau’s success either. But here’s the thing: Nosferatu was essentially an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula — one that Murnau filmed without permission. Stoker’s wife successfully sued Murnau and Nosferatu was pulled from theaters. Enter Universal Pictures, which paid approximately $40,000 for the rights to adapt Dracula . Garrett Fort penned the script while Tod Browning took the director’s chair. Bela Lugosi was cast as the titular prince of darkness, and the rest is cinematic history.
Dracula is a genuinely terrifying landmark film. When many people think of Count Dracula, they think about Lugosi’s chilling performance. Universal’s adaptation takes plenty of inspiration from Nosferatu . However, Dracula is not a silent film; characters deliver their lines either with palpable dread or devilish delight. “Talkies” had only recently hit theaters in the early 1900s. Dracula helped legitimize sound films and reshape the movie industry.
Dracula/The Horror of Dracula (1958)
Similar to sound films, Technicolor movies were also relative rarities in the early 20th century. Films were primarily shot on black and white stock, and filmgoers were accustomed to greyscale pictures. The opposite was true by the 1950s, which is when The Horror of Dracula hit the scene. Hammer Films spared no expense when it adapted Bram Stoker’s timeless tale; special effects and ornate gothic sets were specifically created for this film. The Horror of Dracula is also a much more visceral visual experience due to being shot in color.
We’d be remiss not to praise Christopher Lee’s performance as Count Dracula; he aimed to play the character as a “heroic, erotic and romantic” figure — one that was just as mystifying as he was terrifying. Lee’s good friend Peter Cushing starred as Doctor Van Helsing, further elevating the film. And The Horror of Dracula revealed something truly harrowing about vampires: they were dark reflections of human nature.
The United States’ counterculture movement gathered momentum in the 1960s and persisted well into the 1970s. People vocalized dissatisfaction with the government, civil rights initiatives swept the nation and artists used their platforms to critique the powers that be. The Blaxploitation films of the 1970s echoed these sentiments, challenging decades-old stereotypes that were (and still are) imposed on the Black community. Blacula is precisely what its name implies; an adaptation of Stoker’s tale made primarily for Black people by Black people.
The late William Marshall portrays Prince Mamuwalde, a Nigerian man who asked the original Count Dracula (Charles Macaulay) to intervene during the transatlantic slave trade. For his trouble, Prince Mamuwalde was transformed into Blacula, sealed in a coffin and transported to America. Indeed, Count Blacula is a tragic anti-villain; he was stripped of his identity, taken from his homeland and left to fend for himself in a hostile environment. Allegorical, innovative and genuinely frightening, Blacula is worth a watch — and post-screening analysis.
The Lost Boys (1987)
Drugs, sex, rock n’ roll and excess are hallmarks of the 1980s — hallmarks that naturally found their way into ’80s cinema. The Lost Boys epitomizes this trend; “It’s fun to be a vampire” is the film’s tagline, and that sentiment is more than reinforced throughout its runtime. Vampires are ageless, powerful, beautiful beings who live by their own rules and party like rockstars in The Lost Boys. That’s the scariest part about this film — how enticing vampirism can seem on the surface.
The Lost Boys can also be viewed as a metacommentary of the 1980s. Vampirism is an analogy for the excess and hedonism of the decade. Just like it seemed “fun to be a vampire,” it also seemed fun to be a hard-partying rockstar. Spellbinding performances by a committed cast, strong directing by Joel Schumacher and a compelling script helped The Lost Boys break new ground. Vampires weren’t just creepy anymore. They were also undeniably cool.
You can’t talk about cool vampire movies without giving Blade its due. The 1990s were an incredibly experimental time for the film industry; spec scripts were being produced by the dozens and comic book adaptations were becoming much more prevalent. Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan created Blade in 1973 for Marvel Comics. At last, in 1998, Wesley Snipes would bring the Daywalker to life on the big screen. Directed by Stephen Norrington and written by David S. Goyer, Blade redefined what superhero movies and vampire films could be. Action, horror, pathos and even a bit of comedy are seamlessly woven into this film.
Though Blade was initially overlooked when it premiered, the film has since been recognized for setting several precedents. It’s one of the first Black superhero movies to achieve widespread critical and commercial success, grossing $131.2 million off of a $45 million budget. Blade also paved the way for many of the superhero films that have become commonplace today; it’s not a stretch to suggest that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, the Underworld franchise and even the Marvel Cinematic Universe wouldn’t exist if Blade hadn’t resonated with audiences. Lastly, this film proved that vampires could transcend genres; Blade is more of an action film than a horror flick, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Hate it or love it, Twilight’s impact on cinema is undeniable. This adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s 2005 novel was an international phenomenon in its heyday. It focused solely on the romantic aspects of vampirism — living forever, being young forever and loving forever. If reading that sentence was painful for you, imagine how excruciating it was to write.
Personal feelings aside, Twilight is an iconic film in its own right. It spawned four sequels, launched numerous careers and kept vampires at the forefront of our collective imagination from 2008 to 2012. Even Burger King got in on the Team Edward vs. Team Jacob debacle. Twilight ultimately proved that there was still a thriving, thirsting market for vampire films in the 21st century.
Blood Red Sky (2021)
We end with Blood Red Sky, a British-German Netflix film that’s equal parts graphic, terrifying and heart-wrenching. The film follows Nadja and her son Elias as they try to survive aboard a hijacked airplane. Discussing this film in detail without spoiling it is virtually impossible, but we can say this: Blood Red Sky focuses on the toll that vampirism would exact on a person’s family, community and mental state. Scenes unfold at an intentionally deliberate pace. Minor characters and extras are treated with a degree of respect that we don’t often see.
In many ways, Blood Red Sky is the culmination of the vampire films that precede it; there are genuine scares here, alongside meta-commentary, dazzling action scenes and genuine pathos. Blood Red Sky proves that vampire films can make viewers cry — not out of fear, but out of true remorse.
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The best new horror movies of 2023 (so far)
The big-screen chillers that have scared us senseless this year
Emerging from the pink-and-grey phenomenon that was Barbenheimer like a hand emerging from the ground, ace Aussie chiller Talk to Me is the latest in a broad array of horror movies to storm, creep and skulk into our cinemas this year. There have been atmospheric supernatural meditations ( Enys Men ), slowburn freak-outs ( Infinity Pool , Knock at the Cabin ), demonic deluges ( Evil Dead Rise, The Boogeyman ) and meme-worthy horror comedies with tongues in their cheek and menace in their hearts ( M3GAN ). Even a few of the non-horror films, Beau Is Afraid , Tár and Oppenheimer among them, have lent into the ghostly trappings of the genre.
In short, we’ve never been too far from a satisfyingly upsetting night at the pictures so far in 2023. Not everything has landed, admittedly, with Scream VI showing its age, Insidious: The Red Door creaking on its hinges and Winnie the Pooh: Blood And Honey probably causing AA Milne to turn in his grave. But the good has firmly outweighed the bad, and gorehounds, Dead Heads and genre aficionados have had plenty of reasons to celebrate.
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1. Evil Dead Rise
‘Mommy’s with the maggots now.’ Director Lee Cronin keeps it in the family in this franchise revival, as he relocates the torment from a blood-spattered shack in the woods to a dilapidated LA high-rise. But Dead Heads need not worry: Rise captures the spirit of the series – and then some. Cronin forces the best of Sam Raimi and Fede Álvarez’s movies into a wood-chipper, scoops up the resulting viscera and reassembles it as his own marauding modern remix, packed with as many fresh ideas as it has gory callbacks.
2. No One Will Save You
3. The Fall of the House of Usher (Netflix)
The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan swaps Shirley Jackson for Edgar Allan Poe and an icky, twisted and topical modern reframing of the American gothic yarn. He bundles in other Poe work (Carla Gugino plays a mysterious figure called Verna, an anagram of ‘raven’), a rickety old mansion, a clever framing device, and some magnificently gruesome deaths into a morality tale about a vile business magnate whose ill-gotten, opioid-based wealth ends up visiting calamity upon his family. You get the rise, you get the fall, and you get the bit where these terrible people go ‘splat’.
4. Infinity Pool
It’s a case of ‘like father, like son’ in Brandon ‘son of David’ Cronenberg’s ingenious and disturbing sci-fi, a movie that enshrines Mia Goth as the year’s undisputed queen of horror (and everything else, tbh). Goth plays the kind of femme fatale who always seems to lead innocents like Alexander Skarsgård’s holidaying novelist into deep bother in movies – and so it proves, although in even more dark and demented ways than you might expect. The fusion of Philip K Dick-adjacent social satire with Cronenbergian body horror makes for a deliciously compelling and icky watch.
Story is secondary to feel in this suffocating nano-budget hell experiment. Skinamarink invites you to spend a night on the carpet with Kevin and Kaylee, whose parents are missing and whose house has its own ideas of playtime. The film’s swirling artificial grain conceals threats and gives rise to new ones – stare at Skinamarink long enough and you’ll start seeing things that aren’t there. Scarier still, director Kyle Edward Ball says there’s something buried in the background that no audience has ever noticed. Slow cinema has never been more unsettling.
Freaky dolls never fail on screen, especially when they’re as inventively designed and hilariously malevolent as the psychotic A.I. in this wildly entertaining Blumhouse ride. For a brief moment at the beginning of the year, the usually unnervingly statuesque M3GAN danced across our timelines as a viral sensation. But the movie, starring Get Out ’ s Allison Williams as a self-absorbed toy designer who creates an indestructible but, well, totes adorbs monster, is far more than just a fleeting social media phenomenon. With modern horror master James Wan behind the story, it plays on our fears of sentient tech in a way that had us pining for Alien ’s milk-spewing corporate droid Ash. A sequel is already on its way – and probably more than one.
