13 Ghost Story Movies on Netflix Worth Watching – 2020

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Ghost movies is a huge genre and can cover all kinds of horror movies from demonic possession to floating white sheets. To me a ghost movie is a creepy spooky tale of returning spirits with plenty of atmosphere and eerie silence in a big old house. I will go through several ghost movies available on Netflix and what you can expect.

13 Ghost movies available on Netflix worth watching – 2020 update

  1. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
  2. Under the Shadow
  3. The Forest
  4. The Haunting of Hill House
  5. Our House
  6. A Ghost Story
  7. Poltergeist (1982)
  8. Grave Encounters
  9. The Conjuring
  10. The Shinning
  11. The Lodgers
  12. Beetle Juice
  13. Ghost Town

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1. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

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I-Am-the-Pretty-Thing-That-Lives-in-the-House
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4.552Netflix – Worldwide

This isn’t the best movie, but it is a Netflix movie and it does cover the genre of ghost stories very well. The plot follows a young woman takes care of an elderly women suffering from dementia, however, the mansion is haunted. I have included this movie despite its low ratings as it is a classic type of ghost story, with eerie spectral and blurry figures and a silent creep atmosphere. The House seems to be some form conduit between this world and the next allowing the dead spirits to communicate. I think the low ratings are due to the fact it is a slow quiet movie focusing mostly on atmospheric and suspense scaring rather than big jumpy and horrific demon faces. I think if you are looking for a classic spooky ghost tale then this is perfect.  

2. Under the Shadow

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Under-the-Shadow-on-netflix
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6.953Netflix – Worldwide

This movie is worth watching as it is just a good movie. The plot is unique as a woman and her daughter cope with the terrors of war-torn Tehran of the 1980s. As the war is raging outside something evil is terrorising them inside their apartment. This is one of the highest rated ghost movies and it does not rely on cheap scares or constant jumpy scenes, instead it builds slowly and only a few times will really make you jump, but in the best possible way. The movie is very deep in meaning with much of the horror as a metaphor for the terror felt by families during times of war, when a bomb could fall onto your home at any point. This movie will leave its mark on you as a really good spooky ghost story.

3. The Forest

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the-forest-on-netflix
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4.853Netflix – Worldwide

If you are a fan of horror and the supernatural you may have heard of Japans Suicide Forest at the foot of mount Fuji, it is a real place where many Japanese people commit suicide believing it to be a place where spirits Dwell. This movie follows a young woman (Game of Thrones Actress) who ventures into the forest to find her twin sister, only to encounter the supernatural. The movies is successful in build atmosphere and giving you the chills. The supernatural forces are very ghost like. The plot can be a bit confusing at times by suggesting the forest makes people commit suicide despite popular knowledge that people go there to commit suicide.

4. The Haunting of Hill House

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haunting-of-hill-house-on-netflix
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8.793Netflix – Worldwide

This is not a movie but a series, however it does the ghost and haunted house genre so well and is a great watch for anyone looking for ghost stories on Netflix. The series follows a family who are still haunted by their experience in a haunted house where their mother took her own life in mysterious circumstances. The series is a dual time going back and forth from past to present. Tis hard to say much without giving too much away, but the house is haunted by a number of ghosts all with different agendas. It ticks most boxes of being creepy, watchable, scary and some nicely built up jump scenes.

5. Our House

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our-house-on-netflix
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5.355Netflix – Worldwide

Our house is the story of a young genius invents a device that amplifies paranormal activity, but it works far too well and brings back things much worse than intended. It is an independent movie which has nicely developed characters. It is more of a spooky ghost film than a movie with loads of jump scares putting it nicely into the ghost story category rather than the evil demon genre. Not the greatest or most exciting movie but a nice watch.

6. A Ghost Story

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a-ghost-story-on-netflix
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6.979Netflix – Worldwide

A Ghost Story is a movie with a lot of deep meaning, firstly it is not a horror movie, but it is about a ghost. An independent movie about a deceased composer who returns as a white sheeted ghost to reconnect with his bereft wife.  If you are looking for creepy, spooky or scary then this is not the ghost movie for you. However, it is a very good film of romance, drama and fantasy. The artistic way the film is done is unmatched in the ghost genre and what would be expected from an Independent movie promoted by Sundance.

