What’s the catalog size of their movies now, over 4000? That means if you spent one minute looking over every title Netflix has you’d be there for almost three days. If it’s scary movies you’re looking for that’s a daunting task, especially if you’re looking for something new.
Netflix does a pretty good job of letting you know “What’s New” or “Recently Added” (whatever that means), but we’re going to take it a step further and list the latest scary movies that have landed in the genre ribbon over the past few weeks, including one dropping this Friday.
Also, these titles are taken from the U.S. version.
Scary Movies Just Added to Netflix:
Day Shift (2022) drops on August 12.
It’s a long way from Ray or Dreamgirls for Foxx, but Day Shift is setting him back into his action roots. Keep in mind this movie is from the people behind John Wick so expect it to be over-the-top, bloody, and humorous.
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Foxx is currently working on some kid-friendly material and adult dramas, including Mike Tyson’s life story, so let’s sit back, relax and enjoy his most revved-up movie since Baby Driver.
Synopsis: A hard-working, blue-collar dad who just wants to provide a good life for his quick-witted 8-year-old daughter. His mundane San Fernando Valley pool cleaning job is a front for his real source of income: hunting and killing vampires.
The Wretched (2019)
Sometimes it’s the indie films that have the greatest effect. From Halloween to Paranormal Activity, limited budgets seem to bring out the best in directors. Take this terrifying supernatural thriller The Wretched. Chock full of moody scares, bubble wrap bone snapping, and a twist that you might not see coming, this film is as creepy as they come.
The Pierce Brothers directed this taut chiller and we are eagerly awaiting their next endeavor. But, IMDb doesn’t have them down for anything yet. We might get a sequel to The Wretched if we’re lucky, but that’s only wishful thinking.
Synopsis: A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parents’ imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand-year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door.
Or: Crazy, Possessed Asians. From the production house of Sam Raimi, Umma is an effective ghost movie with just a skosh of J-horror. The film did relatively well at the box office but really took off on VOD. If you weren’t down to shell out the $20 for an early access to this title, it might warm your heart to know it’s now on Netflix for — for lack of a better word — free!
This is the perfect title for scanners who spend more time looking at titles that watching them. It’s supernatural, it’s creepy and it’s got Sandra Oh!
Synopsis: Amanda and her daughter live a quiet life on an American farm, but when the remains of her estranged mother arrive from Korea, Amanda becomes haunted by the fear of turning into her own mother.
For those of you who stay away from movies you have to read, you’re missing out on Incantation because it’s dubbed. This has already been at the top of fans’ lists as one of the best on 2022. Whereas the found footage genre is arguably played out (ahem, Dashcam!), Incantation actually makes sense in its use of raw film captures.
Of everything on this list, save for Day Shift because it’s not out yet, Incantation is by far the scariest. Plus it comes with a curse if you watch it. Meta!
Synopsis: Six years ago, Li Ronan was cursed after breaking a religious taboo. Now, she must protect her daughter from the consequences of her actions.
The Mist (2007)
The most notorious ending probably in all of filmdom, The Mist isn’t afraid of, well…anything! Even Stephen King, the author of the source material was impressed, and he hates everything! The bottom line is there are King adaptations and there are great King adaptations: Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Misery, and The Mist.
Don’t bother with the recent television series, stick with the original.
Synopsis: A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.
John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998)
Remember when John Carpenter just kept the classics coming? Then he sort of started doing weird things like Prince of Darkness, Ghosts of Mars, and The Ward. Somewhere in between those titles, he gave us Vampires. But the great thing about Carpenter is rewatchability. Even his worst film, if you think about it, is better than most of the stuff we see today. You can test that theory today on Netflix if you want.
Synopsis: Recovering from an ambush that killed his entire team, a vengeful vampire slayer must retrieve an ancient Catholic relic that, should it be acquired by vampires, will allow them to walk in sunlight.
Blair Witch (2016)
The sequel, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 has its stans, but let’s face it they are few and far between. Instead of taking the complicated route, Blair Witch goes for comfort and basically tells the same story of the first one, but with updated technology. Talk about a prequel. But this one works despite its derivative flaws and even manages to give us some genuine scares. Just pay no attention to the twist and focus on the terror.
Synopsis: After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his vanished sister Heather, James and a group of friends head to the forest believed to be inhabited by the Blair Witch.
More Scary Movies On Netflix That We Recommend
If you have already seen the above films or are still on the lookout for something newish, we have some suggestions for you. Chances are you have seen most of these, but just in case, let’s remind you about a few that just dropped on the platform.
This update to the King novel of the same name may have been better than the miniseries from 1990. But that’s because now the technology is more advanced. There are certain liberties the director takes with the source material, but it doesn’t affect the overall quality of the film.
If you haven’t seen this adaptation of the book, that’s okay because it’s a completely different experience, and still manages to stand on its own.
In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.
Game Over (2019)
Weird. This one is weird. But that only makes it interesting. We have to admit we haven’t watched it yet, so we leave it to you dear reader, to let us know if it’s worth any part of our time.
Synopsis: A nyctophobic woman has to fight her inner demons to stay alive in the game called life.
Brahms: The Boy II (2020)
Did the first one really need a sequel? Apparently so and you can watch it on Netflix right now. Joining the creepy doll craze, The Boy was a subtle thriller with supernatural overtones. In this sequel, is the doll alive? Is it possessed? What exactly is going on? Don’t spoil it.
Synopsis: After a family moves into the Heelshire Mansion, their young son soon makes friends with a life-like doll called Brahms.
And those are the scary movies added to Netflix. Bookmark this page as we update it regularly.