Halloween is right around the corner, so it’s time to start celebrating by enjoying a good scary movie! Amazon Prime Video provides a huge selection of horror flicks, from classic monster movies of the silent era to modern art-horror films. So, if you are in for a good scare, we have included the best movies that are available with your Amazon Prime subscription. Without further ado, here are the best horror movies you can stream on Amazon Prime Video today.
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The best horror movies on Amazon Prime Video:
Editor’s note: We will update this list of the best horror movies on Amazon Prime regularly as new movies arrive on the subscription or we simply find something better.
1. Midsommar (2019)
If you loved Hereditary, you shouldn’t miss Midsommar. This latest Ari Aster horror flick follows Dani, a grief-stricken college student who joins her boyfriend and his friends on a last-minute trip to Sweden. However, the group doesn’t end up as tourists in Stockholm. Instead, they head to a small settlement to celebrate its fabled mid-summer festival that occurs only once in 90 years. At first, their hosts seem mildly bizarre but harmless. However, things escalate quickly. Dani and company soon find themselves isolated and alone in the grips of a pagan cult.
Midsommar builds its horror and absurdity slowly and purposefully. The film resembles a drug trip — surreal, outlandish, and gripping. The cinematography is eerily bright and colorful, creating a masterful juxtaposition between the visuals and the horrifying events unfolding on the screen. It’s one of the best horror films of recent years and without a doubt one of the best movies on Amazon Prime Video.
2. House of 1,000 Corpses (2003)
While there are a few entries on this list that don’t fit the classic definition of a horror film, Rob Zombie’s all-out gore-fest House of 1,000 Corpses is as classic as they come. The plot is razor thin (and essentially a retread of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and the acting is either over-the-top or just plain bad, but that doesn’t really matter. What you’re really here for is Zombie’s twisted take on horror and that’s what this film delivers.
Ultimately, your enjoyment of this movie will come down to your opinions on Zombie’s aesthetic. The film bounces from seeming like a feature-length music video to depicting such shocking and utter depravity that you wonder how it even earned an “R” rating.
Regardless, this is definitely one of the best horror movies on Amazon Prime right now. If you enjoy it, be sure to check out the sequel, The Devil’s Rejects, which is also on Prime.
3. Hereditary (2018)
Annie Graham’s 78-year-old mother, Ellen Taper Leigh, is dead. After her funeral, strange things begin to happen to Annie and her family, as Ellen’s secrets unravel around them. Reality and nightmares seem to blend for the grief-stricken family, as one tragedy follows another.
Hereditary is Ari Aster’s directorial debut. It is as masterfully created and directed as one of Annie’s miniatures. Toni Collette’s performance as Annie, on the other hand, is one of the best of her career. The film will fill you with terror and make you pay attention to its every frame. It’s already a modern horror classic and without a doubt one of the best horror movies on Amazon Prime.
4. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Five college students head to an isolated cabin in the woods. They stop at a dilapidated gas station and ignore the ominous warnings of the creepy attendant. If this premise sounds familiar, it’s because it has been a horror staple for so long, it has turned into a tired cliché. But The Cabin in the Woods isn’t a revival of these boring tropes. Without spoiling the brilliant twist, all we can say is that the movie is a masterful deconstruction of the genre, the likes of which hadn’t been seen since Scream.
Thanks to writers Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, The Cabin in the Woods is a self-aware movie, full of meta-commentary and humor. Don’t think this means there are no scares, however. The film is a horror flick through and through. It’s a must-watch for any fan of the genre and one of the best horror movies on Amazon Prime Video.
5. A Quiet Place (2018)
In the world of A Quiet Place, silence is survival. The planet has been ravished by blind alien creatures who attack anything that makes a sound. In this nightmarish future, a family of five are trying their best to survive. They communicate in sign language during their scavenging trips and have so far managed to avoid danger. But Evelyn, played by Emily Blunt, is pregnant, and giving birth is not a quiet affair.
A Quiet Place is a directorial triumph for John Krasinski. It immerses you in its world and fills you with a sense of dread. It executes its premise masterfully. If you haven’t seen A Quiet Place yet, do yourself a favor and watch it on Amazon Prime Video today. It’s one of the best — if not the best — horror films in the platform’s catalog.
6. Suspiria (2018)
Inspired by the 1977 Italian film of the same name, Suspiria is more of a reimagining than a remake of the horror classic. It sees Susie Bannion, a young American, audition to be part of a prestigious dance group in West Berlin. As she studies there, sinister things begin happening to those around her. One of the dance students disappears after confiding to her therapist that her teachers are involved in the occult.
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Suspiria’s unique blend of violence, dance, and hypnotic visuals make it seem like you’re watching a forbidden ancient ritual. It’s both enthralling and unnerving, thanks to Luca Guadagnino’s excellent direction. Some critics might pan it as pretentious, but it is one of the best horror movies of recent years, nonetheless.
7. Nosferatu (1922)
Before Dracula was cemented in popular consciousness as a gentleman with sleek hair and a flowing cape, he was Count Orlok — a mysterious, monstrous vampire.
Nosferatu is the first (although unofficial) silver screen adaptation of Dracula. It is a 1922 silent film and one of the few movies from this age to survive to the present day. Because the filmmakers never acquired the rights to Bram Stoker’s novel, there are some significant differences in the plot and characters. However, this is to the movie’s benefit. It is unpredictable, tense, and eerie. Even if you find silent films hard to sit through, Nosferatu demands your attention with its creepy visuals and dancing shadows. It is a classic that every horror fan should watch at least once.
8. Train to Busan (2016)
This Korean zombie film sticks with the modern trope of the genre: fast-moving zombies created through an infectious disease rather than slow-moving reanimated corpses. However, Train to Busan upends the formula slightly by having most of the action take place on a train (hence the title).
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Because space is so confined on the train, the terror becomes more real. The characters can’t just run into the nearest abandoned building to escape an attack from the horde, for example. The limited space also makes the human elements and character developments much more intimate. In brief, if you dislike modern zombie movies because of their generic qualities, don’t pass this one up, as it approaches things from a fresh perspective.
9. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
If there is a movie we can call a true zombie classic, it is without a question George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Written, directed, and edited by Romero, the film was shot on a measly $114,000 budget but raked in millions. The movie begins with Barbra and her brother Johnny visiting their father’s grave, as they 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 in a house as the hoards of undead approach.
If the plot sounds familiar, it is because it has been emulated repeatedly in the decades after Night of the Living Dead’s release. At the time, the film delivered a first-of-its-kind true 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, do yourself a favor and watch it on Prime Video today.
10. Hellraiser (1987)
Hellraiser was a wickedly evil film for its time. It is based on The Hellbound Heart — a 1986 novella written by Clive Barker. Surprisingly, the author also wrote the screenplay and directed the film, breathing life into the Cenobites on the big screen. The plot revolves around a mysterious puzzle box that summons the otherworldly creatures. They have forgotten the difference between pain and pleasure and are capable of horrifying things.
Hellraiser is a horror cult classic. In a decade when most horror villains were slashers, it offered something different, bizarre, and taboo. It might not have the same impact today as it did when it was released, but it is still one of the best horror movies you need to check out on Amazon Prime.
That wraps up our list of the best horror movies on Amazon Prime members can stream right now. We’ll update this post with new options once they make it to the streaming service.