If You're a Fan of Horror Movies, These Amazon Prime Flicks Will Seriously Spook You
When you’re a horror movie fan, spooky season can be any time of year! If you’re on the hunt for chilling ghost stories, haunting murders, and scream-worthy thrillers, Amazon Prime has all of those and then some. This mix of tried-and-true classics, blockbuster favorites, and quirky indie films covers every scare level, so there’s something for everyone – from the scaredy-cats to the hardcore horror aficionados. Whether you want your blood to run cold or you’re trying to get your heart rate up, these Prime picks will leave you chilled to your core. Get the popcorn ready and start prepping your next movie night, because Amazon Prime has all your scary-movie needs covered. Read on to see the flicks that’ll give you the horror fix you are looking for, ahead. Happy haunting!
– Additional reporting by Lauren Harano
This 2018 documentary horror film stars Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley as themselves as they dive into the Ammons haunting case, an alleged haunting and demonic possession that occurred in Indiana in 2011.
Warning: Do not watch if you are scared of possessed children. In The Assent, a single father starts to get an inkling that his young son is possessed by an evil spirit after strange things start happening.
Better Watch Out
Ashley goes to babysit a 12-year-old boy on a quiet suburban street, only for the house to be taken over by intruders. She soon realizes that these intruders are much worse than she could have ever expected.
You’ll never want to pet a dog again after you watch this twisted film. When a group of friends go to a cabin for a weekend getaway, they’re besieged by ravenous dogs – and it’s pretty much all downhill from there.
I See You
After a young boy goes missing, a small-town detective decides to look into it. Strange things start happening around town that people think could be linked to the disappearance.
This 2017 drama will grip you until the very end. When an army veteran returns home, she finds an abandoned boy in the woods. She wants to learn more about his identity, but the more she learns, the scarier things get.
The Cleaning Lady
This 2018 horror movie tells the tale of a woman who decides to befriend a woman who cleans houses and has burn scars on her face. Things seem to be going well, until, well, they don’t.
And Soon the Darkness
Amber Heard and Karl Urban star in this intense thriller about a woman (Heard) who teams up with an American ex-pat (Urban) to help her locate her missing friend in Argentina before night falls. It’s a classic vacation-gone-wrong movie, but it still serves up plenty of moments that will leave you on the edge of your seat. (Note: this film is leaving Prime on Aug. 31.)
Cockneys vs. Zombies
Sometimes, we just need a silly horror comedy in our lives, and Cockneys vs. Zombies is the best kind of silliness. A group of young criminals team up with members of a retirement community to not only save the older people’s home but also to fight off the undead – hilarity and creative zombie kills ensue.
Eliza Dushku and Chace Crawford star in this movie about four friends who break into an abandoned insane asylum in search of a death certificate that could land one of them a fortune. What they get instead is a night of facing their nightmares as the asylum proves to have a few ghostly residents still knocking around.
Hailed by some critics as the scariest movie in years, Hereditary stars Toni Collette as a woman who discovers her family’s dark secrets in the aftermath of her mother’s death. Now she and her children must deal with the terrifying fate that they have inherited.
Ti West is one of the horror genre’s most inventive directors, and The Innkeepers is a great example of his creativity. Two bored inn employees decide to prove there are ghosts in their workplace before it shuts its doors for good, but things get creepy as they begin to find more evidence of supernatural happenings than they ever imagined they would. This one is a slow burn, but trust us, it’s worth it.
Ginger Snaps is a feminist werewolf story about two sisters in a boring suburban town whose lives are changed in an instant when one of them is bitten by a werewolf on the night of her first period. This smart coming-of-age horror film is a unique exploration of sisterhood, female power, and the werewolf mythos.
This French horror film is not for anyone who is easily frightened. It starts out as a somewhat standard home-invasion film about two students, one of whom is kidnapped, leaving the other to find her. But this movie has twists aplenty and lots of blood as the other woman’s quest to save her pal takes some unexpected turns.
House on Haunted Hill
This 1958 movie starring Vincent Price relies on a killer score and clever tricks to scare viewers. Price stars as an oddball millionaire who challenges five strangers to spend the night in a haunted mansion for a cash prize – which they’ll only receive if they survive the night.
Chucky’s big-screen debut is the ultimate nightmare fuel for anyone who is afraid of dolls. The serial-killer-possessed toy isn’t just a murderer, he’s also gaslighting the poor kid who receives a Chucky doll as a gift. It’s basically all of our worst fears rolled into one terrifying ’80s movie.
The Haunting of Sharon Tate
Children of the Corn
Like many horror movies, Children of the Corn spawned lots of less-than-stellar sequels. However, the first film remains as chilling as ever thanks to its winning combo of creepy kids and small-town paranoia.
Robert Pattinson stars in High Life, an eerie sci-fi film that questions the nature of reality as the two survivors of a deadly mission into space hurtle toward a black hole. There’s an added sense of devastation to the already bleak tale since the survivors happen to be a father and his young daughter.
