The best horror movies on Netflix UK

Sam Ashurst
Contributor
Split, The Purge and Carrie are all on Netflix now.

Spring may be around the corner, but every day is Halloween in Netflix’s horror section, with plenty of spooky classics to give you chills as the weather gets warmer.

We’ve put together a selection of the 10 best horror movies available right now on the streaming service. And do keep us bookmarked, we’ll be updating this page with the very latest / greatest scare flicks as soon as they land, presumably in the dead of night.

‘Carrie’ (1976)

Sissy Spacek in Brian De Palma’s Carrie (Credit: United Artists)

Brian De Palma’s adaptation of Stephen King’s movie about a bullied teenager with the power to take revenge on her aggressors isn’t just one of the best horror movies on Netflix – it’s one of the best films of all time. Super stylish, with bold colours and split screen shots that make Carrie feel as vibrant today as when it was shot, this is an essential addition to your watch list.

‘Creep’ (2014)

Mark Duplass in shadow for Creep (Credit: Netflix)

A more modern terror flick, Creep is as creepy as its name suggests. It’s starts out like the sort of mockumentary that Ricky Gervais might pop up in, with a found footage camera capturing every awkward moment as a documentarian sets out to interview a stranger he meets on the internet.

But things get increasingly more disturbing, building to an unforgettable finale. This one flew under the radar, but – along with its brilliant sequel, also on Netflix – Creep could very well be the best horror film you’ve never heard of. You’ll never look at a wolf mask in the same way again.

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‘The Invitation’ (2015)

Do not go to a party thrown by these guys (Credit: Drafthouse Films)

Before Karyn Kusama directed Nicole Kidman in last year’s acclaimed drama Destroyer, she was terrifying audiences with a movie about a dinner party so tense it reminded us of our last Christmas.

Okay, maybe it’s a bit more extreme than that, The Invitation sees a couple at a shindig thrown by an ex and her new partner, only to discover some pretty (very) dark secrets have been hidden by some sitting around the table.

To say any more than that would be to massively spoil, so go in cold and brace yourself for a shocking third act.

‘The Cabin In The Woods’ (2012)

The Cabin In The Woods gang wish they’d gone on holiday somewhere else (credit: Lionsgate)

You’ll probably have spent time in this Cabin at least once, but the more times you revisit it, the more details you spot, so it’s definitely worth going for a repeat stay.

If you’re new to the film, think Scream meets Buffy, with a fairly massive twist. If you love horror movies, then you’ll definitely enjoy this one, because it’s basically all of them.

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‘Split’ (2016)

One of the many James McAvoys in Split (credit: Universal Pictures)

While Glass is still in cinemas, Netflix has kindly given its subscribers the chance to revisit M Night Shyamalan’s brilliant Split, the surprise sequel to Unbreakable.

Split features a career-best performance by James McAvoy, playing a maniac with multiple personality disorder – who may have a monster hidden inside him.

‘The Woman In Black’ (2012)

Daniel Radcliffe receives an unwelcome message (Credit: Hammer Films)

Essentially the British Conjuring, The Woman In Black shoves Daniel Radcliffe into a haunted house and lets a bunch of perfectly executed jump scares to the rest.

As scary on your iPhone as it was in cinemas, if you ever wished Moaning Myrtle did more to freak out Harry Potter in those movies, this is the scare-flick for you.

‘Christine’ (1983)

John Carpenter’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel (Credit: Columbia Pictures)

A relatively under-seen John Carpenter / Stephen King collaboration, if this one’s yet to overtake you, you should get behind the wheel immediately.

The story of an evil car that possesses anyone who owns it, Carpenter uses state of the art special effects (occasionally as impressive as anything in The Thing) to create a truly eerie vehicular villain.

As fresh today as when it first rolled into cinemas, this is worth downloading for your next road trip.

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‘The Purge’ (2013)

You don’t want this lot at your door on Purge night. (Credit: Universal Pictures)

For Friday night entertainment, it doesn’t get much better than the first Purge movie, which combines slasher horror with high concept action (for one night of the year, crime is legal), The Purge is as fun as it is disturbing.

Inspiring a solid franchise, and a telly spin-off (which you’ll need to subscribe to Amazon Prime for), the first Purge is still the best.

‘The Autopsy Of Jane Doe’ (2016)

Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch star in the super-scary under-the-radar horror movie, ‘The Autopsy of Jane Doe’ (Photo: IFC Midnight /Courtesy Everett Collection)

Essentially a single-room thriller, as we witness a disturbing autopsy that – step-by-step – throws two morticians into a terrifying situation, The Autopsy Of Jane Doe is as simple as it is original.

It’s also compelling, and surprising – to the extent we’re not going to say about more about it, just recommend you watch it with the lights off.

‘What Keeps You Alive’ (2018)

Betrayal turns brutal in this cat-and-mouse thriller that poses a simple if chilling question: How well do you know the person you love?

One of the more recent additions to the streaming service, What Keeps You Alive was a critical hit and a festival darling last year, and now you can catch it on Netflix. The set up is simple, a young couple go to a cabin in the middle of nowhere to celebrate their one-year anniversary, but one of them has a terrifying secret, a secret that will force her partner to survive at all costs.