Streaming platforms have a huge selection of movies that can elicit a lot of emotions, but sometimes, you just want a good horror film to put you on edge. If you’ve gotten your spooky fix from Netflix, check out these films currently available on Amazon Prime Video and that are guaranteed to rattle your nerves.
1. Knock at the Cabin (2023)
M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) directs this tense, contained thriller about four strangers who try to convince a family that the world is about to end—and that they need to sacrifice one of their own to stop it. The film is an adaptation of the 2018 novel The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay, though the movie’s ending is vastly different. Tremblay said he received some advice on how to process someone else revising your work for the screen from Stephen King, who clearly knows a thing or two about that.
2. M3gan (2023)
The latest entry into the killer doll horror genre was a hit with filmgoers. After the tragic death of her parents, young Cady (Violet McGraw) moves in with her Aunt Gemma (Alison Williams), who happens to be working on next-gen, doll-buddy tech. But prototype Megan takes the bonding experience a little too far. Universal helped build buzz for the film by planting M3gan lookalikes at baseball games.
3. Smile (2022)
A therapist (Sosie Bacon) begins seeing some disturbing images—and people—after losing a patient. Writer and director Parker Finn adapted his own short film, Laura Hasn’t Slept, into a feature-length version.
4. Candyman (2021)
Director Nia DaCosta and producer Jordan Peele reimagine the 1992 horror classic for a new generation. When a couple moves into what used to be Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing project, they discover the legend of the Candyman is based more on fact than fiction. Before Peele got involved, producers floated a Candyman vs. Leprechaun crossover film, in the vein of Freddy vs. Jason.
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 in the works.
6. 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 explores 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.
7. 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, Saw VI, and Saw 3D.
8. Children of the Corn (1984)
Homicidal kids terrorize a couple who dare venture into their rural territory in this creepy thriller adapted from the Stephen King short story. King wrote the first script, but screenwriter George Goldsmith is the only one credited in the film.
9. Hellraiser (1987)
With Hellraiser, Clive Barker directed his own adaptation of his short story “The Hellbound Heart.“ After an uncle unleashes a particularly nasty corner of hell under their roof, a seemingly normal family comes under the rule of Pinhead (Doug Bradley) and the other Cenobites. 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. The Relic (1997)
Penelope Ann Miller and Tom Sizemore fight off an evil entity at—where else—the Chicago History Museum in this ’90s horror flick. Legendary visual effects artist Stan Winston designed the creature.
11. 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.
A version of this story ran in 2019; it has been updated for 2023.