Finding a good horror movie to stream online can be surprisingly difficult. All you want to do is load up Netflix and kick back with a spooky film, but the library is full of the absolute worst titles you can imagine, with a lot of movies like Sharknado and not as many like The Exorcist.
There are actually a lot of excellent and terrifying films available on all of the major streaming services, but because the horror genre is so inconsistent, it takes a lot of digging to find anything worthwhile. Luckily, we’ve done that digging for you.
Here are some of the best horror films available on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime as of June 2016.
- The Babadook (2014) – A troubled widow discovers that her son is telling the truth about a monster that entered their home through the pages of a children’s book.
- Hush (2016) – A deaf writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window.
- V/H/S (2012) – When a group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.
- The Exorcist (1973) – When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
- Re-Animator (1985) – A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.
- Troll Hunter (2010) – A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.
- Hellraiser (1987) – An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; demons are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.
- The Host (2006) – A monster emerges from Seoul’s Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim’s loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.
- The Fly (1958) – A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device.
- Pontypool (2008) – A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town.
- We Are Still Here (2015) – Every 30 years, a lonely old house in the fields of New England wakes up and demands a sacrifice.
- Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil (2010) – Two scruffy pals’ backwoods vacation takes a bloody turn when ignorant college students mistake them for a pair of murderous hillbillies.
- Haunter (2013) – A teenager is stuck in a time loop that is not quite the same each time. She must uncover the truth but her actions have consequences for herself and others.
- Housebound (2014) – A would-be thief is remanded to the custody of her estranged mother, who turns out to be correct in her assertion that evil spirits are afoot in their family domicile.
- Creep (2015) – Aaron answers an online ad and drives to a stranger’s house to film him for the day. The man wants to make a movie for his unborn child, but his requests become more bizarre as the day goes along.
- Would You Rather (2012) – Desperate to help her ailing brother, a young woman unknowingly agrees to compete in a deadly game of “Would You Rather,” hosted by a sadistic aristocrat.
- Dead Silence (2007) – A young widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife’s murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist.
- House on Haunted Hill (1959) – A millionaire offers ten thousand dollars to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.
- Maximum Overdrive (1986) – A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.
- The Blob (1958) – An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.
- Day of the Dead (1985) – A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.
- The House of the Devil (2009) – During a night of 1983 with full lunar eclipse, Samantha Hughes takes a babysitting job surrounded by mysterious circumstances before she finds out her client’s terrifying secret.
- Fiend Without a Face (1958) – Invisible atomic monsters attack a U.S. Armed Forces base and the local residents.
- The Innkeepers (2011) – During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel’s haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.
- C.H.U.D. (1984) – A bizarre series of murders in New York City seems to point toward the existence of a race of mutant cannibals living under the streets.
- Tokyo Gore Police (2008) – A vengeful policewoman battles an army of cyborg creatures that showcase horrific mutations.
- Them (2006) – Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise… they’re not alone… and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night.
- Eraserhead (1977) – Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
- House (1977) – A schoolgirl and her six classmates travel to her aunt’s country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways.
- Gremlins (1984) – A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
- 1408 (2007) – A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.
- The Mist (2007) – A freak storm unleashes a species of blood-thirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.
- The Craft (1996) – A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.
- The Woman in Black (2010) – A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.
- Goodnight Mommy (2014) – Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don’t recognize.
- Tusk (2014) – When podcaster Wallace Bryton goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe, his best friend Teddy and girlfriend Allison team with an ex-cop to look for him.
- Carrie (1976) – Carrie White, a shy and outcast 17 year-old girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.
- An American Werewolf in London (1981) – Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.
- Life After Beth (2014) – A young man’s recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead, but he slowly realizes she is not the way he remembered her.
- Halloween (2007) – After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution (where he was committed as a 10 year old) and he immediately returns to Haddonfield, where he wants to find his baby sister, Laurie. Anyone who crosses his path is in mortal danger.
- Black Sunday (1960) – A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch’s beautiful look-alike descendant. Only the girl’s brother and a handsome doctor stand in her way.
- Nosferatu (1922) – Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife.
- Bone Tomahawk (2015) – Four men set out in the Wild West to rescue a group of captives from cannibalistic cave dwellers.