The 18 Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime Video Right Now (2023)

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For Halloween, or any time of the year, it's important to know where to conveniently access quality horror movies. If you have Amazon Prime, you've got a virtual library of scary horror movies at your fingertips. We've rounded up the best of them!

For this list, everything that's scary is fair game. We've included horror classics and newer genre favorites. This list is updated regularly.

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Here are the best horror movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.

Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime Video Right Now

1.Jennifer's Body(2009)

Megan FoxandAmanda Seyfriedstar inJunoOscar winnerDiablo CodyandThe InvitationhelmerKaryn Kusama‘s teen horror comedy about a high school hottie possessed by a demon, and the girl who vows to stop her reign of carnage. Critical and commercial disappointment upon release, now a widely admired cult classic.

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2. Night of the Living Dead(1968) -

Directed, photographed, edited and co-written byGeorge A. Romero, then a kid in his mid-20s, this minimalist frightfest about a siege of zombies in Western Pennsylvania pushed the limits of explicit gore. What's more, it played around the U.S. as a kiddie matinee when it first came out because the modern rating system hadn't yet been put into place.

Renowned today for its social commentary as well as its ability to scare the living daylights out of people, this was the top-grossing film in Europe in 1969, and it earned nearly 300 times its budget during its initial release.

In 1999, the Library of Congress selected Night of the Living Deadfor preservation in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant," and in 2001 the American Film Institute named it one of the most heart-pounding movies ever made.

The graphic violence and the utterly depressing, nihilistic ending are still shocking after 50 years. To be fair, Romero one-upped himself a decade later: 1978'sDawn of the Deadremains, to this day, the best zombie film ever made.

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3. Carrie (1976)

The first big-screen Stephen King adaptation remains a landmark of American horror, a simple story with a heartbeat that's impossible not to get invested in, even moved by. Brian De Palma's film is practically a 98-minute film school. Changes are made to the source material, bold stylistic choices are made right and left—and it all serves a purpose. Everything works.

For its first hour, Carrie is a deliriously entertaining, rising-star-studded tragicomedy. Then the prom scene hits—it will still make your blood run cold. Star Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie, who plays Carrie’s violently fanatical mother, were both nominated for Oscars, an unprecedented feat for a horror movie. Every remake— and there have been several—is pretty darn bad.

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4. Oculus (2013)

A sign of good things to come, Mike Flanagan's stylish and character-driven haunted mirror movie was a modest hit, also notable for a breakout big-screen turn from Avengers and Jumanji star Karen Gillan post-Doctor Who.

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5. Let The Right One In (1972)

All at once tender and scary, delicate and badass, this now-iconic Swedish coming-of-age fable with a lot of gore is an adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist‘s 2004 novel about a horrifically bullied 12-year-old who befriends a vampire. No one asked for the American remake Let Me In…and then it turned out to be shockingly great.

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6. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Before the parodies, and long before the found footage genre was run into the ground, Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick‘s micro-budgeted The Blair Witch Project, an innovative work of wondrous and horrid imagination, was one of the most frightening motion pictures of all time. No visual effect in a movie will ever be as scary as what we can create in our heads with our imaginations. The Blair Witch Project knows that. It preys on that. Turn off the lights. Turn off your phone. Immerse yourself in this movie. By the end of it, you’ll just want to cover yourself with a blanket, perhaps paralyzed with fear. It’s the kind of scary that stays with you for days, maybe forever.

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7.Suspiria (2018)

Luca Guadagnino‘s wildly divisive remake starringDakota JohnsonandTilda Swintonis far more dance-heavy than its predecessor (it certainly has time to be, with a full hour added to the runtime), with some seriously icky, even sexualized body horror. Some critics said the reimagining was bold and brilliant; others called it a pretentious slog. You be the judge.

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8. House on Haunted Hill(1959)

If you're not a hardcore horror fan, and you'd like to be festive but you don't want to have trouble sleeping for weeks, William Castle'scharming, campy and only slightly creepy classic is the way to go.Vincent Pricestars as an eccentric millionaire who invites five guests to spend the night in a spooky house for a $100,000 prize.

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House on Haunted Hillwas remade in 1999 as a dumbed-down, charm-free and Vincent Price-less hard R. The less said about that one the better!

