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50 Best Horror Movies on Netflix Canada

If you’re in the mood for a scary movie marathon, you’re in luck: today I’m sharing the best horror movies on Netflix Canada to binge-watch this August 2021!

Whether you’re into intense psychological thrillers or extreme gore, there’s definitely something on this list for ya to watch.

If you’re a horror movie fan, you’ll love ’em all.

Here are some of the best horror movies to binge-watch on Netflix Canada, no matter what type of horror you’re into!

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Us (2019)

If you liked Get OutUs is another genius film by Jordan Peele.

Adelaide returns to the beach home she grew up in as a child with her husband and two kids, and she keeps getting an eerie feeling that something bad is going to happen.

And of course, something bad does happen: four masked strangers break into their home, and unveil their masks to reveal each one resembling one of the family members.

Us is one of the best horror movies on Netflix Canada worth watching!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Midsommar (2019)

If cults freak you out (but also intrigue you at the same time), Midsommar is a horror film you’ll absolutely want to watch.

A group of friends travel to a small community in Sweden for the annual midsummer festival, which is also the hometown of one of the friends.

They quickly realize there’s more to this friendly group of people than meets the eye.

Ari Aster is one of my favourite horror directors, and Midsommar is my favourite film of his!

He says Midsommar is more like a fairy tale than a horror film, but you can be the judge of that.

It’s very gory, so you might want to shield your eyes at some points if you can’t handle that.

Aster’s other horror film Hereditary is also amazing, and it’s also on Netflix.

1 film available on Amazon Prime Video, watch the trailer

Búðakirkja Black Church, Iceland
My impression of Midsommar while in Iceland, complete with a floral crown and all-white outfit lol.

The Ritual (2018)

A group of former college friends reunite after the death of their friend, and they go hiking in the Scandinavian wilderness.

Stranded in the dark forest, they get chased by a malevolent presence.

The Ritual is an intense and terrifying film to watch, and you won’t want to go hiking in the wilderness anytime soon.

1 film available on Netlix, watch the trailer

Escape Room (2019)

If you love doing escape rooms, you’ll love watching Escape Room.

Six people from different walks of life compete in an escape room to win $10,000, and of course, things start to take a dark turn.

Deborah Ann Woll from True Blood and Jay Ellis from Insecure (both HBO shows available on Crave) are both in it!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Prodigy (2019)

Miles is a brilliant child prodigy, or so it seems.

His behaviour starts to become increasingly violent, and his mother realizes a supernatural force may be at play. 

The Prodigy is a pretty good horror film that’s definitely worth a watch!

Taylor Schilling (Piper in Netflix series Orange is the New Black) also stars as the mother!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Don’t Breathe (2016)

A trio of thieves break into a blind veteran’s apartment in search of a major cash settlement he received after the death of his child.

They get more than they bargained for, and it turns into a desperation for survival.

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I thought Don’t Breathe was going to be terrible before I saw it, but it was actually really good.

If you like Disturbia, you’ll like this one too!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Call (2013)

A veteran call centre operator takes a call from a kidnapped teen and tries to save her life.

Halle Berry stars in The Call, which is pretty distressing because it’s something that happens in real life.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The First Purge (2018)

The First Purge is a prequel to the rest of the franchise, and it’s all about the first purge: an annual 12-hour event where all crime in America is legal (including murder).

There’s also a Prime Video series called The Purge, though I do like the movies better!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Ruins (2008)

A group of friends take a trip to Mexico together, and decide to tour a remote archaeological site in the jungle, where something evil resides.

The Ruins is pretty terrifying, and you’ll definitely not want to go off to any mysterious sites next time you’re traveling.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

1922 (2017)

A rancher convinces his teenage son to help murder his wife for financial gain.

1922 is based on a novella by Stephen King, and it’s (literally) about guilt eating you alive.

It’s kind of a slow movie as it is a drama, but I really enjoyed it!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Circle (2015)

50 strangers wake up in a strange room where they have to pick one person to execute every two minutes.