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Best known for their YouTube channel RackaRacka , twin brothers Danny and Michael Philippou have a sick sense of humour. Their A24-approved debut feature concerns an embalmed hand that grants its teen users a reception with the dead. Let the idle spirits in for longer than 90 seconds, though, and they might decide to stay. Thankfully for fans of destabilising dread, savage gore and cameras panning slowly across dark rooms, the teens’ timekeeping is a little sloppy. Standby for some of the grisliest possession scenes you’ll see all year.
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After the wild swings of Spiral , the Saw franchise returned to original villain John ‘Jigsaw’ Kramer (Tobin Bell). The ailing Kramer is fooled by a medical scam and enacts bloody revenge on thoseresponsible. Cue incredibly intricate traps and chilling body horror, but also murky questions about who’s worse: torturer or victims. It’s icky, but in a way the fans loved.
Whether she’s fraternising with an alligator or dry-humping a scarecrow, Mia Goth always commits to the bit. She plays Pearl with unhinged glee in this dusty prequel to Ti West’s X and the upcoming MaXXXine . Set on a Texas farmstead in 1918, the film glides from the glorious to the gross-out – tipping its cap to Golden Age Hollywood musicals en route – as Pearl is corrupted on her quest to become a chorus girl. Stick around for the most unnerving end credits you’ve ever seen.
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M Night Shyamalan’s best film since Signs skips shocks and dials down the twists in favour of atmospherics and slow-building dread. Essentially a one-set chamber piece, it has four mysterious strangers intruding on a couple’s rural retreat demanding a human sacrifice in order to stave off the Apocalypse. It’s the kind of Book-of-Revelation-level craziness they don’t tell you about on Airbnb. Knock at the Cabin sees a talented filmmaker stripping things back to their essence: mood, blocking, acting and sound design, as he keeps you firmly in the shoes of the frazzled pair at its heart and wondering why Dave Bautista is standing in their front room with a halberd.
11. Enys Men
This anti-idyll set on a Cornish island is a folk horror-inspired mystery that’s hypnotically unsettling. It follows Mary Woodvine’s wildlife volunteer as she gets to grips with an bizarre flower and life in isolation, and comes veiled in a fog of Tarkovsky-esque enigma and reverberates with the threat of something truly terrible unfolding – much in the spirit of The Wicker Man . In short: it could only be the handiwork of Mark Jenkin, a director capable of putting his own unique spin on influences that would overwhelm less assured filmmakers. Shot on 16mm film and full of handcrafted ’70s aesthetics, the mystical vibes are powerful enough to turn us all into druids.
12. Huesera: The Bone Woman
A big hit in its homeland last year, this debut horror film from Mexico City-based director Michelle Garza Cervera is built around a chilling but universal story of motherhood and femininity. Valeria (Natalia Solián) is a woman trying to fit in and hide her past, but her pregnancy awaken something sinister that won’t leave her at peace. And before you can say ‘ Rosemary’s Baby ’, her life has spiralled into demonic chaos. The sound design is impeccable – the cracking of bones will haunt your nightmares – and there’s barely a moment when you don’t feel bodily chills. The scares are never cheap, though – there’s real elegance in its use of horror tropes to unpick the grim judgment of society.
It’s no shock that, after decades of callbacks to German Expressionism and silent cinema, Nicolas Cage was finally cast as the Prince of Darkness. But this ain’t your daddy’s Dracula. Instead, Renfield focuses more on the Count’s bug-eating familiar, with Nicolas Hoult’s gaslit servant attending group therapy sessions and trying to shake off his narcissistic boss. The schlock-comedy action is toothless but Renfield is worth watching just to see Cage vamp – what better way to chew the scenery than with a mouth full of Nosferatu-style fangs?
14. The Strays
‘I’m a proud Black woman,’ says Neve (Ashley Madekwe). Her actions say otherwise. Low-key dread gives way to a riveting home invasion thriller in this stylish exploration of class betrayal and the British POC experience from first-time writer-director Nat Martello-White. Having fled a difficult life in London years earlier, Neve has ensconced herself in an all-white Wiltshire village, where she stifles her identity for the sake of socialites that will never truly accept her. That is, until her past crashes the party.
15. The Last Voyage of the Demeter
Our undying fascination with vampire mythos across continents and millennia is undeniable. So it is that screenwriter Zsak Olkewicz and Bragi F Schut spun a short newspaper clipping and a captain’s log from Bram Stoker’s epistolary novel Dracula into an Alien -alike, two-hour haunted house at sea movie helmed by Troll Hunter director André Øvredal. If it’s not quite as fun as his grim fable, there are still thrills to be had as the prince of darkness – Javier Botet, part- Nosferatu , part-bat Gary Oldman in design, way too much CGI – picks off the crew led by Game of Thrones actor Liam Cunningham’s captain one-by-one. Could be bloodier, but still has bite.
16. We Have a Ghost
Christopher Landon helped resuscitate the slasher genre with 2017’s Happy Death Day and 2020’s Freaky . Here, the writer-director puts down the knives and dials up the whimsy for an Amblin-style adventure in which a teenager must defend a mute ghost, Ernest, from the CIA, as well as a dad with dollar signs in his eyes. The highlight comes as the internet learns about the spirit in the attic and we get a montage of rib-ticklingly accurate Ernie-related TikTok memes.
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Every Horror Movie of 2022 Ranked Best to Worst
We’re ranking all the new horror movies of 2022 by Tomatometer, like Scream , X , Texas Chainsaw Massacre and more. (To recap 2021, see our best horror movies of 2021 list , or the Golden Tomato Awards , where A Quiet Place Part II took home the Best Horror Movie trophy.) We rank the movies Certified Fresh films first, followed by the Fresh and then Rotten. — Alex Vo
Hellbender (2021) 97%
The Innocents (2021) 97%
Sissy (2022) 96%
Saloum (2021) 96%
A Wounded Fawn (2022) 96%
X (2022) 94%
Prey (2022) 94%
You Won't Be Alone (2022) 93%
Barbarian (2022) 93%
Hatching (2022) 92%
Piggy (2022) 91%
Mad God (2021) 91%
Deadstream (2022) 91%
We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) 90%
Pearl (2022) 93%
Werewolf by Night (2022) 89%
What Josiah Saw (2021) 91%
Something In The Dirt (2022) 90%
The Menu (2022) 88%
The Sadness (2021) 89%
Nanny (2022) 90%
You Are Not My Mother (2021) 88%
Watcher (2022) 88%
Soft & Quiet (2022) 85%
Glorious (2022) 87%
Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022) 85%
Terrifier 2 (2022) 85%
Speak No Evil (2022) 84%
Hypochondriac (2022) 84%
Medusa (2021) 83%
The Black Phone (2021) 81%
Bones and All (2022) 82%
Nope (2022) 83%
Resurrection (2022) 82%
Crimes of the Future (2022) 80%
Smile (2022) 80%
Scream (2022) 76%
V/H/S/99 (2022) 76%
Master (2022) 75%
Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes (2021) 100%
Some Like It Rare (2021) 100%
Luzifer (2021) 100%
The Harbinger (2022) 94%
Let the Wrong One In (2021) 88%
Deep Fear (2022) 92%
To the Moon (2021) 87%
Torn Hearts (2022) 89%
The Retaliators (2021) 88%
Kratt (2020) 87%
The Changed (2021) 82%
Gatlopp (2022) 80%
Shapeless (2021) 76%
Kicking Blood (2021) 74%
Christmas Bloody Christmas (2022) 77%
Orphan: First Kill (2022) 70%
The Cursed (2021) 71%
The Witch 2: The Other One (2022) 78%
Homebound (2021) 70%
Men (2022) 69%
The Harbinger (2022) 56%
Hellraiser (2022) 66%
Hocus Pocus 2 (2022) 65%
Room 203 (2022) 64%
Ghosts of the Ozarks (2021) 63%
Mosquito State (2020) 62%
Old Man (2022) 63%
All Jacked Up and Full of Worms (2022) 61%
House of Darkness (2022) 58%
No Exit (2022) 61%
Studio 666 (2022) 55%
A Banquet (2021) 57%
Day Shift (2022) 57%
Dark Glasses (2022) 52%
My Best Friend's Exorcism (2022) 51%
DASHCAM (2021) 48%
The Curse of Bridge Hollow (2022) 46%
Mr. Harrigan's Phone (2022) 45%
Halloween Ends (2022) 40%
The Long Night (2022) 35%
Those Who Walk Away (2022) 33%
They/Them (2022) 33%
Umma (2022) 32%
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) 31%
The Cellar (2022) 30%
Choose or Die (2022) 33%
The Invitation (2022) 29%
The Mean One (2022) 17%
WarHunt (2022) 20%
Abandoned (2022) 20%
The Accursed (2022) 17%
The Requin (2022) 19%
Prey for the Devil (2022) 17%
Firestarter (2022) 11%
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Top 50 Horror Movies
1. five nights at freddy's (2023).
PG-13 | 110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | Completed
A troubled security guard begins working at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. During his first night on the job, he realizes that the night shift won't be so easy to get through. Pretty soon he will unveil what actually happened at Freddy's.
Director: Emma Tammi | Stars: Josh Hutcherson , Mary Stuart Masterson , Lucas Grant , David Huston Doty
2. Saw X (2023)
R | 118 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A sick and desperate John travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure in hopes of a miracle cure for his cancer only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable.
Director: Kevin Greutert | Stars: Tobin Bell , Shawnee Smith , Synnøve Macody Lund , Steven Brand
3. Totally Killer (2023)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Horror
When the infamous "Sweet Sixteen Killer" returns 35 years after his first murder spree to claim another victim, 17-year-old Jamie accidentally travels back in time to 1987, determined to stop the killer before he can start.
Director: Nahnatchka Khan | Stars: Kiernan Shipka , Olivia Holt , Charlie Gillespie , Lochlyn Munro
4. The Exorcist: Believer (2023)
R | 111 min | Horror
When two girls disappear into the woods and return three days later with no memory of what happened to them, the father of one girl seeks out Chris MacNeil, who's been forever altered by what happened to her daughter fifty years ago.
Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Linda Blair , Ellen Burstyn , Leslie Odom Jr. , Olivia O'Neill
5. Haunted Mansion (2023)
PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
A single mom named Gabbie hires a tour guide, a psychic, a priest and a historian to help exorcise her newly bought mansion after discovering it is inhabited by ghosts.
Director: Justin Simien | Stars: LaKeith Stanfield , Rosario Dawson , Owen Wilson , Tiffany Haddish
6. The Conference (2023)
TV-MA | 100 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
A team-building conference for municipal employees turns into a nightmare when accusations of corruption begin to circulate and plague the work environment. At the same time, a mysterious figure begins murdering the participants.
Director: Patrik Eklund | Stars: Katia Winter , Adam Lundgren , Eva Melander , Bahar Pars
7. Talk to Me (I) (2022)
R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller
When a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand, they become hooked on the new thrill, until one of them goes too far and unleashes terrifying supernatural forces.
Directors: Danny Philippou , Michael Philippou | Stars: Ari McCarthy , Hamish Phillips , Kit Erhart-Bruce , Sarah Brokensha
8. X (II) (2022)
R | 105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast find themselves fighting for their lives.
Director: Ti West | Stars: Mia Goth , Jenna Ortega , Brittany Snow , Kid Cudi
9. Hocus Pocus (1993)
PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
A teenage boy named Max and his little sister move to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.
Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Bette Midler , Sarah Jessica Parker , Kathy Najimy , Omri Katz
Votes: 150,590 | Gross: $44.34M
10. No One Will Save You (2023)
PG-13 | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
An exiled anxiety-ridden homebody must battle an alien who's found its way into her home.
Director: Brian Duffield | Stars: Kaitlyn Dever , Elizabeth Kaluev , Zack Duhame , Lauren L. Murray
11. Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey (2023)
Not Rated | 84 min | Horror
After Christopher Robin abandons them for college, Pooh and Piglet embark on a bloody rampage as they search for a new source of food.
Director: Rhys Frake-Waterfield | Stars: Nikolai Leon , Maria Taylor , Natasha Rose Mills , Amber Doig-Thorne
12. A Haunting in Venice (2023)
PG-13 | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
In post-World War II Venice, Poirot, now retired and living in his own exile, reluctantly attends a seance. But when one of the guests is murdered, it is up to the former detective to once again uncover the killer.
Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh , Michelle Yeoh , Jamie Dornan , Tina Fey
13. The Exorcist (1973)
R | 122 min | Horror
When a young girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two Catholic priests to save her life.
Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn , Max von Sydow , Linda Blair , Lee J. Cobb
Votes: 439,889 | Gross: $232.91M
14. The Nun II (2023)
R | 110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
1956 - France. A priest is murdered. An evil is spreading. The sequel to the worldwide smash hit follows Sister Irene as she once again comes face-to-face with Valak, the demon nun.
Director: Michael Chaves | Stars: Taissa Farmiga , Jonas Bloquet , Storm Reid , Anna Popplewell
15. Dark Harvest (2023)
R | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror
In a small Midwestern town, a deadly annual ritual unfolds when the mythical nightmare, Sawtooth Jack, rises from the cornfields and challenges the town’s teenage boys in a bloody battle of survival.
Director: David Slade | Stars: Casey Likes , Emyri Crutchfield , Dustin Ceithamer , Alejandro Akara
16. The Boogeyman (I) (2023)
PG-13 | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Still reeling from the tragic death of their mother, a teenage girl and her younger sister find themselves plagued by a sadistic presence in their house and struggle to get their grieving father to pay attention before it's too late.
Director: Rob Savage | Stars: Sophie Thatcher , Chris Messina , Vivien Lyra Blair , David Dastmalchian
17. Saw (2004)
R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Two strangers awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, and soon discover they're pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.
Director: James Wan | Stars: Cary Elwes , Leigh Whannell , Danny Glover , Ken Leung
Votes: 452,241 | Gross: $56.00M
18. Pet Sematary: Bloodlines (2023)
R | 87 min | Fantasy, Horror
In 1969 a young Jud Crandall and his childhood friends band together to confront an ancient evil that has gripped their hometown of Ludlow.
Director: Lindsey Anderson Beer | Stars: Jackson White , Natalie Alyn Lind , Forrest Goodluck , Isabella LaBlanc
19. Friday the 13th (1980)
R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A group of camp counselors trying to reopen a summer camp called Crystal Lake, which has a grim past, are stalked by a mysterious killer.
Director: Sean S. Cunningham | Stars: Betsy Palmer , Adrienne King , Jeannine Taylor , Robbi Morgan
Votes: 152,732 | Gross: $39.75M
20. Scream (1996)
R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery
A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a masked killer who targets her and her friends by using scary movies as part of a deadly game.
Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell , Courteney Cox , David Arquette , Skeet Ulrich
Votes: 375,721 | Gross: $103.05M
21. Deliver Us from Evil (I) (2014)
R | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
New York police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rites of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city.
Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Eric Bana , Edgar Ramírez , Olivia Munn , Chris Coy
Votes: 83,230 | Gross: $30.58M
22. Halloween (1978)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.
Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence , Jamie Lee Curtis , Tony Moran , Nancy Kyes
Votes: 296,824 | Gross: $47.00M
23. Get Out (I) (2017)
R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young African-American visits his White girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.
Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Daniel Kaluuya , Allison Williams , Bradley Whitford , Catherine Keener
Votes: 664,051 | Gross: $176.04M
24. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Approved | 137 min | Drama, Horror
A young couple trying for a baby moves into an aging, ornate apartment building on Central Park West, where they find themselves surrounded by peculiar neighbors.
Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Mia Farrow , John Cassavetes , Ruth Gordon , Sidney Blackmer
25. Meg 2: The Trench (2023)
PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
A research team encounters multiple threats while exploring the depths of the ocean, including a malevolent mining operation.
Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Jason Statham , Jing Wu , Shuya Sophia Cai , Cliff Curtis
26. Trick 'r Treat (2007)
R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror
Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: an everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.
Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Anna Paquin , Brian Cox , Dylan Baker , Rochelle Aytes
27. Renfield (2023)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Renfield, Dracula's henchman and inmate at the lunatic asylum for decades, longs for a life away from the Count, his various demands, and all of the bloodshed that comes with them.
Director: Chris McKay | Stars: Nicholas Hoult , Nicolas Cage , Awkwafina , Ben Schwartz
28. Gerald's Game (2017)
TV-MA | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A couple tries to spice up their marriage in a remote lake house. After the husband dies unexpectedly, the wife is left handcuffed to their bed frame and must fight to survive and break free.
Director: Mike Flanagan | Stars: Carla Gugino , Bruce Greenwood , Chiara Aurelia , Carel Struycken
29. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
R | 91 min | Horror
Teenager Nancy Thompson must uncover the dark truth concealed by her parents after she and her friends become targets of the spirit of a serial killer with a bladed glove in their dreams, in which if they die, it kills them in real life.
Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Heather Langenkamp , Johnny Depp , Robert Englund , John Saxon
Votes: 255,360 | Gross: $25.50M
30. Carrie (1976)
R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery
Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.
Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Sissy Spacek , Piper Laurie , Amy Irving , John Travolta
Votes: 200,328 | Gross: $33.80M
31. Doctor Sleep (2019)
R | 152 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Years following the events of The Shining (1980), a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.
Director: Mike Flanagan | Stars: Ewan McGregor , Rebecca Ferguson , Kyliegh Curran , Cliff Curtis
Votes: 209,601 | Gross: $31.58M
32. Us (II) (2019)
R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.
Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Lupita Nyong'o , Winston Duke , Elisabeth Moss , Tim Heidecker
Votes: 327,317 | Gross: $175.08M
33. Pearl (2022)
R | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
In 1918, a young woman on the brink of madness pursues stardom in a desperate attempt to escape the drudgery, isolation, and lovelessness of life on her parents' farm.
Director: Ti West | Stars: Mia Goth , David Corenswet , Tandi Wright , Matthew Sunderland
34. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.
Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson , Shelley Duvall , Danny Lloyd , Scatman Crothers
Votes: 1,075,885 | Gross: $44.02M
35. Iron Lung (II)
Horror, Sci-Fi | Post-production
Plot kept under wraps.
Director: Mark Fischbach | Stars: Mark Fischbach , Elle LaMont , Caroline Kaplan , Seán McLoughlin
36. Midsommar (2019)
R | 148 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A couple travels to Northern Europe to visit a rural hometown's fabled Swedish mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Florence Pugh , Jack Reynor , Vilhelm Blomgren , William Jackson Harper
Votes: 374,086 | Gross: $27.33M
37. The Lost Boys (1987)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror
After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.
Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Jason Patric , Corey Haim , Dianne Wiest , Barnard Hughes
Votes: 155,591 | Gross: $32.22M
38. Scream VI (2023)
R | 122 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
In the next installment, the survivors of the Ghostface killings leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter in New York City.
Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin , Tyler Gillett | Stars: Courteney Cox , Melissa Barrera , Jenna Ortega , Jasmin Savoy Brown
39. It (I) (2017)
R | 135 min | Horror
In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.
Director: Andy Muschietti | Stars: Bill Skarsgård , Jaeden Martell , Finn Wolfhard , Sophia Lillis
Votes: 586,028 | Gross: $327.48M
40. Slotherhouse (2023)
PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Emily Young, a senior, wants to be elected as her sorority's president. She adopts a cute sloth, thinking it can become the new mascot and help her win, until a string of fatalities implicate the sloth as the main suspect in the murders.
Director: Matthew Goodhue | Stars: Lisa Ambalavanar , Sydney Craven , Andrew Horton , Bianca Beckles-Rose
41. Friday the 13th (2009)
R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A group of young adults visit a boarded up campsite named Crystal Lake where they soon encounter the mysterious Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions.
Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Jared Padalecki , Amanda Righetti , Derek Mears , Danielle Panabaker
Votes: 114,562 | Gross: $65.00M
42. Evil Dead Rise (2023)
R | 96 min | Horror
A twisted tale of two estranged sisters whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable.