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9. The Descent(2005)

Five female friends go on a spelunking trip to their gruesome doom inNeil Marshall‘s first-class nerve-fryer. The antagonists here are cannibalistic cave dwellers. Expect betrayal, mistrust and resentment in this wildly effective, economically produced film.

It’s also far more effective in its original, downbeat director’s cut (widely available on video)–not the jump-scare crap that concluded the film in theaters.

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10. The Neon Demon(2016)

InNicolas Winding Refn‘s followup to the phenomenalDriveand the stylish-but-emptyOnly God Forgives,Elle Fanningstars as a fresh-faced small-town teen who braves Los Angeles in her search of supermodel stardom.The Neon Demonis pulpy, stylized within an inch of itslife. It’s gobsmacking on the surface, with very little if anything going on underneath that. Perhaps that’s the point?The Neon DemoncostarsChristina Hendricks,Keanu Reeves,Jena Malone,Bella Heathcoteand the underrated, super-charismaticAbbey Lee Kershaw.

11. Candyman (2021)

Arguably the second-best cinematic Clive Barker adaptation (Hellraiser being top banana), Bernard Rose's supernatural thriller starredVirginia Madsen as a scholar who discovers a folk legend, about an undead evil with a hook for a hand (Tony Todd), is all too real. A box-office and critical hit, Nia DaCosta's remake is now on Prime.

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12. Hellraiser(1987)

How is this movie over 35 years old?! Perhaps the most notorious horror movie to come out of Britain since Michael Powell’sPeeping Tom,Clive Barkers body horror tale of resurrection initially received the X rating from the MPAA before getting a few cuts–or, shall we say, slices.

Hellraiserreceived wildly mixed reviews upon release, but everyone agreed the film’s unyieldingly serious tone was unlike anything in popular horror at the time, as theNightmare on Elm StreetandFriday the 13thseries were getting increasingly goofier.

The practical effects still dazzle and the phantasmagorically gory violence still shocks today. That relentlessly serious tone has rendered the film a bit campy at times, though if anything that adds to the charm and just makes it an even more enjoyable enterprise overall.Hellraiserhas earned its place in the pantheon of horror, and it will definitely freak you out.

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13. Open Water (2003)

A superior shark movie, Open Water is loosely based on the real-life disappearance of a married couple, who went missing after their scuba-diving expedition crew failed to take an accurate headcount. Ebert gave Open Water a highly positive review, saying the film had a “physical effect” on him, and that after watching it, he felt the need to go walk around in sunshine for a while to feel better and recalibrate. You’ve been warned.

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14. Goodnight Mommy (2022)

A blood chiller from Austria, Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz's 2014 close-quarters thriller of the same name centered on a mother and her twin boys is not what it seems. The filmmakers returned in fine form with 2020's underrated The Lodge starring Riley Keough (now streaming on Hulu). Starring Naomi Watts, the American remake is now streaming exclusively in Prime.

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15. Train to Busan (2016)

A slam-dunk mashup of genres from South Korea, Sang-ho Yeon's Train to Busan is the freshest zombie film in at least a decade. Yoo Gong stars as a selfish workaholic who becomes trapped aboard a speeding train along with his estranged daughter and several strangers during an outbreak. No need to be wary of the subtitles, once Train to Busan gets warmed up, it never relents. Though the film is scary, gross, funny and sad--everything you want a zombie flick to be--it perhaps works best as an action film. Yeon stages set piece after thrilling set piece with kinetic energy and inventiveness that put several American summer blockbusters to shame. The biggest reason the movie clicks is the attention to character; this is a touching and well-acted father-daughter story, only with a lot of blood and guts as an added bonus.

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16. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Jonathan Demme‘s classic psychological horror film based on the popular book by Thomas Harris stars Jodie Foster as FBI trainee Clarice Starling. As a serial killer sweeps the midwest, Starling seeks the help of incarcerated Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), resulting in a “quid pro quo” tête-à-tête that’s become Hollywood legend.The Silence of the Lambs is one of three movies in history to win the “Big Five” Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best [Adapted] Screenplay, Best Director). The American Film Institute named it the fifth most suspenseful movie in history in their “100 Years, 100 Thrills” list of cinema’s most heart-pounding movies. In their 2003 special, “100 Heroes and Villains,” Clarice Starling was named the sixth all-time greatest screen hero ever; Lecter was named cinema’s all-time most unforgettable villain.

