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The best horror movies on Amazon Prime (September 2022)

This month, Amazon Prime Video has a ton of new horror films, with plenty of ‘80s cheese to satisfy all the gore hounds and campy flick lovers the world over. And if you’re not in the mood to sift through the platform’s many pages of spooky titles, we’ve done the dirty work of wading through all the selections to give you this monthly roundup of all the best horror movies on Amazon Prime right now.

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.

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The Return of the Living Dead (1985) new
The Return of the Living Dead
66 %
r 91m
Genre Comedy, Horror
Stars Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa
Directed by Dan O'Bannon
The Return of the Living Dead is a defiantly campy and sordid zombie pic, an ‘80s-flavored effort that has the cinematic touchstones of the decade carved all over it, and that’s why we love it. The setup is pretty typical: Two medical storage-site employees (James Karen and Tom Mathews) accidentally unleash a toxic nerve agent that revives cadavers into, you guessed it, flesh-eating zombies. As the undead begin wreaking havoc on the small Kentucky town the men work in, it’s a race against the clock to figure out how to stop the brain-eaters before there are too many of them.
Fright Night (2011) new
Fright Night
64 %
r 106m
Genre Horror, Comedy
Stars Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette
Directed by Craig Gillespie
First up on this month’s remake platter is 2011’s Fright Night, a gripping new take on the ‘80s classic. Anton Yelchin stars as Charley Brewster, a suburbanite teen living in a peaceful Las Vegas neighborhood. Charley’s life is thrown into disarray when the arrival of a charismatic new neighbor named Jerry (Colin Farrell) has the teen thinking there’s a vampire afoot. And as Charley tries to start stockpiling evidence, Jerry continues to take fresh victims. Remaining faithful to the original film, 2011’s Fright Night cleverly balances horror and comedy tropes, an ultimate amalgamation that is sure to satisfy.
Evil Dead (2013) new
Evil Dead
57 %
r 96m
Genre Horror
Stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci
Directed by Fede Álvarez
Long before his cinematic tenure with Marvel’s Spider-Man, director Sam Raimi was honing his chops with films like Evil Dead. In 2013, co-writer/director Fede Alvarez took a stab at a reworking of the Raimi original, delivering a cinematic experience far more intense than the original. Jane Levy stars as Mia, a woman looking to shake her addiction to drugs. That’s why Mia and her pals head off to her family’s cabin in the woods so Mia can detox. But after unearthing and reading from a mysterious Book of the Dead, Mia succumbs to a new unwelcome fix — the vile influence of a demonic entity that starts chipping away at her humanity.
The Collector (2009)
The Collector
29 %
r 88m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Josh Stewart, Juan Fernández, Michael Reilly Burke
Directed by Marcus Dunstan
The Collector takes all the mayhem and inventive murders of a film like Saw, removes any and all traces of relatable drama, and adds kerosene to the formula. The resulting conflagration is an exploitive mess that can be seen for miles, but we’ll be damned if we can’t turn away. Josh Stewart stars as ex-con Arkin, a man desperate to get some much-needed cash in the hands of his ex-wife, so he decides to rob a house. Not the best plan to begin with, but it just so happens that the targeted domicile has already been selected by a notorious madman who has rigged the residence with a series of inescapable death traps. During early development, The Collector was actually supposed to be a prequel to the Saw series, which makes sense when you consider the narrative. It’s not groundbreaking genre cinema by any means, but if you need a good sister-flick to the Saw canon, The Collector is bound to satiate.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
Paranormal Activity
68 %
r 85m
Genre Horror, Mystery
Stars Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs
Directed by Oren Peli
Found-footage horror is very hit or miss these days. In fact, disregarding films like The Blair Witch ProjectREC, and Cloverfield, it’s hard to find high-quality selections from the sub-genre. But with Paranormal Activity, writer-director Oren Peli delivered a low-budget, kinetic thrill ride of terrors that raked in millions at the box office and went on to spawn one of the most critically polarizing series of sequels, prequels, and spiritually-connected titles. And it all started with the original haunting of Katie and Micah, a demon-plagued couple with a handy camcorder to capture all their harrowing experiences. There are big moments in the original that are truly unforgettable, but it’s the small things (like a set of keys hitting the floor or bangs and thuds from another room) that make Paranormal Activity an awesome addition to the found-footage horror canon. 
A Quiet Place Part II (2021) new
A Quiet Place Part II
71 %
pg-13 97m
Genre Science Fiction, Thriller, Horror
Stars Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds
Directed by John Krasinski
A tremendous follow up to 2018’s A Quiet Place, writer-director John Krasinski brings us A Quiet Place Part II. Following the remaining Abbot family members in the wake of the first film’s semi-tragic conclusion, mother (Emily Blunt), daughter (Millicent Simmonds), son (Noah Jupe), and an infant continue their fight for survival against the Death Angels, blinded extraterrestrial monsters with powerful hearing capabilities and a bloodlust for humanity. When the Abbots happen upon an old friend, Emmett (Cillian Murphy), the nuclear unit joins up with this companion in the hope of finding a new bastion somewhere beyond the sea. Sophomore efforts tend to miss the mark, especially when it comes to the horror genre, but A Quiet Place Part II manages to rehash all the elements that made the first film so great while expanding the scope of the Krasinski’s post-apocalyptic universe.
mother! (2017)
75 %
r 121m
Genre Drama, Horror, Mystery
Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris
Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Post-Noah, writer-director Darren Aronofsky continues his narrative tradition of allegorical religion with 2017’s masterful mother! Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a married couple living in an isolated Victorian manor. Bardem’s character, referred to simply as “Him,” is a prolific writer, a scribe who attracts the attention of a mysterious man (Ed Harris) and his family. As the newcomers begin disturbing the idyllic day-to-day of Lawrence’s character, the term “invasion” takes on new meaning when an overwhelming band of Him devotees descends on the sprawling estate. A sharp-tongued metaphor for the destruction of Mother Earth, mother! is shot and edited like the unbridled horror film that it is. But there’s more disturbing subtext living beneath the surface of this deeply disorienting film.

