The most terrifying horror movies to stream on Netflix this Halloween – The Sun

ON the hunt for some terrifying flicks to watch this Halloween?

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

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1. The Hole In The Ground

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

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 84%

2. Panic Room

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 75%

3.Hush

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 73 %.

4. Scream (2016)

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 62%

5. Gerald's Game

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 91%

6. Cult of Chucky (2017)

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 78%

7. Scream (1996)

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

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 79%

8.IT (2017)

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

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

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 84%

9. Truth or Dare

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

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 22%

10. Mother!

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 69%

11. A Quiet Place

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

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

If they hear you, they hunt you.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 83 %.

12. Annabelle: Creation

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

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 71%

13. V Wars

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 96%

14. Orphan

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

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

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 63 %.

15. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 84%

16. The Purge

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 56%

17. The Invitation

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 88%

18. Beetlejuice

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

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

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 82%

19. The Haunting of Hill House

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 91%

20. Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo is haunted by two ghouls who resemble humans.

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 65%

21. The Ring (2002)

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

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 48%

22. The Evil Dead (1981)

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

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 84%

23. Get Out (2017)

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

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

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

24. Final Destination (2000)

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 68%

25. The VVitch (2015)

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

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

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

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26. Hereditary

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 67%

27. Cloverfield

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 68%

28. Fractured

This 2019 film sees Sam Worthington play Ray, whose wife and injured daughter disappear from an emergency room.

Ray becomes convinced the hospital is hiding something and takes it upon himself to find out what is going on.

It quickly becomes apparent that all is not as it seems with Ray, and with lots of twists and turns, it keeps viewers guessing what the truth really is right up until the end.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 49%

29. Candyman

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

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 62%

30. Cam

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 53%

31. Apostle

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 80%

32. The Babysitter

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

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 72%

33. Bram Stoker's Dracula

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 71%

34. A Nightmare on Elm Street

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 17%

35. The Ravenous

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 78%

36. Ratched

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 59%

37. 1922

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 91%

38. Wounds

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 50%

39. Eerie

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

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

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

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

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

40. Veronica

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

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 90%

41. The Haunting of Bly Manor

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

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

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 87%

42. The Conjuring 

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 86%

43. American Horror Story: Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 76%

44. Misery

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

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 90%

45. Insidious

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

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

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

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

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 66%

 

46. Cargo

Martin Freeman plays a man in Australia who has recently lost his wife to infection, while also dealing with the fact he has 48 hours before he becomes a member of the walking dead.

He needs to find a safe haven for his baby daughter before he becomes a rabid corpse and faces a number of terrifying zombies and desperate individuals along the way.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 65%

 

47. The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch star in this 2016 horror about a coroner and his son who live in a small town.

One night, they receive the body of a dead woman who looks pristine from the outside but is all messed up on the inside with her organs covered in cuts, scars and burns.

As they try to figure out what happened, the experience a supernatural phenomena which will leave viewers chilled to their bones.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 70%

 

48. Creep

This 2014 film stars Marc Duplass as Josef, a man with terminal cancer who wants to film a video diary for his son.

He recruits a videographer called Brice to film him at a remote cabin, where it turns out Brice is actually a sadistic killer who likes to toy with his victims before he murders them.

Filmed on a hand cam, Creep is claustrophobic and terrifying.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 65%

 

49. The Crow

The Crow straddles a number of genre, touching on horror, superhero and drama.

The film sees Brandon Lee play a rock musician return from the dead in search of vengeance.

While the film itself is dark and gripping, the fact that Brandon sadly died while filming a scene just eight days before wrapping adds an even further dimension to proceedings.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 90%

 

50. The Girl with all the Gifts

This zombie film has a strong cast featuring Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine.

It tracks the breakdown of society after most of humanity is wiped out by a fungal infection.

Humanity's only hope is a small group of hybrid second-generation children who crave living flesh, but retain the ability to think and learn.

Complex and scary, it is definitely worth a watch, even if it's through your fingers at times.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 67%

 

51. Don't Listen

Daniel (Rodolfo Sancho) and Sara (Belén Fabra) make a living flipping houses, but the new house they've just moved in to with their nine-year-old son, Eric, is called "the house of the voices" by the neighbours.

