Every Netflix Original Horror Movie Ranked

Netflix has put out some sterling Netflix Original horror movies over the past few years. Below we’ll run through the complete list of Netflix Original horror movies including the very best and also the very worst. 

Note: We’ll be updating this article once Apostle launches on Friday, October 12th. 

8. The Open House

Release Date: January 19, 2018

This film is an absolute horror show and not in a good way. The main draw to this movie was no doubt the inclusion of Dylan Minnette who has become a mainstream star thanks to his appearance in 13 Reasons Why seasons 1 and 2. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to save this movie which ranks last on our ranking.

The movie features a familiar story where new inhabitants move into a home to find out that not all is what it seems and it’s in actual fact, haunted. The writing is lazy and holds the accolade of being 57th on IMDb’s worst-ranked movies of all time.


7. Death Note

Release Date: August 25th, 2017

Netflix’s foray into adapting anime’s into movies haven’t gone quite to plan and Death Note represents the worst effort so far. Despite having Willem Dafoe voice Ryuk and young and upcoming actors such as Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley and Laekith Stanfield the movie wasn’t very memorable nor compelling nor scary.

The story revolves around a high school students who discover a notebook that sees anyone whose name is written in the book die. The student decides to get rid of the world’s criminals with some strange effects.

Stick to the anime folks, nothing to see here.


6. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

Release Date: October 28th, 2016

Oz Perkins is either known for his fantastic writing on horror movies or as Dorky David Kidney in Legally Blonde. This Netflix Original movie first released back in 2016 was well-received and technically counts as the first Netflix Original horror movie ever to release.

The story revolves around a young nurse taking care of an elderly author living in a haunted house. The movie has a fantastic atmosphere throughout and is one of the best gothic horror movies of all time but is often criticised for being a tad slow on its pacing.


5. Cargo

Release Date: May 18, 2018

This movie adaptation of a short that released several years before it was one of the biggest horror movies added in 2018. It stars Hollywood sweetheart Martin Freeman who plays a father looking for a new home for his daughter during an outbreak of a zombie-like infection.

While the movie is certainly not scary, the first time the yellow honey infection is quite shocking.


4. 1922

Release Date: October 20, 2017

The first of two Stephen King titles that make up this list of the best Original horror titles. This movie didn’t do quite as well as Gerald’s Game which really was the better of the two titles but is still a great watch for Stephen King fans.

Set back in the 1920’s, a farmer conspires and follows through with his plans to murder his wife for financial gain. As you’ve probably guessed, things don’t go exactly to plan.


3. Little Evil

Release Date: September 1, 2017

Adam Scott is the headline actor in this horror spoof. It involves Adam playing a stepfather who moves into his wives home to find out her child is a potentially possessed. With a handful of standout laugh out loud moments mainly in part to Owen Atlas’s fantastic performance as Lucas. Adam Scott and Evangeline Lilly also put in fantastic performances throughout.

The story is a little slow and convoluted at times but it ultimately pays off at the end with a good ending which is rare for most horrors.


2. The Babysitter

Release Date: October 13, 2017

If you love teen comedy horror movies, then you couldn’t do much worse than The Babysitter. The insanely popular movie released in 2017 and will have a lot of fans return to it for Halloween 2018.

The movie stars Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell and the biggest draw is Bella Thorne.


1. Gerald’s Game

Release Date: September 29, 2017

Without a doubt, the best horror movie to come exclusively to Netflix over the past few years has been Gerald’s Game. The movie was adapted to the big screen by Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard from one of Stephen King’s lesser-known novels.

The movie is about a fight for survival when a husband dies unexpectedly. It’s creepy and will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat throughout.

What has been your favorite Netflix Original horror? Let us know in the comments down below.

Kasey Moore

Kasey Moore is the founder and editor-in-chief of What's on Netflix. Kasey launched the site in 2013 after growing frustration with finding content on Netflix. He has an in depth understanding of the release cycles for Netflix and has developed tools to make navigating Netflix easier. Resides in Norwich in the UK.