Halloween is not the only time to enjoy 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. But 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. Friday the 13th (1980)
If you head into the original Friday the 13th film expecting to see a big guy in a hockey mask chop up horny teens, you’re going to be disappointed. Although this film started a long-running franchise that centers on Jason Voorhees slaughtering people with a machete, this film ironically only tangentially fits in with all that.
The plot setup of Friday the 13th is as basic as it gets: a bunch of horndog teens have their sights set on restoring an abandoned summer camp. The teens are warned by creepy townsfolk that the camp is cursed, but they ignore those warnings and set about their goal of making the place nice again — while pausing every once in a while to hook up. As one would expect with a slasher film, a mysterious killer starts taking out the teens one-by-one in increasingly gruesome ways.
If you’ve never seen the movie before, we don’t want to spoil it, but we’ll give you a quick hint: the killer isn’t who you’d expect.
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.
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. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Moving to the big city is always stressful, but Rosemary is struggling more than expected when she arrives in the Big Apple with her husband Guy. She is surrounded by strange nosy neighbors and the chaos of the city. However, as sinister events start to take place, all her concerns seem to be dismissed by her husband and her doctor.
Rosemary’s Baby taps into real fears of its era — urban living and the occult — but also universal ones like loss of control, loss of agency over one’s body, and pregnancy itself. Mia Farrow masterfully portrays Rosemary’s descent into paranoia. The direction and cinematography are purposefully claustrophobic, making Rosemary’s Baby disturbing without relying on scary visuals. It’s horror realism at its finest and one of the best horror movies on Amazon Prime Video.
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 titles once they hit the streaming service.