Circle is a film about humanity, and it shows what people are willing to sacrifice in themselves in order to save themselves.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Platform (2019)

The Platform is another Spanish horror movie on Netflix Canada that not everyone will be able to stomach.

It’s set sometime in the future in a vertical prison, where inmates get fed via a descending platform, leading those at the very bottom to starve.

You can imagine the types of things people do when they’re starving, and decide if you want to watch based on that.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Bird Box (2018)

There were lots of memes about Bird Box when it came out, but I actually really enjoyed it.

A mysterious force causes people to harm themselves, forcing survivors to shield their eyes in order to stay alive.

A mother and her children make the dangerous journey to a potential safe haven, all the while keeping their blindfolds on.

Sandra Bullock is an incredible actress, and Sarah Paulson is of course amazing as well!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Cam (2018)

A cam girl’s live stream channel gets taken over by a mysterious woman that looks exactly like her.

It’s super eerie, and it kind of makes social media feel a little scary.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

1BR (2019)

A woman moves into an apartment complex in LA, and finds out there are consequences for breaking the rules.

I wouldn’t say 1BR is a “good” movie, but it’s still a unique and interesting horror to watch.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Horror movies on Netflix Canada

Supernatural horror movies on Netflix Canada

Insidious franchise (2010, 2013, 2015, 2018)

The Insidious series is my favourite horror movie franchise of all-time, and you can watch the entire thing on Netflix Canada.

I love Chapters 1 and 2 because they’re so well thought-out, and everything makes so much sense in Chapter 2!

The gist of the first two movies is that a family gets haunted by malevolent entities because of a special skill they have.

The other movies aren’t as great, but they’re still worth watching if you’re the type of person who likes to watch all the movies in the same universe.

4 films available on Netflix, watch the trailers for chapters onetwothree, and four

Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

The Annabelle series is a spinoff of the Conjuring franchise, which tells the stories of the late Ed and Lorraine Warren and the paranormal cases they investigated.

Annabelle Comes Home is the third instalment of the Annabelle series, and of course it’s scary as heck.

While Ed and Lorraine are traveling to investigate a case, they leave their daughter Judy in the care of a babysitter.

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An unexpected visitor releases Annabelle from her locked case, who wreaks havoc on the household.

I don’t know what it is about old dolls, but they freak me out.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

After a social worker seemingly rescues two children from their troubled mother, the ghost of La Llorona begins to stalk her and her own two children.

While The Curse of La Llorona is not the best of The Conjuring franchise, it’s still worth a watch if you want a good scare.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Hereditary (2018)

Ari Aster is the mastermind behind Hereditary, one of the most uncomfortable and eerie horror films you will ever watch.

After a matriarch passes away, her daughter and grandchildren start to see strange things and learn dark secrets behind their ancestry.

It’s definitely not a light-hearted family drama.

If you like this film, you’ll also like Midsommar on Prime Video, another great horror film by Aster.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

It: Chapter Two (2019)

While I did like the first It movie more than Chapter Two, it was still nice to close off the story.

27 years after being defeated by the Losers’ Club, Pennywise comes back to terrorize the town of Derry.

All the members of the Losers’ Club are now grown adults with their own lives, and they reunite to get rid of Pennywise once and for all.

This is not a movie to watch if you don’t like seeing kids being killed (or eaten alive) – the first movie gave me nightmares for months because of that.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Port Hope, Ontario
We visited Port Hope in Ontario while they were filming It: Chapter Two. They had American flags up all over! We also tried to take photos of the theme park set, but we got kicked out.

Crimson Peak (2015)

After Edith marries the charming Sir Thomas Sharpe against her father’s wishes, they set off to his remote family mansion, filled with ghosts and dark secrets.

Crimson Peak stars Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain, and it was also directed by Guillermo del Toro, one of my favourite directors!

