A treasure trove of truly terrifying horror movies awaits you on Amazon Prime—but how is a horror fiend expected to sort through all these gems? Never fear, The Lineup is here to make sure you get your fix. Below, discover the best horror movies on Amazon Prime, from underseen cult classics to chilling modern nightmares.
Updated: July 2019
A Quiet Place
This monster horror hit, one of our favorites from 2018, was directed by John Krasinski—who also stars in the flick alongside IRL wife Emily Blunt. The pair play a husband and wife striving to protect their family and survive in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by flesh-eating monsters. These abominable creatures possess super-hearing and the slightest sound spells certain doom. The only way to survive? Remain absolutely quiet.
Ari Aster's 2018 feature length directorial debut could have easily collapsed under the weight of its own hype—after all, early viewers praised the flick as one of the scariest horror movies ever made. In this case, however, the critics were dead-on. Between Aster’s gorgeous, creeping-dread directing, Colin Stetson's heart-racing soundtrack, and the ratcheted-up distress of Toni Collette's and Alex Wolff's performances, this occult horror delivers the creepy goods.
Want to play a game? The notorious Jigsaw returns for another round of twisted tests and warped morality in this, the eighth installment in the Saw franchise. Skip lunch before streaming.
The Woman in Black
In supernatural historical horror, Daniel Radcliffe is Arthur Kipps, a widowed lawyer sent to a remote village to sort out the loose ends of a recently deceased eccentric. Upon arrival, however, it soon becomes clear that he's not alone in his client's creaky old house. The ghost of a woman haunts its halls, and she seeks vengeance.
Stephen King's Silver Bullet
Based on Stephen King's novella Cycle of the Werewolf, this howling horror flick from 1985 stars Corey Haim, Gary Busey, and Everett McGill. A monstrous presence prowls the small town of Tarker's Mills, killing off the town's residents. A young boy named Marty (Haim) is determined to track down who, or what, is beyond the reign of terror.
Stephen King's Thinner
Dying for more terror from the King of Horror? Check out Thinner. Based on King's novel of the same name, this 1994 body horror follows an overweight lawyer who falls under the spell of a dark magic curse.
After getting a great reception at South by Southwest, this film somehow disappeared. Allison Tolman (Fargo) plays a woman who is shocked to discover that she has a half-sister. The classic horror movie set-up soon unfolds to show that there’s a lot more going on here than you might expect.
Horror masters Stephen King and George A. Romero invite you to a creepy night of cinematic terror in this cult classic horror comedy anthology from the 1980s. In "Ol' Chief Woodenhead," a cigar store wooden Indian comes to life to avenge the murder of the store owner. In "The Hitchhiker," a woman keeps running into, and over, the same mutilated man on a lonely road. In "The Raft," four college students go swimming in an isolated lake, only to be terrorized by a floating black blob.
This blockbuster sci-fi horror stars Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Oscar Isaac. A team of specialists risk their lives by venturing into a mysterious quarantine zone known as The Shimmer, a lush and lethal upside down world of genetically mutated flora and fauna that threatens life on Earth as we know it.
The Devil Inside
In 1989, 911 dispatchers received a chilling phone call confession from Maria Rossi: she just committed three brutal murders. But was a sinister power commanding Maria's soul and directing her hand? Twenty years later, Maria's daughter Isabella (Fernanda Andrade) seeks to reveal the truth behind that violent night and the forces of evil that drove her mother to commit murder.
It Comes At Night
Much like The Witch, It Comes At Night suffered a bit from high expectations–and an audience that kept waiting impatiently for “it”. Closer to a psychological thriller than a true horror movie, It Comes At Night will leave you thinking about your relationship to your father in a whole new light.
In this techno-horror, a scientist devises a technique to experience other people's memories. But his breakthrough invention backfires when he gets trapped inside the mind of a heroin addict suspected of murder.
Travel back to the beginning of cinematic history with Nosferatu. This 1922 silent film is an adaptation of Dracula: It was almost lost after Bram Stoker’s widow sued for copyright infringement and asked that all copies of the film be destroyed. Luckily, some reels survived the purge. Even outside of scholarly curiosity, Nosferatu is legitimately terrifying, thanks to Max Schreck’s performance as the vampire, Count Orlok, and a thoroughly gothic feel.
Deep in the woods lurks a wicked force. A witch, her hunger insatiable, preys upon the young. She consumes her victims in an abandoned house set deep in the woods, perhaps one similar to a forsaken structure from your own hometown. If you try to enter, you'll never see daylight again.
All Hallows' Eve
If horror movies have taught us anything it is this: Never ever trust a clown—especially one you encounter on Halloween night. While babysitting two youngsters on Halloween, a young woman discovers an old VHS tape dropped in one of her charge's trick-or-treat bag. The tape features three tales of terror, all linked together by a murderous clown named Art.
The Evil Down the Street
This possession horror flick follows the Ryans, a family of four who have no idea that a malevolent force lurks in their dream home. The entity soon sets its sights on Katie Ryan (Alena Gerard), tormenting her and forcing her to terrorize her family.
Night of the Living Dead
Well before zombies became passé–and even before they were really known as zombies–George Romero wrote and directed Night of the Living Dead, which terrified its audiences so thoroughly that many were left shellshocked. Although the film is likely not as horrifying to modern audiences, it’s still a stunningly scary movie. Even if you think you’re over zombies, give Night of the Living Dead a try.
Enter the giallo cinema section of Amazon Prime with this gory horror fest. A young medical student is working on a thesis about murders disguised as suicides when suicides start occurring en masse in Rome. Soon, she’s surrounded by bodies of suicide victims, hallucinations, and bloody horror.
The House At the End of Time
This Venezuelan film is the all-time highest-grossing horror film in its home country—and its terror does not suffer in translation. Featuring ghosts, murders, time travel, priests, mediums, and more, this intense film will please fans of Oculus.
Prefer gut-busting humor to your night of terror? In this post-apocalyptic horror comedy, a college student named Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is just trying to find his way back home after a zombie outbreak devastates the country. He soon encounters three strangers in search of sanctuary, transforming Columbus's trek into a road trip filled with blood and gore.
It seems that New Zealanders just know how to do horror-comedy. From What We Do in the Shadows to Deathgasm, these films range from comedy tinged with horror to horror tinged with comedy. Luckily, Deathgasm tends to the latter. When a death metal band accidentally summons a demon, things get hairy fast.
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