Director: Lee Cronin | Stars: Mirabai Pease , Richard Crouchley , Anna-Maree Thomas , Lily Sullivan
43. Hereditary (2018)
R | 127 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences.
Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Toni Collette , Milly Shapiro , Gabriel Byrne , Alex Wolff
Votes: 357,809 | Gross: $44.07M
44. The Nun (2018)
R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
Director: Corin Hardy | Stars: Demián Bichir , Taissa Farmiga , Jonas Bloquet , Bonnie Aarons
Votes: 162,227 | Gross: $117.45M
45. The Thing (1982)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.
Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell , Wilford Brimley , Keith David , Richard Masur
Votes: 450,631 | Gross: $13.78M
46. Poltergeist (1982)
PG | 114 min | Horror, Thriller
A family's home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts.
Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: JoBeth Williams , Heather O'Rourke , Craig T. Nelson , Beatrice Straight
Votes: 174,825 | Gross: $76.61M
47. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
R | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Gary Oldman , Winona Ryder , Anthony Hopkins , Keanu Reeves
Votes: 231,468 | Gross: $82.52M
48. Terrifier 2 (2022)
Not Rated | 138 min | Horror
After being resurrected by a sinister entity, Art the Clown returns to the timid town of Miles County where he targets a teenage girl and her younger brother on Halloween night.
Director: Damien Leone | Stars: Lauren LaVera , David Howard Thornton , Elliott Fullam , Sarah Voigt
49. Scream (I) (2022)
R | 114 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
25 years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, Calif., a new killer dons the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town's deadly past.
Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin , Tyler Gillett | Stars: Neve Campbell , Courteney Cox , David Arquette , Melissa Barrera
Votes: 148,662 | Gross: $81.64M
50. The Last Voyage of the Demeter (2023)
R | 118 min | Fantasy, Horror
A crew sailing from Varna (Bulgaria) by the Black Sea to England find that they are carrying very dangerous cargo.
Director: André Øvredal | Stars: Corey Hawkins , Aisling Franciosi , Liam Cunningham , David Dastmalchian
The most exciting upcoming horror movies of 2023 and beyond
Don't go alone. Serious scares lie ahead in these new horror movies
As we hurtle headlong into Halloween, horror fans are hankering for a buffet of new spooky delights, and there are some great upcoming horror movies coming to have you spilling your popcorn into the aisles and running home after the credits roll.
Upcoming October releases to get you into the Halloween spirit include It Lives Inside - Bishal Dutta’s terrifying new supernatural horror from the producers of Get Out, Five Nights At Freddy’s - Blumhouse’s adaptation of the hugely popular video game series and media franchise that sees a security guard face off against some scary animatronics, and Suitable Flesh - a brand new take on a H.P. Lovecraft story starring Heather Graham and horror icon Barbara Crampton, directed by Joe Lynch (Mayhem, Shudder’s Creepshow).
And the horror doesn’t stop just because spooky season comes to an end post-Halloween. Before the end of the year we’ll be treated to Thanksgiving - the new slasher from Eli Roth based around the most American of holidays, and Poor Things - Yorgos Lanthimos’ gorgeous star-laden story of a reanimated Emma Stone. Plus, into the new year, producers Blumhouse and Atomic Monster (M3GAN), dive into the deep end of horror with their supernatural thriller, Night Swim.
So, indulge in these upcoming horror movies throughout Halloween month and beyond, and try not to scream yourself hoarse.
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It Lives Inside
Release date : October 20, 2023
From the producers of Get Out, It Lives Inside is director Bishal Dutta’s debut horror film. An Indian-American teenager struggling with her cultural identity has a falling out with her former best friend and, in the process, unwittingly releases a demonic entity that grows stronger by feeding on her loneliness. The film had its world premiere at SXSW 2023 and is getting its theatrical release in October.
Five Nights at Freddy's
Release date: October 27 , 2023
It’s been a very long time coming but Blumhouse’s Five Nights at Freddy’s movie is finally almost within our grasp. Not that we’d want to touch these horrific furry animatronics with a barge pole. Ever wondered what the opposite of a cuddle might be? If you’ve been living under a rock shaped like a slice of pizza, FNaF in its original form was a survival horror game where you are faced with the job of overnight security at a popular pizza parlour. The only problem is that the seemingly innocent animatronics in place as children’s entertainment are actually murderous monsters, and you’ll have to keep an eye out for them across various security monitors. There have been multiple versions of the game over the years, complete with many layers of lore, but original game creator Scott Cawthorne has worked on the movie screenplay alongside The Wind director Emma Tammi. With the animatronics built by none other than Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, the above trailer hints at serious fuzzy terror to come.
Release date: October 27, 2023
Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft and starring Heather Graham and Barbara Crampton, the new dark occult horror from director Joe Lynch (Mayhem) follows a psychiatrist who becomes obsessed with helping a young patient suffering extreme personality disorder but is plunged into danger as she tries to escape a horrific fate. It’s coming to theatres and VOD on October 27th.
Release date: November 17, 2023
The holiday horrors continue this November with the new film from old-hand director Eli Roth (Hostel, Knock Knock). After a Black Friday riot ends in tragedy, a mysterious Thanksgiving-inspired killer terrorizes Plymouth, Massachusetts - the birthplace of the infamous holiday. Starring Rick Hoffman (Hostel), Addison Rae (He’s All That), Gina Gershon (Showgirls, Bound), and Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy), and promising that this November there will be no leftovers, this looks like a glossy, gory Thanksgiving thrill-ride with a fun new costumed killer turning revenge into a sick game. So, whether you celebrate the holiday or not, get yourself to the cinema for this one.
Release date: December 8, 2023
It’s probably not pure horror but very few of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ movies are happy to be pigeonholed in a particular genre. This is the man who brought us The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and his latest stars Emma Stone as the resurrected creation of the Frankenstein-like Doctor Godwin Baxter, played by Willem Dafoe. Add in Mark Ruffalo and some ultra surreal visuals and Poor Things looks like a fascinating coming of age story with a Shelly-esque twist. Given that it’s already been given an R rating, this clearly isn’t going to be as whimsical as some of the trailer imagery above suggests. Expect this to get dark to balance out the light.
Release date: January 5, 2024
From producers Jason Blum (the Halloween films, The Black Phone, and The Invisible Man) and James Wan (Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring franchises), comes this new supernatural thriller starring Wyatt Russell (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) as a former major league baseball player forced into early retirement by a degenerative illness, who moves into a new home with his family. Hoping to return to pro ball, Ray persuades his wife (played by Oscar nominee Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin) that their beautiful backyard pool will be fun for the kids and provide physical therapy for him, but a dark secret in the home’s past will unleash a malevolent force that will drag the family into the depths of inescapable terror. The trailer promises dark underwater spooks and haunted games of Marco Polo. From such strong horror pedigree, the film should be a wet and wild ride.
Release date : TBC, 2023
Just when you didn’t think there could be any more Stephen King adaptations, another tome is added to the ‘time for a remake’ shelf. And this time, it’s a heavy hitter. For those of a certain age, one of the most terrifying horror moments lurks in Tobe Hooper’s Salem’s Lot TV series from 1979 as a vampire child arrives at a window asking to be let in…. This means no pressure for Conjuring Universe staple Gary Dauberman on both directing and screenplay duties. The good news is that given that he is also responsible for the screenplay of both parts of IT, Dauberman already has keen King conversion chops. The similar ‘terror in a small town’ theme of Salem’s Lot as a vampire holes up in the old house on the hill could mean very good things. There's been no official reveal of a poster or trailer but the art above was revealed after a tie-in edition of the book was spotted online. The movie was initially meant to release in 2022 but New Line has since added a new 2023 release date and cruelly taken it away again. As it stands, you’ve got a little longer to prep your garlic.
The LaLaurie Mansion Series
Release date: TBC 2023
Whether it’s a good thing or not, we now live in a world where entire franchises are announced before even the first movie has been released. The writers of the first two The Conjuring movies, Chad and Carey Hayes, have teamed up again and revealed an entire series of horror movies revolving around the infamous LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans. Once home to none other than Nic Cage, who allegedly only lasted one night of horrific screams and bumps in the night, this grim abode is said to be one of the most haunted locations in the world. The good news is that if you’ve done your horror homework and watched American Horror Story Coven, you’ll already know its most villainous resident.
Played by Kathy Bates in AHS, Madame LaLaurie was both a New Orleans socialite and horrific 19th century serial killer, responsible for the horrific torture, mutilation and murder of a number of Black slaves. Her secret was only revealed when a fire broke out at her mansion and firefighters discovered some of her barely alive victims in diabolical states.
Not content with just one movie, the Hayes brothers are going to tell multiple stories of the mansion throughout history, from its horrific beginnings, all the way to modern day. Plus, they’re considering writing some of it from inside the house . “We love writing films in which we get to tell true stories – incorporating moments that people can look up and discover did in fact happen,” they announced in a press release. “With the LaLaurie House we get to do exactly that… there is a wealth of documentation of a very dark and frightening past of true events. Not to mention that after spending some time there, what we personally experienced was truly unnerving. We haven’t been this excited about a project since The Conjuring!”
Release date: Fall 2024
If you’re a horror fan, you might have had long lost friends get in touch at one point last year just to ask you if you had managed to catch a certain murderous clown movie. Art the Clown, the sadistic villain of Terrifier 2, apparently had cinemagoers requiring (helpfully branded) sick bags. The hype, not to put too fine a point on it, was real. And it’s impossible to argue with the figures. Terrifier 2 - a fun, gory, if overly long throwback slasher movie - cost only $250,0000 to make but grim reaped a cool $15 million at the global box office. Hence Terrifier 3, which will debut exclusively on US horror streaming service Screambox.
