The Halloween Season is upon us and I’m sure you all are looking to get your horror movie fix. You might not know what’s available or you might be unsure of what to pick on whatever streaming service you prefer. Lucky for you, I have hand-picked thirty-one horror films across Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. Happy Halloween!
Hellraiser (1987) Streaming on Netflix and Hulu
Hellraiser is like the worst acid trip of all time. Packed to the brim with incredibly disturbing imagery and fantastically horrific practical effects, if any movie is sure to give you nightmares, it’s Clive Barker’s Hellraiser.
The Shining (1980) Streaming on Netflix October 1st
I mean, come on. It’s The Shining. It’s one of the best films ever made. Period. Full stop. Jack Nicholson is at the top of his game in this absolute masterpiece from the king himself, Stanley Kubrick. If you haven’t seen The Shining by now, do yourself a favor.
The Blair Witch Project (1999) Streaming on Hulu
This cult classic may seem slow to some, but when you view it through the prism of the fact that the actors in the film didn’t actually know what was going to happen, it becomes a lot more unsettling. A movie that practically invented an entire subgenre of cinema, The Blair Witch Project is a must-see for any horror completionist.
Child’s Play (1988) Streaming on Hulu October 1st
The film that started it all for Chucky, Child’s Play is the story of a haunted doll that, once again, invented an entire subgenre of horror. It’s much more subdued than the sequels that follow it, but don’t worry, the mad doll still gets plenty of time to shine.
Carrie (1976) Streaming on Amazon Prime
The phrase “hell is a teenage girl” has never been more evident than in Brian DePalma’s Carrie. This film gets under your skin in a way most of its contemporaries can’t claim and manages to make something as miserable as Prom even scarier.
Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) Streaming on Amazon Prime October 11th
If you’re in the mood for a new release, check out Strangers: Prey At Night, a fun little sequel to the 2008 film that surprised audiences when it was released earlier this year. A clever slasher with a heavy 80’s influence, this flick will not disappoint.
mother! (2017) Streaming on Hulu
mother! was one of the most controversial films released last year. Some people loved it, (I’m one of them) some people hated it, but regardless on your stance on the film as a whole, it is certain to make you very uncomfortable in a very good way.
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) Streaming on Hulu
This eighties cult hit is absolutely absurd. Between the alien clowns, ice-cream trucks, and haunted amusement parks, this flick is certain to leave you both screaming and smiling. As the film’s own tagline declares: It’s Craaazy!
The Conjuring (2013) Streaming on Netflix
Inarguably the most successful original horror film of the decade, The Conjuring exploded onto the scene in 2013. Petrifying film fans and inspiring a slew of sequels and spin-offs, this film is an absolute must-see.
The Witch (2016) Streaming on Netflix
The Witch is one of my favorite films ever made. This Olde English horror fable follows a small family as their simple lives are unhinged when black magic comes into play. Combining incredible filmmaking and top-notch atmospheric horror, this film electrifies you from start to finish.
It Follows (2014) Streaming on Netflix
When It Follows debuted in 2014, it announced itself not with a whimper, but with a bang. An impossibly creative idea combined with the best that indie movies have to offer, it revolutionized the genre itself and should be seen by any film fan.
The Fly (1986) Streaming on Hulu
When it comes to cult followings, there are few films in the genre more beloved than David Cronenberg’s The Fly. A Kafkaesque sci-fi transformation thriller that is only improved by a fantastic performance from everyone’s favorite Jeff Goldblum, The Fly should be on everyone’s list.
Byzantium (2013) Streaming on Hulu
I’ve discussed Byzantium before and will do it again, as I consider it to be a criminally overlooked film in the vampire genre. Saoirse Ronan, star of Lady Bird and queen of independent cinema helps elevate this film about vampiric sisters in the 20th century.
Creep (2014) Streaming on Netflix
Creep is one of the most unnerving films I have seen. A microbudget stalker thriller made by an incredible performance by Mark Duplass, this found footage feature disturbs you in a way that, as the kids would say, is “too real.”
The Babadook (2014) Streaming on Netflix
In the four short years since The Babadook came out, it has already developed a massive cult following. Australian Director Jennifer Kent is one of the best we have right now and she brilliantly used the frame of a horror film to tell an incredibly affecting tale about grief, while still succeeding in a healthily spooky thriller.
