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35 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 May 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!

If you’re looking for more stuff to watch on Netflix, I also have blog posts on the best movies on Netflix Canada and the best shows on Netflix Canada.


The best horror movies on Netflix Canada


Thriller movies on Netflix Canada

The Ritual

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

Would You Rather

A group of strangers attend a dinner party at the mansion of the seemingly generous Shepard Lambrick.

They’re forced into a dark and sadistic game of “would you rather“, where they end up having to fight for their lives.

I personally think realistic horror movies are the scariest, because you know there’s actually dark and twisted people out there.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Escape Room

Six people from different walks of life compete in an escape room to win $10,000, and 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

Truth or Dare

A group of friends get lured into a dangerous game of truth or dare where anyone who lies or doesn’t follow the rules winds up dead.

Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey star in Truth or Dare!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Prodigy

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

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.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Call

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

Circle

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Curse of La Llorona

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.

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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

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

The Wretched

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

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

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

Elizabeth Banks is also in this one!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Assent

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

Veronica

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.

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1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Horror movies on Netflix Canada

Psychological horror movies on Netflix Canada

The Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs is one of the classic psychological horror films, 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 I wouldn’t recommend this one if you’re more into thrillers than actual horror.

Buffalo Bill is also v scary.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Red Dragon

Red Dragon is the prequel to Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal Lecter helps yet another FBI agent solve a case of a psychotic serial killer.

It’s every bit as twisted as the first film, and you’ll definitely enjoy it if you did like the first one.

There’s another prequel called Hannibal Rising and a sequel called Hannibal.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Gerald’s Game

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.

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

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 Roommate

A college student named Sara becomes roommates with Rebecca and they become friends.

Of course, things take a turn for the worst as Rebecca becomes obsessed with Sara and starts to target people in her life.

Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet, and Aly Michalka all star in The Roommate!

Tbh Leighton Meester truly makes the movie.

The psychological thriller is pretty much a remake of the 90’s movie Single White Female.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer


Creature & monster horror movies on Netflix Canada

Underworld

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.

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3 films available on Netflix, watch the trailer

I Am Legend

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

#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

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

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

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

Final Destination 5

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

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

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.

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1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer


Horror comedy movies on Netflix Canada

Happy Death Day 2U

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 Babysitter

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

The best horror movies to watch on Netflix Canada (May 2021):

  1. The Ritual
  2. Would You Rather
  3. Escape Room
  4. Truth or Dare
  5. The Prodigy
  6. Don’t Breathe
  7. The Call
  8. Circle
  9. The Platform
  10. Bird Box
  11. Cam
  12. 1BR
  13. Insidious
  14. The Curse of La Llorona
  15. Hereditary
  16. The Wretched
  17. The Boy
  18. Brightburn
  19. The Assent
  20. Veronica
  21. The Silence of the Lambs
  22. Red Dragon
  23. Gerald’s Game
  24. American Psycho
  25. The Roommate
  26. Underworld
  27. I Am Legend
  28. #Alive
  29. Dark Skies
  30. What Lies Below
  31. The Shallows
  32. Final Destination 5
  33. Hostel Part III
  34. Happy Death Day 2U
  35. The Babysitter

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

Have you seen any of these horror movies on Netflix Canada? What are some of the best horror flicks in your opinion? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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Candice

Tuesday 4th of May 2021

These are all some really great options! I love the conjuring universe movies so everything in the franchise is such a great watch.

Candice x

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Jessica Lam

Tuesday 4th of May 2021

The original Conjuring movies are def my favourites in the franchise, but the rest are fun to watch as well!