Here are the best horror movies on Disney+ right now, from Alien and The Sixth Sense to Predator and The Fly.
Disney isn’t a studio known for its horror output, preferring to deal in more family-friendly fare. But since the Mouse House acquired 20th Century Fox that has changed, as has the amount of horror movies on its streaming service, Disney+.
So the following are 10 of the best horror movies currently available on Disney+, listed in alphabetical order, and featuring the likes of zombies, demons, aliens, ghosts, a big fly, and a boy who can see dead people.
Best horror movies on Disney+: Alien (1979)
All the Alien movies are on Disney+ should you want to do a xenomorph marathon. But the original 1979 movie remains not only the best in the series, but also, one of the greatest horror films of all-time. Due to the brilliant cast that brings the crew of the Nostromo to life. Due to the incredible design of the ship and creature. And due to some masterful direction, with Ridley Scott wringing every last drop of tension from Dan O’Bannon’s script, which is as ruthless and efficient as the alien itself.
Best horror movies on Disney+: The Empty Man (2020)
Somewhat buried on release, The Empty Man is worth seeking out as it scares from lengthy cold open to devastating denouement. James Badge Dale plays a former detective investigating the titular legend while dealing with the death of his wife and child. The investigation puts him on a collision course with a cult, and he soon sees that everything is connected…
Best horror movies on Disney+: The Fly (1986)
They say if you’re going to remake a movie you should do it different or better. David Cronenberg’s 1986 update of the 1958’s The Fly manages to do both, being weirder, gorier and scarier than its predecessor. Jeff Golblum is well cast as a strange scientist who invents a machine to teleport matter, but then accidentally transports himself and a fly, with seriously messed up consequences. As much tragic love story as twisted horror, The Fly is best watched on an empty stomach.
Best horror movies on Disney+: Jennifer’s Body (2009)
Jennifer’s Body is smart, sophisticated, feminist horror, with a wicked sense of humor. Megan Fox plays the title character, a popular cheerleader who – when offered to Satan as a virgin sacrifice – transforms into a demon who feeds on men. Amanda Seyfried plays her needy best friend Needy, who starts out trying to help Jennifer, before desperately trying to stop her.
Best horror movies on Disney+: The Night House (2020)
The Night House started life as a Hellraiser pitch, and there are similarities between the evil forces at work here and in the Clive Barker classic. Rebecca Halls delivers a spellbinding performance as a woman reeling from the death of her husband, who starts having terrifying dreams; visions that drive her to dig into his past, with scary, and ultimately heart-breaking consequences.
Best horror movies on Disney+: The Omen (1976)
The Omen is big-budget horror overseen by a big-name director and featuring big stars, which is frequently a recipe for disaster. Or at least a lack of scares. Mercifully, The Omen delivers, with Gregory Peck headlining an impressive cast that tells the tale of an American diplomat raising the spawn of Satan. The kills are memorable, there are scares aplenty, and Harvey Spencer Stephens is terrifying as young Damien.
Best horror movies on Disney+: Predator (1987)
Much like Alien, all the Predator movies are on Disney+, and each of them add something interesting to the mythos, with recent release Prey a standout entry. But we’re recommending the original because it pits the titular monster against human special effect Arnold Schwarzenegger, which makes the fight fair, and results in some of the goriest kills in action cinema.
Best horror movies on Disney+: Ready or Not (2019)
Samara Weaving delivers a powerhouse performance as a newlywed whose marriage gets off to a rocky start when the in-laws try to kill her. Effortlessly combining comedy and horror, Ready or Not finds humor in the darkest places, while the kills are consistently clever creative, especially during the shocking and hilarious climax.
Best horror movies on Disney+: The Sixth Sense (1999)
Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan burst onto the horror scene with this ghost story that made more than 15-times its budget at the global box office. Bruce Willis has never been better as troubled child psychologist Malcolm Crowe, while Haley Joel Osment delivers one of the great child performances as his patient Cole Sear, a 9-year-old who sees dead people, “all the time.” The twist is legendary, but The Sixth Sense would work without it, being both a brilliant character study, and a touching drama.
Best horror movies on Disney+: Werewolf by Night (2022)
Less a full-on feature, this ‘Special Presentation’ from Marvel is nevertheless longer than a TV show, so makes our list. Gael Garcia Bernal plays the titular wolf-man, who becomes embroiled in a deadly monster hunt. Here’s what we had to say about Werewolf by Night in the Dexerto review: “It strays pretty far from the comic book source material, where Jack was an 18-year-old rich kid from Malibu. But the changes make sense, adding tragedy to the comedy, and lending the film a timeless quality in-keeping with the many great horrors it apes.”