It’s also plenty gory, so if you’re not into that, maybe skip those scenes or don’t watch.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Evil Dead (2013)

Five friends spend a weekend at a remote cabin and accidentally unleash an ancient curse.

I watched Evil Dead when it came out in theatres and absolutely loved it, but did not love having to drive home through a dark street with no street lamps.

This most recent movie is great, and the older, original movies are sort of a laugh because of the bad 80’s graphics.

I also saw the musical version not long after watching the movie and it was great!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Seven in Heaven (2018)

Two teenagers go into a closet for a game of seven minutes in heaven, but they end up in a violent alternate universe.

Seven in Heaven is an interesting take on the alternate reality genre, and it’s definitely a fun watch.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Polaroid (2019)

High school loner Bird finds a vintage Polaroid camera, and discovers that anyone who gets their photo taken dies a mysterious death.

It’s sort of like Final Destination if you’re into that.

Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl from Riverdale, also on Netflix) stars in Polaroid!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Paranormal Activity (2007)

I used to be obsessed with the Paranormal Activity franchise when it first came out back in 2007, and I think I watched almost every single one in theatres.

Basically, people install security cameras inside their homes and find out their houses are haunted.

There are 6 movies in total, but only the first movie is on Netflix!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Woman in Black (2012)

A lawyer travels to a house of a recently deceased woman, and after discovering her spirit is still in the house, he learns she’s killing the village children.

The Woman in Black was one of the first movies I saw with Daniel Radcliffe after Harry Potter, and I didn’t love it the first time I saw it.

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Was it my bias of him playing a role other than Harry Potter? Maybe.

Anyway, I liked it a lot more the next time I rewatched it!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Ghosts of War (2020)

Five American soldiers are assigned to hold down a French chateau near the end of WWII, and they encounter a supernatural enemy.

Ghosts of War is not what it seems, and the twist is pretty epic.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Wretched (2019)

A teenage boy struggles with his parents’ imminent divorce, and he faces off with an old witch who’s possessed the next-door neighbour.

The Wretched has some pretty horrifying and gory scenes in case you’re not into that.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Boy (2016)

Greta takes on a nanny position for a wealthy couple’s child, which turns out to be a doll.

Even more disturbing is the fact that the doll happens to be alive.

Lauren Cohan (Maggie from The Walking Dead, also available on Netflix Canada) plays the main character, and she’s awesome!

You can also watch part two of The Boy on Amazon Prime Video, but it’s not as good as the first one.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Brightburn (2019)

Tori and Kyle adopt a baby boy named Brandon, who starts to get superpowers when he turns 12 and uses them for sinister purposes.

Brightburn is pretty much what happens if a superhero uses their powers for bad things instead.

It has plenty of gruesome scenes if you’re into that kind of stuff.

Elizabeth Banks (Hunger Games and Pitch Perfect) also stars in this one!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Assent (2019)

A struggling single father starts to suspect that his son is possessed by an evil spirit, and he seeks the help of a priest.

The Assent is a creepy one, and you probably won’t want to look into any dark corners after watching it.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Shutter (2004)

Photographer Tun and his girlfriend Jane get involved in a hit-and-run incident, and sinister shadows start to appear in Tun’s photos.

Shutter is in Thai so you’ll have to read subtitles, but it’s definitely worth it.

There’s an American remake of the movie as well that’s also called Shutter, but the original Thai version is definitely better!

I totally didn’t even remember the American movie until I watched this version and realized I knew the entire story already.

Anyway, definitely a creepy watch with a good number of eerie ghost sightings!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Veronica (2017)

I watched Veronica because one of my friends told me it was supposedly the scariest horror movie on Netflix (at the time).

Verónica and her friends try to summon the spirit of her late father during a solar eclipse, and they end up bringing evil demons back with them.

While it was definitely scary, it’s not the most terrifying horror movie I’ve seen on Netflix.

Anyway, it’s still a creepy supernatural horror film that you’ll enjoy if you’re into ghosts and spirits and all that jazz.

