The 8 Best Horror Movies to Stream on Amazon Prime Right Now
Streaming services offer a wide variety of movies, but sometimes, nothing else but horror will do. If you’ve gotten your fill of spooky content from Netflix, check out these 8 films currently available on Amazon Prime that are guaranteed to send a chill down your spine.
1. Jennifer's Body (2009)
Megan Fox stars in this biting comedy-horror from writer Diablo Cody (Juno) about a high school student who makes the best of a demonic possession by literally devouring the toxic men in her life. Cody actually wrote this film before the 2006 release of Juno; That film's success paved the way for her earlier script to get made.
2. Dead Ringers (1988)
Jeremy Irons plays dual roles as twin gynecologists whoe bond is tested over a woman in this disturbing horror classic from director David Cronenberg. To reinforce the disparate characters, Irons maintained two dressing rooms on the set--one for each twin.
3. The Collector (2009)
A simple heist goes awry when a burglar (Josh Stewart) picks the wrong house. Once inside, he's confronted with finishing the job or rescuing the victims of a maniac. Co-writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan wrote the script on spec: It was briefly considered as a possible Saw (2004) prequel. The idea was nixed, but Melton and Dunstan went on to write Saw IV, Saw V, and Saw VI.
4. Wishmaster (1997)
Andrew Divoff hams it up in this gory practical effects bonanza that mines black humor from its central conceit. After being unleashed, the Wishmaster (Divoff) makes wishes come true--in literal, painful ways. Listen closely for the voice of Angus Scrimm (1979's Phantasm) as narrator.
5. Train to Busan (2016)
The road to salvation is paved through hell in this zombie thriller from South Korea. After a viral outbreak, a band of survivors boards a train that they hope will lead to safe territory. Gong Yoo (Squid Game) co-stars. A U.S. remake titled Last Train to New York is due in 2023.
6. Hellraiser (1987)
With Hellraiser, Clive Barker directs his own adaptation of his short story "The Hellbound Heart." A seemingly normal domestic family comes under the rule of Pinhead (Doug Bradley) after their uncle unleashes a particularly nasty corner of hell under their roof. Barker said he wanted to cast "real actors" in the roles, a sharp contrast to the '80s slashers of the era that put an emphasis on attractive teenagers being led to slaughter.
7. Trilogy of Terror (1975)
Disclaimer: Only one segment in this made-for-television anthology is worth watching, but it’s a killer. Karen Black stars in three stories, all penned by Richard Matheson (The Twilight Zone), with the third, “Amelia,” the standout. As the title character, Black is a single woman under the thumb of an overbearing mother and hoping to further a relationship with a history professor. She buys an African artifact as a gift for him, then spends the next 25 minutes running for her life when it gains sentience. Some ABC affiliates considered the movie so scary that they opted to air it outside of primetime.
8. Phantasm (1979)
Angus Scrimm makes his mark as a horror icon in this nightmare from director Don Coscarelli about two brothers who discover a local funeral home isn't what it seems. Amazon Prime is streaming a newly-remastered version in all its blood-splattering glory for newer audiences, but its influence has already spread. Director J.J. Abrams named villain Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) after the movie's title.