Eric is the first one to notice the odd noises behind each door and then voices start to taunt them through the radio and walkie talkies.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 75%

52. His House

An unmissable thriller stars some of the most talented actors in Britain today, including Matt Smith, Sope Dirisu and Wunmi Mosaku.

The former Doctor Who plays the burnt out case worker of South Sudanese refugees Bol (Dirisu) and Rial (Mosaku) as they try to make a new start in England.

As they try to get their British citizenship they can't not ignore the growing horrors that happens to each of them in their new home, including seeing their dead child haunt them in a twisted ghost form.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 100%

 

53. Vampires vs The Bronx

Directed by Oz Rodriguez, this horror comedy follows a group of teenage friends from the Bronx who are fighting to save their neighbourhood from gentrification…and vampires.

One review of the film says: "In the sharp, socially conscious battle of Vampires vs. the Bronx, comedy and horror blend brilliantly – and the audience is the winner."

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 89%

54. Cadaver

This movie is Creepy – with a capital C.

A married couple and their child are invited to a weird dinner party by a smarmy right guy who in the starving aftermath of a nuclear disaster, promises everyone a free meal and entertainment via interactive dinner theatre.

But things really start to get freaky when guests start to disappear from the luxury hotel.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 43%

55. The Binding

Europe is really coming through with the goods this year in terms of horror content.

The Binding comes out of Italy and tells the story of a woman who is visiting her fiancé's mother in southern Italy, but ends up fighting the mysterious and malevolent curse intent on claiming her daughter.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: N/A

 

56. Spree

Stranger Things' Joe Keery is unrecognisable as the social media fame hungry serial killer in Spree.

Keery plays Kurt Kunkle a social media obsessed ride share driver who kills his passengers with poisoned water.

Kunkle will stop at nothing to go viral in this fictional film – which is no out of the realm of possibility.

His shot at fame is cruelly stolen from him, relegating Kunkle to a forgotten corner of the internet.

Do not be surprised if Keery picks up a swag of awards for his performance in Spree.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 65%

 

57. #Alive

South Korean film really shone bright in 2020, starting off with Parasite cleaning up at the Oscars.

But South Koreans really know how to pull off a zombie drama too – see Kingdom – and #Alive follows video game live streamer's fight to stay alive in his Seoul apartment during a zombie apocalypse. 

Described as "genuinely upsetting" and at times "funny", #Alive was the fourth most watched foreign film on US Netflix in 2020.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 88%

 

58. Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight

Things were always going to go awry for a group technology-dependent teenagers who are forced to go offline when camping in the Polish woods.

The 2020 film sees the adolescents face a deadly danger lurking in the woods.

While trying to get over their addiction to technology, a supernatural force wants to keep them offline for good.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 67%

 

59. Horror Story

The name might be a little bit on the nose, but this Indian film is definitely terrifying.

On a dare, and against their better judgement decide to spend a night in an abandoned hotel which has a reputation for being haunted.

Their worst fears come true when they realise they are not alone and their worst fears come true.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: N/A

 

60. 47 Metres Down: Uncaged

There is definitely a niche of horror films dedicated to scary sharks and while, 47 Metres Down: Uncaged in no Jaws, it definitely is a terrifying film.Four teenage divers stumble upon the sunken ruins of a Mayan city which turns out to be a hunting ground for deadly great white sharks with heightened senses.As their air supply diminishes they have to make their way through an underwater maze of claustrophobic caves and creepy tunnels to ensure their survival.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 68%

61. The Unsettling

This horror series originally premiered on YouTube and follows the unsettling goings on at a foster home.

Becca, played by Holly Taylor, isn't exactly given the warmest of welcomes when she moves to the isolated venue.

Discovering a brave streak, she takes it upon herself to discover just what is causing the strange vibes.

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62. Shutter Island

An eerie psychological thriller from 2010 with a huge slice of Leo Di Caprio – what could be better?