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17. The Wailing (2016)

A gem from South Korea,Hong-jin Na‘s sprawling and operatic mind-bender about a demon who terrorizes a small mountain village is many kinds of horror film rolled into one. This is a zombie movie, a ghost story and an exorcism film–and it excels as all of those, but these aren’t just empty thrills. Na is a virtuoso filmmaker;The Chaser(2008) was an instant classic psychological thriller, andThe Yellow Sea(2010) is a crime drama thatMartin Scorsesewould be proud of. WithThe Wailing, Na has crafted a horror film on a scale that Hollywood rarely even attempts, a lush spectacle that takes its time, develops strong characters and isn’t afraid to be uncompromisingly weird.

The centerpiece of the film is an exorcism sequence–and if you think you’ve seen every exorcism scene movies have to offer, prepare to be surprised. This is an electrifying cross-cutting of two rituals, a vision of roaring fire, bright colors, music and dancing. It’s a widescreen showstopper that’s unlike anything else in the history of the genre.The Wailingruns just shy of three hours long, but its slow-burn sting is worth your patience. The story is wildly unpredictable, and by the end you’ll feel as if you’re in the clutches of evil, like a cold claw is gripping the back of your neck. A signature of Na’s are his unhappy endings; be warned, this is pitch black. Na has a mastery over his craft, and it’s only a matter of time before Hollywood starts remaking these films and/or brings him overseas to direct American movies.

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18. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Still going strong in limited theaters after nearly five decades, 20th Century Fox's sweetly bizarre and affably raunchy spectacular thrives on a larger-than-life Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter, and catchy pop songs. Richard O’Brien‘s iconic musical tribute to ’50s schlock is both a toe-tapping musical and an immortal, generations-spanning ode to sexual discovery. This is the longest-running film in history, the ultimate cult classic.

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FAQs

Does Amazon Prime have any good horror movies? ›

While there are fantastic streaming services dedicated to horror nuts, there's also a wealth of genre hits and indie darlings on Prime Video. In fact, they have one of the most diverse arrays of horror hits, including films by vets like Tobe Hooper and Dario Argento, alongside newer films from indie studios.

Is the nun scary? ›

The film kept it's creepy atmosphere, hooded phantoms and jump scares rolling without too many lulls. The Nun's scares were effective but only when used sparingly. And even though the scares became predictable, the anticipation of wondering what's going to happen next still lingered.

What is free with Amazon Prime? ›

An Amazon Prime membership includes various perks, including free delivery (two-day, one-day and same-day delivery options), streaming, shopping and reading benefits on its site.

What's the scariest film on Netflix 2022? ›

Best Horror Movies On Netflix 2022: 18 of the best new releases horror films on Netflix UK - ranked by Rotten Tomatoes
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Who is the most horror movie in the world? ›

Highest-grossing horror films
RankFilmYear
1It2017
2The Sixth Sense1999
3War of the Worlds2005
4I Am Legend2007
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Is insidious scary? ›

Insidious is full of some of the best jump scares in horror history, none of which are predictable. Part of what makes Insidious' jump scares so horrifying is that they are not just visual jump scares, but they are supported by loud sound effects, creating the perfect combination to create an ideal jump scare.

Where can I watch scary movies for free? ›

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Is the witch scary? ›

"The Witch" lives in that territory as a horror movie for cinephiles, not for audiences who love the thrill of a good scare. That's not to say "The Witch" isn't scary; it is. It's just not scary in the modern trend-driven, formulaic, "movie trailer that ends with a jump-scare" kind of way.

What scary movie is based on a true story? ›

"The Exorcist" (1973)

Often referred to as the scariest horror movie in history, “The Exorcist” is based on a true story.

Are there any actually scary movies? ›

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) 7.4/10. 84% ...
  • Evil Dead 2. 7.7/10. 89% ...
  • A Quiet Place (2018) 7.5/10. 83% ...
  • Paranormal Activity (2007) 6.3/10. 57% ...
  • Suspiria (1977) 7.3/10. 83%
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Can a 12 year old watch Annabelle? ›

It's good for ages 14+ There is some gory parts like a character gets stabbed. There is many frightening moments.

