There’s no better time to watch a scary movie than Halloween. After all, it’s supposedly when the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest and all sorts of supernatural shenanigans could happen. But the horror genre is not the only one in the spirit of the holiday! We have included magical, spooky, and lighthearted films to our list to set the mood for a great All Hallows’ Eve. So, without further ado, here are the best Halloween movies you can stream on Amazon Prime Video this October 31.
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The best Amazon Prime Halloween movies
Editor’s note: The list only features movies available for free with your Amazon Prime subscription. We will update the list regularly as films are added or removed from the platform.
1. The Addams Family (1991)
Although many people grew up watching The Addams Family on television, for most people reading this, the pair of 90s films are what they think of when they think “creepy and kooky.” Thankfully, both The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993) are available on Amazon Prime Video!
Like the show of the same name, the 1991 film centers on the bizarre and outlandish titular family. Raul Julia’s Gomez Addams is incredibly wealthy and a conniving pair of normies plot to steal his fortune. The ruse is to pose a man as Gomez’s long-lost brother (Fester Addams, played by a pitch-perfect Christopher Lloyd) and then make him the rightful heir.
If you’ve ever felt that your family is weird or if you’ve ever felt more comfortable with the outcasts than the popular clique, then you will love this movie. Unbelievably, the sequel is just as good (possibly even better), so don’t miss that one either!
2. Nosferatu (1922)
The vampire is a classic monster and one of the mainstays of gothic horror. What better way to honor it on Halloween night than watching the first — although unofficial — adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula? Nosferatu (1922) is a film from the silent era — one of the few movies of that age that survives to this day. But don’t expect any of the silliness of some early movies here. Nosferatu is strange, surreal, and unnerving.
Unlike other adaptations of Stoker’s famous novel, here Count Orlok (Dracula) is not a gentleman with sleek hair, but a terrifying monster with long claws who slowly creeps up on his victims. The cinematography is excellent, and the juxtaposition and use of shadows and light were groundbreaking for its time. It’s a classic film you should see at least once and it’s definitely one of our top picks for the best Halloween movies on Amazon Prime.
3. Hereditary (2018)
Hereditary (2018) is one of the most critically acclaimed horror films of recent years and one of the best Amazon Prime movies to watch on Halloween. Its story begins with the death of Ellen — a reserved and secretive woman. As daughter Annie and her family try their best to cope with their grief, they are struck with another tragedy. Sinister secrets begin to unravel themselves and nightmares become reality for the Grahams.
Hereditary is perfectly paced, with stunning cinematography. Best of all, it can be deeply unsettling without relying on cheap jump scares or gore. If you haven’t watched it yet, there’s no better time than Halloween.
4. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
Don’t you hate it when you’re watching a Halloween movie and the plot is so predictable? Kids get lost in the woods, stumble upon a remote place, and then get murdered one-by-one. Yawn. Well, unfortunately, The Cabin in the Woods (2011) is another one of those movies — until it isn’t.
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It’s difficult to talk about this film without giving away its genius, so we’ll dance around it as best we can. The important takeaways though is that this movie is just as much a comedy as it is a horror, and just as much a treatise on filmmaking as it is a popcorn flick. It’s a whole lot of juxtapositions. One thing is for certain, though: it’s one of the best Halloween movies on Amazon Prime.
5. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
It’s the movie that single-handedly spawned a thousand zombie flicks. George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968) is one of the best Halloween movies for any fan of the sub-genre. The story begins when Barbra and her brother Johnny visit their father’s grave and are suddenly attacked by a strange ghoulish man. Johnny dies, while Barbra barely escapes with her life. She is saved by a stranger and they are forced to barricade themselves in a house as the undead horde surrounds them.
Night of the Living Dead has been emulated and parodied repeatedly in the decades since its release, but nothing beats the original. At the time, it was a first of its kind apocalyptic horror, ushering in a new age for the genre and setting the standards for horror films for decades to come. If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and watch it this Halloween.
6. We Are What We Are (2013)
While The Addams Family presents a crazy family that happens to be incredibly well-adjusted, We Are What We Are (2013) does not. Not at all. Instead, this is a family that is so broken on the inside that there’s probably no way to save it.
The Parkers — father Frank, daughters Rose and Iris, and young son Rory — have just lost their matriarch, Frank’s wife. The family is deeply religious and her death happened right around a time of ritual fasting. This throws the family for a loop, but Frank insists on carrying on with the routine, placing the two daughters in charge of what would have been the mother’s duties.
We don’t want to spoil it, but let’s just say the Parkers aren’t preparing for anything at all like Christmas. This deeply unnerving film will make your Halloween extra creepy.
7. Children of the Corn (1984)
Stephen King and Halloween go together like salt and pepper. The author’s name is pretty much synonymous with the horror genre, which is why we couldn’t exclude a King film from our Halloween list.
Children of the Corn (1984) is an adaptation of a short story by the same name, set in the eerie cornfields of Nebraska. The plot has been referenced and parodied so much in pop culture, you might already be familiar with it — a couple is stranded in a small town where the only inhabitants seem to be children. As they try to find a phone to call for help, they are attacked.
John Franklin is excellent as cult leader Isaac and although the film has some shoddy effects and silly moments, it’s both a Stephen King and a Halloween classic that you won’t regret watching.
8. 31 (2016)
Musician/filmmaker Rob Zombie seems to live in a perpetual Halloween, so a list of the best Halloween movies on Amazon Prime wouldn’t be complete without one of his flicks. Conveniently, the film 31 (2016) takes place on Halloween night, making it a perfect fit for this article.
Zombie’s films vary quite a bit in quality, and we’ll be upfront in saying that 31 isn’t his best. However, it is one of his most direct films in that it’s pretty much non-stop killing and an over-the-top horror spectacle. If you want your home to be filled with screams and blood-gushing insanity for 100 minutes while stuffing your face full of candy, this is what you’re looking for.
9. Gravy (2015)
In Gravy (2015), it’s Halloween night. Six employees of Raoul’s — a local cantina and bar — all gather together after closing to celebrate Kerry’s new job as a paramedic. But they soon discover the doors are sealed shut with no means of escape. They’re held captive by a trio of cannibals with the intent to eat them before morning. But this won’t be just a straight-up meal: captors Anson, Stef, and Mimi would rather play with their food first.
If you love dark humor, this twisted Halloween-themed hack fest will take a bite out of your funny bone. It’s one of the best Halloween movies you can stream with your Amazon Prime subscription.
10. Fright Night (1985)
Few would argue that The Lost Boys is the best teen vampire film of the 80s (or maybe even ever). However, it is not available on Amazon Prime, which means it could hardly be on the list of the best Halloween movies on Amazon Prime right now.
Thankfully, the other classic teen vampire movie from the 80s is on the platform, and that film is Fright Night (1985). In the film, a young man finds that his neighbor is secretly a vampire. Of course, no one believes him. He contacts an actor who once played a vampire hunter and they set out to stop the killing spree.
Fright Night is a cult classic and just as funny as it is spooky. It might not be as legendary as The Lost Boys, but it absolutely deserves your attention if you haven’t seen it!
That wraps up our list of the best Halloween movies on Amazon Prime subscribers can stream right now. Happy Halloween!