The Titanic star playas the protagonist in this chilling flick as he investigates a psychiatric facility out in the sticks after a patient goes missing.

Referencing a Foucault-esq concept of Madness, is it in fact Leonardo's character who is mentally disturbed in this Martin Scorsese movie?

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 72%

63. No Escape Room

Available on Netflix from February 18, sees a family-bonding escape room session go very wrong.

Stars Jeni Ross, Mark Ghanimé and Hamza Haq play the family who quickly discover the mysteries contained within the four walls may well include a terrifying spirit.

The spook appears to be playing havoc with the escape room in an attempt to jeopardise their safety.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: N/A

64. The Conjuring

This 2013 supernatural horror is the inaugural movie in The Conjuring franchise.

Directed by James Wan, the plot sees the Perron family move into an old Rhode Island farmhouse.

Paranormal activity occurs through the first few nights before the family discover their dog Sadie – who refused to enter the property – is dead.

They contact demonologists – but can they put a stop to their struggles?

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 83%

65. Before I Wake

It's the first Netflix horror released by Mike Flanagan – who has become somewhat iconic thanks to The Haunting of Hill House.

It's better than it's reputation may have you believe, and is certain to have you scared if you've got a fear of nightmares.

The story follows an eight-year-old boy called Cody, played by Jacob Tremblay, whose fear of going to sleep and dreaming is more than just child's play.

When he's adopted by Mark and Jessie, they are startled to find their dead biological son in their living room, brought to life by Cody's dreams.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 66%

66. The Blair Witch Project

Proof that the sometimes the oldie but goldie horrors are best.

A cult classic, 1999 film The Blair Witch project has become the model for how to do DIY horror and is still terrifying over two decades on from its release.

Directed by Cuban director Eduardo Sánchez, it tells the story of three students transversing through the Maryland backwoods.

While attempting to solve the Blair Witch mystery, they lose their map and things take a blood-chilling turn…

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 86%

67. Girl On The Third Floor

If you're a fan of a haunted house, this Travis Stevens directed horror film is for you.

Released in 2019, this grisly film sees wrestler C.M Punk portray a soon-to-be dad renovating one creepy looking house that is full of, well, bad things.

While it'll also have you laughing, you'll need a pillow to hide behind as the brutal film sees the house fighting back against the family, physically and mentally.

If black goop pouring out of pipes and human organs in the walls isn't enough to creep you out – a demonic, faceless woman will do the trick.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 84%

68. The Blackcoats Daughter

Emma Roberts fans – look no further for your new favourite horror.

Directed by horror actor Anthony Perkins, who played Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, directs this creepy film about a boarding school.

In the dead of winter, Emma's character takes a mysterious journey to the isolated school where she meets two students stranded there on their holidays.

An unseen evil force causes a series of twists and turns in the murderous storyline, packed with guts and gore.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 73%

69. Creep 2

If the original Creep wasn't enough to scare you senseless, there's already a second instalment.

Creep 2 is packed with everything that made the original so great – laughs, awkwardness and terror – in double doses.

It follows video artist Sarah as she unknowingly meets with a serial killer in a cabin.

Filmed on a hand cam like its predecessor, Creep 2 is similarly claustrophobic and terrifying.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 100%

70. The Conjuring 2

Why not plump for a back-to-back Conjuring fear fest?

The second instalment, released three years later in 2016, sees the action move to Enfield in London.

The paranormal investigators are called in to help a single mum of four who is adamant an evil spirit has invaded her home.

As the horrifying action ramps up, the woman's youngest daughter starts to show signs of demonic possession.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 81%

71. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark follows a group of teens who discover a notebook full of terrifying stories in their local town’s ‘haunted house’.

Written by a woman who once lived there, and supposedly died in the house, the tale takes some scary twists as they begin to come to life.

72. The Nun

This 2018 movie is a spin-off of The Conjuring 2, focusing on the nun possessed by a demon called Valak.

Based in 1952 Romania, the story follows a Roman Catholic priest and a novitiate nun who are sent by the Vatican to investigate the sudden apparent suicide of one of the nuns who were there.