How scary is Annabelle? ›

There's lots of bloody horror, splattering blood, and scary images, plus some jump-shock moments, shooting, fighting, and dead bodies. A pregnant woman and, later, a small child are in jeopardy. It's all pretty terrifying.

What is The Conjuring 4 called? ›

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)

David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick was hired to write the screenplay. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It was directed by Michael Chaves, after previously directing The Curse of La Llorona, with James Wan in producer's role.

How do I get Amazon Prime free forever? ›

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How much is Prime 2022? ›

But Amazon had cost pressures of its own in 2022. For the first time since 2018, when Amazon Prime rose from $99 a year to $119, the cost of an Amazon Prime membership was bumped up to $139 annually (the monthly rate rose as well).

How much is Prime a year? ›

The popular subscription service now costs $139 per year for annual members. Those paying for Prime on a monthly basis pay $14.99 per month, while for those with Prime Student accounts pay $69 per year.

Is the witch scary? ›

"The Witch" lives in that territory as a horror movie for cinephiles, not for audiences who love the thrill of a good scare. That's not to say "The Witch" isn't scary; it is. It's just not scary in the modern trend-driven, formulaic, "movie trailer that ends with a jump-scare" kind of way.

Is the silence of the lambs scary? ›

Terrifying and Memorable

Unlike many horror movies, Silence of the Lambs is high quality and well made, with respectable actors and a complex, psychological aspect. The whole movie has a dark, deeply disturbing feel and also deals with complex, uncomfortable issues which younger children wouldn't be able to understand.

Is insidious scary? ›

Insidious is full of some of the best jump scares in horror history, none of which are predictable. Part of what makes Insidious' jump scares so horrifying is that they are not just visual jump scares, but they are supported by loud sound effects, creating the perfect combination to create an ideal jump scare.

Can a 14 year old watch The Witch? ›

Brilliant and dark but definitely not for kids

This film is a masterpiece but it's clearly meant for adults.

What is elevated horror? ›

The term “elevated horror” came around in 2019 to describe the wave of horror movies — mostly A24-produced — that imbued their storytelling with metaphor and strong craftsmanship over jump scares and schlocky twists.

Why is The Witch rated R? ›

The Witch is rated R by the MPAA for disturbing violent content and graphic nudity. Violence: - Frequent non-graphic violence. - Infrequent portrayals of weapons, hand-to-hand violence (some involving children and animals), with some blood and a little detail shown.

How scary is lamb? ›

Lamb is a slow-burn suspenseful horror that eschews the genre's typical gore and jump scares, and instead frightens audiences with a nuanced portrait of grief, punctuated by the unshakable feeling that something is terribly wrong.

Why is Hannibal Lecter so scary? ›

Firstly, Hannibal Lecter is outright scary – frightening because he is measured, intelligent, and has good manners (at least, for a monstrous cannibal). Hopkins' performance is cool and precise.

Why is Silence of the Lambs an 18? ›

The movie concerns extreme psychopaths and the graphic atrocities they commit, including references to twisted sexual urges and perversities.

Can an 11 year old watch Insidious? ›

Insidious is great! The movie itself, the general idea, the plots and the all together theme of Astro projection is immaculate The age is settled as a “15+” because it shows many disturbing scenes, including violence/strangulation, death and spooky images.

What horror movie has the most Jumpscares? ›

1. The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013) The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is far and wide the most 'jumpy' horror movie ever made with 32 jump scares to enjoy throughout the film. Set in 1993.

Is Annabelle scary? ›

Parents need to know that Annabelle is a prequel to the horror movie The Conjuring, about a possessed doll. There's lots of bloody horror, splattering blood, and scary images, plus some jump-shock moments, shooting, fighting, and dead bodies.

Is there a horror movie app? ›

Shudder offers many titles in 1080p, though some content is limited to 480p. Unfortunately, you cannot download titles for offline viewing. You can watch Shudder via your web browser. The service is also available on Android and iOS, Roku and Fire TV streaming devices, and Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Where can I watch free horror movies? ›

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Is scary movie on Netflix? ›

A group of hapless teens harboring a guilty secret are stalked by an equally bumbling serial killer in this parody of 1990s horror movies. Watch all you want.

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