Top 5 scary horror movies on Netflix you must watch

The horror movie genre is one of the most popular movie genres among fans (Image via Netflix)
The horror movie genre is one of the most popular movie genres among fans (Image via Netflix)

The horror movie genre is a fan-favorite genre. But the word horror movie genre is too general for the kind of variety horror movies posses.

There are various sub-genres like horror-comedy, zombie horror, found footage horror, zombie horror-comedy, docudrama horror, mockumentary horror, Supernatural, psychological and many more.

Each sub-genre has its own fanbase who find some movies super-scary while they find other movies laughable. So, due to the subjectivity of the 'fear,' no sub-genre can be treated as inferior to anyone.

So, keeping in mind this reason, here are the top picks of scariest horror movies regardless of the genre from Netflix that were released in recent times.

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Best horror movies on Netflix in recent times

5) The Perfection

The Perfection (Image via Netflix)
The Perfection (Image via Netflix)

Rotten Tomatoes: 73%

Metacritic: 60%

IMDB: 6.1/10


  • Allison Williams as Charlotte Willmore
  • Molly Grace as Young Charlotte
  • Logan Browning as Elizabeth "Lizzie" Wells
  • Milah Thompson as Young Lizzie
  • Steven Weber as Anton, the head of Bachoff Academy.
  • Alaina Huffman as Paloma, Anton's wif

The Perfection is an American psychological horror movie that dives into suspense, torture, and jealousy. The movie explores basic human nature, like how it can go extreme and turn into something harmful for oneself and others.


Like most other psychological horrors, the horror movie features plenty of inhumane, weird, uncomfortable, and shocking scenes. Fans can enjoy the movie by clicking here.

4) The Platform

The Platform (Image via Netflix)
The Platform (Image via Netflix)

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%

Metacritic: 73%

IMDB: 7/10


  • Iván Massagué as Goreng
  • Zorion Eguileor as Trimagasi
  • Antonia San Juan as Imoguiri
  • Emilio Buale Coka as Baharat
  • Alexandra Masangkay as Miharu
  • Eric L. Goode as Sr. Brambang

Not all horror movies have to feature a ghost or some supernatural entity to be menacing. The Platform proves this point while blending social inequality with the horror movie genre. The movie is set in a tower-like building where its residents are residing in cells. The conflict starts when residents are divided and discriminated against based on floors.


The Spanish movie uses floors as a metaphor to define inequality which further serves as a tool for the plot. The movie features plenty of gruesome scenes, and viewers can click here to give it a watch.

3) Girl on the Third Floor

Girl on the Third Floor (Image via Dark Sky Films)
Girl on the Third Floor (Image via Dark Sky Films)

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%

Metacritic: 65%

IMDB: 4.6/10


  • Phil "CM Punk" Brooks as Donald "Don" Koch
  • Trieste Kelly Dunn as Liz Koch
  • Sarah Brooks as Sarah Yates
  • Elissa Dowling as Sadie
  • Karen Woditsch as Ellie Mueller

An old-school horror movie trope where a family buys a haunted house, and the haunted sightings turn their happy nights into sleepless nightmares. Well, Girl on the Third Floor takes this plot device and presents fans with more than just a scary horror movie.


Many fans find the movie genuinely nightmare-inducing. If viewers are up for getting sleepless nights, click here.

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2) '#Alive'

The zombie movie, #Alive (Image via Netflix)
The zombie movie, #Alive (Image via Netflix)

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

IMDB: 6.3/10


  • Yoo Ah-in as Oh Joon-woo
  • Park Shin-hye as Kim Yoo-bin
  • Lee Hyun-wook as Lee Sang-chul
  • Oh Hye-won as a policewoman

There are plenty of zombie movies, but #Alive is unique in its own way. The story follows a gamer who has been quarantining due to a zombie outbreak and finds it difficult to survive in his flat. Unlike the previous movies on this list, #Alive does have some light-hearted moments but soon becomes intense as Oh Joon-woo struggles to survive.


This is one of the best zombie horror movies in recent times to watch for zombie movie fans. Click here to be redirected to the Netflix page of #Alive.

1) Us

Lupita Nyong'o as Adelaide Wilson (Image via Universal Pictures)
Lupita Nyong'o as Adelaide Wilson (Image via Universal Pictures)

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

Metacritic: 81%

IMDB: 6.8/10


  • Lupita Nyong'o as Adelaide Wilson (Red)
  • Winston Duke as Gabriel "Gabe" Wilson (Abraham)
  • Elisabeth Moss as Kitty Tyler (Dahlia)
  • Tim Heidecker as Josh Tyler (Tex)
  • Shahadi Wright Joseph as Zora Wilson (Umbrae)

If fans remember and love 'Get Out,' they should go for this other gem by Jordan Peele. Much like Get Out, Us plays on similar tropes like social commentary and incorporates various urban legends and famous sayings as a plot device. The movie is much more shocking than what viewers can see in the trailer here.


So, without spoiling the movie a little bit for the fans, here is the link to the official page of Us at Netflix.

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Disclaimer: This article reflects the views of the author

Edited by Gautham Balaji