Not everyone can sit solo through a horror movie. There's the trepidation of going home alone and being attacked by the supernatural with no one having a clue as to what happened to you (yes, that fear is very real). When you watch in a cinema, you at least have the comfort of knowing you're not alone, and the fear is divided with the entire audience. But hey, if you're feeling brave and in the mood to be spooked, you can still watch horror films in the comfort of your own home on your gadget of choice. (Or you can invite your friends for an impromptu Halloween party!) Regardless of your purpose, you don't have to look far because horror films these days are right at your fingertips.
Here are seven of the scariest horror films you can stream on Netflix:
The Conjuring (2013)
Loosely based on the real-life hauntings and cases investigated by American paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga), the first film in the Conjuring franchise follows the life of the Perron family (Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland, Joey King, Mackenzie Foy, and Kyla Deaver) on haunted grounds. They move into a beautiful home only to be subjected to eerie events brought about by a witch who cursed the land on which the home stands. Filled with devils, demons, and exorcisms, the film uses old-school scares to deliver horror that will stick with you, even while the sun's out.
Gory encounters are scary enough on their own, but adding teenage angst makes it an entirely different ballgame. The film is based on Stephen King's novel of the same name and is a remake of the 1976 original starring Sissy Spacek. Carrie follows reserved Carrie White (Chloë Moretz), who is bullied by classmates at school and taunted by her overtly religious and conservative mother at home. When supernatural phenomena occur, she suspects she's got powers. It's just the right confidence boost she needs to go to prom with the cutest boy in school, but let's be real-this is high school, and nothing ever goes right.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
This film is both a remake and the sequel to the 1974 film of the same name. Friends Morgan (Jonathan Tucker), Andy (Mike Vogel), Pepper (Erica Leehrsen), Erin (Jessica Biel), and her boyfriend Kemper (Eric Balfour) are on the road to watch a concert. On the way there, they stumble upon a panicked hitchhiker who struggles to clearly tell them what's going on. After the mysterious girl mentions the existence of a "bad man," she pulls a gun and shoots herself. As they report and investigate the case themselves, they're led into an abandoned mill where a masked man devises different ways to kill them off: by skinning them alive, gunning them down, contorting the body in ways you wouldn't want to imagine-you know, the works.
Gerald's Game (2017)
Spicing it up in bed from time to time can do wonders for a relationship, but when Jessie Burlingame (Carla Gugino) is left alone and handcuffed to a bed in the middle of a forest, she's convinced there's no chance of escape. After her husband Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) dies in the middle of something steamy, the voices in her head begin to take over and she struggles to escape from a man who threatens to kill her.
I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House (2016)
Live-in nurse Lily Saylor, played by Ruth Wilson, takes on the job of caring for retired horror writer Iris Blum (Paula Prentiss), who only refers to her caretaker as "Polly." As Lily familiarizes herself with the old house and her employer, she begins to notice odd occurrences and is subjected to nightly visits from mysterious figures. The longer she stays in the house, the more secrets she uncovers, along with the shocking truth about Iris and the real Polly.
Maddie Young (Kate Siegel) is a deaf woman with aspirations of becoming an established author. In order to do this, she lives in the woods with her cat, focused solely on her goal. Her neighbor Sarah knocks on her door to return a book, only to be slain by a mysterious killer. As Sarah's murder unfolds, Maddie is unable to hear her pleas for help and she goes on about her night. The man sees her, discovers her condition, and plots to take her down next.
A remake of the 2004 Thai film of the same name, this film follows Ben (Joshua Jackson) and Jane (Rachel Taylor) as the couple moves from New York to Japan, but accidentally runs over a girl once they've settled in the countryside. They check to see the body and find nothing, but begin to experience strange phenomena, along with flashes of lights in their photographs. As Jane gets visions and Ben is haunted by a girl named Megumi (Megumi Okina), stories unravel, and Jane finds out the ugly truth about Ben and his friends.