Soon they find themselves in over their head as an unholy secret is uncovered, with a demonic presence threatening their lives.

73. Haunted

If you’re into something more realistic, then Haunted might be the thing for you.

The anthology series tracks paranormal activity and experiences episode by episode, with people coming forward with unexplained goings on and horror stories that will keep you up at night.

74. The Visit

Written by M Night Shyamalan, The Visit follows two young children who are sent to spend the weekend with their estranged grandparents.

While initially getting along well with their doddering relatives, who they’ve never met before now, the brother and sister begin to worry when their grandma and pops start acting stranger and stranger.

Eventually it ends up turning more sinister than either of them imagined.

75. Jaws

An absolute classic in the horror/thriller genre, Jaws follows a man-eating great white shark who attacks beachgoers at a summer resort town.

Police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but he is overruled by mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) who fears the loss of tourist revenue could cripple the town.

Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, leading the trio to a battle of man vs. nature.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 90%

76. Army of the Dead

This zombie heist film by Zack Snyder stars Dave Bautista, Omari Hardwick and Ella Purnell.

It is set in Las Vegas after a zombie outbreak and follows a group of mercenaries who have been tasked with carrying out the greatest heist ever – within the quarantine zone.

As you might expect, things don't go according to plan, but it makes for a fun watch with plenty of action to keep you entertained.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 75%

77. The Platform

This Spanish science-fiction horror is set in a large, tower-style "Vertical Self-Management Center".

Residents are switched every 30 days between its many floors, with food being dispensed on a platform at the top.

Such a system leads to conflict, as the residents on the top floor get to eat as much as they can, before each subsequent floor gets the ever decreasing leftovers from the floor above.Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 72%

78. Zombieland

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This post-apocalyptic zombie film stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin.

It follows a geeky college kid who is making his way through the zombie apocalypse before meeting three strangers who then all join forces in a bid to find a zombie-free sanctuary.

With plenty of laughs and action, the film spawned a sequel, 2019's Zombieland: Double Tap.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 86%

79. Under the Shadow

This psychological horror film follows a  mother and daughter who are haunted by a mysterious evil in 1980s Tehran, during the War of the Cities.

After Shideh's building is hit by a missile, a superstitious neighbour suggests that the missile was cursed and might be carrying malevolent Middle-Eastern spirits.

The mother must confront the spirits to save herself and her daughter.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 73%

80: The Babysitter: Killer Queen

This black comedy-horror is a sequel to the 2017 film The Babysitter.

It continues the story of Cole Johnson, who must again fight to ensure his survival over one night, as he is hunted by demonic enemies, some old, some new.

The cast includes Bella Thorne, Judah Lewis and Emily Alyn Lind.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 61%

81. Black Summer


Season two of this completely terrifying zombie apocalypse horror has just dropped and is already leaving viewers afraid.

Black Summer follows a group of strangers who come together in freezing condition to try and survive a zombie apocalypse.

Lead character Rose (Jamie King) sets out to find her daughter in the early days after the apocalypse.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 89%

82. Z Nation

From the same production company that brought us Black Summer comes Z Nation, a very gritty take on the zombie genre.

In this series a ragtag team attempt to transport the only known survivor of a zombie virus across post-apocalyptic America to a lab waiting for his blood.

But in true horror fashion, they don't know their last hope for a vaccine is hiding a dark secret which threatens all of them.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 68%

83. Fear Street Trilogy

In 1994, a group of teenagers discover the terrifying events that have haunted their town for generations may all be connected – and they may be the next targets.

Based on R.L. Stine’s best-selling horror series, Fear Street follows Shadyside’s sinister history through a nightmare 300 years in the making.

The story takes place over three parts – Fear Street Part 1: 1994, Fear Street Part 2: 1978 and Fear Street Part 3: 1666 – and is released on three different dates.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 92%

84. Detention

Detention is never fun for anyone and becomes especially creepy when you're doing it a school in the middle of nowhere.

That's what happens to high school student, Fang Ray Shin in the 1960s during Taiwan's White Terror martial law period.