As reported by Bloody Disgusting , director Damien Leone is excited to bring even more extremity to the series for this threequel. “Aside from a yearning for new and exciting horror villains like Art the Clown, a large part of Terrifier 2’s success was based on its unprecedented theatrical release and its uncompromising nature. It’s pretty clear that we’re now entering a slasher genre renaissance; perhaps the biggest one since the '90s. Filmmakers like myself are gonna have to keep pushing the envelope so it’s encouraging when a company respects a director’s vision and understands what makes a certain type of film successful.”
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The 20 Best Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now
This article is updated frequently as movies leave and enter Netflix. *New additions are indicated with an asterisk.
You want to see something really scary this October? Netflix subscribers have commonly made horror films the most-watched on the streaming service, and the original filmmaking factory at the company keeps churning out new ones in time for Halloween — or picking them up at film festivals. The truth is that the horror section of Netflix’s movie library is one of its deepest catalogs, which can make separating the quality from the junk harder than in some other sections. That’s why we’re here. These are the best horror films on Netflix right now.
Year: 2018 Runtime: 2h 10m Director: Gareth Evans
Did you know the director of The Raid (and its awesome sequel) has also directed a kick-ass Netflix Original horror movie? Released in 2018, Apostle stars the great Dan Stevens ( The Guest ) as a man who journeys to a Welsh island in search of his missing sister and finds a community that’s not exactly welcoming. Kind of written off as a riff on The Wicker Man , this is a wicked little movie, elevated greatly by a fantastic performance from Michael Sheen.
Year: 2018 Runtime: 1h 35m Director: Daniel Goldhaber
You haven’t seen a mindbender quite like this one. Madeline Brewer stars as a camgirl who will do whatever it takes to rise the ranks of her online service. As she does so, she discovers that there’s a competitor who has basically taken her place, leading to a Lynchian dissection of how much someone can give of themselves to the internet machine. It’s unforgettably weird.
Year: 2023 Runtime: 1h 40m Director: Patrick Eklund
“Swedish slasher comedy” isn’t exactly a common genre on any streaming service, but this one is memorable for more than just its originality in that department. An unexpected hybrid of I Know What You Did Last Summer and Office Space , it’s the tale of a group of corporate lackeys who end up getting hunted at one of those retreats where people do trust falls and team exercises. It’s a sharp, gruesome commentary on capitalism with some vicious kills.
Year: 2015 Runtime: 1h 59m Director: Guillermo del Toro
Everyone seems to love the director of Pan’s Labyrinth and The Shape of Water , but this 2015 gothic romantic horror flick often falls through the cracks when people talk about Guillermo del Toro. It shouldn’t. It’s a masterfully made period piece with sumptuous details and perfectly calibrated storytelling. Mia Wasikowska plays a woman who moves to a remote mansion with her new husband (Tom Hiddleston) and his sister (Jessica Chastain) and discovers the secrets buried in the earth.
*Deliver Us From Evil
Year: 2014 Runtime: 1h 58m Director: Scott Derrickson
Between Sinister and Doctor Strange , Scott Derrickson made this variation on The Exorcist , the story of an NYPD sergeant who ends up investigating a case that might include demonic possession. Advertised as being based on a true story (it wasn’t), this wide release has some bumpy spots but works largely because of the commitment of leading man Eric Bana, who’s pretty much always good and often great.
Year: 2021 Runtime: 1h 47m Director: Leigh Janiak
Remember how much this took over the horror world in Summer 2021? Based on the books by R.L. Stine, these three films told the story of a curse that had descended on a small town and unfolded across three films set in different eras — 1994, 1978, and 1666. Fans argued over which one was the best (1994), but it’s best to appreciate these now as one piece of sharply-written horror entertainment. And a couple of the most talented Stranger Things stars (Sadie Sink and Maya Hawke) help too.
Year: 2017 Runtime: 1h 43m Director: Mike Flanagan
Before he helmed The Haunting of Hill House , Mike Flanagan co-wrote and directed one of the best Netflix Original horror films in this adaptation of Stephen King’s 1992 novel of the same name. Carla Gugino is phenomenal as a woman who gets handcuffed to her bed by her toxic husband…and then he has a heart attack. As she tries to figure out how she will survive, she accesses the trauma of her past.
Year: 2017 Runtime: 1h 44m Director: Jordan Peele
This is the one that really changed the current state of horror, reminding studios how acclaimed and popular it could be if treated with the right respect. It also won its creator an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, launching one of the most interesting careers of the current era. It’s held up remarkably well, and it’s hardly ever available on streaming services, so take this chance while you can to rewatch a movie whose influence is still shaking the industry.
Year: 2020 Runtime: 1h 33m Director: Remi Weekes
What if it’s not houses that are haunted but people? That’s the question at the core of this story of an immigrant couple (a fantastic Wunmi Mosaku and Sope Dirisu) from South Sudan who move to an English town and face enemies both outside of their new home and within it. This is a strikingly original horror flick that has been largely underrated. Don’t miss it.
Year: 2016 Runtime: 1h 27m Director: Mike Flanagan
Even before Gerald’s Game , the future creator of The Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass helmed this tight little thriller about a deaf-mute woman (played by Flanagan regular and his wife Kate Siegel) who has to survive a home invasion at her remote location. Sharply constructed, this is the kind of old-fashioned horror movie that Hitchcock would have liked.
Year: 2023 Runtime: 1h 49m Director: Albert Pinto
More thriller than outright horror, Nowhere is still upsetting enough to qualify for a list like this one. Recently added to Netflix, it’s a Spanish film about a dystopian future with an intense refugee crisis. As women and children are being rounded up into cages, Mia (Anna Castillo) and Nico (Tamar Novas) try to escape, but they get separated and Mia ends up alone in a cargo shipping container adrift in the ocean. Oh, and she happens to be nine months pregnant. This one works largely thanks to Castillo’s committed, thrilling performance.
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Year: 2016 Runtime: 1h 39m Director: Mike Flanagan
Sequels to mediocre horror films aren’t traditionally any good. Every rule has an exception. The director of Gerald’s Game helmed this fantastic prequel about a couple who have a phony séance business. Their lives are turned upside down when they bring a Ouija board into their act, unknowingly unleashing a spirit that possesses their daughter. Smart and tightly made, it was a sign of things to come from the future Hill House creator.
Year: 2019 Runtime: 1h 30m Director: Richard Shepard
Girls and Get Out star Allison Williams stars in this twisting and turning tale of a talented young musician who travels to Shanghai where she meets a competitor named Lizzie, played by Logan Browning. A story that keeps shifting and changing ultimately arrives at a shocking conclusion in this Netflix Original that took the festival scene by storm in 2018 and 2019.
Year: 2019 Runtime: 1h 34m Director: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
Sometimes the only thing a fun horror movie needs is a clever concept. This one is undeniably that. This Spanish film takes place in a “Vertical Self-Management Center,” a prison with dozens of floors to house its inmates. For sustenance, a platform descends the center of the tower. People near the top get much more than those at the bottom, which is kind of like a symbol for, well, everything. Unpredictable and tense, this is one of the best Netflix Original horror flicks.
The Pope’s Exorcist
Year: 2023 Runtime: 1h 43m Director: Julius Avery
Listen, this is no masterpiece, but there’s something fascinating about seeing an Oscar winner like Russell Crowe commit so completely to a B-movie this ludicrous. Crowe is all-in as the infamous Father Gabriele Amorth, a purported real-life exorcist who tries to save a possessed boy in Spain. This is a defiantly goofy movie, but it’s better than its quick theatrical run would have you believe, and a great fit for the Netflix horror roster of movies you can watch while you do something on your phone.
Year: 2008 Runtime: 1h 25m Director: Bryan Bertino
Loosely based on a true story, this is one of the best home invasion flicks of the modern era. It’s the terrifyingly relatable story of a couple, played by Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman, who are attacked in their vacation home in the middle of the night. Made for almost nothing, The Strangers was a huge smash, tapping into something we all fear could happen when we hear a strange sound outside in the middle of the night.
Year: 2020 Runtime: 1h 41m Director: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan star in this original sci-fi/horror flick from the directors of Spring and The Endless . They play paramedics in New Orleans who discover a drug that, well, allows for time travel. It’s the kind of crazy idea that really shouldn’t work but the talent of Benson and Moorhead hold it together.
They Cloned Tyrone
Year: 2023 Runtime: 1h 59m Director: Juel Taylor
This is one of the best Netflix original films of the year, and almost no one has even heard of it. John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, and especially Jamie Foxx simply rock in this genre hybrid that plays like nothing else on the streaming service. Boyega plays an average dude who gets shot one night in his neighborhood but wakes up the next day, somewhat startling the pimp (Foxx) and prostitute (Parris) who saw him get gunned down. They look into the conundrum and discover a sci-fi premise that’s clever and kind of terrifying. Don’t miss this one.
Under the Shadow
Year: 2016 Runtime: 1h 24m Directors: Babak Anvari
The Iranian-born Anvari wrote and directed this brilliant interplay of horror tropes and commentary on how war and violence can shatter the world more than a ghost could ever consider. A mother and daughter are haunted in 1980s Tehran during the historical War of the Cities. If the falling bombs won’t get them, something more supernatural might.
Year: 2019 Runtime: 1h 56m Director: Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele followed up his Oscar-winning debut with one of the best horror films of the last decade, a stunning story of doppelgangers and the divided history of this country. Lupita Nyong’o is simply amazing as a woman who discovers the hard way that violent doubles of everyone are coming up from underground to claim their place above it. Visually striking and thematically fascinating, this is one of the best films of 2019.
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The Best Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now
You won't be able to look away.
Looking for a scary movie to watch on Netflix ? Any time is the right time to watch a horror movie. Waiting for October to indulge in frightening films is the old way to get your tricks and treats, like renting from Blockbuster or not using Treatster to map out which houses give out the best candy. No, in the modern world, you can sit back and enjoy your scares from the comfort of your own couch thanks to screaming streaming content from Netflix. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the Best Horror Movies on Netflix right now, an evolving list that will provide you with classic horror selections and modern cuts to get your fright fix.
Looking for more scary movies? Check out our list of the best horror films on HBO , Hulu , and Prime Video , or browse our list of the best movies on Netflix .
