5 best horror movies on Netflix in 2021

Fear Street Part 1 - Courtesy of Netflix
Fear Street Part 1 - Courtesy of Netflix /

As we draw closer to the end of 2021, it’s interesting to look back and see what releases Netflix has given us for the year. One genre that saw excellent releases was horror. There were many new horror movies on Netflix as well as shows, giving fans excellent choices this year.

We focus on horror films for this article, but we can’t ignore Netflix’s excellent horror series in 2021. Some are brand new series others have released new seasons. Be sure to check out Brand New Cherry Flavor, Midnight Mass, and Black Summer. 

Netflix has brought us some other great horror films in previous years, including The Babysitter and its sequel, Before I Wake, His House, #Alive, and Cargo.

Below are the top five horror movies released in 2021.

5 Best horror movies on Netflix in 2021

Fear Street Trilogy 

The Fear Street trilogy of films has been one of my favorite releases for 2021. The slasher feel of this film and all the nods to the great horror that came before it is fantastic.

Based on the Fear Street book series by R.L. Stine, these films follow a group of teens who try to undo a curse cast upon their town hundreds of years ago. The movies start in 1993, then to 1978, and then head back to 1666. The story is told in reverse order with flash-forwards and flashbacks to fill in the details.

There’s Someone Inside Your House

One of the great horror movies on Netflix for 2021 was There’s Someone Inside Your House, and it was a good one. A slasher film directed by Patrick Brice (Creep) was adapted from Stephanie Perkin’s New York Times best-selling novel. The film is produced by James Wan’s Atomic Monster (The Conjuring) and Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps (Stranger Things).

High school students are targeted by a killer who exposes their darkest secrets as they use the victim’s likeness via a mask while they kill them. A new student, with a past of her own, must join the other students to figure out who the killer is before becoming victims themselves.

Blood Red Sky

The British-German horror film Blood Red Sky was hit for the streamer. Netflix reported that 50 million members viewed this film in the first four weeks of release.

A mother and son board a plane to New York as the mother has leukemia and will see a doctor who will be able to get her some new treatment. The aircraft is hijacked, and the mother is shot, but her story doesn’t end there. Things aren’t all that they seem, and this turns into an amazing action horror film.

Army of the Dead

Zach Snyder reinvented the zombie in his film Army of the DeadThis film follows a group of mercenaries hired to enter the city of Las Vegas that is overrun by the undead. But, not just any zombies; these are skilled and smart!

The mercenaries are hired by a casino owner who wants the money in his vault retrieved before the military deploys nukes on the city, $200 million, to be exact. The group heads into the city and meets with a group of the undead that is organized and has a hierarchy.

It is a bit over the top, but it makes for a terrific movie. A prequel to this film is available to stream on Netflix as well titled Army of Thieves.


Nightbooks is a horror fantasy based on the children’s book by J.A. White.

Alex is a young boy who enjoys writing scary stories who is trapped by a witch named Natacha who uses her magic to lure children to her apartment. She only wants the children who are useful to her; otherwise, she will kill them. He discovers that he isn’t alone because another child, Yazmin, has also been lured into the apartment and is now the housekeeper.

The duo become fast friends and diced to try and escape from the witch. It is a delightful tale geared towards older children but with a story interesting enough to keep the adult’s attention.

Which horror movies on Netflix did you watch in 2021? Let us know in the comments below.

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