The scariest movies on Netflix to watch for thrills and chills

Looking for a scream? The scariest movies on Netflix have ghosts, witches, and demons galore

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To accompany PSL season and the onslaught of flannel, the scariest movies on Netflix are here to put you in an autumn state of mind. It's time to dim the lights and indulge...if you dare.

What's new on Netflix this September focuses on all-things spooky—ghosts, demons, murderous neighbors and all that scary stuff. You might not want to watch any of these before bed if you scare easily, so consider this fair warning.



The scariest movies on Netflix to watch this fall

1. 'Fear Street'

Your childhood nightmares are about to reemerge thanks to R.L. Stine and Fear Street on Netflix. The author's Fear Street gets the streaming treatment with a movie trilogy: Part 1 is set in 1994, followed by a step back even further in time to 1978 in Part 2. Then, Part 3 concludes in 1666. 

Wicked forces have been hard at work in Shadyside for generations, and teens have been attempting to uncovering the wrongdoings year after year. Although you might've snagged these classic kids' lit selections at your elementary school book fair, this Fear Street trilogy is not geared toward a younger audience. 

2. 'The Strangers'

What's meant to be a quiet retreat turns into a nightmare when a couple is encountered by three masked intruders who are not interested in taking valuables—only lives. 

3. 'Woman in the Window'

Based on the highly controversial New York Times bestseller by A.J. Finn, this popular thriller has finally received the TV treatment, much to fans' delight.

In this suspenseful tale, we follow an agoraphobic New Yorker (played by Amy Adams) who is confined to her apartment. She becomes overly involved in her neighbor's lives, but what happens when she witness a heinous crime—and is made to feel like she is wrong?

4. 'The Conjuring'

The Perron family calls on paranormal investigators after moving into their new home. The farmhouse's activity starts out innocently enough, but then supernatural events turn wicked—quickly—when the family learns more about their new abode's frightening history. (Psst: the follow-up flicks are also available on Netflix.)

5. 'Insidious'

Moving into a new home is supposed to be an exciting experience, but these parents know it to be anything but. Once the son of Josh and Renai (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne) falls into a comatose state, the supernatural experiences begin. 

6. 'Case 39'

Emily Jenkins (Renée Zellweger) is a social worker who's encountered every situation imaginable—almost. When she is tasked to help 10-year-old Lilith (Jodelle Ferland), she ultimately has to separate the child from her cruel parents. While attempting to find a foster family for the little girl, a frightening force overcomes Lilith and makes things next to impossible for Emily.

7. '1922'

Anytime Stephen King enters the equation, you're bound to encounter something horrifying (in a good way). A father-son duo (Thomas Jane and Dylan Schmid) decides to conspire against the matriarch of the family and kill her for financial gain in this novella-turned-film. 

8. 'Winchester'

Based on the real-life story of Sarah Winchester, the heir to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, this story follows a tortured woman (played here by Helen Mirren) who was harassed by the souls who lost their lives at the hands of a Winchester rifle.

In order to avoid their spirits, she built a massive California home in attempts to confuse them and throw them off course...but will her unfinished staircases and doors that lead to nowhere actually work?

9. 'Deep Blue Sea'

In attempts to find a cure for Alzheimer's, scientists conduct experiments on sharks...which leads to disastrous results.  

10. 'Things Heard & Seen'

This Amanda Seyfried-led Netflix original is garnering much attention, and you'll definitely want to see what the hype is about for yourself. A woman and her husband take off from New York City and opt for small-town living...but it comes with some sinister consequences.

11. 'Monster House'

For the fraidy cats among us, the animated flick Monster House offers a tame horror story for those who are not terribly inclined to go all out on the scare charts. Something is very wrong next door, but will these kids be able to find out what?

Danielle Valente
Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.