Editor's Note: This article was last updated October 2023 to include Deliver Us from Evil.
Tin & Tina
Cast : Milena Smit, Jaime Lorente, Carlos González Morollón
Tin & Tina is a psychological thriller from Spain about a recently married couple, Adolfo ( Jaime Lorente ) and Lola ( Milena Smit ), who suffer the loss of a child when Lola has a miscarriage. Determined to raise children together, they turn to a convent that has an abundance of orphans to care for, and they end up going home with a pair of odd twins – the titular Tin and Tina. The film has many horror aspects intertwined with religious imagery that perfectly reflect the crisis of faith that Lola is fighting her way through as she tries to temper her grief by being overly accommodating to these children who may have been sent from hell itself. – Tauri Miller
Deliver Us from Evil
Deliver Us from Evil follows New York police officer Ralph Sarchie ( Eric Bana ) as he teams up with local priest Mendoza ( Edgar Ramírez ) to battle the strange demonic possessions that seem to be taking over their city. Exorcism is the order of the day, with the film likened to the likes of The Rite and The Conjuring , with Scott Derrickson ’s fantastic direction pulling the audience into all sorts of uncomfortable terror. Supposedly based on a true story, Deliver Us from Evil doesn’t just erratically bring bone-chilling scares — it does so with intellect, with the film itself benefiting from having much more to say than its other-worldly demonic narrative may suggest. - Jake Hodges.
The Pope's Exorcist
The Pope’s Exorcist takes the torch that was sparked by the revolutionary novel-turned-film The Exorcist and runs with it at full speed — while also throwing in some mystery and conspiracies for good measure. Russell Crowe ( Gladiator ) takes on the role of Father Gabriele Amorth, a real priest of the Vatican who was said to have performed over 10,000 exorcisms. In this fantastical reimagining of Father Amorth’s tales of battling demons, Crowe dives deep into Roman Catholic history and gives a fantastic performance as a priest who not only has to fight against the forces of hell but also his own institution in order to save a young child from his possession.
Run Rabbit Run
Run Rabbit Run is a terrifying psychological thriller directed by Daina Reid . Nestled in the breathtakingly gorgeous landscape of Australia – which only enhances the unsettling foundation of the film’s premise – Run Rabbit Run features an undeniably incredible performance from Succession star Sarah Snook as a successful fertility doctor whose daughter ( Lily LaTorre ) seems to be possessed by the spirit of her deceased sister, Alice. Run Rabbit Run is a gripping watch not only because it centers on a haunting mystery but also due to the breakout role for young LaTorre, who fearlessly enchants on screen against Snook. – Yael Tygiel
Things Heard & Seen
Based on the novel All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage, Things Heard and Seen is a chilling story about a young couple that moves into a country home with a disturbing past. Amanda Seyfried ( Jennifer’s Body ) brings the audience on her journey as she explores the darkness in her new house, town, and marriage. Contrasted with Seyfried’s naive yet restless Catherine is her suspicious husband George, played sinisterly by James Norton . Co-directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini , Things Seen and Heard blends old-school psycho-sexual thriller tropes with updated horror technologies to produce a terrifying modern classic. – Yael Tygiel
Bird Box Barcelona
Bird Box Barcelona , the spin-off sequel to the 2018 film based on the Josh Malerman novel, is a thrilling post-apocalyptic horror film that goes beyond a creature feature to explore the monstrous aspects of man. The story takes place in a ravaged Barcelona and follows Sebastián ( Mario Casas ) and his daughter ( Naila Schuberth ) as they team up with other survivors of the entities that must not be perceived to escape the pursuit of a dangerous cult that forces people to look upon the creatures, leading them to commit suicide. This expansion to the Birdbox lore is a fascinating dive into the ways that humans deal with great loss as well as the ways that religion can become destructive. – Tauri Miller
Lights Out , the directorial debut of David F. Sandberg ( Shazam! Fury of the Gods ), is about a woman ( Teresa Palmer ) coming face to face with the supernatural forces that haunt her family. Co-starring Maria Bello ( Beef ) as the woman’s mother, along with an unexpected performance from young actor Gabriel Bateman , Lights Out is a skillfully crafted horror flick that weaves a captivating story with rich performances and chilling scares. Co-written by Eric Heisserer ( Bird Box ) and Sandberg, Lights Out builds an unsettling experience with hair-raising thrills and a creepy maleficent force without relying on gore. – Yael Tygiel
We Have A Ghost
When the Presley family moves into a low-priced fixer-upper, they soon realize they have a ghost named Ernest ( David Harbour ) living in the attic when the teenage son Kevin ( Jahi Di'Allo Winston ) catches him on video. Seeing it as an opportunity for money and fame, Kevin’s dad Frank ( Anthony Mackie ) uploads the video and creates an instant viral sensation that draws national attention to their house — but some of the eyes watching them could put their family in grave danger. We Have a Ghost is a new spin on the haunted house trope that uses internet virality and the ghost hunter craze to create a hilarious original film. – Tauri Miller
Directed by Stig Svendsen , who co-wrote the screenplay with Espen Aukan , Viking Wolf is a Norwegian horror film that applies an unexpected and fun variation to traditional werewolf narratives. Surrounded by a scary mystery and placed in an unsettling atmosphere, Viking Wolf stars Elli Rhiannon Müller Osborne as Thale, a teenage outcast who moves to a small town when her mother begins working for the local police department. Featuring impressive CGI for the beasts and impactful use of blood, gore, and shadows, the thrilling story of Viking Wolf succeeds with spine-tingling excitement. – Yael Tygiel
John R. Leonetti ’s The Silence is based on Tim Lebbon ’s novel, blossoming from a similar premise to A Quiet Place . Set in a world attacked by creatures who use sound to hunt their prey, The Silence follows a Deaf teenager, played by Kiernan Shipka , and her family as they attempt to find shelter. Unbeknownst to them, they fall in with a cult. Shipka is undoubtedly a talented actress, but The Silence was greatly criticized for the casting of a hearing actress in a deaf role, as well as Shipka’s non-native American Sign Language skills. Even with its faults, The Silence is a heart-pumping adventure that also stars Stanley Tucci , John Corbett , and Shipka’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina co-star Miranda Otto . – Yael Tygiel
Director Ciarán Foy spellbinds with his haunting horror movie Eli , starring Charlie Shotwell ( Morbius ) as the titular young boy with a rare autoimmune disease. Co-starring Lili Taylor ( Outer Range ) as the mysterious doctor curing the boy’s illness, Eli juxtaposes Taylor’s calm demeanor with eerie imagery to produce spine-tingling excitement for scary movie audiences. Also starring Max Martini ( Bosch: Legacy ) , Kelly Reilly , and Sadie Sink ( Stranger Things ), Eli is a suspenseful mystery that plays in the shadows, alluding to ghostly intervention while building tension and unraveling into a paranormal fright-fest. – Yael Tygiel
Little Evil is a goofy horror comedy written and directed by Eli Craig ( Zombieland ). Starring Adam Scott ( Severance ) as a man embarking on his idealized life with the woman of his dreams, played by Evangeline Lilly ( Ant-man and the Wasp ), only to discover that her son ( Owen Atlas ) may be the antichrist. With a playfully clever script and featuring a slew of comedic heavyweights in supporting roles, Little Evil tackles scary movie tropes with an entertaining homage. Focused more on comedy than horror, Little Evil is a cute film to watch with friends who like a less intense spooky season. – Yael Tygiel
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The ninth installment in the franchise, Netflix’s 2022 version of Texas Chainsaw Massacre takes place 50 years after Leatherface’s ( Mark Burnham ) 1973 killing spree after a group of young entrepreneurs travel to Texas to auction off old properties and create a trendy area. When inspecting what they believed to be an abandoned orphanage, however, they find it’s occupied by an elderly woman named Ginny ( Alice Krige ) – and the notorious serial killer, leading to a bloody and terrifying game of cat-and-mouse. Though it doesn’t reinvent the genre, Texas Chainsaw Massacre is exactly what you’d expect from the slasher, offering gore and frights galore. – Taylor Gates
If you enjoyed Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City , check out the movie that started the franchise. Resident Evil stars Milla Jovovich as Alice, the badass who is determined to clean up after the Umbrella Corporation's biotech chemicals have created zombies... and worse. If you are looking for high-intensity action and lots of cool monsters, this is one you can't miss. — Alyse Wax
As Grey’s Anatomy , The Chair , and Killing Eve has shown us, there’s truly nothing that Sandra Oh can’t do. She proves that yet again in Umma , where she plays Amanda – a Korean immigrant homeschooling her daughter Chrissy ( Fivel Stewart ) on a rural farm away from technology. Amanda is not only dealing with the stress of her Chrissy wanting to move away for college, but she’s also having flashbacks of her abusive childhood after receiving the ashes of her recently deceased mother – as well as a vicious spirit intent on inhabiting her body. The film offers up some supernatural scares, but the themes of generational trauma and identity are where the true terror lies. – Taylor Gates
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Choose or die.