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7. Poltergeist (1982)

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7.383Netflix – US version

The original Poltergeist movie from Steven Spielberg is still a much watch today and much better than the 2015 remake. With a classic like this the plot does not have to be complicated, a family’s home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts. What I love about this film is that it’s the perfect balance of creepy and spooky without the uncomfortable jump scares. Although it is a little dated and it now takes a lot more to scare an audience it is hard to re-create the magic that movie makers could in the 1980s. The movie is highly regarded as one of the greatest horror movies of all time and certainly one of the best ghost stories.

This movie is currently available on the US version of Netflix which you can access on your own Netflix with the addition of a VPN service, we recommend NORD VPN.

8. Grave Encounters

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6.170Netflix – Japanes version
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Grave encounters is a found-footage ghost story that made me jump plenty. A paranormal investigation team decide to setup in an old psychiatric hospital overnight but quickly find themselves trapped as the hospital somehow becomes a labyrinth. The movies they are basically haunted and hunted by evil ghosts throughout the night. If you are looking for a very scary and jumpy ghost movie then this is to watch. Perfect for a student house on a Saturday night.  

This movie is currently available on the Japanese version of Netflix which you can access on your own Netflix with the addition of a VPN service, we recommend NORD VPN.

9. The Conjuring

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the-conjuring-on-netflix
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7.587Netflix – Japanes version

I remember when this movie first came out, there was a lot of hype as it being the scariest movie ever made. It is also based around and supposedly true story of the family that moved into a house which had been the sight of a brutal murders many years before. The House is haunted by a number of spirits and paranormal investigators are called din to help investigate. The movie lives up to its hype as its not just terrifying but is also very good all round and has since had many prequels and sequels being connected to the Annabelle movies (Annabelle is in this movie).

This movie is currently available on the Japanese version of Netflix which you can access on your own Netflix with the addition of a VPN service, we recommend NORD VPN.

10. The Shinning

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the-shinning-on-netflix
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8.493Netflix – Japanes version

Arguably the most famous horror of all time from the Steven Spielberg novel. If you don’t know the plot then its simple a family are alone in an isolated hotel to take care of it in the winter months when there are no guests. The hotel is haunted with a number of entities as the father (Jack Nicholson) is driven mad. Not just a great horror movie but one of the greatest movies of all time that has stood the test of time still being jump scary, spooky scary and disturbing 30 years later.

This movie is currently available on the Japanese version of Netflix which you can access on your own Netflix with the addition of a VPN service, we recommend NORD VPN.

11. The Lodgers

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the-lodgers-on-netflix
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5.159Netflix – US version

The Lodgers is an Irish ghost story about twins who live in a family manor and have a strange connection to the place. At night, the manor becomes a domain of a sinister presence. This is a movie more on the eerie ghost story genre without the jump scares, just the spooky atmosphere and interesting story concept. It has a lot of bad ratings, but I feel like this is likely because viewers were looking for a jumpier movie with demonic faces and blood spitting monsters.

This movie is currently available on the US version of Netflix which you can access on your own Netflix with the addition of a VPN service, we recommend NORD VPN.

The final 2 movies on this list are not horrors but comedy horrors that if you haven’t seen you must watch. I have selected these as they will help cool you off and put you in a less tense state of panic and terror if you have become frightened by any of the movies above

12. Beetle Juice

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beetlejuice-on-netflix
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7.585Netflix

If you are getting scared by this point, then perhaps this classic 80s comedy will remove the tension from the room. Beetle Juice is a fantastic comedy horror movie about a couple that die in an unfortunate car accident and when someone tries to move into their home they do all they can to haunt and scare the new owners away, but it doesn’t all go to plan. I have always loved this movie and is just one of the many movies from the 80s that is impossible to re-create today. Its not scary although small children may find it disturbing as there is lots of frightening make-up. If you have never seen this movie please do!

13. Ghost Town

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ghost-town-on-netflix
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6.774Netflix – UK version

I’m adding another comedy ghost story to the list as its just to good too miss. Ricky Gervais (The genius behind the Office) has a near death experience, and as a result can now interact with ghosts. Very ghost has unfinished business and will not leave him alone until he can help them with their unfinished business and get a message to their families. Not a horror in any way and not scary, just funny.

This movie is currently available on the UK version of Netflix which you can access on your own Netflix with the addition of a VPN service, we recommend NORD VPN.

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