With The Walking Dead‘s season winding down, now is a great time to start queueing up the best zombie movies on Netflix. But if zombies aren’t a requirement for your fright night viewing, your options expand even further: There are plenty of good scary movies on Netflix.
Here are the 10 scariest movies currently available on Netflix streaming.
You’re Next — You’re Next is honestly one of the best indie horror flicks of this decade, and it’s one of the most underseen and underappreciated, as well. It’s a simple premise: A family gets together for an anniversary dinner, someone from outside the house begins an assault (with a bow and arrow), and all hell breaks loose, with one family member getting picked off after another. But there’s more to it than that, obviously. It’s devious, and because the family is a bunch rich, waspy folks, they have no idea how to cope with the onslaught (which makes for some delightful social commentary). It’s a brutal, but satisfying film and easily one of the most terrifying films on Netflix.
The House of the Devil — Actor/writer/director Ti West’s film stands prominently among the scariest on Netflix. He’s one of the stars in You’re Next, an actor, director and writer in this film, and the director of Innkeepers below (he and Netflix must be very close). House of the Devil is interesting because it’s not an homage or a spoof of ’80s horror films. It’s as though it is an ’80s horror film, only it was made in 2009. What’s remarkable about The House of the Devil, however, is that this throwback gimmick never feels like a gimmick at all. There are no nods or winks toward ’80s conventions; it’s very matter of fact, and never distracting. It’s just an outstanding wet-your-pants scary movie that feels like it was released 30 years too late.
Let the Right One In — This is the 2008 original (not the 2010 remake, Let Me In, which was also quite good), and it’s more creepy than scary. It’s also unusual in that it’s also something of a love story about a young girl vampire who ends up befriending a 12-year-old boy and protecting him from bullies. It’s much better than the description would have you believe. It’s eerie, and quiet, and lovely, and at times, quietly disturbing. But it’s so very good, and so very rich; it’s the kind of movie that will linger and stick with your for days.
Pontypool — This Bruce McDonald pseudo-zombie film is about a virus that infects a small town in Ontario. The insane, infected denizens of that town surround a radio station and lay siege to it. Inside, a beleaguered DJ and his producer assistant must deal with the stress of the invading zombie pack. It’s an intelligent, metaphor-rich horror flick, as the best zombie films are, but it’s also a compelling, clever, and wonderfully gory B-movie.
The Host — The Host is what you get when you cross an old-fashioned B-level monster movie, an eco-political farce, and a poignant road-trip flick. It is awesome. Bong Joon-ho does for Godzilla and Alien what Scream did for Freddy and Jason and what 28 Days Later… and Shaun of the Dead did for zombies. The Host also combines slapstick with political undertones and merges comedy and horror with a plot that accomplishes what few horror movies even attempt anymore: moving you to something awfully damn close to tears. It does all that, and it still manages to be a badass creature feature.