Best horror movies on Netflix in December 2023

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With the best horror movies on Netflix, every night can be fright night. We've combed through the archives to give you the best of Netflix's scary movies, which will tap into all your deepest and darkest fears. One of our personal favorites on the list is the acclaimed Get Out by Jordan Peele.

Horror movie fans may love the genre for wildly different reasons. Some love the thrill, others the mystery of why that killer is out there. Maybe you just want to watch unruly teens get terrorized because of some twisted karmic justice. We're not here to judge, and neither is Netflix. 

The best horror movies on Netflix right now

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Get Out

Daniel Kaluuya stands in front of a crowd in Get Out

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Jordan Peele's directorial debut is a twisted tale that's made even more terrifying with its exploration of racism. Chris Washington's (Daniel Kaluuya) weekend trip to meet his girlfriend family spirals into a truly bizarre ordeal of brain-swapping surgeries and conspiracies. The Armitage family's disturbing intentions are soon made clear as Chris finds himself mired in a strange plot meant to exploit him -- and other Black people the family comes across. At times unbelievable and at others incredibly strange, Peele works his magic for a near-perfect horror flick. - BV

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener
Director: Jordan Peele
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The Platform (2019)

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Plunged into The Pit, Goreng (Iván Massagué) lives his days in this massive prison tower, where a regularly descending platform brings sustenance. The further down it goes, the less there is to eat. Residents at the top of the prison get better quality food with more to go around. This leaves those living in the Pit at the bottom to starve. As the platform's food levels shift monthly, Goreng's alliances and beliefs are tested while residents are routinely shuffled around. When a cryptic message about a young girl surfaces, things change dramatically -- but the fight for survival is a constant. - BV

Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%
Cast: Iván Massagué, Antonia San Juan, Zorion Eguileor
Director: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
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Ma (2019)

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A group of teenagers decide to hang out int he basement of a seemingly kind woman nicknamed "Ma" (Octavia Spencer). Ma's rules, like staying sober and never visiting the upstairs area in her house, however, point to some seriously freaky secrets. Soon, her party paradise ends up spiraling into a nightmare. What was once the ultimate hangout spot quickly becomes a deathtrap, with Ma stalking the kids and insinuating herself even further into their lives. And she won't take no for an answer. - BV

Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%
Cast: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis
Director: Tate Taylor
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His House

Wunmi Mosaku as Rial Majur, Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù as Bol Majur in His House, one of the best horror movies on Netflix

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One of the most unique and horrifying scary movies I've seen in the last year or so is His House, a refugee story that shows how the destination can also be frightening. Rial (Musaku) and Bol (Dirisu) have escaped South Sudan, and seemingly have the worst luck in the house lottery in a small English town. While Bol tries to adapt, the house is playing tricks on Rial's mind. The shocking twist at the end will probably stick with you for a while. - HTC

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%
Starring: Wonmi Mosaku, Sope Dirisu, Matt Smith, Cornell John, Emily Taaffe
Director: Remi Weekes
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The Wretched

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A good horror film doesn't need a big budget in the way action or sci-fi usually does, and The Wretched should be proof of that. Written and directed by rising stars the Pierce Brothers and produced for around $1.2 million, it's a taut, tense and genuinely unsettling flick about a 1,000-year-old witch who inhabits the body of a young woman. There's space for some nice character development within the relatively fast-moving plot, and while it's more 'creepy' than 'terrifying,' there are enough scares to satisfy most fans of the genre. - HTC

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%
Starring: John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones, Azie Tesfai, Zarah Mahler
Directors: Brett and Drew T. Pierce
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Fear Street trilogy

A skeleton in a reaper's hood in Fear Street, one of the best Netflix Horror movies

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Netflix knocked out back-to-back-to-back home runs with its Fear Street Trilogy films, which adapt the R.L. Stine books. Expect retro scares and spooky thrills, but updated for the audiences that grew up with the books, and expect a bit more scares than kid-fare. Expect a haunted camp, a literal witch hunt and much more. - HTC

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83% (Part One), 88% (Part Two), 89% (Part Three)
Starring: Kiana Madeira, Gillian Jacobs, Julia Rehwald, Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd
Director: Leigh Janiak
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Crimson Peak

MIA WASIKOWSKA in GUILLERMO DEL TORO's Crimson Peak, one of the best Netflix Horror movies

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Guillermo del Toro is a cinematic mastermind, and Crimson Peak went in a campier direction than some may have wanted to. That said, Hiddleston, Chastain and Wasikowska do great with the material of Crimson Peak, where Edith (Wasikowska) is relocated to a gothic mansion by the charming Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston). Oh, and she can communicate with the dead. - HTC

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam
Director: Guillermo del Toro
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Vampires vs The Bronx

Method Man in Vampires vs The Bronx, one of the best horror movies on Netflix

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Vampires have taken over all across the world, even in Staten Island (see What We Do In The Shadows for a laugh), but they just picked the wrong borough to battle. Vampires vs The Bronx frames the tried and true trope of vampires as an evil invading force, and applies it to a modern topic: gentrification. In this movie, we meet a group of kids just trying to live their own lives, except for Miguel Martinez. Known to many as "Lil Mayor," Miguel is trying to save the local bodega, which is fighting off rising rent prices. All the while, vampires are actually the ones behind family-owned businesses being bought out. Vampires vs The Bronx is the latest addition to our best horror movies on Netflix list for finding a way to make a vampire movie where it's not just the blood that's being sucked out, but the life of a neighborhood. - HTC