It’s also in Spanish, so you’ll have to read subtitles.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Binding (2020)

While visiting her fiancé’s mother in southern Italy, a woman must fight off the mysterious and malevolent curse intent on claiming her daughter.

It’s pretty terrifying, and I would say it’s on the same level of scariness as Verónica!

The Binding is in Italian, so you’ll have to read subtitles.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Horror movies on Netflix Canada

Psychological horror movies on Netflix Canada

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Silence of the Lambs is a classic psychological horror film, and it’s a good one.

A young FBI cadet is forced to confide in an incarcerated psychopath in order to catch another serial killer who skins his victims.

Jodie Foster plays Clarice Starling, the FBI cadet, and Anthony Hopkins plays Hannibal Lecter.

Hannibal Lecter is one scary dude, and so is Buffalo Bill.

Red Dragon and Hannibal Rising are both prequels that came out afterwards, and there’s also a sequel called Hannibal.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Gerald’s Game (2017)

Gerald’s Game is one of the best film adaptations of a Stephen King novel out there.

Jessie and Gerald head to their isolated cabin to rekindle their marriage, and during a kinky game, Gerald dies from a heart attack.

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Handcuffed to the bed with no way to escape, Jessie starts to hallucinate.

It’s a very eerie story, and the film is very well-done – one of the best horror movies on Netflix Canada.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

American Psycho (2000)

American Psycho is another psychological horror classic that came out less than a decade after Silence of the Lambs.

Patrick Bateman is a wealthy investment banker with a secret psychopathic side, and his bloodlust gets increasingly violent as he indulges in his dark desires.

It’s a pretty gory one, so shield your eyes from this one if too much blood freaks you out.

Some big names are in this horror classic, including Christian Bale, Reese Witherspoon, and Jared Leto!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Visit (2015)

Two kids spend a week with their maternal grandparents that they’ve never met, and they have the most terrifying week of their lives.

The Visit is completely made of found-footage if you’re into those types of horrors.

It’s also directed and co-produced by M. Night Shyamalan!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer


Creature & monster horror movies on Netflix Canada

Underworld franchise (2009, 2012, 2016)

Underworld is an amazing horror franchise featuring Kate Beckinsale, and all but the first two films are available on Netflix Canada.

Selene is a vampire who works as a Death Dealer, and she kills the lycans who allegedly slaughtered her family.

3 films available on Netflix, watch the trailer

I Am Legend (2007)

Robert Neville is the last human survivor of a plague in New York.

A scientist before the man-made virus came to be, he attempts to create a cure using his own immune blood.

This movie freaked me out when I first watched it as a kid, especially because the zombies move really fast.

Will and Willow Smith both star in I Am Legend!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

#Alive (2020)

#Alive is a Korean zombie movie that’s definitely not on the level of Train to Busan, but is still worth watching.

After a virus breaks out in the city, a lone survivor is left stranded in his apartment with no food and no weapons.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Dark Skies (2013)

A couple and their two sons live a peaceful life in the suburbs until strange things start to happen in their home.

I’m not crazy about extraterrestrial movies, but Dark Skies is great – especially because it’s more of a horror film!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

What Lies Below (2020)

A 16-year-old girl comes back from camp and meets her mom’s hunky new fiancé, who starts become weirder and weirder.

What Lies Below isn’t a mind-blowing sci-fi horror by any means, but it is suspenseful the whole way through, and there’s a twist at the end.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Shallows (2016)

After the death of her mother, Nancy goes surfing at a secluded beach.

She gets bitten by a great white shark while surfing, and gets stranded on a rock away from shore.

The Shallows is a lot scarier than it sounds, and you definitely won’t want to go surfing anytime soon.

Blake Lively also plays the main character!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Netflix Canada

Disturbing & gory horror movies on Netflix Canada

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

A group of friends go on one last road trip before two brothers head off to Vietnam, and they experience a series of unfortunate events.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning is the sixth instalment of the franchise, and it’s a prequel to the 2003 movie.