Invasion of the Body-Snatchers (1978) Streaming on Amazon Prime
If you’re in the mood for something a little more camp, this 70’s sci-fi horror classic stars Donald Sutherland and Leonard Nimoy in a cult hit for the ages.
Night of The Living Dead (1968) Streaming on Amazon Prime
There are few films in the horror canon more legendary than Night of the Living Dead. Grandfather of the zombie genre George A. Romero got his start with this black-and-white microbudget classic that must be seen by any fan of old scary movies.
American Psycho (2000) Streaming on Amazon Prime
Christian Bale’s performance as a narcissistic sociopath in American Psycho is disturbing in the best way possible. You are guaranteed to have a good time with this perfectly violent favorite from the turn of the century.
The Gift (2014) Streaming on Netflix
Another independent stalker thriller, The Gift is full of clever plot twists and performances that just get under your skin. Joel Edgerton wrote, directed, and starred as one of the most realistic horror villains of the decade.
Train To Busan (2016) Streaming on Netflix
This Korean zombie hit does the most with the least. A briskly-paced thriller that takes place virtually entirely on a train, this tour-de-force will definitely keep you engaged from start to finish.
The Sixth Sense (1999) Streaming on Netflix
Still M. Night Shyamalan’s masterpiece to this day, The Sixth Sense is an emotional, cleverly-crafted ghost story that remains an incredible piece of filmmaking twenty years later. And let me put it this way, this film is the reason Shyamalan became known as the master of plot twists.
Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil (2010) Streaming on Netflix
This horror comedy cleverly tackles genre cliches and deconstructs them into becoming funnier than they are scary. This film about misunderstandings and terrible mistakes will leave you laughing for days.
Raw (2017) Streaming on Netflix
Raw is a simple coming of age romance. Well, simple except they all happen to be eating each other. This foreign film about cannibalism is utterly disgusting, but if you can handle it, it’s genuinely a fantastic piece of filmmaking.
The Invitation (2016) Streaming On Netflix
The Invitation is an impossible film to describe. It starts out as one thing, but as the film goes on, the story becomes more and more disturbing until it ends somewhere you’d never expect. For anyone who is a fan of brilliantly crafted screenplays, you should definitely check this one out.
Tusk (2014) Streaming On Netflix
Like all great movies, Tusk was literally born out of a joke on a podcast. Kevin Smith’s utterly bizarre horror comedy about a mad doctor chasing a disturbing experiment is absolutely wild, in the best of ways.
Green Room (2016) Streaming on Amazon Prime
Green Room is a film for people who love their movies brutal and bloody. A war staged between a punk band and a group of neo-nazis, this 2016 release is only made better by incredible performances by Patrick Stewart and the late Anton Yelchin.
Jacob’s Ladder (1990) Streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime
Jacob’s Ladder is essentially the gold standard for what psychedelic horror can be. A film centered around hallucinations and terrible nightmares, Jacob’s Ladder will have you questioning what reality even means.
Let The Right One In (2009) Streaming on Hulu
Let The Right One In basically set the framework for arthouse horror to follow in the 2010’s. This Nordic vampire film puts the scares second as it crafts an emotional and beautifully written coming-of-age romance in the foreground. I highly recommend it.
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) Streaming on Hulu
Wes Craven, director of Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street is horror royalty. His forays into the genre are beloved by fans of the genre and this 70’s cult classic is no different. This film about demented hillbillies will freak you out in a way that only old movies can.
The Others (2001) Streaming On Hulu
The Others is one of the best haunted house films ever made. The way it crafts a story is brilliant and wholly unique. Elevated by the always fantastic Nicole Kidman, I strongly recommend checking this one out.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Streaming on Hulu October 2nd
And finally, to round out our list, settle in with Tim Burton’s claymation classic The Nightmare Before Christmas. You’ll get your dose of spooky images and at the same time get yourself excited for the holiday season.
Selections broken down by Streaming Service:
- The Shining
- The Conjuring
- The Witch
- It Follows
- The Babadook
- The Gift
- Train To Busan
- The Sixth Sense
- Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil
- The Invitation
- The Blair Witch Project
- Child’s Play
- Killer Klowns From Outer Space
- The Fly
- Jacob’s Ladder
- Let The Right One In
- The Hills Have Eyes
- The Others
- Strangers: Prey At Night
- Invasion of the Body-Snatchers
- Night of the Living Dead
- American Psycho
- Green Room
- Jacob’s Ladder