Amazon Prime features a huge selection of horror movies across more than a century of cinema history. There’s everything from influential classics to recent releases. Here are the ten best horror movies to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Although it’s not the horror classic of the first Creepshow, Creepshow 2 is a solid continuation of the anthology movies based on Stephen King stories. The segments here feature a wooden Native American statue come to life to seek vengeance; a mysterious slime creature terrorizing teens at a lake; and a woman tormented by the ghost of a man she accidentally killed with her car. “The Hitchhiker” is the strongest of those segments, but all three capture the vintage pulp-horror feel that King and George Romero established in the first movie.
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Horror icon John Carpenter proves that he can generate terror from pretty much any source with The Fog. An old-fashioned spooky ghost story with minimal special effects, The Fog takes place in a small coastal town where strange menaces lurk in the thick fog that rolls in off the ocean, dredging up dark secrets from the town’s past. Carpenter reunites with his Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis for a throwback to classic horror, demonstrating his mastery of the genre in all its forms.
The original 1956 movie is still a benchmark for sci-fi horror, but the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers is just as effective, and quite possibly scarier. The setting moves from a small town to the heart of San Francisco, where a health inspector played by Donald Sutherland discovers that people are being replaced by alien duplicates. There’s social commentary about the burgeoning self-help and New Age movements, and there are plenty of creepy moments featuring dead-eyed people who are suddenly no longer themselves.
Often considered the first-ever blockbuster, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is also responsible for the entire thriving industry of shark-attack movies. While those movies have become increasingly schlockier, Jaws is economical and grounded, famously keeping its deadly shark offscreen for most of the movie. Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw play the men attempting to stop the huge great white shark terrorizing the town of Amity Island, putting their lives on the line to bring peace of mind back to the traumatized residents.
One of the most reliable ways to defeat vampires is with sunlight, but what if vampires went somewhere without any sunlight at all? That’s the ingenious premise of 30 Days of Night, which finds a group of bloodsuckers descending on an Alaska town that, during the winter, doesn’t see a single sunrise for an entire month.
The residents of the tiny town are cut off from the outside world, making them easy prey for the grotesque, nasty vampires. Only the town’s sheriff and fire marshal (who are estranged spouses) stand in the way of the vampires’ month-long reign.
A sustained symphony of anguish, the Korean movie The Wailing depicts the horrors that befall a sleepy village after the arrival of a possibly disturbed stranger. A slow burn that builds over the course of more than two and a half hours, The Wailing piles tragedy and peril on its main character, a small-town cop who just wants to protect his daughter. Attempting to keep her safe may be his undoing, as he confronts ghosts and demons that he believes are behind the epidemic of inexplicable homicidal rage among the town’s residents.
A defining film of the folk horror genre, The Wicker Man is a cult classic that’s been hugely influential on generations of horror fans and filmmakers. Director Robin Hardy builds an atmosphere of dread as a police sergeant (Edward Woodward) travels to a remote village to track down a missing girl. It becomes clear that there’s more going on than a typical investigation, and the townspeople have a sinister agenda for both the sergeant and the missing girl. It all leads up to one of the most indelible and chilling climaxes in horror history.
The sequel to Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II is actually the highlight of the long-running franchise, giving more screen time to Doug Bradley’s iconic villain Pinhead while also taking on a more surreal tone. It delves deeper into the horrifying hellscape inhabited by Pinhead and his fellow Cenobites, and showcases the dark, sadistic terrors they inflict on the victims who open the puzzle box known as the Lament Configuration.
Florence Pugh is mesmerizing in this daytime nightmare of a movie about a group of American grad students who travel to a secluded village in Sweden for what they think is a quaint seasonal festival. In Midsommar, director Ari Aster combines folk horror with a meditation on grief and emotional abuse, finding triumph for his main character in the most horrifying acts.
The 2018 remake of Italian director Dario Argento’s cult classic Suspiria takes the story in an even more impressionistic, hallucinatory direction. The movie stars Dakota Johnson as a seemingly naïve young American who comes to study at a sinister dance school in Berlin. Director Luca Guadagnino creates a haunting movie about ambition, jealousy, and bizarre cult activity.
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