If you’re not into cannibalism, this one ain’t for you.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Final Destination 5 (2011)

Final Destination is an iconic horror franchise that you’ve probably heard of even if you’ve never seen the movies before.

Basically in each movie, a group of people cheat death by having premonitions, and they end up mysteriously dying one by one because of ~fate~.

People die pretty horrifically, but it’s still amusing if you’re a horror lover.

Only Final Destination 5 is available to stream on Netflix.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Hostel Part III (2011)

In all of the Hostel movies, travellers get abducted and tortured in the most brutal ways.

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This series haunted me for weeks and is the reason why I will only stay in hotels and Airbnbs.

Hostel Part III is honestly the worst out of the three movies, but it’s still worth a watch if you’re in the mood for a brutal horror movie.

If you’re into Hostel, you might also like 13 Cameras and 14 Cameras (both also on Netflix), which are about a creepy landlord who spies on his tenants.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer


Horror comedy movies on Netflix Canada

Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

Funnily enough, I actually watched Happy Death Day 2U before watching part one because I didn’t realize it was a part two.

In part one, college student Tree Gelbman is forced to relive the same day over and over again to find out who murdered her.

Then, in part two, she wakes up in a parallel universe and has to save her friends this time around.

It’s more of a horror comedy than a slasher film, so it’s suitable for even people who don’t really like horror movies.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Final Girls (2015)

Max and her friends get transported into a cult slasher flick while watching it at the theatre, and they have to rely on their knowledge of horror movie tropes to survive.

I can’t believe I’d never heard of The Final Girls before it came onto Netflix – it actually came out in 2015 supposedly.

It stars Taissa Farmiga and Nina Dobrev!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Babysitter (2017, 2020)

Cole stays up past his bedtime and accidentally discovers that his hot babysitter is part of a satanic cult.

He spends the rest of the night trying to stay alive.

The Babysitter is a fun horror/comedy if you’re in the mood for gore and laughs.

The second movie, Killer Queen, follows Cole two years later when he finds himself back in the same situation.

Part one is actually pretty entertaining, but they really could’ve done without making part two.

Still fun to watch both though, if you’re in the mood for a (humorous) horror movie marathon!

2 films available on Netflix, watch the trailer


Netflix Canada

Best horror movies to binge-watch on Netflix Canada (August 2021):

  1. Us
  2. Midsommar
  3. The Ritual
  4. Escape Room
  5. The Prodigy
  6. Don’t Breathe
  7. The Call
  8. The First Purge
  9. The Ruins
  10. 1922
  11. Circle
  12. The Platform
  13. Bird Box
  14. Cam
  15. 1BR
  16. Insidious
  17. Annabelle Comes Home
  18. The Curse of La Llorona
  19. Hereditary
  20. It: Chapter Two
  21. Crimson Peak
  22. Evil Dead
  23. Seven in Heaven
  24. Polaroid
  25. Paranormal Activity
  26. The Woman in Black
  27. Ghosts of War
  28. The Wretched
  29. The Boy
  30. Brightburn
  31. The Assent
  32. Shutter
  33. Veronica
  34. The Binding
  35. The Silence of the Lambs
  36. Gerald’s Game
  37. American Psycho
  38. The Visit
  39. Underworld
  40. I Am Legend
  41. #Alive
  42. Dark Skies
  43. What Lies Below
  44. The Shallows
  45. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
  46. Final Destination 5
  47. Hostel Part III
  48. Happy Death Day 2U
  49. The Final Girls
  50. The Babysitter

These were some of the best horror movies on Netflix Canada to binge-watch this August 2021!

Every time I watch a movie, I rate it on Letterboxd – it’s a great way to keep track of what you’ve watched and what your friends are watching!

Of course, there are plenty more awesome horror movies to watch on Netflix, but these were just some of my own favourites.

I also update this post every month with the latest horror movies on Netflix, so feel free to bookmark it if you’re a horror movie buff!

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