mother! movie (2017) - official trailer - paramount pictures
The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020)
The Wolf of Snow Hollow
67 %
r 84m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Jim Cummings, Riki Lindhome, Robert Forster
Directed by Jim Cummings

Every few years, a brave and bold horror filmmaker takes a stab at the werewolf sub-genre, typically with mixed results. We’re glad to say that multi-hatter Jim Cummings receives two thumbs up from the Digital Trends team for his lycan-filled indie-horror gem The Wolf of Snow Hollow. Cummings also stars in the film as John Marshall, an overworked police officer who has quite the hellish investigation on his hands. It seems that after every full moon, another person dies in John’s rustic mountain town. Of course, old myths paint the perpetrator as a werewolf, which is hysteria that John aims to avoid. And yet can’t he help but consider them. The Wolf of Snow Hollow is a fun thrill ride from start to finish, making for a more-than-memorable werewolf outing that aspiring genre auteurs should uphold as an example of the howling monster flick done correctly.

THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW Official Trailer (2020)
Candyman (2021)
72 %
r 91m
Genre Horror
Stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo
Directed by Nia DaCosta
Dare to speak his name? In the ghoulish tradition of urban legends like Bloody Mary, director Nia DaCosta’s 2021 film Candyman presents a decades-later sequel to the original 1992 Bernard Rose film of the same name. Starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Anthony McCoy, a Chicago-based painter seeking inspiration for his next set of works, the talented and curious craftsman dives deep into the lore of the infamous Candyman legend after a conversation with a Cabrini-Green resident (Colman Domingo) piques his interest in the man with a hooked hand. But as the bodies start piling up, the world of the paintbrush starts bleeding out into reality as the titular slasher returns once more. Candyman rocks a bold visual style with a kinetic story that comes to life through the film’s ensemble of players, particularly Mateen II as the manic artist who rapidly descends down a rabbit hole of disillusionment and decay.
The Deep House (2021)
The Deep House
r 85m
Genre Horror
Stars James Jagger, Camille Rowe, Eric Savin
Directed by Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury
The Deep House presents a very literal title, as the domicile-in-question is indeed a towering home submerged deep at the bottom of a lake. Hoping to use the aquatic residence as a cash-grab for their suffering social media presence, influencers Ben and Tina (James Jagger and Camille Rowe) scuba-dive to the perfectly-preserved manor and begin investigating with a series of body cams and an underwater drone. As the couple swims from room to room, the house’s paranormal roots come to life, ensnaring the content creators in a claustrophobic tomb they may never escape from. A tremendous display of VFX work, The Deep House loses its narrative footing here and there, but each frame is filled with enough eerie imagery to keep your eyes glued to the screen the whole time.
Saint Maud (2020) new
Saint Maud
83 %
r 85m
Genre Drama, Horror, Mystery
Stars Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lily Frazer
Directed by Rose Glass
Religious fervor meets breathtaking indie filmmaking in writer-director Rose Glass’ feature debut Saint Maud. Starring Morfydd Clark as the titular character, a hospice nurse with a devout born-again mentality, Maud is assigned to care for Amanda (Jennifer Ehle), an ailing American dancer living in London. But when Maud’s calling to save the soul of her patient reaches disturbing new heights, no one is safe from the perceived evils and resultant “cleansing.” A daring blend of drama and horror, Saint Maud is powerful cinema from a powerful, new auteur.
Saint Maud | Official Trailer HD | A24
Bit (2019) new
r 90m
Genre Horror, Comedy
