No matter what kind of movie or TV show you're in the mood to watch, Netflix probably has you covered. The site has plenty of your standard comedies, dramas, and action-adventures, but it also has a lot of films that don't fit into any one box. One of the categories that best demonstrates this is Netflix's collection of horror movies, which includes a wide variety of freaky films in all different styles. There are slasher movies, suspense thrillers, zombie flicks, horror comedies, and so much more. In fact, some of the creepiest movies on Netflix are the ones that are somewhat offbeat, veering from traditional horror formulas. But also deserving acknowledgement are all of the classic horror films that have been terrifying viewers for decades. These movies have "creepy" down to an art form, which is why their characters are often the stuff of nightmares for children and adults alike.
Whether they're old or new, famous or obscure, conventionally scary or a twist on the horror genre, the creepiest movies to stream on Netflix are unexpected nuggets of cinematic gold. And, luckily for you, they're available to watch within the comfort of your own home, so no one will publicly witness you screaming at every jump scene. Here are some extra-creepy flicks to stream, if you dare.
1. The Shining
This Kubrick classic — based on the Stephen King novel of the same name — will make your next hotel stay feel just a little creepier.
2. The Babadook
An unseen monster with a cutesy name emerges from a children's pop-up book and starts terrorizing a mother and son. Did I mention that the monster's origins are a pop-up book? *shiver*
This quirky New Zealand movie revolves around a women who is under house arrest in a house that turns out to be haunted. It's equal parts horror and comedy, making for a deliciously creepy mix.
4. Nightmare On Elm Street
If Freddy Krueger's face doesn't creep you out, his fedora certainly should.
5. Blue Velvet
Blanket statement: everything that David Lynch does is creepy. Seriously. Even this video of him cooking quinoa.
6. Human Centipede
If you don't know how the titular "human centipede" in this movie is constructed, I won't ruin it for you. Just know that this is probably the creepiest thing you'll see in quite a while.
7. The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari
This black-and-white silent film is a prime example of German Expressionism, and it has an eerie fantastical quality (which was acknowledged in this Portlandia sketch).
8. The Exorcist
Little girl possessed by a demon, complete with projectile vomiting and a head that spins all the way around? Yep, creepy.
9. House Of Wax
A wax museum where the sculptures look just a little too realistic is the setting for this hair-raising 2005 adaptation of the 1953 horror film.
10. The Lazarus Effect
Olivia Wilde plays a scientist who dies in a freak accident and then is brought back to life... but something isn't right with her. The premise and performances are both seriously disturbing.
11. Children of the Corn
There's just something about evil children that adds an extra layer of creepiness to any movie evil.
There are plenty more undeniably eerie movies on Netflix, but the above will give you a solid start. And, honestly, after working your way through this list you might need a break. There's only so much creepiness a person can handle in a day, even if it's on-screen.