Halloween is just around the corner, which means spooky festivities are likely in your near future. Need something to play in the background of your haunted house party? Maybe you’re planning on staying in, and you’re just looking for a good scare while you’re curled up on the couch. Or maybe you need something moody and atmospheric to wind down after a night of dancing in your T-rex costume. Whatever the case, we’ve got you covered with a list of 50 critically acclaimed scary movies and TV shows currently streaming on Netflix. See below for all the selections.
This atmospheric horror film tells the story of a skateboarding vampire and her tentative love affair with a blue-collar boy in a bleak Iranian town.
This follow-up to the 2013 omnibus film features 26 horror segments — one for each letter of the alphabet — helmed by 26 different directors.
Raúl Juliá, Anjelica Huston, and Christopher Lloyd star in this comedy about an unusual family who are reunited with a long-lost uncle, only to discover he might have ulterior motives.
Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series boasts spooky environs, provocative themes, and top-notch acting from Jessica Lange, Dylan McDermott, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Zachary Quinto, and Frances Conroy. Seasons one through four are available to stream.
Writer-director Jennifer Kent’s Golden Tomato Award-winning horror film tells the deeply unnerving story a widow and her six-year-old who are bedeviled by a storybook monster.
This Turkish horror film tells the terrifying tale of a group of cops who stumble into an otherworldly realm.
Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, and Olivia Cooke star in this reimagining of Norman Bates’ teenage years — those carefree days before he took over the family business and had to deal with constant nagging from Mother.
Arguably considered the first true horror film, this silent era classic tells the story of a traveling hypnotist with a murderous secret.
A film archivist discovers that the home he shares with his family was the site of a brutal murder and soon finds himself terrorized by evil visions and a dark presence in this Irish import.
Tim Burton’s first foray into stop-motion animation follows a young groom-to-be named Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp) who unwittingly marries an undead woman (Helena Bonham-Carter) while practicing his wedding vows.
Mark Duplass and director Patrick Brice star in Brice’s psychological thriller about an amateur videographer who agrees to film a man who lives in the woods for a day, only to discover the man may not be all that he seems.
While trying to escape their restrictive lives, two teens in a heavy metal band perform a piece of forbidden music that unlocks the gates of hell.
This psychological thriller revolves around a Vietnam veteran who becomes the victim of a sadistic nurse when he falls under her care after a stroke.
After witnessing what she believes is a murder on an internet video chat site, a young grad student decides to investigate it herself and becomes the next victim.
Edgar Allan Poe’s dark words come to life in this animated anthology including stories such as “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
Aided immensely by Vincent Price’s sinister charisma, The Fly walks a fine line between shlocky fun and unnerving nature parable.
In Robert Rodriguez’ gonzo action thriller/horror hybrid, George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino star as a pair of criminal brothers who flee to Mexico after a bloody bank robbery, only to end up in the clutches of a saloon-full of vampires.
Jack Black stars in this fantasy adventure as author R.L. Stine, whose various Goosebumps creations come to life and terrorize his town. He must team up with his daughter and next door neighbor to stop the madness.
In this thriller from the UK, a young family moves in to a secluded house, disturbing an ancient evil that resides in the woods nearby.
Henry Rollins stars in this horror comedy about a grizzled depressive who literally cannot expire.
Thanks to director Guillermo del Toro’s deft hand, Hellboy transcends the typically derivative nature of the superhero genre with wit, humor, fantastic visuals, and a perfectly cast Ron Perlman.
Clive Barker’s 1987 feature debut is a grisly affair that takes full advantage of his twisted imagination and births a memorable villain.
South Korea’s highest grossing film ever at the time of its release, The Host is director Bong Joon-ho’s breakout film, a sci-fi monster flick that combines scares, laughs, and satire in service of a popcorn flick as entertaining as it is intellectually satisfying.
In this horror comedy from New Zealand, a woman sentenced to home confinement discovers her house is occupied by a malevolent spirit.
Kate Siegel plays a young deaf author living alone who is terrorized by a masked killer (John Gallagher Jr.)… who then turns the tables on her attacker.
A man accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife, an unsettling affair that reopens old wounds and creates new tensions.
In this CW series loosely based on the DC comic, Rose McIver stars as Liv, a zombie who helps police solve murders by eating dead victims’ brains and absorbing their memories.
A mysterious man named Six (Liam Cunningham) arrives in a small Scottish town and promptly ends up in police custody, and before long, mayhem befalls the town.
Scoot McNairy stars in this a low-budget sci-fi thriller about an attempt by the millitary to contain quarantined alien life.
This thriller follows a nurse in a psychiatric hospital who comes under the spell of a braindead patient with psychic powers.
Eva Green and Timothy Dalton lead an ensemble cast in Showtime’s gothic supernatural drama, which draws characters from classic literature like Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and Dracula.
This Certified Fresh Canadian thriller about a radio host dealing with the outbreak of a strange virus transmitted through language.
The only thing more effective than Re-Animator‘s gory scares are its dry, deadpan jokes, which is one of the reasons why this perfect mix of horror and humor is a cult favorite.
As with the first film, Scream 2 is a gleeful takedown of scary movie conventions that takes jabs at terrible horror sequels without falling victim to the same fate.
Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, and John Heard star in this eerily plausible sci-fi adventure about a devastating storm that facilitates a shark attack on Los Angeles.
Up-and-coming director Justin Kurzel made his first big splash with this Certified Fresh drama, based on the true story of an aimless teen who fell in with notorious Australian serial killer John Bunting.
Directed by Jim Mickle, Stake Land is a post-apocalyptic indie horror road movie about vampire hunters that’s brimming with atmosphere.
This sci-fi horror hybrid tells the tale of an ambitious actress who is unwittingly enlisted by a sinister organization for a strange performance.
The demon-hunting Winchester brothers (played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) continue their quest to fight evil wherever they find it in this long-running CW horror show. Seasons one through 10 are available to stream.
This psychological thriller centers on a man who is convinced the world is on the verge of being overtaken by demons and attempts to hide his fear from a friend. Is he going mad, or is it real?
This Norwegian found footage horror comedy follows a group of college students in pursuit of a suspected bear poacher who instead stumble upon an unexpected discovery.
Thoughtful and gory in equal measure, AMC’s wildly popular action drama follows the lives of a handful of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies.
Writer/director Ted Geoghegan makes a strong, stylish feature debut with this horror story about a grieving couple who move to a secluded home after the tragic death of their son; little do they know that their new home has a bloody past.
In this slow-burning gothic chiller, a small-town family with a controlling patriarch will do anything to preserve its most treasured — and perverse — traditions.
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare is a self-conscious meta deconstruction of horror films that also happens to be one of the strongest entries in the Freddy Krueger saga.
This Danish psychological thriller centers on a teenage girl coming of age who discovers she comes from a long line of werewolves.
This horror comedy from Spain is the tale of a desperate criminal gang that runs afoul of a coven of witches.
This horror comedy follows an alcoholic police officer who transforms into something strange whenever he blacks out.
Zombies ravage the Australian Outback in this gory action flick, which pays homage to Mad Max and other Oz-sploitation classics.
Presumably upset at the growing popularity of otters, beavers finally have their day in this horror comedy about three friends vacationing at remote cabin who are menaced by the titular creatures.