32 Horrifying Movies On Netflix You Should Never Watch Before Bed

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There are some movies that just shouldn't be watched before bed. These films are so scary, so disturbing, and so unsettling that if you watch them right before turning in, you'll end up unable to fall asleep. Your mind will race, your heart will pound, you'll see threats in the shadows, and every creak you hear will set you on edge. In other words, watching these types of movies before going to sleep is a big mistake. So as a warning, I've compiled a list of 32 horrifying Netflix movies you should never watch before bed.

The films on the list are quite diverse, but they all have one thing in common: they will keep you up all night. Some of them are classic horror movies dealing with supernatural entities, hauntings, killers, and other terrifying threats that are looking to invade your bedroom. There are also a number of spooky documentaries on the list; docs that deal with true crime stories, horrifying medical conditions, and kidnappings. And since these are all real things that happened, they can't be shrugged off with the old standby of "it's just a movie," possibly making them even scarier than the horror films. But whether you're more scared of creepy docs or traditional horror movies, I guarantee you'll find something below that will keep you up all night if you watch it before bed.

1. ‘The Babadook’

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Just a weird shadow creature that wants to end your life, nbd.

2. ‘It Follows’

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Good luck closing your eyes while knowing a mysterious entity could be stalking you.

3. ‘Amanda Knox’

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It could happen to you, too.

4. ‘Tricked’

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Here's a real life threat that's absolutely terrifying.

5. ‘The Shining’

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One of the scariest movies of all time for a reason.

6. ‘The Nightmare’

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This doc is about sleep paralysis, so good luck ever sleeping again.

7. ‘Hellraiser’

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Cenobites will haunt your dreams.

8. ‘Interview With A Serial Killer’

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Yes, there are actual people like this in the world.

9. ‘An American Werewolf In London’

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That werewolf transformation... yikes.

10. ‘Who Took Johnny’


If you have kids, you will likely camp outside their door all night.

11. ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’

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Remember, Freddy wants you to fall asleep.

12. ‘Aileen: Life & Death Of A Serial Killer’

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Going inside the head of a serial killer is horrifying.

13. ‘Hush’

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Oh boy, a home invasion. That never happens in the middle of the night, right?

14. ‘The Imposter’

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Just try not to think about how everyone you know may be a total fraud.

15. ‘The Void’

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Well here's enough disturbing imagery to keep your brain up till dawn.

16. ‘I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House’

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You'll definitely start to think your house is haunted after watching this.

17. ‘Welcome To Leith’

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After the events of Charlottesville, the idea of a neo-Nazi town is even more frightening.

18. ‘The Craft’

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Not scared of witches? You will be.

19. ‘The Host’

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Big scary monster = no sleep for you.

20. ‘Hostage To The Devil’

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Apparently this priest thinks the devil can possess anyone. Cool. Cool cool cool.

21. ‘The Sixth Sense’

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Do you really want to find out if you can see dead people?

22. ‘The Hallow’

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There's something in the woods and it wants you dead.

23. ‘Scream’

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Is that Ghostface in your closet, or are you just seeing things?

24. ‘The Invitation’

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So, how well do you really know your ex?

25. ‘Creep’

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Beware strangers and don't talk to anyone ever and you'll be fine.

26. ‘The Omen’

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A classic that's been scaring folks for decades.

27. ‘Wes Craven’s New Nightmare’

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It's meta horror, but it's still horror.

28. ‘The Human Centipede’

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No one should watch this movie under any circumstances, but watching it before bed is just crazy.

29. ‘V/H/S’

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Nothing groundbreaking here, but lots of scary stuff to freak you out.

30. ‘The Unborn’

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FYI, your previously unheard of dead twin might be haunting you.

31. ‘Children Of The Corn’

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A town full of creepy kids led by a demon. Yep, the lights will stay on tonight.

32. ‘Sleepwalkers Who Kill’


Just so you know, you might end up committing a murder yourself tonight without even knowing it.

These films are all terrifying and will no doubt keep you from getting the good night's rest you deserve. Sweet dreams...