The best horror movies on Amazon Prime Video right now

In the mood for terror? If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, then you should know that Prime Video, the company’s streaming platform, is chock-full of incredible horror films. Featuring every sub-genre you can think of — from haunted-house chillers to B-movie slashers — there’s certainly no shortage of screams. With Amazon’s library going through constant rotations, it can be tough to peg down a great flick before it leaves the streamer, but that’s what we’re here for. For all our horror-hounds, here’s a roundup of all the best horror movies you can watch on Amazon Prime Video right now. We update this list monthly with the freshest scare-fest flicks, so be sure to check often.

If you don’t see anything of note on Amazon Prime, we’ve also rounded up the best horror movies on Netflix and the best horror movies on Hulu.

New to Amazon Prime Video this December

The Wailing (2016) new

The Wailing
Genre Horror, Mystery
Stars Kwak Do-won, Hwang Jung-min, Chun Woo-hee
Directed by Na Hong-jin
r 156m
Mass hysteria is a dish best served … never. Unfortunately, in writer-director Na Hong-jin’s The Wailing, the inhabitants of a rural South Korean village are not spared their extensive bout of paranoia. After a mysterious man arrives in their mountainous community, an infection breaks out that turns most of the villagers into homicidal maniacs. As the bodies continue piling up, it’s up to a local lawman to get to the bottom of this phenomena before his community is wiped away. Hong-jin’s epic horror masterpiece clocks in at over two-and-a-half hours, but trust us, you won’t want to look away once through its runtime.

Peeping Tom (1960) new

Peeping Tom
Genre Horror, Thriller, Drama
Stars Karlheinz Böhm, Moira Shearer, Anna Massey
Directed by Michael Powell
r 101m
Peeping Tom may seem light in comparison to some of today’s gore-driven slasher films, but in the early ’60s, it was the last thing the filmgoing world was expecting from Michael Powell — the esteemed co-director of mesmerizing Technicolor epics like The Red Shoes and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. Our story follows Mark Lewis (Carl Boehm), a camera operator with a sinister agenda. By day, he’s a set of busy hands at a local film studio, but by night, he’s a murderer. When a neighbor (Anna Massey) catches on to some of the devilish things that Mark has been up to, she ends up turning into one of his victims. While Peeping Tom has been hailed as a horror classic that helped catapult the genre into new heights, it was a massively-polarizing movie when it was released — so much so that it essentially ended Powell’s career.

Daniel Isn't Real (2019) new

Daniel Isn't Real
Genre Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Stars Miles Robbins, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sasha Lane
Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer
r 100m
Imaginary friends are not unusual, but in the case of Daniel Isn’t Real, sometimes the figments of our imagination may prove all too real. As a young man, Luke (Miles Robbins) began a friendship with an unseeable boy named Daniel (Patrick Schwarzenegger) in the wake of a local tragedy. Years later, Luke is stressed beyond belief as a college student trying to balance education with a social life and his mother’s mental condition. Calling upon Daniel once more, the tried-and-true make-believer re-emerges. At first a benevolent force, it soon becomes clear that Daniel’s return will spell disaster for Luke and those surrounding him.

Alien (1979) new

Genre Horror, Science Fiction
Stars Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt
Directed by Ridley Scott
r 117m
After receiving a distress signal from an unidentified spacecraft, the investigative crew of the Nostromo get more than they bargained for when an extraterrestrial hatches from one of many eggs found onboard the distressed vessel, latching onto a crew member. After a rapid metamorphosis, an infant emerges and takes up residence among the humans, feasting on the innocents one by one. Ridley Scott’s sci-fi opus still achieves ultimate frights with its quiet, slow-burn approach, with the nooks and crannies of the trope-laden “haunted house” film exchanged for the equally claustrophobic confines of outer space.

The Manor (2021)

The Manor
Genre Horror
Stars Barbara Hershey, Nicholas Alexander, Bruce Davison
Directed by Axelle Carolyn
r 81m
Judith Albright (Barbara Hershey) isn’t who she used to be, not since her stroke at any rate. After moving into a prestigious nursing home, the ailing Judith begins experiencing horrific visions that lead her to believe something sinister is afoot at the sprawling estate. But with dementia running rampant through the halls, Judith’s insistence that something is not what it seems is easily dismissed by staff and family as an elderly case of “cried wolf.” But the truth, it turns out, is all too real. The Manor doesn’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to the genre, but writer-director Axelle Carolyn’s vision is a fun one to embrace — supplying the viewer with familiar motifs, ominous score, and plenty of seedlings that lead into third-act reveals.

We Are Still Here (2015)

We Are Still Here
Genre Horror
Stars Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie
Directed by Ted Geoghegan
r 84m
Anne (Barbara Crampton) and Paul Sacchetti (Andrew Sensenig) are grieving parents that decide to relocate to a rural New England town, taking up residence in an 1800s rustic home. Upon moving in, the couple is warned by a concerned local that their home is an evil sanctum that they should vacate promptly. Undeterred by these provocations, Anne and Paul invite spiritualist pals May (Lisa Marie) and Jacob Lewis (Larry Fessenden) to their estate in hopes of contacting their deceased child — a supernatural leaning that quickly becomes the downfall of all involved, particularly when it turns out that their home may have a deviant mind of its own.

