The 15 most chilling horror movies streaming on Netflix Australia

With some spine-tingling originals and modern classics from the world of horror, Netflix has fans of the genre sorted.

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Spooking yourself silly is easy when you have a Netflix subscription. This content-delivering juggernaut has many a skeleton lurking in its closet (and ghosts, and murderous wildlife, and psychotic shape-shifting clowns, and... well the list goes on).

For most sensible folk with a moderately healthy heart, horror is a genre not to be binge-watched. Typically, it'll be one viewing, then some recovery time – possibly therapy – and then you'll come back to sample another slice. But with such staggered viewing, one really ought to know which horror dishes to consume first. You certainly can't go wrong with any of the following...


1. Fear Street Part 1: 1994


  • Year: 2021
  • Cast: Maya Hawke, Charlene Amoia, David W. Thompson, Noah Bain Garret

Ah, the 90s – when slasher flicks were all the rage. Fear Street Part 1: 1994 promises to take you back while also delivering scare after scare until you'll feel the need to hide under a blanket. The plot follows a group of friends who take on an evil force that's plagued their town for centuries. If you like it, the movie is part of a trilogy, each set during a different point in time. Streaming all 3 would make for an excellent marathon.

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2. #Alive


  • Year: 2020
  • Cast: Yoo Ah-in, Park Shin-hye, Jeon Bae-soo, Lee Hyun-wook

#Alive is a South Korean zombie film that offers occasional laughs along with a genuinely unsettling set-up. When a virus begins to run amok through a city, a man witnesses the chaos from inside his apartment and decides it would be best to stay locked in. Cut off from the outside world and desperate to survive, he struggles when his food runs low and loneliness kicks in. The fact that this movie came out in 2020, during an actual pandemic, only makes it more relatable.

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3. Velvet Buzzsaw


  • Year: 2019
  • Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge

Spice up your horror line-up with an ambitious satire set in the contemporary art world scene. When a bunch of paintings are found in the apartment of a dead man, art dealers want to claim and sell them. However, it seems like the paintings have a mind of their own – and killer instincts. Sometimes silly, other times gory, Velvet Buzzsaw is darkly enjoyable all the way through.

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4. Cargo


  • Year: 2018
  • Cast: Simone Landers, Martin Freeman, Susie Porter

The premise of this emotional horror movie should be enough to draw you in. Set in Australia during a deadly pandemic, Cargo follows an infected father desperate to find a new home for his infant child before he succumbs to the virus. Add a spectacular performance from Martin Freeman into the mix and you'll be unable to look away.

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5. Apostle


  • Year: 2018
  • Cast: Dan Stevens, Richard Elfyn, Paul Higgins, Bill Milner, Michael Sheen

Set in the early 1900s, Apostle follows a man who travels to a remote island hoping to rescue his sister from a cult. He poses as a convert and infiltrates the island's community, but ends up uncovering a secret more evil than he could have ever imagined. Frightening and visually sizzling, the movie is a wild ride from start to finish.

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6. Under the Shadow


  • Year: 2016
  • Cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Arash Marandi

Under the Shadow is a haunting slow burn – it creeps up on you, building to a terrifying climax. The plot revolves around a mother and daughter dealing with the horror of a war-torn Tehran in the 1980s as an evil force seems to settle in their home. To call the movie thought-provoking would be an understatement.

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7. 1922


  • Year: 2017
  • Cast: Thomas Jane, Neal McDonough, Dylan Schmid, Molly Parker

The takeaways you should get from 1922: Some secrets don't stay buried and inside every man is another man – a conniving man. In this Netflix original adaptation of a Stephen King classic, a simple yet proud rancher conspires to murder his wife for financial gain, and to prevent his pride-and-joy landholding from being lost in a divorce. After convincing his son to be an accessory, the deed is done, the law is successfully thrown off, and then the real troubles begin.

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8. The Babysitter


  • Year: 2017
  • Cast: Samara Weaving, Judah Lewis, Hana Mae Lee, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne

If you like your horror thrills with a splash of bloody comedy, The Babysitter will be right up your alley. The movie centres on a young boy who stays up past his bedtime only to discover that his hot babysitter belongs to a satanic cult that will stop at nothing to keep him quiet. Equal parts hilarious and gruesome, the movie should be a delight for slasher fans. Also, how good is Samara Weaving? Spoiler alert: very.

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9. The Ritual


  • Year: 2017
  • Cast: Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier

Reuniting after the tragic death of their friend, 4 college pals set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. Here, a wrong turn comes with disturbing consequences. Besides the eerie setting, The Ritual treats viewers to creepy visual effects, impressive creature design and a cast of compelling characters. The dread is real with this one.

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10. I'm Thinking of Ending Things


  • Year: 2020
  • Cast: Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, Toni Collette, David Thewlis

Based on the novel of the same name by Iain Reid, I'm Thinking of Ending Things is more uncomfortable than downright scary. That doesn't make it any less worthy of your attention, especially if you like your movies on the trippy side. The plot revolves around a young woman who accompanies her new boyfriend to his parent's secluded farm. Weird stuff happens. By the end, you'll be scratching your head and gasping in wonder at what just unfolded on screen.

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11. Eli


  • Year: 2019
  • Cast: Kelly Reilly, Sadie Sink, Lili Taylor, Max Martini, Charlie Shotwell

Jump scares are abound in this uneven but very satisfying horror flick. The movie revolves around a young boy plagued with an unknown illness who becomes trapped in a haunted house while undergoing treatment. The set-up is terrifying, the effects are excellent and the final 15 minutes are ridiculously intense. Also, the twists are guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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12. Gerald's Game


  • Year: 2017
  • Cast: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas, Chiara Aurelia

Sometimes all a failing marriage needs is a bit of spice in the bedroom, or a getaway to somewhere romantic and remote. Gerald's titular game involves both of the aforementioned – the kink of the day being a pair of handcuffs and a bit of roleplaying with his missus, Jessie. When said activity goes horribly wrong, the designated incarcerated must face warped visions, dark secrets and a dire 127 Hours-esque choice.

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13. Veronica


  • Year: 2017
  • Cast: Sandra Escacena, Bruna González, Claudia Placer

During a solar eclipse, Verónica and her friends want to summon the spirit of Verónica's father using an ouija board. As the session progresses, she loses consciousness, but eventually recovers. Soon though, it becomes clear that evil demons have arrived and a horrific outcome awaits her. Ominous to the bone, this is the kind of movie that will make you sleep with the lights on. Especially since it’s inspired by a true story.

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14. Hush


  • Year: 2016
  • Cast: John Gallagher Jr., Kate Siegel, Michael Trucco

A heart-pounding home invasion flick, Hush is about a deaf writer who retreats into the woods to live a solitary life. When a masked killer set on terrorising her appears in the window, she suddenly has to fight for survival. The movie is intense and scary, clever and twisty. It's also jam-packed with nail-biting moments, so you might want some company instead of watching this one alone.

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15. His House


  • Year: 2020
  • Cast: Sope Dirisu, Wunmi Mosaku, Malaika Wakoli-Abigaba

His House centres on a refugee couple who escape a war-torn South Sudan to England. Once there, they find it hard to adjust to their new surroundings – a shabby London house haunted by a less-than benevolent spirit. With plenty to say about assimilation and grief, His House is a top-tier horror movie that's both compelling and visually arresting. It will give you goosebumps.

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What changed on our list?

New additions

  • Fear Street Part 1: 1994
  • #Alive
  • Velvet Buzzsaw
  • Cargo
  • Apostle
  • Under the Shadow

No longer on Netflix

  • Train to Busan

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