35 Scary movies to watch on Netflix tonight

35 Scary movies to watch on Netflix tonight

by Amanda Palumbo
Stripes Europe

I lived half my childhood in the big city and half in the sticks. When we moved to “the sticks” (rural Oklahoma) there really wasn’t anywhere to go trick-or-treating. So my parents made the best of it by grabbing bags of popcorn and candy and watching a scary (but not too scary) movie. It’s honestly one of my favorite memories and a tradition I carry on to this day.  

Below is just a small number of the vast horror movie and series catalog on Netflix right now, depending on what country you’re in or what country your VPN says you’re in. Keep in mind the Netflix gods giveth and the Netflix gods taketh away, so before you come for me with your digital pitchforks and torches, these are subject to change. 

Just a warning: A lot of these movies and series contain A LOT of adult content. Viewer discretion advised. 

“American Horror Story”(//)
This series explores humankind's unsettling capacity for evil, this darkly twisted drama plays upon the power of supernatural fears and everyday horrors.

“American Psycho” (//)
With chiseled good looks that belie his insanity, a businessman takes pathological pride in yuppie pursuits and indulges in sudden homicidal urges.

“Annabelle” (/)
When a husband finds the perfect gift for his wife -- a beautiful and rare doll -- the joy the creepy object brings to her is short-lived.

“Annabelle: Creation” (/)
Years after their daughter's death, a dollmaker and his wife open their home to several orphans, who soon begin to fear one of his eerie creations.

“The Blair Witch Project” ()
After finding footage of his long-missing sister, James Donahue heads into the woods to find her, accompanied by friends and a documentary filmmaker.

“Candyman” ()
Grad student Helen Lyle unintentionally summons the Candyman, a hook-handed creature made flesh by other people's belief in him.

“Candyman 2” ()
Supernatural serial slayer Candyman returns to stalk the descendants of the family who, a century ago, caused his horrific death and unholy afterlife.

“The Conjuring” (/)
Based on true events, this spine-chiller tells the story of a New England family who begins having encounters with spirits in their farmhouse. 

"Dark" (////)
Seasons one and two focus on a missing child that sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers as they unearth a mind-bending mystery that spans three generations. Note: The series is in German but dubbed in the language of your choosing.

“Final Destination 5” (/)
Death sets out to claim the lives of shaken co-workers who cheated him when they heeded a colleague's premonition about an unstable suspension bridge.

“Friday the 13th” (2009) (/)
A group of teenage camp counselors raises the ire of Jason Voorhees, a masked, homicidal maniac, in this remake of the classic slasher flick.

“The Haunting” ()
A psychology professor invites three insomniacs to take part in a sleep disorder study at an eerie, isolated mansion -- which appears to be haunted.

“Haunting of Hill House” (////)
This series fleshes between past and present, focusing on a fractured family confronting haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.

“Hostel” (/)
Three unwary students travel to Slovakia looking for a hostel said to be brimming with wanton women, only to become objects of unimaginable torture.

“In The Tall Grass” (////)
After hearing a boy's cry for help, a pregnant woman and her brother wade into a vast field of grass, only to discover there may be no way out.

“Insidious” ()
Hoping to leave their haunted house behind, a suburban family moves to a new place, only to learn the home wasn't haunted... but their eldest son is.

“Insidious Chapter 2” (/)
While the Lambert family struggles to overcome their son's recent battle with evil spirits, father Josh must confront his own horrifying childhood.

“Insidious Chapter 3” ()
When psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to help a teen contact her deceased mother, she unwittingly unleashes a demon that torments the girl.

“It” (2017) (/)
As kids vanish throughout town, a group of outcasts must face their biggest fears as well as a murderous, terrifying and seemingly invincible clown.

“Jeepers Creepers 2”()
An ancient creature known as the Creeper terrorizes a group of varsity basketball players, cheerleaders and coaches stranded on a remote highway.

“Jeepers Creepers 3” (//)
While an overmatched sheriff's task force pursues the Creeper, the mother of one of his victims has a vision of what must be done to stop the terror.

“Marianne” (////)
Lured back to her hometown, a famous horror writer discovers that the evil spirit who plagues her dreams is now wreaking havoc in the real world. Note: The series is in French but dubbed in the language of your choosing.

“Nightmare on Elm Street I/II/III” ()
Years after being burned alive by angry parents, child killer Freddy Krueger returns to haunt the dreams and waking hours of small-town teens. The complete trilogy is available. 

“Psycho” (////)
When a larcenous real estate clerk goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel.

“The Purge” ()
In a crime-ridden future when overtaxed cops let murder and other crimes rule the streets one night a year, someone's knocking at James Sandin's door.

“The Purge: Anarchy” ()
In this dark sequel, ordinary citizens do their best to survive during an annual 12-hour amnesty when any criminal act can be committed.

“The Purge: Election Year” ()
When a presidential candidate lobbies to end a custom allowing one brutal night of violence a year, she becomes a target and must fight for her life.

“Saw VI” ()
Agent Strahm is long gone, and Detective Hoffman is now the heir to Jigsaw's terrifying legacy. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Erickson is hot on his trail.

“Saw: The Final Chapter” ()
Insane cruelty is the calling card of the Jigsaw killer, whose twisted spirit and terrifying human traps are recalled in flashbacks.

“Scream I” (/)
Horror maven Wes Craven turns the genre on its head with this tale of a murderer who terrorizes a hapless high schooler by offing everyone she knows.

“Scream 2” (/)
Gale has written a best-seller which has been turned into a film. As the movie premiere looms closer, the mysterious deaths begin again.

“Scream 3” (/)
This installment of the tongue-in-cheek horror trilogy finds Sidney Prescott once again battling a crazed killer -- this time, on a movie set.


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