Horror movies hardly ever get the respect they deserve. Save for the fanatics, who worship at the feet of Wes Craven, Stanley Kubrick, and Stephen King, even the most acclaimed creepy thriller or slasher film is usually buried by dramas and biopics when award season rolls around. Only lately, thanks in large part to Blumhouse Productions, have horror movies started to get their due a little bit more: Jordan Peele's upcoming Us and the Isabelle Hupert-starring Greta have already captured the nation's attention, and are likely to give classics like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Evil Dead, and Candy Man a run for their money.
Whether they're based on a true story (sort of) like The Conjuring, a low budget found footage piece like The Blair Witch Project, or more sci-fi leaning like The Sixth Sense, the best horror movies are well-acted and able to terrify even a seasoned scary movie vet. If you're on the prowl for horror movies on Netflix, or just trying to learn more about the genre, check out this list of the scariest movies of all time.