Stars Nicole Maines, Diana Hopper, Zolee Griggs
Directed by Brad Michael Elmore
When Laurel (Nicole Maines) relocates to LA, she has big dreams of a new life. But her aspirations are soon put to rest after meeting Duke (Diana Hopper), the leader of an all-female pact of vampires intent on making Laurel one of their own. As the vamps encroach, Duke reveals that she and her coven operate as vigilantes, luring abusive men to their deaths. Will Laurel join the ranks? Bit is powered by a number of integral and relevant themes, using the horror-comedy sub-genre as a springboard to communicate its many messages.
The Deeper You Dig (2019)
The Deeper You Dig
75 %
r 95m
Genre Horror, Drama
Stars John Adams, Toby Poser, Zelda Adams
Directed by Toby Poser, John Adams
In The Deeper You Dig, the lives of a mother, daughter, and stranger are horrifically intertwined in the wake of a devastating accident. The stranger (John Adams), known as Kurt, does what he can to cover his tracks. What he wasn’t expecting was the untimely power of the supernatural to descend over his unplanned crime. As the line between the living and the dead starts to fizzle, it’s only a matter of time before the blood on Kurt’s hands becomes his ultimate undoing. A well-shot, simply made horror flick, The Deeper You Dig explores how far we’ll go for our families through an eerie, wraith-like lens.
The Deeper You Dig - Official Movie Trailer (2020)
My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To (2021)
My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To
r 89m
Genre Drama, Horror
Stars Patrick Fugit, Ingrid Sophie Schram, Owen Campbell
Directed by Jonathan Cuartas
In writer-director Jonathan Cuartas’ My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To, Patrick Fugit stars as Dwight, one of three siblings of a privately vampiric family. Dwight and his sister Jessie (Ingrid Sophie Schram) roam the desolate streets at night, seeking victims for their ailing younger brother, Thomas (Owen Campbell). But as the bodies continue piling, Dwight dreams of a new life — one unhindered by the bloodletting of innocents, perhaps. A bare-bones feature debut that matches moody atmospherics to a captivating plot revolving around the struggles of a family, My Heart Can’t Beat… is indie horror at its best.
My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To - Official Movie Trailer (2021)
Madres (2021) new
43 %
r 83m
Genre Horror
Stars Ariana Guerra, Tenoch Huerta, Elpidia Carrillo
Directed by Ryan Zaragoza
In Madres, an expectant Mexican-American couple retires to a farming community in 1970s California to have their first baby. But as a series of horrific visions begin plaguing the mother, the soon-to-be parents wonder if the myriad of disturbing images they’ve been seeing are due to the stresses of the forthcoming child, or maybe it has something to do with a sinister curse that has been stomping around the ranch the couple has been working on? Another great entry in the Welcome to the Blumhouse film series, Madres explores a number of important social issues under the banner of top-shelf horror.
Madres - Official Trailer | Prime Video
Black as Night (2021)
Black as Night
53 %
r 87m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Asjha Cooper, Fabrizio Guido, Craig Tate
Directed by Maritte Lee Go
In Black of Night, Asjha Cooper stars as 15-year-old Shawna as a renegade vampire hunter living in New Orleans. When her mother falls victim to a band of vamps that has plagued the city since the travesty of Hurricane Katrina, Shawna teams up with three ragtag vigilantes to track down the leader of the vampires and put an end to their nighttime scheming once and for all. A fun blend of action, horror, teen melodrama, and social commentary, Black as Night borrows plenty from like-minded vampire flicks but dishes out enough of its own flavor to keep viewers glued to the screen.
Nocturne (2020)
58 %
r 90m
Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Music
Stars Sydney Sweeney, Madison Iseman, Jacques Colimon
Directed by Zu Quirke

