Netflix’s horror offerings in 2022 are a mixed bag when assessing the quality of their offers.
Increasing competition from services like Shudder and Netflix Originals is making it increasingly difficult for Netflix to convey a feeling of comprehensiveness and its library is becoming more and more reliant on Netflix Originals on a monthly basis.
It’s not all bad, though, with comedies like The Babysitter and horror films like Creep, Raw, and the Fear Street trilogy all making it into the top tier of modern cinema.
As far as Halloween-themed movies go, don’t hold your breath for The Haunting of Hill House or Midnight Mass. These aren’t actually films, but it would be a travesty to leave them off the list for lack of inclusion.
Here’s The List Of The Best Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now
1. Fear Street Part One: 1994
The first film in Netflix’s Fear Street series is a joy to watch from beginning to end. This R-rated slasher, which takes inspiration from Scream, is set in the fictional town of Shadyville, where residents have a history of going on bloody killing sprees.
There are rumors that a witch’s curse from the 1600s is to blame, and in this 1994-set picture a group of adolescents finds themselves the target of masked assassins as they strive to figure out what’s happening and how to survive it.
The best way to mislead your pals into watching Julia Ducournau’s Raw is to claim it’s a “coming of age movie,” if you’re so inclined.
Justine (Garance Marillier) is the film’s main character and she does come of age during its running length; she parties gets out of her shell and learns about who she truly is as a person on the cusp of maturity.
3. The Conjuring
James Wan’s The Conjuring is the best modern take on the haunted home story. ‘The Conjuring’
Ghost hunter Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, are introduced in the film’s first half as a family haunted by ghosts and demonic forces in their new house.
4. The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House’s visual style makes it a successful adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s famous novel as well as a horror television show. There are no ghosts, ghouls, or anything that go bump in the night in this film.
While the initial film adaptation’s decisions are revisited, the series goes back in order to create a sense of discomfort and contradiction.
5. Vampires vs. The Bronx
In Vampires vs. The Bronx, a simple, brilliant take on an old-school horror genre makes you question why it didn’t happen sooner.
At its core, the story revolves around the discovery that the real estate company buying up local businesses is owned by a group of vampires who have taken over the area.
Creep is Brice’s directorial debut and the follow-up to last year’s The Overnight. It’s a predictable yet delightfully deranged little indie horror picture.
Character studies of two guys, one a novice videographer and the other an unhinged recluse, are the focus of the film, which stars Mark Duplass and is set in the woods of New Hampshire.
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8. The Babysitter
When it comes to a child’s crush on their teenage babysitter, this is an all-too-familiar scenario: In The Babysitter, Netflix’s original film, the babysitter is also a member of a Satanic cult, a twist on the typical babysitter story.
The cult, which has carried its ritual inside Cole’s home, will do everything they can to keep Cole from learning their secrets. A more wacky, gruesome homage to the 1980s campy horror, this isn’t a really “frightening” picture. In the words of Alyse Wax
Hush is a modest, personal picture at heart and one that borrows heavily from Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers and other home invasion thrillers.
Mike Flanagan, whose Oculus is one of the best and most overlooked horror films of the decade, remains a bright voice in horror, but Hush plays things significantly safer than that ambitious haunting mirror story.
10. The Exorcist
The Exorcist is a safe choice, yet there isn’t a film on our list that is more unsettling, more impactful, or just plain scarier than this one.
Even before the possession sequences begin, the picture exudes a palpable sense of unease. An eighth-second flash of the “devil face” throws the viewer off balance and makes them feel as though they can never relax their guard.