Mystery and suspense are front and center in the best thrillers on Amazon Prime Video. Each month, the go-to streaming platform adds new and exciting titles to its pantheon of titles, and it’s our job to keep up with Prime Video’s latest and greatest.
We’re discerning viewers though, so we take our thriller recommendations very seriously. Whether you’re interested in big-budget flicks or shoestring indies, we’ve done our best to capture the full spectrum of pulse-pounding titles on Prime Video.
Written, directed, and starring B.J. Novak, Vengeance is a bleak, adrenaline-fueled bit of genre cinema that follows a NYC podcaster by the name of Ben Manalowitz. Traveling to the heart of Texas as part of a murder investigation for a woman he was involved with a long time ago, Ben takes the opportunity to use her death as material for his show.
But after attending her funeral, Ben enters into conversation with the woman’s brother (Boyd Holbrook), a man who swears revenge on whoever took his sister’s life. And it just so happens that Ben is going to tag along on this quest for vengeance. A dark and funny mystery flick, Vengeance is the kind of movie that combines a well thought-out mystery with plenty of laughs to lead us down the seemingly never-ending trail of breadcrumbs.
Nope, one of 2022’s best movies, is the third feature film from celebrated writer-director Jordan Peele, and while the horror influences are still present here, Peele does opt for an epic introduction of sci-fi to his cinematic palette. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as horse-wrangling siblings OJ and Em Haywood, whose family business looks to be in serious trouble after the recent passing of their father, the owner of a farm that raises stunt animals just outside of Hollywood.
After the tragic death, OJ and Em are forced to sell off some horses to a local theme park, but when the sudden emergence of an extraterrestrial life form starts wreaking havoc on the desert community, the brother and sister go all-in on trying to capture evidence of the near-invisible UFO. Delivering another powerhouse picture that proudly pays homage to titans of the genre like Steven Spielberg, Nope is further proof that Peele is an undeniable auteur of modern genre cinema.
Shot in a faux found-footage style, Horror in the High Desert is written and directed by Dutch Marich and focuses on the fictional disappearance of wilderness explorer Gary Hinge (played by Eric Mencis). The disappearance took place in 2017, and the film picks up a few years later, focusing on Hinge’s family and friends, as well as authorities, and the horrific bits of evidence they’ve unearthed.
Filmed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Marich shot all the talking-head segments of the film using Zoom footage. And whether it was a necessity or not, the format certainly adds to the cold and clinical feel of this chilling and atmospheric exploration of the shocking and vile. Oh, and if you like what you see, you may want to check out the sequel.
Not every Hollywood thriller has to focus on genre-defining subject matter like bloody bank heists and psychological chills. In fact, if you’re looking for a thriller that the whole family can wrap their heads around, look no further than Clue. Written and directed by Jonathan Lynn, the film features an ensemble cast made up of famous players like Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, and Michael McKean. Set in 1954, the events of the movie transpire over a single evening. When seven strangers arrive at a secluded New England mansion, a death among the visitors leads to a scramble of finger-pointing, as the figurative skeletons in the guests’ closets begin emerging. A cinematic adaptation of the iconic board game, Clue’s theatrical run included three unique endings that were different based on the screening you attended (with all three endings present in the film’s home video release).
In director Ron Howard’s harrowing and emotional Thirteen Lives, is the real-life story of the Wild Boars, a Thai soccer team made up of twelve players and their coach. When the team ventures off into the Tham Luang cave, heavy rains flood the cavern, trapping them inside. After the parents of the boys alert authorities, a globalized rescue effort, comprised of professional divers and other emergency responders, must race against the clock to save the Wild Boars before it’s too late. Dialing in the dramatized strengths from other Howard-honed pictures like Apollo 13, there’s plenty at stake in Thirteen Lives, and the longtime auteur deftly tackles the many anxiety-inducing feats of one of the world’s most death-defying search-and-rescue efforts.
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