In the proud tradition of terrifying child films like The Bad Seed, Children of the Corn, The Exorcist, and The Omen, meet The Prodigy, about a young boy whose mother grows concerned about his disturbing behavior and wonders if there is something supernatural (and possibly evil) afoot.
Shark-attack movies aren’t just scary during swimsuit season. Queue up this tale of four friends whose sailing trip ends with them being stalked by a great white shark to remind you why sweater weather will always trump a day at the beach.
He's Out There
The 2018 horror film tells the story of a mother and her two daughters who are vacationing at a lake house when things suddenly take a turn for the worst. While playing outside, her daughters fall victim to a trick of an ax-wielding psychopath that sucks them into a living nightmare.
Along Came the Devil
A troubled young woman named Ashley is sent to live with her aunt in Along Came the Devil, but things go downhill fast. She soon connects with a demonic force that leaves her fighting for survival.
House of 1,000 Corpses
In case you haven’t seen Rob Zombie’s 2003 movie, Otis B. Driftwood from House of 1,000 Corpses is disturbing beyond all hell. Like Gein, the psychotic character in the film skins his victims and uses their bodies to create art, most notably costumes to wear.
The Devil's Rejects
The Firefly family is full of murderers who are on the run from the law, and they seek to escape a vengeful police force that’s out for blood.
Ju-on: The Grudge
You’ve seen the American remake, now it’s time to experience the terror of the original Japanese version. The plot is similar to that of the remake, but the scares are dialed way up in this smart and frightening film. (Note: this film is leaving Prime on Aug. 31.)
A couple (Jack Reynor and Florence Pugh) on the brink of a break-up decide to attend a nine-day midsummer festival in Sweden as a wanderlusty distraction. At first the festival seems like an absolute delight, with all its flower crowns, choreographed dances, and traditional garments. And then, because of course, animal carcasses, smeared blood, sacrifices, and drugged lemonade gets into the mix.
The Hole in the Ground
Creepy kid alert! The Hole in the Ground is an Irish scary movie that draws inspiration from the changeling legend, as it focuses on a woman’s young son returning changed after he goes missing for a few days.
If you count the original Stephen King adaptation among your favorite horror films, we hope you caught the remake starring Jason Clarke and John Lithgow. Whatever you do, don’t go near the cemetery.
This Amazon exclusive about the (very) dark side of a dance company is a visual stunner. At every turn, the movie throws imagery at us designed to make us feel as unsettled as the members of the dance troupe.
Claire Foy stars in Unsane, a movie that will make you question everything. Foy plays a woman who commits herself into a facility for 24 hours after being stalked by a man for nearly two years. However, during her stay, events lead her to believe that a member of the staff is after her.
The Cabin in the Woods
On the surface, The Cabin in the Woods looks like a typical slasher film. A group of easily classified teens – the jock, the prom queen, the stoner – head to a cabin for some spring break fun. However, this clever film from Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon is all about deconstructing the genre by upgrading the standard serial killer to something a little more . . . epic.
Cheesy, bloody horror at its finest, Sharknado‘s Z-list cast and cringe-worthy dialogue are part of its appeal. Watch if you dare!
Voice From the Stone
Yes, the Mother of Dragons starred in a horror movie. Emilia Clarke’s Voice From the Stone is a throwback to the Gothic scares of films like The Innocents. Clarke stars as a young nurse employed to help a mute boy who lives in an isolated castle, but she soon begins to expect there’s something supernatural going on in her new home.
A grieving father summons a monster named Pumpkinhead to wreak vengeance on the teens that cost his son his life. However, he soon has second thoughts about the creature he unleashes.
The Neon Demon
Elle Fanning’s performance as a budding fashionista who becomes increasingly dangerous as her fame level rises will make you realize that the former child star is all grown up. Her character’s descent into darkness isn’t just compelling, though; it’s also beautifully rendered thanks to the movie’s standout cinematography.
The Strangers: Prey at Night
Christina Hendricks stars in this nerve-racking follow-up to The Strangers. The masked killers return to stalk a family this time around, and their methods are as frightening as ever.
The Lazarus Effect
This group of scientists is really messing with a scary technology that can bring people back from the dead. The problem is, they’re not quite the same when they come back. Being alone will feel like a delicious luxury.
Night of the Living Dead
Where would zombie movies be without Night of the Living Dead? This famed horror film is just as shocking and relevant now as it was when it premiered in 1968.
Thomas Wake (Willem DaFoe) and Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) are two lighthouse keepers who get posted on a remote New England island in the late 1800s. The men begin to go stir crazy in their surroundings and keep grave secrets, spy on each other, and engage in some bloody violence.
To say too much about Triangle would spoil the fun of this twisty story. But here are the basics: bad weather forces a group of people on a yacht trip to take refuge on a seemingly abandoned ocean liner, and they soon find themselves being stalked by a killer on board the ship.
Stories of obsession are always frightfully fun, and Swimfan is no exception. Future Parenthood star Erika Christensen is particularly good as the new girl in town whose interest in the most popular boy in school turns deadly.