Amazon Prime is a beauty to behold when it comes to their horror selection. There are recent mainstream films released in the past year. There are cult classics just dying to be re-watched or discovered for the first time. Fresh indies, obscure gems, black and white beloveds; there is no shortage of horror films for one to settle in and devour.
Whatever your preference for the night, there’s bound to be a genre offering on Prime to settle your horrorific cravings. I’m here to detail a few of the films in their monstrous selection that are worthy of a viewing, another viewing, or background noise while you clean that will lead to you not cleaning due to the entrancement caused by the movie you chose.
This movie should need no introduction due to its reputation that has constantly grown throughout last year, and continued to grow as more people caught it in the safety (or not – if you’ve seen the film) of their own homes. Featuring a gut-wrenching performance by Toni Collette (Annie) and the majority of the cast, Hereditary is a film that should be experienced whether you have bought into the hype or not. Differing opinions on Ari Aster’s debut masterpiece continue to be a hot topic of conversation so why not add your’s to the mix?
Silver Bullet (1985)
Werewolf films are a rarity in today’s horror offerings so why not treat yourself to one of the genre’s underrated hair-raising films with Stephen King’s Silver Bullet? Featuring a young Corey Haim (Marty) and a scene stealing Gary Busey (Uncle Red), Silver Bullet is guaranteed to satisfy that full moon craving. Added bonus as it drips with the whodunnit atmosphere that your regular slasher does. Who’s the werewolf? Just follow the clues.
The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)
Zombie films are a dime a dozen. When one comes out with a new spin on the genre, it’s a breath of fresh air. The Girl with All the Gifts did that in 2016 with its unique twist on who and how the zombie virus affects. It’s not just that as the acting, specifically by the titular girl (Sennia Nanua), enthralls you into the story. Add in screen legend, Glenn Close (Dr. Caroline), and a biting commentary, and you get a zombie film that will engage you, thoroughly.
The Prowler (1981)
A slasher film that should be viewed by all fans of slasher films, The Prowler delivers on all levels that a slasher should deliver. Tom Savini is of the hands that provide the SFX which delivers on all levels that slasher gore should deliver. The kill scenes are slasher perfection being that they go right over the edge of disgusting and visceral. Vicky Dawson’s final girl in Pam is underrated, and not included enough in the list of final girls that the subgenre has to offer.
The Night Eats the World (2018)
Resting solely on the shoulders of Anders Danielsen Lie (Sam), The Night Eats the World tells the story of a man who must live through the zombie apocalypse, alone. It’s weird to call a zombie film one of the quietest films that I’ve ever seen, but this film is it. The Night Eats the World encompasses the loneliness that Sam endures, and all of the obstacles – or lack thereof – that he faces while experiencing the solitude of possibly being the only person left alive in the city, and perhaps, the world. The zombies are also quiet. Quiet zombies make for terrifying zombies.
A meta horror film without truly trying to be a meta horror film, Curtains shows us what a group of ladies would or wouldn’t do in order to secure a leading role in a hot film. The slasher aces in catering to the those who indulge in fantastic chase sequences and creepy slasher masks. If you haven’t seen the film, I’m still positive you’re aware of the ice skating sequence. It’s downright creepy.
Event Horizon (1997)
Space horror is a quaint little subgenre in itself, and Event Horizon is one of the subgenre’s top “must experience” films that it has to offer. Full of frightening imagery (most of which was sadly cut), and a lore that I wish would have been expanded upon, Event Horizon is an entertaining and terrifying space horror epic. Plus, it has Sam Neill (William), so you know it’s a horror blessing.
The House at the End of Time (2013)
If you’re willing to have your heart strings pulled then The House at the End of Time is the film that you want to watch. Branded as the first supernatural thriller from Venezuela, it is full of twists and turns that ultimately denouements as a heartbreaking family saga. It’s not all tears and hugs, though, as the film presents some pretty terrifying set pieces to counterbalance. But, for real, have some tissues handy.
House on Haunted Hill (1958)
Haven’t sat down and watched this William Castle classic starring the legendary Vincent Price (Frederick Loren)? Prime gives you the chance to do so, and not only in its original black and white, but in color as well! I’ll shamefully admit that I recently watched this for the first time, and it truly takes you back to a time when horror was incredibly subdued but still managed to be a tad creepy.
A good old-fashioned mind trip based around a noir-ish storyline is good for the mind and soul, and Darren Lynn Bousman’s Abattoir is just that film. It is part haunted house, part mystery investigation, and then you get to the film’s third act, and it’s becomes a visually stunning WTF. Added bonus? The ever lovely Lin Shaye (Allie) graces the film.
The werewolves, zombies, ghosts, and space demons mention above have many other ghoulish fiends as company on Amazon Prime. Which fiend will you decide to spend the night with? Chat with some other fiends on Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook, our Twitter, or our Reddit.