The best (of the worst) horror movies available to stream on Netflix

Published: February 24, 2014

Everyone knows that, say, The Exorcist and The Shining are great horror movies, but sometimes you're in the mood for something a little bit less serious. Something as cheaply made, over-the-top, absurd and fun as it is frightening. Luckily, Netflix has dozens if not hundreds of these movies available to watch instantly. This list will contain my favorite films of this type, films that are perhaps scary, but more importantly crazy and exciting to watch.

  1. The Toxic Avenger

    The Toxic Avenger is a Troma classic! It might not be the most traditional horror film, incorporating many superhero elements, but it's certainly enjoyable. Released in 1984, The Toxic Avenger tells the story of a janitor who falls into a tub of toxic waster and turns into the deformed Toxic Avenger, a monstrous sort of superhero. One of the most important films from one of the most important B-movie studios, this film is great whether you're looking for violence or camp.

  2. Leprechaun 2

    Ah, horror movie sequels. Never neccessary, sometimes truly awful, but always fun. Except for the titular Leprechaun, Leprechaun 2 has none of the same charecters as the first film. Really though, the murderous leprechaunt is all anyone wants to see. The 1990s was a strange time for horror films, with a lot of ridiculous stuff coming out, and Leprechaun 2 is a great example of some of that absurdity.

  3. New Year's Evil

    With the success of Halloween and Black Christmas, it seemed like they made a slasher film for every holiday. New Year's Evil doesn't just have a great title; it's also a really fun movie. In this slasher flick, the killer threatens the host of a televised New Year's Eve countdown, which really raises the stakes.

  4. The Greenskeeper

    A horror movie set at a golf course might sound a little strange, but the 2002 film The Greenskeeper really makes the setting work. The title charecter is played by John Rocker, the MLB pitcher, so the acting isn't exactly great, but thats one of the many things that makes this modern slasher so entertaining.

  5. Jack Frost

    This surprisingly violent 1997 supernatural slasher movie is surprisingly violent, especially considering its obstensibly a horror-comedy. But this strangeness of tone is one of the things that makes it such a strange and fun movie. A serial killer, conveinently named Jack Frost, gets exposed to some experimental genetic material and becomes a nearly invincible snowman killer who terrorizes a small town. With a plot like that, how could it not be worth watching?

These are just five of the many great (and awful) horror movies you can stream on Netflix. I love them all, but at the end of the day, if I had to choose just one film I would choose The Toxic Avenger. Next time you want to watch a movie on Netflix, consider The Toxic Avenger. It's campy and violent and funny and all-around entertaining, and an important part of B-movie horror history.