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%
Starring: Jaden Michael, Gerald W. Jones III, Gregory Diaz IV, Sarah Gadon, Cliff "Method Man" Smith
Director: Osmany Rodriguez
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Alice Ackerman, a successful camgirl, used to have a tight focus on her reality. All that changes once she figures out that faking her own death will shoot her to the top of the charts, and get a ton of tips. But before she can seize on her popularity, a new rival named Princess_X — who looks just like Alice — appears and shatters the scene. The film seizes on the mob mentality behavior that drives social media circles wild and turns into a macabre thriller as Alice begs the police for help. - HTC

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%
Starring: Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters
Director: Daniel Goldhaber
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Bird Box

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This Netflix original stars Sandra Bullock, as Malorie Hayes, who is about to go on a terrifying journey downriver in a boat, with only the blindfolds on their heads to protect them. Yes, normally you'd expect that everyone would want their vision when they're pitted against ghastly terrors, including infected fellow survivors, and therein lie the mysteries of Bird Box. Without the ability to actually perceive their enemies, the imaginations of Malorie and her cohorts conjure up even scarier possibilities of what's behind the blindfolds. - HTC

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, Jacki Weaver
Director: Susanne Bier
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Apostle builds its thrills slowly, as you watch Thomas (Dan Stevens) go undercover to save his sister Jennifer (Elen Rhys) from a mysterious cult. In a brilliant bit of casting, Michael Sheen plays Malcolm, the cult leader, a (rightly) paranoid creep who's obsessed with the roots and vegetation of the land. - HTC

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%
Starring: Dan Stevens, Lucy Boynton, Michael Sheen
Director: Gareth Evans
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This Netflix original reminded many of The Road meets the graphic novel version of The Walking Dead, tracking Martin Freeman as a dad in a zombie-filled wasteland, protecting his wife Kay and baby Rosie. Those looking for something truly refreshing may be let down, but Freeman delivers a strong performance that grounds the film in relatable humanity, and Rosie's adorable nature could warm even a cold, undead heart. - HTC

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%
Starring: Martin Freeman, Natasha Wanganeen, David Gulpilil
Directors: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke
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Little Evil 

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Parenthood is frightening enough, but Little Evil one-ups the perils of child-rearing with a question: What if your new stepson was possessed by an actual demon? And who better to be thrust into this sticky situation than Adam Scott, who works every flavor of awkward into each role he takes. - HTC

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%
Starring: Adam Scott, Evangeline Lilly, Donald Faison
Director: Eli Craig
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Gerald's Game 

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Sometimes, married life can get a bit boring and predictable, and couples decide to spice things up in the bedroom. Gerald's Game is a cautionary tale, though, of what happens when husband Gerald Burlingame (Bruce Greenwood) dies during the middle of one of these experimental evenings and leaves his wife Jessie (Carla Gugino) trapped, attached to the bedframe. And then Gerald haunts her. - HTC

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%
Starring: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas
Director: Mike Flanagan
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What happens when you start a murder mystery by revealing the killer's identity? You get 1922, a Netflix-produced adaptation of a not-so-short story from Stephen King. It stars Thomas Jane (The Punisher) as Wilfred James, who admits to the murder of his wife, which is what happened prior to his life falling apart. As rats plague James' life, the audience begins to question what it's been told, and how much it can trust the narrator, who thinks his wife is haunting him. - HTC

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%
Starring: Thomas Jane, Neal McDonough, Molly Parker
Director: Zak Hilditch
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Under the Shadow 

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During the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s, Shideh (Narges Rashidi) must care for her daughter, Dorsa (Avin Manshadi), all alone. After a neighbor dies in a missile attack, Dorsa acts stranger and stranger, until Shideh questions her own grasp on reality. Dorsa may not simply be suffering from wartime shock; Shideh slowly grows to suspect that a Middle Eastern demon called a djinn may be trying to possess the young girl. - HTC

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%
Starring: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi
Director: Babak Anvari
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I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House 

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Netflix has leaned pretty hard into original content, so it was only a matter of time until the site created a horror movie. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (directed by Oz Perkins) has a mouthful of a title, but it's a smart film that builds an eerie atmosphere. Lily Saylor (Ruth Wilson) is a nurse, hired to take care of aging horror novelist Iris Blum (Paula Prentiss). Blum's ghosts may be more real than she lets on. - HTC

Rotten Tomatoes score: 58%
Starring: Ruth Wilson, Paula Prentiss, Bob Balaban
Director: Oz Perkins
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He Never Died

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Being immortal sucks when you have to spend all your time alone. Jack (Henry Rollins) never ages or dies, but needs blood to survive. The easiest way to get it is to kill and eat people, which he doesn't really want to do — partially because he has little interest in leaving the house. A run-in with the local crime syndicate forces him out of his isolation, but life isn't easy when everyone looks like lunch. - HTC

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%
Starring: Henry Rollins, Booboo Stewart, Steven Ogg
Director: Jason Crawczyk
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Inspired by odd encounters when buying stuff off of Craigslist, Creep is a found-footage horror movie that ponders how much you risk when applying for jobs found in online ads. The film starts with Aaron (director/co-writer Patrick Brice), a videographer in need of work, answers a job ad posted by Josef (co-writer/co-producer Mark Duplass), who he soon realizes is a weirdo. Not only does Josef get a kick out of scaring his new employee, but he also carves "J+A" into a tree, giving Aaron a sense that this job is more than he bargained for. And one night, when Josef asks Aaron to stay for a drink, things get even weirder. You'll never think of the phrase 'peachfuzz' the same way again. - HTC

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%
Starring: Mark Duplass, Patrick Brice
Director: Patrick Brice
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Kelly Woo
Streaming Editor

Kelly is the streaming channel editor for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.

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