Nocturne stars Sydney Sweeney (EuphoriaWhite Lotus) and Madison Iseman (I Know What You Did Last Summer) as twin sisters Juliet and Vivian. Accomplished pianists attending a prestigious music school, Vivian’s abilities are near-virtuoso and always a step above Juliet’s hands. That is until Juliet comes into the possession of a music theory book from a student that had jumped to her death. As the tome begins granting Juliet newfound confidence and dedication to the piano, her inflated ego meshes with a series of supernatural events that threaten her own life and the safety of those around her.

Nocturne – Official Trailer
The Manor (2021)
The Manor
59 %
r 81m
Genre Horror
Stars Barbara Hershey, Nicholas Alexander, Bruce Davison
Directed by Axelle Carolyn
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.
The Manor - Official Trailer | Prime Video
We Are Still Here (2015)
We Are Still Here
65 %
r 84m
Genre Horror
Stars Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie
Directed by Ted Geoghegan
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.
We Are Still Here Official Trailer 2 (2015) - Lisa Marie Horror Movie HD
Bingo Hell (2021)
Bingo Hell
55 %
r 85m
Genre Thriller
Stars Adriana Barraza, L. Scott Caldwell, Clayton Landey
Directed by Gigi Saúl Guerrero
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.
Bingo Hell - Official Trailer | Prime Video
Hellraiser (1987)
57 %
r 94m
Genre Horror
Stars Ashley Laurence, Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins
Directed by Clive Barker
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.
Black Box (2020) new
Black Box
62 %
r 100m
Genre Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars Mamoudou Athie, Phylicia Rashād, Amanda Christine
Directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr.
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.
Black Box – Official Trailer

The Neon Demon (2016)
The Neon Demon
51 %
r 118m
Genre Thriller, Horror
Stars Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Desmond Harrington
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
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 Neon Demon Official Trailer #1 (2016) - Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves Horror Movie HD

The Reef (2010)
The Reef
r 88m
Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller
Stars Damian Walshe-Howling, Zoe Naylor, Adrienne Pickering
Directed by Andrew Traucki
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.

Suspiria (2018)
64 %
r 152m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth
Directed by Luca Guadagnino
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.
Suspiria - Official Trailer | Amazon Studios
Vivarium (2019)
64 %
r 97m
Genre Science Fiction, Horror, Mystery
Stars Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg, Eanna Hardwicke
Directed by Lorcan Finnegan
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.
Vivarium Trailer #1 (2020) | Movieclips Trailers

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