When Kayla ( Iola Evans ) discovers an old ‘80s computer game that comes with a yet-to-be-claimed $100,000 cash prize for anyone who beats it, her curiosity and family’s need for money drive her to give the game a try. However, the game is more than just a simple choose-your-own-adventure meets horror campaign. It has the ability to warp reality and force Kayla to make deadly decisions that affect people in real life. Forced to continue playing, Kayla and her friend Isaac ( Asa Butterfield ) try to find a way to stop the game for good — it is just code after all. But as they learn of the malevolent forces that went into the game’s conception, they realize that winning and staying alive may not be as easy as they think. Choose or Die feels both nostalgic and fresh, paying homage to classic video games while delivering a narrative that hasn’t been done to death. Its short 84-minute runtime is an asset, not a hindrance, allowing the movie to dive straight into the horror without unnecessary fluff dragging it down. Choose or Die is honestly a lot of fun and a great casual watch for horror buffs and novices alike! - Brynna Arens
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Mike Flanagan had already built a reputation as a rock-steady horror filmmaker by 2016, but the sense of "holy crap, this guy can do anything" became set in stone once he took on a prequel to a critically-derided movie about an evil ouija board and made one of the scariest movies of the last decade. Ouija: Origin of Evil takes us to the 1970s, where fake psychic Alice Zander ( Elizabeth Reaser ) and her two daughters, Lina ( Annalise Basso ) and Doris ( Lulu Wilson ), perform seances for paying customers in the wake of Alice's husband dying. Doris, the youngest, spices up the act with the introduction of a ouija board, but the cursed item makes things all too real when it not only sends a dark spirit into the girl's body but exposes the deep-seated evil ingrained in the Zander's house. There is, to be very clear, absolutely no reason for Ouija: Origin of Evil to be good at all, so it's a downright shock that it's this horrifying and effective. And, because it's Flanagan we're talking about here, there's also a potent dramatic heart beating underneath all those bumps in the night. --Vinnie Mancuso
It's a common trope: a little kid has a crush on their sexy teenage babysitter. But Netflix's original flick The Babysitter turns that on its head, by making the hot babysitter also happen to be part of a Satanic cult. The cult - who has brought their ceremony into young Cole's house - will stop at nothing to prevent Cole from spreading their secret. It's not really a "scary" horror film; it's more goofy, super gory, and a kind of throwback to the campy horror of the 1980s. - Alyse Wax
Fear Street: Part One - 1994
The first installment of Netflix's Fear Street trilogy of films is an absolute blast from start to finish. Very much drawing influence from Scream , this R-rated slasher takes place in the town of Shadyville, where people going back decades have a habit of going on violent killing sprees. Rumors swirl that it's all to do with a witch's curse from the 1600s (which is covered in the third movie), and in this 1994-set film a group of teenagers find themselves the target of a bevy of masked killers as the try to figure out what's going on and how to survive it. At the center of the story is a queer romance that sets this apart from many other slashers of its ilk, and there's enough comedic relief to keep this from being bogged down as a horror film of the self-serious type. Again the Scream comparisons are apt, so if you're in for a spooky good time that also sets up a mythology that is concluded in the next two Fear Street movies, give Fear Street Part One: 1994 a whirl. - Adam Chitwood
Fear Street Part 2: 1978
It's tempting to loop all of the Fear Street films into one entry because they're such a satisfying (you might even say limited series-like) whole, but they're also so stylistically distinct and uniquely effective, they're worth singling out on their own. As for the second installment, 1978 takes audiences back to another Shadyside massacre, this time inspired by the summer camp horror trend of the 70s and 80s. Anchored around the story of two estranged sisters finding their way back to each other despite their differences, 1978 unleashes the Nightwing killer scene in the first film while investigating the story behind how he became a cursed mass murderer and deepening the established mythology and character work in the process.
I wouldn't recommend watching them out of order on your first watch but if you're looking to head back into fear Street and don't have time to watch the whole trilogy, 1978 is easily the most self-contained of all three, but good luck not immediately hitting play on the next one. - Haleigh Foutch
Fear Street Part 3: 1666
The final film in the trilogy, Fear Street Part Three: 1666 brings it all together by traveling to the origins of the curse, so if you're looking for a bit of period horror with a big action payoff, this is your best bet. It's stunning how writer-director Leigh Janiak created a distinct language for each installment, not just cinematically, but in the horror traditions she employs. In keeping, 1666 is the darkest of the three, delving into the rotted core of society behind the Shadyside curse. But Janiak keeps a tight tonal command, never fully abandoning the fun spirit that makes her trilogy such a treat.
Understandably, considering how much story 1666 has to carry as the installment that answers it all, Part Three might be the least cohesive as a standalone film, but it also might be the most rewarding of them all as you watch Janiak’s magic pull it all off. - Haleigh Foutch
The Conjuring 2
Speaking of that billion-dollar franchise, Netflix also has Wan’s follow-up The Conjuring 2 available to stream right now. The 2016 sequel picks up with the Warrens during the investigation of one of their most infamous cases, known as the Einfeld poltergeist, which finds them helping yet another spirit-plagued family, this time in the U.K. While The Conjuring 2 isn’t quite as downright scary as the first film, there are still plenty of wonderful Wan creatures to keep you on the edge of your seat, and of course, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are reliably endearing as the Warrens. Bonus, the film’s opening scene also pays tribute to another iconic horror franchise with a nod to the Amityville Haunting. – Haleigh Foutch
Vampires vs. The Bronx
The delightfully-titled Vampires vs. The Bronx is one of those modern horror movies with such a simple, clever twist on a well-worn genre you wonder how it didn’t happen sooner. The gist: A crew of kids living in a Bronx neighborhood discovers that the real estate company buying up local businesses is run by a cabal of blood-sucking vampires. Seeing as gentrification is largely the act of sucking a community dry, the concept is a home run. But director Osmany Rodriguez—who is responsible for many an SNL segment, most importantly “A Kanye Place”—also manages to have a ton of fun in the process. The Stranger Things comparisons are obvious, but with the grit and attitude of 2011’s must-watch alien invasion flick, Attack the Block . It’s just such a charming, genuine movie that loves vampire horror enough to show characters literally taking notes from Blade and loves New York City enough to wage war with the undead over the sanctity of a corner bodega. If you know, you know. --Vinnie Mancuso
Found footage gets a bad rap, but when it works, it works . And in the Creep movies? Oh yeah, it works. The 2014 original stars director and co-writer Patrick Bice as a videographer who travels to a remote cabin hired by a strange fella named Josef (played by co-writer and producer Mark Duplass in one of the best performances of his ever-unpredictable career), who says he as a brain tumor and wants to film a video diary for his unborn child before he dies. Duplass does incredible work threading the needle between a creepy and likable guy, keeping you guessing about his endgame the whole time. Of course, by the end of the movie, you know the answer… which is what makes it so phenomenal that the 2017 sequel Creep 2 works just as well . Bice also directs the follow-up, with Desiree Akhavan taking on the role of the new videographer in potential peril, and her dynamic with Duplass’ Josef is even more intriguing and unpredictable. Both are fantastic, edge-of-your-seat thrillers that use the found footage format for all its worth. – Haleigh Foutch
A natural evolution of the found-footage format in our digital era, the filmmaking approach dubbed “Screenlife” presents a movie entirely from the perspective of computer, tablet, and smartphone screens, and the haunted-Skype horror movie Unfriended was one of the first Screenlife movies to break through with mainstream audiences. It's easy to see why - most of us spend our lives on screens anyway, and that mode of storytelling offers filmmakers access to all the little secrets we try to tuck away in our deleted texts and secret files. Following the suicide of a classmate after online bullying, a group of teens finds themselves picked off one-by-one during their digital hangout by an inescapable, malicious spirit. It sounds kinda goofy, and sometimes it kinda is, but Unfriended works better than you might expect, and now that we’re all forced to hang out virtually any way, now’s a perfect time for a revisit. – Haleigh Foutch
During the peak of the pandemic, Netflix debuted a new horror film that both timely and familiar with the tried and true tropes of the zombie genre. #Alive , a tech-era zombie survival thriller feels firmly rooted in our internationally shared sense of isolation during the pandemic lockdowns. The Korean horror wastes no time getting to the action, centering on a young man ( Yoo Ah-in ) who finds himself trapped in his apartment alone after the rapid onset of a zombie plague and following his attempts to stay alive -- and sane -- from his newfound confinement. #Alive doesn't exactly break the mold of zombie thrillers, but it's a tightly-constructed thrilling treat with some of the best zombie transformation scenes in recent memory, and that despairing sense of isolation (along with the inner strength it takes to overcome it) makes it stand out as a unique entry in the zombie canon that feels pitched exactly to the anxieties of 2020. - Haleigh Foutch
In the Tall Grass
Netflix has tapped into the well that is Stephen King in a big way. But with the adaptation of In the Tall Grass , they’ve also got a handle on the next generation of horror authors with Joe Hill . The premise is simple: Passersby are called into a vast field of tall grass by people pleading for help, only to be unable to find their way back out again. But since this is a King & Son joint, abject horror obviously waits for them among the greenery…
In her review of the new Netflix adaptation, our own Haleigh Foutch called the feature film “ambitious, imaginative, and artfully presented, taking King and Hill’s contained short and transforming it to a more expansive, sometimes confounding universe of horrors. In the Tall Grass doesn’t always work, but when it does, it’s compelling and gorgeous, and yet another film on the Netflix roster I wish more people had an opportunity to see in theaters.” That’s more than enough reason to add it to your watch-list today. - Dave Trumbore
Upcoming Horror Movies: All The Scary Movies Coming Out In 2023 And 2024
Here's what horror movies are creeping up next.
Attention horror fans, we're walking through the terrifying but exhilarating revival of the genre at the moment. Supernatural ghost stories, fake blood, gore and jump scares are welcome all year round and, thankfully, there are a bunch of chilling horror movies planned to come our way within the next few years. Whether it's the return of popular franchises like A Quiet Place and The Exorcist or original scares from new filmmakers, there are a ton of upcoming horror movies to get ready for.
We have a solid line up of horror titles confirmed to be available to enter our eyeballs throughout what’s left of 2023 and into 2024, with more to come that has yet to land a specific release date on the calendar, as well. While we wait to see if any of these titles find a spot on our list of the best horror movies of all time , check the upcoming scary movies out, here:
Dark Harvest - October 13, 2023
David Slade ’s adaptation of the 2006 award-winning horror novel, Dark Harvest , has been a mainstay on this upcoming horror movies list for years, previously finding previous release dates in 2021 and 2022. Finally, the MGM movie is set to be released, with it coming to Alamo Drafthouse Theaters on October 11 only and digital on Friday the 13th. Dark Harvest is about a cursed town that involves a pumpkin-headed creature named Sawtooth Jack that goes on a murderous rampage every fall. However, on one occasion in 1963, a group of teen boys band together to slaughter the creature for good.