Bingo Hell (2021)

Bingo Hell
Genre Thriller
Stars Adriana Barraza, L. Scott Caldwell, Clayton Landey
Directed by Gigi Saúl Guerrero
r 85m
Lupita (Adriana Barraza) is a longtime resident of the Oak Springs retirement community. Living out her days in peace, a once-idyllic residence suddenly falls to darkness when the enigmatic Mr. Big (Richard Brake) becomes the new property manager. Sensing that evil is afoot, Lupita and her fellow retirees band together to take down the evildoer. But as the bodies start piling up, the senior citizens realize they may be entrenched in a hell they may not escape from. A splatterfest of camp, gore, and a cobbled narrative that ultimately satiates, Bingo Hell isn’t world-class cinema, but it’s perfect viewing for horror fanatics.

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

I Know What You Did Last Summer
Genre Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe
Directed by Jim Gillespie
r 100m
Released during the 1990s resurgence of the slasher flick, alongside films like Candyman and ScreamI Know What You Did Last Summer follows four friends that have done their best to escape their pasts — but not enough, apparently. After running down a fisherman and disposing of his body in the ocean, one year later, the teens receive a letter from an unknown party, indicating that their manslaughter was observed. Their present-day punishment? Death by meat hook slices from an unknown assailant. A great popcorn creeper that will please all the slasher hounds, I Know What You Did Last Summer continues its silver-screen legacy in the comfort of our home.

Hellraiser (1987)

Genre Horror
Stars Ashley Laurence, Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins
Directed by Clive Barker
r 94m
Stay away from ancient, evil puzzle boxes: A hard rule that all should follow. These are words of wisdom that nomadic Frank (Sean Chapman) ignores. After purchasing a Pandora’s box of terrors and tinkering with the relic, a hoard of extra-dimensional demons known as Cenobites are unleashed upon him. Dragging Frank to their realm of pain and torture, his brother (Andrew Robinson) and his wife (Clare Higgins) move into Frank’s residence. When a drop of blood reawakens Frank, he tasks Julia, his brother’s spouse and Frank’s once-lover, with bringing him fresh victims to ultimately be reborn. Based on Clive Barker’s novel The Hellbound HeartHellraiser combines graphic visual effects and an unrelenting narrative, resulting in a macabre masterpiece for the ages.

The Wicker Man (1973)

The Wicker Man
Genre Horror
Stars Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland
Directed by Robin Hardy
r 94m
Religious police sergeant Neil Howie (Edward Woodward) gets more than he bargained for when a missing-persons case leads the hardened old-hatter to a remote Scottish island. The denizens of the locale are a group of free-spirited pagans, led by the charismatic Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee), a mysterious group that Howie sees as nothing more than a bunch of off-the-grid misfits. But as the cult’s wild practices give way to something far more sinister, Howie sinks deeper and deeper into their world of subterfuge, lies, and sacrifices.

The Fog (1980)

The Fog
Genre Horror
Stars Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hal Holbrook
Directed by John Carpenter
r 89m
In his big-screen follow-up to Halloween, director John Carpenter trades mask-touting serial killers for swashbuckling spirits. When a small California town begins celebrations for its centennial, a mysterious fog descends upon the community. In its wake, the bodies of local community members begin stacking up. Could it be the vengeful spirits of the Elizabeth Dane, an ancient pirate ship with occupants that were afflicted lepers? Packed with campfire vibes, The Fog delivers an unpredictable story interwoven with standout appearances from cherished actors like Hal Holbrook and Carpenter regulars, including Adrienne Barbeau and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Black Box (2020) new

Black Box
Genre Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars Mamoudou Athie, Phylicia Rashād, Amanda Christine
Directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr.
r 100m
In the wake of a horrific car accident that killed his wife, Nolan (Mamoudou Athie) is left with crippling amnesia and a 10-year-old daughter to care for. After agreeing to undergo an experimental treatment to reclaim his lost faculties, the widowed father gets more than he bargained for when a series of disturbing hallucinations plague Nolan’s day-to-day. Hellbent on finding the cure for these manifestations, Nolan will soon discover that there’s a much darker side to his so-called recovery. A tactful and imaginative debut from director Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr., Black Box will keep you curled tight at the edge of your seat. We guarantee it.

The Neon Demon (2016)

The Neon Demon
Genre Thriller, Horror
Stars Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Desmond Harrington
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
r 118m
16-year-old Jesse (Elle Fanning) is an aspiring model who has recently relocated to Los Angeles. When she secures work with a prolific agency, the sky appears to be the limit for the fresh face. But as Jesse faces scrutiny and a series of uncomfortable exchanges with her older peers, mixed with a cycle of visceral and disturbing dreams and hallucinations, the veil of high fashion begins to peel back, revealing a strange and sordid underbelly for the youthful talent. A hypnotic tale of horror with a mighty sucker punch of an ending, The Neon Demon is as much an homage to ’70s foreign-language horror flicks as it is a fitting entry in the canon of writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn.

