Dim the lights and pop the popcorn. Amazon Prime has a full slate of horror movies right now that will make your skin crawl. Whether you’re partial to slow-building suspense or sudden jump scares that’ll make you flinch in your seat, this list of spooky flicks includes both the gore and guts as well as mind-bending psychological thrillers.
With storied favorites such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Nosferatu the Vampyre as well as acclaimed newcomers to the genre (including instant classics Midsummer and The Lighthouse), there’s a little something for every horror buff. Even the most avid fans can find something they haven’t see before with titles spanning the last 70-plus years of movie-making and the globe with many critically adored foreign films. Bonus: This streaming service comes included with your regular Amazon membership, so you don’t need to pay any additional rental fees for these movies.
So while there’s nothing wrong with winding down with a feel-good rom-com or settling in for a storied drama, it’s hard not to love an adrenaline boost that stays with you after the credits roll. Aliens, ghosts, vampires … Whatever gets your heart racing, one of these horror movies will fit the bill. And if you’re looking for something a little more kid-friendly, head right this way.
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The Ring (2002)
When four Seattle teens die exactly one week after watching a mysterious videotape, a local investigative reporter sets out to find the cursed footage — and then watches it herself. Naomi Watts stars in this acclaimed remake of a Japanese film.
A group of anthropology students and their friends venture to a Swedish commune hoping to observe a midsummer celebration that occurs once every 90 years. The traditions take a turn for the violent, however, as the group finds themselves both engrossed and repulsed by the chilling ceremonies.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Selected for the National Film Registry, this iconic science fiction movie gave rise to the phrase “pod people” — a nod to the emotionless clones that terrorize a California town in the screenplay.
The Wicker Man (1973)
You may have heard of the 2006 remake with Nicolas Cage, but it’s worth revisiting the original. Dubbed “the Citizen Kane of horror movies”, this chilling flick follows a policeman investigating the disappearance of a young girl. The search leads him to a pagan island where the sergeant is soon horrified by what he finds.
A passing comet sets the stage for this surreal thriller. A dinner party with eight friends is thrust into a mysterious and mind-bending situation (no spoilers!) after an astronomical anomaly.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
Tilda Swinton earned Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA award nominations for portraying the mother of a teenage murderer. Struggling to understand her son’s evil ways, she must come to terms with how it all happened.
Let the Right One In (2008)
This Swedish film received widespread critical acclaim for its eerie and artistic take on the vampire genre. When young Eli moves in next door, 12-year-old Oskar’s life gets a dose of the supernatural.
The Lighthouse (2019)
Watch Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe descend into maniacal madness as an intense storm traps the two lighthouse keepers at their postings. Fans of The Witch — another Robert Eggers horror film — will love this similarly Gothic tale.
Angel Heart (1987)
A missing man prompts a New York City private investigator (played by Mickey Rourke) to travel to the Big Easy, only to find Satanic magic and a string of murders. A-listers like Robert De Niro and Lisa Bonet round out the cast in this graphic thriller.
This sci-fi, space-themed flick spawned a whole franchise thanks to its terrifying extraterrestrial villain. Catch Sigourney Weaver in the Ridley Scott-directed movie that launched her stardom to atmospheric heights.
Make it double-header with the equally heralded sequel Aliens, also on Amazon Prime. This time it’s director James Cameron at the helm and Weaver on the hunt to investigate the deadly creature’s origins.
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Vincent Prince stars in this campy classic as an eccentric millionaire hellbent on terrorizing his five house guests. Whoever manages to stay the night will win $10,000 — but only after surviving the surprises set in store.
When a Stranger Calls (1979)
The original that inspired a 2006 remake, this version spares no time scaring its viewers. The terrifying 20-minute intro is regarded as one of the best horror movie openings of all time. As a unknown caller threatens teenage babysitter Jill, the worst is yet to come.
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1977)
Jodie Foster stars as Rynn Jacobs, a 13-year-old living a secret and dangerous life in a rural Maine town. As curious neighbors begin to inquire, Rynn will protect her independence at a cost.
The Wailing (2016)
With a near-perfect 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this South Korean thriller lives up to the hype. The arrival of a mysterious stranger coincides with a series of brutal murders, driving the rural villagers to uncover the sinister and the supernatural causes.
At a remote Swiss boarding school, 14-year-old Jennifer Corvino (played by Jennifer Connelly) discovers psychic powers that enable her to communicate with insects — and subsequently track down a serial killer. This maggot-infested murder mystery doesn’t skimp on the creepy-crawlies.
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Nicolas Cage is in his element as a burned-out hospital paramedic in this Martin Scorsese film. Seeing the ghosts of deceased patients, Frank Pierce (Cage) must contend with the lives he’s lost while working the graveyard shift.
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
This Werner Herzog classic updates the 1922 original but maintains a classically creepy depiction of Count Dracula: black cape, pointed teeth and terrifyingly long fingernails.
Sweeney Todd (2006)
No, this isn’t the musical version. In the BBC adaptation of the murderous tale, you’ll find storied British actor Ray Winstone committing the cannibalistic crimes — sans singing.
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