Five Nights At Freddy’s - October 27, 2023
Universal Pictures and Blumhouse are adapting the video game franchise Five Nights At Freddy’s into a 2023 movie coming to theaters and Peacock the week of Halloween. The movie will star Josh Hutcherson as a security guard who begins a regular night shift at a family entertainment center called Freddy Fazbear's Pizza and soon discovers its four animatronic mascots kill anyone in sight after midnight.
Suitable Flesh - October 27, 2023
Another horror movie coming out just in time for Halloween 2023 is Suitable Flesh . The movie that stars Heather Graham is based on the H.P. Lovecraft short story “The Thing on the Doorstep.” The movie is about a psychiatrist (Graham) who becomes obsessed with helping a patient of hers dealing with extreme personality disorder. The movie is coming to theaters and VOD in October before becoming available to stream with a Shudder subscription in January.
It’s A Wonderful Knife - November 10, 2023
Ever wanted to see Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life as a slasher film? Well soon you can with It’s A Wonderful Knife . The movie stars Yellowjackets ’ Jane Widdop as Winnie, a young woman who lives in a town that’s way too into Christmas. Following her best friend getting killed one year prior, Winnie makes a wish that comes true (much like the Jimmy Stewart character in the 1946 movie) and it leads her to experiencing a nightmare version of the town and with a major mystery to solve. The writer behind Freaky , Michael Kennedy, wrote the horror movie, which also stars Justin Long, Joel McHale and Jess McLeod. It’s a Wonderful Knife is set to hit theaters smack dab in between spooky season and Christmas time.
Thanksgiving - November 17, 2023
Over 15 years following Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse , it has inspired the premise of the upcoming slasher, Thanksgiving . It’s based on the fake trailer directed by Eli Roth that was part of Grindhouse about a serial killer who ventures to a small town in Massachusetts to create a Thanksgiving carving board out of the townspeople. The movie from TriStar Pictures is set to star Addison Rae, Patrick Dempsey, Jalen Thomas Brooks and Milo Manheim, among others.
Night Swim - January 5, 2024
Now to upcoming 2024 movies ! Following the success of M3GAN in 2023 in January, Blumhouse and Atomic Monster have set up another scary movie for early next year with Night Swim . The thriller will be about a hidden terror in the depths of a backyard swimming pool. The movie is set to star 2023 Oscar nominee Kerry Condon along with Falcon and the Winter Soldier ’s Wyatt Russell.
Imaginary - February 2, 2024
Lionsgate and Blumhouse have teamed up to bring a movie called Imaginary to audiences in early 2024. Truth or Dare , Fantasy Island and The Curse of Bridge Hollow director Jeff Wadlow is helming the movie that is about a woman who returns to her childhood home to discover her imaginary friend was real all along, still there, left behind and quite unhappy about being abandoned by her.
Baghead - February 8, 2024
The Witcher ’s Ciri actress Freya Allan is set to star in an upcoming horror movie called Baghead . “Baghead” refers to a shapeshifting witch who can manifest the dead and bring them back into the world of the living for a short time. Baghead is a figure that people seek out in order to get in touch with their loved ones, but little do they know the price they must pay to bring back the dead for a few short moments. Baghead will be Alberto Corredor’s feature film debut after he helmed a short film based on the same concept.
Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 - February 2024
After one of the wildest concepts ever for a horror movie haunted 2023 with WInnie the Pooh : Blood and Honey , Hollywood is going to honor us with a second helping with a sequel. After the $100,000 British slasher turned a profit with a 5.2 million box office haul another movie is well on the way and expected to come out around one year after the first installment. Per the writer/director to THR , in the second movie Pooh and his friends will be “leaving the 100 Acre Wood to take their fight to the quiet community of Ashdown!”
A Quiet Place: Day One - March 8, 2024
John Krasinski has successfully created an intriguing and scary world where humanity must stay silent in order to survive the aliens who have inhabited Earth. After A Quiet Place Part II became a theatrical hit, amidst pandemic challenges, another Quiet Place movie is on the way in 2024 . This movie will be a standalone Quiet Place spinoff that is being directed by Pig ’s Michael Sarnoski based on an idea by Krasinski, to what we imagine will dive into the invasion’s origins. The third Quiet Place film from the core franchise is expected to come after this movie as well.
Immaculate - April 25, 2024
Euphoria star Sydney Sweeney is set to lead a horror movie called Immaculate , which will have her once again collaborating with Michael Mohan after starring in his 2021 movie, The Voyeurs. Immaculate will be about a devoutly religious woman fulfilling a new role in an Italian convent when she finds out her home has some “dark and horrifying secrets,” per Deadline .
Untitled Universal Monster Movie - April 19, 2024
Scream has been revitalized in the past few years with the help of filmmakers, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. After making the fifth and sixth Scream installments, they are helming an untitled Universal monster movie starring Scream star Melissa Barrera along with Kathryn Newton, Dan Stevens, Kevin Durand and Angus Cloud. Plot details for the upcoming movie are being kept under the wraps right now, but given the release date we imagine we’ll find out sooner than later.
The Watchers - June 7, 2024
M. Night Shyamalan’s daughter, Ishana Night Shyamalan has her directorial debut lined up with The Watchers . Per The Hollywood Reporter , Dakota Fanning will star as an artist who gets stranded in an “expansive, untouched forest” in western Ireland and unknowingly becomes trapped with three strangers that are being “watched and stalked by mysterious creatures at night.” Ishana wrote the film based on a novel of the same name by A.M. Shine. Plus, her famed father is producing the film and New Line won a bidding war to back the film.
Horrorscope - June 28, 2024
Horror fans can also look forward to Screen Gems’ Horrorscope next summer starring Spider-Man actor Jacob Batalon, Alana Boden, Adain Bradley and Avantika. The movie is about a group of college friends who get their horoscopes read and then begin dying off in ways that are connected to their readings. The movie is based on the 1992 novel by Nicholas Adams and serves as a feature film debut for writer/directors Anna Halberg and Spenser Cohen, per Deadline .
Trap - August 2, 2024
M. Night Shyamalan’s next feature after A Knock at the Cabin awaits with Trap . Per The Sixth Sense filmmaker, the movie is a “psychological thriller set at a concert,” according to Deadline . While other details are thin, the movie will be Shyamalan’s first collaboration with Warner Bros in some time after partnering with Universal on his last five movies.
Speak No Evil - August 9, 2024
One of the most messed up horror movies of 2022 was Danish film Speak No Evil , which debuted at Sundance before landing on Shudder. Now, Hollywood is already remaking the movie about a family’s weekend vacation gone terribly wrong. The upcoming movie will star Mackenzie Davis and James McAvoy and is being helmed by James Watkins.
Alien: Romulus - August 16, 2024
The filmmaker behind the Don’t Breathe movies, Fede Alvarez, is set to put his mark on the Alien franchise next with Alien: Romulus , coming next fall. While we don’t know much about the plot, it’s reportedly a standalone Alien movie that will not be directly connected to the other films. The cast includes Mare of Easttown ’s Cailee Spaeny, Dora and the Lost City of Gold ’s Isabela Merced and Shadow & Bone ’s Archie Renaux.
Beetlejuice 2 - September 6, 2024
Tim Burton’s classic 1988 movie is finally getting a sequel starring Michael Keaton as you guessed it, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! The horror comedy also set to be helmed by Burton will also see the return of Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara as Lydia and Delia Deetz. Plus, Wednesday ’s Jenna Ortega, Justin Theroux, Monica Bellucci and Willem Dafoe have joined the cast of Beetlejuice 2 as well. We can’t wait to spend the next spooky season with this franchise!
Smile 2 - October 18, 2024
Smile told the story of Sosie Bacon’s Dr. Rose Cutter, a therapist working at a psychiatric ward who becomes terrorized by a mysterious entity that takes over human bodies and makes them smirk as they get violent. After Parker Finn’s Smile was a huge success during the 2022 Halloween season, Paramount set an official release date for a sequel for the next spooky season . Details are thin about how the second Smile movie will be approached, including casting, but it’s great to see this original horror concept getting a sequel!
Untitled Jordan Peele Movie - December 25, 2024
Since the release of Get Out , Jordan Peele and the horror genre have become interwoven in really exciting ways. The filmmaker has followed up his Oscar-winning horror film with Us and Nope prior, and he has another movie with Universal dated for Christmas 2024, per Variety , but it doesn’t have a title or synopsis. We imagine it will be another exciting horror flick from the writer/director, but Peele is certainly one for surprises.
M3GAN 2.0 - January 17, 2025
M3GAN plans ahead. Not soon after the box office success of M3GAN in early 2023 , it was announced that a sequel is in the works with the title M3GAN 2.0 and a set theatrical date. The screenwriter of the original, Akela Cooper, will write the script and Allison Williams and M3GAN herself, Violet McGraw, will be back.
The Exorcist: Deceiver - April 18, 2025
The Exorcist franchise was just rebooted by Halloween ’s David Gordon Green to mixed results. The Exorcist: Believer opened to No. 1 at the box office to lower-than-expected numbers and primarily negative reviews from critics . While plans may in fact change following the reaction to Believer , a sequel from Universal called The Exorcist: Deceiver has already been added to the calendar for spring 2025.
Upcoming Horror Movies With No Release Date Set
Below is a list of movies that are expected or have reportedly been filmed, but we have yet to hear word regarding a release date. We’ll update this list as these movies find a place on theatrical and streaming calendars.
- All My Friends Are Dead
- Hell Of A Summer
- House of Spoils
- I Saw The TV Glow
- Never Let Go
- Return to Silent Hill
- Salem’s Lot
- Terrifier 3
- Time Cut
- The Deliverance
- The First Omen
- The Last Train To New York
- The Strangers
- They Listen
- True Haunting
- Your Monster
So many horror movies to be excited for in 2023 and beyond! We’ll let you know about more 2023 movie release schedule and 2024 movies , along with news and updates on these coming titles.
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