The Reef (2010)

The Reef
Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller
Stars Damian Walshe-Howling, Zoe Naylor, Adrienne Pickering
Directed by Andrew Traucki
r 88m
When four friends hit the high seas to deliver a yacht to a client in Indonesia, their voyage is quickly uprooted when their vessel capsizes in a coral reef. As the disparate foursome decides to swim to a nearby island with whatever supplies they can hang on to, a great white shark emerges from the depths and begins stalking them. While we’ve all seen our fair share of cheap shark-genre chillers, writer-director Andrew Traucki delivers his story through horrific slow burns, buttressed by the magnificent talents of the main ensemble. This is one of the better 90-minute oceanic horror films out there and a testament to the power of a good script and a director with a strong vision. Australian waters have never felt so foreboding.

Midsommar (2019)

Genre Horror, Drama, Mystery
Stars Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper
Directed by Ari Aster
r 148m
A pagan cult is at the center of this horrifying film about a group of friends who travel to Sweden to attend a festival that only comes around every 90 years… but get more than they bargained for upon arrival. The tone is immediately set when they discover the tortuous and disturbing commune is involved in human sacrifice and purging evil. It’s unsettling, but if you’re into that kind of thing, it’s the perfect flick to watch. A co-production between the U.S. and Sweden, it’s offered in the English language. A hypnotic, dread-laden score by Bobby Krlic, set against Pawel Pogorzelski’s bright, ethereal visuals will be a treat for cinephiles; but anyone with a preference for disturbing-over-scary should feel a connection with Midsommar almost instantly.

The Lighthouse (2019)

The Lighthouse
Genre Drama, Fantasy, Thriller, Horror
Stars Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman
Directed by Robert Eggers
r 109m
One of the more recent films on this list, The Lighthouse is filmed in black and white and uniquely in an almost square 1.19:1 aspect ratio to set the historical scene. The setting is the late 19th century and a storm strands two lighthouse keepers on a remote island. As they try and survive without going insane and killing one another, they experience vivid and frightening visions and reveal purported secrets. Writer Robert Eggers has said that his brother, who co-wrote the film with him, originally wanted to make the movie a contemporary take on Edgar Allan Poe’s The Light-House, but it then evolved into something completely different and utterly terrifying.

Phantasm (1979)

Genre Horror, Science Fiction
Stars Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury
Directed by Don Coscarelli
r 89m
A revered cult classic, Phantasm follows the terror-plagued odyssey of teenaged Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) through a haunted but picturesque suburbia. The film opens with Mike’s brother, Tommy, being brutally murdered in a local cemetery, and from there, the horrors only grow. Turns out the killer could be a ghoul known only as the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm). As Mike and a family friend, Reggie (Reggie Bannister), begin unpacking the mysteries surrounding Tommy’s death, the Tall Man mythos becomes painfully real as a bevy of chromium murder-drones and other paranormal menaces descend on the duo. Written and directed by Don Coscarelli — who was inspired by classics such as Dario Argento’s Suspiria — the look and feel of Phantasm can be found in recent genre films like It Follows, where dreamy visuals and lush, eerie soundtracks set the stage for horrors both campy and poignant.

Suspiria (2018)

Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth
Directed by Luca Guadagnino
r 152m
Hot off the success of his 2017 film, Call Me by Your Name, director Luca Guadagnino dove headfirst into the production of Suspiria, a remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 Technicolor nightmare about a prestigious German dance academy with a mysterious and sordid past. In Guadagnino’s rendition, Dakota Johnson plays Susie Bannion, the American newcomer to the foreign school, and what a wicked first day of classes she has. An expelled student, Patricia Hingle (Chloë Grace Moretz), is murdered, and not long after the ex-matriculate confessed to her therapist that the dance academy is run by evil witches.

Vivarium (2019)

Genre Science Fiction, Horror, Mystery
Stars Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg, Eanna Hardwicke
Directed by Lorcan Finnegan
r 97m
Ah yes, the joys of buying your first home. As if closing costs, inspections, and the pains of moving day weren’t hell enough, imagine being trapped in a neighborhood where all the houses are exactly the same — and there’s no escape. That’s where director/co-writer Lorcan Finnegan’s Vivarium gets started. After Tom and Gemma (Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots) travel to the mysterious development of Yonder with their oddball realtor, Martin (Jonathan Aris), the agent seemingly disappears. A labyrinthine nightmare, Eisenberg and Poots flourish as Tom and Gemma, an innocent young couple that slowly begins losing their minds and overall grip on reality, especially once a newborn baby arrives — appearing out of the clear blue. Is this maze of suburbia all in their head, or are their sinister forces at play? You’ll just have to watch to find out.

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