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The 10 Best Horror Movies to Stream on Amazon's Prime Video Right Now

Jake Rossen
Michael Hargrove in 'Candyman' (2021).
Michael Hargrove in 'Candyman' (2021). / Universal Pictures

Streaming platforms offer a huge variety of movies, but sometimes, you just want a good horror film to put you on edge. If you’ve gotten your fill of chills from Netflix, check out these films currently available on Amazon Prime Video that are guaranteed to rattle your nerves.

1. Candyman (2021)

Director Nia DaCosta and producer Jordan Peele reimagine the 1992 horror classic for a new generation. When a couple moves into Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing project, they discover the legend of the Candyman is based more in fact than fiction. Before Peele got involved, producers floated a Candyman vs. Leprechaun crossover film in the vein of Freddy vs. Jason.

2. World War Z (2013)

Brad Pitt dives into the zombie genre in this hit based on the Max Brooks book of the same name. As a former United Nations worker, Pitt races to trace the source of a virulent disease turning people feral. Pitt and producers originally imagined it as a trilogy, though that has yet to manifest.

3. Jennifer's Body (2009)

Juno writer Diablo Cody scripted this dark fable about a popular teen (Megan Fox) who goes on a man-eating rampage after being possessed by a demon. Cody actually wrote the movie prior to Juno: That film’s success helped this one get made.

4. Saint Maud (2019)

This slow-burn psychological chiller stars Morfydd Clark (The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power) as a hospice nurse who believes it’s her duty to save the soul of her patient—and commits to increasingly extreme methods of doing so. The most cooperative actor may have been Nancy, a cockroach that plays a prominent role: Insect trainer Grace Dickinson said Nancy regularly hit her marks. One scheduled three-hour block of cockroach filming needed just one hour to complete.

5. Cabin Fever (2003)

Eli Roth made a splash with this gruesome feature about a group of friends who seek a cabin getaway and find a nightmarish virus instead. Roth wrote the film while working as a production assistant for Howard Stern on the radio personality's 1997 film Private Parts.

6. 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.

7. 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, and very painful ways. Listen closely for the voice of Angus Scrimm (from 1979’s Phantasm) as the narrator.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Let the Right One In (2008)

Call it a coming of fang story: In Sweden, a young boy befriends a girl whose shyness belies a thirst for human blood. Director Tomas Alfredson wouldn't let his young leads (Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson) read the script, preferring they learn by hearing it read aloud to them.

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A version of this story ran in 2019; it has been updated for 2022.