5 Best Scary Movies on Netflix to Watch This Week

Scary movies can be attributed to a basic psychological desire for adrenaline rushes, coupled with the comforting notion that a knife-wielding clown is unlikely to be lurking outside our windows. But hey, you can always double-check if you dare!

If you crave those thrilling experiences from the cozy confines of your couch, we have the perfect solution. Dim the lights, settle in, and explore a curated selection of the five best scary movies on Netflix.

Prepare for spine-chilling encounters and heart-pounding moments that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

1. Title: Apostle

Release Year: 2018
Director: Gareth Evans
Runtime: 2h 10m

In Gareth Evans’ “Apostle,” Thomas Richardson ventures to a remote Welsh island to save his abducted sister, only to uncover a sinister plot. If you enjoyed cult-themed films like “Midsommar” and “The Wicker Man,” this movie should be on your radar. Featuring Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast) and Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody), “Apostle” delivers unsettling violence and an array of unsettling vibes, all presented in a visually stunning yet chaotic fashion. Brace yourself for a captivating and intense experience that will leave you on edge.

2. Title: Cam

Release Year: 2018
Director: Daniel Goldhaber
Runtime: 1h 35m

“Cam,” written by Isa Mazzei, delves into the life of Alice “Lola_Lola” Ackerman, a successful camgirl who finds herself confronting a disturbing doppelgänger that has taken over her online account. This film managed to deeply unsettle us on various levels. Drawing from Mazzei’s personal experiences as a camgirl, “Cam” paints a grim portrayal of a hidden world. With its haunting atmosphere, impeccable cinematography, and a gripping narrative that lingers, this movie deserves the attention of every horror enthusiast. Brace yourself for an intense and unforgettable exploration of the shadows lurking beneath the surface.

3. Title: Crimson Peak

Release Year: 2015
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Runtime: 1h 59m

Set in Edwardian-era England, “Crimson Peak” follows Edith (Mia Wasikowska) as she weds the captivating Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) and is whisked away to his eerie gothic mansion. Joining them is Thomas’ enigmatic sister, Lady Lucille (Jessica Chastain), the guardian of their family’s dark secrets. Far from the familiarity of her home, Edith, with her innocence intact, begins to witness spectral apparitions emerging from the very fabric of the house, prompting her to unravel the enigmatic mysteries surrounding her new family. Brace yourself for a haunting tale where love, betrayal, and the supernatural intertwine in chilling ways.

4. Title: Fear Street Trilogy

Release Year: 2021
Director: Leigh Janiak
Runtime: 1h 47m

If you’re a fan of slasher movies and crave the thrill of a knife-wielding maniac, the Fear Street trilogy is your perfect Friday night treat. Spanning three different time periods (1994, 1978, and 1666), this series pays homage to horror classics like Scream, Friday the 13th, and The Witch. Brace yourself for unforgettable kills, including one that ranks among the greatest on-screen moments. All three parts are available for streaming, so you won’t have to wait years for sequels. Horror aficionados will also appreciate that this trilogy draws inspiration from R.L. Stine’s renowned Fear Street novels, the mastermind behind Goosebumps.

5. Title: It Chapter Two 

Release Year: 2019
Director: Andrés Muschietti
Runtime:2h 49m

Get ready to bid farewell to circuses forever. The 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel will make you think twice about red balloons and clowns. Set in late 1980s Derry, Maine, the town’s children mysteriously vanish. As a group of brave teenagers encounter the horrifying Pennywise the clown, they unite to confront the shape-shifting monster terrorizing their community. Brace yourself for a chilling tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat, as this tight-knit group fights to destroy the sinister entity that preys upon their small town.

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