Amazon Prime offers a huge selection of horror movies from more than a century of movie history. There is everything from influential classics to recent releases. Here are the ten best horror movies to stream on Amazon Prime.
The cabin in the woods
Produced and co-written by Joss Whedon, The cabin in the woods is a slasher film that deconstructs the idea of slasher films and puts the seemingly ignorant protagonists of students in a remote cabin, where they are handpicked one by one. But the filmmakers subvert the formula in clever and funny ways, using the recognizable horror structure to question the meaning and meaning of unspoken horror film lines.
Gretel & Hans
Filmmaker Oz Perkins brings an otherworldly approach to Gretel & Hans, his retelling of the classic fairytale, where Gretel (Sophia Lillis) comes to the fore as she is seduced into a world of evil power by the witch (Alice Krige), who lives in a remote house in the woods. Perkins uses the familiar tale for a twisted coming-of-age film about women who use all means to fight against patriarchal oppression.
Hellbound: Hellraiser II
The sequel to Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II is actually the pinnacle of the long-running franchise, giving Doug Bradley’s iconic villain Pinhead more screen time while taking on a more surreal tone. It delves deeper into the gruesome hills inhabited by Pinhead and his fellow Cenobites, showing the dark, sadistic horrors they inflict on the victims who open the puzzle box known as the Lament configuration.
Florence Pugh casts a spell in this daytime nightmare of a film about a group of American graduates who travel to a remote village in Sweden for what they say is a scenic seasonal festival. In Midsummerdirector Ari Aster combines folk horror with a meditation on grief and emotional abuse and finds triumph for his main character in the most gruesome acts.
Night of the demons
It may not be the most famous or popular movie of the horror boom of the 80s, but Night of the demons is still one of the most fun, with the story of a group of teenagers who spend Halloween night in an empty funeral home where one of them summons evil spirits. It’s a crazy, familiar story, but the characters and murders are entertainingly filthy, and mopey goth teen Angela (Amelia Kinkade) makes for a delightful villain.
Night of the living dead
The entire zombie genre owes its existence to George Romero’s 1968 classic Night of the living dead, which created the modern conception of zombies as shuffling, carnivorous corpses come back to life. The small-scale production is also a marvel of suspense and ingenuity, trapping a handful of characters in a house as the zombie apocalypse rages around them.
One of the earliest horror films ever made, the 1922 silent classic Nosferatu, introduced the indelible image of Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The expressionist visual style of director FW Murnau in this unofficial adaptation by Bram Stoker Dracula has influenced horror films for nearly a century, and Schreck’s grotesque appearance and disturbing presence as Count Orlok are unforgettable.
The 2018 remake of Italian director Dario Argento’s cult classic Suspiria takes the story in an even more impressionistic, hallucinatory direction. The film stars Dakota Johnson as a seemingly naive young American who comes to study at a sinister dance school in Berlin. Director Luca Guadagnino makes a haunting film about ambition, jealousy and bizarre cult activities.
Train to Busan
Korean filmmaker Yeon Sang-ho redefines the zombie genre in the international blockbuster Train to Busan. The film takes place almost entirely on a commuter train from Seoul to Busan as a zombie outbreak conquers the passengers. It combines the propelling, self-contained momentum of a Hollywood action movie with the tension and blood of a zombie thriller.
28 days later
Director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland added shock to the zombie story in 28 days later by introducing the idea of the fast-moving undead and bringing new levels of suspense to a decades-old genre. The film focuses on the collapse of civilization as well as the deep-seated horrors of zombie attacks, making it both thrilling and thoughtful.