The Scariest Netflix Originals To Stream Right Now

Watching TV is one of the best things we have in modern-day living, but having to sort through shows to find something that’s worth watching? Pfft! That’s for the birds! Fortunately, Netflix has plenty of quality series and movies available for our entertainment.

Need something scary to watch on Netflix when you get home from work tonight? Don’t worry, fam, Netflix has got your back. Check out the 10 scariest Netflix originals that you can stream right now. Oh, and, if you’re not wearing any pants, please put some on now because they will be scared off of you — and we know that sounds counterintuitive, but trust us. It’s all a part of the process.

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10 Bird Box



Hey, speaking of birds, if you haven’t seen Bird Box yet, then what are you even doing with your life? you need to sit down and rearrange your schedule a bit so you can catch this psychological thriller starring Sandra Bullock (Ocean’s 8) ASAP.

After a strange, murderous force invades the world, a mother must make the dangerous trek through woods and across a river with her two children to get to safety. To make matters even more complicated, they all have to be blindfolded because simply looking at this mysterious entity leads to death. The stakes are high in the breakneck thriller that everyone is talking about.

9 Apostle



Starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody), and Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), Apostle isn’t just a horror movie, it’s also a period drama. Two of our most favorite things!

In 1905, Thomas Richardson (Stevens), a Christian missionary, returns home to London to learn that his sister, Andrea (Boynton), has been taken by a cult. In an effort to get her back, Richardson travels to the remote Welsh island where the cult is located, and attempts to infiltrate its ranks. However, he uncovers a dark secret in the process. Wow, a cult and a dark secret? This Netflix original movie has got everything!

8 The Haunting Of Hill House



The next free weekend you get, you need to sit down and marathon watch The Haunting of Hill House. Just make sure you leave the blinds open and turn all of the lights on. You might even want to invite a friend or two over to watch it with you because this one will leave you truly shook.

Based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel, Netflix’s re-imagining of the story follows five adult siblings who have a dysfunctional relationship thanks to the house they grew up in; a decades-old mansion that holds deep secrets and drives the family apart while also mysteriously bringing them together.

7 1922



Stephen King remains the undisputed Master of Horror thanks to Netflix’s adaptation of his 2010 novella. The show 1922 begins with Wilfred “Wilf” James (Thomas Jane) making a written confession for a crime he committed in that year. Wilf reveals that he and his son murdered his wife, then covered it up.

Even though Wilf believed the crime would be the end of all of his problems, it soon proved that it was only the beginning. The horror sets in soon after the start and escalates in true Stephen King fashion until things come to a head at the very end… But, since we don’t want to spoil it for you, we won’t tell you how.

6 The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina



Like Riverdale, Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is based on an Archie Comic. But, also like Riverdale, this series isn’t nearly as adorably wholesome as the original comics it was based on.

Being a teenager is hard enough, what with school and homework and peer pressure. But for Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka), life as a teen is even tougher because she’s not just a teen, she’s also half-witch. As her 16th birthday approaches, Sabrina must make a decision. Will she embrace her half-human side? Or, will she turn to witchcraft, magic, and the occult instead? Yikes! And we thought we had it rough when we were in high school.

5 I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives In The House



The Affair‘s Ruth Wilson stars as a live-in nurse who’s been hired to look after a patient with dementia in this Netflix original movie. Doesn’t sound too scary, does it? Yeah, well, just you wait.

Lily Saylor (Wilson) moves in with retired horror writer, Iris Blum (Paula Prentiss). Upon her arrival, Lily learns that Iris’s house was built in the early 1800s by a man for his wife, but the two disappeared on their wedding day. After a series of jump scares, some ominous foreshadowing, and copious amounts of tension, every secret behind the moldy, creaking walls of the home are revealed in I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House.

4 Gerald’s Game



Based on Stephen King’s 1992 novel of the same name, Gerald’s Game will, in all likelihood, make you cry for your mom. So before you actively seek it out on Netflix and press play, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Carla Gugino (The Haunting of Hill House) and Bruce Greenwood (Mad Men) star as Jessie and Gerald Burlingame in this Netflix original. The couple heads to a remote lake house for a romantic retreat, but when Gerald dies unexpectedly, Jessie is left handcuffed to the bed with no means of calling for help. As the hours go by, the voices in her head begin to take over and prove that the human mind is the scariest place of all.

3 Castlevania



It seems like Count Dracula is always ticked off about something. In Netflix’s Castlevania, Dracula (voiced by Outlander’s Graham McTavish) is mad because his wife was burned at the stake after being falsely accused of witchcraft. Actually…that sounds like a legitimate reason to be angry. Sorry we doubted you, Mr. Dracula.

Anyway, now Dracula’s bent on revenge, and he summons an army of demons to terrorize the people of Wallachia — there’s only one thing standing in his way: a guy named Trevor Belmont (voiced by Hannibal’s Richard Armitage), the last member of the Belmont clan (a family famous for hunting down all sorts of monsters, including vampires). Horrifying at times and hilarious at others, Castlevania is worth a watch!

2 The Open House



If you just can’t get enough Dylan Minnette, then when you finish watching 13 Reasons Why for the billionth time, turn on The Open House. It’s an hour and a half of non-stop horror that any scary movie lover will enjoy.

After his father dies in a car accident, Logan Wallace (Minnette) and his mother, Naomi (Piercey Dalton), move into his aunt’s mountain chalet until it sells. However, soon after they move in, strange things start to happen. Objects move on their own; the phone rings, but nobody’s on the other end; the pilot light goes off on the water heater. With a spooky mountain setting, a string of eerie circumstances, and neighbors with erratic behavior, The Open House is a real nail-biter.

1 Hold The Dark



In December of 2004, writer and wolf behavior specialist Russell Core (Jeffrey Wright of Westworld fame) travels to Alaska at the request of Medora Slone (Riley Keough), who wants Core to track down the wolves believed to be responsible for the disappearance of three children, including her young son.

What seems like a clearcut case soon begins to unravel, revealing a series of scary secrets, and it turns out nothing is at all like it seems. Also starring Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) and James Badge Dale (Iron Man 3), Hold the Dark is one Netflix original you’re going to want to watch with the lights on.

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