The 12 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 12 films currently available on Amazon Prime that are guaranteed to send a chill down your spine.
1. Midsommar (2019)
Strange things are afoot for Florence Pugh, who takes a trek with her boyfriend (Jack Reynor) and friends for the Swedish midsummer festival. While the locals are initially hospitable, their underlying intentions soon take a dark turn.
2. The Ring (2002)
Naomi Watts is a journalist puzzled by a rash of strange deaths in her town. She soon discovers they're all tied to a mysterious VHS tape that purportedly kills anyone who watches it in exactly seven days.
3. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Before Chris Hemsworth tackled Thor, he shot this meta horror film from Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon about a group of friends who get more than they bargained for while spending a quaint weekend in the woods. Far from your average slasher, it's a deconstruction of the genre.
4. Diabolique (1955)
Two women working at a French boarding school—one married, the other a mistress—decide to put their mutual problem out of his misery. Unfortunately, his demise is only the beginning of their troubles. This moody French film based on a novel was nearly filmed for an American audience by Alfred Hitchcock, but director Henri-Georges Clouzot snapped up the rights first. The result so impressed Hitchcock that he decided to up his game with the classic Psycho (1960). If it impressed the Master of Suspense, it’s worth a look.
5. The Wicker Man (1973)
Forget the campy Nicolas Cage remake. The 1973 original is a chilling exercise in slow-burn suspense as Edward Woodward (The Equalizer) investigates the disappearance of a young girl on a small Scottish island and discovers its inhabitants are up to no good. Christopher Lee co-stars.
6. Lisa (1990)
Teenager Staci Keanan (My Two Dads) is fond of prank-calling older men. The fun stops when she inadvertently targets a man (D.W. Moffett) who gets his kicks as a serial killer.
7. You're Next (2013)
A family reunion turns bloodier than usual in this tense thriller from director Adam Wingard (2014's The Guest).
8. 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.
9. The Stuff (1985)
Larry Cohen wrote and directed this darkly comedic horror film about sentient goo that proves to be a hit in the dessert aisle of grocery stores nationwide. Too bad consumers have an adverse reaction to it, causing a panic.
10. Crawl (2019)
In hurricane-hit Florida, a young woman (Kaya Scodelario) has to contend with ferocious alligators while trying to free her trapped and injured father (Barry Pepper) from the crawl space under his home.
11. Nightbreed (1990)
The twisted imagination of Clive Barker is on full display in this little-seen cult classic. As Aaron Boone, Craig Sheffer is brought back to life to join the Nightbreed, a gang of freaks out to stop a serial killer (director David Cronenberg, in a cheeky performance) from striking. Strongly recommended for fans of practical effects and make-up.
12. 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.