She falls in love with the teacher who organises their clandestine study group for banned groups, but then betrayal and an encounter of the paranormal kind upend her life.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: N/A

85. Ares

Trying to get with the in crowd has never been so dangerous – or creepy.

A student in Amsterdam is keen to join a secret society that has been around since the Dutch Golden Age. True power comes at a high price for those wanting to join the city's elite who realise too late they've entered a demonic place steeped in secrets from The Netherlands' past.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: N/A

86. Sinister

Ethan Hawke stars in this 2012 film as true-crime writer Ellison Oswald, who is in a bit of a slump.

Desperate for a hit after failing to have a bestseller for nearly 10 years, he discovers the existence of a snuff film showing the deaths of a family, and vows to solve the mystery.

This sees him move his family into the house but he soon learns that living in the property could be fatal.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 61%

87. The Woman in Black

Daniel Radcliffe plays recently widowed lawyer Arthur Kipps in this 2012 film.

Arthur is sent to a remote village to put a deceased eccentric's affairs in order.

However, it soon becomes clear the villagers are hiding a terrible secret, his late client's house is haunted by the spirit of a woman who is trying to find someone and something she lost.

No one, not even children, are safe from her wrath.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 54%

88. Ma

Octavia Spencer plays a middle-aged woman who befriends some teenagers and decides to let them party in her basement.

She does, however, have some rules: One of the kids has to stay sober, don't curse, and never go upstairs. She also insists they call her Ma, but her behaviour soon becomes obsessive and the teens quickly realise they are in the worst place on Earth.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 64%

89. Boogeyman

A young boy named Tim witnesses his father being dragged away by the titular Boogeyman.

Despite his mother trying to reassure him that he's not real, Tim is never the same again.

While he somehow manages to create a normal life for himself when he is older, he is forced to return home and confront his childhood trauma after the death of his mother.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: N/A

90. The Cabin in the Woods

Chris Hemsworth stars in this 2011 movie as one of five friends who head to a remote cabin for a holiday.

In classic horror style, the quintet are picked off one by one by zombies but there are other factors are at play.

Two scientists are manipulating the goings-on, but there's even more to it than that, which explains the high body count by the end.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 74%

91. Squid Game

A mysterious invitation to join a mysterious and deadly survival game is sent to people at risk who are in dire need of money.

456 participants from all walks of life are locked into a secret location where they play games in order to win 45.6 billion won (£28 million).

Every game is a Korean traditional children's game such as Red Light, Green Light, but the consequence of losing is death.

Who will be the winner, and what is the purpose behind this game?

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 85%

92. Halloween

This classic 1978 horror tells the story of Michael Myers, who killed his 17-year-old sister Judith when he was six in 1963.

The mentally ill killer was locked away for 15 years, but on route to a court date on October 30 1978, he manages to escape and steal a car.

Myers travels back to his quiet hometown in Illinois, looking for his next victims before setting his sights on High School student Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 89%

93. Halloween 2

After the success of Halloween, a sequel slasher film was released in 1981 with Jamie Lee Curtis returning to her role as the traumatised Laurie Strode.

The action picks up immediately after the plot of the first film, with Michael Myers following Laurie to the hospital, while his psychiatrist Dr. Loomis continues his pursuit of him.

Myers is intent on reaching his female target, and it doesn't matter how many staff members he has to stab and cut his way through to get to her.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 63%

94. Dawn of the Dead

This 2004 zombie film follows a wife who witnesses her husband being attacked by a zombiefied neighbour.

To her further horror, she realises her whole neighbourhood is infected, and seeks help from a local policeman.

The pair and a small group of uninfected locals head to their nearest shopping mall to seek shelter and protection from the undead hordes.

Classic zombie film stuff.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 77%

95. The Ritual

The Ritual was released in 2017 and follows four college friends who reunite after the tragic death of one of the pals.

They decide to through the Scandinavian wilderness, but a wrong turn leads them to a mysterious forest of Norse legend.

The forest is home to an ancient evil, which decides to stalk them as they desperately try to make it back out alive.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 60%

 

 

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