The Best Scary Movies Streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and More

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Everyone loves a good scare, but nothing’s quite as terrifying as slogging through the glut of so-so horror movies online in search of something truly bone-chilling.

Fortunately, there are some wonderfully horrific gems in the mix. These scary movies now streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are sure to jump-scare out of your horror slump.

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in The House


Streaming Services: Netflix
Year: 2016
Cast: Paula Prentiss, Ruth Wilson, Lucy Boynton
Rating: 68% (Metacritic)

In this film, the horror does not come from the suspense of the unknown, or from waiting to find out the next big twist. It comes from knowing exactly what will happen next and watching with mounting dread as it comes closer to appearing on your screen.

From the first lines, the film establishes itself as a visual novel about borrowed time. As that time ticks down, it becomes harder and harder to look away.

Watch it on Netflix here.

 

The Taking of Deborah Logan


Streaming Services: Amazon Prime
Year: 2014
Cast: Jill Larson, Anne Ramsey
Rating: 89% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Jill Larson stars in this gruesome tale of demons, dementia, and the curses that follow us to the grave. It’s a thoroughly modern addition to the sub-genre of demonic possession, which proves that the concept is far from being exhausted.

It’s also a must-watch for horror fans who prefer suspense over gore, and it’s a master of the classic jump scare.

Find it on Amazon Prime here.

 

It Comes at Night


Streaming Services: Netflix
Year: 2018
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Edgerton, Riley Keough
Rating: 87% (Rotten Tomatoes)

In the wake of a mysterious apocalypse, this minimalist film explores the horror of the unknown and the destructive potential that lurks inside all of us. This film reminds us that while the monsters outside claw at our doors, it is easy to overlook the danger closer to our hearts….

This bleak portrait of human nature could not be more timely.

Find it on Netflix here.

 

The Blair Witch Project


Streaming Services: Hulu
Year: 1999
Cast: Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams
Rating: 86% (Rotten Tomatoes)

It’s a classic for a reason. This predecessor to all future shaky-camera, found-footage, documentary-style horror is uniquely haunting and obscurely creepy, and it shakes you to the core—without ever showing you the face of the beast that stalks Burkittsville, Maryland.

Besides, these are campers in the woods which is among the perfect place to get murdered in a movie.

Watch it on Hulu here.

 

Hereditary


Streaming Services: Amazon Prime
Year: 2018
Cast: Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Molly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Ann Dowd
Rating: 89% (Rotten Tomatoes), 87% (Metacritic)

This is an intimate portrait of a family bound by grief, obligation, and the curses they cannot outrun.

Few horror films live up to their reputation more than this one. It completely unsettles you, long after you have turned off the TV. Every scene serves to remind you that your home is not the safe place you have curated it to be; it is the place where secrets fester.

Find it on Amazon Prime here.

 

Malevolent


Streaming Services: Netflix
Year: 2018
Cast: Scott Chambers, Celia Imrie
Rating: 44% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Not to be confused with the Malevolence series, this movie is a stand-alone tale of a team of con artists, who find themselves at the heart of an unfinished mass murder case.

Don’t let its generic packaging, abysmal IMDB score, or low budget fool you. This movie borrows the best from cult classics and stitches them back together into a fresh and blood-curdling tale of death in broad daylight.

Watch it on Netflix here.

 

Killer Klowns from Outer Space


Streaming Services: Netflix
Year: 1988
Cast: Grant Kramer, Suzanne Snyder, Charles Chiodo
Rating: 75% (Rotten Tomatoes)

This black comedy made up of equal parts gore and well-timed slapstick, retains the nostalgia of its time while also managing to be truly one-of-a-kind.

Between the playful premise and deeply unsettling visuals, this movie proves itself to be a very difficult one to replicate…or to forget, for that matter.

Watch it on Netflix here.

 

Children of the Corn


Streaming Services: Hulu, Amazon Prime
Year: 1984
Cast: John Franklin, Linda Hamilton
Rating: 79% (Google Users)

There’s not much to say about this movie that hasn’t been said already. From Stephen King comes a classic depiction of cultish chaos that’s in any horror buff’s top ten. If you haven’t already seen it, you’ve made a grave mistake that needs immediate rectifying.

Find it on Amazon Prime here, or Hulu here.

 

House of 1000 Corpses


Streaming Services: Hulu
Year: 2003
Cast: Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie
Rating: 84% (Google Users)

Rob Zombie’s take on the slasher genre is a macabre feast for the senses and a thrill for Sid Haig fans. What could have been a generic attempt at the murder house trope is instead a nostalgic yet unsettling film that is equal parts Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, and Rocky Horror Picture Show.

This black comedy is fun and gory, and Zombie’s original soundtrack rumbles under every tense moment.

Find it on Amazon Prime here.

 

A Quiet Place Part II

Streaming Services: Paramount+, Amazon Prime Video
Year: 2020
Cast: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy
Rating: 91% (Rotten Tomatoes)

A sequel to the very popular A Quiet Place (2018), A Quiet Place Part II promises to be just as popular and just as scary.

Following the events at home, the Abbott family now faces the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.

Find it on Amazon Prime Video here.

 

The Witch

Streaming Services: Hulu, Amazon Prime Video
Year: 2015
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie
Rating: 90% (Rotten Tomatoes)

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession.

William and Katherine try to lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children.

When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. ‘The Witch’ is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own sins, leaving them prey for an inconceivable evil.

Watch The Witch on Hulu or Amazon Prime Video.

 

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From black comedy to cerebral horror to gore, there’s a wealth of scary movies streaming on any major service that will scare and delight. Whether you’re brand-new to the genre or a seasoned horror buff, grab some popcorn (or some holy water), and settle in for the ride.

This is no doubt a shortlist of some amazing scary movies to watch. There are plenty of others such as amazing Christmas horror movies and great scary zombie flicks. Or if you’re not in the mood for a movie, there are amazing spine-tingling horror shows that any fan of horror should check out.