5 Best Horror Series and Movies on Netflix Right Now

5 Best Horror Series and Movies on Netflix Right Now

Do terrifying dingy dungeons, creaky manors, home-invaded houses, and deeply dark woods intrigue you? Then your search has led you to the perfect place: Best Horror Series and Movies on Netflix! Not only does the streaming service have a strong rotating library of scary movies, they sit along their horror original efforts, like The Haunting of Hill House and Hereditary.

But let’s be honest, horror fans: A lot of the genre we love is garbage. Yet we patiently weed through the trash to find the hidden gems.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best horror series and movies on Netflix, something that will provide you with modern horror cuts adapted from classic selections to get your fright fix.

1. The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

IMDb rating: 8.6

Director: Mike Flanagan

Runtime: 10 episodes

The Haunting of Hill House, an original horror series from Netflix
The Haunting of Hill House

Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House is considered one of the most important texts in the horror literature canon. It’s only fitting then that it’s Hill House that Netflix turned to when the time came to make its first big original horror series. And the fact that they turned to Hush and Gerald’s Game filmmaker Mike Flanagan to make it happen seems apt. Although, Flanagan’s version is quite different from the novel. This series is a modern story that follows the Crain family as they try to recover from the trauma they sustained as kids living in the terrifying Hill House. Of course, Hill House is still out there just dying to call them all back home. 

Bouncing between two time periods with carefully edited and clever transitions, the show serves us a bone-chilling horror, which terrorises, all the while tugging at our heart strings. Led by a spectacular ensemble, it veers between emotional revelation and moments of horror that give you full-body chills. Besides, the most moving and honest portrayal of mortality and grief. Like the best ghost stories, The Haunting of Hill House doesn’t just try to startle you with jump scares and violent imagery. It wants to take up residence in your mind.

Watch it here.

2. Marianne (2019)

IMDb rating: 7.5

Director: Marianne Elliott

Runtime: 8 episodes

French Netflix series, Marianne
Marianne

Let’s be real. The Haunting of Hill House might have told gripping stories about a dysfunctional family. But you watched it to scare the pants off your butt. The show’s mood always flowed with an undercurrent of dread, and the French Netflix series Marianne does the same, but more so. It follows famous horror novelist Emma who based her stories on a satanic evil named Marrianne who plagued her childhood dreams. When Marianne starts appearing to her again, Emma is lured back to her hometown only to realize that the characters she’s written come to life in the real world. Consequently, the lines between reality and fiction start to blur in dreadful ways. 

The show also portrays Emma’s relationships with her friends, who all get tormented by their pasts. It uses a lot of familiar tricks from the paranormal horror playbook. But most importantly, it is viscerally terrifying and unsettling as heck. This series will leave you looking at the shadows in the corners at night, making sure your feet are completely tucked under the covers and most likely sleepless. Moreover, Marianne is at the very top of the horror genre. It is intergalactic cool.

Watch it here.

3. The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)

IMDb rating: 7.4

Director: Mike Flanagan

Runtime: 9 episodes

The Haunting of Bly Manor, the sister series of Netflix's Hill House
The Haunting of Bly Manor

The Haunting of Bly Manor is somewhat of a philosophical sister story to The Haunting of the Hill House, being more of an emotional affair, serving as a comment on the human condition and the tragedy of it. The series, an adaptation of Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw, is sure to leave the viewer more sad than scared, unlike its predecessor. Comparing both does a disservice to those. The story revolves around a young American woman with an enigmatic past who is hired as an au pair for two young children at the titular Bly Manor. Arriving at the estate, she begins to see apparitions that proceed to haunt the premises. 

The real haunting plays out on the faces of the actors, many of them familiar from Hill House, but now entirely new. Victoria Pedretti, playing the protagonist, steals every frame she is in. Moreover, there is something inherently melancholic in her face and at many points, she listens wordlessly to the stories of others, but their emotions play out in her eyes. The supporting cast who play the gardener, the housekeeper, the cook and the two children, carry the show as much as she does. The hero of the show, however, is the theme. While Hill House showed that it is we who haunt us, Bly Manor believes our lovers and loved ones do so. So watch this one, if you will, for its human beings rather than its ghosts, and you might find plenty worth remembering.

Watch it here.

4. Doctor Sleep (2019)

IMDb rating: 7.3

Director: Mike Flanagan

Runtime: 2h 32m

Doctor Sleep, the next chapter in The Shining story
Doctor Sleep

It takes a bold filmmaker to make a sequel to one of the most beloved films of all time. Based on the Stephen King sequel novel of the same name, Doctor Sleep, directed by Mike Flanagan, rather successfully paid tribute to The Shining while creating a terrifying vision all its own. This film is less about the horror like its predecessor, and more about the story of those with the shining within them. It was somehow able to connect King’s story of a haunted house with Kubrick’s story of a broken man. Ewan McGregor stars as the traumatized, grown-up version of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 classic’s young Danny Torrance. He gets involved in a violent struggle with a psychic vampire played by Rebecca Ferguson.

Flanagan’s characters are fleshy and fragile and although many things will differ from the book, leave those expectations at the door. Moreover, he has done really well to honor the original imagery and soundscape. The recreation of sequences from The Shining were stunning to say the least. Furthermore, the explorations of alcoholism, post traumatic stress disorder, and evil steam sucking killers somehow rounds off into being one of the most gripping, edge of your seat, jaw dropping horror films ever made.

Watch it here.

5. Hereditary (2018)

IMDb rating: 7.3

Director: Ari Aster

Runtime: 2h 7m

Hereditary, a psychological horror drama film
Hereditary

Some of the best horror stories are about trauma and the scars it leaves behind emotionally, physically, and metaphysically. Hereditary is one such movie featuring a dysfunctional family. It is horrifying for what it is and doesn’t add cheap gimmicks or jump scares to add to that. Moreover, it is rather a slow and crawling  build up to what viewers come to learn is the inevitable fate of the Graham family. Hereditary is a film about how a person’s sins are transmitted, like a disease, onto their children. Much like The Haunting of Hill House, it focuses on the ghosts created by grief. The horror surrounds the family and lingers, driving them all mad in their own ways.

Besides, the film coats the themes in effectively chilling cinematography and sublime performances. The thing about Hereditary is that . It isn’t a watered down crowd-pleaser. In fact, it’s an aggressively strange experience that wants to be the best version of itself for the few who will appreciate it.

Watch it here.

If one measly movie isn’t enough to get your adrenaline pumping, try watching one of these. Moreover, for true horror fans, nothing quite delivers a thrill like shutting off all the lights, sitting on your couch, and bingeing an entire night’s worth of a horror series. Nevertheless, the movies on our list don’t do any less to serve a bone-chilling watch.

Let us know in the comments which of these horror series or movies made you wish your night was shorter!

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Shivam Kumar

    Awesome recommendations

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  2. sancheeta

    Amazing selection of movies. Will surely put them in my watchlist.

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  3. Shivansh Sinha

    Allow me to borrow from this article and say, ‘This list is intergalactic cool!!’. Not only does the author dissect the lure and themes of each recommendation, she does so with a slash (sorry, bad pun, I’ll se myself out).

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